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In an essay on Adornos relationship with cinema, Nicole Brenez proposes that the fact that one can think with certain films, and not simply about them, is the irrefutable sign of their value. Few critics have reached the same level of intensity as Brenez in thinking with cinema.
Attending the five-day Filmmaker Conference at this years Independent Film Week, organized by the Independent Film Project and held at Lincoln Center, I was reminded of the synopsis for an Abel Ferrara film that has yet to be made. Its a film that playfully pivots on the mythologies and contradictions of the American independent filmmaker.