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‘High Tech Low Life’: Generational Disparity of the Surveillance State

‘High Tech Low Life’: Generational Disparity of the Surveillance State

Twenty-six year-old rural Chinese vegetable merchant “Zola” sees personal opportunity mixed with his unique journalistic integrity around virtually every corner of his home country, known as much for its “Great Firewall” as it is for its long-standing universally recognized landmark, The Great Wall.  Fifty-seven year old “Tiger Temple”, the country’s first recognized “citizen journalist”, stresses

Ideological Sustainability In ‘Follow the Leader’ @ IFC Center: Stranger Than Fiction – Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Photo credit Nick Troiano, participant in ‘Follow the Leader’ “Follow the Leader” is a phrase as common to the contemporary American experience as apple pie is to its cuisine.  Most frequently heard within the friendly confines of schoolyard play, the phrase is an ideology in and of itself, unequivocally engrained into youthful minds by the

Tribeca Profile: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich (Co-Directors) & In-Soo Radstake (Producer) – ‘RAW HERRING’

The Dutch Herring (Hollandse Nieuwe Haring) has been the cultural staple, the nutritional cornerstone and the economic driving force behind the traditional Netherlands experience for over a thousand years. Within the fishermen community, the Dutch avow premiership, navigating the North Sea with technologically advanced precision that few have managed to replicate. The precious schools of

Op-Ed: On Storytelling in Independent Film

Richard Brody’s article in The New Yorker — “The Problem with Processed Storytelling” elucidates a lot of things I’ve been thinking about lately. The entire article is worth reading, but here are some takeaways: The storytelling doctrines put forth by Hollywood and their perseverance in independent film. Story should be the equivalent of “a musical

Op-Ed: The American New Wave – A Filmmaking Manifesto

Shooting handheld is no way to start a revolution. Certainly not now, 52 years after the French New Wave blasted into life with “The 400 Blows”, in which director Francois Truffaut introduced a new cinematic language that he subsequently developed, along with Jean-Luc Godard and other filmmakers, into a maze of mysterious roads, leading audiences

Something to Love About Indie Film: Jump Cuts

by Kenneth Burgin Jump Cuts: For the right reason, you might know who’s fighting who Jump cuts, George Méliès did them to create magic tricks and Jean-Luc Godard did it in Breathless (1960), to deliberately shake us up. Jump cutting was implemented by these cinema geniuses to affect the audience by exploiting a technique that