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2007 Stories by Ed Halter

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  • The Year in Experimental Cinema

    published December 25, 2007

    Tracing any sort of best-of for the multitudinous varieties of experimental film and video is a fool's errand; here, instead, are 10 notable... More >>

  • Visions of Grandeur

    published December 4, 2007

    The art world has recently engaged in a renewed fascination for the heady, rigorous experimental cinema of the late Aquarian age, reviving... More >>

  • World Beat

    published October 30, 2007

    The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, the Museum of Natural History's annual documentary showcase, often gravitates toward the... More >>

  • Lincoln Center South

    published October 2, 2007

    The New York Film Festival's annual experimental sidebar, "Views from the Avant-Garde," has in recent years spilled out of its weekend confines at... More >>

  • Scotland Bard

    published August 14, 2007

    Scotland, as seen in the late Bill Douglas's formidable cycle of shorts, My Childhood (1972), My Ain Folk (1973), and My Way... More >>

  • Anger Me

    published August 14, 2007

    Could there be any more pitiful irony than that cinematic godhead Kenneth Anger, visionary master of the dark arts, has been trapped within a... More >>

  • Shining (Dim) Light in Dark Corners

    published July 24, 2007

    With Colossal Youth, Anthology indulges local screenheads with a full Pedro Costa retrospective—an excellent opportunity to see the... More >>

  • Rock Me, Amadeus

    published July 24, 2007

    "We're in a middle of a very annoying generation of Hollywood filmmakers that just want to tell you how evil the world is," says theater director... More >>

  • Back to the Future

    published July 10, 2007

    Easily trouncing the recent Hollywood heat rash of over-extended superheroes and Hasbro infomercials, this summer's most satisfying sci-fi... More >>

  • A Jones for Indiana

    published June 26, 2007

    Americans love gumption. We believe that stupid ideas become brilliant ones if you just keep working on them with bullish tenacity. We love... More >>

  • War, Inc.

    published June 26, 2007

    According to Shadow Company, a documentary about the recent, precipitous rise of mercenaries (or, to use their preferred term, private... More >>

  • Reality Czech in Aisle Nine

    published June 5, 2007

    Upgrading Yippie hijinks with Jackass banzai, gonzo documentaries have become the 21st-century answer to political filmmaking in an... More >>

  • Pro-Life

    published May 1, 2007

    Iraq is not Vietnam, as the Bush administration and other Republicans have generously taken pains to remind us over the last half decade, but good... More >>

  • Unknown White Male

    published April 17, 2007

    Chronicles of Andy Warhol and his circle are in no short supply—the Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl and Ric Burns's Andy Warhol:... More >>

  • Creature Feature

    published April 3, 2007

    Like book critics vying to outscribble the tomes they're reviewing, bio-docs of experimental filmmakers frequently tend toward an anxiety of... More >>

  • Collective Memory

    published March 27, 2007

    The past of experimental cinema may be overtaking the present. Two of the longest-standing local microcinemas devoted to contemporary... More >>

  • More Than Human

    published March 13, 2007

    Werner Herzog's grand theme has long been the quixotic struggle of heroically deluded humans against the implacable powers of the natural... More >>

  • MOMA's Best Week Ever

    published February 20, 2007

    This week, the Museum of Modern Art hosts retrospectives of two visionaries whose sensibilities couldn't be further removed: Austrian guerrilla... More >>

  • Béla Tarr's Slow Burn

    published February 13, 2007

    Festivals, exhibitors, and critics maintain— both in practice and in attitude—an invisible demarcation between the avant-garde and the... More >>

  • Holland Days

    published January 30, 2007

    Annually slotted in January's frigid tail-end, when film professionals are still skiing in Utah or packing for Berlin, the International Film... More >>

  • Kazuo Hara Crosses the Line

    published January 23, 2007

    Though it displays not a single dead body, gory gash, or bombed-out building, and limits its on-screen violence to heated arguments and abortive... More >>

  • Before YouTube

    published January 16, 2007

    Earlier this month, the Museum of Modern Art ran a test for Doug Aitken's large-scale outdoor installation Sleepwalkers, a big-budget video art... More >>

  • The Clan Jacobs

    published January 9, 2007

    A shuddering, flickering tribute to two lost compatriots, Ken Jacobs's Two Wrenching Departures took its original form in 1989 as... More >>

  • Film at 11

    published January 2, 2007

    Sitting at his new desk in a recently renovated office overlooking Lenox Avenue at 116th Street in west Harlem, filmmaker Albert Maysles offers up... More >>

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