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Documentary Unbound: Actuality, Actually

April 2, 2013 | One Comment

Artists working on either side of the digital divide explore the lyrical allure of the ‘actuality’ film.

Video: Chicago Underground, Unleashed

March 4, 2013
CUFF

Festival director Bryan Wendorf speaks on native formats, archival classics and his embrace of digital.

The Film 100: Eadweard Muybridge, no. 34

February 25, 2013
EDWEARD MUYBRIDGE

Muybridge’s persistent spirit wrestled with a basic limitation in photography, finally uncovering a revolutionary new way of bringing images together to create something quite magical.

Coloring Inside the Lines?

February 21, 2013 | 3 Comments
LUXO JR.

CG or not CG: conformity vs. creativity in film animation.

The Film 100: Walt Disney, no. 7

February 7, 2013
STEAMBOAT WILLIE

Disney’s competitive drive and unflagging standards set a benchmark for quality in family entertainment.

Dancing in Unexpected Places

January 7, 2013 | One Comment
CERVEZA BUD

While the web moved Gangnam and Girl Walk style in 2012, a century’s worth of cinema finds dance in yet more surprising places.

The Year in Film 2012: Afterthoughts, Events, Surprises

December 31, 2012 | 4 Comments
ROOM 237

Cinema, dead? Not so fast. Keyframe contributors find magic in live events and restorations. But live audiences? That’s another story.

The Film 100: W.K. Laurie Dickson, no. 1

December 28, 2012
W.K. LAURIE DICKSON

Working deep within the shadow of Thomas Edison, America’s icon of ingenuity, Dickson advanced each of the critical processes that would show the world the wonder of movies.

Video: Essential Online Videos of 2012

December 26, 2012 | One Comment
GIRL WALK ALL DAY

Gangnam who? Watch these five must-see videos that are truly revealing reflections of our reality, a world of private lives made public.

The Film 100: Auguste and Louis Lumière, no. 61

December 25, 2012 | One Comment
WORKERS LEAVING THE LUMIÈRE FACTORY

By developing a single-unit device that was portable, the Lumières were able to document the outside world in moving pictures.

The Film 100: Mack Sennett, no. 95

December 23, 2012
TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE

Sennett comedies developed a distinct style: devoid of logic, full of anarchy, completely over the top.

The Film 100: Winsor McCay, no. 36

December 13, 2012
WINSOR MCCAY AND HIS ANIMATED PICTURES

Winsor McCay found the wonders of animation a challenging diversion from his daily drawing, and the film industry found itself the perfect pitchman.