3-Oct-2008The older couple was muttering. 'This isn't funny!' the husband said, shifting in his seat as animator Patrick Smith's Puppet - about a masochist, handcuffed by self-punishing sock puppets - played out on the tiny theatre's screen. What the couple expected was Looney Tunes. What they got was something else.
1-Aug-2008It's sure not your Uncle Walt's Fantasia. Swedish vampires, contagious Spanish cannibals, feudal female Korean crime-solvers and general Japanese insanity have never been a big part of the Disney world, but they are the meat and potatoes (mostly meat) of Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, the 12th edition of which was held July 3-21.
4-Apr-2008"I directed a feature film when I was 17 years old," says Jesse Harris, 22, "and this is a thousand times harder. This is insane."
17-May-2007Jerry Schatzberg had just directed Al Pacino's breakthrough performance in The Panic In Needle Park when he wrangled Pacino - and co-star Gene Hackman - for Scarecrow, a character study of two footloose drifters. The film went on to win the Palme d'Or in 1973: Schatzberg has since been back to Cannes so many times that 'I feel like one of the family'.