TROUT FUN #5 – Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937), dir. Sadao Yamanaka

TROUT FUN is a special column in which Ultra Dogme contributors spend time with a film of their choosing, free from virtually any restrictions. Previous TROUT FUN articles can be found here. by Ruairí McCann The denizens of an Edo period Kyoto slum greet the news of the suicide of one of their neighbours, a samurai turned pauper, with a little gossip and complete acceptance, … Continue reading TROUT FUN #5 – Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937), dir. Sadao Yamanaka

Forever the Geography: National Mutability in ‘Krabi, 2562’ (2019) + Nazar’s ‘Guerrilla’ (2020)

Looking over what I have seen and heard in this mess of a release year so far, I realized that two of my favourite works of art – one a movie, another an album – are tied together by their decision to depict a particular place, or identity, with an intentional formal wooliness. Continue reading Forever the Geography: National Mutability in ‘Krabi, 2562’ (2019) + Nazar’s ‘Guerrilla’ (2020)

UDVFF 13: Disappearances + Intonations

A collection of shorts and features whose curation was loosely inspired by two books (Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance by Ackbar Abbas and Intonations: A Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, from 1945 to Recent Times by Marissa Moorman) and a couple of projects I’m working on. The state of the world and that great gift of free association also played their parts. Continue reading UDVFF 13: Disappearances + Intonations

UDVFF 11: Agitated Meditation

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the eleventh program of our Virtual Film Festival, which offers a weekly watching schedule of moving image works available for free streaming. Previous programs can be found here.If you enjoy this week’s program, please support Ultra Dogme on Patreon, Ko-fi, or Substack, so that we may continue to publish writing about film + music with love + care: Special thanks to … Continue reading UDVFF 11: Agitated Meditation

Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival

If somebody had told me that my first experience of Ann Arbor Film Festival would happen during one of the worst pandemics in recent human history, while I was locked down in the Parisian periphery, I would have seriously reconsidered this person’s mental condition. Continue reading Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival