Sure, it's about losing your virginity -- but Jon Kasdan's new film, The First Time, is about something bigger: the thrill of the new that you used to get as a teen, when you'd escape the orbit of your own high school into the universe of another one, where no one knew who you were.
This weekend will be a critical marker for the burgeoning independent Black film movement. Opening in theaters in select cities this Friday, Middle of Nowhere is a compelling drama about a young newlywed who puts her happiness on hold as she eagerly awaits for her husband's early release from a five-year prison sentence.
My head a little feverish, my heart pumping, I felt the intensity of emotion reverberate throughout my body. It's incredible that a few 14-minute films can provoke such a powerful reaction.
The Invisible War reveals how the military disciplinary process has fostered a culture in which sexual assault against a victim on active duty is considered an "occupational hazard" of serving in the U.S. armed forces.
On a summery Sunday afternoon in Beverly Hills, I was suddenly thrust into the watery bayou swamps of southern Louisiana, and engrossed in a story, and a world, which has not left my thoughts since for even a moment.
This month, Sderot, a city less than a mile away from Gaza, which has for the last decade been under an intermittent barrage of rocket attacks, hosted the annual Cinema South Festival.
Rhys Ernst's films are a tactile fusion of art and queer theory with tones of subtle surreality that nudge at gender identity and real life fabulousness.
I personally don't care one way or the other about how young Lena Dunham is, how nondiverse the show's cast is or any of the other gripes. I think the show is smart and funny.
As we write from London, we confess that as filmmakers it doesn't get much better than this: the Sundance Institute announcement that HRH The Prince of Wales will introduce the World Theatrical Premiere of our film Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World.
Africa brought Ishmael, Joshua, and I together, and it also brought Kinyarwanda into my life. The film has empowered Rwandans to share their stories with the world. Their story is not about genocide. Their story is about faith, hope, life, love and forgiveness.
Ed Helms understands comedy. But the kind of improv that writer-directors Mark and Jay Duplass do made him a little nervous.
It so happens that several particularly memorable environmental documentaries were screened this year at Sundance and I was lucky enough to see a few of them.
The most important difference between the movie and technology industries lies in each community's very raison d'etre -- movies are rooted in art and personality and technology is driven by increasing the efficiency of transactions.
We first checked in with filmmaker Lucas McNelly last July, just four months into his project A Year Without Rent. For a year, McNelly has been acting...
We were shooting a Somali pirate film in Mombasa, Kenya. We needed real Somalis from Somalia, and of course, we needed real AK-47s for the pirate scenes. You don't go half way around the world to shoot with fake guns.
An unprecedented number of comedies appeared in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival line-up, marking a substantial shift in the direction of American independent film.