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Backstory issue 13 is now live on the iPad!

(all versions – even the mini)

We publish exclusively on the iPad and hope to have our magazine on the web soon, so please understand this is a temporary home page.

There’s a ton of great pieces in issue 13 – so – please check out a free PDF of our table of contents by clicking the link near the top right of this page.

Issue 13 contains plenty of in-depth interviews with top directors, actors, screenwriters, playwrights, artists and is enhanced with multimedia elements plus full length scripts and excerpts for you to read!

The thirteenth issue of Backstory is jam packed with full-length interviews from today’s most innovative storytellers and includes:

-   We love Whiplash and bring you *5 in-depth stories* on this Sundance winning flick including two separate pieces about the writing and directing of the film with writer-director Damien Chazelle!

PLUS: The Most Extensive Behind the Scenes Whiplash pieces out there!

-    Actor J.K. Simmons on bringing to life one of 2014′s most memorable and chaotic characters.

-    Actor Miles Teller on delivering one of the most realistic, emotionally sound performances of a musician seen in years.

-    Cinematographer Sharone Meir on beautifully capturing some of the year’s best acting and musical performances.

ALSO: You’ll love these in-depth storytelling pieces


Dan Gilroy on his writing-directing debut and the mechanics of crafting a perfect antihero.


Scribes Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo on collaborating to write one of the year’s wilder films.

Retro: Napoleon Dynamite

Jared and Jerusha Hess look back at their career-making classic on its 10th anniversary.

Tune Up: Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz

The Counting Crows singer-songwriter on writing his group’s new record—Somewhere Under Wonderland. Also, hear the tracks.

Big Hero 6

We spoke with the writers and directors behind Disney’s new action-packed, animated film.

Black List Tales: The Independent

Evan Parter’s political masterpiece gets elected to the revered compendium.

Novel Idea: Sideways 3 Chile

Rex Pickett closes out the story of Miles, Jack and Maya with a road trip south of the equator—plus read a sample chapter.

Cinema Obscura: Samurai Cop

Rescued from obscurity by cult movie aficionados, the ’90s misfit action thriller is back—and a sequel’s in development.

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn transforms from journalist to novelist to screenwriter of the darkest thriller of the year.

Plus, more in-depth interviews featuring:

Kevin Smith on making Tusk, Bennett Miller on his acclaimed, award-season film Foxcatcher; Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman on their indie hit The Skeleton Twins, Anthony McCarten on his adaptation of The Theory of Everything; plus an artistic ode to the one and only Joss Whedon—and much, much more!

How much more? Download or view a full issue 13 Table of Contents PDF by clicking on it on the top right of this page!

TO READ THE MAGAZINE RIGHT NOW: Type Backstory into the iPad App store and you can download the Backstory app for free.

Once you’ve downloaded the app – it will open in your Apple newsstand and when you touch the cover, it will then open the app offering you issue 01 for free (for a limited time) or issues 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 12, and 13 for $4.99 each.

If you want to save some money, please consider subscribing!

If you do not own an iPad – stay tuned for updates! We will be launching a fully interactive web version RIGHT HERE hopefully SOON – so please check back!

—Thank you for helping spread the word and remember Issue 01 is still free!—