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Jon Strickland

World of Wonders

Susan Coulter, chair of the recently formed Global Film Initiative foundation, sounds a little less than fully engaged on the phone, as is often the case with film promoters as they trudge a well-worn media-relations path. She’s been busy getting the word out about GFI, along with selecting the first......

Que Viva Mexico

A group of men sit in a tight circle, weary, drunk, and bored as only soldiers who have recently faced death can be bored. A loaded gun is tossed into the center of the circle. One of the group will be shot at random. If this sounds like a moment......

Force of Evil

Sixty years after its birth, film noir continues to engage us — in the sharp intake of breath in a darkened theater, in the shock of familiarity as characters spiral into oblivion, twisted into action by lust, boredom, sloth or fury. Meanwhile, anxious programmers at rep houses and film archives......

Ghosts of the Missing Dead

ANYONE WHO HAS FOUND HIMSELF AT THE corner of Hollywood and Normandie on April 24 -- Armenian Genocide Day -- knows how important recognition of that historical violation is to Armenian communities here and, by extension, around the world. In his 1991 essay "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," published in......
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