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EYE OPENERS: The Trailer for the La Di Da Film Festival

The trailer above, created by Tom Shek of National Television, is zippy and jammed with images, mainly the faces and presences of independent film figures. How many can you identify?
  • By Press Play Staff
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  • August 29, 2012 9:40 AM
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Grains of Sand: The Meditative Beauty of SAMSARA

Ronald Fricke's "Samsara" is a trance movie. Its title is a Buddhist term that roughly translates as, "The cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound." And in a roundabout way, the movie does tell that story.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • August 28, 2012 10:18 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Weeknd at the House of Bava

Luscious depravity and all the colors of the dark with Mario Bava and The Weeknd.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • August 24, 2012 6:17 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: There Will Be Blood and Symmetry

Paul Thomas Anderson’s youthful panache and exploratory bent has yielded a small but forceful filmography.
  • By Matt Zurcher
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  • August 23, 2012 12:50 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Andrew Sarris and Buster Keaton

I can’t help but think that Sarris’s passing and Keaton’s fall in the latest Sight & Sound Critics poll have a symbolic connection, in the sense that a generation of critics like Sarris is gradually leaving our midst, giving way to other critics, values and favorite films.
  • By Andrew Sarris and Kevin B. Lee
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  • August 22, 2012 9:23 AM
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The True Horror of THE WALKING DEAD Comics

Which is worse: delusion or acknowledgment?
  • By Lee Sparks
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  • August 22, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Doris Wishman, the Mother of Sexploitation

One of the most prolific woman filmmakers of all time worked in a surprising genre: the sexploitation flick. On the 10-year anniversary of Doris Wishman’s death (she would have been 100 this year), a video essay pays tribute to a true filmmaking pioneer.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • August 13, 2012 9:03 AM
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What the Sikhs Taught Me

Several years ago, Press Play Editor in Chief Kevin B. Lee produced a video documenting hate crimes against the Sikh American community in the aftermath of 9/11. That video, "Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity" has been circulating in the wake of the mass shootings in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last Sunday. The video is embedded below. Lee has also written a personal reflection about how the video led to his involvement in Sikhism.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • August 8, 2012 6:52 PM
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EYE OPENERS: STILL DOTS: THE THIRD MAN, Frame by Frame

So, I love projects like this: since last December, at the film/video blog for Minneapolis's Walker Arts Center, Matt Levine and Jeremy Meckler have been analyzing isolated frames of Carol Reed's "The Third Man" in a series called "Still Dots."
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  • August 6, 2012 12:18 PM
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Video: An Editor's Ballot for the Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll

Separated by 70 years, MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA and OUTER SPACE share a belief in the limitless possibilities of film.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • August 2, 2012 9:57 PM
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