Category Archives: Memory

Hot Docs – Day One

Maja Borg’s Future My Love brings together the essay film (with a voiceover that is contemplative and ruminative in a Marker-esque way), the archive film (with images drawn from a mid century repository of imaginings of the future), and the … Continue reading






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History as written by the losers

I’m in the midst of revising an article on the 2006 film by L’Atelier national du Manitoba, Death by Popcorn: The Tragedy of the Winnipeg Jets, for an edited volume that will hopefully be published sometime in 2013. I’ve been … Continue reading






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Chris Marker (1921-2012)

Terrible news today that Chris Marker has died. Very nearly impossible for me to pick a favorite of his films, so I thought I would post a random still image here from one of his relatively unavailable works, La Mystère … Continue reading






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“The image of happiness”: Chris Marker and Sans Soleil

The first image he told me about was of three children on a road in Iceland, in 1965. He said that for him it was the image of happiness and also that he had tried several times to link it … Continue reading






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The Woodchuck

I’m off next week to Glasgow for this year’s Screen Studies 2012 conference, so I thought I would post a sneak preview of the paper I will be presenting there: Hinterland Who’s Who: Nature, Nostalgia and the Bureaucratic Uncanny. The … Continue reading






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Random Film Still #8

Video Still. Probable VHS Source. Kluane National Park Reserve – Yukon Territory. Parks Canada. circa 1983.






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Hot Docs 1: The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army)

The Young Man Was (Part 1: United Red Army). 2011. Naeem Mohaiemen. Naeem Mohaiemen’s documentary recounts the story of the hijacking of Japan Air Lines 472 on September 28, 1977. The flight departed from Tokyo and was destined for Bombay, … Continue reading






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Dazzle Ships

There’s a distinct otherworldliness to Dazzle Ships, the 1983 album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Part of it is down to the passage of time itself. The cold war context of the LP’s production, signaled by its opening track, … Continue reading






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