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The A-List: An interview with
Chi-Raq director Spike Lee

By Iain Blair

Since Spike Lee first burst onto the scene back in 1986 with She’s Gotta Have It, he’s made over 60 films, documentaries, TV series and shorts, and tackled such timeless — and timely — subjects as racial tension, college fraternities, Malcolm X, the Son of Sam murder spree, jazz, blues and Hurricane Katrina.

Now Lee takes on guns and gangs in his upcoming new film Chi-Raq, an impassioned rap reworking of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, set against a backdrop of Chicago gang violence. Shot by Matty Libatique, who recently shot the equally gritty Straight Outta Compton, it features a large ensemble cast, including such regular Lee players as Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett, alongside newcomers to the Lee team Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Dave Chappelle and Jennifer Hudson. The film showcases the director’s satirical point of view, at its most overtly political, “terrible-state-of-the-union” best.

I recently caught up with with Lee about making the film.

This is the first original movie from Amazon. How did that deal happen?
Last Sundance we tried to sell the film and everyone said no, except Amazon. All it takes is one yes!

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Sound Design for The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay — Part 2

By Jennifer Walden

Warner Bros. Sound supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Jeremy Peirson began working with director Francis Lawrence on The Hunger Games franchise during Catching Fire. He and Lawrence developed a workflow where Peirson was involved very early on, with a studio space set up in the cutting room.

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How to knock your editing gig out of the park
By Zack Arnold

Congratulations! You’ve been killing yourself to land your next gig — the endless networking, the cold calls, the résumés and all those interviews have finally paid off. A director or producer has decided that you are the best fit to edit their next project. So you’re done, right? Wrong.

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Co3 senior colorist Greg Fisher talks Spectre
By Randi Altman

Light Iron beefs up TV division, adds colorist
Jeremy Sawyer

Switcher Studio:
multi-cam iOS shoots
By Randi Altman

Nancy Myers to get ACE’s Filmmaker of the Year Award

Red adds 5K Scarlet-W
to its Dragon line

Director Lesley Chilcott
joins Splendid & Co.

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