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I was happy to contribute two pieces to Filmmaker‘s website during DOC NYC 2017.

First I interviewed two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple about her latest documentary feature, A Murder in Mansfield. I also spoke with Andrew Sherburne Saving Brinton, a portrait of an accidental film preservationist in rural Iowa. Saving Brinton will see a theatrical release in 2018.


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For the second time since moving to NYC, I had the opportunity this fall to cover the New York Film Festival. Below you’ll find links to my three pieces for Filmmaker Magazine‘s website.

I spoke with Nancy Buirski, the director of The Rape of Recy Taylor. Her doc debuted at Venice and appeared as part of the Spotlight on Documentary section of NYFF. Click here to read the interview.

I also wrote two “critic’s notebook” pieces. Click here to read the first, which covers Faces Places, The Rape of Recy Taylor, and Last Flag Flying. The second review roundup, available here, includes thoughts on Call Me By Your Name, The Square, Western, Wonderstruck, and Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.

It was a pleasure, NYFF55.

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Earlier this month I interviewed musician Sharon Van Etten and writer/director Katherine Dieckmann about the film Strange Weather. Our talk was among the most enjoyable I’ve had while reporting a story. As I say in the piece, to interview these two is to stand back and let the pair bounce ideas off one another. You can find the interview at Filmmaker magazine here.

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Like many I know (in person and online), I’ve let Twin Peaks: The Return dominate my life this summer. And why not? As far as universes in which to get lost, Twin Peaks offers rich rewards: fun, frustration, fan theories to keep you up at night. I took to Filmmaker Magazine to urge readers to seek out Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces, a feature-length collection of deleted/extended scenes from Fire Walk With Me released by Lynch in 2014. You can read the piece here. The Missing Pieces itself you’ll find on this box set.

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I began 2017 with two visits to Manifesto, a 13-screen video installation at the Park Avenue Armory. Directed by Julian Rosefeldt and starring Cate Blanchett in 12 distinct roles, the installation was an immersive film event like nothing I’d seen before: overwhelming, inspiring, and funny as hell. Rosefeldt has since turned the piece into a feature film. I spoke with him about the uniquely strange process of turning 13 short films into a coherent feature at Filmmaker Magazine. You can read the piece here.

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I caught the film Obit in 2016 as part of my coverage for Filmmaker on the Tribeca Film Festival. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release this week, I spoke with the film’s director, Vanessa Gould, about the documentary for Brooklyn Magazine. Our talk touches on issues of nostalgia, grieving on social media, the logistical hurdles of filming at the New York Times, and why her film is not “a film about death.”

You can read the full interview – my first piece for Brooklynhere.

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My second piece for Oscilloscope’s Musings is up. Following my November 2016 long-read on film adaptations of Wuthering Heights, I return to the site to explore another obsession: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. I wrote in excessive length about the film in 2011-2012 on this site (click here to read all seven pieces).

For my piece at Musings, I spoke with the film’s screenwriter William Finkelstein to discuss the film’s anarchic collision of Nic Cage scenery-chewing, Herzog’s mystical tangents, and Finkelstein’s police procedural storytelling. It’s an article long in the making. You can read it here.

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