Filmmaker Conversations

Cosmos’ Ann Druyan Talks Science, Love, & Carl Sagan

By Jacob Sahms Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, director, and producer Ann Druyan experienced scientific ridicule, not once but twice. Nearly fifty years later, she’s still standing, having overcome the initial sense of embarrassment and tears that followed her from high school and into college. Once described by her college professor as unteachable, Druyan went […]

Kevin Downes Saw Jeremy Camp’s Story in I Still Believe

By Jacob Sahms In 2002, Jeremy Camp exploded onto the Contemporary Christian Music scene with hits like “Walk by Faith” and “Understand.” But just two years earlier, the singer/songwriter had lost his best friend and wife to ovarian cancer, just months after marrying her. While Camp has gone on to release eleven studio albums (four […]

Burden Director Wants Love to Win Over Crisis of Hate

By Jacob Sahms Director Andrew Heckler remembers the first time racism stopped him in his tracks. While his father’s work took the family throughout the South, his family operated from a sense of being “fairly colorblind,” in his words. But when they stopped at a little town in Georgia for a meal at a small […]

Waiting for Anya Director Delivers Message of Hope

By Jacob Sahms British director Ben Cookson remembers watching Ken Loach’s Kes and being struck by the way that the director had made a recognizable England as the backdrop for his coming-of-age story. In telling Michael Morpurgo’s coming-of-age story set in World War II era Lescun, France, Cookson set out to be as faithful as possible to […]

David Gyasi Dives Deep on Faith, Film, & Football

By Jacob Sahms On an overcast night in the Czech Republic’s capital, David Gyasi catches a late hotel dinner, overlooking a stone Prague bridge. While commuters flash across the bridge in different shaped cars, and a boat passes by underneath, the various stories of these individuals fascinate the native of London. It’s the sheer possibilities […]

Greta Gerwig Delivers Little Women

By Jacob Sahms Greta Gerwig garnered attention for over a decade as an actress, but with the coming of age film Lady Bird, she earned two Academy Award nominations (Best Director, Best Screenplay), in her directorial debut. Now, on Christmas Eve, Gerwig stands to garner more attention with the eighth cinematic adaptation of Louise May […]

The Two Popes’ Director Seeks the Divine

By Jacob Sahms As a child, Fernando Meirelles watched the parodies that his father had crafted as a teenager on a projector set up in the family’s home. On screen, his uncles and his mother became characters in his father’s short films, and he yearned to make films of his own. Gifted a Super 8 […]