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New Horizons of Virtual Reality: Exploring Utopia Through the Evolution of Second Life

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Annie Berman, named one of The Independent’s ten filmmakers to watch (2016), is a media artist living and working in New York City. Her background in photography and psychology inspires work about visual culture, virtual realities, and the changing media landscape. Her films, videos, performances, and installations have shown internationally including at the Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight, Rooftop Films, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger Berlin, Kassel Hauptbahnhof, and the Rome Independent Film Festival where she was awarded the Best Experimental Film Prize. Recently,  Annie spoke with The Independent’s editor about her newest VR project—an exploration of the possibilities and limitations of virtual reality through the aftermath of Second Life.

One difference between “Indie” and “Mainstream”: Money

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Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, reviews Phantom Thread, the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie
starring Daniel Day Lewis as a 50’s London dress-designer-to-royalty.  In the film, Lewis falls in love
with a simple country girl, makes her his muse, and then pushes her away–as he’s done to some many others. But she’s determined to hold on to him…… Find out why Brokaw recommends you see this Christmas Day opener.

How to Give (and Receive) Effective Feedback

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Filmshop is a New York City-based filmmaker collective founded on the idea that all filmmakers can benefit from constructive feedback and from thinking critically about the work of others. Members meet weekly to workshop everything from treatments to fine cuts in a range of formats and genres. Hillary Nussbaum, Co-Leader of the South Brooklyn Chapter of Filmshop, provides tips that she’s learned about giving and receiving effective feedback from ten years of experience as a workshop leader.

New Doc Explores Benefits of Restorative Justice Practice

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In Circle Up, Boston based filmmaker Julie Mallozzi explores the power of peacemaking circles in restorative justice. She documents women using this indigenous practice to cope with extreme violence and loss. Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness met with Julie after a screening and Q&A at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge to discuss the film’s production and its use in activism.

DOC NYC Film Festival Nov. 9-16

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Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw has been a tireless champion of shorts for years. In this 8th edition of DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, he views over 60 curated shorts from ten separate programs. Four are chosen for their timely and timeless quality.

New Documentary on Historic “Rumble in the Jungle” Boxing Match

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The Independent’s Editor speaks with Gnimbin Ouattara, Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Brenau University on his new documentary Ali, mbomayé’s. The film centers on four African people who vividly remember the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Zaire, where Muhammad Ali, former heavyweight champion, defeated George Foreman, the undefeated world heavyweight champion in a knockout.

 

 

New York Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct.15

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The Independent’s Senior Film Critic, Kurt Brokaw, was at this year’s New York Film Festival. In this article, he reviews his favorites in the narrative drama and documentary genres. Read about the films that captured Kurt’s attention.

Katerina Cizek is Opening up Documentary at MIT’s new Co-Creative Studio

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Courtney Sheehan reports on digital media pioneer Katerina Cizek, who has brought a new documentary project to the Toronto International Film Festival.  Cizek is leading the co-creation of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, a research center for emerging new media technologies.  Sheehan discusses Cizek’s newest film project and the exciting innovations in documentary filmmaking that are being explored.