Filming Process: The Mundane, Remarkable Stories of Certain Women
Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women screens at the Walker Art Center on October 21 as part of the series Robert Redford: Independent/Visionary. Kelly Reichardt doesn’t make typical movies. She doesn’t make love stories, mysteries, or farces. Her films offer few thrills and little means for vicarious escape. While so many filmmakers aim to transport their audience to another […] Kelly Reichardt’sCertain…
Robert Redford: Cinema as Landscape
There is no more iconic presence in the landscape of American cinema than Robert Redford. The metaphor of cinema as landscape is particularly apt in relation to Redford, an activist who’s fought to conserve the wilderness of the west and who, in many of his films, depicts the land itself as the source of passions and values, action and contemplation—in short, of much that comprises American identity.
Art News from Elsewhere
Robert Redford backs opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline: “The Sioux people of North Dakota aren’t just fighting for their homes and their water. They’re fighting for our homes and water, our families and futures, our children’s chances for a habitable home.”
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“Be a Voice”
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Rita Wilson (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2) say the #OscarsSoWhite campaign for racial and gender diversity in Hollywood prompted them to join the Academy. Oscars organizers aim to double female and minority membership by 2020.
The Odds: Jeff Chang on Cultural Equity and #OscarsSoWhite
“Hollywood may indeed be run by the most liberal whites in the country—some of them have written and acted and produced with the deepest of empathy. But they can never be a substitute for people who can tell their own stories best,” writes Jeff Chang in We Gon’ Be Alright: Race and Desegregation. “And yet the odds of a person of color breaking into the upper echelon of the culture remain long indeed.”
Urgent Cinema: Terrance Franklin and a Failure of Justice
Minnesota-based artist and filmmaker D.A. Bullock’s in-progress film Killing Mookie is a searing documentary essay on the killing of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin by a Minneapolis SWAT team in May of 2013. No charges were brought against the involved officers Michael Meath and Lucas Peterson, who was named in 13 excessive force complaints between 2000 and 2013. The officers, using language that…
Urgent Cinema: Women Veterans and the Lasting Effects of War
The 2016 recipient of the US Fiction Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Blood Stripe is the story of a female war veteran’s return to civilian life. The directorial debut of Remy Aubernonois, the film was cowritten by Auberjonois and Kate Nowlin, who co-star in the work. An excerpt from Blood Stripe plays at the Walker on Thursday, September […] The 2016 recipient of the US Fiction Award at the Los…
Urgent Cinema: Winona LaDuke and the Enbridge Pipeline
These days, Winona LaDuke—an Anishinaabe activist and onetime Green Party vice presidential candidate from northern Minnesota’s White Earth Reservation—is a key voice backing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota. The ongoing protests mirror a project closer to home: Enbridge’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline, which would’ve piped oil from…
Cinema of Urgency
The campaign of Ilhan Omar, who’s poised to become the country’s first Somali-American legislator. The journey of an Iraqi refugee to Minnesota. Winona LaDuke’s activism to stop oil pipelines. The 2013 police killing of Terrance Franklin. Addressing issues pulled from the headlines, eight filmmakers featured in the recent Cinema of Urgency: Local Voices program discuss the ideas behind their newest works.