Low budgets honored at Indie Spirit Awards


It’s comforting to know that an awards show celebrating the 2009 film season can still exist without box office darlings Avatar and Sandra Bullock, as the Film Independent Spirit Awards proved Friday evening. Since its inception in 1984, the Spirit Awards have been dedicated to showcasing and honoring films made outside the studio system. Championing […]

Smile like your life depends on it


I’ve always been impressed with people who can smile with their eyes on command. When a photographer says, “Cheese,” their zygomatic major muscles lift the corners of their mouth, their orbicularis oculi muscles raise their cheeks and form crow’s feet around their eyes and they look so unbelievably happy. I don’t usually force a smile […]

Burton presents new vision of old territory


For seasoned filmmaker Tim Burton, negotiating the fine line between his role as a sweetheart of Hot Topic patrons and a director exploring the boundaries of commercial viability is a full-time job. Alice in Wonderland’s wide release opening today marks the director’s most recent effort to darken the silver screen. In the film, Burton tells […]

Thai policy has widespread implications


On Wednesday evening, the Marshall School of Business’ Society and Business Lab, in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking screened Kavi, a Oscar-nominated short film about a young modern-day slave laborer working in a brick kiln in India. Through its heartfelt depictions, the film sheds important […]