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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles: Looking back at the August offerings

13 December 2012 2:03 PM, PST

Come January, when MovieMaker launches its new site, we'll be doing a monthly update with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles where we look at the slate of films and filmmakers they bring to the screen at Sunset Gower Studios. In the meantime, here's a look back at the August offerings. Below you'll find links to interviews with Alex Calleros (Anamnesis), Ryan McDuffie (Forest Falls), Tyler Gillett (Funny In Love), Paul Young (The Glowing Hours), Michael Tucker (Imperfect), Jason Z. Wong (Reunion), Ari Hyman (Ride Along), and Pascal Payant (White Blossoms). »

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A look inside Backwards: Shooting an independent sports film

11 December 2012 7:05 PM, PST

When I set out to make my first film, I knew exactly what I wanted to tell: a story about the ambition, sacrifice and choice confronting an athlete competing at an Olympic level. Taking it even further, I wanted to share a story rarely seen in films—that of the athlete who almost makes it to the Olympics but just misses the cut. I wanted to explore how it must feel to give up so much in life and get inches away from personal goal, only to find oneself, ultimately, sitting on the sidelines. Many of us have experienced such personal setbacks in one way or another: what happens in your life when “the big dream” doesn’t work out? How do ambitions and goals change as life intervenes? How much are you willing to continue to sacrifice to reach a possibly elusive goal? »

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