Prismatic Ground 2022: Select Films of Love and Memory

“Both editions of Prismatic Ground have done well in being an inviting festival space for submitting filmmakers, and in turn this allows for the wide array of programming that necessitates the “wave” format. Online and cinematic presentation together means that while enjoyment of this festival will continue worldwide, presentations on projected film prints will become its newest element, intertwining the global availability of the internet and the togetherness of film screenings for those able to attend.” Continue reading Prismatic Ground 2022: Select Films of Love and Memory

“What a Way to Run a Railroad”—Nothing is Real, not even Cinema, in Tulapop Saenjaroen’s ‘Squish!’

Over the last decade, filmmaker and video artist Tulapop Saenjaroen has been stretching cinema and the short form. Exploring some of the fundamental quandaries of experience: work, play and freedom with a sharp and puckish sense of their history within this long century of moving images. Continue reading “What a Way to Run a Railroad”—Nothing is Real, not even Cinema, in Tulapop Saenjaroen’s ‘Squish!’

Exposed Plywood: Lin Tuan-chiu’s ‘The Husband’s Secret’ (1960)

“When Le-hun sobs in the artificial rain, back pressed to a plywood facade, the plainness of the wood’s grain brings the audience closer to the material rather than adding distance: the production and the resulting film seem one in the same, part of an enthusiastic defiance of mass-market cinema in favor of local storytelling.” Continue reading Exposed Plywood: Lin Tuan-chiu’s ‘The Husband’s Secret’ (1960)

“A Pirate of Sounds” — An interview with Félix Blume

The works of sound artist and nonfiction filmmaker Félix Blume deal with the interpretative possibilities of aural narratives. From installation sound-pieces built around Thailand’s shoreline, to album releases focusing on Haiti’s funerary traditions, his artistic output always serves as an extension of a wider multimedia project built around sonic tradition.  Continue reading “A Pirate of Sounds” — An interview with Félix Blume

Review: ‘To The Moon’ (2020), dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan

by Ruairí McCann One of the most iconic images of early cinema, from Georges Méliès’s Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902), depicts a cylindrical rocket ship lodged in the eye of a personified moon. From this cast-iron splinter flows a gaggle of scientists with wizard-like abilities and appearances. Once they have bored their way through the great stony grimace, they find not a dead rock … Continue reading Review: ‘To The Moon’ (2020), dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan

Major Minor Love—On Hong Sang-soo’s ‘Introduction’ and ‘In Front of Your Face’

There’s no standard criterion for deducing the major/minor status of any given Hong Sang-soo film, which occur at such a steady clip that even the usual associative buzzwords––prolific, generous, obsessive, redundant even––fail at even their most basic purpose. Continue reading Major Minor Love—On Hong Sang-soo’s ‘Introduction’ and ‘In Front of Your Face’

Rice Krispies for a Revolution – Blu Review: ‘The Edge/Ice’ by Robert Kramer (Re:Voir Video)

by Jack Seibert How many French critics does it take to release an American movie? Somewhere in the dozens, if the movie is Robert Kramer’s The Edge. Cahiers du Cinéma spilled gallons of ink around its 1968 release, with Jacques Rivette naming it his favorite film of the year. Three years later he’d transport its paranoid post-revolutionary ramblings across the Atlantic for his legendary Out … Continue reading Rice Krispies for a Revolution – Blu Review: ‘The Edge/Ice’ by Robert Kramer (Re:Voir Video)