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In Chris Marker's Studio discussion set for New York's Metrograph by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-07-03 14:21:00

Colin MacCabe in a Chris Marker Cats Go Barack T-shirt Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger co-director Colin MacCabe and photographer Adam Bartos will be joined by Ben Lerner and Experimenter director Michael Almereyda for an In Chris Marker's Studio panel discussion following the screenings of Marker's Cat Listening To Music (Chat Écoutant La Musique), Ouvroir, Second Life featuring Guillaume-en-Égypte and excerpts from Agnès Varda's Agnès De Ci De Là Varda at Metrograph in New York.

Michael Almereyda's Escapes subject Hampton Fancher at BAMcinemaFest Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Almereyda's two latest films, Marjorie Prime (starring Lois Smith, Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins) and his Hampton Fancher documentary Escapes will be released this summer in the Us.

Marker's Sans Soleil, Tokyo Days and his Le Joli Mai with Pierre Lhomme will be shown as part of the series celebrating another cat man.
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Berlinale 2017. Chromesthetic Delirium and Documentary Spontaneity

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Untitled. © Lotus-FilmA pretty amazing aspect of the Berlinale is that a lot of the festival venues are multiplexes usually devoted to blockbusters, meaning that smaller films from the sidebars are often screened in theaters with gigantic screens and state-of-the-art sound systems. It’s in one such cinema that I got to experience the chromesthetic delirium of Ulysses in the Subway by Marc Downie, Paul Kaiser, Flo Jacobs and Ken Jacobs. And, let me tell you, it was mind-blowing. Describing the film is about as difficult as describing a drug trip—indeed, watching Ulysses in the Subway is what it might be like if you were to drop acid and ride around the New York subway with your eyes closed. With the intention of visualizing sound, the four artists took an audio recording Ken Jacobs made of a long subway ride home (Jacobs used the same recording in live performances of
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New Ways to See Non-Fiction: How MoMA Doc Fortnight Brings a Fresh Perspective to Documentary Films

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) kicks off its 16th annual Doc Fortnight on Thursday, a 10-day festival that includes 20 feature-length non-fiction films and 10 documentary shorts. This year’s lineup includes four world premieres and a number of North American and U.S. premieres.

Read More: 2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More

The festival is far from the only major North American showcase for non-fiction cinema. Festivals ranging from Hot Docs to True/False have played key roles in the expanding documentary festival circuit. However, Doc Fortnight has maintained its own niche on the scene, by aiming to expose undiscovered stories and filmmakers, screening a range of documentaries from around the world and capturing the ways in which artists are pushing the boundaries of non-fiction filmmaking.

“It’s not an industry festival, there aren’t awards, and distributors aren’t all coming looking to buy,
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The Same River Thrice: Close-Up on Lav Diaz’s "Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution"

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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Lav Diaz's Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution (2011) is playing January 12 - February 10, 2017. Lav Diaz’s Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution is a unique example of how texts inform each other. In the film, elements of the past inform and comprise those of the present, while exposition ultimately informs images of the present. As a viewer, one can reasonably make a case that this was Diaz’s intention given the film’s story and structure: While its premise is relatively simple—a mysterious woman appears in various places in a 20th century city—Diaz tells it primarily with wordless storytelling, mostly images and extended takes. While the viewer gathers that the woman is the titular ‘visitor from the revolution,’ implying that she is from the late 1890s (the Philippine Revolution), it is only late
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Criterion Christmas Sale on Amazon

Christmas has come a little early to anyone hoping to score some Criterion Collection deals on Amazon today. While Amazon has been running a pretty good sale on a handful of discs throughout December, they’ve lowered the prices on lots of Blu-rays today, including a few pre-orders for next year.

Amazon doesn’t usually announce when an impromptu sale like this will end, so don’t hesitate. And don’t forget that you can lock in the pre-order price for some of the upcoming titles as well, but Amazon won’t charge you until they ship.

You can currently pre-order The Before Trilogy for $52.47 (48% off)

The following Blu-rays are currently (as of December 23rd at 10:30pm Pacific) down below $21 each.

The Asphalt Jungle Boyhood The Complete Lady Snowblood The Devil’s Backbone Diabolique Easy Rider The Executioner F for Fake The Game Harakiri Harold and Maude Hidden Fortress
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Kirsten Johnson Talks ‘Cameraperson,’ the Art of Interviewing, First-Person Cinema, and Selling a Movie

I’ve spoken to many accomplished artists, but there are perhaps none who bear the same extent of experience as Kirsten Johnson. Don’t worry if the name doesn’t ring any bells: she’s built her repertoire as a documentary cinematographer by working with and for the likes of Michael Moore, Laura Poitras, and Jacques Derrida, and the things she’s seen have been funneled into Cameraperson, a travelogue-of-sorts through Johnson’s subconscious.

Her time as an interviewer, or at least a companion to interviews, came through when we sat down together at Criterion’s offices in New York last month. Never have I been more directly forced to think about my work than when she turned the tables on me — all of which started with some complementary danishes left for us in the room. It’s a level of engagement that befits one of this year’s greatest films,
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2016 Sundance Trading Card Series: #9. Bernardo Britto – Jacqueline Argentine

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2015 discoveries”.

Bernardo Britto: Jacques Demy’s Lola, Mexican singer Daniela Romo, Cool Cat Saves The Kids.

Lavallee: What was the first gist of an idea that you thought of before crystallizing this into what would become your first feature?

Britto: The very first germ of an idea was “what if Sans Soleil was actually kind of like a thriller?” And then it sort of snowballed from there.

Lavallee: Could you briefly talk about the visual style of the film – what were you and Eric aiming for?

Britto: We wanted something that was digital and real and fun. We wanted it to look authentic and feel dynamic.
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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Cats!

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films featuring cats!

Need we say more? Meet the furry feline familiars that have graced some of the world’s greatest movies with their mercurial and mesmerizing presence.

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L’Atalante, the French Classic Drama by Jean Vigo

In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope.

Cléo from 5 to 7, the French Drama by Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy.

Grey Gardens, the Documentary by Ellen Hovde,
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Five Films by Patricio Guzmán

The masterful political documentaries of Chilean Guzmán, constitute a national epic for a beloved country traumatized for trying something new within a hostile political environment. How can one keep the memory of a national betrayal alive, after being forced into exile by a military dictator?  How can the memory of a great national leader be kept alive, after so many dissidents were murdered or 'disappeared?'   Five Films by Patricio Guzmán The Battle of Chile, Chile Obstinate Memory, The Pinochet Case, Salvador Allende, Nostalgia for the Light, Filming Obstinately Meeting Patricio Guzmán DVD Icarus Films Home Video 1975-2011 B&W-Color / 1:33 flat full frame 775 min. Street Date September 29, 2015 / 79.98 Directed by Patricio Guzmán  

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

A few years ago I reviewed Patricio Guzmán's The Battle of Chile and Chile, Obstinate Memory. In forty years of exile from his home country, Guzmán has continued to document the same historical trauma.
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BFI Takes Sight and Sound Documentary Poll to the Big Screen

BFI Takes Sight and Sound Documentary Poll to the Big Screen
The British Film Institute has a mouth-watering July program for across-the-pond documentary buffs and moviegoers. The series culls from BFI's most recent Sight & Sound Poll of 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers in search of the greatest docs of all time. The program, detailed here, spans the birth and life of the genre, from early ethnographic classic "Nanook of the North" and earth-shaking Soviet experiment "Man with a Movie Camera" to Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust epic "Shoah" (here screened in its entirety) and Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line," which in 1988 was an early example of the true crime mysteries that are now the craze of the zeitgeist.  Read More: British Film Institute Unlocks Ambitious Plan to Digitize Films The rest of the series includes a double bill of Chris Marker's ode to memory, "Vertigo" and cats "Sans Soleil" and Alain Resnais' profoundly upsetting concentration camp doc...
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Daily | Goings On | Vertigo, Hou, Antonioni

At Hammer to Nail, Evan Louison notes that the films in the BAMcinématek series The Vertigo Effect run the gamut of bewildering dreams, questionable memories, false identity, secret plots, and murder. From the schlock (Basic Instinct, Mulholland Drive) to the interstitial (Sans Soleil), it’s easy to see how this one replaced Citizen Kane at the top of the heap a few years back." More goings on: Catherine Deneuve, Eric Rohmer, Stan Brakhage and Preston Sturges in New York, Hou Hsiao-hsien in Chicago, Thom Andersen in Los Angeles, Robert Siodmak in London, Michelangelo Antonioni in Paris and Michael Glawogger in Vienna. » - David Hudson
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The Noteworthy: 8 April 2015

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Above: the 2015 Crossroads Film Festival kicks off on Friday, April 10th, and features Paul Clipson's Hypnosis Display with a live soundtrack by Grouper. Check out the rest of the amazing lineup here. Like everyone, we're devastated that David Lynch will not be directing the Twin Peaks revival season after all. Above: the latest issue of La Furia Umana is online now and includes an intriguing survey of "What's (Not) Cinema Becoming?"From the new issue of The Brooklyn Rail: pieces on Tsai Ming-liang's Rebels of the Neon God, J.P. Sniadecki's The Iron Ministry, and an interview with Xin Zhou.For Cinema Scope, Jordan Cronk writes on this year's True/False Film Festival. There are two incredible websites for you to browse from La Cinématheque Francaise: one on Pier Paolo Pasolini, and one on Michelangelo Antonioni. For his blog Following Film, Christoph Huber writes on "The Siodmak Variations":
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Sundance 2015 Review: Things Of The Aimless Wanderer, A World-Class Stunner

To be absolutely mesmerized by a film, totally transfixed, is a rare happening in cinema, but should be the norm, right? Rwanda director Kivu Ruhorahoza's Things Of The Aimless Wanderer is just such a film, spectacular and ambitious in all its working parts, catapulting cutting-edge African cinema onto the world stage with the intensity of a new religion. Ruhorahoza's efforts are made up of a pure cinema, observant and immaculate, cutting deep swatches into East African culture, post-genocide, positing questions of what a modern Rwanda looks like, wondering where  Western influence and agendas end. The work is reminiscent of such filmmakers as Werner Herzog, Miguel Gomes (Taboo), Chris Marker (Sans Soleil) and Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), towing the...

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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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Zachary Wigon’s All Time Top Ten Favorite Films List

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker (in this case American independent writer-director Zachary Wigon) to identify their all time top ten favorite films of all time. Wigon’s The Heart Machine (see pic of actor John Gallagher Jr above) receives a limited theatrical and VOD release on October 24th via the Film Buff folks. This top 10 is a countdown folks. Drum roll please!

10. City Lights- Charlie Chaplin (1931)

“The deep pathos of pretending to be someone you’re not so that you may win over your love is taken, here, to heights alternatively comic and tragic, with the greatest closing shot in all of cinema.”

9. Goodbye, Dragon Inn – Tsai Ming-liang (2004)

“The loneliness of being a person, the desire to connect to each other through our behavior and through art,
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Chris Marker's Weird, Wonderful 'Level Five' Coming to Home Video

Chris Marker's Weird, Wonderful 'Level Five' Coming to Home Video
In Chris Marker's final feature film, a French computer scientist is developing a video game about the Battle of Okinawa while being haunted by the loss of her lover. Who else but Marker would make a film like "Level Five"? This mind-meltingly beautiful genre-crosser from 1997--15 years before Marker, best known for documentary "Sans Soleil" and sci-fi "La Jetee," died in 2012--is now headed to DVD and VOD from Icarus Films. More a visually hyperbolic cinematic essay than a narrative film -- as is the case for almost any Marker film --  "Level Five" arrives October 7. Watch the whacky, wonderful trailer below. More info from Icarus here.
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Review: Chris Marker's 'Level Five' Displays The Work Of A Mastermind Theorist

Back on the big screen as part of Bam Rose Cinema's retrospective of his work, Chris Marker’s 1996 documentary “Level Five” is a staunch reminder of the singular cinematic oeuvre left behind by the filmmaker. The French visual essayist (“documentary” may be an insufficient descriptor for any of his films) grew up alongside exponents of the French New Wave, but was set apart by his unique approach to cinema and storytelling. Most renowned for the 1962 short masterpiece “La Jetée” (one of the most effective time travel movies ever made), and 1983’s documentary “Sans Soleil,” third in Sight And Sound’s all-time list of documentaries, Marker was fascinated with a number of anthropological themes. His work often resulted in visual collages touching upon history, war, collective memory, and modern technology. Any readers unfamiliar with Marker’s work shouldn't necessarily start with "Level Five," but Marker admirers will find much to savor from this intellectual.
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Watch: Breaking Down the Essay Film

With the Chris Marker series underway at Bam this week, it seems like a topical time to share this 2013 rumination on the essay film from Kevin B. Lee. Lee purports that the essay diverges from the rest of cinema in how it “[explores] its subject and at the same time [explores] how it sees its subject.” Words, images and sound interact and inform one another, producing a commentary that is often relegated to the external, or the conscience of the viewer. In his visual discussion of the three pillars of an essay film, Lee draws on Marker’s own Sans Soleil, Godard […]
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Daily | Chris Marker @ Bam

From today through August 28, New York's BAMcinématek is presenting a comprehensive retrospective of films by Chris Marker. The highlight is the North American premiere of Level Five (1996). We gather reviews of this "playful, ruminative and melancholy" sci-fi "adventure" (New York Times) and point to overviews of the series, featuring not only Marker's best known works, La Jetée (1962) and Sans Soleil (1983), but also early travelogues, such as Sunday in Peking (1956) and A Letter from Siberia (1958), and political essays along the lines of A Grin Without a Cat (1977) and The Last Bolshevik (1993). » - David Hudson
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Watch: Robert Greene on “The Art of Nonfiction”

Last week, Sight & Sound released their poll of the top 50 documentaries of all time, sourced from 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers. The list includes seminal films such as Nanook of the North, Sans Soleil, Man With a Movie Camera, and Salesman, as well as recent, form-pushing works in The Act of Killing and Leviathan. Robert Greene took time out of his impressively hectic schedule to craft a video essay that is a send up to said titles and more, examining documentary for its inimitable, observational approach, and noting that “the art of nonfiction lies in the tension between chaos and structure.” Head over to Sight&Sound to view it.
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