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Clio Barnard: Reverse Shot Talkies #28

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In our latest Talkie, Eric Hynes talks to filmmaker Clio Barnard about the slippage between reality and representation in her new documentary-fiction hybrid THE ARBOR, which utilizes an evocative lip-synch technique to explore the gritty legacy of celebrated British playwright Andrea Dunbar.

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Written by eyemaster

May 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

RIP Tim Hetherington

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Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Restrepo co-directors Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington for Reverse Shot Video’s Direct Address series. Hetherington in particular I found to be charming, passionate, and remarkably insightful about how his work as a still photographer had guided his forst foray into feature filmmaking. I remember his discomfort looking into the lens–he politely asked if he could look at me when answering questions, saying with a laugh that he preferred eye contact and “human engagement.” His thoughts on war and the dangers of his profession were deeply felt, I thought; he was a thinker, and anything but arrogant or cavalier about the career path he was on, so it was especially grieving to hear earlier today that he had been killed by mortar fire in Misrata, Libya. Although much of our interview was compressed and heavily edited to accommodate Junger’s thoughts in the same clip, I think what he does say about how he approaches his work from an emotional place, to better understand and convey honestly the experiences of soldiers at war, speaks poignantly to the shocking suddenness of his death. He will be missed.

Written by eyemaster

April 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Reverse Shot Direct Address #11: Bertrand Tavernier

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Reverse Shot trashes a hotel room with French director Bertrand Tavernier (LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER, ROUND MIDNIGHT), then chats with him about historical accuracy, creative urgency, and film criticism.

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April 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: A Reverse Shot Talkie

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Reverse Shot Talkies #27 from Reverse Shot on Vimeo.

In the 27th edition of our site-specific video series Reverse Shot Talkies, host Eric Hynes talks to Palme d’Or–winning filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES) about the Thai jungle, time and duration, and the transformative qualities of life and cinema.