Yumen (2013) - News Poster



"Cinema on the Edge" on Mubi

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Access to the best of contemporary Chinese independent cinema has been a constant challenge for audiences unable to attend the adventurous film festivals that are the main conduit for these films and filmmakers to the world outside of China. This August a new initiative began—partially crowdfunded on Kickstarter—called Cinema on the Edge, introducing a range of essential, recent independent productions from the mainland across several cinemas in New York City. Mubi is partnering with Cinema on the Edge to extend its theatrical exhibitions to the online world, showing a selection of their films online in the Us, allowing audiences outside of New York to explore what is happening right now in indie Chinese filmmaking. These Chinese films will be premiering on Mubi over the next ten days.Our selection includes:Cut Out The Eyes (Xu Tong, 2014)Er Housheng is a blind musician who travels Inner Mongolia with his
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Review: See A Moving Biosphere in J.P. Sniadecki's The Iron Ministry

Just like Leviathan and Manakamana before it, J.P. Sniadecki's The Iron Ministry is another striking sensory cinema experience. Closely associated with Havard Sensory Ethnography Lab and its esteemed Colleagues - Julien Castraing-Taylor, Verena Paravel, Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez and others,  Sniadecki continues exploring the cinematic medium to its new height with the film which takes place entirely on the moving trains in China.Sniadecki, fluent in Mandarin, has been making films in China since 2010. Chaiquian, his first film explored the changing landscape of China and its 'floating people' - mass workers' migration from rural areas to the cities, followed by People's Park - a breathtaking single take film strolling through the Chengdu park, then Yumen, a docu-hybrid taking place in the ghost city of the...

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The Noteworthy: Lim Replaces Koehler, Bordwell's Sweet 16, Interviews with Ferrara, Karel & Klahr

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Above: Filmmaker Andrei Ujică in conversation with Dennis Lim.

Dennis Lim is the new year-round Cinematheque programmer for the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Not too long ago we reported Robert Koehler had taken the position, but due to family health issues, he has stepped down. We congratulate Dennis Lim and our thoughts are with Robert Koehler. He may not be a household name, but he meant a lot to those who knew him: Ric Menello passed away at the age of 60 last week. Menello is known for co-writing Two Lovers and Lowlife with James Gray, and for directing this. Take a look at the Ditmas Park Corner blog's remembrance of Menello.

Editor of The Chiseler and Notebook contributor Daniel Riccuito has a new book coming out, and it's a humdinger: The Depression Alphabet Primer, with illustrations by Tony Millionaire. You can find a sample of the delights
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