R.I.P. Chantal Akerman

     |    Wednesday October 7th, 2015  |     9

Death is like taxes, and “thanks“ to social media there is no dearth of reports of cherished personalities exiting at a ripe old age and/or far too young. But the news of Chantal Akerman’s passing put a particular pall over yesterday. Akerman was a filmmaker who decisively influenced the way I think about cinema and 

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Hamburg Fine Arts University (HfbK) Goes to Oberhausen

     |    Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Until May 5, the Ruhrgebiet city of Oberhausen is the center of the universe for all cinema professionals who create, program or review films 45 und under. Minutes, that is. The International Short Film Festival presents the shorts state of the art, in five competition programs (international German, music video, kids’ films and works produced 

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My Own Private Berlinale 2015: Part 1

     |    Saturday February 21st, 2015

By Andrew Horn It always annoys me when someone complains that a movie is not ‘visual enough” or when they claim there is too much dialogue. I have always been against “absolutes” and my feeling has always been “if it works, it works, if it doesn’t it doesn’t” and some years ago I was comforted 

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CROP – Reframing the Media and Documentary Practice

     |    Wednesday October 8th, 2014

The 2011 Egyptian Revolution has generated terabytes of still and moving images. They were disseminated seconds after their creation through social media. Practically overnight, cellphones, Twitter and Facebook shattered the carefully controlled image production by state-run media. The autocratic government of Hosni Mubarak relied heavily on print media and television to lull Egyptians into passive 

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GOAL! Crowdfunding Campaign for New Film by CHINA BLUE Director Peled

     |    Sunday May 25th, 2014

Micha X. Peled, director of “The Globalization Trilogy” which traces in reverse the journey of clothing like jeans from big box retailers like Wal-Mart (STORE WARS) via exploitative labor conditions in a Chinese jeans factory (CHINA BLUE) to the Monsanto-drenched cotton fields in India (“Bitter Seeds”), is currently crowdfunding his latest documentary. It’s called “Goal! 

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