Category Archives: Interviews

An Interview with Jinkyu Ahn, Experimental Animator. By Emmett Williams

Jinkyu Ahn is an experimental animator whose work has been featured and won awards around the world, from the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards to Animaze Daze at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Ahn participated in this Film Matters interview … Continue reading

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Exploring Film History: An Interview with Dr. Jon Cowans. By Emmett Williams

Jon Cowans is associate professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University–Newark and author of Empire Films and the Crisis of Colonialism, 1946–1959 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015). Dr. Cowans participated in this Film Matters interview via email in … Continue reading

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Interview with As Good as You Star, Laura Heisler. By Kim Carr

Laura Heisler is a theater, film, and television actress. She has appeared in many Off-Broadway productions as well as television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Americans, and Madame Secretary. In 2015, she was cast as the lead in the … Continue reading

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Interview with As Good as You Director, Heather de Michele. By Kim Carr

Heather de Michele, a former New Yorker, cofounded  Lesbian Pulp-o-rama, a sketch comedy troupe that performed live shows in New York.  She went on to produce and direct a variety of film genres including commercials, web series, and shorts before … Continue reading

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Interview with Blake Atwood, Author of Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic (Colombia University Press, 2016). By Chamberlain Staub

Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic by Blake Atwood (2016) is a book that shines a detailed light on Iranian sociopolitical constructs and the media that aided the shift of these ideals. Although the author … Continue reading

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Interview with Jeremy Borum. By Ty Johnson

Jeremy Borum is a film composer and well-established artist in Hollywood. Not only has he composed for dozens of major projects, he teaches seminars, performs for enormous audiences, has built multiple studios, and even co-owns ZMX Music, a digital sheet … Continue reading

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Americana Film Studies: Interview with Stephen Lee Naish. By Lydia Plantamura

Get your IMDb app ready, because Stephen Lee Naish loves to reference both mainstream and independent films in this interview with Film Matters intern, Lydia Plantamura. Writing on a range of subjects in American films from digital manipulation in film … Continue reading

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From Produce to Production: Interview with Paten Hughes. By Lydia Plantamura

When her acting career grew unsatisfying, Paten Hughes found escape in the tomato garden. But her hiatus from the industry produced more than delicious produce. Hughes’s experience inspired her to create the new hit web series, Heirloom (streaming now on … Continue reading

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Interview with Ewa Mazierska, Co-Editor of Marxism and Film Activism: Screening Alternative Worlds (Berghahn Books, 2015). By Brittany Lowe

Ewa Mazierska is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire. She was born in Poland and received an education at Warsaw University in philosophy, as well as a PhD in film studies. She has many publications covering a variety … Continue reading

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The Giants of Shorts: Interview with Cindy Birch. By Lydia Plantamura

The development of the internet over the last couple of decades has created a world where information can be spread farther and farther, faster and faster. While the debate on shortening attention spans continues, one positive result is the rise … Continue reading

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