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Thursday, February 28,2013

Magnifying injustice

'The House I Live In' makes a compelling case to end the drug war

By David Accomazzo
A damning statistic, familiar to those with even a minor interest in the drug boondoggle, comes early in The House I Live In: “Since 1971, the War on Drugs has cost over $1 trillion and resulted in more than 45 million arrests. During that time, illegal drug use has remained unchanged.”
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Thursday, February 21,2013

The original crazy drummer

'Beware of Mr. Baker' explores one of rock’s most interesting personalities

By David Accomazzo
A virtuoso on the kit, Baker was an absolute mess of a man, running through and neglecting multiple wives and children as he compulsively tore through life.
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Thursday, February 14,2013

BIFF 2013: The man behind the Man in Black

Documentary delves into Johnny Cash’s first manager

By David Accomazzo
He found a locker full of Johnny Cash memorabilia — gold records, signed posters, and a treasure trove: 60 hours of reel-to-reel tape, Saul’s audio diaries as well as recorded phone calls with the Man in Black himself. He decided to make a documentary.
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Thursday, February 14,2013

BW BIFF Picks 2013: 'The New Public'

By David Accomazzo
Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM) starts out with about a hundred students and idealistic optimism on the part of the school’s teachers. The documentary follows a handful of teachers, administrators and students during the school’s first year, then revisits them as the students complete their senior year in high school.
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Thursday, February 14,2013

BIFF’s new musical bent

Music docs, independent films abound at festival

By David Accomazzo
The festival, this year, brings 47 documentaries and feature films plus shorts to town, and the only two full-time employees acknowledge that it’s the enthusiasm and dedication of hundreds of volunteers that makes the festival run.
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Thursday, February 7,2013

Holy Frenchman, Batman

‘Holy Motors’ is the weirdest film you will ever see and love

By David Accomazzo
It is a bizarre and bewildering journey through the twisted imagination of its director/screenwriter. And it’s fun as hell, one of the most mesmerizing and unusual films I’ve ever seen.
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Thursday, January 31,2013

Wonder Woman versus chauvinism

Documentary explores character’s changing role in feminist movements of the 20th century and beyond

By David Accomazzo
In many ways, the comic book character Wonder Woman is very much a product of the time in which she was conceived — World War II America. Her trademark costume — star-spangled blue-and-white panties, American flag-red corset with gold adornments, the yellow headband with the red star — is rife with the patriotic fervor that bled into so many comic books at the time.
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Thursday, January 24,2013

So long, celluloid

Film at the IFS will not go gently into that good night

By David Accomazzo
Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, 35 mm film projectors, for it tolls for thee. And Hollywood is manning the clapper.
Thursday, January 17,2013

Cultural chasms and 90 miles of ocean

Project shows Cuban and American music have lots in common

By David Accomazzo
In 2010, three U.S.-based jazz musicians, trumpeter Christian Scott, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and tenor saxaphonist David Sánchez, traveled to Cuba to meet with local musicians and make an album. What they found was something both familiar and foreign.
Thursday, December 27,2012

Person of the Year runner-up: Brian Vicente, legal marijuana

By David Accomazzo
Vicente has been leading the charge against marijuana prohibition for eight years.
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