You've heard of the three act structure. Who hasn't? You're taught from childhood that this blueprint for story telling is as old as time itself. The simplest form is; beginning, middle and end. I much prefer Aristotle's version; pity, fear, and inevitable catharsis.
It isn't that film makers can't seem to grasp the basics of this formula, but rather that there's so much more to it that they're never taught. Films like The Godfather and No Country for Old Men are rare in their ability to carry our attention from scene to scene, never allowing us to pull our attention from the screen. But how did they do it?
We searched far and wide, travelled many lands, browsed Netflix and local theatres till our eyes fell out of their sockets. Eventually, we found five amazing films that you absolutely must see. Trust us. You can thank us later. Cheques welcome. Random envelopes with cash work better.
Ben Brand Talks Latest film, Controversy, and Paul Ozgur
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In 2010, a video surfaced online of a girl throwing puppies into a river in Bosnia. It sparked rage online with people protesting that the girl should face legal consequences, jail time, or even death for her actions. This went as far as director Michael Bay offering $50,000 in exchange for her capture. The girl in the video was 12 years old. The story is the subject of Ben’s first feature film Find this Dumb Bitch and Throw her in the River.
Mark Raso talks Copenhagen, Kodachrome, and Humble beginnings.
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Perhaps one of the greatest things about technology and our increasingly shrinking world is that great talents don't toil in obscurity for very long. The world is slowly coming to discover the insane talents of Dutch cinematographer Paul Özgür. His films have screened at Sundance, Berlinale, and his latest feature by director Ben Brand is scheduled to premiere at the prestigious Warsaw Film Festival later this year. We sat down with Paul for an in depth Q&A.
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Mark Raso is perhaps the brightest directors to come out of Toronto in the last 20 years. The University of Toronto graduate studied directing and screenwriting at Columbia University, where he received an MFA in film. While at Colombia, Mark directed a number of short films. His film Under went on to garner a gold medal from the Student Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Pendance Film Festival programmer Barry Germansky digs into Friday's Child, Executive Producer Alan Elias, and the unique business model his company OnBuzz is taking with marketing and distributing social impact films.
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Sasha K. Gordon Q&A. From Odessa to New York City
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Meet Sasha K. Gordon, the star of David Bezmozgis' film Natasha, and one of the more talked about actresses of 2017 due to her stellar work in the film. As Natasha heads for a theatrical release in New York on April 28th, we caught up with Sasha and talked about her character, the film, her upcoming off-broadway play Terezin, and her interesting journey from Odessa, Ukraine to New York City.
Award Winning Dutch DOP Paul Özgür Q&A