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Ted Kotcheff tells stories about people living under duress. The Canadian film and television director is a figure of great gregariousness, and his humanist compassion for a wide variety of characters in trouble has led to a roll call of pop culture landmarks. The dramedy The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974), for instance, tells the tale of a Montreal-based working-class young Jewish man (played by Richard Dreyfuss in one of his most dynamic early...
Leslie Thornton April 3-May 8 at BAM The incredible Leslie Thornton makes films and videos of electric energy. A work like Another Worldy (1999) actively animates the past through the use of archival footage, in its case an eclectic ensemble of older cinematic dance scenes reedited in tune with East German techno. A film like Jennifer, Where Are You? (1981) disquietingly deploys footage shot closer to the time of its making as it presents a little...
Brooklyn-based Dustin Guy Defa’s Closing Night film Person to Person gathers a cast including Michael Cera, Philip Baker Hall, and Abbi Jacobson for a charming character-based ensemble comedy about a wide swath of New Yorkers who cross paths during the course of several hours. Defa says, “I made a short film called Person to Person (2014) with my friend Bene Coopersmith and wanted to work together again. All these different characters started to...
There are few filmmakers with eyes as generous as those of Anocha Suwichakornpong. The great Thai filmmaker absorbs the world within her camera’s orbit, leading to films that are pleasurably discursive in their storytelling and consistently curious about each person being viewed. Her remarkable second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark, takes as its starting point a forest-bound encounter between a young filmmaker (played by Visra Vichit-Vadakan) and the subject of her...

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