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VIDEO ESSAY - MAD MEN Moments: The Sad Clown Dress

Selecting an iconic moment for Season Two of Mad Men, we focus on the idyllic domestic world of Betty Draper and how it all falls apart within a 24-hour span.
  • By Deborah Lipp and Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 22, 2012 8:08 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY - MAD MEN Moments: The Lawnmower

Our iconic moment of Mad Men season three easily ranks as one of the most shocking of the entire series to date.
  • By Amanda Marcotte and Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 22, 2012 8:07 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY - MAD MEN Moments: The Fight

There is near-unanimous consensus that 4.07: "The Suitcase" is the standout episode of Season Four of Mad Men, so we knew that our video essay on a singular moment from that season had to come from that episode.
  • By Serena Bramble, Deborah Lipp and Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 22, 2012 8:06 AM
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VIDEO - Motion Studies #3: Falling: The Architecture of Gravity

The video essay at its most direct, eloquent and illuminating, by virtue of simple comparison and astute observation.
  • By Volker Pantenburg and Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 21, 2012 11:59 AM
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VIDEO - THREE REASONS: BATTLE ROYALE, a HUNGER GAMES for Grownups

With Hollywood poised and ready to drop the next big book-to-screen adaptation on March 23, The Hunger Games will be the latest tween sci-fi/fantasy franchise to wipe moviegoer's minds of wand-waving witches and vapid vampires. But I feel like I've already seen it, and not because the trailer spelled it out for me.
  • By Robert Nishimura
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  • March 20, 2012 12:49 PM
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VIDEO: Motion Studies #2: A Diary on David Holzman

This video essay links an under-seen 1967 American independent film with the current wave of reality TV and video blogs that pervade contemporary culture.
  • By Volker Pantenburg and Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 20, 2012 8:57 AM
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VIDEO - Motion Studies #1: The Substance of Style

A sampling of exemplary works from the emerging genre of online video essays on cinema. What better way to kick off the series than with an opening credit sequence, unpacked in such a way that can only be done via video essay?
  • By Volker Pantenburg and Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 19, 2012 12:05 PM
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AUDIOVISUALCY: A New Press Play Column

The Audiovisualcy column on Press Play is a collaboration between Press Play's editors, Audioisualcy curator Catherine Grant, and a series of guest contributors, who will take turns to pick particular video essays and to discuss what it is that we like and value about them.
  • By Catherine Grant
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  • March 15, 2012 2:21 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Kevin Brownlow, Film Essay Pioneer, on D.W. Griffith

Next week the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will present the complete 5 1/2 hour version of Abel Gance’s epic Napoleon. It is truly a singular event: Due to the expense, technical challenges, and complicated rights issues involved, no screenings are planned for any other American city. This monumental event is being presented by SFSFF in association with American Zoetrope, The Film Preserve, Photoplay Productions, and the British Film Institute.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 15, 2012 8:27 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: American Harmony

  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • March 14, 2012 9:49 AM
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  • 2 Comments

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