INCONVERSATION

PEGGY AHWESH with Rachael Rakes & Leo Goldsmith

Film

Peggy Ahwesh has been a film and videomaker since the 1970s, working across genres, styles, and approaches throughout. More recently, she has been making work during her stays in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, filming and teaching at Al-Quds Bard College.

James Benning and Peter Hutton
NATURE IS A DISCIPLINE

Film

It is difficult to overstate the influence of Peter Hutton and James Benning, two towering figures in American avant-garde cinema and the standard bearers for a deeply attentive approach to landscape.

INCONVERSATION

FREDERICK WISEMAN with Sophie Hamacher

Film

Most of Frederick Wiseman’s films look at the inner workings of institutions, from zoos and opera houses to high schools and welfare offices. In his latest film, Wiseman turns his signature observational gaze to London’s National Gallery, where he looks at the museum’s board meetings, exhibition-planning, painting restoration, the act of looking, and, of course, the paintings themselves. Over two dinners, I had the pleasure not only of discussing Fred’s latest film with him, but also his life and work. We talked about the process of making the film, including color correction and editing, as well as various other subjects including literature, the idea of participatory film, and the possibility of democratic filmmaking

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MAR 2015

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