A Conversation with La La Land Director Damien Chazelle

Born only in the mid-‘80s,Damien Chazelle already has an Oscar-nomination under his belt. He received the nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for Whiplash (2013), a successful box office release that he also directed. This month, Chazelle is back and flirting with Oscar again with his latest film, La La Land, a musical he also wrote… Continue Reading

NYFCS – La La Land Q and A – CLICK HERE for Video

NYFCS Q&A with director Damien Chazelle for the movie, “La La Land.” The director discusses his award winning movie about a struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind romance as they both pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. However, their blossoming relationship is challenged when their careers pull… Continue Reading

BY SYDNEY LUMET – Interview with Director Nancy Buirski

Written by Brian Brooks Movie fans may find it surprising that prolific filmmaker Sidney Lumet did not receive an Oscar until he was given an honorary Academy Award in 2005. He did, however, receive nominations for Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982) in addition… Continue Reading

The Best Indie Studios In The Biz

Film media attention is typically dominated by the Awards Hopefuls in the fall, typically meaning those features that distributors are positioning to catch attention from prognosticators to propel them onto the long road to Oscar. Perhaps more importantly, this usually translates into audience dollars along the way. The Toronto International Film Festival is underway, while… Continue Reading

Living the CineLifeStyle pt. 4 – Silence

Part 4 of my series is a movie called Silence. This title has a maverick director attached, so anyone and everyone in the Academy are sure to take notice. Silence is the first narrative feature by Martin Scorsese since his 2013 Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese himself is certainly no stranger at the… Continue Reading

Birth of a Nation — Review by CineLife Member Andy Ray

  Twenty-one years before Harriet Beecher Stowe published her landmark novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and 28 years before John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, a Virginia slave named Nat Turner led an uprising against landowners in southeastern Virginia. It’s difficult to mark the start of the American abolitionism movement, but this episode is as good… Continue Reading