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Film Scratches: Listening to the Invisible – Notes from a Journey (2019)

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. Notes From a Journey is an engaging and transformative feature-length study of travel by filmmakers Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais. The film presents travel not as […]

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DocuChronicles: Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground

DocuChronicles is a blog dedicated to independent documentary cinema by filmmaker Marjorie Sturm. It includes a mix of reviews, interviews, and longer pieces.  By Marjorie Sturm. Barbara Rubin was an experimental filmmaker most known for the pulsating, sexually graphic “Christmas on Earth” that she shot when she was only eighteen. She was a full blown instigator in the […]

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Gentrification on Film: Capital Expansion and the Limits of Video Activism

By Anthony Killick. Our current period of urban-environmental “change” (a word that is now almost synonymous with “chaos”), is characterised primarily by the ever-accelerating speed at which capital is pumped into the physical landscape (what was once called the fabric) of the city. One of the consequences is that working-class people have been uprooted and […]

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Film Scratches: the Beguiling Play of Illusion – Gelateria (2019)

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. Gelateria is a fascinating and strange new feature film by Arthur Patching and Christian Serritiello. A surreal picaresque tale, the seemingly fragmented and capricious story unfolds […]

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DocuChronicles – Elsa Flores Almaraz on Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire

DocuChronicles is a blog dedicated to independent documentary cinema by filmmaker Marjorie Sturm. It includes a mix of reviews, interviews, and longer pieces.  By Marjorie Sturm. The 2019 documentary Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire portrays the dramatic life of an artist. Co-directors/artists Elsa Flores Almaraz (whose late husband is the subject) and Richard Montoya (a co-founder of […]

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Film Scratches: Symphony of Bugs – Flesh City (2019)

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 opening sequence of Flesh City, an engrossing new experimental/punk/horror feature by Thorsten Fleisch, we observe a series of brutal, violent, and abusive interactions between […]

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Sundance Film Festival – in London!

The word Sundance to cinephiles tends to be synonymous with images of Robert Redford against a backdrop of snow-covered Utah. However, now it’s possible to sample the Sundance films in London. Sundance Film Festival: London 2019, is taking place 30 May – 2 June at Picturehouse Central, London. The four- day mini-festival will include feature […]

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Daredevils of the Red Circle and Other Cliffhangers: Lone Pine and Daredevils of the West (1943)

“Daredevils of the Red Circle and Other Cliffhangers” is a blog on serials by Geoffrey Mayer, the author of Encyclopedia of American Film Serials (McFarland, 2017). The Good Lord really made this place [Lone Pine] for movies. There’s everything there. There’s sand, there’s rivers, its made for motion pictures. – Budd Boetticher Lone Pine, or more correctly the Alabama Hills near […]

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Film Scratches: Broadcast from Oblivion – .TV (2017)

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 .TV, a 22 minute experimental video by Austrian-born, New York based artist G. Anthony Svatek, he uses highly imaginative narrative strategies to illuminate the familiar […]

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Film Scratches: The Map and the Territory – Seemingly Uncorrelated Variables (2017)

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. Dimitrije Martinovic is a Serbian-born, Canadian artist. In his 6 minute short Seemingly Uncorrelated Variables, he presents an idea which is common in experimental video, but […]

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