BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “Art/World” Film Series

BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “Art/World” Film Series

June 23, 20170

There are few things in western culture quite as ripe for parody as the art world. To be clear, art and the art world are two different things. Art is…

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The 2017 Nominees for Best Foreign Short Film

The 2017 Nominees for Best Foreign Short Film

June 23, 20170

The eight nominees for Best International Short Film this year come from seven countries. Our judges and curators reviewed nearly 900 films for this festival. In order to be eligible…

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BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “No Exit” Film Series

BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “No Exit” Film Series

June 22, 20170

There are more people imprisoned and enslaved in our world today than at any point in human history. The bare facts of this do not even account for countless others…

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BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “When We Were Young”

BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “When We Were Young”

June 22, 20170

That tired axiom “Youth is wasted on the young” has become especially bitter in a culture that obsesses over youth, fetishizing its vitality, mocking its ignorance, coveting its beauty. Children…

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BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “Iran: Surrealism and Theocracy”

BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “Iran: Surrealism and Theocracy”

June 20, 20170

Before each of the films made in Iran, there is an obligatory statement “In the name of God.” After that prayerful introduction, expect the unexpected. The language of metaphor employed by…

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BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “City Lights” Film Series

BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “City Lights” Film Series

June 20, 20170

Cities, films and dreams have much in common. They are homogeneous, often with many layered meanings and narratives simultaneously occurring. They have a structure, but much of how they are…

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BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “Pale Blue Dot” Film Series

BFF 2017 Curator’s Notes – “Pale Blue Dot” Film Series

June 20, 20170

Human beings have always had their eyes on the heavens, for purposes of navigation, worship, agriculture, and, of course, the promise of transcendence from earth. It is no surprise that…

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