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“I think that the arts matter because they give human beings the outlet to express themselves freely and follow that compulsion or desire or need to express all their vulnerabilities and feelings and frustrations and struggles through whatever medium they choose.” — Marc Maron On his uber-popular...
"The responsibility of the artist is to make work that's real and that's reflective of something that's true. You have to be true to your own vision of the voice you're trying to find." — Andrew Okpeaha MacLean For #ThrowbackThursday check out our interview with filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (...
"I'm not going to knock on any closed doors. I'm going to make my own door." — Ava DuVernay
"I think film is a vehicle to get us into relationships with each other in terms of understanding each other's communities. I think that's really important in this day and age of more and more isolation." — Ivan Jaigirdar Read our interview with 3rd I Films founder Ivan Jaigirdar here .
When Ivan Jaigirdar, Shilpa Mankikar, and Camille Ramani launched 3rd i Films with monthly screenings in San Francisco in 2001, it quickly became apparent they had identified an untapped but incredibly intense appetite for South Asian film. By 2003, 3rd i started the annual San Francisco...
If a story seems like it cannot be turned into a film, Richard Linklater is the one to attempt to do just that. A coming-of-age film shot over the course of 12 years? Try Boyhood . A Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel adapted to surreal animation? A Scanner Darkly . A plotless, 90-minute conversation...
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If a story seems like it cannot be turned into a film, Richard Linklater is the one to attempt to do just that. A coming-of-age film shot over the course...
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Michelangelo summoned angels with a simple paintbrush, and Leonard Bernstein catalyzed star-crossed love with a composer’s pen and conductor’s baton. But today, the creation of groundbreaking art often involves tools...
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) first began seriously making films when he was living in Portland, Oregon, and learning Chinuk Wawa, a language native to the Columbia River Basin. So perhaps it is inevitable that he sees similarities between language and film—the structural requirements inherent to...
There's arguably no better person to highlight on Election Day than Fannie Lou Hamer. Born a sharecropper in rural Mississippi a month ago today in 1917, Hamer started picking cotton at age six. But she was not going to settle for a life of second-class citizenship. Drawing from her bottomless well...

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