summer 2021 | Filmmaker Magazine



On June 29, 1969, Sly and the Family Stone delivered an electrifying performance at Mount Morris Park in Harlem, New York. Merging the revolutionary fervor of the Black Freedom movement with the collectivist spirit of the West Coast counterculture, the iconic group wowed audiences with catchy renditions of “Everyday People”, “Sing a Simple Song”, “You Can Make It If You Try “,” Dance to the Music “and” I want to take you higher “. If there were any doubts about the black community’s deep love for Sly and the Family Stone, the thunderous applause from the crowd, screeches and cries of approval that day erased them all. Sneaky and […]

By Claudrena Harold


The feature film

Over the past six years, I have researched amateur travel films made by women in the first half of the 20th century, which I collected in a fully archival essay film, Terra Femme. In the process, I watched dozens of hours of footage of everything under the sun: biblical gardens, women doing laundry, ice fields, a tapir, mounds in a cemetery. Sometimes there is a handwritten heading. “Crossing the Equator” reads one, and the filmmaker added small serifs to the letters of “Equator”. The following is footage filmed aboard a boat during a line crossing ceremony, in which Poseidon and […]

By Courtney Stephens

  • The subscribers A colander in the river of the world

    by Natalia Keogan

  • The subscribers Through time

    by the filmmaker’s team

  • Remote connections: All about Lily Chou-Chou at 20 years

    Twenty years after the release of All About Lily Chou-Chou, I can’t think of a film that better describes what first attracted people to the internet, and certainly none that matches its expressive use of – content type header. Director Shunji Iwai discusses the shortcomings and hesitations of early Internet communications through the representation of character encoding on screen. Posts on an online forum dedicated to Lily Chou-Chou, a mysterious pop singer, first appear in a mojibake jumble of accented Latin characters. We hear the click of an old keyboard and another tapping to cool off. The BBS code is […]

    by Joanne McNeil



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