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Matt Porterfield, Deragh Campbell & Hannah Gross Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 24, Section 3

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Matt Porterfield, Deragh Campbell & Hannah Gross Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 24, Section 3

I Used to Be Darker director Matt Porterfield and lead actresses Deragh Campbell and Hannah Gross discuss making the film.

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Matt Porterfield is an American filmmaker who has made three independent features set in Maryland: Hamilton (2006), Putty Hill (2010), and I Used to Be Darker (2013).

I Used to Be Darker premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and stars Deragh Campbell and Hannah Gross, who play cousins reunited in difficult circumstances. Matt, Deragh and Hannah joined us during the Toronto premiere of the film for homemade waffles, casears, and a discussion of the film's production.

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Jennifer Chan Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 24, Section 1

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Jennifer Chan Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 24, Section 1

Media artist Jennifer Chan discusses her work.

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Jennifer Chan is a Canadian video and new media artist often cited as one of the most significant "post-internet" artists, whose work in video, installation, performance and GIFs are imbued by the processes and reception of our current visual culture. Her work engages sexuality, consumerism, gender and more within web aesthetics both contemporary and (already) nostalgic.

Jennifer met us at 401 Richmond during the Images Festival, where she received the Canadian Artist Spotlight, to discuss non-art, irony, sensuality and pizza.

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Andrew Bujalski Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 23, Section 4

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Andrew Bujalski Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 23, Section 4

Andrew Bujalski discusses his career in a unique, salon-style interview.

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Andrew Bujalski is an American filmmaker who has played architect – however unintentionally – to mumblecore, a mode of filmmaking that has a continually expanding influence on American independent cinema. This can be found in Funny Ha Ha (2002) and Mutual Appreciation (2003), while still undergirding Beeswax (2009). Computer Chess (2013), his most ambitious film yet, was shot almost entirely on Sony black and white, video tube cameras from the late 1960s and won the Alfred Sloan prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

We brought Andrew to Toronto to screen prints of his first two features. Before Andrew caught his flight home, we had the chance to collaborate on a salon-like interview, where different personalities talked about film alongside Andrew's anecdotes. It was a suitable conclusion to two days of films about friends, conversations and alcohol, which we were happy to share with Andrew during his first visit to Toronto.

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Joshua & Ben Safdie Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 23, Section 3

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Joshua & Ben Safdie Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 23, Section 3

Joshua & Ben Safdie discuss their latest film, Heaven Knows What, and their filmography.

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Joshua and Ben Safdie are American filmmakers who have collaborated on four feature films and many more shorts. Their work includes their first co-directed feature, Go Get Some Rosemary/Daddy Longlegs (2009), which played the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and Lenny Cooke (2013), a basketball documentary they completed over ten years after the initial footage was shot by producer Adam Shopkorn.

The brothers' latest co-directorial effort is Heaven Knows What, the story of a group of New York City heroin junkies, partially based on the life of lead actress Arielle Holmes, whose as yet unpublished book is adapted for the film. One of the most striking films at TIFF 2014, it was our pleasure to host the Safdies at our studio space at CineCycle and talk about the film's production, its relationship to their other films and prison codes.

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Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 23, Section 1

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Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 23, Section 1

French artist Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc discusses his exhibition, Cinéma chez les Balantes.

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Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc is a French artist whose work, Cinéma chez les Balantes, was presented as part of the 2014 Images Festival in Toronto. Balantes is based on Abonnec's interest in French director Sarah Maldoror, who assisted Gillo Pontecorvo on The Battle of Algiers, and her unfinished film, Guns for Banta, in particular. The film, which would have been Maldoror's debut, was commissioned by the Algerian government, who later confiscated what was shot of the film.

In Balantes, Abonnenc's quasi-archive includes 35mm slides of production photos, conversations between Maldoror and Abonnenc, Romanian posters for Maldoror's Sambizanga, and diary entries by Banta's production photographer. Mathieu joined us at 401 Richmond to discuss the work, the historical context, the montage techniques used with the projector, and how the multimedia registers affect the spectator.

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Atom Egoyan Interview (Devil's Knot) - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 4

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Atom Egoyan Interview (Devil's Knot) - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 4

Atom Egoyan discusses his historically rooted films: Devil's Knot, Ararat, Citadel, Where the Truth Lies, and the little-seen TV movie, Gross Miscoduct.

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Atom Egoyan is a Canadian artist who began as part of the so-called Toronto New Wave of the eighties before reaching international prominence in the 90s, when his films Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter played in competition at Cannes, collecting prizes that included the Grand Prize of the Jury.

Known for complex narratives that often concern a network of characters engaging with the mediation of identity, truth and history, Egoyan's work over the last decade plus applies these concerns to a variety of film subjects, as well as installations, plays and operas.

Atom joined us at Geraldine to discuss his latest film at the time, Devil's Knot, and its relationship to some of his other historically rooted films: Ararat, Citadel, Where the Truth Lies and Gross Misconduct.

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Ruben Östlund Interview (Force Majeure) - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 3

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Ruben Östlund Interview (Force Majeure) - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 3

Ruben Östlund discusses his latest film, Force Majeure, themes in his work, and his upcoming project about sociological behaviour.

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Ruben Östlund is a Swedish filmmaker whose fiction films often explore group and individual behaviour in relation to societal expectations. These films include The Guitar Mongoloid (2004), Involuntary (2008) and Play (2011).

Ruben was at TIFF 2014 to present his latest film, Force Majeure (Turist), which won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film charts a vacationing family's internal dynamic before, during and after a perceived avalanche. We invited Ruben to our studio space at CineCycle to discuss the film, themes in his work and filming the self-described greatest avalanche scene in film history.

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Joe Berlinger Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 2

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Joe Berlinger Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 2

Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger discusses his latest film, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger.

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Joe Berlinger is an American filmmaker who often collaborates with fellow director Bruce Sinofsky on documentaries, which include the Paradise Lost trilogy, following the West Memphis Three, and Some Kind of Monster, a behind-the-scenes look at Metallica.

Joe's latest documentary is Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, a look at the life and trial of the South Boston gangster, which he presented at Toronto's Hot Docs film festival. He joined us to talk about his attraction to James J. Bulger as a character, his approach to structuring his true crime films, and how the role of media footage and the performative nature of some of his subjects can affect the 'case' presented in his documentaries.

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Evan Calder Williams Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 1

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Evan Calder Williams Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 22, Section 1

Filmmaker and theorist Evan Calder Williams discusses his collaboration with Taku Unami, Violent X.

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Evan Calder Williams is an American writer, theorist, and artist. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse, which looks at apocalyptic fantasies in culture, including in cinema.

Evan was in Toronto for the Images Festival, where he premiered Violent X, a film created through thousands of digital stills from Italian poliziotteschi films and with a live soundtrack performed by Williams and Taku Unami.

Evan joined us at 401 Richmond to talk about the historical context of the poliziotteschi, the nature of his collaboration with Taku Unami, the Italian "creeping May" and representing a historical trace, Christian Marclay, cyberpunk and Tiqqun.

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Albert Serra Interview (Story of My Death) - The Seventh Art: Issue 21, Section 4

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Albert Serra Interview (Story of My Death) - The Seventh Art: Issue 21, Section 4

Albert Serra discusses his latest film, the Locarno Golden Leopard winning, The Story of My Death.

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Serra is a Spanish filmmaker whose four feature films have earned him such classifications as 'Romanesque' and even 'Radical Classicist'. His breakthrough film, Honour of the Knights (2006), played Cannes and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Viennale, while his latest film, The Story of My Death, took the Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2013.

Serra's films engage with adaptation and history, including Honour of the Knights' Don Quixote and the Three Wise Men in Birdsong (2008), and The Story of My Death is no exception. Splicing together stories of Casanova and Dracula, the film is as much about their myths as the transition from one century to another.

We couldn't be more excited to talk to Albert at our studio space in OCAD U's Graduate Gallery, having the tremendous opportunity to go deep discussing The Story of My Death during TIFF 2013.

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Lukas Moodysson Interview (We Are the Best!) - The Seventh Art: Issue 21, Section 2

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Lukas Moodysson Interview (We Are the Best!) - The Seventh Art: Issue 21, Section 2

Lukas Moodysson discusses his latest film, We Are the Best!

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Lukas Moodysson is a Swedish director whose films are festival staples, gathering international attention and awards for titles like Show Me Love (1998), Together (2000) and Lilja 4-ever (2002).

Lukas' latest film, We are the Best!, is based on a graphic novel by Coco Moodysson and follows three outcast teen girls who form a punk band in early 1980s Stockholm. We had the opportunity to discuss the film in-depth with Lukas at our studio space in OCAD U's Graduate Gallery, including its soundtrack, Swedish films about children, and the film's aesthetic.

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Elina Psykou Interview (The Eternal Return of Andonis Paraskevas) - The Seventh Art: Issue 21, Section 3

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Elina Psykou Interview (The Eternal Return of Andonis Paraskevas) - The Seventh Art: Issue 21, Section 3

Elina Psykou discusses The Eternal Return of Andonis Paraskevas.

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The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas is the debut feature from Greek filmmaker Elina Psykou. The darkly absurdist film follows the abduction of a beloved talk show host, Antonis Paraskevas, who has of course staged the mysterious disappearance.

Elina presented the film at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the City to City programme, which this year focused on films from or relating to Athens. We sat down with Elina at our studio in OCAD U's Graduate Gallery to discuss her film.

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Insomnia's Erik Skjoldbjærg Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 20, Section 1

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Insomnia's Erik Skjoldbjærg Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 20, Section 1

Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg discusses his career, including his latest film, PIONEER.

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Erik Skjoldbjærg is a Norwegian filmmaker best known for his debut film, the critically acclaimed Insomnia (late remade by Christopher Nolan). His body of work includes the Elizabeth Wurtzel adaptation, Prozac Nation, Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and the historically based Nokas.

Erik was in Toronto to screen his latest film, Pioneer, at the Toronto International Film Festival. We invited him to our studio at OCAD U to discuss Norwegian cinema, the historical basis of his last two films and the style of his films.

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Manakamana's Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 20, Section 3

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Manakamana's Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 20, Section 3

Manakamana co-directors, Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, discuss the documentary.

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Manakamana is the first feature collaboration between Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, where they placed a fixed 16mm camera in a cable-car that takes passengers to and from the Manakamana Temple in Nepal.

Born out of Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Laboratory (Leviathan, Sweetgrass), the eleven portraits in the film are at once a look at the commuters, but also an immersive experience for the spectator, who rides along.

We were very excited to talk about this film with Stephanie and Pacho, who joined us in our studio at OCAD U's Graduate Gallery to shed light on the Manakamana cable-car, the interaction between its passengers and the camera's lens, and the creation of an unseen landscape through the passenger's conversations.

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Frank Pavich Interview (Jodorowsky's Dune) - The Seventh Art: Issue 19, Section 1

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Frank Pavich Interview (Jodorowsky's Dune) - The Seventh Art: Issue 19, Section 1

Documentary filmmaker Frank Pavich joins us to discuss his sophomore feature, Jodorowsky's Dune. This is an excerpt, watch the full interview at theseventhart.org

Frank Pavich is an American documentary filmmaker whose first feature, N.Y.H.C. was a look at New York hardcore punk bands active during the mid-1990s.

His follow-up, Jodorowsky's Dune, also investigates a cult topic: the master filmmaker's never-completed adaptation of the popular 1965 epic sci-fi novel written by Frank Herbert.

Frank joined us at our OCAD U studio space during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where he presented Jodorowsky's Dune, to discuss all things Jodorowsky with Matthew 'Doc' Dunn.

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The Strange Little Cat's Ramon Zurcher Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 19, Section 3

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The Strange Little Cat's Ramon Zurcher Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 19, Section 3

Swiss filmmaker Ramon Zurcher discusses his debut feature, the critically acclaimed THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT.

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Ramon Zürcher is a Swiss filmmaker who has made four short films before releasing his debut feature, The Strange Little Cat. The film, inspired by Kafka's The Metamorphosis and developed during a seminar conducted by Béla Tarr, focuses on a family over the course of a day - rarely leaving the location of their apartment.

Ramon and his brother Silvan, a producer on the film, joined us for a glass of wine in our OCAD U studio space during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to discuss the film's conception, structure, style and reception.

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Ben Wheatley Interview (A Field in England) - The Seventh Art: Issue 19, Section 4

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Ben Wheatley Interview (A Field in England) - The Seventh Art: Issue 19, Section 4

KILL LIST director Ben Wheatley joins us to discuss A FIELD IN ENGLAND and the upcoming HIGH-RISE. This is an excerpt, watch the full interview at theseventhart.org/main/videos/issue-19-ben-wheatley/

Ben Wheatley is an English filmmaker who started in shorts, sketch, viral videos and animation, before transitioning to make four distinctly English, variably horrific features: Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England. Expertly weaving seemingly disparate genres, Wheatley's films have a visceral immediacy that sometimes belies their formal complexity.

With his latest feature, A Field in England, film form comes to the fore. The would be midnight movie about a motley crew traversing the English Civil War was shot in black and white with a variety of (sometimes unique) lenses and includes a psychedelic freakout.

It was our great pleasure to have Ben join us again at our OCAD U studio space during the Toronto International Film Festival. We had the chance to discuss A Field in England at length, how it was made, its unique distribution model and two new exciting projects he has lined up: Freakshift and his adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise.

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Denis Côté Interview (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear) - The Seventh Art: Issue 18, Section 4

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Denis Côté Interview (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear) - The Seventh Art: Issue 18, Section 4

Canadian filmmaker Denis Côté discusses his film most recent film, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, and his filmography as a whole.

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Denis Côté is a Quebecois filmmaker whose films focus on outsider figures and communities, the violence that can exist between the two and the blending of genres and styles. He has won the Best Director prize twice at Locarno (Elle veut le chaos and Curling), while his latest film, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, won the Alfred Bauer Award at Berlin.

Denis visited Toronto to introduce the theatrical run of Vic + Flo and we were ecstatic to finally have the chance to chat. We met at Little Nicky's to discuss his new film, motifs in his work and the dilemmas of expanding budgets.

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The Ross Brothers Interview (Tchoupitoulas) - The Seventh Art: Issue 18, Section 3

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The Ross Brothers Interview (Tchoupitoulas) - The Seventh Art: Issue 18, Section 3

The Ross Brothers and Kyle Rouse discuss their serialized documentary, River, and their past work.

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Bill and Turner Ross are documentary filmmakers who intriguingly blur the line between standard conventions of documentary and narrative feature techniques. Their first feature, 45365, won the Best Documentary Prize at SXSW and was followed by the New Orleans set film, Tchoupitoulas.

The space between their hometown of Sidney, Ohio (45365) and New Orleans (Tchoupitoulas) was literally travelled and documented in The River, a document of their troubled houseboat trip between the two locales with Alex Ross and Kyle Rouse. The River was initially a serialized documentary released on the web before being presented as a single film for the first time at Hot Docs 2013. We met the motley crew at Bar Neon for a conversation about their stellar films, formal style and what's on the horizon.

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Destin Cretton Interview (Short Term 12) - The Seventh Art: Issue 18, Section 2

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Destin Cretton Interview (Short Term 12) - The Seventh Art: Issue 18, Section 2

Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton joins us to discuss the film and his debut feature, I Am Not a Hipster.

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Destin Cretton is an American writer and director whose latest feature film, Short Term 12, explores the staff and community members at a foster care facility. The film won four awards at the Locarno International Film Festival and is currently nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.

Short Term 12 was selected as the opening film for the Rendezvous With Madness film festival in Toronto. Destin joined us in the offices of FilmsWeLike, the film's Canadian distributor, to discuss the story's inception, how it was visually realized and its connection to his first feature, I Am Not a Hipster, while construction loomed outside.

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Alan Zweig Interview (When Jews Were Funny) - The Seventh Art: Issue 17, Section 3

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Alan Zweig Interview (When Jews Were Funny) - The Seventh Art: Issue 17, Section 3

Canadian documentary filmmaker, Alan Zweig, discusses his latest film, When Jews Were Funny, and his filmography as a whole.

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Alan Zweig is a Canadian documentary filmmaker whose films span a variety of topics through interviews with subjects - record collecting, curmudgeons, single women, ex-convicts, 'reasons to live' and Jewish humour - though each retain a degree of autobiographical investigation interwoven into the film.

His first three films (Vinyl, I, Curmudgeon and Lovable) form an 'autobiographical trilogy' and the unique formal device of Alan's monologues into a mirror, though his presence is felt strongly in subsequent films. His latest film, When Jews Were Funny (the Best Canadian Feature at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival), equally engages in the history of Jewish Comedians, the notion of Jewish humour, and Zweig's own Jewish culture.

Alan was kind enough to spend an hour with us at Kensington Market's Embassy Bar, where we discussed When Jews Were Funny in-depth, the expectations of audiences coming to his films, the trajectory of his career and subjects, and the realities of making documentaries in Canada.

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Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 17, Section 2

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Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 17, Section 2

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker discusses her latest feature, The Crash Reel, which follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce's experience with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

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Lucy Walker is an English documentary filmmaker who has been nominated for the Academy Award for both Best Documentary Feature (Waste Land) and Short (The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom) with the latter winning the award.

Walker's documentaries span a number of topics, including Amish youth (Devil's Playground), blind teen mountain climbers (Blindsight), artist Vik Muniz and his collaboration with recycling 'pickers' (Waste Land) and nuclear weapons (Countdown to Zero).

The Crash Reel, her latest film and most ambitious yet, charts the snowboarding career of Kevin Pearce and his life following a traumatic brain injury. Lucy presented the film at Hot Docs 2013 and was kind enough to discuss her entire career with us at the University of Toronto's Victoria College.

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Corneliu Porumboiu (When Evening Falls on Bucharest) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 16, Section 4

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Corneliu Porumboiu (When Evening Falls on Bucharest) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 16, Section 4

Corneliu Porumboiu discusses each of his three feature films, including his latest, WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM, during TIFF 2013.

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Corneliu Porumboiu is a contemporary Romanian filmmaker, included in what critics have dubbed the Romanian New Wave. His debut feature, 12:08 East of Bucharest, won the Camera d'Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was followed by Police, Adjective, which won the festival's Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section.

Porumboiu's trademark humour and deconstruction of the real continue in his latest film, When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism, which charts the making of a film through the romantic/analytic relationship between the director and lead actress.

The film had its North American premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and we were completely thrilled to discuss the film at length with Corneliu at our studio space in OCAD U's Graduate Gallery.

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Christopher Doyle Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 14, Section 3

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Christopher Doyle Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 14, Section 3

Cinematographer extraordinaire and Wong Kar-Wai collaborator Christopher Doyle discusses life, love and film.

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Christopher Doyle is one of the world's most recognizable cinematographers, whose work in Hong Kong with directors such as Edward Yang, Patrick Tam, Stanley Kwan and especially Wong Kar-wai gave him international renown. He has since worked extensively in Chinese cinema, including Peter Chan, Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou, while also working with Western directors Gus Van Sant, Jim Jarmusch, M. Night Shyamalan, Phillip Noyce and more.

Christopher was in Toronto for TIFF's A Century of Chinese Cinema program, which included his installation, Away With Words. It was our pleasure to invite him to Sex Laser for a few rounds of drinks and talk about life lessons, art philosophy, and deliberately misleading his mother about the starting time of a Happy Together screening.

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Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 16, Section 3

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Jennifer Baichwal (Watermark) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 16, Section 3

Jennifer Baichwal discusses her latest documentary, Watermark, as well collaborating with Edward Burtynsky and motifs throughout her work.

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Jennifer Baichwal is a Canadian documentary director and producer whose films over the past 15 years often include artists as subjects, including Paul Bowles (Let It Come Down), Shelby Lee Adams (The True Meaning of Pictures), Paul Auster (Act of God), Margaret Atwood (Payback) and Edward Burtynsky. In some cases they are profiled more directly, while in others they are part of a network of narratives pertaining to a larger topic.

Both approaches converge in her collaboration with photographer Edward Burtynsky, which has evolved from his role as subject in Manufactured Landscapes to co-director in her latest feature, Watermark. The film engages with the complex humans have with water, as well as Burtynsky creating a book on this topic.

Jennifer had just premiered the film, as well as two exhibitions stemming from it at Toronto's Nuit Blanche, when we were fortunate enough to chat with her at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, who represent Burtynsky.

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Xavier Dolan Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 14, Section 4

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Xavier Dolan Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 14, Section 4

Xavier Dolan joins us for an in-depth discussion of Laurence Anyways and his upcoming film, Tom at the Farm.

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Xavier Dolan is a French Canadian actor, writer and director, whose first three films - J'ai tué ma mère, Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways - have the distinction of all opening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Xavier was in Toronto for the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards, where his most recent film, Laurence Anyways, won two awards. He joined us at Oddseoul the day before the ceremony to candidly discuss the film in great depth, contextualizing it within his other work, and discussing his next two films - including Tom à la ferme, which was the first Quebec film to play the Venice International Film Festival in nearly 30 years. We also touch briefly on how he looks back at his first two features: I Killed My Mother (J'ai tué ma mère) and Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires).

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Götz Spielmann (October November) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 15, Section 4

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Götz Spielmann (October November) Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 15, Section 4

Gotz Spielmann (Revanche) discusses October November, his latest film, at TIFF13.

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Gotz Spielmann is an Austrian filmmaker who rose to international prominence with Erwin und Julia and Der Nachbar. More recently, Antares and Revanche have been worldwide successes, the latter taking an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. His latest film, October November, takes some of the narrative and stylistic components of his recent work and increases their complexity.

Spielmann premiered Oktober November at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where we had the opportunity to invite him to our studio at OCAD U's Graduate Gallery to discuss the film at length, narrative structure in his films and how his filmmaking has developed over time.

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Matt Wolf Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 14, Section 2

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Matt Wolf Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 14, Section 2

Documentary filmmaker Matt Wolf (Teenage, Wild Combination) discusses his entire career with us.

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Matt Wolf is an American filmmaker whose documentaries Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard and Teenage each draw upon a multitude of media sources (including archival, recreations, recitations, etc.), culminating in a unique style that he calls a 'living collage'.

Matt was in Toronto for Hot Docs '13 to present his latest film, Teenage, which is based on Jon Savage's book on the beginning of youth culture. We met at an empty classroom at the University of Toronto to talk about each of his films, the development of his craft, and his experimental treatment of historical characters, while still appealing to a broader audience.

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Ben Rivers & Ben Russell Interview (A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness) - The Seventh Art: Issue 15, Section 3

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Ben Rivers & Ben Russell Interview (A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness) - The Seventh Art: Issue 15, Section 3

Ben Rivers & Ben Russell discuss their collaborative film, A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS, during TIFF13.

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Ben Rivers is an English experimental filmmaker and artist whose work blends fiction and non-fiction, exploring themes of community, utopia, hermetic living and investigating spaces more broadly. His works include I Know Where I'm Going, Slow Action and Two Years at Sea, which won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 68th Venice Film Festival.

Ben Russell is an American artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances seek to engage the history and semiotics of the moving image. His works include the Trypps series, an "ongoing study in trance, travel, and psychedelic ethnographies," River Rites, and Let Each One Go Where He May.

The duo presented their co-directed feature, A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS, at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. We were very excited to talk about their work together and apart at our studio space at OCAD U's Graduate Gallery.

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The Canyons' Paul Schrader Interview (2013) - The Seventh Art: Issue 13, Section 3

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The Canyons' Paul Schrader Interview (2013) - The Seventh Art: Issue 13, Section 3

The Canyons' director Paul Schrader sits down to talk about his Bret Easton Ellis collaboration and his career as a whole.

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Paul Schrader is an American filmmaker whose work as a screenwriter and director hold a significant place in the history of American cinema, including Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, American Gigolo, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Light Sleeper.

Schrader has no shortage of interesting stories about New Hollywood as one of the original movie brats, as well as a critical background that has informed his work. It follows that he has a varied oeuvre that includes both deliberate consistencies (his lonely man series of films) and outlier films like Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist.

It was our pleasure to bring Paul to Toronto for a sold-out screening in our Live Directors Series. Before the screening, Paul sat down to discuss his filmography, including an in-depth look at his new, Kickstarter-funded collaboration with Bret Easton Ellis starring Lindsay Lohan, The Canyons.

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Barbara Hammer Interview (2013) - The Seventh Art: Issue 13, Section 2

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Barbara Hammer Interview (2013) - The Seventh Art: Issue 13, Section 2

Barbara Hammer, avant-garde filmmaking legend, discusses her films on the occasion of a TIFF retrospective in Toronto.

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Barbara Hammer is a legend of experimental cinema, creating bold and affecting works on a wealth of subjects, including feminism, lesbian cinema, queer and hidden history, the body, art in the context of war, mortality and much more. Beginning in the 1970s, Barbara's work has consistently grown in scope and stature, including the avant-garde classics: Dyketactics, Sanctus, Nitrate Kisses, Tender Fictions, History Lessons and Resisting Paradise.

Barbara was in Toronto for a comprehensive programme of her work, presented by the Toronto International Film Festival, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and the Images Festival. Barbara's introductions and Q&A's are lively affairs and our interview with her was no different, speaking candidly as ever about her career, her book Hammer!, and most importantly, what she's currently working on.

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Hannah Arendt's Margarethe von Trotta Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 13, Section 4

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Hannah Arendt's Margarethe von Trotta Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 13, Section 4

Margarethe von Trotta (Hannah Arendt) discusses her new film and motifs in her work at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Margarethe von Trotta is a German filmmaker whose career began during the famed New German Cinema period. Her films tend to take significant historical and political moments as backdrops to more emotional investigations, particularly between complex, well-drawn women characters. These films include The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, Marianne and Juliane, Sheer Madness, Rosa Luxemberg, and Rosenstrasse.

This is also true of her latest work, a biopic of famous writer and political theorist, Hannah Arendt. Margarethe premiered the film at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where we were lucky to convene at our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U in order to discuss it in relation to her career as a whole.

This interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage.

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The Dirties' Matt Johnson & Matthew Miller interview - The Seventh Art - Issue 13, Section 1

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The Dirties' Matt Johnson & Matthew Miller interview - The Seventh Art - Issue 13, Section 1

An interview with Canadian Indie filmmakers Matt Johnson and Matthew Miller (The Dirties, 2013).

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The Dirties is a faux documentary about high school life leading up to a school shooting. The Canadian film premiered at Slamdance 2013 and took home the Best Narrative Feature prize, initiating a successful festival run and distribution from Phase 4.

The film is an extension of the multi-platform referential style of Nirvana, the Band: The Show, an excellent, pioneering web series that gleefully merged multimedia aesthetics to create a deeply funny and affecting series.

We caught up with Matt Johnson, the director of the series and film, and Matthew Miller, the film’s producer, for a mid-afternoon drink at Unlovable. Our discussion covers the fake documentary mode, school shooting films, the film’s reception in the U.S., and a candid take on the reality of making independent films in Canada.

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Thomas Vinterberg Interview (The Hunt) - The Seventh Art: Issue 12, Section 3

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Thomas Vinterberg Interview (The Hunt) - The Seventh Art: Issue 12, Section 3

Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, The Celebration, Dear Wendy) joins us for an interview discussing his career as a director.

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Thomas Vinterberg is a Danish filmmaker who rose to international attention from co-founding the Dogme 95 movement and contributing the first film to follow its rules, The Celebration (1998). His other films include The Biggest Heroes (1996), It's All About Love (2003), the Lars von Trier penned Dear Wendy (2005), A Man Comes Home (2007) and Submarino (2010).

Thomas premiered his latest film, The Hunt (Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen), at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where we had the great opportunity to host him at our TIFF studio space, Onsite [at] OCAD U, where we had an early morning chat about The Hunt and almost every other film he's made... especially It's All About Love.

This interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was released in March 2013

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Viola (2012) Director, Matías Piñeiro, Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 11, Section 3

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Viola (2012) Director, Matías Piñeiro, Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 11, Section 3

Matías Piñeiro (Viola, They All Lie, Rosalinda, The Stolen Man) sits down for an interview discussing his films during TIFF 2012.

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Matias Pineiro is an Argentinian filmmaker who has directed three feature films and one 40-minute short, which was commissioned for the Jeonju Digital Project. His first two films, The Stolen Man (2007) and They All Lie (2009), introduce the games played with narrative, the engagement with the relationship between film and literature, and the interest in artistic communities that exist throughout his uniformly strong filmography, which is equal parts formally complex and lightly comedic exploration of human behaviour.

Matías brought his latest film, Viola, to the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Like Rosalinda (2011) before it, Viola is an adaptation of a Shakespeare play -- As You Like It and Twelfth Night, respectively -- and part of a planned look at the female roles of Shakespeare's comedies. We were absolutely thrilled to invite Matías to our studio space, hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U, to discuss every single one of his films at length.

This interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was released in February 2013

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João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra Da Mata (Interview) - The Seventh Art: Issue 11, Section 2

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João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra Da Mata (Interview) - The Seventh Art: Issue 11, Section 2

An in-depth interview with João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata (The Last Time I Saw Macao, To Die Like a Man).

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João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata are Portuguese filmmakers who have worked together in various capacities since their first short film, Parabens! (1997). Rodrigues has directed three feature films - O Fanasma (2000), Two Drifters (2005) and To Die Like a Man (2009) - where genres are mixed to tell stories that each deal, to some extent, with the theme of transformation.

The films co-directed with Joao Rui Guerra da Mata - China China (2007), Red Dawn (2011) and The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012) - have increasingly blended non-fiction and fiction in their exploration of globalization, post-colonization and formal experimentation. The duo presented Macao in the Wavelengths program of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to appropriately high praise. It was our pleasure to host them at our TIFF studio space, Onsite [at] OCAD U, where we were treated to a candid, charming and insightful conversation about their incredible body of work.

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Whit Stillman (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 10, Section 3

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Whit Stillman (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 10, Section 3

An in-depth interview with filmmaker Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress, Metropolitan, Last Days of Disco, Barcelona).

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Whit Stillman is an American filmmaker whose four films are comedic investigations of class triumphs and tragedies, explored through the lens of group social life.

These include the varying comforts and malaise of the 'urban haute bourgeoisie' in Metropolitan (1990); how certain class cultures clash with political realities abroad in Barcelona (1994); and the collapse of the utopian ideals of disco in The Last Days of Disco (1996).

In many ways his latest film and first in thirteen years, Damsels in Distress (2001), breaks away from the preceding three films. It takes a cue from Disco's last scene and sheds the commitment to realism that dominates popular cinema today, while also exhibiting an intimacy with its central character in a way that's unique in Whit's films.

We were thrilled to bring Whit to Toronto to discuss and present his work through our Live Directors Series. Before leaving the city, Whit sat down to chat about his films a little more closely, with a special (and deserved) focus on the charms and challenges of Damsels.

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Costa-Gavras Interview (2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 10, Section 2

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An in-depth interview with Greek-French filmmaker Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing) from TIFF 2012.

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Costa-Gavras is a Greek-French filmmaker who is commonly associated with thrillers concerned with political stories, though his oeuvre is much more varied in style and theme. Still perhaps best known for Z (1969) and Missing (1982), two political thrillers of the highest order, Gavras' filmography also includes a recurring interest in the holocaust (Music Box (1989) and Amen. (2003)), the media (Betrayed (1988) and Mad City (1997)), nationhood (Hanna K. (1983), Eden is West (2009)), as well as a recent interest in economic stories told with back comedy: Le Couperet (2005) and Le Capital (2012). He is currently the president of the Cinémathèque Française, a position he has held twice and spanning ten years.

Costa premiered Le Capital at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. We were thrilled to host Costa at our TIFF studio space, Onsite [at] OCAD U, where we talked in-depth about his latest film, its relationship to his body of work as a whole, working with Gad Elmaleh, and even touched on some of his less commented upon films.

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Attenberg's Athina Rachel Tsangari (Interview) - The Seventh Art: Issue 10, Section 4

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Attenberg's Athina Rachel Tsangari (Interview) - The Seventh Art: Issue 10, Section 4

An in-depth interview with Greek filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg, The Capsule) from TIFF 2012.

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Athina Rachel Tsangari is a Greek filmmaker, visual artist and producer. She has produced fellow Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' films, including Alps and Dogtooth, among others through her production company HAOS films.

As a filmmaker she considers herself to be nomadic - a quality that her first feature, The Slow Business of Going, explores in both its story and its boundary-crossing form. Attenberg, her second feature, takes place in Greece, though it is more complicated than simply representing the nation, as its references to the anthropological quality of David Attenborough's documentaries indicate.

Athina brought her latest work, The Capsule, to the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The short film is a component of a larger multimedia piece - a milieu that Athina has worked within alongside her feature films - that was commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art. We sat down on a particularly rainy day at our studio space, hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U, to discuss all of Athina's films, The Capsule in particular, as well as her love for Michael Bay and genre films.

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The End of Time's Peter Mettler Interview (2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 9, Section 3

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The End of Time's Peter Mettler Interview (2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 9, Section 3

An in-depth interview with Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler (The End of Time, Gambling Gods and LSD).

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Peter Mettler is a Canadian filmmaker, photographer and live audio/visual mixing performer, whose films rank among the very best Canada has had to offer. His feature film work, including Picture of Light (1994), The Top of His Head (1989), and Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002), span narrative, documentary, avant-garde and essay film modes - often in each film.

Peter's much anticipated new film, The End of Time, played the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where we were able to meet at our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U to discuss the film's reception, the personal quality in all his films, the influence of music and changing technologies, among many other topics.

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Ernie Gehr (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 9, Section 2

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Ernie Gehr (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 9, Section 2

An in-depth interview with American avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr (Serene Velocity) from TIFF 2012.

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Ernie Gehr is an American experimental filmmaker, whose film Serene Velocity (1970) remains one of the best known works of structuralist cinema and perhaps experimental cinema more broadly. Further works, such as Shift (1972-74) and Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991), continued to show how inspired Gehr's placement of a camera could be, while the personal quality of Signal - Germany on the Air (1982-1985) contributes to an intensely overall affecting film. Since shifting from film to video in 2001, Gehr's films continue to explore ontology and the experience of spectatorship, including the camcorder-degraded sunsets of Waterfront Follies (2009) and especially his latest work.

Gehr brought two short films to the Wavelengths programme at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival: Departure and Auto-Collider XV. We were thrilled to spend some time with Ernie at our TIFF studio space, Onsite [at] OCAD U, where we were able to discuss as much of his career as our limited time would permit.

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Sightseers' Ben Wheatley (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 8, Section 3

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Sightseers' Ben Wheatley (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 8, Section 3

An in-depth interview with English filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Kill List, Down Terrace).

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Ben Wheatley is an English filmmaker who started in shorts, sketch, viral videos and animation, before transitioning to make three distinctly English, variably horrific features: Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. Expertly weaving seemingly disparate genres, Wheatley's films have a visceral immediacy that sometimes belies their formal complexity.

Ben brought Sightseers to the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it played to enthusiastic audiences in the Vanguard program. We sat down with Ben after a long, hot day in our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U and were thrilled to talk to him about each film's development, production and reception at length.

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Room 237's Rodney Ascher & Tim Kirk Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 8, Section 2

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Room 237's Rodney Ascher & Tim Kirk Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 8, Section 2

Room 237's director, Rodney Ascher, and producer, Tim Kirk, talk about their documentary and analyses of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.

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Rodney Ascher is an American filmmaker who creates, as he puts it, his "own brand of genre-blurring films and videos." These include the satirical documentary short, The S from Hell (2010), and his first feature, the 'subjective documentary' Room 237 (2012), which played at the 2012 Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. Tim Kirk produced Room 237 and contributed to the genesis of and research for the project, which pairs the tape-recordings of several fans discussing their interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980) with a collage of video from Kubrickian sources and beyond.

Rodney and Tim presented the film at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where its genre-blurring and interstitial mode made it a perfect fit for the Vanguard program. We sat down in our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U to discuss video essays, theories v. readings, formal analysis, Kubrick's films as traps and directorial intent.

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Detropia's Rachel Grady (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 8, Section 1

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Detropia's Rachel Grady (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 8, Section 1

A discussion of the documentary film DETROPIA with its co-director Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp).

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Rachel Grady is an American filmmaker who, along with co-director Heidi Ewing, is responsible for pointed, exploratory documentaries that also avoid becoming overly polemical. Their works span features, collaborative shorts and television, and include JESUS CAMP (2006), THE BOYS OF BARAKA (2005) and 12TH & DELAWARE (2010).

Rachel was in Toronto to present her and Heidi's latest film, DETROPIA, at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. The film takes a network narrative approach to representing some of the individuals that comprise the now-much-documented, troubled city. We talked briefly about representational techniques, visual motifs, the relationship between the individuals included in the film and opera.

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Miguel Gomes (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 7, Section 2

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Miguel Gomes (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 7, Section 2

An in-depth interview with Portuguese director Miguel Gomes (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August, The Face You Deserve).

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Miguel Gomes is a Portuguese filmmaker whose four shorts and three feature films that generally share an interest in formal games. His feature films loosely adhere to two-part structures, not unlike the occasionally referenced film, The Wizard of Oz (1939), and are often in dialogue with the medium and its past.

The Face You Deserve (2004) is a musical comedy riff on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, where a bout of measles results in a meta-cinema dream about growing up. Our Beloved Month of August (2008) is a freewheeling narrative centred on a touring band during Portugal's festival season, which eventually focuses on a single love story. His latest film, Tabu (2012), jumps from a melancholy look at contemporary Lisbon to one character's colonial backstory, which is told through a reinvention of cinema history. Tabu won the Alfred Bauer Prize for Artistic Innovation and the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the 2012 Berlinale.

We talked briefly with Miguel about his films' structures, production and themes during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival from our studio space hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U.

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Mia Hansen-Løve (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 7, Section 3

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Mia Hansen-Løve (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 7, Section 3

An in-depth interview with filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (All Is Forgiven, The Father of My Children and Goodbye First Love).

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Mia Hansen-Løve is a French filmmaker whose films have drawn attention for their engagement with the history of French cinema, their bifurcated structures, and the recurring theme of fathers and daughters.

Her debut film, Tout est pardonné (2007), depicts the collapse of a marriage before focusing on the couple's daughter and her attempt to meet her long absent father. The Father of My Children (2009) returns to these themes, showing a father who succumbs to financial difficulties and his daughter's pursuit of his past. However, the father figure is a structuring absence in her latest film, Goodbye First Love (2011), where the protagonist must reconcile a significant young relationship as she matures into an adult.

Mia was in Toronto to present a retrospective of her work at TIFF Lightbox, where we met her to talk about the structure of her films, the importance of place, the influence of French culture, editing strategies and revealing the seams.

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Nicolás Pereda (Greatest Hits) - The Seventh Art: Issue 6, Section 4

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Nicolás Pereda (Greatest Hits) - The Seventh Art: Issue 6, Section 4

An in-depth interview with director Nicolás Pereda (Greatest Hits, Summer of Goliath, Perpetuum Mobile).

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Nicolás Pereda is a Mexican-Canadian filmmaker whose films have been taken up as a talking point by a number critics on subjects as varied as contemporary Mexican cinema, contemporary contemplative cinema and the nebulous distinction of the documentary film.

Beginning with his first feature, WHERE ARE THEIR STORIES? (2007), Pereda has notably worked with the actors Gabino Rodriguez and Teresa Sanchez in most of his flims. His next two features, JUNTOS (2009) and PERPETUUM MOBILE (2010), act as further intertexts through shared story elements, while his short, INTERVIEW WITH THE EARTH (2009), exists both within and outside the overlapping feature film, SUMMER OF GOLIATH (2010). His latest work is the black-and-white documentary of his own experience shooting an educational television program, ALL THINGS WERE NOW OVERTAKEN BY SILENCE (2010).

Nicolás was in Toronto to shoot a new film - to be released after his upcoming film, GREATEST HITS (2012) - and we were thrilled to chat with him at GET WELL as the walk-in fridge gently hummed in the background. We talked about motifs in his films, how they are presented in theatres and festivals, how they have been received, and whether radical films can still be made.

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Joe Swanberg Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 5, Section 3

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Joe Swanberg Interview - The Seventh Art: Issue 5, Section 3

An in-depth interview with director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, All the Light in the Sky, Silver Bullets, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Autoerotic).

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Joe Swanberg is a Chicago-based filmmaker who is commonly associated with the so-called mumblecore mode of filmmaking - a term assigned to low-budget American films made in the 2000s that were singled out for their naturalism. For Swanberg, this is often achieved through improvisational performances, digital photography and frank depictions of sex.

Following his 2005 debut, Kissing on the Mouth, Swanberg embarked on a string of at least one film a year until 2010, three of which featured Greta Gerwig (culminating in their co-directed Nights and Weekends). The Gerwig collaborations and the following film Alexander the Last, seemed to signal a move towards a more traditional form of filmmaking. However, 2011's Uncle Kent saw a return to the almost formalistic naturalism of his early work, including segments shot on a Flip camera, while Autoerotic is an omnibus film made with Adam Wingard.

Joe was in Toronto to present 2011's Full Moon Trilogy - comprised of Art History, Silver Bullets and The Zone - and instruct a masterclass titled, 'DIY Art and Life'. The trilogy is included in the four films currently being released as part of Swanberg's innovative subscription home video series, Joe Swanberg: Collected Films 2011, released by Factory 25.

The night after the screening, we met up with Joe at COLD TEA, where we had a beer and discussed the periods of his filmography, the different concepts that undergird his films and the types of reception he's received.

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Lauren Greenfield Interview (Queen of Versailles, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 5, Section 1

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Lauren Greenfield Interview (Queen of Versailles, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 5, Section 1

A portrait of documentary filmmaker and photographer, Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles, Thin).

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Lauren Greenfield is an American documentary photographer and filmmaker. Her photos are exhibited in museums and galleries, featured in a number of high-profile magazines and she has published three books, which include the popular GIRL CULTURE. Her work touches upon a number of subjects, including a recurring theme of self-image.

Her first feature-length documentary, THIN, followed four women living at a facility for the treatment of eating disorders and was also the basis for a book of photographs. The film screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and was broadcast on HBO.

The New York Times commissioned a follow-up short film in 2008, KIDS + MONEY, which is comprised of interviews with a variety of Los Angeles teenagers on the topic of money.

Her latest feature, THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, premiered at Sundance in 2012, where Greenfield received the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary. The film focuses on former Mrs. Florida, Jackie Siegel, and her husband, timeshare king David Siegel, as they create the largest single-family home in America - modelled on the palace of Versailles. While filming, the financial crisis of 2008 hits and the completion of the home is jeopardized.

We were able to chat briefly with Lauren about her films between sold-out screenings of VERSAILLES at Toronto's Hot Docs film festival.

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Peter Bogdanovich (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 4, Section 3

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Peter Bogdanovich (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 4, Section 3

An in-depth interview with director Peter Bogdanovich (Paper Moon, What's Up Doc?).

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Peter Bogdanovich is a legendary filmmaker whose career began in a similar fashion to our own project: interviewing filmmakers in a thorough yet conversational manner. His relationships with Ford and Welles, among others, have yielded indispensable books investigating these auteurs' films. His own filmography is just as expansive and intricate, including richly woven odes to classical filmmaking and quite a few films that experienced crippling studio interventions, resulting in films that reward close readings, revisiting (specifically the Director's Cut versions) and discussion.

Peter was in Toronto as part of Turner Classic Movies' Road to Hollywood tour, which presented classic films with special guests in ten cities leading up to the TCM Classic Film Festival and included The Last Picture Show.

The night before the screening, we were lucky enough to have Peter join us at UNIT BAR, where he shared charming, insightful and emotional stories on the topic of our favourite Bogdanovich films, specifically those that are criminally under-seen for various reasons: Saint Jack, The Thing Called Love, Texasville and Noises Off... He also mentions two new projects in development, including She's Funny That Way (aka Squirrel to the Nuts).

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Bruce McDonald (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 3, Section 4

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Bruce McDonald (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 3, Section 4

An in-depth interview with Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo, The Tracey Fragments, "Twitch City").

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Bruce discusses adaptations, his relationship with Michael Ondaatje, The Tracey Fragments (its aesthetic/distribution), Picture Claire (and its making-of film), the road movie, Dance Me Outside, Norman Jewison and programming an exhibition of Deep Throat in Toronto.

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Patricia Rozema (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 3, Section 1

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Patricia Rozema (Interview, 2012) - The Seventh Art: Issue 3, Section 1

An in-depth interview with Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, When Night Is Falling).

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Patricia joins us to discuss her Globe & Mail 'manifesto' on what the Canadian film industry needs, her own experience making films in Canada, the CBC, cross-platform distribution, and her entire filmography.

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Guy Maddin (Interview, 2011) - The Seventh Art: Issue 1, Section 3

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Guy Maddin (Interview, 2011) - The Seventh Art: Issue 1, Section 3

An in-depth interview with Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (Keyhole, The Saddest Music in the World, My Winnipeg).

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The Seventh Art is an independently produced video magazine about cinema featuring profiles on interesting aspects of the film industry, video essays and in-depth interviews with filmmakers.

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