As we approach summer and we start to daydream of warm days and warm nights, there are certain kinds of films that each of us gravitate towards. For me, it is the world of Agnès Varda films I land on: full of trials and tribulations of womanhood, albeit told with that light-hearted air, á la Varda. With this end of season, we are excited to have Dale Kaplan return with more of her New York stories, as she reviews Varda’s One Sings, The Other Doesn’t. It is not only a classic BFF film, it is a film all the more timely in the light of the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
On the other side of the summery rainbow, is Akira Kurosawa: more masculine in his cinematic themes, yet just as soulful. Personally, I have not spent as much time with Kurosawa, as I have with, say, Ozu, but I have been curious to learn more about this great director, to know where to start. And who better to introduce him than G.C.C.'s friend and long-time collaborator, Seth Paradox who– more than anyone we know– adores Kurosawa films. He has written an introduction for us, via Kurosawa's self-refelective Dreams.
Finally, we have an in-depth interview with director Deborah Shaffer, conducted by Kiran Chitanvis, a writer/director and co-producer of the recently released documentary drama The Other Fellow. They discuss The Wobblies– Shaffer's innovative film about the I.W.W. (Industrial Workers of the World), the first U.S. labor union– and what it takes to be a documentary filmmaker.
Welcome, Seth and Kiran! And as always, to complete our end-of-Spring volume, we have a dreamy soundtrack curated by @missyaggro titled, “Chante Moi." Enjoy!
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