Tag: documentary

Theory of Obscurity

Theory of Obscurity

| April 21, 2016

In the early 70s, an avant garde group of artists known as The Residents started making music and films anonymously.  They believed that with their identities secret, they would be free to produce art in its purest form, without the influences and pressures that come along with celebrity.  Over the decades, The Residents have amassed […]

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Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

| March 10, 2016

last year, I watched two films about Steve Jobs, the former head of Apple computers, who died in 2011 after a battle with cancer.  First, I saw the Danny Boyle directed and Aaron Sorkin written Steve Jobs, which is amazing and casts a fascinating look at Jobs’ life throughout his rise and fall and rise […]

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The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

| January 6, 2016

When I first witnessed the trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, I honestly thought it was a joke. It seemed so surreal and bizarre that in Indonesia there would be men that were celebrated for slaughtering millions of people and then going to recreate such atrocities in videos. After I saw the film, […]

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Amy

Amy

| December 1, 2015

The storied life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been the stuff of legend, hyperbole, tragedy, and ongoing interest ever since her untimely death in 2011 at the age of twenty-seven. In the years since, her style—both musically as well as aesthetically—has placed her firmly in the realm of cultural icons of the 21st century. Her […]

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

| September 18, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite work of fiction.  Maybe that’s because it’s one of the first classics I chose to read rather than being forced to in school.  Maybe it’s because I was in a stage version of the play when I started college (I played the villain Bob Ewell, and it’s a […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

Black Harvest Film Festival set at the Gene Siskel Film Center

| August 17, 2015

Through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage and history of the Black experience in the United States and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant […]

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Last Days of the Nazis

Last Days of the Nazis

| August 11, 2015

At the end of WWII, Allied forces arrested thousands of Nazis, as well as German citizens suspected of being complacent in Nazi crimes.  These people were interrogated to determine their activities during the war.  This mini-series from the History Channel tells the story of these interrogations, getting a history of the third reich from an […]

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Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto

Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto

| April 23, 2015

Béla Anton Leoš Fleck plays the banjo. Considering what he’s done with the instrument, transforming it to work in a multitude of styles and genres, makes him quite possibly the most famous banjo player in the world. But the Béla Fleck we meet in the film Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto would […]

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2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago

| March 18, 2015

The 2015 Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF), presented by Transcendence Global Media, NFP, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special events, will showcase a captivating exploration of film in the areas of nonviolence, tolerance and social justice – with corresponding panels and filmmaker Q&As – at the Chicago Cultural Center’s […]

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And You Belong

And You Belong

| March 15, 2015

And You Belong is a film about the collaborative music duo Scream Club, an exclusive group of women performing electronic, techno, and hip hop. Their music is simple, with uncomplicated beats backing up fun, straightforward lyrics. Scream Club’s main players are Cindy Wonderful and Sarah Adorable, both of who identify themselves as female, homosexual musicians. […]

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