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Articles by Kevin B. Lee

Nathan Silver Shows How to Direct a Group

May 29, 2015
UNCERTAIN TERMS

Eight characters and one awkward dinner conversation takes great directorial chops.

The Unholy Beauty of Jodorowsky’s Bodies

May 23, 2015

SANTA SANGRE deals with childhood traumas that would make the Brothers Grimm blush.

How Filmmaker Zhao Qi Brings China to Sundance

May 20, 2015
LAST TRAIN HOME

Zhao delivers a new vision of China to a broad American audience.

Rohmer’s Guessing Gazes

May 14, 2015
A SUMMERS TALE

Or: why Rohmer’s films get only better with repeat viewings, like playing back the memory of a strange encounter, wondering how it might have gone differently.

Video Essay Summit: Drew Morton on How Video Essays Work

May 11, 2015

Breaking the form into types: poetic and argumentative.

Video Essay Summit: Serena Bramble on Making Video Essays Matter

May 10, 2015

How video essays teach principles of filmmaking more effectively than the textbooks.

Video Essay Summit: Nelson Carvajal on the Art of Piracy

May 9, 2015

Remixing media to gain new perspectives.

Video Essay Summit: Kevin B. Lee on What the Best Video Essays Do

May 8, 2015

What are the most pressing questions facing video essayists today?

Rosenbaum on Welles at 100

May 4, 2015
DISCOVERING ORSON WELLES

Rosenbaum: ‘Each time he’s making a film, it’s as if he’s never made a film before.’

Breaking through Movies: Mark Rappaport

April 25, 2015
FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG

Rappaport’s video essays give sanctuary to the suppressed voices and hidden truths behind the silver screen.

Understanding China in Three People

April 18, 2015
CHINA IN THREE WORDS

Three distinctly different figures in China’s contemporary cultural scene offer windows into changing worlds.

Manoel de Oliveira’s Angelic Cinema

April 8, 2015
STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA

A tribute to one of de Oliveira’s great late-period achievements: THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA.