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American Gun Culture and the Political Aesthetics of Keith Maitland’s 'Tower'

Tower seeks to awake us from our ideological slumber by returning us to the first mass school shooting in modern US history. Are we awake, yet?

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Outsiders Tell the Story of the Other America in 'Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975'

This film gives us a look back at a puzzling and fascinating moment in American history that casts a different light on '60s idealism and the death of that decade's ideals.

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'Tabloid': Obsessive as Ever and Obsessive About Everything

Tabloid isn't Errol Morris' greatest film, but it's awfully good and worth repeated viewings.

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Full Frame Film Festival 2011: 'Project Nim'

This film is about the notorious experiment in the ‘70s to raise a chimpanzee in a human environment and teach it sign language.

Jyllian Gunther, Isaac Miller, Kevin Greer, Amy Carroll
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Full Frame Film Festival 2011: 'We Still Live Here'

Jyllian Gunther, Isaac Miller, Kevin Greer, Amy Carroll
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'Freakonomics': Dismal Is as Dismal Does

In each of its major segments, the documentary is walked right up to the point of tackling thorny questions of equality, social justice, and freedom -- only to be pulled back.

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Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect

The opening argument in the film is that the “Rem Koolhaas” the viewer knows, the singular genius of media accounts, especially in America, is a convenient signifier that masks another “Rem Koolhaas”, one who is not singular, but plural, a walking composition of influences, ideas, theories and collaborations.

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Buckminster Fuller's World: Emancipation by Design

The World of Buckminster Fuller shows its subject as inspired by both nature and humanity, and as having a public interested in ideas, unvarnished.

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Examined Life

This punctures the image of philosophy as a rarefied field, where philosophers live in some kind of Cartesian bubble, their brains effectively separated from their bodies.

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Election Day

On Election Day 2004, cameras follow 11 individuals as they participate in the process. This is a sobering reminder of the power -- and the privilege -- of the 'right to vote'.

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Private Century

Not a single shot in Private Century is original to Sikl or his collaborators. This is a profound illustration of the significance of editing to the nature of film as an art and craft.

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Audience of One

Director Michael Jacobs resists simplifying his subject, leaving viewers to come to their own conclusions about pastor Richard Gazowky, who he is, and why he wants to make his movie.

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Bling, Bling, Bia, Bia!: How Hip-Hop Can Survive Beyond Black History Month

If hip-hop is an art, or a larger entity such as a culture, then we must be able to assess it. No body survives unchecked, so what sets hip-hop apart? As its producers and participants, fans and Stans, we must be able to navigate conversations about our actions.

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