The Wars on Drugs and Terrorism Intersect: Do Not Resist’s Craig Atkinson on Police Militarization
“They need to stop giving these boys these toys, ’cause they don’t know how to handle it.” These words, spoken by a young black woman on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014, set the tone for Do Not Resist, a documentary film by Craig Atkinson. The woman’s comment was recorded just after a phalanx of riot-geared […] “They need to stop giving these boys these toys, ’cause they don’t know how to…
Close-Up: The Walker Remembers Abbas Kiarostami
Martin Scorsese once praised Abbas Kiarostami as representing “the highest level of artistry in the cinema.” Responding to those words several years ago, the Iranian director replied, “This admiration is perhaps more appropriate after I am dead.” Sadly, it now is: Kiarostami passed away in Paris on July 4, 2016 at the age of 76. In celebration […] Martin Scorsese once praised Abbas Kiarostami as representing…
Ballroom Is Not for Sale: Fatha Jazz Bordeaux on Twin Cities Ballroom
Many people first encountered voguing—or the ballroom scene it emerged from—through Madonna’s “Vogue” or Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning. But as Fatha Jazz, founder of the Twin Cities’s House of Bordeaux, says, the ball is only a fraction of what ballroom is—a vital support network for LGBT people of color: “It’s as much a response to our state of being as Black Lives Matter or the NAACP.”
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Passings: Abbas Kiarostami
“He wasn’t just a film-maker, he was a modern mystic, both in his cinema and his private life.” Iranian filmmaker Abbas Karostami, who won the Palm d’Or for Taste of Cherry (1997), has died at age 76.
Art News from Elsewhere
Ai Weiwei is shooting a feature documentary on the global refugee crisis, and he’s signed on with Hollywood agency UTA to help with financing and distribution. Shot in France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Jordan, and elsewhere, it’ll be titled The Human Flow.
New Frontier at Sundance Film Festival: 10 Years of Changing Boundaries
To commemorate ten years of innovation and experimentation at the New Frontier at Sundance Film Festival Program, the Walker’s Sheryl Mousley and Shari Frilot, New Frontier chief curator, offer this illustrated survey. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program has provided the highest level of curation in this emerging field since 2007. Virtual […] To commemorate…
What is a Contemporary Collection? Thoughts on the Walker Moving Image Commissions and the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection
The Walker Moving Image Commissions is an online series in which five artists responded to selections from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Premiered in the Walker Cinema and released for a limited run online, the Moving Image Commissions were initiated in May 2015 with premieres of work by Moyra Davey and James Richards that focused […] TheWalker Moving Image Commissionsis an online…
In Which Hip-Hop Ends Up Saving Itself
Considering its status as a founding document of one of the twentieth century’s defining cultural phenomena, it would be easy to forget Wild Style’s origins in the high art ferment of New York’s 1980s Downtown scene. Sampled and interpolated for decades by everyone from “conscious” rap standard bearers Black Star to commercial giants like the […] Considering its status as a founding document of one of…
Stay Ready: Lizzie Borden on the Post-Revolutionary Future of Born in Flames
Imagining political activism ten years after a “social-democratic war of liberation,” Lizzie Borden’s futurist, sci-fi film Born in Flames (1983) was shot using guerrilla documentary techniques, found news footage, and music by Red Krayola and the lesbian rock group The Bloods. Three decades later, Borden discusses art, political filmmaking, and the still-unresolved issues of race and gender at the film’s core.