Rushes: Filmmakers Withdraw from IDFA, SAG Strike Ends, Paul Thomas Anderson x The Smile

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Capital (Basma al-Sharif, 2022).


  • The UCLA Film & Television Archive has put online a curated selection of 65 television news stories from Los Angeles from the 1970s and ’80s. Originally broadcast on the Los Angeles station KTLA, the segments “cover topics relevant to African American, Asian American, Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, LGBTQ+ and Native American communities and encompass issues including civil rights, poverty, public policy and more.”
  • As is becoming tradition, Paul Thomas Anderson has directed a new music video to coincide with a Thom Yorke–centric album announcement. The Smile, Yorke’s power trio with Jonny Greenwood and percussionist Tom Skinner, announced their sophomore album Wall of Eyes on Monday (for the real radio heads, the record was produced by Sam Petts-Davies, not Nigel Godrich, who was tied up with other projects). Anderson has directed the video for the title track: Yorke watches a film of a large, blinking eye, then gets to flex some of his silent-film acting skills as he navigates a sped-up city, shot in black and white with bursts of color. Watch below.


Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932).


  • Los Angeles, through August 4, 2024: “Weaving multilayered narratives, traversing horizontal landscapes through a portrait-shaped canvas, “Shifting Perspectives: Vertical Cinema” is a moving image exhibition on show in Academy Museum of Motion Picture’s double-height Hurd Gallery that follows a format first presented at Sonic Acts in Amsterdam in 2013. Functioning “as a provocation to expand the image onto a new axis,” the exhibition features screenings presented on a 20-foot high- and three-foot wide- screen (above), “reflecting the proliferation of vertical formats on portable smart devices” by rotating the frame sideways to resemble a gigantic cell phone display. This current iteration features newly commissioned work by three Southern Californian filmmakers: Zaina Bseiso, Fox Maxy, and Walter Thompson-Hernández. 
  • New York, Dec 1, 2023, through Jan 10, 2024: Legendary composer Ennio Morricone is the subject of a focus at MoMA, starting next month. The program includes more than 35 films spanning his nearly 60-year career, such as screenings of Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1965), and John Carpenter's The Thing (1982).


Shoplifters (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018).


Killers of the Flower Moon (Martin Scorsese, 2023).


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