More Wednesday Links

For the first time in about two weeks, I’ve had a little time to dive back into blogworld. Here are some of the (many) things I missed:

  • Via Green Cine, news about Gary Hustwit’s Objectified, “a documentary about industrial design; it’s about the manufactured objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them.” Hustwit’s previous film, Helvetica, which looked at the role of typefaces in public space, is one of my favorite documentaries of the last couple of years, so I’m very much looking forward to this follow-up.
  • Film in Focus has a fun series in which they asked five politicos to nominated their favorite films about elections. I’ll highlight David Sirota’s list because he mentions one of my other favorite docs of recent years, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? But some of the other choices mentioned by Katha Pollitt and Rick Perlstein, including The Candidate and Bob Roberts are pretty good, too.
  • Chris Hansen has been getting some pretty good buzz after wrapping his latest feature-length film, Endings. As usual, Chris is providing some outstanding opportunities for his students at Baylor University, and so far he’s made a couple of pretty good films.  Here’s an NPR interview featuring Chris and some of the student crew members and an article from Chris’s local Waco newspaper.
  • I’d hoped to mention this sooner, but work on the book ate up much of my time last month, but Agnes has a pointer to the video initiative, Cinemocracy, which invited people to submit short videos to engage the delegates at the Democratic National Convention.  The films that generate the most discussion with be screened at the DNC in Denver.  Unfortunately, the deadline is August 1, so if you’re learning about this from me, it’s probably too late to submit a video.  Looks like a cool idea.

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