Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Resources for September 13, 2017

Alpert, Avram. "Why the Greatest Advocates of Nonviolence Didn't Condemn Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Acts of Violence." TruthOut (September 12, 2017)

Buncombe, Andrew. "The 17 books that could fix Donald Trump's ignorance of US history." Independent (August 21, 2017)

Degan, Raz. "The Last Shaman." Film School Radio (May 16, 2017) ["The Last Shaman is the story of James Freeman, a young man who decides to take matters in his own hands when faced with incurable depression. He undergoes a life-changing journey in the Amazon jungle that brings him a deeper understanding and acceptance of self. Along the way, he experiences the healing properties of the tribal plant medicine Ayahuasca and the world around it. From the outside looking in, James is living the American dream. But behind closed doors, he has no desire to live and contemplates suicide. Desperate to find a way out of darkness, James travels to the Amazon rain forest with one mission: to save his own life. Without knowing any of the dangers that lie ahead, he starts searching for a Shaman who can help. James’ road to redemption isn’t easy — he faces many obstacles and even a few life-threatening experiences as he learns to acknowledge the space inside himself and understand a larger truth about how we’re all connected. After undergoing various forms of treatments from tribal plants and medicines, James is faced with the consequences of his own actions. He undergoes a life changing experience that brings him a deeper understanding and acceptance of himself, and a more profound understanding of the interconnectedness of us all. Director Raz Degan join us for a conversation on their journey into a world of spirituality, self awareness and an ancient culture."]

Ellinger, Kat. "Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)." The Projection Booth #340 (September 12, 2017) ["Czechtember continues with a look at Pavel Jurácek's Case for a Rookie Hangman (AKA Prípad pro zacínajícího kata) from 1970. Very loosely based on the third part of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the film tells the tale of Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) in the land of Balnibarbi, a surrealistic landscape where Lemuel has a hard time finding his footing, literally. Kat Ellinger and Kevin Heffernan join Mike to discuss the malleability of Swift's satire and The Key to Determining Dwarfs, or The Last Travel of Lemuel Gulliver."]

Fallon, Claire. "24 Books That Will Help You Understand America." HuffPost (August 18, 2017)

Fisher, Nate, et al. "'But Who is the Dreamer?' - Twin Peaks: The Return." The Cinephiliacs (September 10, 2017) ["In a summer where blockbusters felt stale and indie films became rote, cinephilia thrived every Sunday night as David Lynch put on an 18-hour spectacle on primetime television. Twin Peaks: The Return saw the filmmaker behind Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr. return to the soap opera that would in part define two decades of serialized television. He created not just a new spin on the story of Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, but instead delved into a mystery that felt more aesthetically, narratively, and emotionally involved than any other visual story this year. As the boundaries between cinema, television, streaming, and other categories have become less defined, Twin Peaks: The Return leapt past these debates to simply create an utterly singular work about the never ending battle between good and evil. "]

Hart, David and Anya Novak. "The Abyss and Sexism in the Workplace." Pop Culture Case Study #235 (May 18, 2017)

Hudson, David. "Toshio Matsumoto, 1932 - 2017." Keyframe (April 13, 2017) ["Film director, video artist and film theoretician, Toshio Matsumoto was a pioneer of Japanese 1960s experimental cinema," wrote Elsa Coustou in 2015 for the Tate Modern.]

Modhz. "It (2017)." Letterboxd (September 12, 2017)

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