Academic Studies and Writings

A Look at the Silence of How I Ended This Summer and the Generational Gap that Highlights Top Image: "Raging Bull" Dir. Martin Scorsese (1980) If Martin Scorsese has taught us anything, it’s that silence in a film is a powerful tool. Alexei Popogrebski has taken that advice...

The Arbor and The Visual Act In Documentary Film Top Image: "The Arbor" Dir. Clio Barnard (2011) Within the last decade the documentary film structure has seen a shift from the traditional structure to one that gravitates towards the use of fictional film techniques. One such film that...

The Cinematic Loss of Childhood in Middle Eastern Films Top Image: "Turtles Can Fly" Dir. Bahaman Ghobadi (2005) Both Children of Heaven (1999) and Turtles Can Fly (2005) tell stories of the loss of childhood. Each narrows their focus specifically on how this childhood is lost for...

Realism and Fiction: The Challenge of Fiction in a Factual Documentary World   The documentation of life through a lens has been an ongoing form of story telling since the late 1800’s. And it is the documentary film, or actuality film that can be credited as being the...