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Video: Noam Chomsky — The Five Filters of the Mass Media Machine (animated)

. According to American linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy.  In this short animated film, … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Tyehimba Jess reads “Negro Migration”

. . Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for his collection Olio,  was born in Detroit and earned his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Escape from Syria – Faiza’s story

. Donald Trump’s recent bombing of Syria was a cynical attempt to distract the media’s attention from the investigation of his ties to Russia. His diversionary ploy worked. Mainstream news … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: W.S. Merwin reads “Yesterday”

. W.S. Merwin reads his poem “Yesterday.” Produced by David Grubin Productions and WGBH Boston, in association with the Poetry Foundation. Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. — … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Time of Useful Consciousness

A belated 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, bookseller, anti-Fascist, First Amendment activist, environmentalist, publisher, painter, creator of community, patron saint of the Beat artists, Poet Laureate of San … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad

. In this short animated video created by Kathryn Steinbacher, the philosopher Alain de Botton explores the central foible of the human heart: We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: “Double Life” by Marie Craven

. “The sleeping woman is not the dreamer, because the dreamer smokes…”  —Cindy St. Onge Marie Craven selects images from a 1940s film advertisement photographed in a noir style and … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: First Night Out

In this award-winning film directed by Will Mayo, a transgender woman goes out in public for the first time. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Diga Diga Doo

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by Scotty Morris, is a contemporary swing revival band specializing in covering popular American songs from the 1930s and 40s. Email subscribers may click … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Dolphin Megapod in the Gulf of California

. This video was produced by Sea Shepherd, a non-profit organization that takes non-violent direct action against illegal poaching: “On February 25, 2017, while patrolling the waters of the Gulf … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Sweet Nostalgia for War

Donald Trump and the triumph of fantasy The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

Video: collective: unconscious

. Five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers join forces to adapt each other’s dreams for the screen. The results are, “like nothing you’ve ever seen with your eyes open.” … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: When Words Fail in Movies

. What does silence say? A video essay by Filmscalpel. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. .  

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment