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Documentaries and Dick Jokes

  “I spoke to someone recently who said I seemed attracted to artists in extreme circumstances, and I guess there’s some truth to that,” says Petter Ringbom via email a few weeks before he lands in South Africa to debut his new documentary, Shield and Spear. “I like stories where art, or artists, and society […]

The West and ‘Saving’ Africa

  Joy Shan   About ten years ago, an anthropologist from South Africa and a documentarian from the United States began to set in motion a film that would explore what they see as the West’s obsession with “rescuing” Africa. This past weekend, the documentary Framed surpassed its $28,000 goal on Kickstarter, crowdsourcing the funds needed to […]

An Appetite for Women and Bacon

  After the tremendous success of A Streetcar Named Desire, Marlon Brando immediately set about distinguishing himself from his contemporaries. Rather than rushing towards the intense but shallow glimmer of the Hollywood paparazzi, this young man, unlike so many of the vacuous celebrities who offer little other than a momentary distraction as they cross our […]