Buddhist Film Festival

Gaetano Kazuo Maida, executive director of the Buddhist Film Festival, tells us how the festival seeks to challenge narrow definitions of what a Buddhist film can be.

Winnebago Man

Sometimes your darkest moments become an inspiration. That was the case for the "Winnebago man". Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer finds out why.

James Franco

Actor James Franco portrays a young Allen Ginsberg in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s new film, Howl, where he portrays a young Allen Ginsberg writing his epic poem "Howl" and the obscenity trial that it provoked.

Lone Scherfig

Based on a short story by Lynn Barber which author Nick Hornby extended into a screenplay, An Education was directed by Lone Scherfig, a Danish director.

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman has made nearly 40 films including Titicut Follies, High School, Welfare, Hospital, Meat, Zoo, Basic Training and Domestic Violence, which he discusses here. La Danse is his latest film.

Larry Clark

In 1995, Larry Clark came out with his first film titled KIDS. It followed a group a teenagers in NY revealing a life of sex, drugs and general debauchery. His latest film, Wassup Rockers, re-visits the theme of youth on the edge.

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi has been a fixture in the independent film circuit for nearly 20 years and has over 100 acting credits to his name. His latest project is bringing the films of assassinated filmmaker Theo Van Gogh to the screen.

Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, NY, is a film about life, in all its messy, exhilarating, confusing, frightening, magical glory. There's no point explaining what it is, experience it.

Laurent Cantet

Laurent Cantet’s film The Class was the winner of the Palme d'Or and a contender for the Academy Award in Foreign Film in 2009. It reflects what happens in the classroom and offers a microcosm of French society.

Ari Folman

Director Ari Folman’s film Waltz With Bashir won 15 awards and was nominated for another 12. The film looks at the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and in particular about the complicated and intangible memories of that time.

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