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Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning…

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, later translated into English by author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida's revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

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Serving a life sentence for murder in the early 1970s, music prodigy Ike White had plenty of time to perfect his musical talent, but no hope of putting it to use in the outside world. Ike's skills were exceptional enough, though, that his story captured the media's attention. From this notoriety, he was able to record an album inside the prison with big-time producer Jerry Goldstein (War, Sly and the Family Stone). Superstar Stevie Wonder lobbied successfully for Ike's early…

A story about stolen love and stolen identities, literally shot on stolen film...Momma’s Man writer-director Azazel Jacobs’ second feature is an absurdist comedy of errors, a punk-rock slice of DIY rebellion, and a warmhearted frolic that captures the “amour fou spirit of the early French New Wave” (The Village Voice). Hot-tempered Echo Park slacker Rodolfo Cano (Jacobs) enlists in the army to escape a meaningless existence with his free-spirited girlfriend Diaz (Diaz). When his call-for-service letter somehow winds up in…

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I spent the 82 minutes of Shatara Michelle Ford’s feature dazzled by the kind of direction that signals an absolute powerhouse talent, to the point that the movie’s ideas almost snuck up on me. At the outset, it’s almost a meet-cute romance as we see the early days of the relationship between Renesha (Brittany S. Hall) and Evan (Will Brill), full of initial awkwardness and a first sexual encounter that makes asking for consent amazingly hot. The narrative eventually turns…

Check out my interview with writer/director Shatara Michelle Ford here. One of my favorite things I've gotten the opportunity to do.

A remarkable debut from writer/director Shatara Michelle Ford. Reminiscent of Never Rarely Sometimes Always in its neorealist approach to portraying the utter coldness of the medical system, and how it so regularly. fails the people who rely on it, especially women, especially women of color.

Ford funnels this idea through the lens of a seemingly "perfect" couple who have…

Really special. Lucid, empathetic, impassioned yet sober. Trauma isn’t just one knee-jerk nightmare - it quietly attaches itself to everything. Particularly the ones you love. Remember Shatara Michelle Ford’s name.
(Out on Feb 19 via Kino Lorber, seek it out)

1923

This expansive ensemble Western didn't just chronicle the blazing of a trail across the continental United States to Oregon, it established a template from which many of the finest films ever made would go on to draw. Most specifically (as noted in the accompanying booklet) John Ford's The Iron Horse.

What stands out most today is the sheer scale of the production, and the inventive manner in which many of the larger ensemble tableaux are staged throughout. Even without…