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Random Truths About… John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice has been releasing solo albums for the past decade, as well as producing albums for such bands as Spoon and the Mountain Goats. He writes clean, clever music that often tackles the dark and the political while still offering sweet melodies and a warm analog sound.

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Interview: Judah Thomas and the Challenge of Faith-Based Filmmaking

JudahThomas

Within the independent film world, Christian-themed cinema has been a vibrant undercurrent that has been quietly growing for a number of years. One of the newest filmmakers within this genre is Judah Thomas.

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The Eco-Critical Photographer: An Interview With Subhankar Banerjee

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Banerjee’s photographs ask us to reframe the way we look at our environment, by focusing on one eco-system–the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge–and the indigenous tribes, native animals and geological structures that populate it.

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On the “Weak Species”: An Interview with Filmmaker Dan Faltz

Weak Species

In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin wrote about evolution through “natural selection” in his On the Origin of Species. Dan Faltz offers a surprising twist on the old theory in his disturbing, often farcical psychological thriller, Weak Species

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P.J.: An Interview with Filmmaker Russ Emanuel

Once in a while, a film comes along that forever changes our lives. Russ Emanuel manages to do this in P.J.—an award-winning film concerning an ordinary man’s extraordinary insight.

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“My Mouth Lies Screaming”: Interview with Mike Legge

Mike Legge

“I thought, what if I came up with the least elaborate method or tool to kill someone with?”

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Rising to “Saturday Morning”: An Interview with Filmmaker Rob Greenberg

Rob Greenberg

Rob Greenberg’s delightful romantic comedy, Saturday Morning, carries strong implications and a huge punch.

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Random Truths About… Simontronic

Simontronic

“I find the most visceral and stimulating form of music to be classical. It comes to you from a different angle.”

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Bringing Light to Black Metal: Interview with Filmmakers Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites

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“Until the Light Takes Us,” a new documentary by Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, tells the origin story of Black Metal.

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Bright Lights, Big Cine: Interview with Bright Lights’ Editor Gary Morris

Bright Lights Film Journal, which offers some of the finest film writing out there, took the gamble and went virtual in 1996 after an on-off history in print.

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Lydia Millet

lydia millet

Lydia Millet is the author of six novels, most recently How the Dead Dream (2008), which was named a best book of the year by the L.A. Times. Her new collection of short stories is called Love in Infant Monkeys (2009). Her 2002 novel My Happy Life won the PEN-USA Award for Fiction, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart (2005) was shortlisted for Britain’s Arthur C. Clarke Prize.

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The Activist Artist: An Interview With Wendy Testu

Wendy's art

San Francisco-based artist and teacher Wendy Testu discusses her latest project: a labor of love that galvanizes one community around its social and environmental history.

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Random Truths About… Matthew Gray

Musician Matthew Gray performing

“I don’t know if music itself changes the way people live their lives, I think it’s the other way around.”

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Major Jackson

Major Jackson

Major Jackson’s books of poetry include Hoops and Leaving Saturn. The latter was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His work has appeared in such publications as the American Poetry Review, Boulevard, and The New Yorker.

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Random Truths About… Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards

“Music has the ability to inspire and elevate our moods. It also has the ability to make us feel "cool" or understood. That’s why a person’s taste in music so quickly defines them.”

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