posted June 6, 2010

Seattle-based Jon Behrens is best known as a veteran maker of experimental films, but he also has long been a film collector, and here is one diverting outcome: Batteries Not Included, his 58-minute collation of kids’ toy ads from the ’50s to the ’70s: a “real electronic missile base,” a robot commander who “takes orders

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Stark Love: A Silent Masterpiece

posted June 1, 2010

Reprinted with permission from the Fall/Winter ’09 issue of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, at the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University. New York Times film critic Mordaunt Hall reviewed Stark Love in 1927. The Times makes you register to look at their “vintage” reviews, but it’s free.

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posted May 20, 2010

From The Washington Post: What happened to Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar? A good question, and reminds us of another Oscar associated with being first (McDaniel was the first African-American to win the statuette). Oscar Micheaux is considered the first African-American to direct a feature-length film. The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University at Bloomington is a

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