How to Capture an Artist [SYLVIA & IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN]

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Published on 31 Oct 2003 in Featured Texts, Featured Texts, by jrosenbaum

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Emerald Cowboy

Eishy Hayata, a Japanese emigre to Colombia, wrote and executive-produced this vanity film celebrating his violent exploits from the 1970s onward in establishing the Colombian emerald trade. He also plays himself (rather woodenly) in the present, while casting handsome Luis Velasco as his younger self and allowing Andrew Molina credit as producer-director. Shot on location in Colombia, this begins as a western but eventually mutates into an industrial thriller, with left-wing guerillas and union workers as the bad guys. I assume Hayata

Published on 31 Oct 2003 in Featured Texts, by admin

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The Flicker And Line Describing A Cone

Two classic experimental works with pronounced visceral effectsquite aggressive in the case of Tony Conrad’s 30-minute The Flicker (1965), which rapidly alternates black frames and white frames, and relatively soft and subtle in Anthony McCall’s 1973 projection piece Line Describing a Cone, which the audience is invited to circle and inspect. (JR)

Published on 17 Oct 2003 in Featured Texts, by admin

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Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train

Zinn, the straight-talking Jewish leftist from working-class Brooklyn who wrote A People’s History of the United States, participated in the first use of napalm while helping to bomb a French village near the end of World War II, an experience that partly motivated his protests against the Vietnam war, and in the mid-50s he became an inspirational figure in the civil rights movement while chairing the history department at a black college in Atlanta. This video profile by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller allows his significance to register and his charisma to shine despite a pedestrian approach that’s especially awkward in its use of archival footage. 68 min. (JR)

Published on 10 Oct 2003 in Featured Texts, by admin

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