In this masterclass on nonfiction filmmaking, directors Penny Lane (Nuts, Hail Satan) and Carol Nguyen (No Crying at the Dinner Table) discuss their experiences.
Who is Penny Lane?
Penny Lane is a creative nonfiction filmmaker whose work has gained prominence in recent years with works such as Nuts! and Hail Satan? She has a knack for approaching outlandish subject matter (The Satanic Temple, the strange and possibly psychosomatic illness Morgellons) in a humane and sincere manner. Her work is discussed in Seventh Row’s ebook on modern documentary cinema, In their own words: Documentary masters. Several of Lane’s films are streaming on Vimeo for free during the pandemic.
Where can you watch Penny Lane’s films?
- You can find most of Penny Lane’s films on her personal website.
- A number of Penny Lane’s short films are available for free online: Connect (2002), Kitsch is a beautiful lie (2004), Sometimes I get lossy (2005), The Abortion Diaries (2005), Famous Lunch (2005), The Wren (2007), Men Seeking Women (2007, this one is particularly hilarious), She used to see him most weekends (2007), The Commoners (2009), How to Write an Autobiography (2010), The Voyagers (2010, shot by Ashley Connor, who will feature on next week’s Lockdown Film School), The Silent Majority (2011), Just Add Water (2016), Normal Appearances (2018), and The Pleasure Principle (2019).
- Lane has made her first feature, Our Nixon (2013), available for free on Vimeo for the duration of the quarantine. Watch it here.
- Lane has made her second feature, Nuts! (2016), available for free on Vimeo for the duration of the quarantine. Watch it here.
- Lane has made her third feature, The Pain of Others (2018), available for free on Vimeo for the duration of the quarantine. Watch it here.
- Lane’s latest feature, Hail Satan?, is currently available to rent or to stream in several territories. It’s available to stream in the US on Hulu and in the UK and Canada on Netflix. Don’t live in any of these territories? Visit this page, scroll to the bottom, select your country, and search for Hail Satan? to find streaming or rental options.
- Listen to our Seventh Row podcast episode in which we interview Lane about making Hail Satan?. We will be building on this conversation on Sunday.
- An interview with Lane on Nuts! is included in our ebook on modern documentary cinema, In their own words: Documentary masters. We’ve made her chapter available for free so Lockdown Film School students (aka you!) can read it. Read the interview here.
- Read our review of Penny Lane’s Nuts!.
- Watch Watching the Pain of Others, Chloé Galibert-Laîné’s excellent and artful video essay on Penny Lane’s films, focusing on the emotional impact that Lane’s The Pain of Others had on her and the way the film’s editing creates and shapes audience empathy.
Who is Carol Nguyen?
Carol Nguyen is a young, emerging Canadian filmmaker. Her latest short film, No Crying at the Dinner Table, premiered at TIFF in 2019 and recently won the prize for Best Documentary Short at the SXSW Film Festival. The film is an intimate, personal documentary in which Nguyen interviews her parents and her sister about their own family trauma. No Crying at the Dinner Table is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime in the US as part of the SXSW Collection. Read Seventh Row’s 2019 interview with Carol Nguyen on making No Crying at the Dinner Table.
Where can you watch Carol Nguyen’s films?
- You can find most of Nguyen’s films on her personal website.
- We fell in love with Nguyen’s work after watching her latest short film, No Crying at the Dinner Table, at TIFF. The film is currently available to rent in Canada via Cinema Moderne here. It’s an essential watch! Here is the film’s page on Nguyen’s website.
- Read our TIFF interview with Nguyen on No Crying at the Dinner Table. We will be building on this conversation on Sunday.
- You can find several of Nguyen’s other shorts online: Uprooted (2013), “How Do You Pronounce Pho?” (2014), Petrichor (2015), An Afterlife (2016), This Home is Not Empty (2015), Façade (2016), Every Grain of Rice (2017), and Tundra (2018).
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