Blank Slate

• My mom died in a plane crash when I was 10. • After I became a mom to a daughter, I started noticing how much I wanted my mom around. • I learned as a parent to let go of what I wanted and to focus on what my child needed. A plane crash is not cancer. It doesn't come with a life expectancy. It is life, unexpected. At 10 years old, I struggled to understand what happened to my mother, that her plane never landed. As a result, I was raised by a traumatized absent father. Now I hold on to memo

Introducing: "Disintegration Loops"

An introduction to Disintegration Loops, a documentary about avant-garde composer William Basinki, through and interview with its director, David Wexler, and producer, Brad Coleman… David Wexler‘s new documentary The Disintegration Loops, a 45-minute film constructed via Zoom, draws haunting parallels between New York-based avant-garde composer William Basinki’s 9/11-inspired art and the pandemic lockdown in New York City.

Introducing: Frampton Forgets The Words

An introduction to Peter Frampton’s forthcoming instrumental album comprised of all covers entitled Frampton Forgets The Words… Guitar luminary Peter Frampton has a new album coming out on April 23rd entitled Frampton Forgets The Words, one that features all covers and no lyrics. It is uniquely captivating in that it grabs your attention immediately as although absent of words, the lyrics are somehow present in the music, almost as if the music sings the words.

Introducing: Roman Lewis

Across The Margin focuses its spotlight on a young, up and coming singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom, Roman Lewis… There’s something different about UK singer, songwriter and guitarist Roman Lewis that’s hard to articulate. It isn’t his mop of curly but not too curly, medium long brown hair. Nor is it his effortless style that belies his eighteen years. He’s a tall, fair skinned, fluent in French speaking Brit with manners that would make any parent proud.

First Look : American Jihadi

An in-depth look at the recently released podcast series American Jihadi, about an all-American kid from the Bible Belt who went on to become the head of the terrorist organization Al Shabaab… Omar Hammami is infamously remembered as the “terrorist next door.” You know, the all American kid from the Bible Belt who was raised as a Baptist, converted to Islam as a teenager, radicalized, upped and moved to Somalia, and became the head of the terrorist organization Al Shabaab.

Countdown to Lollapalooza 2019

You have less than ten thousand minutes until Lollapalooza 2019 — and it’s summer. Take advantage of these long days! If you haven’t noticed, we are in an explosively creative moment in music and if you can’t get yourself to Lollapalooza in Chicago next weekend then you must not deprive yourself of the music that will be hitting the stages in Grant Park and stream away. Who knows, maybe you’ll love one enough to buy it on vinyl?

The Russian Five

The Russian Five — Review and Interview with Filmmaker Joshua Riehl Just in time for the 2019 NHL playoffs, The Russian Five gives hockey fans what has to be the best nonhockey hockey film ever. For sports doc nuts, it’s paydirt. If hockey isn’t your sport and sports films aren’t your thing, and you just like a crazy good on the edge of your seat, Cold War spy thriller with restrained animation (to avoid staged cheesy reenactments) you are so in luck...

Dirty Bomb

— A Little Known Holocaust Story and Interview with Actor Ido Samuel Dirty Bomb — A Little Known Holocaust Story and Interview with Actor Ido Samuel Ido Samuel is not the first actor to radically change his body for a part but he is one who bore the responsibility of a story so much bigger than himself that he didn’t feel like he had a choice. Written and directed by Valerie McCaffrey, Dirty Bomb is a short film being made into a feature about a group of Jewish scientists...
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