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  Seeing is believing. In this generation of cross-cultural entertainment, we have the opportunity to capture a culture through film in incomparable ways. When I watch a film, I let it take me to unknown territories. Within this unexplored zone I begin to learn something about my own way of living. The Due South film series presents the lives of characters in diverse ways that tackle extremely pertinent issues to the countries where they’re from. I selected…

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  What would it feel like to spend 43 years inside a single room creating a 15,145 page book rich with illustrations, adventure and gruesome war scenes? How would it feel to continually toil over an artistic endeavor all but certain that you would never, ever receive feedback on the work let alone purposely let others experience it? Henry Darger might be able to answer these questions but he is no longer available for questioning….

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  “Sitting squared behind that table gives me a center, makes the story the important thing and to some extent the table is a new image that can’t be pinned down. It is authoritarian but it also is not stand-up comedy.” – Spalding Gray on  not being a stand-up comic If you read a certain amount of interviews with Spalding Gray you’re going to notice a reoccurring sentiment, a sort of consistent refusal–  it comes…

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It begins with a severed ear in a grassy field.  It’s out of place, it’s a metaphor, it’s a plot point, it’s simultaneously creepy, funny and intriguing.  In a word, it’s Lynchian. There may be more successful, more universally lauded, more enjoyable David Lynch films in the oeuvre but Blue Velvet is the Lynch film. There are several ways one can make this argument but I’d like to concentrate on this one in particular: it…

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In 2009, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie spoke at a TED Talks conference on The Danger of a Single Story. I was blown away by her idea. It was a simple one, so obvious, yet one that we do not give enough consideration. She suggests that: “To focus on only one story is to flatten the experience and to overlook the many other stories.” Similarly, quoted in a Huffington Post article regarding this year’s 150th anniversary…

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