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Interview: Nicholas Alexander, retired CIA

— by BEV QUESTAD — I’m becoming more interested not only in the content of a documentary, but in investigating its truth. This is why I interviewed a Sovietologist and retired CIA operations officer in the clandestine service of the CIA’s covert action section about Oliver Stone[...]

Interview: Filmmaker John Alan Simon

— by BEV QUESTAD — Philip K. Dick, dead by a stroke at age 53 in 1982, was early in his career reduced to buying horse meat, sold for dogs, in order to survive. Now revered as one of the great sci-fi writers of all time, with his work mined for ideas to turn into […][...]

Interview: Filmmaker Katherine Brooks

— by JESSIKA OWENS — Mental illness in film and TV is not uncommon. Mental illness done accurately is not so common. But that’s not to say that there aren’t some brilliant performances caught on film. Edward Norton in “Primal Fear” portrayed an imprisoned man sufferin[...]

Q&A: Rick Baker and the MIB3 FX Team

— by SHERICE ANTOINETTE — The “Men in Black” franchise has proven to be a lucrative one for Sony Pictures. Starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the first movie earned $589 million worldwide, the second $441 million and the latest installment, “Men in Black 3,” took in $624 mi[...]

Exclusive Interview: Francesca Zappitelli

— by LYNN TACKITT — Ten or 15 years ago, if you were to ask most little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up, they might just say a teacher, a nurse or a ballerina. As noble as those professions are, not all girls fit into those molds. With the ever-growing world […][...]

An Exclusive Interview with Actor-Filmmaker Paul Sampson

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — At some point in our lives, we’ve all wanted to be an actor. We hear about the glamorous lifestyles and the paychecks and we ask ourselves “how hard could that be?” However, once most of us do that school play, we realize that maybe acting isn’t[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Writer-Director Jared Pelletier

— by LYNN TACKITT — Jared Pelletier first got interested in film when he was only 6. At the age of 20, he already has several short films under his belt, including “In The Heart of Men,” a film that took top honors at the Arizona Film and Media Expo (AZFAME) Short Film[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Mohammad Kharoti

— by BEV QUESTAD — Mohammad Kharoti had just a moment. He was kindly dropping off a gift copy of “Stealing the Light.” It’s a documentary on his life growing up in a nomadic caravan, entering school at age 12, becoming a surgeon and then building a school in the roughest area i[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Actress Danielle Nicolet

— by SEAN GERSKI — Danielle Nicolet has had a diverse career that has included roles in both movies and TV shows, including work on “The Starter Wife,” “CSI,” “Brothers,” “Heartland,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Stargate [...]

Norman Reedus Interviewed at Conspirator Premiere

— by LYNN TACKITT — Norman Reedus, best known for “The Boondock Saints” and “The Walking Dead,” was interviewed outside The Ford Theatre on his way into the premiere of “The Conspirator.” Reedus plays the role of Lewis Payne in the film. Laid back and looking[...]

Exclusive Interview: Writer-Director Jay Jennings

— by AMANDA KOEHLER — Many avid film fans dream of making their own movie, but don’t know the steps to take or where to start. Truly, it can be overwhelming to think about. Thankfully, writer-director-producer (and editor, cinematographer, composer and actor) Jay Jennings, 45, who rece[...]

‘Girls on Film’ Project Tackles Gender Issues in Cinema

— by H.G. WATSON — A major criticism of Hollywood films is that they lack great roles for female characters. While pictures like “Black Swan” and “Winter’s Bone” show that change may be on the way, action films and your generic thrillers still tend to be pretty [...]

An Exclusive Interview With Writer-Director-Producer Jason Hewitt

— by AMANDA KOEHLER — As a kid, Jason Hewitt had big dreams of making it in the movies. But before hitting it big in Hollywood, Hewitt, born and raised in Louisiana, decided to try a more attainable career in the technology industry. In 1994, Hewitt, now 37, founded a Web site creation a[...]

An Exclusive Interview with Animator Teresa Drilling

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — For many of us, animated films were the first films we watched. From the classic Disney films to television shows like “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons,” animation can follow us throughout our lives. However, the animation process remains a mystery to mo[...]