Devika Girish

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before moonlight

Twenty minutes into Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins’ debut feature about two young African Americans fumbling through San Francisco after a drunken one-night stand, Micah (Wyatt Cenac) discovers that Jo (Tracey Heggins), the woman he just spent the night with, lives rent-free in her rich, conveniently-out-of-town boyfriend’s house in upscale Marina. “Is he white?” he…


the arrival of the train

contemplating cinephilia

I first encountered the Lumière brothers’ L’Arrivée d’un train in an introductory film theory class at Brown. Shot on the Lumière brothers’ revolutionary cinématographe, it was one of the earliest movies to be screened in public. Though groundbreaking when it was released in 1895, the film seemed unremarkable when I saw it: It consists of…

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Of Mountains and Movies

A Week at the Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival is the pot-smoking, capitalism-hating bohemian of the film festival world. While most of the major film festivals, from Cannes to Venice to Toronto, revel in the glitz and commercial spectacle of it all, Telluride runs a quieter operation focused solely on the movies. No competition, no paparazzi or free critics’ passes…

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a portrait of a (ma)lady

a review of trey shults’ stunning krisha

Speaking at the recently concluded Ivy Film Festival, Trey Edward Shults—the 26-year-old debutant director-writer-editor of “Krisha”—expressed his fascination with the creative problem-solving ethos of the “Dogme 95” movement. Started in 1995 by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, this movement aspired to a pure cinema built on the “traditional values of story, acting, and theme…

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lights, cameras, magic

a q&a with seth watter and beth capper, co-organizers of the magic lantern cinema

For readers who don’t know about Magic Lantern Cinema, could you give a brief overview? SW: Magic Lantern began as an idea in the mind of Ben Russell, who has gone on to become an internationally exhibited filmmaker. Together with Carrie Collier, a screenprinter and filmmaker, he launched Magic Lantern as a screening series in…