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Filmmaking Sin Fronteras
In its 18th annual edition, Cine Las Americas presents an eclectic mix
Screens Story  April 16, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Has it really been 18 years since the first Cine Las Americas International Film Festival debuted in Austin and brought with it an astonishing wealth of Latin American and indigenous filmmaking? Well, yeah, it may seem like only yesterday that the scrappy upstart of Austin's increasingly crowded festival circuit began its annual April overload of awesome sin fronteras filmmaking, but that's just because its programming is so sublime. What other multilingual, community-based, nonprofit, cinematic arts organization has brought us Buñuel in the off-season, year-round free screenings, and a guarantee that once spring arrives, a weeklong film festival will be under way once more? (We're not counting that great behemoth in the room, SXSW.)..."

Better 'Artful Filmmaking' Than 'Grindhouse'
Postmarks  April 13, 2007
"...Critics everywhere, including those at the Chronicle, are gushing about it, even though they don't have much good to say about it. Many of them even admit, rather parenthetically in midgush, that it's not actually very good filmmaking, but that doesn't seem to dampen their spirits. Rodriguez and Tarantino are stuck in a rut of mimicking and paying homage to a genre of films of which 95% was not very good to begin with..."

Austin Filmmaking, Ten Years After
Film director Richard Linklater interviews Bob Ray, the director of the new Austin-made movie Rock Opera, about the Austin Film scene over the past 10 years.
Screens Story  September 3, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The completed film, which draws heavily on the Austin music scene, is due to open on Friday, September 3 at the Alamo Drafthouse. In advance of the premiere, Linklater sat down with Bob Ray to talk about the new movie and discuss the evolution of the Austin filmmaking scene over the past 10 years...."

Sembene! and Black Girl: Viewing the "Father" of African Filmmaking
A doc and a feature introduce the films of Ousmane Sembène
DAILY Screens  February 11, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten

Fatalistic Filmmaking
Alex Karpovsky hits the road to find the comedy behind his anxiety
Screens Story  September 28, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt

The New New in Indie Filmmaking
DAILY Screens  July 22, 2008, by Kimberley Jones

Guerrilla Filmmaking
Screens Story  April 8, 1999, by Amy Smith

The Zen of Filmmaking
Letters at 3AM
Columns  August 1, 1997, by Michael Ventura

Small-Gauge Samurai
Super-8 enthusiast Cory Ryan brings Flicker to town.
Screens Story  July 20, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...This was the same camera he had used countless times to capture such revelatory and landmark family events as my first treacherous spoonful of Jell-O and my devil's food-besotted third birthday. Similar fiascoes were recorded for familial posterity in households during the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies heyday of Super-8 home filmmaking...."

CQ, the debut feature by Strokes music videographer and Coppola family upstart Roman (brother to Sofia, son to Francis), has a plot skinnier than its star's waistline, and like the...
Film Review  August 23, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Kit Carson. CQ, the debut feature by Strokes music videographer and Coppola family upstart Roman (brother to Sofia, son to Francis), has a plot skinnier than its star's waistline, and like the leggy, insouciant Angela Lindvall, it manages to be enormously easy on the senses while simultaneously spinning a pop-art confectioner's idea of a cotton-candy love note to Sixties Euro-filmmaking tropes..."

Girl on the Bridge
Girl on the Bridge is a film about luck and love and hurling weighted, razor-sharp knives at sexy, waifish women with big round eyes. It's so French it doesn't even...
Film Review  October 13, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Like that diaphanous, doughy crescent, it's a fleeting, delicious treat, gone before you know it, and it lingers on the palette like the warm memory of love. There are no great shocks in Girl on the Bridge, no masterful turnarounds of style or technique, nothing that leaps out at you and shouts, “This is new! This is amazing!” and yet the film is new and amazing -- it takes you back to the days when French filmmaking and French filmmakers were the darlings and saviors of the cinematic cutting edge..."

America's favorite screen couple, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, mosey through another rom-com.
Film Review  May 23, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Increasingly, it seems that Adam Sandler’s filmmaking career functions as a means of financing his family vacations. The Grown Ups series (two films, so far) gathers together Sandler’s comedy buddies for amusing but aimless rendezvous amid nature..."

This Danish movie, which won top prize at last year's Berlin Film Festival, is also recognized as the third product of the Dogma 95 Collective. What does that mean? It...
Film Review  April 21, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This Danish movie, which won top prize at last year's Berlin Film Festival, is also recognized as the third product of the Dogma 95 Collective. What does that mean? It means that, like the other two Danish films that preceded it -- Lars Von Trier's The Idiots (opening in Austin in coming weeks) and Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration (as well as Harmony Korine's token American work julien donkey-boy) -- Mifune conforms to strict production standards designed to strip filmmaking of its artificiality and pretense and focus on storytelling and non-technological truths..."

Small Wonders
They just nabbed two festival awards, next up is HBO, and Ed Wood is their greatest influence. Meet Austin's most successful 12-year-old filmmakers.
Screens Story  November 12, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Kids and movies have been as inseparable as kids and Saturday afternoons since filmmaking began. Growing up in upstate New York in the mid-Seventies (well before the advent of Sony's Playstation, which regularly sucks my brain dry as an adult), my parents more often than not had to pry my glazed eyes away from Channel 13's Monster Movie Matinee and toss me out on my rear to experience the (allegedly) healthier wonders of the natural, hopelessly uncinematic world out-of-doors..."

The Mirror
A young Iranian girl, who has one arm in a cast and the other toting a bulky book bag, waits outside her school for her mother to come pick her...
Film Review  April 16, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...But after about 40 minutes, just as boredom with this naturalistic cityscape threatens to set in, the film takes a startling shift. It breaks the fourth-wall conventions, abandoning the fiction of a realistic fiction, and in the process exposes the filmmaking apparatus and the urgent realities that go along with that..."

Full Tilt Boogie
Sarah Kelly's absorbing documentary on the making of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn breaks down the fourth wall between audience and performers and then proceeds to devour it whole...
Film Review  July 31, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Chronicling the production of Rodriguez's drive-in vampire/gangster epic from conception to martini shot, Full Tilt Boogie is as much a sociology lesson on the politics of a major film shoot as it is a dry, sardonic comedy of errors and frayed nerves. Above all, though, it's manna from film geek heaven as a roster of semi-indie luminaries (in spirit if not in budget) such as Tarantino, Keitel, and the great Michael Parks (remember Then Came Bronson?) parade before Kelly's camera and offer their insights on the filmmaking process..."

Brush With Danger
The obvious martial arts skills of the brother and sister filmmakers, Ken and Livi Zheng, don't compensate for this film's wooden drama.
Film Review  October 17, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...The Indonesian-born brother/sister filmmaking duo of Ken and Livi Zheng scores high points for creating a new take on the undocumented-immigrant badass story (hola, Machete), and for their obvious martial arts skills, but this first feature from the pair is ultimately hobbled by a paucity of credible acting. Oaken line readings reverberate between the well-choreographed kickboxing action and the narrative through line, which finds the Zhengs, as Ken and Alice Qiang, arriving in the port of Seattle via shipping container..."

Heaven Is for Real
Greg Kinnear plays a dad who believes his son's claim to have seen heaven.
Film Review  April 25, 2014, by Steve Davis
"...It’s an “on Earth as it is in heaven” homily that resonates a time or two, no matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs may be. It’s not great filmmaking, or even good filmmaking for that matter, but you may find yourself saying “Amen” nevertheless...."

Full-Gore Press
Mind the viscera: Austin's horror filmmaking scene is exploding
Screens Story  December 23, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Will 2011 go down as the year the Austin horror filmmaking community definitively established itself as a vital hub for gore? Consider the evidence: At the time of this writing, there are just under a dozen horror films either in preproduction, production, or postproduction, with several already having spun off into other projects, like cranial projectiles from a zombie's blown-out skull spatter...."

Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine
Numerous original touches characterize this recent Iranian export -- in addition to its distinction as the only film, to my knowledge, to have ever used the word “camphor” in its...
Film Review  June 8, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The movie's writer-director Bahman Farmanara stars in his film as a character who is not exactly autobiographical but is nevertheless a figure who bears a great resemblance to the filmmaker. Smell of Camphor clearly reflects Farmanara's personal experiences, beliefs, and attitudes -- a filmmaking approach which, in itself, indicates a degree of liberalization in Iran's political and artistic atmosphere..."

Carman: The Champion
Talk about your niche marketing … Christian filmmaking seems to be all the rage these days -- or at least it looks that way from deep down here in the...
Film Review  March 9, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Romeo Fabian, Jed Allan, Jeremy Williams, Patricia Manterola, Michael Nouri and Carman. Talk about your niche marketing … Christian filmmaking seems to be all the rage these days -- or at least it looks that way from deep down here in the Bible Belt..."

Irma Vep
Assayas' camerawork and editing recall the glory days of the French New Wave, while Cheung holds the center as an actress caught up in the behind-the-scenes mayhem on a creative film set.
Film Review  August 1, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Nathalie Richard, Bulle Ogier, Lou Castel and Dominique Faysse. Bizarre and beautiful, this French take on the madness inherent in independent filmmaking rivals Tom DiCillo's Living in Oblivion as the most realistic depiction of the myriad trials and tribulations that accompany the creation of a new film..."

Operation Condor
Jackie Chan as Indiana Jones, sans bullwhip. This 1991 Chan opus (Armour of God II: Operation Condor), repackaged with a new score, better dubbing (Chan does Chan, natch), and some...
Film Review  July 25, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...No one will ever accuse vintage Chan of being overly feminist, nor are you likely to see Andrea Dworkin receiving a producer's credit any time soon, but Chan's good humor and PG-13 antics are so infectiously over the top that it's hard to hold the man accountable. Chan's style of filmmaking has more to do with the old Mack Sennett two-reelers than it does with modern feature filmmaking, although in this particular case it owes just as much to the Spielberg/Lucas camp, and, in particular, the Indiana Jones series..."

The Bride With White Hair II
Finally, a Hong Kong sequel that lives up to its precursor's premise (sort of). The titular bride of the first film, Lian (Lin) has gone completely mad this time around,...
Film Review  January 27, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...(You may remember that her one, true love, Zhou, left her at the end of the first film to wait for the blessed Immortality Flower to blossom atop the sacred mount, or something like that.) When Zian disrupts the wedding ceremony of Kit and Kam, massacring the Lineage members on hand, Zhou returns from the mountain put a stop to her rampage. That may not sound like much (or, perhaps, too much) to the uninitiated, but directors Yu and Yeung pack every bit of their filmmaking prowess into The Bride with White Hair II making it a powerful, affecting entry into the Hong Kong swords and sorcery genre..."

Totally F***ed Up
The ordinary struggle of adolescence is bad enough, but if you're a gay or lesbian teenager, life's growing pains ache even more. In Totally F***ed Up -- a phrase used...
Film Review  November 4, 1994, by Steve Davis
"...Araki's directorial style is post-Godardian, using title cards and grainy, black-and-white interviews to counterpoint the vignettes documenting the trials and tribulations of this group of friends. Pointedly funny at times, Totally F***ed Up is often a politically reactionary piece of filmmaking that occasionally tells the straight, heterosexual establishment just where to put it..."

Beware of a Holy Whore
Beware of a Holy Whore is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's -- the Seventies' enfant terrible of foreign filmmaking -- quintessential film. Made in 1970 (along with six other films -- Fassbinder's...
Film Review  November 5, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lou Castel, Werner Schroeter, Eddie Constantine, Hanna Schygulla, Margarethe Von Trotta and Ulli Lommel. Beware of a Holy Whore is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's -- the Seventies' enfant terrible of foreign filmmaking -- quintessential film..."

A Better Tomorrow
Woo's crime drama is one of the signature films of the Hong Kong cinema.
Film Review  March 5, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Several previous efforts, shot entirely in Taiwan, were substandard efforts that eventually resulted in a serious bout with depression and Woo's near-conviction that, as a filmmaker, his life was over. A Better Tomorrow proved him wrong, though, and went on to break all existing box office records in Hong Kong cinema, establishing a new star on Asian filmmaking's horizon and ensuring Woo's future bankability (not to mention that of his longtime leading man, Chow Yun-Fat) in the international market..."

Pepi, Luci, Bom
In case you've ever wondered from whence came the provocative and outrageous Pedro Almodóvar (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), then Pepi,...
Film Review  January 8, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Spaniard Almodóvar's first feature (alternately called Pepi, Luci Bom and the Other Girls on the Heap) was shot in 1980 in 16mm and later blown up to 35mm. Stylistically, Almodóvar's first film is notable for its lack of polished filmmaking technique (the shots are crudely composed and murky, the editing and continuity barely perfunctory)..."

A Brief History of Time
Given what we knew in advance about this acclaimed documentary, its subject Stephen Hawking and its filmmaker Errol Morris, the expectations coming in were nothing less than messianic. In short,...
Film Review  October 30, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Largely a straightforward bio-pic, A Brief History shows us the young Hawking as an undisciplined boy genius only able to harness his tremendous gifts under the threat of total muscle loss that would leave only his brain, heart and lungs functioning and the exigencies of marriage that impelled him to support his wife and family. The pairing of this maverick of science with this iconoclast of filmmaking seemed like an ordained match..."

White God
This Hungarian film is the Battleship Potemkin of canine mutiny
Film Review  April 10, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...It’s tempting to become exhausted playing “how did they do that?” but thankfully, the story is so compelling, you forget you’re watching dogs act; the craftsmanship of this film is that stunning. There is a vagueness to Mundruczó’s theme, incorporating eugenics, classism, and the struggles of the oppressed, but it works because of the amazing performances and the risky, genre-defying filmmaking that he throws into this kitchen-sink narrative..."

The Overnighters
The fracking boom in Williston, N.D., has created hard times in the land of plenty as shown in this devastating doc.
Film Review  October 17, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...Of the thousands of men who have traveled from virtually all points on the restless American map, Moss follows the heartrending downward spirals of a handful, but finds his film’s focus by centering on avuncular Lutheran pastor Jay Reinke. A family man who (refreshingly) takes the Christian mandate to care for one’s fellow man by turning his small church into a blessed sort of bed-and-breakfast shelter for the flood of “overnighters.” As a portrait of one good man attempting to do right by his faith, this is a compelling piece of filmmaking..."

Sandra Bullock is lost in space – alone with the beauty, terror, and the laws of gravity.
Film Review  October 4, 2013, by Marc Savlov
"...As an example of one of the most rarefied genres of filmmaking – the two-character action-drama – Gravity stands above and apart from everything that’s come before. What’s more, Cuarón (Children of Men), writing with his son Jonás, has topped James Cameron’s flawed but vastly underrated deep-sea catastrophe romance, The Abyss, in its existential observation of the human condition in ultimate survival mode..."

October Baby
This faith-based film soft-pedals the Christianity while playing to the anti-abortion faithful.
Film Review  April 13, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Another pair of filmmaking brothers aims for the big time with this faith-based national release that soft-pedals the Christianity while playing to the anti-abortion faithful. Inspired by the story of pro-life activist Gianna Jessen, October Baby takes as its subject matter the untold lives of the survivors of failed late-term abortions..."

Animal Kingdom
An Australian family that commits crimes together avoids time together in this brutal look at the human survival instinct.
Film Review  August 27, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...J comes to live with this Ma Barker and her boys when his own mother (and Smurf’s estranged daughter) dies of an overdose. This occurs in the film’s opening sequence, a bit of filmmaking so taut and effective that the memory of it threatens to dwarf the rest of the film..."

A magic wishing rock becomes the undoing of an entire community in this appealing new kids romp from Robert Rodriguez.
Film Review  August 21, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Macy, Leslie Mann, James Spader, Kat Dennings, Jolie Vanier, Trevor Gagnon, Devon Gearhart, Leo Howard and Rebel Rodriguez. This time around it’s another family film for Rodriguez, whose filmmaking career at this point has two modes: kid pics and grisly adult fare..."

This rocketing thriller that pits an unseen Filipino terrorist against an unwitting Filipino-American dupe is one of the purest examples of no-budget, seat-of-the-pants, gloriously DIY filmmaking since The Blair Witch Project.
Film Review  July 14, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Gamazon and Dominique Gonzalez. AFS@Dobie It's well-nigh impossible to watch or discuss Gamazon and Llana's riveting and relentless debut feature without the word guerilla coming to mind – in every respect, this rocketing thriller is one of the purest examples of no-budget, seat-of-the-pants, gloriously DIY filmmaking since The Blair Witch Project in 1999..."

Lady Vengeance
The South Korean master of revenge dramas, Park Chan-wook, offers another entertaining puzzle of emotional nuance, riotous color, and bloody hell.
Film Review  June 30, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Lee Yeong-ae, Choi Min-sik, Go Su-hee and Lee Seung-shin. AFS@Dobie If you're a latecomer to the South Korean filmmaking phenomenon that is director Park Chan-wook, I'll say only this: Park is one sick puppy, and I mean that in the very best sense of the phrase..."

Shaadi No. 1
In a country famous for its exhaustively over-the-top filmmaking, India’s Shaadi No. 1 is an extreme case: a maddeningly manic comedy-romance painted in vibrant shades of neon pink and Day-Glo violet.
Film Review  November 11, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...1, and I’m still reeling from the trip. In a country famous for its exhaustively over-the-top filmmaking, India’s Shaadi No..."

Alone in the Dark
There's a certain majesty to German director Boll's style of filmmaking: a freedom from art, talent, skill of any formal kind, and the sheer pigheadedness to keep going at any cost.

Film Review  February 4, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Turner. There's a certain majesty to German director Boll's unmistakable style of filmmaking: a freedom from art, talent, skill of any formal kind, and the sheer pigheadedness to keep going at any cost and damn the straight-to-video market..."

The Aviator
Scorsese's best film in years is a work of bravura, classic Hollywood filmmaking.
Film Review  December 24, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...It’s Scorsese’s best work in years, sidestepping the overwrought and overproduced overkill of Gangs of New York in favor of a more streamlined approach: The film has the glossy look and dynamic feel of one of Hughes' hyper-aerodynamic aviation prototypes. It's less Spruce Goose and more P-38, and when the Scorsese opens up and fires on all cylinders, as in a sequence re-creating the spectacular aerial dogfights in Hughes’ first foray into filmmaking – 1930's Hell's Angels – The Aviator captures the seat-of-your-pants thrills of a true pioneer..."

The Manson Family
Shot over the course of 10 years, underground filmmkaker Jim Van Bebber tells the story we all think we know. This time, however, the story graphically unfolds from the perspective of Charles Manson.
Film Review  October 29, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Finally, the film for those individuals who have one of those Charlie Manson T-shirts tucked away in their closet beneath their Einsturzende Neubauten tour swag. Director Jim Van Bebber is something of a cause célebrè in the underground-filmmaking world..."

House of the Dead
Students are stranded on an island of zombies; viewers are stranded by the filmmakers.

Film Review  October 17, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...Kirk (Prochnow) as though he were still awaiting his beloved elixir "tranya" from ye olde Star Trek episode to know that you’re in for a treat with this rip-roaringly bad Dutch-American suckfest. It’s been ages since I’ve seen a horror film that was genuinely entertaining by dint of sheer ineptitude, but, by golly, the wait was worth it: House of the Dead is astoundingly bad filmmaking, the sort of senseless, mind-warping goulash that makes all the mediocre shriekers of the past few years, say, Valentine or Darkness Falls, seem positively Oscar-worthy by comparison..."

The Legend of Suriyothai
Exotic and epic, The Legend of Suriyothai brings to life events that occurred in 16th-century Thailand. The movie must certainly seem far less exotic in its native land, where Queen...
Film Review  July 25, 2003, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...DeMille directing a sumptuous golden-toned Far Eastern historical epic – with a cast of thousands and lots of elephants – and you’ll envision something along the lines of what director Chatri Chalerm Yukol (himself a prince and member of the royal family) has created in this film. The formality of the performances and the stateliness of the images echo an earlier era of filmmaking and storytelling..."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
From the sets to the story to the whole tone of the film, this first Potter film is an almost literal adaptation of J.K. Rowling's beloved children's book.
Film Review  November 16, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Together they uncover the secret of the titular stone and, uh, much fun is had by all. But you already know that, don't you? Columbus, who got his start working for that other notable director of youth filmmaking John Hughes and was thus somewhat suspect when it was announced that he was to helm the Potter adaptation, manages to capture the delicate magic of Rowling's book while simultaneously crafting a very solid piece of Hollywood filmmaking..."

Battlefield Earth
Simply put, Battlefield Earth is the worst film I've seen in over 10 years, and believe me, that's saying a lot. It's a hideous masterwork of style over substance, formula...

Film Review  May 19, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...There's no way to adequately describe how nonsensical Battlefield Earth actually is – I can only say that if you have two hours to kill and feel up to the task, this may actually be one of the funniest misfires you're ever likely to see. A brilliant example of the “So Bad It's Good” school of filmmaking, this ranks right alongside such infamous stinkers as Plan 9 from Outer Space and Showgirls..."

Frogs for Snakes
With an all-star cast like this, you'd think Poe's film would be a knockout indie smash, a character-driven acting spree or maybe a quiet reflection on the fine art of...
Film Review  May 28, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Occasionally, Poe will gussy up the non-action by freezing the tail ends of scenes, but most of the proceedings drag on endlessly. It's an exercise in so what? filmmaking that has marked the restless, ambivalent edge of American indie filmmaking for some time (Tom DiCillo's meandering Box of Moonlight springs to mind as a good example of this)..."

Twenty Dates
It's a sound premise, you have to admit: Hopelessly unattached romantic and Hollywood bottom feeder decides to film his own quest for companionship and thereby break into not only the...
Film Review  March 26, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Quite simply, he lacks the finesse it takes to make it in today's cutthroat world of mutual appreciation and amore. Having secured $60,000 in production funding from a mysterious, unseen, foreign-accented backer named Elie, Berkowitz and his agent begin filming a series of 20 dates, by the end of which, presumably, the director will have either found what he's looking for or at the very least have a salable piece of filmmaking..."

Where Angels Fear to Tread
Historians looking back at the last ten years of filmmaking might well dub this period the “E.M. Forster Years.” During this time, there's been a rash of films based on...
Film Review  April 24, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Giovanni Guidelli, Barbara Jefford and Helen Mirren. Historians looking back at the last ten years of filmmaking might well dub this period the “E.M..."

Opie on Top
AFF to honor Ron Howard's extraordinary contribution to filmmaking
DAILY Screens  July 14, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...If the Austin Film Festival is playing six degrees of separation with this year’s honorees, it’s going to have to try a little harder: director/prodcuer Ron Howard, the just-announced recipient of the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award, is just one lousy degree removed from Mitchell Hurwitz, who was revealed last week as the 2009 Outstanding Television Writer Award recipient. Howard of course produced Hurwitz’s show Arrested Development, and narrated, too: That alone earns our most warm-hearted congratulations..."

Straight Out of Brooklyn
First, there's the movie called Straight Out of Brooklyn. It's a stark, tough, unblinking look at young black men growing up without options in the housing projects of Brooklyn's Red...
Film Review  June 28, 1991, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...He withdrew after that one semester feeling the program to be too elitist and attitudinally racist. But that semester combined with an adolescence spent reading how-to books about filmmaking readied Rich for the project ahead..."

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