Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky is known for his enigmatic films. Though his filmography is brief – in part due to political constraints in the former Soviet Union – he left an indelible mark on the art of cinema.
Wallace and Gromit are two of the most popular characters to come of out of British animation studio, Aardman Animations. Originally conceived by Nick Park as his graduation film for the National Film and Television School, cheese-loving Wallace and his clever hound Gromit have gone on to star in four shorts and one feature-length film.
A brief moment. The way the actor moves his head. The beauty of a face. A flicker of an expression that seems to contain all the meaning in a scene. Photogénie as a cinematic concept originates with early French film theory. We often use it to try to capture the enigmatic qualities of a film star,… Read more »
Born April 29, 1917, this year would have been Maya Deren’s 100th birthday. In celebration of her contribution to experimental cinema, this video outlines some of the key principles informing Deren’s filmmaking. Deren wrote prolifically about her film practice, and the compilation of her writings – Essential Deren – has been one of my touchstones as… Read more »
The Czech surrealist filmmaker, Jan Švankmajer, has a preoccupation with morphing, distorted, incoherent bodies. In his stop motion films, he frequently works with everyday things like toys and clothes, imbuing them with lives that defy how we normally make sense of the world. This video essay looks at the dolls in his 1971 film, Jabberwocky (Žvahlav aneb… Read more »
I love cats! I especially love cats in movies, and I’m super excited to see the documentary Kedi (Ceyda Torun, 2016) at the IU Cinema this week. Kedi focuses on the free-roaming cats of Istanbul and how their lives intersect with human co-habitants (but not owners!). In anticipation of Kedi, I made a little video with some… Read more »