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Film Scratches: Meditations on the Ordinary – The Short Trilogy of Peace (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. Martin Sagadin in a Slovenian filmmaker living in Canterbury, New Zealand. His Short Trilogy of Peace consists of three shorts, which he aptly calls “poetic documentaries.” […]

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Call for Submissions: The Trail of the Zodiac Killer – Essays on Popular Culture (Edited Collection)

This past spring marked the tenth anniversary of the release of David Fincher’s Zodiac, the legacy of which continues to increase. Viewers and scholars continue to analyze the narrative power of Fincher and screenwriter-producer James Vanderbilt’s journalistic rendition – based on Robert Graysmith’s gripping works of journalism – of the events surrounding the actions of […]

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Film Scratches: Conjuring with Cameras – Savage Witches (2012)

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. Savage Witches, a feature length film by Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais (collectively known as The Underground Film Studio), is itself a remarkable piece of film […]

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Film Scratches: Canaries in the Mine – Focus (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. Focus is a thoughtful, intriguing 7 minute film essay by Simon Welch. The film is a portrait of Pierre, a retired French coal miner of Polish […]

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Film Scratches: Meditations on the Vine – Domain and Range (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. Domain and Range is a thoughtful, engrossing 6 minute film essay by Simon Welch, a British artist living in rural France. The film begins with the […]

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Film Scratches: Recombinant Modification of Sci Fi – Going Somewhere (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. Something fascinating and strange is going on in Going Somewhere, an ongoing “movie serial” by Michael Betancourt, with individual episodes which are all 7 minutes […]

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Film Scratches: New York Subways as Therapy – Participate in My Relaxed State (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. Halley (Megan Clement) is a young woman in search of healing from an unstated ailment. Participate in My Relaxed State, a 20 minute short by filmmaker […]

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Film Scratches: A Network of Networks – Memento Mori (2012)

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. Memento Mori, Dan Browne’s profound 28 minute short, starts off seeming more banal and simplistic than it really is. The title announces death as a subject, […]

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Film Scratches: Pregnant Poetry – The River (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. The opening of Ya-Ting Hsu and Geoffrey Hughes’ The River, their 16 minute examination of the repeated traumas of Hsu’s pregnancy, shows both the sound and […]

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A Brief Review of Alien: Covenant

By Vanessa Crispin. Since the release of Alien: Covenant, reviews have been of a mixed variety, some praising it for paying homage to the original, while others dismiss it as Ridley Scott’s possibly last foray into directing. And it is true, the latest film in the franchise is a mixed bag. The opening act establishes […]

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