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Reading Matter: How Facebook Has Changed the Video Essay

4:3   Monday February 27, 2017

In the past few years, the video essay has emerged as a captivating tool for discussing film. But last year saw changes in the video essay form, writes Conor Bateman at 4:3 Film. Web platforms that featured video essays published fewer of them, and essays that were being made veered away from detailed video-based film analysis. The reason: Many websites have moved to a social-media-first publishing model for video content. Videos for social media, notes Bateman, are more simplistic, didactic, and filled with bite-sized trivia.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: An Undocumented High-School Senior

The Atlantic   Monday February 27, 2017

Ilse Cruz was brought into the United States by her mother when she was four years old and has no memories of her native Mexico. She also doesn’t feel truly American because she’s undocumented. A short documentary by Leah Varjacques and Katherine Nagasawa, on view at The Atlantic, follows Cruz as she navigates the process of living in the U.S. legally. “I want to get past college, and knowing that one day my dreams would be cut short because I can't do something that I want to do, it just sucks,” she says.   Read the full Story >>

Political Art: Indie Movie Theaters Nationwide To Protest Trump With "1984"

The Huffington Post   Monday February 27, 2017

Dozens of independent movie theaters nationwide are preparing to screen the circa-1980s film adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984  to protest President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to eliminate humanities agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts. The film, which stars the late John Hurt, will been screened in more than 85 theaters across 34 states on April 4. That date, notes The Huffington Post, marks the first time the story’s protagonist writes in his diary - a major act of resistance against the authoritarian state in which he lives.   Read the full Story >>

See It Now: Time Lapse Captures Emotions of High School Football

Pro Photo Daily   Monday February 27, 2017

The action and emotion of high school football are intense. And that intensity is what photographers (and Pro Photo Daily/Motion Arts Pro readers) Tracy Boulian and David Ahntholz  set out to capture in a minute-and-a-half long motion project combining time-lapse photos and video sequences. Last fall the Southern California duo documented a game played by the San Juan Hills Stallions — the football team of San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. “We wanted to capture the nervous and frenetic energy of a game,” says Boulian. See it now at Pro Photo Daily.   Read the full Story >>

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