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What does documentary cinema look like in the post-internet age? For Bushwick artist James N. Kienitz Wilkins, the answer is that it looks nothing like documentary. You might be watching a PowerPoint presentation, actors slipping in and out of character, or stock footage repurposed for a metafictional crime tale. Wilkins spins thought-provoking yarns out of real and imagined material, freely pulling at the threads holding them together. Mixing sly conceptualism with the pleasures of...
The 54th New York Film Festival runs September 30-October 16. Follow our exhaustive coverage of the festival here. Dramatic Relationships Directed by Dustin Guy Defa The Greenpoint-based Defa, reigning cinema laureate of retro film grain and bad NYC weather (see Person to Person, however you can), brings together a cast of microindie luminaries for a compendium of snippets depicting the casual degradations endured by female actresses on film sets, in a six-minute short also distinguished by...
Film festivals are what you make of them. Well, most of the time anyway. But it’s especially the case with a behemoth like the Toronto International Film Festival. With its 41st edition just concluded, TIFF is comfortably coasting into middle age, perhaps a bit too content to view itself as the center of gravity for the film world. With more than 400 films screening across 11 days, it’s by far North America’s biggest...
Migrating Forms March 4-10 at BAM Returning for its 7th annual festival, Migrating Forms takes a slightly different tack this year, aiming for depth over breadth by showing multiple works from the artists and collectives within each program of shorter works, as well as multiple features from single directors. It’s a welcome change for the New York festival environment—where work tangential to what might have once been termed the "avant-garde" often winds up slotted into eclectic...

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