Blu Review: ‘How You Live Your Story – Selected works by Kevin Jerome Everson’ (Second Run)

by MLP Last fall, Second Run released a 2-disc blu-ray set featuring 8.6 hours of work by American artist-filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, titled ‘How You Live Your Story’. ‘Artist-filmmaker’ works better here as a descriptor than in its usual capacity. That is to say, while the term often refers to filmmakers working with just about anything other than conventional narrative, Everson is, more specifically, someone … Continue reading Blu Review: ‘How You Live Your Story – Selected works by Kevin Jerome Everson’ (Second Run)

Essay: There’s no democracy of hands but there are many hands in a democracy: ‘City Hall’ (2020) and ‘Her Socialist Smile’ (2020)

To look at the design and flaws of American politics and democracy, Wiseman chooses an entire city and its system as his focal point. Gianvito, on the other hand, chooses a single individual, whose life nevertheless encapsulated a tumultuous early 20th century. Continue reading Essay: There’s no democracy of hands but there are many hands in a democracy: ‘City Hall’ (2020) and ‘Her Socialist Smile’ (2020)

Who’s Afraid of Ideology? – on ‘The Year Before the War’ (2021, dir. Dāvis Sīmanis)

Dāvis Sīmanis’ The Year Before the War, which premiered in the Big Screen Competition section of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in February, has all the potential to be one of the great festival hits of the year. Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Ideology? – on ‘The Year Before the War’ (2021, dir. Dāvis Sīmanis)

Translation: ‘Hollywood in Germany or: Culture as Currency’ by Sohrab Shahid Saless

On the occasion of Film & Fernseh Juwelen’s Blu-ray release of Sohrab Shahid Saless’ Utopia, hitherto only available in a borderline unwatchable condition, I present to you the English translation of a text written by Saless himself after making Utopia. Continue reading Translation: ‘Hollywood in Germany or: Culture as Currency’ by Sohrab Shahid Saless