Category: Documentary

From York to New York.

My name is Elizabeth-Valentina and I’m the new intern at Corra Films. I’m a student at the University of York (UK), studying Film & TV Production, so New York’s bustling atmosphere is a far cry from the vast countryside of my campus. I’ve been in New York for just over a week and have spent half of my time in movie theaters, taking advantage of the earlier release dates here in the U.S. Yesterday I went to see ‘AMY’, Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the troubled life of Amy Winehouse, which has broken the record for a British documentary’s biggest opening weekend. Kapadia uses lyrics that she wrote as a narrative map which reveals more about the inner workings of her mind than the archive footage and interviews. The film is remarkable and will captivate audiences, whether you’re a fan of her music or otherwise.

Farewell to all that

We are very excited to release the theatrical trailer of Farewell to Hollywood, coming to Cinema Village East in New York City, Spring 2015, and hopefully many places beyond that. Directed and shot by Henry Corra and Regina Nicholson, edited by Jeremy Medoff, music by Eben Bull. Enjoy!

How To Non-Interview a Film Subject

1. Be the cameraman and interviewer and the soundman all at once.  They feel sorry for you having to wrangle all that equipment and trying to talk at the same time.

2. Bumble a lot too.  This also invokes sympathy.  They want to help you and – in fact  – you really need it.

3. Never ask questions.  Babble about yourself incessantly so your subject can’t get a word in edgewise. They will wonder if you are ok – which you aren’t – and try to calm YOU down – then they will become slightly annoyed.

4. Now a collaboration has begun.

5. If your subject seems nervous drape your leg or foot nonchalantly over a table or chair.  It ‘s confusing (especially to Europeans) but disarming and cute.

6. If this doesn’t work take off your shoes and plop a bare foot right up near them and rub your face a lot– now they are sure to reveal themselves.

7. Once they finally do start talking go silent… don’t utter a word.  Let your silence be deafening.  The pregnant pauses are priceless and cinematic. They will sense this.

8. From awkwardness comes grace.

9. From grace comes revelation.

10. From revelation comes collaboration anew.

11. Never apologize for intruding. Be proud that you are creating a great work of art together.

-Henry Corra

I see Brooklyn in your future….

Starting June 14th, the Northside Festival can hook you up with a multimedia experience bursting with music, art and film. And as far as I can tell, it looks like the place to be for ambitious film-goers this month (does this sound like your horoscope?) They are showing over 65 films, including ‘Girl Model’, which all of us here are pumped about—looks fascinating. The lineup is literally packed with up and coming, must-see projects. Check it out here and see if it’s in the stars for you….

The Sheik and I

Another big congrats to our good friend and post-production supervisor, Colin Nusbaum, whose film “The Sheik and I” will be premiering at SXSW next month. Directed by Iranian-American-Brooklynite Caveh Zahedi, the documentary was commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation in the UAE but never shown. (Long story, and you can read more about it in the Times.) It’ll be playing as part of the SXSW International Competition, but if you’re not in Texas you can find out more about it on their Facebook page right here.

Truth or Dare?

Conversation in the office today turned to Madonna’s Truth or Dare, one of my favorite 90s docs & currently streaming on Netflix. Henry’s take?

 

“As a film, it didn’t change history, but the juxtaposition of her family life, her family of collaborators, and this very slick spectacle of her concerts was amazing. As a character, she’s a wonderfully funny obsessed person.”