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Anna Martemucci on The Chair, directing, collaboration, creativity

Starz’ The Chair comes to an end tomorrow night, with either Anna Martemucci (“Hollidaysburg”) or Shane Dawson (“Not Cool”) winning $250,000. But despite that large prize, the contest has truly been secondary to the reality series’ extraordinary ability to capture the filmmaking process. I talked with Anna last night, and she offered a lot of candid insight about The Chair, its …

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Zachary Quinto’s brutal take-down of Shane Dawson’s movie

On the penultimate episode of The Chair, Zachary Quinto delivered a brutal, withering take-down of Shane Dawson’s movie Not Cool. After screening Anna Martemucci’s film Hollidaysburg, the film and TV show producers talk, and Quinto delivers this monologue: “When we watched Shane’s movie yesterday, I was depressed for a couple of hours at least. I …

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How The Chair is trying to prevent a popularity contest for its $250,000 prize

Besides being an exceptional documentary reality series (and if you are not watching, fix that immediately), Starz’ The Chair also a contest. The two directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, are competing for $250,000, and voting is open until 12:59 p.m. Sunday. So how do you have a fair competition between a director with 6,515 YouTube fans and one with 6,223,453? Or …

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The Chair is flawless, riveting reality TV

The Chair is literally flawless reality television, without flaws because it exposes its own. It is everything the genre can and should be, authentic and entertaining. There’s a lot of emotion, conflict, and drama in creating a film, and besides capturing that, the series manages to be a work of art in itself.

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Watch The Chair’s films, Not Cool and Hollidaysburg, online now

The films whose creation is currently being documented on Starz’s The Chair have been released in theatres and digitally, so you can now watch how two different filmmakers did with the same script. The five episodes that Starz has made available on demand have made it clear that Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci are very different people …

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