Chris Houkal takes a look at a new form of filmmaking, in which a computer’s desktop serves as the artistic medium. Kevin B. Lee’s self-reflexive ‘desktop documentary’ Transformers: The Premake (2014) contemplates in near real-time the role and repercussions of the filmmaker on the street as he or she records the making of a blockbuster.
Description: “To be is to be perceived,” wrote the 18th-century Irish philosopher George Berkeley. Some years later, modernist playwright/poet/novelist Samuel Beckett adapted this idea into a six-page script for a film entitled, of all things, Film. Perceiver and perceived are represented by two “characters,” the object (O) and the eye (E). Buster Keaton stars as […]
Description: In 1977, at the age of 33, George Landow changed his name to Owen Land and put filmmaking aside for the following three decades. Prior to this hiatus, Landow had amassed a body of short experimental films that consistently challenged notions of avant-garde cinema. His earliest works not only anticipated and bled into the […]
Description: Iranian documentarist Kamran Shirdel subjects the viewer to a dizzying array of conflicting perspectives regarding the supposedly heroic actions of a schoolboy. The boy became a local celebrity in Gorgan after the media became fixated on the story of how he single-handedly prevented a disastrous railroad accident. As multiple figures weigh in, however, the […]