Lloyd Kaufman

In 1971, Kaufman met his future partner Michael Herz at Yale. The Troma Universe was born in 1974 with a series of highly original, raunchy comedies. These movies, independent precursors to such later smash hits as National Lampoon’s Animal House and Porky’s, did well financially, although Kaufman continued to work on such outside productions as… Continue reading Lloyd Kaufman

Jaume Balaguero

Together with Alex de la Iglesia, Jaume Balaguero is probably the most famous ambassador of Spanish genre cinema. His feature debut The Nameless from 2000, wins the most prestigious prizes (like the Golden Raven at the BIFFF, Fantasia, Fantasporto, Sitges, etc.). He then embarks on a journey to the States to direct Darkness (starring Oscar… Continue reading Jaume Balaguero

James B. Harris

As the producer of The Killing (1956), Paths of Glory (1957) and Lolita (1962), James B. Harris played a fundamental part in launching the career of one of the greatest filmmakers of this century : Stanley Kubrick. But he also managed to build up a career for himself as a writer, producer and director. In… Continue reading James B. Harris

Udo Kier

Considered a giant of global cinema, Udo Kier is a real chameleon who slides through all genres with an agility that avoids all etiquette. Passing from Lars von Trier to Michael Bay without blushing, Udo Kier is greedily searching for more experience and doesn’t care what anyone says. In 1970, he started with MARK OF… Continue reading Udo Kier

Alex Proyas

You can’t say that Alex Proyas made his directing debut without being noticed. The Crow from 1994 was the movie in which leading actor Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, died during the rehearsal of a scene. A tragic undertone was added to the fascinating adaptation of James O’Barr’s dark comicstrip. In his second film,… Continue reading Alex Proyas

Mike Mendez

At the age of 10, this L.A. native started destroying his parents’ backyard to make Super 8 movies. In 1997, Killers, his first feature, was selected at Sundance. Three years later, he returned with The Convent, which he came to present at the BIFFF with his leading lady Adrienne Barbeau. Always up for cameos with… Continue reading Mike Mendez

George Sluizer

In 1971, Dutch director George Sluizer shot his first feature film in Brazil : Joao and the Knife. This was followed by Twice a Woman, starring Bibi Andersson and Anthony Perkins. He received international recognition in 1988 with the award-winning feature Spoorloos, which was the Dutch Oscar entry in 1989. Three years later he directed… Continue reading George Sluizer

Lewis Gilbert

Lewis Gil­bert began his ­career in the film world as a child actor, but he ­learned the ­tricks of the trade as ­Hitchcock’s assist­ant direc­tor. In 1944, Gil­bert ­started work­ing at the Gau­mont Brit­ish Instruc­tional Film Unit, where he made short films. He ­became known by direct­ing patri­otic war ­movies like Reach for the sky… Continue reading Lewis Gilbert