Invisible on the Interstate: Joanne McNeil on Amy Reid’s Long Haulers

Truck driver Tracy in Amy Reid's Long Haulers, courtesy of the filmmaker

“Everything in your house has, at one time, been moved on a truck,” says one of the truckers featured in Long Haulers. Amy Reid’s film subtly demystifies what can be a uniquely alienating form of labor, and the film itself…  Read more

By Sep 20, 2023

The Man Machine

An NPC repeatedly hammers a nail in Red Dead Redemption as featured in Total Refusal's Hardly WorkingHardly Working (Courtesy of Total Refusal)

On a hot July afternoon, a friend sent a video, a TikTok livestream, to a group chat, followed by a question: “What is this genre called?” A young man in a Spider-Man suit and hoodie was rhythmically swaying back and…  Read more

By Sep 20, 2023

Paradigm Shift: The Current State of Development Labs

The Summer Labs at Sundance ResortThe Summer Labs at Sundance Resort, photo by Jonathan Hickerson

When the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced in spring 2020 that they would shutter, many in the independent film community were shocked. For 17 years, TFI had supported hundreds of filmmakers and projects, including underrepresented artists, through its Tribeca All…  Read more

By Sep 20, 2023

Crash Course: A Professor Quickly Learns about AI

Earlier this year, as ChatGPT, Midjourney, Runway and a long list of other AI tools ignited a national conversation about artificial intelligence, many of my colleagues in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California shuddered in…  Read more

By Jun 27, 2023

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