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Nicolas Roeg, 1928-2018

By Dean Goldberg. On November 23th, 2018, a particularly cold and rainy Saturday afternoon, my friend, Jonathan David, a commercial director living in Los Angeles, texted me a headline about the death of director Nicolas Roeg: “I heard this on BBC Radio and immediately thought of you,” it chimed. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a connection […]

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Film Scratches: Self-Portrait of the Self-Portraitist – Astrid’s Self-Portrait (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Astrid’s Self-Portrait is Rena Riffel’s experimental feature about a woman obsessively documenting her own life. The opening of the film, labeled “Prelude” and featuring a stereotypically […]

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Film Scratches: Conditioned Responses – Recent Short Work by Steven Lapcevic (2014-2018)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. In the mesmerizing and terrifying worlds created by 3d animator Steven Lapcevic we’re all just puppets, hyper-conditioned by the media into knee-jerk reactions which only serve […]

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Announcing “Daredevils of the Red Circle and Other Cliffhangers” by Geoffrey Mayer

Film International is pleased to welcome “Daredevils of the Red Circle and Other Cliffhangers,” a new blog on serials by Geoffrey Mayer. This blog will continue his work in his book Encyclopedia of American Film Serials (McFarland, 2017). Below Mayer discusses his book research and focus in upcoming entries. Serials seem so simplified but, like a lot […]

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Film Scratches: Queen of the Nile Digest – Cleopatra Burst (2016)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Cleopatra Burst is a 4 and a half minute found footage work by Dina Yanni with a very straightforward structure. Eleven commercial “Cleopatra movies” are shown […]

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Film Scratches: Moving Between the Worlds – Trapped Between Frames (2014)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Trapped Between Frames is a poetic 11 minute video by Nazare Soares which uses film as a metaphor for the experience of moving between different worlds. […]

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Film Scratches: Seduced by Spectacle – Where the Night is Going (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. Near the beginning of Where the Night is Going, Mike Hoolboom’s sophisticated eleven minute essay film, a subtitle announces “On the other side of the camera […]

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Abdolreza Kahani’s Free Like Air to Be Produced in Toronto

Iranian filmmaker Abdolreza Kahani will release his latest movie, the dark comedy Free Like Air, in Toronto in November. The movie is currently in pre-production, with a mix of actors from France, Canada, and Iran expected to star. Reza Attaran, a prominent Iranian actor, is now attached, after having collaborated with Kahani on four other movies. French actress […]

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Tag Gallagher, in Print and Video

On the occasion of Tag Gallagher’s interview with Jake Rutkowski, we have listed the Tag’s writing and video essays available in from various sources and across the web: Articles: Ford short 2014 French: https://1fichier.com/?71umeclm5d Adventures of Roberto Rossellini (revised 2006 & again 2018): https://1fichier.com/?f8838513ag Pedro Costa & Straubs: http://sensesofcinema.com/2007/feature-articles/costa-straub-huillet/ Dreyer: http://sensesofcinema.com/2007/feature-articles/carl-dreyer/ also: http://english.carlthdreyer.dk/AboutDreyer/Visual-style/Chains-of-Dreams-Carl-Th,-d-,-Dreyer.aspx Ferrara: http://tlweb.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/screeningthepast/firstrelease/fr0600/tgfr10d.htm […]

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Film Scratches: To See is To Know – saVer (2015)

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. In saVer, an eight minute stop motion animation by Simon Gerbaud, a French artist who lives in Mexico, the artist reveals all the materials that make […]

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