FROM Lynn Shelton
‘Laggies’ Lynn Shelton’s films typically have been indies featuring just a few youngish and slightly adrift men and women who talk a lot. Their conversations feel natural and improvised, because often, they are. When Shelton sat down to talk with us about her career, she said she had not originally set out to make movies. She earned a masters degree in photography and before that, she studied acting in college. Eventually she transitioned from off of the stage to behind a camera, where she started making short experimental documentaries. One of those documentaries caught the attention of The Film Company, a unique non-profit studio in Seattle. They gave Shelton the funding, crew and equipment to make another movie about anything she wanted. The result was the 2006 narrative feature We Go Way Back. Later, she collaborated with Mark Duplass for Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister, both of which had heavily improvised dialogue. With her newest film Laggies, Shelton took a more structured approach. It’s the first film she’s made that she didn’t write herself--Andrea Seigel wrote the screenplay. Still, as in her earlier movies, the focus of Laggies is a relationship. Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in Lynn Shelton's new movie Laggies In this case, an oddball friendship that forms when Keira Knightley as an overeducated but underachieving 28-year-old starts hanging out with a 16 year old high school student played by Chloe Grace Moretz. Laggies gives Shelton the chance to bring her layered characters and quirky on-screen relationships to a more mainstream audience, a change, she tells us, she’s happy to embrace.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.