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    “Free Palestine” by Changing Your Media Diet

    If you are a daily viewer of left progressive media, “Breaking Points” or “Democracy Now!”--just to name a couple, you know what is really happening in Gaza now. If you watch MSNBC, CNN or FOX–you don’t. You can correct this mistake right now by changing your media diet. You can also watch some excellent lectures, interviews and documentaries for free on YouTube. I recommend these. “Al-Nakba:...

    “Shelf Life” at Tribeca 2024

    When Americans think of cheese it is usually cheese burgers or those horrible cellulose “cheesy poofs” beloved by Cartman in “South Park.” Orange, mild slices of Kraft American cheese. Cheese balls. Mac and cheese. (I am the rare person who isn’t infatuated with that beloved comfort food.) “In 2022, the average consumer in the United States ate about 41.8 pounds of cheese. Over the...
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    40 Years of Lynne Sachs at DCTV, June 7-11

    40 years ago, Lynne Sachs took a video class at Manhattan’s DCTV (Downtown Community Television Center). In the next four decades she made dozens...

    “Flipside” opens at the IFC Center

    It’s very fitting that the song accompanying the end credits of the documentary “Flipside” is “Unsatisfied,” The Replacements’ 1984 anthem to teen angst. Hearing...

    Restored “My Heart Is That Eternal Rose” at Metrograph

    Beginning this Thursday, March 22, NYC’s Metrograph Theater is presenting a restored version of “My Heart Is That Eternal Rose,” an important and influential...

    “Resynator” Reconnects Daughter with Synth-Innovator Dad (SXSW)

    Alison Tavel had worked as a touring crew member for musicians Grace Potter, Beck, and Jenny Lewis and directed a handful of music videos...

    MOMI FIRST LOOK 2024, March 13-17

    The 13th edition of the Museum of Moving Image’s annual “First Look 2024” festival begins this Wednesday, March 13 and runs until the 17th....

    “Onlookers” at Metrograph

    Long ago when I had a swell corporate job many of my coworkers would take short overseas vacations. (The joke was that it gave...

    “Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux” series, Feb. 15-24

    NYC’s Japan Society is presenting the 8th edition of its ACA (Agency for Cultural Affairs) Cinema Project this week. The series, which runs from...

    EVERY FILM & TV SHOW I SAW IN 2023

    And in the the order I saw them. All are 2023 releases unless otherwise noted. = a film I’ve seen before. * =...

    DOC NYC 2023 Part 1: Social Issue Docs & “The Smell of Money”

    This year’s DOC NYC, the biggest documentary film festival in the U.S., didn’t have as many blockbuster docs as last year (“The Beauty and...

    “Waikiki” at Regal Union Square Oct. 27

    A friend of mine used to always observe that if he ever visited Hawaii he'd probably never leave. After watching Christopher Kahunahana's indie feature...

    “Neither Confirm Nor Deny” streaming on Amazon, Apple TV

    In 1974 a Soviet nuclear submarine, the K-129, disappeared. Though the Soviets couldn’t locate it, U.S. military intelligence did (it had sunk three miles...

    Restored “Fear & Desire” at the Metrograph

    Stanley Kubrick’s first feature “Fear & Desire” was released in 1953 and now 70 years later a 4K restoration gets its U.S. premiere at...