I started our Film:Master screening series, with the belief that gripping, useful discussion of cinema had, at best, plummeted here in the States - taken hostage, primarily, by anecdotal film-talk. When I first started watching films, such anecdotal information was scarce, so it was easy to be turned on by, and maybe even distracted by, any whiff of what Kubrick was like on a set, or the process of a particular actor or the lifestyle of a particular film "philosopher". Once technology flipped, however, and the Internet landed, ironically all we had was a kind of film gossip -- which is a mirage of what film truly is. So, MSF is kinda stealing it back: the idea that film is an human art-form, which has forged lives for particular reasons and in profound ways; and can still in fact do so. I see it everyday with my students and I, with the help of guests who have exquisite taste, wanted to share that with the public. --Robert Milazzo
The Film:Masters Series, presented by the Modern School of Film, provides its students and attendees insight and access to Cinema's leading practitioners. The series was created by MSF's founder, Robert Milazzo, to advance the idea that the best way to know is to ask.
These in-depth, stimulating screenings and conversations aim to explore a deeper insight into both filmmaking craft and the human conditions from which it arises, by going right to the source: the very artists whose work and legacy inform Cinema as we know it.
Albert Hammond Jr.
Bill T. Jones
Gus Van Sant
Iron & Wine
Maynard James Keenan