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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Blood of the Beasts

Description: Besides providing the catalyst for many to go vegetarian, The Blood of the Beasts manages to stay relevant today thanks to its propensity to incite, shock, and mesmerize even the most jaded of viewers. The film’s visceral documentation of a Parisian slaughterhouse retains its strength perhaps due to the unrepentant gaze of the camera, […]

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Night Mail

Description: Headed by John Grierson, the UK General Post Office Film Unit’s primary objective was to make films that boosted the morale of and support for the GPO’s workers. Night Mail was the organization’s most successful project. The film details the process of mail delivery via train between London and Glasgow, with special emphasis placed […]

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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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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time

Description: A studied look at Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy, renowned for his intricate installations that fuse art with nature, including winding rock walls, icicle sculptures, and other ephemeral works in leaves, grass, and mud. Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer follows the soft-spoken and unpretentious Goldsworthy to reveal the ever-evolving nature of his creative process and his works, […]

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