Megan Boyle & Tao Lin – Bebe Zeva (2011)

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“Tao Lin and Megan Boyle follow 17-year-old fashion blogger Bebe Zeva around Las Vegas for a night and film it on a MacBook.”
“In the film, which took one night to film and 24 hours to edit, Tao Lin and Megan Boyle follow Zeva around her home city of Las Vegas. Zeva plays the part of compliant diva, welcoming them into her lavish condo then taking them through casinos, malls and Planet Hollywood as she’s filmed by Lin and Boyle with a MacBook while they ask her questions like, “How many Twitter followers does the toilet have?” “Would you rather weigh 500 pounds or not have two arms?” “Who has the best internet nose?” Sometimes you can’t hear what they’re saying. Sometimes there are jarring sounds as if the MacBook hit a wall accidentally. And sometimes Lin and Boyle say things to each other out of Zeva’s earshot like, “let the silence go on and she’ll say something revealing….. Lin and Boyle seem less interested in traditional filmmaking than they do in capturing the kind of whimsical, low-stakes solipsism and staged hyper-self-awareness found on YouTube. ” Continue reading

Megan Boyle & Tao Lin – MDMA (2011)

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“MDMA is a one-shot experiment that begins with Lin and Boyle taking the titular drug and, in what appears to be an unedited two-hour shot, meander around Manhattan, getting lost on the subway and ending up giving each other a sarcastically ironic interview while on the ferris wheel inside Times Square’s Toys ‘R Us.”

“MDMA is 1 hour 54 minutes, shot in real time using the camera from an APPLE MAC BOOK some time in late 2010 in New York City. The film follows Megan Boyle and Tao Lin throughout their experience of taking MDMA (sometimes called pure ecstasy or Molly) while they explore New York City…. The film is simple but not easy. The plot is executing and playing out an idea: Megan Boyle and Tao Lin take MDMA together and film themselves with a MACBOOK. It has no real point. Because of this detachment, the film is soothing because it creates a new kind of viewing. It feels equivalent as leaving music left playing from a record player in the background. I don’t feel obliged to anything while watching MDMA. I am just free to watch. Highly recommended.”

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Pablo Trapero – Elefante blanco (2012)

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The “elefante blanco” (white elephant) in Pablo Trapero’s eponymous film is the phantasmagorical structure of what was to be Latin America’s biggest hospital, construction of which was approved in 1937 and started in 1938. In line with Argentina’s sociopolitical upheaval, the project was never completed and is now home to thousands of outcasts who live among rubble, rats, pollution, illness, crime, deadly drug lords’ feuds.
Trapero’s Elefante blanco, focusing on the painstaking work of two shanty-town priests and a social worker, is a trip through urban hell. Contrary to the barrage of political harangue we are subjected to on a daily basis, Elefante blanco lays out the bare facts: a Third World country playing welfare state but in reality struggling to stay afloat. No other aborted social project could make such a visible, powerful impact as the elefante blanco, palpable proof that not everyone is given the same possibilities to attain social mobility and think ahead to a better future. Continue reading

Léa Pool – Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011)

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Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success. Continue reading

Todd Rohal – The Catechism Cataclysm (2011)

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Father Billy (Steve Little), an eccentric young priest, is forced to take a sabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie (Robert Longstreet), who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy’s days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie’s as a guitarist for a metal band. When night approaches, they realize they have lost their way–and that’s when things get weird. Continue reading

Alfredo Ureta – La guarida del topo (2011)

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Daniel, loner and hermit, is forced to give overnight shelter to Anna, his neighbor’s niece. The need for affection and human warmth of these two injured people will emerge, turning into a romance. Things get complicated when Anna’s husband appears.

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Daniel, el Topo, hombre ermitaño e incomunicado, que goza de toda soledad posible. Trabaja como constructor y vive solo, su familia ha emigrado y hace tiempo no tienen contacto alguno. Sostiene una vida vacía y rutinaria, entre el trabajo y su apartamento. Un día los acontecimientos lo obligan a permanecer durante una noche completa con otra persona, una mujer.

Ana llega a la vida de Daniel por casualidad, escapando de un marido que la maltrata y golpea y la ha convertido en un ser lastimado y con necesidad de cariño. Su tío Raúl, vecino de Daniel, le pide a este dejarla dormir por una noche en su casa hasta que él pueda embarcarla hacia su pueblo natal. Continue reading