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Paladin to Offer Masterclass in Filmmaking via Ten ‘Great Directors’

At the end of the day, the goal of IONCINEMA.com is to celebrate and promote the process, and this is why Ismailos’ Great Directors might interest our readers – she interviews such auteurs as Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, David Lynch, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater, Haynes and Sayles.

I was stoked when I received an invite for a market screening of this film in Cannes – I regretfully couldn’t make it but wished that one day I’d get to see this via some channel – I’m especially glad that the doc film which played in Venice (see pic of John Sayles, helmer Angela Ismailos and Todd Haynes above) will actually see the day of light in theaters this Spring via Mark Urman’s Paladin Films.

At the end of the day, the goal of IONCINEMA.com is to celebrate and promote the process, and this is why Ismailos’ Great Directors might interest our readers – she interviews such auteurs as Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, David Lynch, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater, Haynes and Sayles. Here’s the doc synopsis:

These interviews more than just chronicle Ismailos’ encounters with ten remarkable men and women. Extensively illuminated by clips and historical archives from the subjects’ works, they also reveal the distinctive personalities who created the timeless images that have long inspired Ismailos—and all of us. Intercutting among the filmmakers in a freely associative way, Ismailos explores each director’s artistic evolution; the role of politics and history on their work; their feelings about the other great directors who inspired them (with Bertolucci paying homage to Pasolini, Breillat to Bergman, and Haynes to Fassbinder, etc.); and the agony and ecstasy of being an artist in a medium that is, paradoxically, also an industry.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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