Category Archives: film

On July 21, 1925, John T. Scopes was found guilty of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school. Despite losing the case, Attorney Clarence Darrow’s relentless witness-stand grilling of the prosecuting attorney William Jennings Bryan … Continue reading

In the spring and summer of 1964, the Blake Edwards film The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers, became a huge hit. The farcical tale of an incompetent French detective matching wits with a suave jewel thief, The Pink Panther dropped slapstick and Sellers’s … Continue reading

The UIP has been partnering with Champaign’s annual Roger Ebert Film Festival for several years now, contributing books from the Contemporary Film Directors Series for the Fest to give to their VIP guests. At the 16th Annual Festival April 23-27 … Continue reading

Donald G. Godfrey is a broadcast educator, professional broadcaster, and historian. Godfrey is also a past president of the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA), a former editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and served as president of the … Continue reading

Shelton Jackson ”Spike” Lee was born March 20, 1957. With a long varies career that has spanned independent films such as his debut She’s Gotta Have It (1986), to mainstream, big-budget films including Inside Man (2006), Lee has often examined social issues, gained … Continue reading

French film director Jacques Rivette was born on March 1, 1928. A member of the French New Wave, alongside François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Rivette is best known for his films Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) and La Belle Noiseuse (1991). In her Contemporary Film … Continue reading

For the month of March we have lowered the e-book list price of 20+ titles in our Contemporary Film Directors series to $2.99. Click here to view the full list. David Lynch by Justus Nieland Nieland’s study offers striking new … Continue reading

Filmmaker David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana on January 20, 1946. The director of films including Mulholland Drive (2001) and Dune (1984) and the tv series Twin Peaks (1990) is one of the most distinctive voices in American cinema. Inspired … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 is film director Steven Soderberg’s 51st birthday. The profile filmmaker is the subject of Contemporary Film Directors series title Steven Soderbergh by Aaron Baker. Soderbergh’s film career is nothing is not diverse, ranging from low-budget experiments such as … Continue reading

Carole Boyce Davies, author of Caribbean Spaces: Escapes from Twilight Zones has written about some of differences between the film 12 Years a Slave and the 1854 memoir penned by Solomon Northrup. In particular Boyce Davies feels the film underplays … Continue reading