3 things about Chris Marker’s SANS SOLEIL

Sans Soleil [1983]

1. An image of ultimate happiness separated from the rest of the film by a black screen.
2. January 15: Coming of Age Day.
3. Cape Verde described as the “staging ground” for the colonial power.

3 other things.

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“Film Close-Ups” interview with Chandler Bennett.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Chandler Bennett at KALX 90.7FM Berkeley about the film. Check it out below! Reminder: Roy’s World screens Friday, September 18 at SF DocFest! (This presentation is geoblocked and may only be viewed in California; once purchased, the film will be accessible at any time on September 18. All ticketholders get access to the post-film Q & A featuring yours truly and Barry Gifford—the livestream starts at 8:00 PM.)

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CFA Media Mixer on September 16

I had the honor of being asked to participate in Chicago Film Archive‘s annual Media Mixer, a really fun creative endeavor that pairs filmmmakers with musicians and sound artists in order to create a short film. (This is how I first came across the work of Marianna Milhorat, who edited Roy’s World.) I worked with David Boykin. Our creation, govt waste, is a very sarcastic political satire that I think you’ll really enjoy. I don’t want to spoil it too much but it includes flashing lights, various people drinking coffee, and a $49 breakfast.

It’s a livestream, so you can watch it from anywhere. Be there or be square!

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3 things about Zeke Kamm and Taylor Morden’s THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER

The Last Blockbuster [2020]

1. He smells the inside of the VHS case.
2. By eliminating late fees, the company lost $250 million at one stroke.
3. Obsolete POS computer system.

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3 things about Ishiro Honda’s DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

Destroy All Monsters [1968]

1. “We will either be heroes or in body bags within the hour.”
2. Slithering back into solid rock form.
3. Mothra’s rather ineffective web.

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3 things about Bill Gunn’s PERSONAL PROBLEMS

Personal Problems [1980]

1. “It’s not that I’m unhappy, I’m just not happy.”
2. Intake interviews that mirror one another, at the beginning of the film and at the hospital.
3. Sax on the riverbank.

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3 things about Michal Bielawski’s THE WIND: A DOCUMENTARY THRILLER

The Wind: A Documentary Thriller [2019]

1. The medics calmly observe his uncontrollable shaking.
2. She puts her ear to its bark, trying to hear the tree’s secrets.
3. Vibrating tree roots.

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My interview with Lili Taylor + 2 more chances.

Okay, folks, there are only two more chances to see Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago this month! It will be livestreamed this Sunday, September 6 as part of Dances With Films LA, immediately followed by a Q&A featuring yours truly + Barry Gifford + Lili Taylor! On Friday, September 18, if you live in California you can catch the film at the virtual edition of SF DocFest. That presentation will also include a Q&A, featuring yours truly + Barry Gifford. I sure hope you can make it.

Speaking of Lili Taylor, this week I had the honor of doing an interview with her led by Leo Brady at amovieguy.com. Check it out below! And you can also read his 3 ½ star-review of the film.

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3 things about Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant [1972]

1. “When you have understanding, there’s no need for pity.”
2. Mannequin sex tableau.
3. White, deep shag carpet.

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3 things about Colm McCarthy’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

The Girl with All the Gifts [2016]

1. Glug-glug-glug of the canteens being filled.
2. Eating a cat. Eating a bird.
3. Teacher in a cage.

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