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The Iron Ministry | DVD Review

16 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last year, 2.5 billion people traveled by rail across the wild expanse of China. With each passing year the country continues to sink massive amounts of money into the high speed infrastructure – this year alone the China Railway Corp. plans to spend a whopping $121.5 billion toward construction and expansion. In The Iron Ministry, the latest feature production from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, director/editor/cameraman J.P. Sniadecki attempts to convey what those numbers look like from the inside out. Riding tracks throughout China throughout 2011 and on through 2013 with the camera rolling, Sniadecki’s curious findings flow with affectionate intrigue and an instinctive eye for beauty in the mundane.

The Iron Ministry joins an immense body of train-centric documentary cinema, from its birth back at the beginnings of film itself by way of the Lumière brothers’ Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat through D.A. Pennebaker’s mid-century short Daybreak Express »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Us Briefs: Shooting wraps on Greg Kinnear directorial debut ‘Phil’

8 January 2016 7:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Academy announces scientific and technical achievements; and more

Greg Kinnear’s dark comedy is based on a screenplay by Stephen Mazur about a dentist who tries to take control of his life after a patient commits suicide.

Kinnear stars alongside stars Emily Mortimer. Jay Duplass, Robert Forster, Taylor Schilling, Bradley Whitford and Luke Wilson round out the ensemble cast.

The Bron Studios production is in association with Single Cell Pictures, Imperative Entertainment and CW Media Finance. Aaron L Gilbert and Sandy Stern produce with Bradley Thomas. Jason Cloth, Andy Pollack and Ron McLeod serve as executive producers. Wme represents Us rights.

The Academy announced on Friday that it will honour 10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 33 individual award recipients at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation in Beverly Hills on February 13. In addition the Society Of Motion Picture And Television Engineers will receive a special award recognising “a century of fundamental contributions to the advancement »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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