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2003 Stories by Ed Halter

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  • Film

    published December 30, 2003

    Films based on the likes of Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy have become Hollywood staples, but clever geeks are crafting their own movies out of... More >>

  • The Year in Experimental Film and Video

    published December 23, 2003

    The passing of Stan Brakhage marked 2003 as an ongoing celebration of his life and work; there was barely an avant-garde venue worldwide that... More >>

  • Lost and Found

    published December 16, 2003

    Joseph Cornell disavowed associations between his filmmaking and his cryptic curio-cabinet boxes, but the Queens homebody- artist expressed ardent... More >>

  • Being Robert McNamara

    published December 9, 2003

    Never one to shy away from disquieting subjects, documentarian Errol Morris has tackled topics as morbid as pet cemeteries (Gates of... More >>

  • Bigger and Glossier, New Bollywood Megahits Show More Skin

    published December 2, 2003

    Bollywood's new slew of homegrown musical blockbusters have recently played an industry-morale-boosting game of cost one-upmanship: Records for... More >>

  • Secrets and Thighs

    published December 2, 2003

    The full effects of the Paris Hilton sex tape's Internet arrival last month have yet to be calculated. How many office hours were lost to... More >>

  • Sew What?! Bowery Boy's Eye-popping Postpunk Surrealism

    published November 25, 2003

    What are your tits made of, dear?" bouffanted Gary Glitter asks Leigh Bowery, festooned like a sadomaso Christmas cracker in epaulets, face... More >>

  • A Few Odd Girls Out Leave Behind the Old New Queer Cinema

    published November 18, 2003

    Good social consciousness doesn't necessarily make for good art—a hard truth underscored by the shorts available for preview from the latest... More >>

  • Ga-Ga-Ga-Goils! A Counterculture Cornerstone Turns 40

    published November 18, 2003

    A be-bopped beatnik riff on Mack Sennett madness, updated for the anything-goes youth counterculture, Adolfas Mekas's 1963 Hallelujah the... More >>

  • Das Experiment

    published November 11, 2003

    As the films of Peter Kubelka, Kurt Kren, and Valie Export attest, Austria has produced some of the finest experimental cinema of the past 50... More >>

  • Spinal Tap Folk Rock and Boho Philosophy in a Czech Series

    published November 4, 2003

    Cultural introspection is one of the running themes in this year's edition of BAM's New Czech Films series, but a number of selections don't quite... More >>

  • Polish Bloc-Busters Craft Fairy-Tale Theater of the Absurd

    published October 21, 2003

    In Film as a Subversive Art, Amos Vogel proposes that Communist-era Eastern European cinema functions by means of "Aesopian metaphors."... More >>

  • Time Regained in an Underground Master's Lyrical Diary Films

    published October 14, 2003

    The third New York Film Festival is an organized and well-sponsored undertaking to prevent New Yorkers from seeing what's really going on in... More >>

  • Cinematexas:

    published October 7, 2003

    AUSTIN—"What was exciting was some little event that happened in the left-hand corner," explained Jean-Pierre Gorin at the Cinematexas... More >>

  • Dutch Documentarian Explores the Contours of Memory

    published September 23, 2003

    A decade ago in Lima, as portrayed in Heddy Honigmann's documentary Metal and Melancholy (1993), an economic crisis made freelance livery... More >>

  • Revolution And Resilience

    published September 2, 2003

    "Memory is not recorded like film," reads a quote printed, agit-art style, over a montage of street scenes in Eryk Rocha's Stones in the... More >>

  • Circumnavigating Both Hemispheres, Frampton Comes Alive

    published September 2, 2003

    Beginning in the late '60s, American avant-garde film achieved its intellectual apex with a congeries of practices later dubbed structuralist... More >>

  • Oh That Scott!

    published September 2, 2003

    Everyone knows that academics are a major species within the genus Geekus, but few celebrate this fact as eloquently and energetically as... More >>

  • White Suburban American Underclass Chooses Pain Over Pot

    published August 26, 2003

    Proving that regional theater—albeit of the Grand Guignol meets bear-baiting variety—is alive and well, The Backyard clumsily... More >>

  • Halfpipe Dreams

    published August 19, 2003

    For those who imagine that skateboarding first met cinema with Dogtown and Z-Boys, consider this: As Hollywood fumbled through... More >>

  • Millennial Bohemian Rhapsody

    published August 19, 2003

    Dissertation #MM2038. Author: Tiana Red-dick-Aziz, Department of Media History, Trump University. Title: "The 2003 East Village Film Festival... More >>

  • Mothership Masala: Close Encounters of the Bollywood Kind

    published August 12, 2003

    Yet another landmark in the Indian film industry's recent streak of big-budget productions, Koi . . . Mil Gaya (Found Someone)... More >>

  • Endless Bummer

    published August 5, 2003

    Surfing isn't about "a lifestyle," Dana Brown philosophizes not far into Step Into Liquid; it's "about life." Sadly, beach-bum... More >>

  • Top Underdog

    published August 5, 2003

    There's no denying a certain cosmic serendipity to the timing of this week's Bob Hope tribute at Lincoln Center, long planned as a belated 100th... More >>

  • I'll Be Your Mirror

    published July 22, 2003

    Like many post-9-11 events, the 2002 New York Video Festival saw outward-looking cultural documentaries as a major theme. This year's edition... More >>

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