A host of documentaries exemplify ND/NF’s unconventional programming philosophy.
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What Salamanders Tell Us About Our Future on Earth
A Common Sequence muses on the different ways that humans assess, categorize, understand, and often exploit the natural world.
New York’s Trans Sex Workers Tell Their Stories
The Stroll is not just a chronicle of trans life and activism in the 1980s and ’90s, but also of urban “renewal” in the 21st century.
What to See in This Year’s Sundance Film Festival
In myriad ways, coming as it does in January, Sundance sets the stage for US cinema through the rest of the year.
The Design Duo Behind Pink Floyd’s Iconic Aesthetic
Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) is a reasonably informative, if rather dry, look at a subject with much more potential for exploration.
We’re Screwed, But It’s Okay
Rachel Lears’s new film To the End is optimistic, perhaps to a fault.
Todd Haynes Discusses New Velvet Underground Doc
The director sat with Hyperallergic for a conversation about the making of his new film The Velvet Underground.
Film Looks at Suffering Through the Eyes of a Donkey
EO’s universe seems a godless one; there’s no philosophical reason for the pain that human and nonhuman animals endure.
Life According to Annie Ernaux
The subject matter of The Super 8 Years could not be more mundane, but the Nobel Prize-winning memoirist’s musings elevate it to something far more compelling.
An Achingly Personal Portrait of Nan Goldin
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed forcefully posits multiple parallels between the world Nan Goldin grew up in and the one she fights in today.
Tsai Ming-liang’s “Slow Cinema” Contrasts the Bustle of Modern Life
Tsai’s style is the opposite of boring; in demanding the viewer’s attention, he allows for incredible moments of human connection and discovery.
Noriaki Tsuchimoto Transformed Documentary Into an Art of Compassion
Though not well known outside of Japan, Tsuchimoto honed an observational style of filmmaking similar to the cinema verité movement in the US and Europe, but years earlier.