New York African Film Festival director Biyi Bandele adapted Orange Prize-winner Half of a Yellow Sun into a big-screen epic. The filmmaker talks about a little-known bit of Nigerian history, working with award-winning actors, and the scepter of censorship.
We had a busy weekend! Check out photos of Anika Noni Rose and Mayor Bill de Blasio at the New York African Film Festival, plus James Franco and Devonté Hynes at the opening of Palo Alto.
HBO Documentary Films' anticipated film The Case Against 8 will have a special advance screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center May 29. Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White will be joined by plaintiffs in the case for a post-screening discussion.
Twenty-two films (19 of which are New York premieres) are on tap for the upcoming 25th Human Rights Watch Film Festival, taking place June 12-22 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center.
James Gray opens up about how The Immigrant went from little-known family history to a story for the big screen. He also shares advice he received from Coppola and relates why he thinks he's not great at telling actors what to do, even if he's great at picking them.
Umin Boya's NYAFF Centerpiece Kano is a sports tale about an underdog mixed-race high-school baseball team that beat the odds. The film is one of a number unveiled today for the 13th edition of the festival, which runs June 27 – July 10.
Woody Allen's 1994 film Bullets Over Broadway screened at the Film Society Monday night followed by a conversation with Tony-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman and lead producers Letty Aronson and Julian Schossberg about its leap to Broadway.
Richard Ayoade's The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, opens in limited release on Friday. The film, based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, played New Directors/New Films back in March and we've got video of Ayoade's lively Q&A.
Over 2,000 people packed three tiers of Avery Fisher Hall Monday night for the 41st Chaplin Award honoring director-writer-producer Rob Reiner. Here are some photos and highlights from the event that made for a starry evening.
James Gray, director of The Immigrant, will take part in a discussion at the Film Society on May 7 about his latest feature, which screened at last year's New York Film Festival, while Night Movies filmmaker Kelly Reichardt will be the focus of an informal discussion about her film Night Moves on May 28.