FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel-exclusive series Meet the Filmmakers invites exciting contemporary directors to turn the camera on filmmakers that intrigue them, capturing their creative process through genuine, personal encounters, not filmographies or biographies. This latest entry goes behind the scenes with filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie, brothers who have made their name with a number of singularly chaotic features set in their native New York. In addition to candid footage from the set of their acclaimed new thriller GOOD TIME, director Michael Chaiken offers an intimate immersion in the Safdies’ world, where family life and filmmaking flow together inseparably.
Alongside the 55-minute documentary, the Criterion Channel will present a sampling of the Safdies’ key films, including THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED (2008), DADDY LONGLEGS (2009), LENNY COOKE (2013) and four of their shorts.
Upcoming entries in the Meet the Filmmakers series will include an encounter with legendary American independent filmmaker Charles Burnett (KILLER OF SHEEP, TO SLEEP WITH ANGER) and director-actor Robert Townsend (HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE), and a location-scouting trip to Colombia with Apichatpong Weerasethakul (UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR) by Connor Jessup.
Full programming accompanying this episode:
MEET THE FILMMAKERS: JOSH AND BENNY SAFDIE, Michael Chaiken, 2017
LENNY COOKE, Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2013
THE BLACK BALLOON, Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2012
JOHN’S GONE, Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2010
DADDY LONGLEGS, Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2009
THE ACQUAINTANCES OF A LONELY JOHN, Benny Safdie, 2008
THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED, Josh Safdie & Benny Safdie, 2008
WE’RE GOING TO THE ZOO, Josh Safdie, 2006
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