Chris Packham

Chris Packham is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

Latest Stories

  • In his previous film, Bigger, Stronger, Faster, director Chris Bell documented the stories of his two brothers who became involved in the subculture of performance-enhancing drugs as they pursued their sporting ambitions. In...

  • In the current improbable political climate, in which a media-savvy and race-baiting billionaire is actually dragging the Ted Cruzes and Rand Pauls of the world even further to the right, Courting Des Moines is completely outdated even...

  • The rural South isn't the only part of the country that was abandoned by the U.S. economy, but you'd expect a film with a title like Dixieland to engage with that region's very specific history, tangled up with threads of race, dissent,...

  • The art of film direction involves conveying a lot of indirect information — character interiority, the general mood of a scene, the relative status of people in conflict and a thousand other non-obvious elements. But it's hard not to...

  • There's this whole gross genre of film narrative, mostly by middle-aged screenwriters and directors, about 40-year-old men lusting after teenage girls. Think Ghost World and American Beauty. Aside from extruding your pineal gland...

  • The corporate-trolling documentary genre popularized by Michael Moore is a durable format, still effective in an era when distrust of industry is always the easiest path for consumers. It's also nurtured by increasingly powerful consumer video...

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