Abel (2010): Diego Luna’s Coming of Age Tale

Abel / Mexico, USA Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. Sundance World Premiere Cane Toads: The Conquest / USA (Director and […]

Film Theory: Barthes, Roland–French Philosopher and Theorist

His book Mythologies examines the specific and empirical ways in which ideology works.

Bright Road (1953): All-Black School Drama, Starring Dorothy Dandridge as Idealistic Teacher

Featuring a nearly all-black cast, the film stars Dorothy Dandridge as an idealistic elementary school teacher trying to reach out to one problem student.

Tolkien

TOLKIEN explores the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school. Their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up and weather love and loss together, including Tolkien’s tumultuous courtship of his beloved Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First […]

Green Promise, The (1948): Russell’s Farming Drama, Starring Walter Brennan and Natalie Wood

William D. Russell directed The Green Promise, a film made to display the concept of the 4-H Club and highlight farming issues, such as soil erosion, government programs, and individual enterprise.