Aaron Hillis

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  • In northwestern New Mexico, the city of Gallup has been nicknamed the "Heart of Indian Country" for its large, culturally significant Native American population, though it was also controversially dubbed "Drunk Town, U.S.A." by 20/20 in a...

  • Nineteenth-century Italian violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini was rumored to have made a Faustian pact in order to play like the devil, though the flexibility that enabled him to cover three octaves across four strings with one hand was more...

  • In 2004, four ambitious Hispanic high schoolers in Phoenix — three of them undocumented immigrants, all of them underdogs with limited resources and prospects — defeated MIT's brightest (and better-bankrolled) in an...

  • When the coal dust settles, writer-director Sara Colangelo's soberly compassionate debut — a West Virginia mining-town drama, well-acted and impressively shot on location, as reworked from her 2010 short of the same title —...

  • Shot down over Singaporean rainforest during WWII, an Australian fighter pilot (Khan Chittenden) wakes up in a tree, swinging from his parachute in writer-director Aaron Wilson's ambitiously immersive, thinly plotted debut -- a minimalist...

  • Supernatural teen angst and romance are in the chilly air of fashion photographer–turned-filmmaker Carter Smith's (The Ruins) brooding and mostly naturalistic psychodrama, ripped from the pages of Christopher Barzak's young-adult...