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Illuminating the Bipartisan Problem: Kimberly Reed on Dark Money

By Travis Merchant. In today’s age of fake news, constant debates, and online videos that depict two sides arguing intensely, it is difficult to find something that everyone can agree on. One of those issues is the use of money within politics in campaign financing: this is the subject of the film Dark Money (2018), […]

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Reflecting Our Troubled Times: Barnaby Miller on S|T|R|A|Y|S

By Daniel Lindvall. S|T|R|A|Y|S, described by its makers as “a living graphic novel,” portrays a cross section of contemporary Londoners dealing with the effects of financial crisis and austerity. The characters are at once individuals and social types – banker, minimum wage worker, businessman, petit bourgeouis entrepreneur, et cetera. They relate to each other through […]

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Vulnerability and Awareness: Max Emerson on Hooked

By Tom Ue. With more than 900K followers on Instagram alone, writer and director Max Emerson uses his social media presence to promote awareness of problems facing the LGBTQ community. His latest project, the film Hooked had its world premiere at the Toronto Inside Out Festival, and it partners with organizations including the Ali Forney […]

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Bob Farkas on Going Crazy Famous

By Tom Ue. Bob Farkas took the biggest gamble of his life when he became, at the age of 53, a first-time filmmaker. He founded Farkas Features, a low-budget, niche-oriented, feature film development and production company that focuses on creating movies with bold and timely subject matter. He wrote, produced, and independently financed Crazy Famous, which […]

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A Surge in the Classroom: Serge Bozon on Mrs. Hyde

By Tom Ue. Serge Bozon’s latest film Mrs. Hyde follows the plight of a science teacher at a technical school (Isabelle Huppert). Despite 35 years of committed service, Mrs. Géquil is largely unsuccessful in communicating with either her students or her colleagues; and she is supported by a well-meaning, but equally useless, principal (Romain Duris). […]

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Life Commodified: Adilkhan Yerzhanov on Gentle Indifference of the World

By Ali Moosavi. When discussing world cinema, Kazakhstan is not a country which immediately springs to mind. Like many of the former Soviet Republic countries though, it is beginning to make a name for itself. These efforts received a major boost this year when the Kazak director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s film, The Gentle Indifference of the World, […]

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Life Interrupted: Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside on América

By Gary M. Kramer. América, directed by Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, is a lovely, poignant meditation on eldercare. The filmmakers capture the rhythm of the life of Diego, a young man living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, who is called back to Colima to care for his grandmother, América, who has advanced dementia. América is […]

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Kitsch Shining Bright: Jeffrey Schwarz on The Fabulous Allan Carr

By Tom Ue. Emmy Award-winner Jeffrey Schwarz’s many documentaries include Tab Hunter Confidential (2015), about the 1950s heartthrob and movie idol, and Vito (2011), the gay activist, film scholar, and author Vito Russo. His latest project centres on Allan Carr, best known for his producing work in Grease (1978) and the ill-fated Can’t Stop the Music […]

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Omnibus of Unrest: On Ten Years Thailand

By Ali Moosavi. Many film aficionados’ first memory of Thailand dates back to the 1956 film The King and I in which Yul Brynner played the King of Siam (Thailand’s former name). After a bloodless revolution in 1932, Siam became a democratic constitutional monarchy and changed its official name to Thailand. Since the 1932 revolution there have […]

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Uncovering the Katyn Massacre Cover-up: An Interview with Piotr Szkopiak on The Last Witness

By Sergey Toymentsev. Piotr Szkopiak’s The Last Witness offers a fictional rendition of a cold-blooded execution of 22,000 Polish officers and civilians by the Stalin’s secret police in 1940, a horrific slaughter known as the Katyn massacre, of which both the US and British governments were well aware yet deliberately kept silent about  to maintain […]

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