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Ask Me Where I’m Going

October 11, 2017 12:00 pm0 comments

Rediscovering Chavela Vargas by Rebecca M. Alvin For the documentary filmmaker, timing is everything. Of course, having a passion for your subject matter goes without saying, but when you hit on something, or someone, at a critical moment, that’s the basis for an unforgettable film. For filmmaker Catherine Gund, it [...]

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Have a Koch and a Smile

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by Steve Desroches When Lisa Koch sits down to write a parody song she revels in being a modern day court jester, speaking truth to power by pointing out the absurdity of a situation or of individuals in a gentle manner, but not so gentle that the point is lost. [...]

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The Time Is Now

October 4, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches There’s an old Kate Clinton joke where she quotes Che Guevara as saying, “Optimism is the true weapon of the revolutionary,” but then stops herself and says that maybe Cher said that, but either way she adds, they are words to live by. It’s a philosophy that [...]

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The Return of Bette Davis

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by Rebecca M. Alvin “I’ve never been to Provincetown, but Miss Davis always spoke about it, and she loved Massachusetts; she loved New England,” says Kathryn Sermak, author of a new book about her relationship with Bette Davis as the Hollywood superstar’s personal assistant. Miss D & Me: Life with [...]

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Making a Fortune in Laughs

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by Steve Desroches It may be a hard time in this country to elicit amusement, but that isn’t stopping the comedians of America from providing some much-needed comic relief from the grinding tension of our times by taking the knotted ball of culture wars and political upheaval and turning into [...]

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Short and Sweet

September 27, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin The earliest films ever made were short films. Of course, this was due to the technical limitations of early motion pictures, but even as movies developed into feature-length programs of approximately 90-120 minutes, short films continued to have a role in cinema, as sort of opening [...]

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