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ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I guess I'm saying that now I understand those list-making lovers of obscure films, and to prove it, I'd like to express my affection for Young Ones, a film written and directed by Jake Paltrow that you almost certainly haven't heard of but definitely shouldn't miss.

ReThink Interview: Eddie Pepitone and Steven Feinartz of The Bitter Buddha

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Steven Feinartz's documentary The Bitter Buddha follows Eddie Pepitone through his everyday life as well as to shows as he tries to improve his act. I spoke with Feinartz and Pepitone about where Eddie's comedy comes from, the role of comedian as truth teller, and a lot more.

ReThink Interview: James Balog and Jeff Orlowski of Chasing Ice

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

If you need more immediate, visceral evidence of climate change besides countless articles, studies, and your impressive command of the facts, you should direct wayward Thanksgiving guests to the new documentary Chasing Ice.

ReThink Interview: Katie Dellamaggiore and Alexis Parades of Brooklyn Castle

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film follows five students, showing the impact chess and being on the team has on their lives, and how those gains may be erased when the economic meltdown forces budget cuts that may hamper the team's ability to compete at the highest levels.

ReThink Interview: Eugene Jarecki, Director of The House I Live In

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.03.2012 | Crime
Jonathan Kim

Eugene Jarecki's powerful documentary The House I Live In looks at the human consequences of the drug war's failure, which has left the African American community as collateral damage.

ReThink Interview: Jake Schreier and Christopher Ford, Director and Writer of Robot & Frank

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.31.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The movie Robot & Frank tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Frank, an aging former cat burglar, and a nameless eldercare robot. But Robot & Frank is no hypothetical sci-fi flight of fancy.

ReThink Interview: Joseph Garner, Director of Craigslist Joe (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Could you live for a month relying on the generosity of strangers for food, shelter, transportation, and even showers, with no money and no help from friends or family? That's what Joseph Garner attempted to do in his documentary Craigslist Joe.

ReThink Interview - Alison Klayman, Director of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.29.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The lines between art, journalism, and documentary filmmaking are often blurry ones. In 2008, director Alison Klayman, at the age of 24, found herself crossing those hazy lines to record the story of a man famous for doing the same.

ReThink Interview: Jessica Yu, Director of Last Call at the Oasis

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Last Call at the Oasis explores the reasons why humans are polluting and consuming more fresh water than nature can replenish. I spoke with Yu, discussing some of the scarier facts she learned and how we need to shift our thinking about water.

ReThink Interview: Ondi Timoner -- On Tech Startups and the Documentary Renaissance

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.30.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Ondi Timoner's latest ventures, an interview show called BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) and a YouTube channel called Live Public, use Timoner's interests in mind- and life-changing documentaries and technology to go behind the scenes of how both are made.

ReThink Interview: Paul Weitz, Director of Being Flynn

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.08.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I had a chance to talk with Weitz, and as I began transcribing our interview, I began to notice parallels between Nick's story and Weitz's journey to both forge a unique movie from a beloved existing work and to embrace his past as a way to move forward and develop his own voice.

ReThink Interview: Wim Wenders, Director of Pina

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.27.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Before seeing Pina, I had agreed with the conventional wisdom that 3D was best suited for action and animated films, though the vast majority of 3D movies I'd seen so far had left me feeling like it shouldn't be used at all.

ReThink Interview: Errol Morris, Director of Tabloid

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.16.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Tabloid tells the story of Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose obsession with a man named Kirk Anderson led her to fly to England to bring him back. What happened after that depends on whether you believe Joyce or the British tabloids.

ReThink Interview: Taggart Siegel & Jon Betz, Makers of Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? looks at possible causes of colony collapse disorder as well as the millennia-old relationship between bees and humans that had been so mutually beneficial for so long.

ReThink Interview: Julian Schnabel, Director of Miral (VIDEO)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Schnabel has succeeded in two fields that are notoriously difficult to making a living at: art and film. Now he has taken on a real challenge: making a movie about a Palestinian girl.

Docu-Drama: Surprises and Snubs for the Best Documentary Oscar

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's a good time to dust off your queue and take a look at some of the best documentaries of 2010 while we can still remember them.

ReThink Interview: Charles Ferguson, Director of Inside Job

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

People interviewed in Inside Job claim that finance professionals deserve their money. But can someone rationally argue that someone earning $30 million/year works 1,000 times harder than someone earning $30,000/year?

ReThink Interview: Tom Hooper, Director of the King's Speech (VIDEO)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The nominations for the 2011 Golden Globes have been announced and, to the surprise of few, The King's Speech is leading the pack with seven nominations.

ReThink Interview: Alex Gibney

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's safe to say that Alex Gibney is easily among the five best documentary filmmakers in America, if not the world, with Michael Moore and Errol Morr...

ReThink Interview: Jeff Reichert & Bill Mundell of Gerrymandering

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Republican, democrat or independent, Americans love a good political sex scandal, especially when it doesn't involve a member of their preferred party...

ReThink Interview: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, Co-Directors of Howl

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are well known for their documentaries addressing LGBT issues, like their Emmy-winning 1995 doc about po...

ReThink Interview: Seth Gordon, Exec. Producer of Freakonomics

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I spoke to Gordon about applying Freakonomics, working with a group of celebrated documentarians, films that changed Gordon's life, and matters concerning Donkey Kong and the scripted remake of the King of Kong that is in the works.

ReThink Interview: Lawrence Bender and Lucy Walker on Countdown to Zero and Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why are nuclear weapons so far off our collective radars when they retain the potential to extinguish millions of lives -- if not all life on the planet -- in mere minutes?

ReThink Review: 8: the Mormon Proposition -- How Gay Marriage Got SLC Punk'd

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Mormon Church's (often illegal) involvement in the Prop. 8 campaign has been revealed in 8: the Mormon Proposition. After seeing the film, I had the opportunity to interview two of its major participants.

The Best Bands in the US(LA): The Monolators

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

Anchored by the husband and wife team of Eli and Mary Chartkoff, the Monolators have been scorching and seducing Silver Lake/Echo Park/Eagle Rock audiences for nearly eight years.