Filmmaker Emily Tomson’s Award-Winning Short, “Kate in Oxnard”

A dramatic narrative on the vulnerability of adjusting to life in a coastal town for a summer of seasonal work

With its web premiere on film curation platform Short of the Week, filmmaker Emily Tomson’s most recent narrative short, Kate in Oxnard, makes its transition from the film festival circuit to the internet, where all can see. The thoughtful 18-minute drama follows Kate, a young woman who’s adjusting to life in a coastal town for a summer of seasonal work. Tomson, along with her cast …

Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” with Insight Editions

An all-access look at The Jim Henson Company's return to Thra

In 1982, The Jim Henson Company—hot off the first Muppet movie, but a few years before their masterpiece Labyrinth—set a new puppet-populated fantasy-fiction standard with The Dark Crystal. Featuring newly imagined characters—in original creature categories called Gelflings and Skeksis—and an immersive world known as Thra, it pioneered immersive animatronics and set design. This year, more than three decades later, Netflix viewers returned to Thra with …

Virtual Reality Highlights from the 2019 Venice Film Festival

Four selections that run the stylistic, technical and narrative gamut of VR films today

Only the prestigious Venice International Film Festival would dedicate an island to virtual reality programming. This year, Lazzaretto Vecchio (otherwise known as VR Island) once again hosts Venice Virtual Reality—which, upon launch in 2017, was the world’s first-ever international film festival VR competition. Last year’s 75th annual festival presented a milestone VR slate. For 76th event, the division’s co-curators Liz Rosenthal and Michel Reilhac selected …