Abramovic Draws Art from Mysticism

By Zuzia Czemier-Wolonciej, Staff Writer Marina Abramovic, the 70-year-old Yugoslavian performance artist, is undeniably one of the most important visionaries of our time. She has been furthering the boundaries of physical and emotional endurance through her work for over four decades. However, even the most extraordinary artist can certainly be doubted when she recalls in…

‘Illinois Parables’ is Beautiful, Telling and Needed

By Zuzia Czemier-Wolonciej, Staff Writer Deborah Stratman’s “Illinois Parables” is a story told in celluloid verse — a cinematic poem. Placing this film within a genre will yield no helpful result, for it gathers strength from its free-from and lack of pretense to present any one objective. Instead, the film enthralls its audience with a…

‘Asperger’s Are Us’ Deals with More Than Autism

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer “Asperger’s Are Us,” the new documentary from the comedy troupe of the same name, gives a frank but empathetic look at its autistic protagonists. Troupe members Noah, “New Michael,” Jack and Ethan are all on the autism spectrum. For them, humor is a universal language appreciated by anyone regardless of the…

“Husbands and Wives” (1992)

By Daniella Nichinson, Staff Writer As Woody Allen continued to make films, it seems that New York acted as more and more of a sanctuary in the midst of increasingly darker characters and storylines. “Husbands and Wives” is such a case. In a story about divorce, it’s difficult not to descend into melancholy, but with…

Kathleen Hanna: Angry and Ready

By Gilchrist Green, Music Editor After beginning to put her battle with Lyme disease behind her, feminist punk queen Kathleen Hanna is back on tour as the front-woman for her new band the Julie Ruin, and she’s angry, honest and powerful as ever. Best known for her ‘90s punk band Bikini Kill and her starring role…

Hump Day Update: 11/16/2016

By Rachel A.G. Gilman, Staff Writer Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news. John Legend has a new music video out for his…

“Circle of Poison” Brings Awareness to Pesticide Industry

By Natalie Whalen, Staff Writer “Circle of Poison” raises awareness to the troubling reality of the pesticide industry in the United States. The documentary, made by Nick Capezzera, Evan Mascagni and Shannon Post, premiered at the DOC NYC festival in 2015. The film opens with a run-down of what the “circle of poison” is. David…

“Prison in Twelve Landscapes” Shines Light on U.S. Prison System

By Daniella Nicholson, Staff Writer “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” takes an unusual path in documenting the consequences of the mass incarceration rate in the United States. Instead of simply showing us what life is like inside a prison, writer and director Brett Story shows viewers the impact that prisons have on the communities outside…

“Peter and the Farm” is Bittersweet and Enlightening

By Zuzia Czemier-Wolonciej, Staff Writer “Peter and the Farm” is just that — Peter Dunning and his farm. In fact, it is only that. Peter, the protagonist of Tony Stone’s documentary, lives and works on a farm he bought 33 years ago in the hope of becoming an ecological farmer and artist in the interim….

“Jacqueline (Argentine)” Stumbles, Sputters Out

By Phoebe Kuo, Contributing Writer “Jacqueline (Argentine)” begins with a rather absurd opening: a French woman named Jacqueline Dumont (Camille Rutherford) enters and asks the narrator (Wyatt Cenac), the alleged director of this movie, to film her before she exposes a scandal that promises to take down Argentina’s ruling government. Though having no evidence or…

Review: “Kingdom of Shadows”

By Ali Hassan, Contributing Writer “Kingdom of Shadows” is frustrating. Bernardo Ruiz’s documentary about the Mexican drug war is well intentioned, attempting to make viewers emotionally connect with the conflict’s victims, but it does not succeed in doing so. Instead, the result is a hodgepodge of different accounts that fail to cohere. The accounts themselves…

Review:“SEED: The Untold Story”

By Lucy Beni, Contributing writer Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz’s “SEED: The Untold Story” is a film worth watching. It is extremely informative on this surprisingly important topic: seeds. This documentary moves fluidly through its diverse collection of seed experts, ranging from caricature-like individuals who just simply love seeds that much to farmers who are…