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Post image for With the Help of Prosthetics and Psychics, a Photographer Dramatizes His Possible Fates

After photographer Phil Toledano experienced both the sudden death of his mother and the slower, drawn out demise of his father, he became obsessed with his own potential futures.

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Post image for The Serious Business of ‘New Yorker’ Cartoons

“Cartoons either make the strange familiar or the familiar strange,” says New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff in Leah Wolchok’s documentary about the magazine’s enduring cartoon department, Very Semi-Serious.

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Post image for A Documentary Portrait of Peggy Guggenheim, Collector of Art and Artists

Peggy Guggenheim did enough living for 10 people.

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Post image for The Tribeca Film Festival’s Short Forays into Art

The art-centric short films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival include two documentaries about very unusual artists, an enigmatic science-fiction drama, and a ballet set in a Parisian housing project.

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Post image for A Documentary Offers a New Look at the House of Dior

In his new film, director Frédéric Tcheng traces the voyage that Raf Simons, the current creative director of the House of Dior, embarks upon when designing his first haute couture collection there.

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Post image for The Fantastical Paradoxes of Afrofuturist Film

Imaginative, aesthetic, historically fixated, and cosmically liberated, afrofuturism could be subject to low budgets, racism, sexism, and indifference, and still count itself a master of radiant ideas.

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Post image for Wim Wenders Trains His Lens on a Photojournalist

Wim Wenders co-directed The Salt of the Earth, a portrait of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, with Salgado’s son, Juliano Ribeiro. The film is both a comprehensive portrait of Salgado’s work and a meditation on the vocation of photojournalism.

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Cuba’s Cinematic Revolution

by Jeremy Polacek on March 25, 2015

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Critical, frenzied, imaginative, and committed, the works of Communist Cuba’s first generation of filmmakers helped reinvigorate and reinterrogate revolutionary cinema.

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Post image for The Men Who Manufacture Scientific Doubt

Merchants of Doubt, the latest documentary film by director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc., among others) uses a magician’s sleight of hand as an allegory for the conning of the American public by a handful of corporate lobbyists and public-relations mercenaries.

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Post image for A Brief Look at 2015 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

The youngest of the three Oscar shorts categories, documentary shorts are both the vigorous upstarts and the weary middle-agers, questioning themselves and their creative vision in a productive midlife crisis.

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