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Ricky D’Ambrose’s most recent short film, Six Cents in the Pocket, was made as a technical exercise: an attempt to work out some ideas about composition and editing, and to practice working out a distinct aesthetic on a shoestring budget. It ended up screening at last fall’s New York Film Festival, and was called “revelatory” by the New Yorker’s Richard Brody. The fourteen-minute film nominally concerns a house-sitter’s lonely errands, but consists largely of wild...
To the tune of “Yankee Doodle”: The sixteen counties of our state Are Cumberland and Franklin Piscataquis and Kennebec Oxford, Androscoggin Sagadahoc and Somerset Lincoln, Knox and Hancock Waldo, Washington and York Aroostook and Penobscot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPvdbaE6Qts How do you teach somebody where they come from? "The Sixteen Counties Song" has been taught to elementary school children in Maine since at least the early 1960s. I learned it in during the 1991-1992 school year, at Mabel I. Wilson elementary school, on Tuttle Road in the center...
Nance’s 2012 feature debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, a diaristic love story told partly with handmade animation, announced him as a protean talent. His recent music videos and shorts (check out: Worry No. 473 of 1000 Worries That a Black Person Should Not Have to Worry About and You and I and You) reveal an engaged filmmaker capable of synthesizing contemporary pop-culture vernaculars at the speed of thought. People will be watching his...
No "fall movie preview" for you, dear reader: here at Brooklyn Magazine, we're not some weekend dad who makes a big deal out of showing up once every few months for a grand cursory gesture. No. No. No. Our monthly Film Preview and Power Rankings are there for you month in, month out, to give you a true, painstaking, loving rundown—to prepare you to be an independent moviegoer, no matter how much it hurts...

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