Up and Coming: Makoto Shinkai

If I absorbed any one thing during my trip last month to Japan, it was this: our culture can be so much better! Could become more punctual, clean, committed, for starters — their Shinkansen High Speed Rail is standout: “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” / “Journey to Agartha” (2011) http://imdb.com/title/tt1839494/ Not to get distracted! Onto Read More …

Shared from IndieWire: What Is The Best Short Film Ever Made? — Critics Survey

E-Columnist David Ehrlich wrote a column with a question answered by a handful of film critics. Here it is: “This past weekend saw the release of ‘Lights Out,’ which is based on a horrifying short film. Shorts can have tremendous value, though even the best of them tend to fly under the radar. What is Read More …

Shared from Indiewire: SeaWorld Announces End to Orca Breeding Program Exposed in ‘Blackfish’ Documentary

The 2013 Sundance entry, “Blackfish,” in which Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite exposed the horrors of orcas in captivity, has officially guided SeaWorld to make an important decision: they will discontinue breeding their remaining orcas. This is exactly the path of an effective documentary, in that awards are not the goal, but rather, it achieves results by Read More …