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    The Films of Roman Polanski, Ranked Worst to Best

    Few directors have had a greater impact on modern horror or arthouse thrillers than Roman Polanski. In anticipation of his latest, "Venus in Fur," here's a ranking of his films, from worst to best.

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    How'd They Shoot That? Here Are the Cameras Used by the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers

    In anticipation for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, we reached out to the directors who will be showing their films at the event this month. While we asked for some personal anecdotes from their shooting experiences, we also wanted to know what camera or cameras these directors used to make their fi...

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    Director's Spotlight: Joe Doughrity Sheds Some Light And Love On Detroit With "Cornerstore"

    If you've been reading S&A for awhile now, you've probably noticed one name that pops up often here...Joe Doughrity.  His 2007 short film Akira's Hip Hop Shop, starring James Kyson Lee and Emayatzy Corinealdi, is a favorite by many along with Celeste Bright, a popular web series...

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    Director's Spotlight: Alex Stapleton's Real Life David And Goliath Story In Making "Corman's World"

    In writing for S&A, I often find the "story" behind making films can be just as intriguing as the film itself.  That's the case with first-time director Alex Stapleton and her documentary Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel, an homage of sorts to the king of low ...

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    Watch An Exclusive Sneak Peek Clip Of "Alaskaland" And Get To Know Chinonye Chukwu

    Emerging filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu's hard work will pay off soon as she puts the finishing touches on her first feature film, Alaskaland. We've been following her journey this year, from raising funds to post production, and anticipate covering her next phase of the festival circuit.

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    Top 5 Films - Nikyatu Jusu

    Nikyatu Jusu - the first Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge winner, who also claimed her rightful spot on the Shadow And Act Black Filmmakers To Watch list, lists her 5 favorite films. It's a few months old, but I'm only just finding out about it *ahem.*

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    Watch - Dee Rees Talks Her Journey From Spike Lee Intern To "Pariah" Feature Film

    A good interview from Scott Feinberg...

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    Watch “Water Pest”, A Short Film From Writer/Director Corey A. Burkes

    I happened upon a review of this fun short film on FilmThreat.com, and was instantly intrigued by its simplicity and overall effectiveness. For what it’s worth, Water Pest shows promise, and offers a look at what could be-- with the right amount of development-- a colorful spin on the norm.

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    Meet Lakisha R. Lemons - Black Female Director Of Upcoming Horror/Thriller "Border Break"

    Lakisha R. Lemons is her name, and I'm only just now learning about her - a director who, as you can clearly see, happens to be young, black and female, and, by the way, has 3 features on her resume; none of which I've heard of, and thus, not seen. But maybe some of you have. If so, feel free to chi...

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    Five Minutes With Steve McQueen About "Shame"

    Since he's apparently the man of the moment with the film that has everyone talking (both pro and con - well two con and they haven't even seen the bloody thing yet), here's a brief interview with filmmaker and visual artist Steve McQueen dicussing his film Shame:

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