48 Hour Film Project

You may have seen small film crews around town recently, rapidly shooting films.  They were doing something called the 48 Hour Film Project.

 “There are about a hundred and fifty cities around the world who host their own.”

 San Antonio is one of them, according to City Producer Sarabeth Pridgen Fox. As to what happens, here’s how it plays out. People assemble at Fox's house and slips of paper with nine film genres are put into a hat. The genres include horror, drama, action, and mystery.

Imagine this scenario: you're a big movie producer with a little bit of cash in your pocket, ready to invest. What kind of film are you going to back? What movie would be the best deal for you?

Horror, hands down. It is the best deal in Hollywood.

A key metric for any investment is return on investment (ROI). It's a measure of the amount of profit from an investment relative to the cost of the investment. The higher ROI, the better the investment.

Woody Allen is a prolific filmmaker — he's been releasing films pretty much every year since the mid-1960s. (His latest, Irrational Man, is now in theaters.) But Allen isn't exactly prolific as an interview subject. When film critic Sam Fragoso sat down with Allen in Chicago, the filmmaker revealed his insecurities (well, not so much revealed as reiterated), and discussed why actors like to work with him and what he regrets.

Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "This wasn't necessarily a film with an animal in it," Miller tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was a dog leading the film and telling the story."

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God tells the story of a mixed-breed dog, Hagen, who is abandoned alongside a highway and who then bands together with other discarded dogs to get revenge against the people who have mistreated them.