Author: Neil Kendricks

Neil Kendricks is a San Diego-based artist, filmmaker, and the film curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego who is currently in production on his feature-length documentary, Comics Are Everywhere.


Articles Written by Neil Kendricks:

Nick Cave's process in "20,000 Days On Earth." Photo by Amelia Troubridge.

Sundance 2014: Three Films Disturb the Peace

Park City, UTAH — Rocking the boat is practically a pastime for the most adventurous films at the Sundance Film Festival, which turned the big 3-0 this year. Robert Redford’s annual indie-film oasis served up a sporadically subversive, all-you-can-see buffet, delivering jolts of smart storytelling and provocative themes—if you knew where to look. Sure, Hollywood’s… Read more »

From "Watchers of the Sky."

Sundance 2014: Animators Pump New Visions into Documentary Aesthetic

Park City, UTAH — Animation is the new trend, changing the rules of documentary filmmaking with pencil and paper, computers, and a surplus of imagination. The writing on the wall—or drawings in this case—is that the old methods of relying on knowledgeable talking heads and archival footage to drive a non-fiction film are no longer… Read more »

Stanley Kubrick turned Stephen King's sisters into twins. Photo courtesy LACMA.

Artifacts from Cinematic Heaven and Hell: The Kubrick Cult Lives at LACMA!

Cinephiles and art lovers alike who will make the trek to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the popular Stanley Kubrick retrospective should be prepared to have their minds blown in spectacular fashion. To say that Kubrick’s first US retrospective is a must-see viewing experience is an understatement and that’s no… Read more »

"Boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara in "Cutie and the Boxer." Photo by Patrick Burns.

Sundance 2013: Documentaries Depict Life, Raw and Unplugged

PARK CITY, Utah – It’s a safe bet that most documentaries won’t make the leap from the film-festival circuit to a multiplex near you. But if a powerful documentary has the right stuff—an intoxicating mixture of compelling subject matter, unique characters and enough luck to connect with festival programmers and audiences alike at the Sundance… Read more »

Embedded technology in "Record/Play" as well as several other Sundance shorts. Photo by R. Swanson.

Sundance 2013: Short Film Miracles

PARK CITY, Utah – You don’t have to secure movie stars and high-production values to shine at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. What matters most are compelling stories anchored by believable and engaging protagonists who simultaneously hook emotions and intellectual curiosity. After all, a well-conceived and beautifully crafted short film can expand perceptions of what… Read more »

Images from Wim Wenders' "Pina" explode in 3D.

Wim Wenders’ 3D Learning Curve: Dancers Take Flight in "Pina"

Wim Wenders’ films seduce viewers, leaving them punch drunk with his intoxicating imagery. Such is the case with Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary Pina, which blossoms as a cinematic poem of dancers in motion paying tribute to the filmmaker’s friend, the late choreographer Pina Bausch. But this unique project wasn’t easy to launch. In many ways, the… Read more »

Anna Musso is a filmmaker to watch, according to Kendricks. (Still from her short "L Train" above.)

Alchemy Springs from the Striking Artistry of Sundance Shorts

Utah, PARK CITY – When it comes to challenging and adventurous short films, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s mojo was in top form as the nation’s most prominent tastemaker for the state of indie cinema, both in America and abroad. Cinema devotees and novice filmgoers alike found plenty of thought-provoking ideas manifested in the festival’s… Read more »

Sam Chen

Oftentimes an independent filmmaker requires the support of an army of many—actors and crew—to nurture his or her film into fruition. In the case of director-producer Sam Chen’s computer-animated short film Eternal Gaze, a biopic on the life and art of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, the required support came down to an army of one…. Read more »