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Reality Hunger: Shields’ Formal Run Down

You could say I “read” David Shield’s Reality Hunger over the weekend, but as my first nod to the worthy successes (and ballsy failures) of his argument-through-form, I actually skimmed it in less than an hour. As is true of any good manifesto, he clocks or locks a feeling in the air, something already everywhere, familiar but not fully formed (although, of course, snippets from centuries of completely finished arguments about the representation of reality are the over-rife reality condition he considers, and uses, proving the thing and its opposite as he is most wont to do). ... read more »

Chuck Tryon's picture

Fast, Cheap, and Hypermobile: More Digital Distribution Notes

I’ve been spending the last few days recovering from and catching up after my trip out to California for SCMS, so I haven’t been able to follow some of the recent debates about new directions in film distribution as closely as I would have liked.  So consider this pot to be a quick recap and reflection on some of the conversations that are taking place.  These notes tend to ramble somewhat, and there isn’t really a thesis here, just an attempt to make sense of some of the ongoing discussions that have been taking place in recent weeks. ... read more »

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Beaches of Agnes: Feminist Icons Show the Way

After using Agnes Varda’s One Sings and One Doesn’t as a pun, or place-holder, in a recent post, how fun that Netflix delivered her recent autobiography, The Beaches of Agnes, to my house the very next day. ... read more »

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Drive-Bye SCMS

I performed a few drive-bys at SCMS (parking $40!) as it was held in my own town, meaning I stayed home and was thus left to perform Mommy-duty while other conference-goers cocktailed into the night. No matter, I attended 4 panels, 1 workshop (Queer Mentoring, where I spoke) and 1 party, and here’s a fly-by of my idiosyncratic bests: ... read more »

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Documentary Travels

My Netflix queue has recently deluged me with a slew of migratory films that track from fiction, to documentary, to stage, and back again: Grey Gardens, Trumbo, Every Little Step.

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Disconnected colonial landscapes in a pre-photographic era

Before the invention of photography and film, we got to know the world beyond our personal experience through the oral, drawn, painted and written descriptions of the explorers that went forth, and came back.  The communication between what was experienced via the explorer’s senses, and what was subsequently represented to the people, did not always match up. ... read more »

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Reality Effects: Politicizing The Hurt Locker

Now that Kathryn Bigelow’s verité-style war film, The Hurt Locker, has achieved front-runner status for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, the publicity for the film has directed renewed attention to the politics of representing war. ... read more »

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Berlinale: Films Beget Films

Just returned from 2010 Berlinale where The Owls premiered, rocked German lesbian’s L-Word soaked version of dyke-America, and sold a bunch of territories, too (thanks to The Collaborative! Note to indie- film-world: if you make a feature for $20K you can re-coup costs pretty darn easily). I thought Hammer to Nail did a super job trying to explain the delightful, confounding, amazing experience which is this HUGE, cosmopolitan, diverse, intellectual, and extremely well-programed amalgam of films from star-studded to avant-garde, so I’ll do something else. Thanks to her as well for a fine wrap-up of our film and others! ... read more »

Chuck Tryon's picture

Documentary Challenge 2010

I just received a reminder that registration for the 2010 version of the International Documentary Challenge is now open.  Registered participants are given a general theme and then have five days to make a 4-7 minute non-fiction film.  The top twelve films are screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and other theatrical and TV screenings possible as well.  Winning films are also placed on a DVD compilation. ... read more »

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Famous, Rich & Homeless

I’ve just finished watching the first episode of ’Famous Rich & Homeless’ on BBC1.  On seeing the title of course I was sceptical - five ‘celebrities’ pretending to be homeless for a few nights wasn’t my idea of in-depth investigation and sincerity.  It just sounds wrong, crass, cringe worthy, and a symbol of everything that is wrong with television documentary.  Though I have to admit on watching it, I found it was an extremely powerful programme and the f ... read more »