Brakhage x 3: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

by Steve Polta

Stan Brakhage (1933–2003) was easily the most prolific filmmaker in the medium’s history.  With nearly 400 films created during 50 years of activity, he is recognized (especially in the field of “avant-garde” or “experimental” filmmaking) as one of the medium’s most significant and influential practitioners.  While two very impressive multi-disc DVD sets have been issued on the Criterion imprint and include over 50 works, public screenings of Brakhage’s work are few and far between.

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Mapping Contemporary Philippine Cinema: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “New Filipino Cinema”

by Francis “Oggs” Cruz

The task of mapping the Philippine archipelago must have been daunting for early explorers.  Composed of more than seven thousand islands, separated not only by bodies of water but also by language, culture, and religion, the Philippines cannot be captured by any single definition and description.  However, despite the blatant diversity, the country has succeeded to be united by several elements, the most prominent but least acknowledged of which is probably the love for movies.  Continue reading