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New Ways of Seeing: Swallow

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media SwallowDirected by Carlo Mirabella-DavisSwallow is available to stream online via Amazon Prime. I have always been a sucker for a cult movie, something under the radar that feels like sharing a secret amongst friends. So I’m whispering to you now: ‘Swallow’ is astonishing. When…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: The Assistant

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New MediaThe AssistantDirector: dir. Kitty Green, United StatesAvailable on Amazon Prime Kitty Green’s razor-sharp and all-too-true account of a day in the life of a new assistant to a powerful movie executive is once threatening, tense, and at times terrifying. But this is no ordinary horror…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: House of Leaves

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media A brilliant, difficult-to-describe documentary chronicling a house that takes on a life of its own, House of Leaves is a cinematic adventure worth taking. At once a romance, a horror story and the poignant tale of one young man slowly losing his grip on reality, the…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Monsters and Men

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Monsters and Men Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green Monsters and Men is screening for free on YouTube via NEON. The best independent films not only introduce viewers to new ways of seeing but also hold within a unique perspective and personal artistic vision unlike…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Tuca and Bertie

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Tuca and Bertie, Lisa Hanawalt’s VERY adult animated series was just resurrected this week from digital purgatory, returning blessedly for a second season next year. Watching the first 10 episodes, I marveled at the deep empathy that the creator had for the complexity and…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Lynn Shelton’s Humpday

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director, and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Humpday Director: dir. Lynn Shelton, United States Available on Amazon Prime Lynn Shelton and I once took a ride on a Memphis riverboat. We sat on flimsy chairs day drinking, watching the mighty Mississippi drag by. There we were, amidst a mix of…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: My Brilliant Friend

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media My Brilliant Friend Created by Elena Ferrente; Series Creator Saverio Costanzo Available on HBO I first read—and devoured—all 1600+ pages of Elena Ferrante’s coming of age series The Neapolitan Novels after an Italian friend tipped me off to the artistic mystery that surrounds her true identity. That story is amazing…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Moonlight

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Moonlight Director: dir. Barry Jenkins, United States Available on Kanopy and Netflix When most folks think “tryptic” they think about painting—lush colors, multi-textural landscapes and the power of light to make things come alive that otherwise are nothing but flat. And in a way,…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Community

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Community Series Creator: Dan Harmon Available on Hulu Sometimes, I know I should watch something artistic, powerful, and deeply felt…but I turn to comedy instead. There are days when I just need a laugh, a jolt, and something that lifts me up out of the…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Ozark

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Ozark Series Creators: Mark Williams & Bill Dubuque Available on Netflix I’d been warned as a day-one fan of Ozark that season three packed a wallop, but even still, I was unprepared for its final moments. Beloved by everyone from my Oklahoma relatives to Guillermo Del Toro…  Read more