“Confessions of a Republican” 1964

January 31, 2016

Just fascinating. Substitute Goldwater for Trump. Just an interesting exercise. Update: May 10, 2016 A four-minute television commercial from the 1964 U.S. presidential election. In it, an actor playing a lifelong Republican who looks like a young George Will talks …

A video essay on cinematic composition

January 31, 2016

The Hunting of the President Redux

January 30, 2016

My friend Harry Thomason is raising money for a new version of his movie. I did a thing with Harry at last year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. To support the project, go here. That is all. The text of …

The President Next Door podcast

January 30, 2016

Jason Isbell speaks … the Shure interview and an old Marc Maron WTF

January 29, 2016

Sundance16: Day 7

January 28, 2016

By Piers Marchant for blood, dirt & angels Number of Films: 4 General Vibe: Mo kids, mo problems As You Are: Newcomer Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s film wants to be many things at once: It’s a lo-fi grunge-era teen stomper with a …

Sundance16: Day 6

January 27, 2016

By Piers Marchant for blood, dirt & angels Number of Films: 4 General Vibe: The Kids Aren’t So Alright Little Men: Ira Sachs has made a simple film with just enough emotional complexity and richness to make it hum. Two adolescent boys – …

The Chickening

January 26, 2016

One week left …

January 26, 2016

A lot can happen in a year, especially when you’re a musician. Last week, we asked you to shoot us a note if you submitted this time last year and were entering again. Many of you did. You sent us …

Sundance: Day 5

January 26, 2016

By Piers Marchant for blood, dirt & angels Number of Films: 4 General Vibe: What’s Up, Doc? Weiner: An interesting but frustrating doc from Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, that tackles its subject, ousted former congressman and failed NYC mayor …