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WHAT PRIVACY?

If you thought that the cyber privacy war was over with the defeat of the MPAA-promoted Senate’s PIPA and the House’s SOPA bills late last year, think again. A new House bill (H.R.
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JENNIFER BAICHWAL, “PAYBACK”

Jennifer Baichwal is an accomplished Canadian filmmaker whose ever-searching documentaries have taken up such diverse subjects as photography (The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia), literary biography (Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles), the metaphysics of lightning strikes (Act of God), and the devastating underside of mass Western consumption (Manufactured Landscapes).
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THE ‘BLUE VELVET’ PROJECT, #107

Second #5029, 83:49 “Now it’s dark,” Frank has said previously, like some incantation, and now it really is dark. Jeffrey, his back to the camera, is practically swallowed up alive by the blackness, as Frank inhales whatever it is that unleashes his id.
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JONATHAN LETHEM ON THE STATE OF CINEMA

A few days ago, Jonathan Lethem gave the State of Cinema Address at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Anyone who has read Lethem’s essays will know how compellingly he writes about such topics as music and film and, as the introductory speaker reveals, the SFIFF had chased Lethem to speak for them for a number of years before getting him to commit. Lethem’s speech is now on the festival’s Vimeo page and you can enjoy it below.
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TRAILER WATCH: “REDLEGS”

Over the last year Filmmaker Contributing Editor Brandon Harris has been making his first feature, Redlegs, and it receives a sneak preview next Thursday at Brooklyn’s reRun, sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council. It then opens for a week on May 25 at that same venue.
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“ELLES” – A HAMMER TO NAIL REVIEW

Elles is being distributed by Kino Lorber and opens theatrically in NYC and LA on April 27, 2012. Visit the film’s official website to learn more. In Elles, the new film by Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, Juliette Binoche plays a journalist writing an article for French Elle on young women who finance their education (and more realistically, their apartments, clothing, and lifestyles) through prostitution.
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JENNIFER BAICHWAL: “PAYBACK”

Jennifer Baichwal is an accomplished Canadian filmmaker whose ever-searching documentaries have taken up such diverse subjects as photography (The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia), literary biography (Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles), the metaphysics of lightning strikes (Act of God), and the devastating underside of mass Western consumption (Manufactured Landscapes).
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THE ‘BLUE VELVET’ PROJECT, #106

Second #4982, 83:02 This frame comes from perhaps the most difficult scene to watch—without flinching or looking away—in Blue Velvet. Frank, getting warmed up for his violent gender-bending abuse of Jeffrey, assaults what is beneath Dorothy’s robe.