Q&A: Barbara Kopple on ‘Running From Crazy’

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Hopeful and heartbreaking, Running From Crazy opens with a vision of perfection: a blonde modeling in the wilderness. This particular pretty face, however, belongs to Mariel Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s youngest granddaughter, famous for her role in Woody Allen’s Manhattan. Hemingway’s family history of depression, substance abuse, and suicide is not limited to her legendary grandfather. […]

Q&A: Mika Mattila on ‘Chimeras’

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Wang Guangyi, at the height of his career as one of China’s most successful contemporary artists, is settling into middle age with increasing ambivalence, a front line witness to his scene’s contradictory commercial impulses. Liu Gang is a supremely promising new face on the scene, plucked from art school into the high gloss world of […]

Q&A: Jennifer Steinman on ‘Desert Runners’

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Any single race in the 4 Desert Ultramarathon Series is a life-threatening challenge. Desert Runners is a thrilling documentary about ordinary people who endure the 150-mile ultra-marathons through the world’s four most treacherous deserts in one year: the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Gobi Desert in China, the Sahara in Egypt, and Antarctica. Filled with […]

Q&A: Donna Zaccaro on ‘Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way’

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Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is a feature-length documentary about the life of this trailblazer who served as a role model for women and men across the nation and around the world. The film features never-before-seen archival and personal footage and stills, intimate interviews with Ferraro, her family, friends, colleagues, and even opponents, as well as […]

Q&A: Director Dan Shadur on ‘Before the Revolution’

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For a certain group of Israelis in the 1960s and ‘70s, Tehran, Iran was a utopia. Enjoying close relations with the Shah’s regime, their paradise was built on construction contracts, weapons sales, and oil. Then the Iranian Revolution arrived. In what begins as a nostalgic quest to understand his family’s glory days, Dan Shadur’s tale […]

Q&A: Director Matt Goldman on ‘The Last Safari’

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When renowned photojournalist Elizabeth L. Gilbert returns to the Rift Valley in Africa to visit the tribes she photographed just a decade earlier, she bears witness to the changes wrought on the region. After her book is published, she hires a crew from Nairobi to assist her in screening a cinema slideshow to tribes-people, like […]