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Video: Fence

Kosovar filmmaker Lendita Zeqiraj shows us a group of French women from different generations of the same family loudly confronting each other with their views on life, love, desire, race, men, and the patriarchy. The family gathering turns into chaos while the youngest one – the only boy – looks for an escape.

November 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Meg Pokrass: Between Animals

I imagined climbing the Everest of his body, perching on the top of his belly like a sexy squid, dangling my breasts over the shelf of his face like fishing lines.

October 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Theo and Celeste

As Theo and Celeste play a game of ‘would you still be my friend if’ to test their new friendship, their hypothetical questions become reality, forcing them to confront their deepest fears and strongest yearnings.

August 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: La Madre Buena (The Good Mother)

A Mexican mother torn between her politics and pleasing her only son’s request – to have a Donald Trump piñata for his birthday party.

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Bone Mother

In this beautiful and terrifying animated film from the National Film Board of Canada, an arrogant young man tries to cheat Baba Yaga of her due. [8 min.]

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Meg Pokrass: Puppy Breath

I had his phone number, the guy from the A.A. meeting. I held it in my hands. I was terrible on the phone, but he would never call me. He said he couldn’t approach women. It was up to me.

June 29, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: I was in your blood

A touching portrait of a young boy who falls in love with his babysitter.

June 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Meg Pokrass: The Agonizingly Beautiful Noses of Norwegians

Tonight, Albert Albertson took me to a foreign film at the Cinemaclub – a Norwegian film in which ten gorgeous people died. The women had agonizingly beautiful noses. Their deaths were as agonizing as their noses, and it seemed fitting, or at least it fit, and I didn’t feel as sad as I would have felt watching normally attractive people die.

June 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mumford & Sons — “Beloved”

A boy visits his mother in the hospital and imagines a perfect day with her: And as you leave you must know you are belovedAnd as you leave I can … Continue reading

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Meg Pokrass: Quack

He tells her this: “When ejaculating, I quack.” “Promise?”She’s poking water next to him — tipping front, then back, and then over again, looking at the sky, sideways.He gets her feathers … Continue reading

April 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Way of Giants

In a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life.

March 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Mr. Death

. An exclusive interview with Death as he goes about his everyday business. Written and directed by Andreas J. Riiser. Andreas J. Riiser is a Danish-Norwegian filmmaker based in Oslo. … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mike Schneider: Appreciating Tony Hoagland (1953-2018) — Notes on “America”

From Tony Hoagland’s third book, What Narcissism Means to Me, his poem “America” flaps the self-loving flag of his marvelously ironical title. As Tony explained in a 2003 interview with Miriam Sagan, … Continue reading

March 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Final Offer

. Directed by Mark Slutsky. Commissioned by Gunpowder & Sky for their sci-fi channel DUST. Featuring Anna Hopkins and Aaron Abrams. A down-on-his-luck lawyer wakes up in a doorless room … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

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