Category Archives: Films

Countdown to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

August 19, 2014

We’re a little over 2 weeks away from one of the most exciting film festivals of the year: the Toronto International Film Festival. And we’re here to tell you a little bit about the mighty event and what to expect from this year’s edition. The TIFF was founded by Bill Marshall, Henk Van der Kolk and Dusty Cohl as […]

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July 30th DFA Student Screening!

August 7, 2014

July 30th turned out another series of exciting, diverse short films from DFA students at New York City’s Anthology Film Archives! First up was The Dawn, a film written and directed by yours truly. Despite his very sheltered point of view, the five-year-old protagonist pieces together the fact that his beloved mother has killed his […]

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Opening this Weekend: Boyhood

July 11, 2014

Rarely is an indie movie’s premiere considered an ‘event’; at least, not compared to premieres of major studio blockbusters released amidst massive marketing campaigns and publicity. But Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, opening this weekend, is an exception to this rule. The film has received rave reviews since showing at Sundance this year and is currently 100% […]

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Digital vs. Celluloid: Tarantino, Nolan, Abrams, and DiRenna Weigh In!

June 18, 2014

If you’re a fan of indie filmmaking, you’ve probably heard about the digital vs. celluloid debate. Digital cameras have made filmmaking accessible to everyone; now anyone who wants to can be a filmmaker. However, purists – and most notably great directors from the previous generation – still believe the only true way to make a […]

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Do Movie Scoring Sites Affect What You Watch?

April 1, 2014

A few weeks ago, I started thinking about the impact of movie scoring sites on society’s decisions to watch films. Sites like Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, and Metacritic. In my humble opinion, most movies these days lack the emotional content to create a worthy film. We are in the age of remaking, rehashing, and blowing things up. Every movie seems […]

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DFA Grad Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown in Biopic

March 18, 2014

It’s been years since Chadwick Boseman was a student at the Digital Film Academy. Since then, he’s been no stranger to the world of entertainment, landing roles on such classic soap operas as All My Children. But, like most film stars, it takes certain roles to suddenly get you ‘on the radar’ – and for Boseman, […]

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6 Must-See Holiday Films

December 18, 2013

It’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up and watch a whole bunch of movies. Whether you’ve watched the movies on this list 5,000 times or have never heard of them, they’re sure to entertain you at the holidays! Best Classic: It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) Was there any doubt this would […]

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Top 5 Must-See Horror Films

November 6, 2013

Recently, in honor of Halloween, I raided the Digital Film Academy library for horror films (well-known and obscure) that filmmakers need to see. If you love horror, and especially if  you hope to make horror films, all of the below deserve a look. Enjoy! BEST HITCHCOCK – Psycho, 1960, Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock churned out masterpiece […]

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