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Strange Victory (1948) Directed by Leo Hurwitz BAM kicks off its admirable tribute to leftist intellectual periodical Evergreen Review with this film that actually predates the Review (founded 1957), though it was produced by founder Barney Rosset of Grove Press. The film and Evergreen also share the same basic populist, anti-racist spirit. Strange Victory is a heady and passionate hybrid that is equal parts essay, narrative, documentary and propaganda. The Williamsburg-born Hurwitz, a blacklistee whose...
Kung Fu Master! (1988) Directed by Agnès Varda In 1986, Varda and the British actress and singer Jane Birkin (who has spent much of her life and career in France) began working together on the film Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), an impressionistic portrait of a woman turning forty years old whose collage-like assemblage of scenes and skits was made from conversations between the two women. At one point during its realization, Birkin revealed...
Kelsey Lu is a North Carolina native who was raised in a strict Jehovah's Witness household, and used music as a liter escape from the stifling religious atmosphere of her childhood. Née Kelsey Elizabeth McJunkins, she began studying music secretly in college, before her parent's discover of these musical pursuits ruptured their tenuous relationship. Undeterred, Lu stripped her way through college to make ends meet, and became a classically-trained cellist. She now lives in...