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WHERE HAVE ALL OUR LEADERS GONE?

THE POWER OF PERSUASION: REVIEW OF 'THE GREAT HACK'

THE POWER OF PERSUASION: REVIEW OF 'THE GREAT HACK'

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"The virus clarifies our interdependence on each other. My survival depends upon your survival.  We have an opportunity to transform politics and the future of our democracy. Our country deserves leadership that is authentically of the people, by the people — and for the people." 

Refinery 29, April 2020

THE POWER OF PERSUASION: REVIEW OF 'THE GREAT HACK'

THE POWER OF PERSUASION: REVIEW OF 'THE GREAT HACK'

THE POWER OF PERSUASION: REVIEW OF 'THE GREAT HACK'

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"Technology made us a false promise. We were promised a feeling of connection. But Facebook and Instagram are deliberately designed to fail. We obsessively check our feeds precisely because our online interactions — the likes and the hearts and the comments — never satiate our desire for connection." 

Medium

THE FUTURE OF DOCUMENTARY

THE POWER OF PERSUASION: REVIEW OF 'THE GREAT HACK'

THE FUTURE OF DOCUMENTARY

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Tabitha Jackson articulates the urgent distinction between journalism and documentary, Don Young discusses the emerging “industry of documentary” and its dangers, and Hussain Currimbhoy considers how VR is radically transforming documentary spectatorship. 

World Records Journal

SUNDANCE, THE OSCARS, THE DECLINE OF FILM CRITICISM

SUNDANCE, THE OSCARS, THE DECLINE OF FILM CRITICISM

SUNDANCE, THE OSCARS, THE DECLINE OF FILM CRITICISM

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"What happens to our film culture when so many film critics grossly misread the cinematic choices and approaches of female directors?" The Nation

THE LIMITS OF RACIAL EQUITY AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

SUNDANCE, THE OSCARS, THE DECLINE OF FILM CRITICISM

SUNDANCE, THE OSCARS, THE DECLINE OF FILM CRITICISM

"Is the Academy so overcome by the limitations of its own perspective that it has become blind to th

"Is the Academy so overcome by the limitations of its own perspective that it has become blind to the craft manifest in other kinds of storytelling?" 

Feminist Wire

THE CURATORIAL CRISIS OF FILM FESTIVALS

SUNDANCE, THE OSCARS, THE DECLINE OF FILM CRITICISM

REVIEW OF '12 YEARS A SLAVE': A PORTRAIT OF WHITE PATHOLOGY

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"From their beginnings in Europe as showcases for national cinemas between the world wars to their global proliferation over the past 30 years, film festivals have played a significant role in actively defining, shaping, and bringing together communities."

REVIEW OF '12 YEARS A SLAVE': A PORTRAIT OF WHITE PATHOLOGY

REVIEW OF 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' AND THE BLACK INDIE FILM MOVEMENT

REVIEW OF '12 YEARS A SLAVE': A PORTRAIT OF WHITE PATHOLOGY

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“12 Years” is a portrait of racism as pathology. Racism is not about right or wrong, it cannot be turned on and off. Pathology seizes the body, infects the way we see, and bleeds into the ways we experience the world." 

IndieWire

POWER DISRUPTED: A CASE FOR 'BIRTH OF A NATION'

REVIEW OF 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' AND THE BLACK INDIE FILM MOVEMENT

REVIEW OF 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' AND THE BLACK INDIE FILM MOVEMENT

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"The greatest cultural dilemma of our time is how to train American society to unlearn a fear of Black people that has been cultivated and evolved through cinematic storytelling." NBC Black

REVIEW OF 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' AND THE BLACK INDIE FILM MOVEMENT

REVIEW OF 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' AND THE BLACK INDIE FILM MOVEMENT

REVIEW OF 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' AND THE BLACK INDIE FILM MOVEMENT

"Today’s Black independent film movement reminds us of the political possibilities of cinema, when w

"Today’s Black independent film  movement reminds us of the political possibilities of cinema, even today, when we are bombarded by damaging media at every turn." 

The Huffington Post

AUTHENTICITY, BIOGRAPHY AND RACE: A CRITIQUE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

AUTHENTICITY, BIOGRAPHY AND RACE: A CRITIQUE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

AUTHENTICITY, BIOGRAPHY AND RACE: A CRITIQUE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

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Reviews of The Stuart Hall Project, dir. John Akomfrah, American Revolutionary, dir. Grace Lee, and Brothers Hypnotic, dir. Reuben Atlas  "These documentaries challenge conventions of biography and expectations of authenticity in order to create more expansive contexts for how the lives of people of color are read on-screen." 

American Quarterly

REVIEW OF 'CIRCUMSTANCE' AND DANGEROUS DEMANDS FOR TRUTH IN FICTION FILMS

AUTHENTICITY, BIOGRAPHY AND RACE: A CRITIQUE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

AUTHENTICITY, BIOGRAPHY AND RACE: A CRITIQUE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

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"As the apotheosis of the Iranian diasporic imagination, CIRCUMSTANCE is more likely to reveal the desires and personal truths of its creator, cast, and crew than to expose dark secrets of the Orient for the pleasure of Western viewers." 

The Huffington Post

REVIEW OF 'SLEEP DEALER' AND 'HALF-LIFE': SCI-FI HEROS TAKE ON THE SYSTEM

AUTHENTICITY, BIOGRAPHY AND RACE: A CRITIQUE OF THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

REVIEW OF 'SLEEP DEALER' AND 'HALF-LIFE': SCI-FI HEROS TAKE ON THE SYSTEM

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"Science fiction films aren't all starring white heroes obsessed with an all-powerful conquest to stamp out invading forces threatening the glory of Western civilization."  

ColorLines

HOW TRUMP BECAME THE HERO OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

HOW TRUMP BECAME THE HERO OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

REVIEW OF 'SLEEP DEALER' AND 'HALF-LIFE': SCI-FI HEROS TAKE ON THE SYSTEM

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"Whiteness is not a privilege, it is a birthright, an entitlement. And it needed a hero...Being Republican has become an aspirational brand." 

The Huffington Post

REVIEW OF JUSTIN BOND AND THE HOUSE OF WHIMSY

HOW TRUMP BECAME THE HERO OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

REVIEW OF JUSTIN BOND AND THE HOUSE OF WHIMSY

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"The catastrophe of misogyny is foremost the loss of our collective sense of humanity - our ability to see ourselves reflected in each other." The Huffington Post