The Land Behind

Description Famed country singer Mickey Newbury probably didn’t have the odd feedback loop created by science fiction speculation when he wrote “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be” back in the 1970s.* His ballad does, however, give us a wonderful bit of insight into the disruption of time and space caused by what I’d […]

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The Wormwood Star

Description: The Wormwood Star (1956) is a short documentary film about Marjorie Cameron, an artist, occultist, and actress. The film is not a “documentary” in the traditional sense, but is more in line with the early avant-garde practice of pure cinema. Curtis Harrington, the film’s director, describes Wormwood as “a poetic tribute to Cameron.” The subject […]

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Dementia 13

Description: From the opening shot, the viewer already knows something is not right. Well, actually, they probably know well before the first shot, probably even before the opening titles – films produced by Roger Corman have a reputation that precedes them: low-budget, exploitative, and without taste. Which does not mean they are without merit. Take […]

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Terror

Description: Terror is a found footage short film by Ben Rivers. It is an odd entry into his catalog, which is mostly made up of ethnographic film studies like Sordal (2008), Two Years at Sea (2011), or his most recent collaboration with Ben Russell, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013). The footage for […]

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