Frames of Representation 2017 - Eldorado XXI

A shorter version of this piece originally appeared in the Frames of Representation festival booklet. No stranger to the intrepid, Portuguese filmmaker Salomé Lamas has, over an expanding, deeply ambitious body of shorts, installations and features, traversed many worlds. Before reaching her thirtieth birthday, Lamas has transported viewers to locales…

Frames of Representation 2017 - The Human Surge

"Documentary can sometimes be seen as static, formless, a little too inert. This is not something that could be said of Eduardo Williams’ inventive, disruptive and propulsive debut feature The Human Surge, a lurching vortex of continual motion that, while switching between more laconic pacing and moments of greater intensity,…

Frames of Representation 2016 - Bonus Content

Cut from a longer piece on the festival, some notes on the films that were not featured in my main Frames of Representation report. "It's not on the way to anywhere. You either got to know where you're going or be lost to find it." Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands'…

Frames of Representation 2016 - Between Ethics and Aesthetics

"Documentary, according to documentarian and critic Robert Greene, is “an attempt to capture the swirling chaos of the real world and give it a structure so that a meaningful signal can be found in the noise.” New festival Frames of Representation offers a number of interpretations of what that search…