A Conversation with James Benning

“Alright,” nodded Benning. “It would taste the same though,” as she left. Then, “Alright, that’s enough. Bye.” He waved farewell to my phone and once I had stopped recording, lived up to the challenge of his own demanding filmmaking style, “Now you have to remember the rest.” Continue reading A Conversation with James Benning

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An Interview with Nick Reinhart (of Tera Melos)

“The lyrics to ‘Trash Generator’ are somewhat about being bogged down by digital bullshit; the digital wasteland of your phone, computers, technology… I think it was probably a subconscious reaction to just the world now.” Continue reading An Interview with Nick Reinhart (of Tera Melos)

Berlinale 2018: ‘Season of the Devil’ by Lav Diaz

At last month’s Berlinale I managed to sit down with a pair of compelling filmmakers for a bit of conersation: Lav Diaz and James Benning. Though the Benning piece still needs some time, my thoughts on Diaz’s newest film, Season of the Devil, are now online over at Photogenie. “Lav Diaz’s latest opens on a paramilitary site, freshly bunkered down and established as local headquarters in … Continue reading Berlinale 2018: ‘Season of the Devil’ by Lav Diaz

An Interview with Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider)

Dead Rider is back with their first album since 2014’s excellent Chills on Glass, the atmospheric hard-rocking Crew Licks. The band is fronted by Todd Rittmann, from whom their name is also derived; Tod is German for ‘dead’ while Rittmann is roughly ‘rider’ (literally ‘ride-man’). I first met Todd when my band was lucky enough to play a show together with Dead Rider in 2011. With the release of Crew Licks, I … Continue reading An Interview with Todd Rittmann (Dead Rider)

Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival

Though it’s now been three months since I visited, the Vilnius Film Festival left a greater impression on me as an experience than most of the actual films.  Its director surely won’t be happy to read such an opening, but I’ll admit it as a matter of honest disclosure: thanks to my window of free time matching Barrage’s runtime almost to a T, I slammed … Continue reading Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival

An Interview with Tim Kinsella

When I find him just getting off the tour bus parked in front of SO36, Tim Kinsella is wearing a blue ‘Rainbo’-bread trucker’s hat, sunglasses, and a leather jacket on a day with weather as unpredictable as the music of his 20-year-old band, Joan of Arc. Their body of work has always included linguistic games, from the studio album Live in Chicago, 1999 (as in … Continue reading An Interview with Tim Kinsella

An Interview with Director Sergei Loznitsa (Austerlitz, 2016)

I’m a visiting ‘special guest’ at the Vilnius Film Festival or Kino Pavasaris (Cinema Spring) as it’s known here, and I’m waiting to meet director (and fellow ‘special guest’) Sergei Loznitsa. Despite yesterday evening’s stormy downpour, which still trickled into the early afternoon, the gloom has now mostly lifted and the sun is shining through the hotel café’s mostly-glass annex. Loznitsa appears, somehow slightly taller than … Continue reading An Interview with Director Sergei Loznitsa (Austerlitz, 2016)