Ela Bittencourt: The Driver’s SeatNovember 2013
On Mark Kendall’s documentary La Camioneta, doing business with Mexico’s drug cartels, and what old school buses have to do with self-determination.
Spencer McCall: Roaming San Francisco in Search of ElsewhereOctober 2013
Susie Neilson talks to the director of The Institute, a documentary about an alternate reality game that had San Franciscans wandering the city streets in search of heaven on earth.
Caroline Cooper: The Act of Seeing The Act of KillingJune 2013
A new documentary on Indonesia’s 1965-66 anti-communist genocide is taking the international festival circuit by storm. But in the country that most needs to see it, the film is underground, its crew largely anonymous.
Roz Bernstein: My EsquireJune 2013
Looking back at Norman Mailer, Diane Arbus, Tom Wolfe, and the magazine that brought them all together.
Kirsten O’Regan: These Dark HistoriesApril 2013
A profile of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose exhibition A Haunted Capital is at the Brooklyn Museum through August.
Guernica Movies: 5+5March 2013
Life in a Chinese artists’ colony through the eyes of the local taxi driver
Leah Carroll: Beyoncé and the Real GirlFebruary 2013
How do you solve a problem like Beyoncé? With her autobiography pic and some drag artists from the ’80s.
The Future of Carbon Trading in ChiapasOctober 2012
Climate change activism collides with indigenous land movements in Mexico’s Zapatista heartland, where the interests of a green economy threaten to crowd out the voices of those for whom it matters.
Angela Chen: Ai Weiwei Still Isn’t SorryJuly 2012
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now as notorious for his political actions as for his work. Alison Klayman’s new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, shows that his originality comes precisely from combining the two.
Precarious GroundJuly 2012
Documentarian Annie Eastman tells the stories of families in Salvador’s palafitas—water slums built on piles of garbage—and confronts her outsider status.
Ann DeWitt: Marina Abramovic’s Gestures of Empathy in an Absentee WorldJune 2012
The documentary Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present gives an inside look at the artist’s discipline, creative process, and love story.
Bryan HouseMay 2012
Peter Hoffman documents an Illinois home that helps refugees take the next step towards establishing a stable new life in the U.S.