In March of 2010, famed Iranian director, Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, The Mirror, Offside), was arrested along with his wife, daughter and 15 friends. Later that year, they were officially charged for “colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country’s national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic” and Panahi was placed under a six-year house arrest and a 20-year ban from making movies. It was initially crippling to Panahi, but one year later, Panahi made the spectacular This is Not a Film, a cinematic diary of Panahi is his Tehran apartment discussing his movies, his ideas … Continue reading TAXI

Movie Beat – 07.11.14

The Battered Bastards of Baseball – Next week is All-Star Week where the best of the National League and American League will take a break from a grueling and long season to play a game, that has some impact on the outcome, but is by and large for fun. The Battered Bastards of Baseball looks back to a time when baseball was a whole lot of fun and money didn’t pollute and convolute everything. How could it? There was none of it to go around! The story of Portland’s Mavericks and Bing Russell, directed by Chapman Russell Way and Maclain … Continue reading Movie Beat – 07.11.14

In Their Words – Thursday, July 11, 2013

“All said, despite all the injustice done to me, I, Jafar Panahi, declare once again that I am an Iranian, I am staying in my country and I like to work in my own country. I love my country, I have paid a price for this love too, and I am willing to pay again if necessary. I have yet another declaration to add to the first one. As shown in my films, I declare that I believe in the right of ‘the other’ to be different, I believe in mutual understanding and respect, as well as in tolerance; the … Continue reading In Their Words – Thursday, July 11, 2013