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Jessica Yu has created some of the finest and most formally innovative documentaries of the past decade, such as In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) and Protagonist (2007). Her latest film Misconception, which recently had its world premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, is somewhat of a step down from these in formal terms, as it is much closer to traditional documentaries than her previous work. Still, Jessica Yu brings considerable style and verve to her examination of the issue of the world population explosion, with a triptych of compelling stories that bring the vast parameters of this complex and often overwhelming issue down to a human level. Also, the film provocatively challenges received wisdom about the actual nature of the problem of...
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Photo Bomb: Maloof and Siskel Rewrite Modern Art History
Tales of buried treasure have long been the stuff of cinema gold, from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre through The Goonies and beyond, but John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s debut collaboration has much more in common with Jessica Yu’s In The Realms of the Unreal than it does with pirates and jewels. Finding Vivian Maier unearth’s the secret street photo cache of the titular neurotic nanny, posthumously hailing her as a master who’s been missing from the history books solely because of her own reticent will. After falling upon her unseen stockpile at auction after her death in 2009 and surveying a small selection of the thousands of images she composed, Maloof began to wonder, who was this woman? What motivated her to take so many photos, seemingly never showing them to a soul? Would the world »
- Jordan M. Smith
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