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Risk Aware Filmmaking: Devising New Documentary Security Protocols for David France’s Welcome to Chechnya

Welcome to Chechnya (courtesy of HBO)

Despite its ironically inviting title, Welcome to Chechnya, a new documentary by director David France, depicts a harrowing tale of escape. The film, which is being released by HBO on June 30, follows a group of Russian activists working to…  Read more

By Jul 7, 2020

Mica Levi Composes for the Music-less Commandos of Monos

Monos

Transcribing a verbal interview can calcify its fluidity. Congealed to text, the spontaneity of a subject’s ongoing efforts to articulate their process is reduced, encouraging readers to mistake the record as definitive. Some interviewees ponder the permanence of their words…  Read more

By Sep 13, 2019

The Documentary Masterpiece that is Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old

By now you must have heard about Peter Jackson’s “controversial” restoration of 100-year-old 35mm newsreel footage from WWI, taken from the archive of London’s Imperial War Museum. A splendid profile by Mekado Murphy occupied #1 in the New York Times…  Read more

By Dec 27, 2018

Your Film is Too Long: 11 Tips on How To Get Your Film to Its Correct Runtime

Jake

I know, it’s maddening. People watch 10-hour series that take five hours to get good, but your 101-minute comedy is too long. Michael Bay makes three-hour Transformers movies, but your 95-minute drama is too long. Critics love seven hours of…  Read more

By Dec 17, 2018


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