Feb 11

Filmmaker 5 with Elham Esas: Yellow

Director, writer and actor Elham Ehsas brings his 2023 short movie Yellow, in which he plays a young man working in a Talab Chadari shop in Kabul. A young woman enters the shop, Laili played by Afsaneh Dehrouyeh, determined on buying the government mandate hajib in burqa style, completely covering the face. It’s blue, and […]

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Feb 04

Filmmaker 5 with Michael Lippert — Sloane: A Jazz Singer

Director Michael Lippert’s homage to the great “unknown” jazz legend, Carol Sloane doesn’t just introduce you to someone you may not have known, it makes you fall in love with her. And jazz. It makes you wonder why you don’t know her name and forces you to consider the possibility that out there, in the […]

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Jan 23

Filmmaker 5 with Daniel Barosa: Boi de Conchas / The Shell Covered Ox

While mourning her missing sister, Rayane balances helping her fisherman father and practicing for the school’s music festival – provided she doesn’t become an ox first, a misfortune assailing several teenagers in the area. Short film Boi de Conchas borrows its title from a folkloric manifestation born in Ubatuba, Brazil, about an Ox named Ratambufe, […]

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Jan 15

Filmmaker 5® with Ary Zara: An Avocado Pit

Larissa, a trans woman and Cláudio, a cis man, meet one night, in the streets of Lisbon. Two people, two realities. In challenge, in surprise, in awe and in recognition of one another, they dance their differences away till morning light. Short film An Avocado Pit tells an empowering story, free from violence and filled […]

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Nov 28

Filmmaker 5 with Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Neil deGrasse Tyson: Shot in the Arm

In the spring of 2019, before anyone had heard of COVID-19, filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy began investigating the global measles epidemic. He began filming a documentary with top public health officials—including Tony Fauci, Paul Offit, and Peter Hotez—and compiling rare interviews with anti-vaccine activists—like Robert Kennedy, Jr., Andrew Wakefield, and Del Bigtree—who were persuading parents […]

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Sep 11

Filmmaker 5 with Margreth Olin: Songs of Earth (Fedrelandet)

Songs of Earth (Fedrelandet) is a majestic symphony of sight and sound with filmmaker Margreth Olin’s 85-year-old father at its center. Acclaimed director Olin spends a year with her father Jørgen a lifelong trekker who guides us through Norway’s most spectacular valley — the place he grew up and where generations have been living alongside […]

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Sep 08

Filmmaker 5 with Eva Thomas: Redlights

Short film Redlights – written, produced and directed by Eva Thomas – sees best-friends Tina (Kaniehtiio Horn) and Amber (Ellyn Jade) wrapping up their night at a local bar and heading to Tina’s car, when Amber realizes she has forgotten her purse. Tina volunteers to go get it while Amber waits in the car. When […]

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Sep 07

Filmmaker 5 with Suvi West and Anssi Kömi: Homecoming (Máhccan)

Homecoming (Máhccan), from acclaimed documentarians Suvi West and Anssi Kömi, is slated to World Premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival running September 7-17 as part of the TIFF Docs section. The film follows Sámi filmmakers West and Kömi as they observe and help assist in the return of Sámi cultural artifacts, which hold […]

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Sep 07

Filmmaker 5 with Carolina Markowicz: Toll (Pedágio)

Suellen (Maeve Jinkings), a Brazilian toll booth attendant and mother, falls in with a gang of thieves in an attempt to keep her family afloat. In doing so, she realizes she can use her job to raise some extra money illegally for a so-called noble cause: to send her son (Kauan Alvarenga) to an expensive gay […]

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Aug 19

Filmmaker 5 with Rita Basulto: HUMO

HUMO (Smoke), screened as part of this year’s  19th Annual Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival as part of the Adult Animation block. Directed by Academy Member and stop motion animator Rita Basulto, short film HUMO follows the story of Daniel, a young boy who travels by train towards a dark destination known as the smokehouse. Set in […]

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