The filmmaker behind December's Indie Night film speaks about his directorial approach, conflicting defintions of what is art and what is a hobby, and the largely unrecognized San Diego arts scene.
Steven Spielberg's latest raked in an expected seven nods, but it was the surprise inclusion (three times!) of the nearly-forgotten "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and the snubbing of Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" that marked today's nominations.
Today we highlight what's sure to be remembered as the breakout indie film of 2012. Benh Zeitlin's debut feature premiered at Sundance, was the surprise Closing Night screening at New Directors/New Films, and took home prizes at Cannes, London, the Gothams, and many more.
This year's New York Jewish Film Festival takes audiences around the world and back to Gotham with a collection of narrative and documentary features and shorts as diverse as the diaspora they represent.
Even though it came out it June, don't forget about Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's topical doc about conflict in the Israeli-occupied territories, which won awards at Sundance, had its New York premiere at New Directors/New Films, and is shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.