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Andy Warhol’s Legendary Screen Tests, Including Bob Dylan and Edie Sedgwick, Find Temporary New Venue

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Andy Warhol’s Legendary Screen Tests, Including Bob Dylan and Edie Sedgwick, Find Temporary New Venue
“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” Andy Warhol famously said, but the legendary artist probably didn’t expect that such a sentiment would apply to his own screen tests, which have endured over the decades as a curious, intimate look at the inner workings of his creative process.

Filmed during the ’60s-era heyday of his Warhol Factory, the black and white screen tests feature a slew of Warhol regulars — from Ondine to Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed to Bob Dylan — and other famous faces of the day, all lensed on Warhol’s own Bolex camera. Nearly 500 of the screen tests were filmed, though Warhol did not use or exhibit all of them. Favorites were arranged into various compilations that were then screened by Warhol for assorted audiences, though they’ve continued to inspire and delight fans for decades past their original filming.

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Inside the Bare, Remote Cabin Where Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas Were Found

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Inside the Bare, Remote Cabin Where Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas Were Found
Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins, 50, had spent over a month on the run with his 15-year-old former student and victim Elizabeth Thomas before the two were found in a cabin in northern California’s Siskiyou County on Thursday.

On Friday, CNN’s Sara Sidner took viewers inside the remote hideout.

The cabin, the last on the owner’s property according to Sidner, was still in the process of being built — with no running water, electricity or heat piping into its tiny four-walled structure.

For food, the two used a portable grill to cook their meals. A bag of rice, canned food,
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Elizabeth Thomas Returns Home After Teacher’s Arrest: ‘She Has Suffered Severe Emotional Trauma’

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Elizabeth Thomas Returns Home After Teacher’s Arrest: ‘She Has Suffered Severe Emotional Trauma’
The lawyer for Elizabeth Thomas says the Tennessee teen is “comfortable and resting” in a safe location with family and friends after returning today from her alleged abduction, according to a statement obtained by People.

“She is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma. There is no doubt she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning,” reads the statement from attorney S. Jason Whatley.

Elizabeth, 15, and her 50-year-old teacher, Tad Cummins, disappeared on March 13 and were the subject of an ongoing Amber Alert for more than five weeks.
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Revelations from Inside the Case Against Tad Cummins, Accused of Abducting Student Elizabeth Thomas

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The day Tad Cummins vanished with Elizabeth Thomas, he wrote a letter to his wife claiming he was traveling from Tennessee to Washington D.C. “to clear his head” — and urging her not to call police.

The day after his arrest in Northern California, new details are emerging about Cummins, 50, and how he evaded law enforcement during a nationwide manhunt that lasted more than five weeks after allegedly kidnapping Thomas, his 15-year-old student.

A criminal complaint filed by federal authorities and obtained by People alleges Cummins borrowed $4,500 in cash from an unspecified source just days before going on the lam,
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‘That’s Definitely the Guy’: Tipster Speaks Out After Calling Cops on Ex-Teacher and Missing Teen

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‘That’s Definitely the Guy’: Tipster Speaks Out After Calling Cops on Ex-Teacher and Missing Teen
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Cops Claim Tad Cummins Said He’s ‘Glad This Is Over’ During Arrest After Being Found with Teenage Student

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Cops Claim Tad Cummins Said He’s ‘Glad This Is Over’ During Arrest After Being Found with Teenage Student
After more than a month on the run, a former Tennessee teacher captured after allegedly abducting a teen student reportedly told cops that he’s relieved that the ordeal has come to an end.

Siskiyou County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Gilley said in a press conference on Thursday that Tad Cummins, 50, said “I’m glad this is over” in a “spontaneous statement” during his arrest earlier this week.

Cummins and his 15-year-old former student Elizabeth Thomas were found in a remote cabin near Cecilville, California, on Thursday, after a tipster saw the pair and contacted the authorities, Tbi spokesperson Josh Devine told People.
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Allegedly Abducted Teen Seems ‘Healthy and Unharmed’ and Is Flying Home After Ex-Teacher’s Arrest

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Allegedly Abducted Teen Seems ‘Healthy and Unharmed’ and Is Flying Home After Ex-Teacher’s Arrest
Elizabeth Thomas appears “healthy and unharmed” after she was recovered by authorities in a remote California commune Thursday morning, authorities announced.

Thomas, 15, was allegedly abducted by Tad Cummins, her 50-year-old former teacher at the Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee, on March 13. Since then, the pair had been the subject of an ongoing Amber Alert.

On Wednesday night, officials got a tip that they had been living in a cabin in Cecilville, California, for a week and a half, authorities announced at a Thursday afternoon news conference. Early Thursday morning, authorities recovered Thomas safely and arrested Cummins on multiple state and federal charges.
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Missing Tennessee Student Found: How a Tip Led to Her Discovery in Remote California Cabin

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Missing Tennessee Student Found: How a Tip Led to Her Discovery in Remote California Cabin
Tennessee officials announced at a press conference that a single tip enabled them to find a missing Tennessee teen and the teacher who allegedly abducted her.

On March 13, Tad Cummins, 50, vanished with Elizabeth Thomas, then his 15-year-old student at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee. The pair was the subject of an ongoing Amber Alert.

At about 11 p.m. Ct Wednesday, an unidentified caller called a tip line to say Tad Cummins, 50, and his 15-year-old female student, Elizabeth Thomas, had “taken up residence in a cabin in Cecilville, California,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh Devine said at a Thursday afternoon press conference.
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Reappearing Fireflies: Bruce Baillie in Vienna

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Bruce Baillie. Courtesy of Lux. The first time he saw Bruce Baillie, a fiery Peter Kubelka recounted in front of an amused audience at the Austrian Film Museum, the American filmmaker was pulling off a headstand in a classroom before taking his students out on the campus to collect garbage. In the filmmaking of Baillie and his organization Canyon Cinema, which was showcased from January 30 to February 3 in five programs curated by Garbiñe Ortega, ideas of life and community are transformed into sounds, colors and film. Sometimes those ideas exceed the films. As Mr. Baillie has put it himself in an interview with Richard Corliss in 1971, “I always felt that I brought as much truth out of the environment as I could, but I’m tired of coming out of. . . . I want everybody really lost, and I want us all to be at home there. Something like that. Actually I am not interested in that,
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‘Queer Dance Party’ Kicks Off Inaugural with Protest Outside VP-Elect Mike Pence’s DC Home

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‘Queer Dance Party’ Kicks Off Inaugural with Protest Outside VP-Elect Mike Pence’s DC Home
Bearing rainbow flags and blasting Beyoncé tunes, about 200 protesters marched and shimmied toward Vice President-elect Mike Pence‘s temporary home in northwest Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night to send a message of unity.

The “Queer Dance Party” was organized by the groups Werk for Peace and #J20Disrupt, which have planned a variety of protest events in the days leading to the inauguration of Pence and President-elect Donald Trump.

“Dance is so integral to the queer community as a form of self-expression and a form of asserting our power and our beauty and our love for one another,” Firas Nasr,
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Daily | Tony Conrad, 1940 – 2016

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Yesterday, Buffalo News arts critic Colin Dabrowski broke the news that composer, artist and filmmaker Tony Conrad had passed away earlier in the day at the age of 76. "Conrad, who taught in the University at Buffalo's media study department since 1976, was idolized by a generation of composers, musicians and artists who credit him with changing the course of American art and music with his seemingly endless series of inventive projects, performances and installations." Artforum adds that "Jack Smith, Mike Kelley, and Henry Flynt were among his many frequent collaborators. Conrad also composed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music, which included John Cale and La Monte Young. A book in his collection, titled The Velvet Underground, ultimately gave rise to the name of Lou Reed’s eponymous band." » - David Hudson
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"A Matter of Visibility" at First Look 2016

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Her Silent SeamingPerhaps more than most other forms of cinema, experimental film and video is an auteur’s medium through and through. Since the production model for avant-garde work is almost exclusively artisanal, with a single individual (or possibly a duo or an artists’ collective) making the work from a studio context similar to that or a sculptor or photographer, it only makes sense to consider these works are expressions of an artist’s point of view. As such, those of us who regularly engage with experimental work will inevitably use the artist as the primary mode of categorization—who to keep track of, who seems promising, etc.But there’s a bit more to it. One of the greatest joys of avant-garde filmgoing, as any fan will tell you, is seeing an expertly curated program of films, be they new short works, recontextualized classics, or some combination thereof. A
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Daily | Berlinale 2016 Lineup, Round 12

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The Berlinale presents the complete lineup of this year's Forum Expanded program: "The reference points here include genres such as science fiction (Larissa Sansour, Søren Lind, Clemens von Wedemeyer), war (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson) or horror films (Anja Kirschner), Egyptian film and media history (Heba Amin, Islam Kamal, Mayye Zayed) as well as the work of directors such as Yvonne Rainer (Kerstin Schroedinger), Pier Paolo Pasolini (Anja Kirschner), Michelangelo Antonioni (Volker Sattel), Alain Resnais, Chris Marker (Joe Namy, Clemens von Wedemeyer), Ingmar Bergman (Maged Nader) or Jack Smith (Marie Losier). Museum and exhibition culture (Assad Gruber, Hila Peleg), the history of sculptures and monuments (Heinz Emigholz, Ahmad Ghossein, Joe Namy) or art concepts such as Lettrism (Mika Taanila) equally flow into new forms of expression within which the artists then position themselves." » - David Hudson
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Out 1,’ Noir, Akerman, ‘Strange Days,’ ‘Johnny Guitar’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

BAMcinématek

This is the final weekend for marathon screenings of Out 1. We highly recommend taking the plunge.

Museum of the Moving Image

“Lonely Places: Film Noir and the American Landscape” highlights a different atmosphere of the noir picture, and it makes its case with some great films. Out of the Past shows on Friday; Saturday
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200 Greatest Horror Films (110-101)

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Special Mention: Dressed To Kill

Directed by Brian De Palma

Written by Brian De Palma

1980, USA

Genre: Thriller

Brian De Palma’s films, like Tarantino’s, are a cinematic mash-up of influences from the past, and in De Palma case he borrows heavily from Alfred Hitchcock. Obsession is De Palma’s Vertigo, Blow Out his Rear Window, and with Dressed to Kill the director set its sights on Psycho. Dressed To Kill is more thriller than horror but what a stylish and twisted thriller it is! The highlight here is an amazing ten-minute chase sequence set in an art gallery and conducted entirely without dialogue. There are a number of other well-sustained set pieces including a race in the subway system and even, yes, a gratuitous shower murder sequence. Dressed To Kill features an excellent cast (Michael Caine, Nancy Allen, Angie Dickinson), a superb score (courtesy of Pino Donaggio) and
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New trailer for The Forbidden Room

As it gears up for its impending festival run, a new trailer has arrived online for Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s The Forbidden Room, which we have for you below after the official synopsis…

The four-man crew of a submarine is trapped underwater, running out of air. A classic scenario of claustrophobic suspense—at least until a hatch opens and out steps… a lumberjack? As this newcomer’s backstory unfolds (and unfolds and unfolds in over a dozen outlandish tales), Guy Maddin, cinema’s reigning master of feverish filmic fetishism, embarks on a phantasmagoric narrative adventure of stories within stories within dreams within flashbacks in a delirious globe-trotting mise en abyme the equal of any by the late Raúl Ruiz. Collaborating with poet John Ashbery and featuring sublime contributions from the likes of Jacques Nolot, Charlotte Rampling, Mathieu Amalric, legendary cult electro-pop duo Sparks, and not forgetting muses Louis Negin and Udo Kier,
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Daily | Kubrick, Schrader, Duplasses

Hey, it's Stanley Kubrick's birthday. As it happens, the BFI has just posted an edited extract from the introduction to the new collection, Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives. Also in today's roundup: Madison Brookshire on Josef von Sternberg and Jack Smith by way of Gilles Deleuze; interviews with Pedro Costa (conducted by David Barker and Matthew Porterfield), Bruno Dumont, Barbara Kopple, Paul Schrader and "illustrator, concept artist and visual futurist" Syd Mead; Anna Shechtman on James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour and the David Foster Wallace Industry; news of Fatih Akin's next project; and remembering producer Pierre Cottrell. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Goings On | Ono, Borzage, Cronenberg

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has just announced "Two Evenings of Films with Yoko Ono," happening on Monday and Wednesday. More goings on: A free sneak preview of Takashi Murakami's Jellyfish Eyes, Technicolor in New York and Toronto, an evening of work by Jack Smith in Los Angeles, which sees a Frank Borzage series opening tomorrow—plus Rudolph Maté's D.O.A. (1950) and more pulpy movies every Saturday. Hardcore David Cronenberg in San Francisco. Eric Rohmer's Full Moon in Paris (1984) in Chicago. And Ed Halter writes about George Kuchar's Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966), screening every day at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Artforum, Hitchcock, Kiarostami

The new issue of Artforum features Hito Steyerl and Laura Poitras in conversation, J. Hoberman on Jack Smith and Amy Taubin on Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack. Also in today's roundup: Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme discuss Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Abbas Kiarostami; Adrian Martin on horror; Alyssa Rosenberg on The Wire and Baltimore; Geoffrey O'Brien on Jean-Pierre Melville's Le silence de la mer; Thomas Vinterberg on taking Ingmar Bergman's advice; Ian Tan on Carlos Reygadas's Silent Light and Carl Theodor Dreyer's Ordet; Erich Kuersten on John Carpenter's Escape from New York, Mathieu Kassovitz's La Haine twenty years on—and more. » - David Hudson
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The Greats of Indie Black Cinema Are at Lincoln Center

For nearly a century, New York City has been the place where this country's most significant independent-cinema movements have been born. The metropolis is exalted in Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler's Manhatta (1921), widely considered the first U.S. avant-garde film. It is where the New American Cinema, a collective that advocated for radical changes in American filmmaking, began to coalesce in the late 1950s. Andy Warhol and Jack Smith, the patron saints of queer cinema, shot many of their homo fantasias here, and the Lower East Side provided the backdrop for No Wave cinema in the Seventies and Eighties.

Yet one of the richest chapters in this fecund history, the work of African American filmmakers in the five boroughs, has too often been overlooked or under- rec...
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