Burning the Past, and the Future: Shahram Mokri’s Careless Crime

By Ali Moosavi. Careless Crime is an unsettling and dazzling achievement, using a real-life crime at the onset of the Iranian Revolution to examine cinema and its relation to reality versus illusion.” With only four feature films under his belt, the Iranian director Shahram Mokri has established himself as a […]

TIFF 2020: Short Cuts

By Gary M. Kramer. The Short Cuts programs, a staple of the Toronto International Film Festival, showcases five programs of new work by established and up and coming filmmakers. Each program has a loose theme and offers a mix of narrative, animated, and documentary shorts. Here is a rundown of […]

The Vacant Intimacy of One Hour Outcall

By Zoe Kurland. The line is always blurry between niceties and exploitation…. Though deeper exploration of themes of class, race, sex work, or, perhaps most importantly, the personas we craft to gain power, are sidelined in favor of frenetic editing.” T. Arthur Cottam’s One Hour Outcall begins with a smattering […]

Film Scratches: September 2020

Film Scratches is a blog by David Finkelstein focusing on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. Recipe for the Imagination: Frozen (2019) Frozen is an experimental short by Adonia Bouchehri, a young London-based artist. Fascinating and wise, […]

The Ruins of Love: Natalie Krinsky’s The Broken Hearts Gallery

By Zoe Kurland. This emotional hoarder’s life works a bit like an Urban Outfitters version of the Christopher Nolan film Memento: each bizarre object reminds Lucy of an important moment in her life, which in turn, informs her sense of self.” In 2012, Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album, […]