Josephine Decker may be leading a revolution. When Richard Brody exalted her second narrative feature, Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, upon its premiere at Berlinale this year, he suggested that her films point ahead to a “new grammar” that functions as a “reappraisal of narrative” structure...Read More
Scottish filmmaker, Andrew MacKenzie, recently released his first feature Dimention Zero, the second film to follow the British manifesto, Pink8 (the first was Black Biscuit, also featured on NB). It explores the underground world of Scotland, displaying the fringes without judgement or stigmatization...Read More
The course of life is never clear or without challenge, and with his debut feature, Strings, Robert Savage expertly examines how people deal with the inevitability of separation. Strings drew the attention of critics for the maturity of its young filmmaker, Savage, who was barely 18 at the time of making the film. The film went on to be nominated for Best Debut at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as Savage himself winning the prestigious BFI Future Film Award, among others...Read More
Ricky D’Ambrose’s dark, quiet film Pilgrims (NB premiere), which showed at Rooftop Films in May, is a compelling and well-executed literary short from a compelling and well-spoken literary man. In Pilgrims, a dying young man living in a city afflicted by a series of increasingly violent protests is visited in his apartment by a refugee, a political radical, and a priest. The short is third project for which D’Ambrose has served as Writer, Director, Cinematographer, and Editor in the past six years along with his 2011 short film The Stranger and 2007 feature University People, of which Pilgrims is an amended version.
Zach Clark’s White Reindeer, which premiered at SXSW this year and recently played to a packed house at Brooklyn’s BAMCinemafest, where Clark is currently a resident, is a natural expansion of the filmmaker’s absurdly silly and refreshingly genuine oeuvre...Read More
The 2011 avant-garde British film Black Biscuit is about outsiders. Director Fabrizio Federico holds them in very high regard. “I like being with these people, to me they are very warm.” The film constantly switches between cameras and stocks, creating contrasting feelings of realism and Brechtian reminders that this is only a film. “I didn’t care if the camera was barely working as long as it records,” and this creates a kaleidoscope of images that range from the blurry to the bizarre.Read More
Robert Greene is a name you should know. He's a film editor, an engaged presence on Twitter and one of the most talented documentary filmmakers alive. He's not only become one of the most articulate non-fiction filmmakers, making expressionistic essays on the people close to him, but he's deftly navigated the changing landscape of film viewing...Read More