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A New Voice for Cinema: Chloé Leriche and Jacques Newashish on Before the Streets

By Paul Risker. Canadian filmmaker Chloé Leriche recently found herself involved in the Wapikoni mobile program, where she mentored documentary filmmaking made by natives that inspired her own work and led to her feature debut, Avant Les Rues (Before the Streets, 2016). Before the Streets is not only a first milestone step for its director, but as the first narrative […]

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The Horrors of “PYOTR495”: An Interview with Blake Mawson

By Tom Ue. Blake Mawson is an actor and writer, known for his performances in Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (2008). His short film “PYOTR495” earned the Best Emerging Artist Award at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. Set in Russia, in 2014, the horror film follows Pyotr (Alex Ozerov), who […]

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Documenting the Migrant Worker: Filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes on Lupe Under the Sun

By David A. Ellis. Filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes, born in Mexico City in 1983, was interested in the world of moving images from an early age. He moved to the United States at the age of six and attended college in UC San Diego, Madrid and Mexico City to receive a degree in International Studies. After university he started […]

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The 2016 AFI Docs Festival

By Gary M. Kramer.  This year at the AFI Docs festival, June 22-26, there are several features and shorts depicting unique individuals working in odd jobs and hobbies. From sewage diving to train surfing, chicken showing and crime photography, this year’s non-fiction filmmakers found some fascinating subjects and stories. Here is a rundown of four […]

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Film Scratches: Structures to Contain Women – Noe Kidder’s Zone Four (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. “The Women of Zone Four did not belong to themselves,” begins the first voice-over narration of Zone Four, a dense and powerful 7-minute short by Noe […]

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Film Scratches: Escape into Hell – M. Woods’ A Day in a Place (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. “I don’t know why I do it. I just go away,” announces a young woman in a short blue dress and red heels (the phenomenal Rachel […]

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A World “Whit” Large: Barcelona on Criterion

By Elias Savada. During his initial foray into filmmaking back in the 1990s, Whit Stillman was being hailed as a conquering hero successor to such cinematic titans as Preston Sturges, Leo McCarey, and Ernst Lubitsch, the creators of witty comedies that are still enjoyable many decades after they were made. Among Stillman’s favorites from these […]

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Led Zeppelin Played Here – or Did They?: An Interview with Jeff Krulik

By Jude Warne. “Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is… maybe he didn’t?” – Eli Cash (Owen Wilson), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) What is proof enough to determine that a historical event did indeed happen? The accounts of firsthand witnesses? Written documented records? Handed-down legends? Where the imperfect memories of human […]

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For the Love of the Tale: Matteo Garrone on Tale of Tales

By Paul Risker. Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales (2015), an adaptation of Italian poet Giambattista Basile’s collection of fairy tales Pentamerone (1634, The Tale of Tales otherwise known as Entertainment for Little Ones) could be seen as the filmmaker’s affectionate ode to storytelling. He journeys deep into the past to adapt early versions of what have now […]

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Autobiografiction in Those People: An Interview with Joey Kuhn

By Tom Ue. Born and raised in New York City, writer/director Joey Kuhn makes films that draw inspiration from the nexus of fine art and pop culture. His first feature film, Those People (2015), premiered in competition at SIFF 2015, and has since played over 65 film festivals worldwide. It has won 10 awards, including audience awards at […]

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