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Under-the-radar Features from the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

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If you’ve never been to Montréal, Québec you’re missing out. With cheap rent, creative industries, and multiculturalism seeping out all of its pores, this port city is crawling with artsy & cinematic characters from the très hip to the downright derelict, a cross between Brooklyn, New Orleans, Marseilles and maybe Istanbul. Summer is tropical and… Read more »

2009 Oscar Preview: The Shortlist

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After three-quarters of a century of recognizing excellence in cinema achievement, the Oscar Awards presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, needs little introduction. Held since 1929, the world famous red-carpet event draws everyone from die-hard celebrity fans to devoted fashion addicts. But anyone hoping for a preview of which major… Read more »

The 10 Best Academic Programs for Aspiring Screenwriters

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This article has been updated! Read the Nov. 30, 2016 edition here. Whether or not to pursue an education in the film industry has long been a hot topic. Clearly, there are identifiable pros and cons of electing to formally study film, more particularly choosing to concentrate on a single element, such as screenwriting. The… Read more »

The Transformation of Television

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Joost, Hulu and boxee – one thing is for sure, names like the American Broadcasting Company (aka ABC) are a thing of the past. Instead, the future of broadcasting is filled with silly-named companies that aim to overthrow your idea of television. I must disclose my bias – this past summer my husband and I… Read more »

The 10 Best Academic Programs for Documentary Filmmakers

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These days, it’s fairly easy to find an excellent place to learn how to make narrative films. Ten Best lists exist by the fistful, and a Google search of “learn filmmaking” returns more than 30,000 hits. But what about those students who want to learn how to make documentaries? Although many of the best programs… Read more »

Splatter du Jour

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Horror movies have always fascinated me. Norman Bates running across the staircase with a knife. Jack Nicholson screaming “Here’s Johnny!” through a hole he axed through the bathroom door. Reagan’s head turning around 360 degrees after she vomited on the priest. Damien’s maid hanging herself at his birthday party. These are the pivotal moments of… Read more »

Q&A – Larry Clark

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Larry Clark’s films are shocking. There’s Kids, about drug-using, AIDS-carrying, sexually active Manhattan teenagers; Bully, the true story of a group of teens who murder their tormentor; and Ken Park, which was so sexually explicit, it was never released in the U.S. These films are shocking because they capture a reality most people don’t want… Read more »

Guys on Girls on Film

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From time to time there is a banner year for female characters. A great fuss is made about how movie-land has changed, allowing women into a club that hadn’t previously given them more than a handful of meaty roles at a time. 2005 was not one of those years. Most of the movies that earned… Read more »

On The Scene

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In the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown at the Radisson Miyako Hotel, a roomful of filmmakers and community activists celebrated the 25th anniversary of a not-for-profit organization that funds, exhibits, and distributes Asian Pacific American film. The National Asian American Telecommunications Association or NAATA has much to celebrate: It has literally changed the face of… Read more »

Is documentary the new memoir?

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I am a sociologist who conducts historical research on race and social policy, so my work has something in common with a documentary filmmaker’s attempt to uncover some version of “the truth” (however defined). Maybe this is just my sociological training leaking out, but when I watch a documentary—especially a highly personal, idiosyncratic one—I want… Read more »