Jack Black Doc ‘The Insufferable Groo’, About a Tommy Wiseau-Style Filmmaker, Finds U.S. Distribution

Tommy Wiseau. James Nguyen. Neil Breen. Connoisseurs of “so bad, they’re good” movies are familiar with these infamous directors, but have you heard of Stephen Groo? The Utah-based filmmaker has nearly 200 low- or no-budget credits to his name, and he’s the subject of a new documentary called The Insufferable Groo, which follows the title […]

This Millennial Filmmaker Is Riding the Digital Wave With His NBA Buddies

Just days before the 2018 ESPY Awards, Michael D. Ratner was less worried about rubbing elbows with the biggest stars in sports and Hollywood than he was convincing them to do an interview … with Kevin Hart … in an ice bath. The socializing could commence once a packed workday had wrapped. As creator, producer […]

‘Evil genius’ Trump will be ‘last president of US’, filmmaker Michael Moore warns

Calling President Donald Trump an “evil genius” plotting to declare himself dictator for life, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore said his new film ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ will mobilize the liberal #Resistance majority. Moore’s new documentary, scheduled to hit theaters on September 21, seeks to “bring Trump down” before the November midterms. The title is a retread […]

The Filmmaker Wringing Truth — and Comedy — From Addiction

Seventeen years ago, Tess Sweet wanted to disappear. Suicidal, addicted to heroin and consumed by shame and rage following a sexual assault, she couldn’t see how she might someday help others suffering similar pain. Today, Sweet is a filmmaker living in Santa Cruz, California, using her experiences with addiction and mental illness to shift the […]

Filmmaker Sues ‘Stranger Things’ Creators, Says They Ripped Off His Idea

A new Stranger Things lawsuit might have Netflix’s lawyers wishing they were in the Upside Down. Filmmaker Charlie Kessler is suing Matt and Ross Duffer, the twin creators of the hit Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things, for allegedly ripping off his idea for the show. Read more about the Stranger Things lawsuit below. TMZ reports […]

The Syrian Filmmaker Documenting Jihadi Family Values

“I learned to speak directly to the eyes,” says Talal Derki. He’s sitting on a couch in a rented condo in Park City, Utah, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. With tattooed arms, a well-trimmed goatee and penetrating green eyes, the 40-year-old Syrian filmmaker projects an intensity and sincerity that must’ve helped convince a jihadi […]

Spike Lee is the Latest Filmmaker to Teach Through MasterClass

Following in the footsteps of fellow filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and Werner Herzog, director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, She’s Gotta Have It) is the latest to sign up to teach classes through the online education company MasterClass. Anyone with an internet connection, an interest in filmmaking, and some cash to spare can […]

Spike Lee is the Latest Filmmaker to Teach Through MasterClass

Following in the footsteps of fellow filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and Werner Herzog, director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, She’s Gotta Have It) is the latest to sign up to teach classes through the online education company MasterClass. Anyone with an internet connection, an interest in filmmaking, and some cash to spare can […]

The Thai Filmmaker Documenting Life at the Margins

Five years ago, Nontawat Numbenchapol struck up an acquaintance with a boy living in Bangkok while working on a PBS documentary about Shan people, an ethnic minority group from Myanmar. The boy told the documentarian that he hoped to become a photographer and filmmaker, and the two connected on Facebook to chat about cameras. By […]

After an investor bailed, a 20-year-old filmmaker spent her entire college fund finishing her award-winning debut

Samuel Goldwyn Films Actress-turned-director Quinn Shephard was 20 when she made her debut feature film “Blame” in 2015. The movie went on to win the best actress prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and later found theatrical distribution. Shephard had to cash in her college fund to self-finance the movie after her sole investor […]