The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival, July 15-18, 2010

By Janine Gericke. The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival did not disappoint, offering everything from the genius of George Méliès to the majesty of a newly restored Metropolis. This year’s theme seemed to echo that of previous years: What’s lost has now been found. Friday’s Amazing Tales from the […]

Il Cinema Ritrovato, June 26 to July 3, 2010, Bologna, Italy

By Patrick Keating and Lisa Jasinski. Organized by the Cineteca Bologna, “Il Cinema Ritrovat” honors forgotten films rediscovered in the world’s archives, along with recently restored prints of major classics. For eight days in the summer of 2010, an international crowd of moviegoers ambled the porticoed streets of Bologna, a […]

Silverdocs Film Festival, 21–27 June, 2010

A Report by Gary M. Kramer. This year’s slate included several strong entries about family – especially from Latin America, as well as a pair of offbeat portraits from Finland. Breakdancing provides an element of escape for José Antonio Zúñiga Rodriguez – “Tono” for short – a wrongly imprisoned Mexican […]

Animation Comes to Life: Anthropomorphism & Wall-E

By Nicola Balkind. To read this article, please download the PDF: Animation Comes to Life: Anthropomorphism & Wall-E Nicola Balkind is a freelance film journalist with a BA (Hons) in Film & Media Studies from Stirling University, Scotland.

Tribeca Film Festival, 22 April–2 May 2010

By Gary M. Kramer and Michael Miller. Gary Kramer reports: The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, now in its ninth year, provides an intriguing mix of popular and independent films – from its opening night feature, Shrek Forever After (Mitchell, 2010) to its closing gala Freakonomics (Gibney, Spurlock, Grady, Ewing, Jarecki […]

Oliver Stone Speaks in Phnom Penh

A report by Clancy McGilligan. It was a warm day in January, which is normal for January in Phnom Penh; men sat in open-air restaurants eating noodle soup and sipping iced coffees; motortaxi drivers, perched on the seats of 110-cc Daelim motorbikes, endlessly pestered passersby with requests to be hired; […]

Slumdogging It: Rebranding the American Dream, New World Orders, and Neo-Colonialism

By William Anselmi and Sheena Wilson. Introduction. The triumph of visual culture in the era of neo-liberal subjugation elicits the following question by default: how are economic processes embedded in political discourses sustained, or resisted, according to visual narratives for global publics/consumers? Slumdog Millionaire(2008) offers a way into this, from […]

Tribeca Film Fest 2009

By Gary M. Kramer and Michael Miller. This year’s Tribeca Film Fest featured a handful of intriguing titles. Here is a rundown on a quartet of films that unspooled. Handsome Harry (directed by Bette Gordon, 2009) is a terrific character study/road movie that never exceeds its modest expectations. Harry (Jamey […]