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Unstoppable: A Conversation with The Square’s Jehane Noujaim

Jehane Noujaim’s documentary, The Square, is imperative filmmaking.  It offers an on-the-ground glimpse of the protests that erupted in Tahrir Square, Egypt beginning in 2011.  The film is a hope-filled valentine to the emergence and ongoing journey of Egyptian political consciousness.  It is as much about friendship and human interconnectedness …

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Koyakatsi Film Trailer

Koyakatsi is a sci-fi action film directed by Ayoub Qanir with concept illustrations by Kilian Eng, a brilliantly talented Japanese artist, whose work we are quite fond of. The plot is pretty straight forward. A young scientist and a military doctor team-up to investigate a series of unidentifiable, foreign attacks. …

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Crowd Pleaser: Alex Prager

Inspired by Prager’s cinematic images, director Arnaud Uyttenhove translated them into a playful portrait, juxtaposing her color-saturated archive with still lifes of vintage costumes and props. Following bouts of agoraphobia, the MoMA 2010 New Photography artist began to explore the loneliness and alienation that crowds can provoke, coating her images’ …

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R100 Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto

A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices — each with a unique talent — in this hilarious and bizarre take on the sex comedy from Japanese comedy giant Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol). In R100, Nao Ohmori …

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“Wheel” Music Video Directed by Carl Addy

In between catching up with friends and family today, many of you will find yourselves (like the majority of us) with too much time on your hands, wondering how quickly your inbox is filling up back at the office, separation anxiety from work can be short circuited by checking out …

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Nymphomaniac Film Trailer (NSFW)

Lars Von Trier may be one of the most daring directors at the moment, tackling subject matter many directors would shy away from, let alone discuss openly. His new film “Nymphomaniac” centers around a series of events surrounding several characters whose sexual encounters reveal their personalities and repressed emotions. Known …

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DOC NYC 2013: “Grey City” (Cidade Cinza)

The ingredients to São Paulo’s distinct graffiti culture: clamor, chaos, congestion, hip hop, and mostly, sheer ingenuity.  From the city’s streets have emerged artists with entirely unique signature styles and deft skill.  Following decades of relentlessness, they have scaled the heights of contemporary art, receiving invitations to show abroad as …

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DOC NYC 2013: “Finding Vivian Maier”

By sheer stroke of serendipity, John Maloof plucked photographer Vivian Maier from the precipice of total and complete obscurity.  The beauty of her work, the comedy and the tragedy of her photos would have otherwise been forgotten – forever blotted from the visual history of the mid-20th Century had fate …

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Opening Night of DOC NYC: “The Unknown Known”

In Errol Morris’ latest documentary, “The Unknown Known”, the former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld looks headlong into the camera and plainly states: “Freedom is untidy.”  Matter-of-factly, he explains away his acceptance of the inherent and unavoidable messiness of war – civilian casualties included. Donald Rumsfeld is an acrobat of …

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‘The Taking’ Film Trailer

Directors Cezil Reed & Lydelle Jackson have gone to the root of horror and have expanded on the trauma associated with fear and malevolence as two strangers struggle to escape a sinister family who wishes to sacrifice their souls to an evil presence. “THE TAKING is a cinematic experience of …

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Anton Corbijn Documentary

Anton Corbijn’s career is one adventured in the forging of modern day icons.  The Dutch photographer and filmmaker has been the source of some of the most indelible images of our era.  Tom Waits, Nirvana, U2, Depeche Mode, Joy Division and most recently Arcade Fire – all have had the …

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

The new trailer for Wes Anderson’s Budapest Hotel is out and looks glorious. The cast brims with the most recognized and beloved cast from Anderson’s breadth of work, and adds newcomer Tony Revolori.  Budapest Hotel centers around lobby boy, Zero Moustafa whom is taken under the wing and mentorship of Gustave …