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The Secret Cinema
Nashville filmmakers are developing their own independent features. [2]
Jim Ridley

Ready to Roll
A partial list of Nashville directors, screenwriters, and producers. [3]
Jim Ridley

Mr. Easy Rider Takes a Wild Flyer
Peter Fonda is finally living up to the family name in Ulee's Gold. [4]
Russell Smith

Sister Act
A conversation with Gretchen & Julie Dyer, the sibling filmmakers responsible for Late Bloomers. [5]
Marie Black

Female Problems
Wanna puzzling time at the movies? Scratch your head over 'Female Perversions'. [6]
Stacey Richter

Put the Ticket Down and Back Away From the Cinema
Film review of My Best Friend's Wedding. [7]
Angie Drobnic

Grecian Formula
Hercules follows Disney's Grecian formula; My Best Friend's Wedding shows the state of screen romance. [8]
Donna Bowman and Jim Ridley

Film Reviews
Comprehensive reviews of current films. [9]

Movie Guru
Zak Weisfeld escapes Gotham City with only his wits and scads of Batman and Robin action figures. [10]
Zak Weisfeld

Scanlines
Reviews of Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain, God of Gamblers, Once a Thief, The Chinese Feast, and Scream (all video). [11]

Videos a Go-Go
Jesse Fox Mayshark ponders this week's movie genre for your enhanced rent 'n' view pleasure. [12]
Jesse Fox Mayshark

Now What?
A Web link page chock full of resources, recommendations, and staff picks pertaining to the subject of this section. [13]






July 2 - July 8, 1997

W ant to be a filmmaker? Read on. This week's feature story, about independent filmmaking in Nashville, is a must-browse for anyone, anywhere, who has ever dreamed of making movies. While the town struggles to create a viable production environment, local would-be auteurs discover that finding financial backing and distribution are the most arduous factors in bringing their vision to life -- with the actual filmmaking coming in a close third.

Two independent Texas filmmakers learned that lesson well, and triumphed, when their movie Late Bloomers found national distribution. A dialogue with sisters Gretchen and Julia Dyer explains how their tale of two female high-school workers who unexpectedly fall in love managed to overcome obstacles both artistic and business-oriented.

Also hot this week: An interview with Peter Fonda diplays the long-neglected actor at his happiest after receiving critical acclaim for his performance in Ulee's Gold; our Scanlines column profiles a handful of killer Hong Kong movies (Woo hoo!); and two diametrically opposed reviews of My Best Friend's Wedding present a dilemma: to Julia or not to Julia?

Other reviews include:

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get off my butt and go see some movies.



Talk Back
If you're one of the few who didn't think Volcano blew, The Lost World bit, or The Fifth Element was one element too many, here's the forum to defend your opinion--crazy though it may be.


From The Vaults

The Film Vault Curious about a particular director's work? Not sure what to rent at the video store? Enjoy reading several contrasting opinions of the same film? This is the place for you. Hundreds of reviews lie at your fingertips, sortable by genre, date or director.


Brassed Off
Tooting Your Own Horn: An Interview with Mark Herman.

Citizen Ruth
Controversial Citizen Ruth has come a long way, baby

Con Air
It's a breakthrough in gay moviemaking!

Prisoner of the Mountains
A fine foreign film, 'Prisoner of the Mountain', makes a second Tucson appearance.

Speed 2
The Little Tugboat That Couldn't



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