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Simple Machine & Micro-Wave: Building a Grassroots Film Community

March 26, 2014
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Simple Machine & Micro-Wave: Building a Grassroots Film Community

How to transform the potential of online communities like Simple Machine into local, public support for independent filmmaking?
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Exploring True/False

March 18, 2014
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Exploring True/False

Each winter, as February becomes March, Columbia, Missouri transforms itself into a grand stage for the True/False film fest, a four-day international nonfiction film festival.
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Following the Instructions

March 17, 2014
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Following the Instructions

Continuing to think about LEGO, the idea of “creativity,” and the unequal extension of that idea to different consumer groups.
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The Hunger Games and the Female-Led Franchise Part 2

December 27, 2013
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The Hunger Games and the Female-Led Franchise Part 2

While teaching an undergraduate film module this week, I asked my student cohort to come up with any female-led film franchises. We were discussing gender and I was trying to illustrate how inequality still persists in the twenty-first century both at the level of industry and aesthetics. Masculine film franchises were easy and the...
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The Hunger Games and the Female Driven Franchise (Part 1)

December 9, 2013
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The Hunger Games and the Female Driven Franchise (Part 1)

Female-led film franchises are few and far between, especially in the traditionally masculine genres of science fiction and fantasy. There are, of course, exceptions to this ‘rule’ which I shall discuss in a moment – but, firstly, I would like to point out that I am not implying that so-called ‘boy’s genres’ – science...
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Rethinking Media Distribution

November 20, 2013
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Rethinking Media Distribution

Chuck Tryon discusses Jeff Ulin's latest book on media distribution, focusing on temporal and spatial considerations in a global, digital marketplace.
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Pixar and the Ambivalence of Nostalgia

June 21, 2013
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Pixar and the Ambivalence of Nostalgia

With the release of "Monster's University," Pixar takes the next step in nostalgic tendencies, but has this stifled their innovation and creativity?
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

June 7, 2013
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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vices?

Casting news on Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' leads to a reflection on his past work, authorship, and his own inherent vices.
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What Are You Missing?: Cannes Film Festival Edition

May 31, 2013
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What Are You Missing?: Cannes Film Festival Edition

From prix winners to distribution deals, here are 10 Cannes-related items you may have missed over the past two weeks.
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Steven Soderbergh’s Spectacular Un-Retirement

May 30, 2013
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Steven Soderbergh’s Spectacular Un-Retirement

Although prolific filmmaker Steven Soderbergh claims the new HBO hit, Behind the Candelabra will be his last, the director has been busy at work setting the stage for his second act as a TV/stage director-painter-novelist-t-shirt entrepreneur and headphone designer-hyphenate.
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

May 7, 2013
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The Deanna Durbin Cult

The figure of the recently passed Deanna Durbin (1921-2013) is fascinating today because of how it embodies a sensibility within stardom: the cult of the child star.
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“What is a Wisconsin Film?”: 2013 Wisconsin Film Festival

April 10, 2013
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“What is a Wisconsin Film?”: 2013 Wisconsin Film Festival

This year’s “Wisconsin’s Own” selections speak to the exciting way in which films tied to a particular place nevertheless negotiate multiple influences in surprising and original ways.
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Missionary for the Movies: Remembering Roger Ebert

April 8, 2013
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Missionary for the Movies: Remembering Roger Ebert

Roger showed that popular film criticism could be an intellectually honorable enterprise—more than that, a calling.
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