Spearheaded by Indiewire and the Film Society in partnership with Film Comment, Critics Academy is a workshop for aspiring film critics that takes place during the Locarno Film Festival. August 6-16.
In her final installment from the recent New York Film Festival, Critics Academy member Shelley Farmer takes a look at alternative relationships as manifest in James Franco's Child of God and Spike Jonze's Her.
On Closing Night of the New York Film Festival, several of this year's Critics Academy members were discussing the ongoing Jean-Luc Godard retrospective at Film Society, debating their favorites and which films they wanted to see for the first time or re-visit. Here are some of their choices...
In her final installment from the 51st New York Film Festival, Critics Academy member Vanessa Erazo "dives into" the avant-garde with a look at Lois Patiño's films and discovers a subliminal immersive experience.
In his final installment from NYFF51, Critics Academy member Gus Reed takes a look at Nathaniel Dorsky's new work, Song and Spring, which screened in Views from the Avant-Garde at the recent festival.
Diana Drumm is a member of the NYFF Critics Academy. She examines the illusion American Dream in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and James Gray's The Immigrant.
Shelley Farmer is a member of the NYFF Critics Academy. She examines two festival films, Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" and Hany Abu-Assad's "Omar," that find personal focus amid a political story and argues that both owe a debt to genre filmmaking.