On Day 7 of our New York Film Festival daily podcast, we begin with an introduction to our annual Artist Academy and Film in Education program. Eugene Hernandez, FLC’s Deputy Director and Co-Publisher of Film Comment, is joined by Christine L. Mendoza, FLC’s Director of Education, and Brian Brooks, who has helped to develop the Artist Academy program, which is now in its ninth year. Artist Academy is an immersive four-day program for filmmakers early in their careers, sponsored by Dolby and Participant. Learn more about this year’s participants here, our academies here, and our Film in Education program here.
Then we go to last night’s discussion following the New York premiere of Joker featuring Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix, producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff, production designer Mark Friedberg, and cinematographer Lawrence Sher. They discussed vividly bringing to life a reimagined Gotham City, their cinematic influences, Phoenix’s preparation for the role, and the importance of real-world implications of violence in the film.