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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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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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Home Movies

June 14, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

Short Documentaries Focus on New England at Film Fest by Steve Desroches For those who live in the region it sometimes takes a trip afar to recognize the customs, culture and folkways that make New England distinct and unique. Or the focus of a documentarian’s camera lens can illustrate that [...]

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A Full Circle Rainbow

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by Steve Desroches Documentaries on LGBT History With 1969 generally marked as the beginning of the modern movement for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, we’re nearing the half century mark, which provides both distance and the need for further examination and documentation of LGBT history. Over [...]

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Complex Characters

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The Cinema of Sofia Coppola by Rebecca M. Alvin  A man drives his car in circles. Then he goes to a party at his house and is entertained by twin strippers who methodically go about their pole dance routine while he watches from the bed in Somewhere. Images of a [...]

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Not for the Faint of Heart

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Sebastian Junger and Hell on Earth by Rebecca M. Alvin It’s no surprise that in the past two years there have been a lot of documentaries about Syria released. Many are made by Syrian filmmakers themselves, such as the haunting first-person account of life in Aleppo at the start of [...]

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