Interview with Sharon Wilharm

What inspired you to get into filmmaking? I never intended to be a filmmaker. I was a bookworm and never even really watched movies. But my husband had a broadcast communications degree and ten years into our marriage decided he was going to make a documentary about the history of the small town we’d moved to. Somehow that documentary morphed into a narrative feature with me writing the script, directing it, and starring in it. I had no clue what I was doing and hated it. But ten years later, he convinced me to do another movie. We ended up…

Interview with Kipp Tribble: CHAR MAN (2019) and becoming an indie filmmaker

Kipp Tribble is an independent actor, writer, producer, director, and owner of his own film company MRP Entertainment. Kipp is known for independent horror and thriller titles such as Coffin (2011), Coffin 2 (2017) and his latest release Char Man (2019),  an unconventional (and often comedic) found footage horror film which you can view for free on Amazon Prime. The NAFC’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Robert Redford, owing much to his efforts promoting independent film such as the Sundance Institute and Film Festival. Who or what inspired you to begin your film career with indie film? As a kid,…

Interview with Ross Munro, Director, Writer, Producer, and Star of A Legacy of Whining

Last week, a member of the National Association of Film Critics conducted an interview with the director, writer, producer, and star of the independent film A Legacy of Whining, Ross Munro as part of our initiative to highlight independent film.   What inspired you to get into filmmaking? Like a lot of filmmakers, I grew up a movie rat- basically spending my movie-addled childhood in the various (now disappeared) movie theatres of my city Winnipeg, every Saturday. Sometimes I’d get there at noon and end up stumbling bleary-eyed out of the lobby and onto the darkened streets after I’d sit through…

2018 NAFC Award Winners

Humanitarian Action Through Film: Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians Special Achievement: Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old Lifetime Achievement: Robert Redford Documentary- Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Three Identical Strangers They Shall Not Grow Old They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead Minding the Gap Costume Design: Outstanding: Ocean’s 8, Sarah Edwards Best: Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter   Editing: Outstanding: Tom Cross, First Man Best: Bob Murawski and Orson Welles, The Other Side of the Wind   Makeup and Hairstyling: Outstanding: Vice Best: Black Panther   Original Score: Outstanding: Johann Johannsson, Mandy Best: Justin Hurwitz, First Man  …

Jon M. Chu, 2018 NAFC Humanitarian Action Through the Film Medium Award Winner

The National Association of Film Critics is proud to present its inaugural Humanitarian Action Through the Film Medium Award to Jon M. Chu for his role as director of the groundbreaking film Crazy Rich Asians. People of Asian descent have largely been marginalized in American films and American media in general. Asian leads are a rarity in mainstream Hollywood films and many Asian performers have had lengthy careers with numerous outstanding performances but have rarely received the nominations, awards, and opportunities to headline projects that many of their peers have received. Jon M. Chu, in making Crazy Rich Asians, took…

Peter Jackson, 2018 NAFC Special Achievement Award Winner

The First World War has never received the attention it is due, with focus often being placed on the wars that followed it, despite being the most devastating war in history at the time it occurred. Peter Jackson’s documentary, a passion project to bring greater awareness to this part of our collective history at the centennial of the war’s end, is an outstanding documentary in its own right but it is Jackson’s ability to sift through hundreds of hours of material created during the last century and rework it and edit it to give the appearance of footage that was…

Robert Redford, 2018 NAFC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

When discussing who the ideal recipient of the inaugural National Association of Film Critics Lifetime Achievement Award would be, the Board of Directors saw one clear choice that stood above all others. Robert Redford’s long career has been one of the most outstanding in film history. During a decades long acting career including such classics as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President’s Men, and Out of Africa, and continuing through this year’s The Old Man and the Gun, Redford has delighted audiences and been the embodiment of the American movie star. Alongside his acting roles,…