Piers Marchant at Sundance: Day Four

January 23, 2017

Sundance: Day 4 Number of Films: 4 Vibe: Transfixed Wind River: Taylor Sheridan has been on a hell of a roll since the one-time actor got his first screenplay, Sicario, made into a pretty gripping film. Last summer’s unexpected hit, …

Jay Russell remembers Carrie Fisher

December 28, 2016

David Ehrlich’s video countdown of the 25 best films of 2016

December 6, 2016

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2016: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN from David Ehrlich on Vimeo.

That is not my father’s coffin

November 18, 2016

(for Leonard Cohen) There is no poetry in dreams, just rebel neurons firing blanks shredding indiscriminately the flash imprinted images and dashed concerns of waking life. And so I walk along the river knowing you are not beside me though …

“We are sore in need of matches”

November 11, 2016

“We’re sore in need of matches.” — Leonard Cohen, at the Isle of Wight, Aug. 31, 1970 It was four in the morning when they came for him. They took him from his trailer and led him onto the stage …

The final word from Ohio

November 10, 2016

In a darned close race, why did so many Clinton voters stay home?     As Marcia and Jack Schnedler, our roving correspondents, head back to Little Rock from Toledo, Ohio, they are feeling more than a bit bedraggled after a …

Trump’s bun

November 6, 2016

  On the road again from Little Rock, Blood Dirt & Angels correspondents Marcia and Jack Schnedler are spending the last week before Tuesday’s election going door-to-door in Toledo, Ohio. They’re helping to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton, …

On the road in Ohio

November 4, 2016

 Blood Dirt & Angels’ roving correspondents, retired newspaper editors Jack and Marcia Schnedler, are back on the campaign trail in Ohio — infused this time with a whiff of anxiety. Here is a report by Jack from Toledo, sent on Friday. …

Piers Marchant at TIFF: Day Three

September 11, 2016

By Piers Marchant for blood, dirt & angels TIFF 2016: Day 3 Films: 3 Vibe: Intense, harrowing, melodramatic The Secret Scripture: Like watching a terminally inept child try to perform at a ballet recital, you want to root for the thing, but the …

Jessica Winter’s Break in Case of Emergency

August 16, 2016

Break in Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter (hardcover, 288 pages, Knopf) reviewed by Karen Martin for blood, dirt & angels Many who have worked in a nonprofit foundation with vague goals and bad management will recognize the situation in …