Check the Gate

Check the Gate is a recurring column in which Brad Gullickson goes one-on-one with directors in an effort to uncover the reasoning behind their creative decisions. Why that subject? Why that shot?

Explore the entire Check the Gate archive below


Agnieszka Holland Champions the Justice Gene in ‘Mr. Jones’


We talk to the director about giving voice to those who had it stolen from them.

The High Note Nisha

Nisha Ganatra on Why She Needed to Celebrate the Vibe of L.A. in ‘The High Note’


We talk to the director about how lens choice is crucial to capturing narrative.

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Morgan Ingari on Destroying the Story in Your Head to Make the Movie for Your Reality


We talk with the director of ‘Milkwater’ about the practicalities of shooting your script in the real world.