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Interview: Charles Burnett At KAFFNY Talks Racism, TV Work, And The L.A. Riots

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 24, 2011 1:48 AM
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Cinephiles received a surprise treat when, in 2007, Charles Burnett's debut film "Killer of Sheep" was showcased in theaters and on DVD thirty years after it was created. Taking cues from Italian neo-realism, the movie examined a community of African Americans in L.A. as they lived their day-to-day lives, scraping by but always remaining optimistic. The release reached many new audiences, which begs the question -- what is this brilliant artist up to now?

Interview: Dai Sil Kim-Gibson At KAFFNY Talks Korean Film & Social Issues

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 23, 2011 12:37 PM
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From March 17-20, the Korean American Film Festival in New York hosted a retrospective of Korean documentarian Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, whose body of work focuses on various political and social issues including the minority conflicts surrounding the 1992 LA riots and the "comfort women" that Japanese World War 2 soldiers took and forced into sexual servitude. She's not a household name by any account, but she makes that rare, amazing kind of documentary that refuses to boil everything down to good guys vs. bad guys, often portraying situations in the most realistic and complex way possible. Those interested can visit her website for more information on obtaining her movies.

KAFFNY Review Round-Up 3: 'Make Yourself At Home' & 'Should've Kissed'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 20, 2011 1:13 AM
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We've already posted a round-up of features we caught at this year's KAFFNY -- Korean American Film Festival New York (which you can read here and here) -- but now we're going take a look at two films that weren't able to be part of this year's lineup because of music rights or other similar issues. They're still very much worth taking notice of, and are likely to appear in other screenings or forms at some point in the year.

KAFFNY Review Round-Up 2: 'Centre Forward,' 'Red Chapel,' 'Sai-I-Gu,' 'Wet Sand'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 19, 2011 2:14 AM
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Following our first round-up, here are a few more flicks showcased in New York's Korean American Film Festival which ends March 20th. Stay tuned for more coverage, including reviews of "Should've Kissed" by Cinefondation-residency alum Jinoh Park and "Make Yourself At Home" by student Academy Award-winning director Soopum Sohn. Also on the horizon is an interview with filmmakers Dai Sil Kim-Gibson and "Killer of Sheep" helmer Charles Burnett.

KAFFNY Review Round-Up: 'The Boat,' 'Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women,' 'Psychohydrography'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 17, 2011 10:28 AM
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Coming at the tail-end of Austin's SXSW Film Festival, New York's Korean American Film Festival is kicking off its fifth annual event for those more interested in the next Bong Joon-ho or Lee Chang-dong. Here's a few mini reviews of a couple films selected for the event, which is going on now until March 20th. Be sure to check out the KAFFNY website for the latest information on screenings, events, etc.

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