Three projects that are pushing the boundariesJune 1st, 2004 | Paul Boutin
For filmmakers, being experimental isnt as easy as it used to be. Fifty years ago, tossing aside Hollywoods conventions of narrative, acting, cinematography, and format exposed plenty of directions in which to push the envelope. Maya Deren challenged viewers by confusing them. Stan Brakhage manipulated his film by hand to create images never seen in the real world.
Steven Okazaki cues his own truthJune 1st, 2004 | Ariella J. Ben-Dov
Make it a rule dont ever watch six Steven Okazaki films in a row. It started at around 9 am when I hunkered down and suddenly found myself on a journey led by stories of Japanese American survivors of internment camps; stereotypes of Asian men in America; big businesses displacing native Hawaiians in their homeland; and weary heroin addicts in San Francisco.
The many challenges of making Dirty WorkJune 1st, 2004 | David Sampliner
David Sampliner and Tim Nackashis debut documentary film Dirty Work premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2004 and is currently on the film festival circuit. Dirty Work follows the lives of three menRuss, a bull semen collector, Darrell, a septic tank pumper, and Bernard, an embalmerwho passionately pursue distasteful, indispensable professions.
An indie scene unclouded by HollywoodJune 1st, 2004 | Brian Libby
Legend has it that when settlers came west by covered wagon more than 150 years ago, those seeking fame and fortune headed south to California, while people seeking seclusion and autonomy ventured north to Oregon.