The National Board of Review Announces 2015 Student Grant Winners

THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW ANNOUNCES 2015 STUDENT GRANT WINNERS New York, NY (July 6, 2015) – The National Board of Review announced today that it will be awarding grant money through the organization’s annual Student Grant Program to 23 filmmakers, including nine graduate students and fourteen undergraduate students. These schools include Brooklyn College, City […]

San Miguel – Directed by Cristina Tamez Rodriguez

San Miguel tells the story of Ana, a devout 9-year-old girl that has to deal with the solitude that comes with having a mother who remains in a paralyzed state of grief. Unable to go back or move forward, Ana’s only hope is to alleviate the pain of her mother through divine intervention.

Running Condition – Directed by Jeff Huston

An obscure birth defect left Julian’s eyes highly sensitive to light. Consumed with a fear of the outside world, he receded into the shadows. When he hires Katherine, a short-term assistant, an unexpected friendship blossoms. But his carefully constructed world begins to destabilize when his feelings for her intensify.

Q&A with Writer/Director Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and Melonie Diaz

You all shot for a few nights on the actual BART platform where this tragedy took place. Can you talk about that experience?
Diaz: It was one of the most intense things. You can still feel the ghosts there, the presence of the pain and violence and fear and everything that went down that night. That day was special. We started off with a prayer. It was powerful.

Q&A with Michael Fassbender

When an actor does Macbeth on stage, they get to experience the character straight through. How was it playing it in a film?
It’s just a normal thing, really. It’s such a rare opportunity to do something in chronological order when filming; it just never really happens.

Q&A with JR and Agnès Varda

Ms. Varda, you say very early in your film that “chance” is your assistant. JR, would you say that you agree with that philosophy?
JR: Yes, definitely and that’s why we got along well.

Q&A with Gia Coppola and Nat Wolff

The film is based on a book of short stories by James Franco. Can you tell us about how the project developed?
Coppola: James and I met up randomly – I had seen him at a deli and then later that night I ran into him again.

Q&A with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal

Can you talk about the collaboration between the two of you in terms of writing, producing, and performing this?
Rafael Casal: Yeah, Diggs, can you?
Daveed Diggs: I mean we’ve been working on this for ten years at this point with our two producing partners the whole time, Jess and Keith Calder.