Rest assured - the American independent tradition lives on. Rhys Graham brings the prolific, talented, intelligent and idealistic Jem Cohen, whose film Benjamin Smoke recently screened in Melbourne, to the light.
Amidst the visual splendour of Switzerland, Stephanie Bunbury managed to focus on the films playing at the 53rd Locarno International Film Festival which ran from 2-12 August. One of which was Fruit Chan's new one.
Steve Erickson reviews two important books that begin the task of documenting and analysing this dynamic cinema: David Bordwell's Planet Hong Kong and John Charles' The Hong Kong Filmography, 1977-1997.