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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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VIDEO ESSAY: Looking vs. Touching

Two European-set love stories separated by nearly a century, Lady Chatterley and In the City of Sylvia share a fascination with the art and practice of “looking.” This video essay picks up on a special connection between these two films.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • March 7, 2012 2:17 PM
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VIDEO: Hal Hartley's Must-See Moments

Hal Hartley’s newest film Meanwhile is said to be about a man who can do everything from plumbing to international finance to novel-writing, but who can’t seem to find “success.” But how do we measure success? In a quarter century of iconoclastic filmmaking, Hal Hartley has redefined the “achievement” as it pertains to film. As Meanwhile makes its debut at IFC center Wednesday, February 29, we celebrate several of Hartley’s films with a tribute to classic Hartley moments, especially from his excellent 1991 film, Surviving Desire.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • February 28, 2012 12:49 AM
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VIDEO - THREE REASONS: King Vidor's THE CROWD

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Contributor Robert Nishimura's video series Three Reasons continues with King Vidor's The Crowd. He feels this film deserves attention in light of the Best Picture Oscar for The Artist and is a perfect candidate for restoration and release on the Criterion label.]
  • By Robert Nishimura
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  • February 27, 2012 11:54 AM
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