Monthly Archives: September 2016

NYFF54: Retrospective (Erudition and Love)

Master director Bertrand Tavernier’s epic documentary, “My Journey Through French Cinema,” his “exercise in admiration and gratitude,” illuminates and celebrates his country’s rich film culture. Although Tavernier’s knowledge of his native cinema is vast, he approached his work like an explorer, … Continue reading

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NYFF54: “The Cinema Is So Many Things at Once”

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 54th New York Film Festival, opening today and running through October 16, includes a main slate of 25 films from North and South America, Europe, Asia and New Zealand, several of which picked up Bears and … Continue reading

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Spring Into Fall (Stillwater Diary)

Even if I liked forsythia better, even if the plant were a hydrangea, it would have been obvious that the unruly bush needed trimming. As I considered its north and west sides, and whether or not to let the leaves turn before pruning this … Continue reading

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Film. Hit. Phenomenon. Pet Rock.

I photographed Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez for the first time in April 1999. Their film, “The Blair Witch Project” had been a stunner at Sundance a few months earlier and editors and writers at The Village Voice were intrigued. Then, as the … Continue reading

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Leo Saved From Drowning* (Stillwater Diary)

Leo, standing in the water, looked up at me. I’m trained, and threw the tennis ball across the swimming hole toward the big, flat rock–not that far (I don’t have a mighty arm). He swam easily but had difficulty getting his mouth around … Continue reading

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Author! Author?

The literary sensation that was JT LeRoy, who wrote two heralded works of fiction about his life as an abused, drug addicted, teenage truck-stop prostitute with HIV, imploded on January 9, 2006. In a piece in The New York Times, Warren St. John revealed … Continue reading

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Long Time Coming, Long Time Gone

Summer’s gone, again. And although the calendar says the season doesn’t end for more than two weeks, holding on now is like trying to hold water in my hands. The air already feels different, the light too. Leaves on the maples on the … Continue reading

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