Meet the (New) Director: Naji Abu Nowar, ‘Theeb’ image

Meet the (New) Director: Naji Abu Nowar, ‘Theeb’

Naji Abu Nowar received the Best Director prize in the Horizons section of the 2014 Venice Film Festival for his feature debut, Theeb, which is having its New York premiere in the 44th New Directors/New Films. The epic coming-of-age story is set in the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I.

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Meet the (New) Director: Shim Sung-bo ‘Haemoo’ image

Meet the (New) Director: Shim Sung-bo ‘Haemoo’

On Friday and Saturday, the 44th New Directors/New Films series (March 18-29) will showcase South Korean newcomer Shim Sung-bo's crime drama Haemoo. Shim talks respect for his actors and the struggles of filming on a ship in his comments to FilmLinc.

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Meet the (New) Director: Britni West, ‘Tired Moonlight’ image

Meet the (New) Director: Britni West, ‘Tired Moonlight’

New Directors/New Films filmmaker Britni West shares insight on her soulful directorial debut, Tired Moonlight. The Slamdance Jury Award winner continues to beguile audiences with its honest depiction of the bond between a mother and daughter in small-town Montana.

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Meet the (New) Director: Bas Devos, ‘Violet’ image

Meet the (New) Director: Bas Devos, ‘Violet’

Flemish filmmaker Bas Devos’s debut feature has received worldwide acclaim leading up to its inclusion in the 44th New Directors/New Films festival (March 18-29). Violet tells the harrowing story of a teenager grappling with the senseless murder of his friend.

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Meet the (New) Director: Marielle Heller, ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ image

Meet the (New) Director: Marielle Heller, ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’

The 44th New Directors/New Films opens Wednesday with the Sundance hit The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Based on the critically acclaimed illustrated novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, Marielle Heller's directorial debut looks at the darker side of growing up, from the perspective of a teenage girl who is smart, sexual, and caught up in the throes of adolescence.

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Interview: ‘Going Clear’ Director Alex Gibney on Celebrity, Money, and Scientology image

Interview: ‘Going Clear’ Director Alex Gibney on Celebrity, Money, and Scientology

Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief takes a look at the evolution of the church, from its roots with founder L. Ron Hubbard to its appeal among A-list Hollywood celebrities today. Gibney chatted with FilmLinc about the film, which is currently playing at the Film Society.

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From Nightmare to Script: David Robert Mitchell on His New Thriller, ‘It Follows’ image

From Nightmare to Script: David Robert Mitchell on His New Thriller, ‘It Follows’

David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, his follow-up to his 2010 debut, The Myth of the American Sleepover, returns to a story about group of teenagers in the suburbs. This time, however, the outcome is potentially much more sinister. FilmLinc spoke with Mitchell about his film, which opens at the Film Society Friday.

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Film Society and MoMA Programmers Talk New Directors/New Films Lineup image

Film Society and MoMA Programmers Talk New Directors/New Films Lineup

The complete lineup for New Directors/New Films is out. The 44th edition of the annual festival organized by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center includes 26 international features and 16 short films.

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‘Ballet 422’ Filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes on Justin Peck, Talent, and Surprise Endings image

‘Ballet 422’ Filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes on Justin Peck, Talent, and Surprise Endings

FilmLinc spoke with Ballet 422 director Jody Lee Lipes about his doc on New York City Ballet talent Justin Peck, a 25-year-old commissioned to create the company's 422nd original performance. The film begins its theatrical run at the Film Society this weekend.

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‘American Cheerleader’: A Do or Die Competition image

‘American Cheerleader’: A Do or Die Competition

FilmLinc spoke with American Cheerleader directors James Pellerito and David Barba about why cheerleading deserves more respect, among other things. The film screens Saturday as part of the Dance on Camera series at the Film Society.

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