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Interview with Mark Magidson, Producer of TMPA Winner Samsara

Truly Moving Picture Award winner Samsara was filmed over a period of 5 years in 25 countries on 5 continents, and shot on 70mm film, the film transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary.

Visit the official Samsara website.

TMPA Winner Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Director Alison Klayman

Note: Interview is in two parts.

Truly Moving Picture Award winner Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

Visit the official Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry website.

Visit Alison Klayman’s website.

We chat with Chris Miller, the director of Puss in Boots!

Chris Miller took the time to chat with us about his newest film, Puss in Boots! His film is a worthy winner of the Truly Moving Picture Award, and we were excited to discuss the film with him. In the interview he discusses what it’s like directing animation rather than live action films, as well as how it works collaborating with a voice cast as opposed to live action actors. And, at the end of the interview, Chris talks about the movies in his life that have truly moved him!

We talk with Buck Brannaman of the TMPA-winning documentary Buck!

Buck Brannaman, the featured individual in the new TMPA-winning documentary Buck, took a few minutes to talk with us about his life and the making of the film. We chatted about horses (naturally!) and how he opens up in the film, talking about his difficult childhood and how it relates to his work now.

Director of Buck chats with us about her TMPA winner!

Cindy Meehl, director of the new Truly Moving Picture Award-winning documentary Buck, talked with us about the origins of the film and the power that it has to impact audiences. A non-filmmaker, Cindy attended one of Buck’s horse clinics and discovered a deeper, more important story that stretched beyond training horses. In the interview she talks about getting to know Buck, and what it is about him that affects people so profoundly.

We talk with Werner Herzog about his TMPA-winning documentary!

Renowned director Werner Herzog took a minute to chat with us about his most recent film, the Truly Moving Picture Award winner Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Herzog has made films, both narrative features and documentaries, all over the world. With this film he transports audiences into the heart of the Chuavet caves in France, which contain the oldest known human cave paintings. Herzog discusses both the breadth and depth of the film, as questions of the human soul arise as his 3D cameras display one of the first incarnations of art ever discovered.

Beginners writer/director chats with us about the film

Writer/director Mike Mills started working on the script for Beginners shortly after his own father passed away. As a way of wrestling with his father’s death, Mike began to work through the myriad feelings and turbulence resulting from his mother previously passing away and his own father’s subsequent coming out. In many ways the film became an autobiographical account of Mike’s own thought process. In the interview Mike talks about having a Jack Russell Terrier similar to the one in the film, and how he, too, spoke to it, just like the character Oliver does in the film.

Director of Win Win chats with us about his latest TMPA winner

Tom McCarthy, director of the new TMPA winner Win Win, talked to us about his film and what the Award means to him. McCarthy has also directed the TMPA winner The Visitor, making this his second Award. Tom talked about putting together his cast and finding the perfect balance between comedy and drama in making an enjoyable yet meaningful film.

Jane Eyre director talks about the upcoming TMPA winner

Cary Fukunaga, director of the TMPA-winning adaptation Jane Eyre, joined us for a chat about his film. He discusses updating the literary classic for a new generation, and how some of the gothic elements played a key role in the creation of the tone and atmosphere.

The producer and director of The Last Lions chat about making their film

The husband and wife team of Dereck and Beverley Joubert joined us recently for a chat about their Truly Moving Picture Award-winning documentary The Last Lions. They discuss the logistical problems associated with living in the field for seven years, tracking a pride of lions on a daily basis. They also talk about choosing which scenes to include in the film, as some of their footage shows the grisly and brutal side of nature. In addition, they talk about the Big Cat Initiative, which they’ve launched in partnership with National Geographic in order to raise awareness about the plight of big cats around the world.

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