Western Deep

Description: In light of director Steve McQueen’s recent surge in popularity with the release of increasingly mainstream films like Hunger and Shame, it’s worth considering McQueen’s humble yet promising beginnings as something of a documentarian with an avant-garde sensibility. Western Deep, shot in 2002, is documentary in form, but experimental in terms of its aesthetic […]

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The American Dreamer

Description: Last February, this rarely screened documentary was featured in Block Cinema‘s series “I’m Almost Not Crazy: Outsider Cinema by Hollywood Insiders.” It was presented as the second half of a double-bill with the film that gave the series its title: a fly-on-the-wall look at John Cassavetes’s directing methods on the set of 1984’s Love […]

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Lady Blue Shanghai

Description: David Lynch sells out…again. A few years ago, French high-fashion company Dior commissioned three stylish directors to put together commercials featuring Marion Cotillard and the Lady Dior handbag. Olivier Dahan (who directed Cotillard in La vie en rose, a biopic about the singer Edith Piaf) and Jonas Akerlund (who directed multiple Machina/The Machines of […]

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