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    Old Hollywood’s Forgotten Filmmaker

    Buccaneer: James Stuart Blackton and the Birth of American Movies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) by Donald Dewey exposes the man created the first movie studio, adopted the system of making movie stars, and pioneered film animation. This man was James Stuart Blackton, who not only did all of ...

    A Ratings Scale for Documentaries

    The Participant Index wants to discover which films inspire people to action.Have you ever watched a documentary that’s moved you to tears? Or perhaps moved you enough to get involved with a particular issue? Or even change your entire lifestyle?  The unique role of documentaries is to ...

    Listening and Seeing with James Benning

    American independent filmmaker reconnects us with life in the moment.My first experience with independent filmmaker James Benning was a short clip from his film 13 Lakes (2005). Shot on 16mm film—Benning’s medium of choice for the first 40 years of his career—13 Lakes is just what the ...

    Still Pretty in Pink

    Katie Haegele explains why Pretty in Pink's power hasn't faded since the '80s.Whenever I feel fretful I watch Pretty in Pink. I feel fretful fairly often, and I’m not sure I could tell you why. It’s just a thing that happens, especially when I have to get ready to go out and be in front of ...

    The Importance of Living: Lin Yutang meets the Dude

    This article originally appeared at Reality Sandwich.Razzle, dazzle, drazzle, drone, time for this one to come homeRazzle, dazzle, drazzle, die, time for this one to come aliveAnd hold my life until I'm ready to use itHold my life because I just might lose it Because I just might lose it--from ...

    Kerouac’s Lost Movie

    This article originally appeared at Reality Sandwich.Ever since On the Road was published,  sporadic attempts to bring it to the screen -- including a series of adaptations by distinguished writers (Michael Herr, Russell Banks, and Barry Gifford) and even announcements of casting calls -- ...

    The Hills Are Alive

    This article originally appeared at Places.***My grandmother’s highest compliment for a natural landscape was to say that it was “pretty as a picture.” Even as a kid I remember thinking that this aesthetic was somehow upside-down, that the beauty of art should be judged according to the ...

    Detroit Crop City

    The decay of present-day Detroit has been well chronicled, and the new documentary film Urban Roots in its first minutes treads familiar ground as it unspools a now-familiar montage of crumbling warehouses and gutted bungalows in the ailing Motor City. But before you can hurl charges of “ruin ...

    How the Movies Saved My Life

    This post originally appeared at TomDispatch and in a slightly different form in the October issue of Harper's Magazine.***Every childhood has its own geography and every child is an explorer, as daring as any Peary or Amundsen or Scott. I was the mildest of children, such a picky eater that my ...

    The Accidental On-Purpose Documentarian

    “We’ve set the bar so low that we don’t feel any pressure from the outside,” says Mika Rättö, front man of an obscure Finnish experimental rock band called Circle, at the beginning of Esko Lönnberg’s meta-meta-documentary, Man with a Video Camera. To be sure, Rättö’s words ...

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