“A once in a lifetime experience”- Interviews with U.S. film students who worked with well-known cinematographers in Cuba

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the full version of the interview by Henrik Eger, as found in Writer’s Block #33. Happy reading!


It took Cuba and the United States more than a half-century of Cold War estrangement and hostilities before both countries shook hands, reopened their embassies, allowed visitors, and engaged once again in cultural exchanges. Gerard (“Gerry”) Hooper, a U.S. filmmaker and professor at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, took ten of his film students to Cuba, where they studied and, with the full support of Cuban filmmakers, shot documentaries for two weeks at the legendary Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in San Antonio de Los Baños—one of the most important audiovisual training institutions in the world.

 EICTV implements the teaching philosophy of “learning by doing” with teachers who are active filmmakers. It was founded in 1986 by Colombian novelist and screenwriter Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Argentinean poet and filmmaker Fernando Birri; and Cuban theoretician and filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa, amongst others, and is supported by the government of the Republic of Cuba.

 Over the course of time, thousands of professionals and students from over 50 countries have graduated from this famous film institute. Three students from the Drexel group—Nick Bell and Anna Pruett, two Americans, and Inbal Madar, an Israeli American—openly discuss their experiences in Cuba. Continue reading ““A once in a lifetime experience”- Interviews with U.S. film students who worked with well-known cinematographers in Cuba”

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Writer’s Block #32

This newest issue of Writer’s Block Magazine is as all-round as ever! In it you can find interviews, short stories, essays, poems, reviews and columns. And moreover, it reveals the winner of our short story competition! Click on the cover below, and take a look inside!

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Writer’s Block #31

The first Writer’s Block of 2017 has arrived! It brings you a variety of beautiful pieces: poetry, interviews, short stories, reviews and essays. Click on the cover below to discover this newest delight!

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Writer’s Block #30

We are proud to present the first Writer’s Block of 2016-2017! Do you like short stories? Essays? Poems? Or perhaps you feel like reading an interview? Writer’s Block #30 has got it all! Just click on the cover and enjoy!

We’re always looking for submissions, so remember to send us your work at submissions@writersblockmagazine.com!

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Writer’s Block #27

We are proud to present to you our 27th issue, full of poetry, fiction and artwork by our talented contributors. In addition, the editorial board hopes to broaden your literary horizon and add to your list of must-reads. So what are you waiting for? Sit back, grab your beverage of choice, and enjoy! Click the cover to see an online version of WB #27.

And don’t forget, we’re still looking for submissions for the next issue! So go, go, go, and send your work to us at submissions@writersblockmagazine.com!

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The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness

 

A few weeks ago, the American Book Center here in Amsterdam organized a Skype interview with Patrick Ness, award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the soon-to-be-filmed A Monster Calls. The interview, which took place at the ABC Treehouse, mostly focused on Ness’s latest release, The Rest of Us Just Live Here – until it became a discussion on Hogwarts houses and cat pictures. The novel describes the ordinary and focuses on people who are simply trying to live their lives in a world full of superheroes. It also points out that not everyone has to be the Chosen One, something that might be nice to hear in today’s performance driven society. I thought Ness’s answers were really interesting and informative, and I wanted to share them with you. Continue reading “The Power of Ordinary People: An Interview with Patrick Ness”

Writer’s Block #26

We are so, so excited to present to you the first Writer’s Block of this academic year: Writer’s Block #26. This issue is all about revolution, something that has been very prominent at the UvA this year, with lots of submissions from our own editorial board as our own little rebellion! So sit back, grab your beverage of choice, and enjoy! Click the cover to see an online version of WB #26.

And don’t forget, we’re still looking for submissions for the next issue! So go, go, go, and send your work to us at submissions@writersblockmagazine.com!

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