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Small town secrets: Matt Shakman, director of Cut Bank

Small towns aren’t only incredibly different from the city because of their size, but also because of the ways in which people live. You normally escape from a small town to head to the big city, not the other way around, and if you’ve grown up in a small...

Cinema Revisited: Ramin Bahrani and the new American dreamers

In March 2009, Roger Ebert wrote a column and titled it, “The new great American director.” The film critic was referring to Ramin Bahrani. Bahrani is a soft-spoken director from North Carolina whose parents emigrated from Iran. All five of his films, including the...

Franchised: Fast & Furious

When it comes to long-running film franchises, the Fast & Furious series is an interesting case, since it is one of the rare franchises to get more popular over time. Beginning as merely a showcase for fast cars, the series has evolved over the course of fourteen...