Category Archives: Writing

“Racist Violence Is a Family Thing in DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?”

I’m now a regular columnist for PopMatters. Here’s my first piece in this new role: a review of Travis Wilkerson’s latest essay film, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? Big thanks to my most excellent editor Karen Zarker, and … Continue reading

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My 2018 Nonfics End-of-the-Year Poll Submission

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 were also published this year, and you can see all of them (including mine) here.

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“Risky Business”

I’ve got a chapter about Laura Poitras’s excellent documentary Risk (2016) in Christian Cotton and Robert Arp’s new anthology WikiLeaking: The Ethics of Secrecy and Exposure. The publisher is Open Court Publishing, the imprint behind the well-known “Pop Culture and … Continue reading

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“ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH Leaves Little to the Terrified Imagination”

I’ve got a new review of Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nick de Pencier’s new documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch over at PopMatters. It’s the third film in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013). You can … Continue reading

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“The Unbearable Centrism of Mainstream Documentaries”

I’ve got a new article over at New Politics magazine, the title of which is “The Unbearable Centrism of Mainstream Documentaries”. In it, I write about about how Former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama’s multi-year production deal with … Continue reading

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“Rodney Ascher on the Art of the Horror Documentary”

I’ve got a new interview with Rodney Ascher, director of the documentaries Room 237 and The Nightmare, over at Nonfics. Rodney is one of my very favorite filmmakers, and it was both an honor and a pleasure to get to speak … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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