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  • Three Starring Anna May Wong

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    The first Chinese American movie star, a Jazz Age style icon, and an undeniably magnetic screen presence, Anna May Wong both defied the prejudices of her time and languished under them, charting a trailblazing career at a time when Asian characters were still typically played by white actors in y...

  • IF/Then Presents

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    Dedicated to supporting documentary storytellers whose voices have long been marginalized within the film industry, IF/Then Shorts breaks down barriers to access, exposure, and funding in the media landscape. To date, IF/Then has been instrumental in bringing more than fifty projects from across ...

  • Documentaries by Jessica Oreck

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    The mystery and history of Japan’s love affair with insects; the starkly beautiful lives and routines of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland; and the haunted, fairy-tale forests of Eastern Europe—these are just some of the surprising subjects that globe-trotting filmmaker Jessica Oreck has explor...

  • Secrets of the Hollywood Archives: TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH

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    One of the finest and most realistic war movies produced in 1940s Hollywood, TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH portrays the harrowing experiences of a group of American flyers stationed in Britain during World War II. But how did the filmmakers achieve the exciting aerial shots of star Gregory Peck flying a B-...

  • Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant

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    Intense, handsome, and gifted with a rare capacity for conveying inner turmoil and doubt, Jean-Louis Trintignant was one of the greatest actors of European art-house cinema, bringing intelligence and passion to carefully crafted performances in a number of all-time classics. After early success a...

  • Short Films by Paulin Soumanou Vieyra

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    Overlooked for too long, Paulin Soumanou Vieyra (1925–1987) should be seen as one of the most important and influential figures in the development of African cinema. Born in Benin and later based in Senegal, Vieyra was one of the first Black Africans to direct a film, AFRICA ON THE SEINE, a movin...

  • Directed by Warwick Thornton

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    One of contemporary international cinema’s most vital voices, Australian Kaytetye filmmaker Warwick Thornton spotlights the history, lives, and experiences of Australia’s Indigenous community, weaving elements of traditional Aboriginal storytelling into works of immense beauty, pain, and power. S...

  • LGBTQ+ Shorts

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    Stories of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and the simple but radical, often dangerous act of just existing as a queer person are on display in these empathetic and innovative shorts, which reflect the wide spectrum of experiences that make up the LGBTQ+ rainbow.

  • Tell Me: Women Filmmakers, Women’s Stories

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    In 1979, poet Adrienne Rich observed that “one of the most powerful social and political catalysts of the past decade has been the speaking of women with other women, the telling of our secrets, the comparing of wounds and sharing of words.” Curated by guest programmer Nellie Killian, Tell Me cel...

  • Three by Ruben Östlund

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    Swedish provocateur Ruben Östlund—who has made waves in recent years with his art-house sensations FORCE MAJEURE and the Palme d’Or–winning THE SQUARE—began his career with these three fearlessly unflinching studies of uneasy social dynamics, codes of masculinity, and the tension between the grou...

  • Documentaries by Christine Choy

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    An electrifying activist spirit runs through the work of Chinese American documentarian Christine Choy, an Oscar nominee who has been using her camera to shed light on hidden social histories and injustices for nearly fifty years. Whether tracing the evolution of Chinese American labor organizing...

  • Secrets of the Hollywood Archives: ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

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    How did classic Hollywood’s special-effects artists create the extraordinary illusions that thrilled and delighted generations of moviegoers long before the advent of digital technology? In this new original series, visual-effects artist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt dig into the stud...

  • Directed by Joel Potrykus

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    Working defiantly out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, underground auteur Joel Potrykus makes scrappy, darkly comic portraits of losers, slackers, metalheads, outcasts, and weirdos raging against the system as they struggle to get by on the margins of America’s heartland. The four caustic, apocalyptica...

  • Directed by Naomi Kawase

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    Building from an early start in nonfiction filmmaking, Naomi Kawase has developed a lyrical, quietly affecting body of work over the past three decades, exploring Japanese family structures and cultural values through a profoundly empathetic lens. Describing her narrative works as “fiction with a...

  • Cannes ’68: Cinema in Revolt

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    When the 1968 edition of the Cannes Film Festival opened amid widespread civil unrest, filmmakers began pulling their movies from the schedule in solidarity with the workers and students protesting across France. This series gathers select titles from the year’s official lineup, alongside a scene...

  • Short Films by Mira Nair

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    Hailed for her vibrant explorations of culture clash and connection in films like MONSOON WEDDING and MISSISSIPPI MASALA, Indian American auteur Mira Nair has pursued an equally distinguished career as a director of short films that further explore the ways in which deep-rooted cultural tradition...

  • The Essential Jacques Demy

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    French director Jacques Demy didn’t just make movies—he created an entire cinematic world. Demy launched his glorious feature filmmaking career in the sixties, a decade of astonishing invention in his national cinema. He stood out from the crowd of his fellow New Wavers, however, by filtering his...

  • Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo

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    One of the most unforgettable performers in all of French cinema, Jean-Paul Belmondo (1933–2021) lent his natural insouciance and tough-guy visage to art-film touchstones and genre movies alike. Turning to acting after a stint as an amateur boxer, Belmondo proved the ideal face for the Nouvelle V...

  • Three by Eagle Pennell

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    Long before Austin, Texas, was an epicenter for all things indie, maverick filmmaker Eagle Pennell made his mark on the city with a handful of bittersweet, amiably lo-fi looks at the everyday oddballs populating the Lone Star State. Though he only completed a handful of films before his untimely ...

  • Two Films by Anne Fontaine

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    One of contemporary French cinema’s most prolific directors, Luxembourg-born Anne Fontaine has moved easily between serious-minded dramas and frothy comedies for nearly three decades, with psychologically complex characters a constant in whatever genre she happens to be working in. The two sides ...

  • Prismatic Ground Presents

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    One of the most creative and galvanizing venues for film exhibition to emerge during the pandemic, Prismatic Ground is a festival centered on the intersection between experimental and documentary film. This selection of shorts from its first edition in April 2021 offers an eclectic cross section ...

  • Spotlight on OBSESSION with Imogen Sara Smith

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    In the following introduction recorded in 2021, critic Imogen Sara Smith champions a hidden gem from blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk, who deftly balances suspense and black comedy in this British thriller.

  • Short Films by Faith and John Hubley

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    A pair of Hollywood exiles—she was a former script clerk at Columbia, he was an ex–Disney cartoonist and union activist blacklisted for refusing to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee—Faith and John Hubley left behind the mainstream to forge a thrillingly experimental ani...

  • Three Films by Nouchka van Brakel

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    An unsung feminist trailblazer, Nouchka van Brakel made some of the most subversive and fearlessly compassionate Dutch films of the 1970s and ’80s. Each dealing with resilient women who defy the pressures of a patriarchal society in their quests for self-actualization, these newly restored films—...