Monrovia, Indiana

The latest by famed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman focuses on the small midwestern town of Monrovia in Indiana. In a little under 2 and a half hours, we are introduced to every aspect of town life from local council meetings about fire hydrants to Masonic ceremonies to high school musical rehearsals. All the while Wiseman …

Capitan, My Capitan

Let me start by saying that I am afraid of heights. Looking out of a tenth story window can make me feel a little queasy. For that reason, and many others, the idea of climbing a mountain without ropes has never really appealed to me. Alex Honnold is made of sterner stuff. He’s chosen this …

Is it Because I’m Black?

  Identity politics marks our age, but what if someone chooses an identity because they ‘feel’ that they belong to a particular group? Sometimes such identification can lead to the support of the liberal world. For example, not too many would decry Catyln Jenner’s desire to identify as female even though she was born to …

Citizen Kitty

‘Kedi’ has been  called the Citizen Kane of cat documentaries but rather than the life of one Charles Foster Kane, we have the lives of nine very distinctive Istanbul street cats and their effect on the humans who care for them. Beautifully shot with a massive amount of cats throughout, this is a must-see for …

Growing Up Black

Dennis Morris is a photographer, designer and musician previously known to me through his photographs of Bob Marley and The Sex Pistols. However he was also a fine documentary photographer as witnessed by his book ‘Growing up Black’ a chronicle of his East London neighborhood during the sixties and seventies. A snapshot of an era …

Mosh

Teenagers, you’ve got to admire their energy. Where as their older brothers and sisters would be content to nod their heads empathetically to their favorite bands these intrepid youngsters choose to unleash themselves on a mosh pit. Emily Stein was there to capture the sweat, angst and acne in all it’s glory.

The Act of Killing

It will take a long time to remove the memory of a confessed mass murderer dressed as a woman ogling a group of Indonesian beauties dancing out of the mouth of an iron fish. I’m prepared to bet that’s not a sentence that you will be able to read in connection with any other film …

True Love

Where to begin with A Letter to True? If I were to say this is a documentary structured in the form of a letter written by the narrator, fashion photographer Bruce Weber, to someone called True it might not seem that odd. If I mention that True is a golden retriever it starts to become …

American Places

The road trip is something of an American institution. From Kerouac in the forties to Robert Frank in the fifties and Stephen Shore in the seventies, artists have attempted to get to grips with this sprawling nation through long distance driving. Stephen Shore’s work is of particular interest because it seems to capture the DNA …

Mountain Men

On his site Bryan Schutmaat describes his series ‘Grays the Mountain Sends’ thus ‘This project ……. explores the lives of working people 
residing in small mountain towns and mining communities in the American West. Equipped with a large format view
camera, and inspired by the poetry of Richard Hugo, I’ve aimed to hint at narratives and relay the experiences of stranger’s 
met …