Art in Film: A 2012 SFFF Panel Review

If you believe the subject of your work deserves global attention, tapping the digital potential of it becomes as important to perfect as any other aspect of the creative process.

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December 11, 2012 by | Category: News | Comments (0)


Artists in Conversation SFFF 2012 Panel Review

I volunteered to cover the Santa Fe Film Festival’s “Artists in Conversation” panel (held at the Nuart Gallery) on Saturday, December 8, 2012. This was out of a personal need for knowledge about how other independent filmmakers face…

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December 9, 2012 by | Category: News | Comments (0)


Blind Prejudices: A Preview of “Lore”

The U.S. is considered the evil perpetrator in the eyes of the Nazi children fleeing Allied occupation in Aussie director Cate Shortland’s latest film “Lore.” The script is adapted from Rachel Seiffert’s bestselling novel “The Dark Room.” In…

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Disco Never Sucked, Reality Did: A Preview of “Any Day Now”

In “Any Day Now,” a new film by Travis Fine, Rudy Donatello (Alan Cumming) is, like his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle name suggests: a superhero. Sure, he dons heels and skirt not a mask and a shell, but…

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The Joy is in the Journey: “The Cardboard Bernini”

I’m not suggesting the life of a professional cardboard bender is devoid of struggle. Birthing original art can turn into a decidedly more difficult proposition at any point in the process.

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Just Jake: A Preview of “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings”

The film begins with a jaw-dropping performance in front of a large, formal, adult crowd and moves seamlessly into Jake giving a completely informal lesson in a school gymnasium to a group of kids, just as entranced as the first crowd. This is Jake’s magic: he can make anyone listen.

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A Price to Pay: A Preview of “Uprising”

In the making of the film, Stanton made several trips to Egypt to interview the revolution’s leaders. On his first trip, Egyptian authorities impounded his video equipment and he was forced to make direct contact with Egyptian filmmakers who covered the event as it was unfolding.

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The Abysmal Gaze: A Preview of “Leviathan”

“Leviathan”, screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival this year, is a highly effective horror film made all the more so without a clear beginning, middle or end, because what we witness goes on in real life, day…

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Disturbing Trust: A Preview of “Nothing Without You”

You want to talk creepy? The opening sequence in “Nothing Without You” goes something like this: A disheveled young woman, Jennifer Stidger (Emily Fradenburgh) watches the occupants of a house from a hole she dug in the attic…

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Love, Loss and Spoken Languages: A Preview of “The Young Ancestors”

“Currently, an estimated 7,000 languages are in active use on earth. One language is lost every 14 days.” —“The Young Ancestors.” Director Aimėe Barry Broustra’s documentary film “The Young Ancestors” illuminates not only the tragic loss of spoken…

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Hitchcock Behind the Berlin Wall: A Preview of “Barbara”

East Germany in 1980 was a place of great paranoia: who could be trusted? No one. Definitely not friends, not even family. They could all be betrayers. The Berlin Wall hadn’t come down and sinister surveillance, persecution and…

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Wasinubei Unguahabuni: A Preview of “Garifuna in Peril”

All of us, in all of our respective backgrounds, must work to preserve the diversity that is humanity. And “Garifuna in Peril” gives us the impetus to do just that.

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