Brian Miller

Blatz (rear) and Gigandet as blue-collar brothers.

It’s probably unfair for a former track runner to judge this movie

It’s probably unfair for a former track runner to judge this movie by the standards of his sport, but I’m going to anyway. Filmed around… Continue reading

Blatz (rear) and Gigandet as blue-collar brothers.
Even during his free time, Spence is launching new film festivals.

 Photo by Anna Erickson•—————————————————–•SIFF artistic director Carl Spence began working for the

Photo by Anna Erickson•-----------------------------------------------------•SIFF artistic director Carl Spence began working for the festival in the early ’90s, not long after graduating from the UW, when… Continue reading

Even during his free time, Spence is launching new film festivals.
Hoffman's cop has reason to distrust his superiors.Photo by Kerry Brown/Roadside Attractions

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February, he had several films half-completed

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February, he had several films half-completed or in the can. Their quality, as it is for any actor, even… Continue reading

Hoffman's cop has reason to distrust his superiors.Photo by Kerry Brown/Roadside Attractions
Director and physician McGarry.Photo from Long Shot Factory

Bad doctors, in social settings, brag about their jobs. The good ones

Bad doctors, in social settings, brag about their jobs. The good ones are less self-aggrandizing, so it's not initially obvious how to approach Dr. Ryan… Continue reading

Director and physician McGarry.Photo from Long Shot Factory
Linklater on the set in 2008, with no idea how the election (or his movie) would turn out.

Richard Linklater has every reason to be proud of his latest movie,

Richard Linklater has every reason to be proud of his latest movie, and he knows it. Visiting town in May for SIFF, the genial Austin,… Continue reading

Linklater on the set in 2008, with no idea how the election (or his movie) would turn out.
Yes, racers at one recent event gave their Mini a Monty Python Spamalot theme.

Car racing, like yacht racing and horse racing, is the province of

Car racing, like yacht racing and horse racing, is the province of the rich. Or the corporate-sponsored; there’s a reason NASCAR drivers and their cars… Continue reading

Yes, racers at one recent event gave their Mini a Monty Python Spamalot theme.
Silva's Jose makes like Christ. With a shotgun.IFC/Sundance Selects

This is the kind of comedy where a divorced father—covered in gold

This is the kind of comedy where a divorced father—covered in gold body paint, lugging a giant cross (with a shotgun inside) while portraying Christ… Continue reading

Silva's Jose makes like Christ. With a shotgun.IFC/Sundance Selects
The portrait of a criminal as a young man.Magnolia Pictures

If you grew up in Boston, the criminal legend of James “Whitey”

If you grew up in Boston, the criminal legend of James “Whitey” Bulger might carry some weight, particularly if you grew up Irish Catholic in… Continue reading

The portrait of a criminal as a young man.Magnolia Pictures
Party guest Emily (Emily Foxler) goes looking for trouble.Oscilloscope Laboratories

Eight Los Angeles friends gather for an ordinary meal, which is then

Eight Los Angeles friends gather for an ordinary meal, which is then interrupted by a mysterious crisis. That film was last year’s It’s a Disaster,… Continue reading

Party guest Emily (Emily Foxler) goes looking for trouble.Oscilloscope Laboratories
Yes, racers at one recent event gave their Mini a Monty Python Spamalot theme.

Car racing, like yacht racing and horse racing, is the province of

Car racing, like yacht racing and horse racing, is the province of the rich. Or the corporate-sponsored; there’s a reason NASCAR drivers and their cars… Continue reading

Yes, racers at one recent event gave their Mini a Monty Python Spamalot theme.
The ever-avid Leduc (Devos, left) stalks de Beauvoir (Kiberlain).Slate/Adopt Films

Forgotten writers seldom return to favor. There’s Melville and… that’s about it.

Forgotten writers seldom return to favor. There’s Melville and... that’s about it. Rarely read today, French writer Violette Leduc (1907–1972) hit her peak of renown… Continue reading

The ever-avid Leduc (Devos, left) stalks de Beauvoir (Kiberlain).Slate/Adopt Films
Swartz before his untimely death.Participent Media

This documentary about the short life of Internet hacktivist Aaron Swartz (1986–2013)

This documentary about the short life of Internet hacktivist Aaron Swartz (1986–2013) begins and ends with heartbreaking home movies of the child prodigy in Chicago.… Continue reading

Swartz before his untimely death.Participent Media
Nonspeaking actors portray Norgay and Hillary.beyondtheedgefilm.com

 The bigger the camera, the bigger your subject should be. One reason

The bigger the camera, the bigger your subject should be. One reason Titanic worked so well, back in ’97, was James Cameron’s decision to film… Continue reading

Nonspeaking actors portray Norgay and Hillary.beyondtheedgefilm.com
Soldiers from Second Platoon on patrol.Outpost Films

KorengalSebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington came to SIFF 2010 with their acclaimed

KorengalSebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington came to SIFF 2010 with their acclaimed war doc Restrepo, which they filmed at great personal risk at a forward… Continue reading

Soldiers from Second Platoon on patrol.Outpost Films
Jacob (Wiggins) as boy at risk.

HellionAlthough much of Hellion, set in southeast Texas, feels off-the-shelf and familiar,

HellionAlthough much of Hellion, set in southeast Texas, feels off-the-shelf and familiar, debut writer/director Kat Candler isn’t one to provide easy salvation for her characters.… Continue reading

Jacob (Wiggins) as boy at risk.
Caroline (Seimetz) insists everything’s fine at Eden Parish.

The cult massacre-by-suicide popularly known as Jonestown took place on November 18,

The cult massacre-by-suicide popularly known as Jonestown took place on November 18, 1978, long before the embrace of the Internet. Over 900 died by poison… Continue reading

Caroline (Seimetz) insists everything’s fine at Eden Parish.
Pro-502 enthusiasts at Hempfest 2012.Evergreen Film, LLC

When this doc played the film festival last year, the success of

When this doc played the film festival last year, the success of Initiative 502 was still fresh in our minds. Now, two years after our… Continue reading

Pro-502 enthusiasts at Hempfest 2012.Evergreen Film, LLC
Deal and Lessin take us into the heart of Tea Party-land.Variance Films

 I want to hate the Koch brothers. You want to hate the

I want to hate the Koch brothers. You want to hate the Koch brothers. Yet this clumsy advocacy doc makes it hard to do. Perhaps… Continue reading

Deal and Lessin take us into the heart of Tea Party-land.Variance Films
Ai (with his son) was understandably glad to get out of jail.

To make a good documentary, you need to have a good subject.

To make a good documentary, you need to have a good subject. But more important, you have to be lucky. When Alison Klayman filmed her… Continue reading

Ai (with his son) was understandably glad to get out of jail.
Hoop dancers Talon and Sky Duncan, photographed near Phoenix.

 It was with a $35,000 Kickstarter campaign two years ago that Capitol

It was with a $35,000 Kickstarter campaign two years ago that Capitol Hill photographer Matika Wilbur, a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes, began… Continue reading

Hoop dancers Talon and Sky Duncan, photographed near Phoenix.