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“In Defense of Errol Morris’s STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE”

I’ve got a new article, my first for PopMatters, at their website. The title is “In Defense of Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure. In it, I use the occasion of the film’s tenth anniversary to write about the great director’s oft-misunderstood masterpiece, which centers around the photos that emerged from Abu Ghraib prison.

You can read the whole thing here.

[UPDATE, 5/22/2018: I’m completely amazed to report that Errol Morris himself recently retweeted this piece. See below.]

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“Doc This!”: Episode One

Two of my wonderful classmates, John Verhaeven and Kenny McDonald, are producing a new podcast called “Doc This!” Its goal is to “get behind the minds and processes of Ryerson University’s MFA Documentary Media students.” I co-host with another wonderful classmate, Sara Wylie.

In the first episode, Sara and I speak to yet another wonderful classmate, Daniel Schrempf — I hope you’ll give it a listen!

(Bonus: A fifth wonderful classmate, Pearson Ripley, offers a terrific, sixty-second review of Errol Morris’s astonishing Netflix documentary series Wormwood at the end of the episode.)

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Brand Hex”

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“The ‘Inescapable Need and Possibility’ of Third Cinema”

I’ve got a new article, my first for the venerable New Politics magazine, at their website. The title is “The ‘Inescapable Need and Possibility’ of Third Cinema”. In it, I talk about the radical, global filmmaking movement known as “Third Cinema”; its adherents in the United States; and what might be learned from their work at this particular moment in time. If you’re actively thinking about film as a form of cultural resistance, you might just be interested in this.

You can read the whole thing here.

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Visualizing Chomsky”

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“FACES PLACES Voted the Best Documentary of 2017 in 5th Annual Nonfics Year-End Poll”

As a contributor to Nonfics, I participated in their year-end poll. The results are in, and you can check them out right here.

Individual ballots aren’t included, and I won’t share mine. However, I will say that documentary fans should make it a point to see Karl Marx City, The Work, and Starless Dreams. The 2017 docs that you’ve heard about are very fine indeed, but it was this year’s comparatively less ballyhooed titles that really stayed with me.

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“The Best Video Essays of 2017”

I’m honored and delighted to have been a contributor to Sight & Sound’s “Best Video Essays of 2017” poll. Big thanks to Kevin B. Lee, David Verdeure, and Sight & Sound!

You can see my ballot and everyone else’s right here.

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VIDEO ESSAY: “I Am Not Your Documentary”

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VIDEO ESSAY: “McElwee on McElwee”

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The Docs Factor Podcast, Episode 21: THE CORPORATION (2003)

I had the enormous pleasure of appearing as a guest this week on episode 21 of Neil Hopkins and Chris Foster’s wonderful new Docs Factor Podcast. We discussed Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s 2003 documentary adaptation of Joel Bakan’s book The Corporation (a favorite of mine).

You can listen to the episode here, or with whatever app you use for podcasts. (Don’t forget to subscribe to the show while you’re at it!)

Also, if you haven’t seen The Corporation, I should point out that Achbar and Abbott have made it freely available to watch on YouTube. Get hip to it.

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THERE IS POWER IN A UNION

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2018 Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference

We just got the news that our proposal has been accepted, so I’m happy to share: I’ll be co-facilitating a workshop with my good friend Dr. Vicki Callahan as part of the 2018 Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference here in Toronto. Our workshop topic will be “In the Mix: The Collaborative Video Essay in Theory and Praxis.” If you’re planning to attend the conference, I do hope you’ll make some time for our workshop.

For more information, visit cmstudies.org.

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DAY 61

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“Laura Dunn on LOOK & SEE and the Challenge of Documenting Wendell Berry”

I’ve got an interview with Laura Dunn, director of the new documentary Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, over at Nonfics. Laura’s first theatrically released feature, 2007’s The Unforeseen, not only boasted Robert Redford and Terrence Malick as executive producers but also garnered rhapsodic reviews, an Independent Spirit Award and television distribution on both PBS and the Sundance Channel. Special screenings of Look & See are currently taking place around the country, and it’s now available on Netflix U.S. as well.

Take a look at out our conversation here.

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SHOCK VALUES

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VIDEO ESSAY: “Before Charlottesville: Ten Documentaries that Confront White Supremacy”

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“DUNKIRK: Keep Calm and Carry On?”

I’ve got a new article, my first for Culture Matters, up now at their website. It’s my political reading of Christopher Nolan’s critically-acclaimed new film Dunkirk. In the piece, entitled Dunkirk: Keep Calm and Carry On?”, I discuss the moral obligations of the artist, the World War II combat genre, and the potential for a “truly radical flowering” of progressive film culture.

You can read the whole thing here.

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VIDEO ESSAY: “On Thom Andersen’s Pick for the ‘Most Remarkable’ Documentary of the ’00s”

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“‘Just Wait’: On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982)”

I’ve got a new article, my first for the genre magazine Diabolique, up now at their website. Entitled “‘Just Wait’: On the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)”, it argues that the classic 1980s horror film is “the best exemplar of a hugely influential director’s gifts.”

You can read the whole thing here.

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