FILMMAKER FOCUS

Chicago Company Crafts VFX for ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ ‘Work In Progress’

As The Matrix Resurrections trailer continues to break the internet, with well over 50 million views worldwide, the film has also shined a light on a highly touted VFX artist…

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James Gunn Recruits Sarofsky for ‘The Suicide Squad’ Main Titles and Signature Design Flares

With “The Suicide Squad,” writer/director James Gunn and Warner Bros. Pictures have earned worldwide acclaim for creating what many consider to be the best DC Universe film of all time….

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Matzke’s ‘The Orchestra’ Ready for an Encore

Director Curtis Matzke’s five-minute short, The Orchestra, premiered this month at filmshortage.com. A one-act thriller with virtually no dialogue, the film transforms a student music rehearsal into a crescendo of…

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Filmscape Takes Over Cinespace Chicago August 28-29

Are you a filmmaker, cinematographer, producer, editor, key grip, gaffer, or content creator or any genre or community? If so, your weekend plans are set. Filmscape is excited to announce…

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Mossman’s Good Guy With A Gun Now Filming; Swanberg, Pasquesi Highlight Cast

Director John Mossman knows a thing or two about the good-guy-with-a-gun theory. A lifelong hunter and target shooter, he has witnessed its ability to upset liberals and thrill conservatives, to…

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An Entire Movie in One Shot: An Ambitious Endeavor in Milwaukee

Capturing a single complete scene in one shot is quite an achievement. Capturing an entire feature length film in one shot is nothing short of historic. A single 91-minute take…

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Breaking Down Ted Lasso and Its Smashing Success

The new season of hit comedy Ted Lasso is off and running, and audiences are once again in love with the charming and uplifting show, led by Chicago comedy scene…

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Werewolves Within Director Josh Ruben Talks Screams and Laughs with SCREEN

Is there anything better than a film that can make you laugh and scream at the same time? So it goes with the new horror comedy Werewolves Within, now in…

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Director Natalie Morales Wants You to Try PLAN B

The best trips are never planned. When a straight-laced high school student has a regrettable first sexual encounter, she and her and slacker best friend have 24 hours to hunt…

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Exclusive: Five Questions with Slamdance Winner Brian Morrison

An epic journey for a Marine veteran, and a very special event here at Screen. The gripping documentary Bastards’ Road brought home the coveted Audience Award at Slamdance as well as…

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Wanna Arm Wrestle? Fresh New Comedy GOLDEN ARM Director Maureen Bharoocha

A buddy comedy set in the world of ladies arm wrestling? Yes indeed! Female-driven sports films are few and far-between, but today a fresh, funny, and critically acclaimed one is…

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Stacey Maltin and Margarita Zhitnikova Take Their Triple Threat on the Road

Triple Threat is leaping from its world premiere at the Cinequest Film & VR Festival to a rigorous festival run. But before the film begins its prolific roadtrip, writer-director Stacey…

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Powerhouse Female Filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal on Her New Feature, I’ll Meet You There

SCREEN’s Joanna Kay talks with powerhouse female filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal about her critically acclaimed new film I’LL MEET YOU THERE. Enjoy the uplifting interview below then click here to…

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How to Write and Direct a Christmas Movie in a Month

Writing, producing, and shooting a feature film in less than a month is quite a feat. But that’s exactly what happened. “We wanted to do something silly and we wanted…

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Milana Vayntrub and Talia Osteen Talk THE SHABBOS GOY

God literally forbids she turn off a vibrator gone rogue, so an Orthodox Jew sets out on a quest to find someone who can. Screen’s Joanna Kay chats with director…

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Who Is The Fixer?

Who is THE FIXER? This short-form crime thriller is set to premiere at the Oscar-qualifying #HollyShorts Festival and stars the inimitable Danny Trejo. Screen’s Joanna Kay is chatting with Michael…

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Hilarious Online Dating Debacle in SHIRi at HollyShorts

Dating ain’t what it used to be. Hilarious comedy SHIRi is set to premiere at the Oscar-qualifying #HollyShorts and Screen’s Joanna Kay is chatting with Director Micah Coate, Writer and…

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Daughterhood Director Cecilia Albertini and Star Carmela Corbett

The Oscar-qualifying short film showcase HollyShorts is bigger and better than ever, and this year, it’s virtual. Enjoy some of the best and brightest short form filmmakers from across the…

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Patton Oswalt Talks THE PRIEST

HollyShorts 2020 is here! Screen Magazine’s Joanna Kay is bringing you exclusive interviews with filmmakers from the short film spectacular, and today, Joanna takes a walk with THE PRIEST, a…

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Andrea Rosen Talks New Short Film THE RAIN PONCHO with SCREEN’s Joanna Kay

HollyShorts is here and one of the filmmakers starring in front as well as behind the camera is Andrea Rosen. Today in Filmmaker Focus, Andrea chats with SCREEN’s Joanna Kay…

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When a Tornado Hits Your Film Set… David Cross Talks THE DARK DIVIDE

Ever had a tornado hit your film set and crush your production van? Well, that is one of several remarkable stories from the making of the new critically acclaimed indie…

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Screen Exclusive: Tony Hawk on His New Doc, Tom Cruise, and That Epic 900

What is Tony Hawk’s favorite Tom Cruise movie? What was going through his mind when he hit that 900? And what about this new documentary of his that just released?…

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Screen Exclusive: Tony Hawk on His New Doc, Tom Cruise, and That Epic 900

What is Tony Hawk’s favorite Tom Cruise movie? What was going through his mind when he hit that 900? And what about this new documentary of his that just released?…

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Exclusive: What You Haven’t Heard about Immigration Nation on Netflix

The explosive and controversial documentary IMMIGRATION NATION is now on Netflix and rattling viewers on both sides of this national debate. Screen Correspondent Joanna Kay sat down with co-directors Christina…

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ASK NO QUESTIONS Directors Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli

In turns disturbing, insightful, and moving, ASK NO QUESTIONS was described at its Slamdance premiere as a real-life version of BLACK MIRROR. Directed by Jason Loftus and Eric Pedicelli, the…

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“A Story of Unity” WORKING MAN Director Robert Jury

“Quietly magnificient and deeply resonant” raves Richard Roeper, as the story of a life-long factory worker who searches for purpose after his plant closes, WORKING MAN becomes available at an…

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Gordon Quinn Beats COVID-19, Answers Five Questions with SCREEN

While the rest of us were sitting at home complaining about canned soup and network reruns, documentary producer extraordinaire, Emmy winner, and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn was in the…

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Ziegelman’s New Pilot, Short Film Keeping Him Busy In 2020

These weeks in quarantine can be a catalyst of creativity for some filmmakers, and that is the case with Chicago independent filmmaker and advertising director Larry Ziegelman. Larry has a…

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What’s Next for Charles Andrew Gardner

There’s a lot that has changed in the film world. One of the most exciting times for a filmmaker is getting into festivals and reading critics’ reviews of their films….

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HBO Hit McMILLIONS Directors James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte Interview

Nearly 20 years after the scandal, the story is finally out about the $24 million McDonald’s Monopoly fraud. “We’re just happy somebody told the story,” an FBI spokesman said, at…

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