While Actress is a self-conscious hybrid doc that blurs the line between staginess and spontaneity (pushing it far afield from the direct cinema tradition), Approaching the Elephant is a more traditional observational film that, except for one visual element, straightforwardly represents the reality it encounters. While the former grants us extreme access to its central character’s subjectivity, the latter gives us none.
Tag Archives: True/False
Critics Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold converse about their maiden voyage to the True/False Film Festival.
The Magnificent Ambersons owes its preeminence as a Midwestern masterpiece to its ability to encompass both the nostalgia of Meet Me in St. Louis and a knowledge of the repressive respectability that appears in a Some Came Running or All I Desire. If I may be permitted to unleash my personal Garrison Keillor, it seems that nostalgia, an ever-present awareness of a vanished greatness, is somehow key to the Midwestern character.
This year, SundanceNOW was a proud sponsor of the 9th True/False Film Festival. Eric Hynes and Farihah Zaman attended the fest and have been dialoguing about their experiences. Here’s the result.
A kind mention of the video series we put together for True/False on doc guru Thom Powers’s Stranger Than Fiction blog reminded me that I’ve never gone and plugged the site directly here. Thom’s working with us to beef up our nonfiction library, and for those who care about the format at all, his blog is about as vital as it gets. Bookmark it.
On location at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO, filmmaker and historian David France discusses his lauded How To Survive A Plague, and the pleasures of working with archival footage.
On location at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO, Angad Bhalla talks about his new film, Herman’s House, and blurring the boundaries of fact and fiction.
On location at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO, filmmaker Rachel Leah Jones discusses her new film Gypsy Davy and the fear factor of making autobiographical documentary.
On location at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky discusses his new film Vivan Las Antipodas! and why Michael Moore might just be his own personal antipode.