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PROJECT NIM By Tom Hall
In December of 1973, a two-week old chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky was taken from the arms of his mother and given to a human family in the hopes of settling a raging intellectual debate. In a famous study, the linguist (and now-famous political philosopher) Noam Chomsky had asserted that language acquisition was solely the domain of human beings, an innate quality existing within and discovered by humans through experience and exposure to language, which combined to trigger our “language acquisition device.” Several linguistic theoreticians challenged Chomsky’s assertion, most dramatically in a series of animal language studies in the 1970s that hoped to prove that, raised among humans and given the tools of linguistic expression, animals could indeed learn to convey their thoughts in language and communicate with humans. read more BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST Spanning the evolution of one of hip-hop's most influential groups of the past 20 years, actor and super fan Michael Rapaport looks at A Tribe Called Quest in this engaging documentary that celebrates the group’s jazzy beats and infectious lyrics that have since influenced everyone from The Roots to Kanye West. But the doc doesn’t shy away from probing Tribe’s downfall -- particularly the friction between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, which has been ever-present since the group broke up in 1998. Sprinkled throughout with Tribe’s music and those who’ve collaborated with them, Rapaport reveals one of the groups that elevated hip-hop to its current heights. Check back to our website on Friday for a video interview. PROJECT NIM From Oscar-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire), this new documentary chronicles a 1970s experiment in which a group of scientists raised a baby chimpanzee in an entirely human environment. Through modern-day interviews with the people involved as well as archival footage of Nim, the test subject, Project Nim chronicles the ups and downs of this outlandish experiment. For anyone whose ever wished they could talk to their pet, Marsh's film serves as a comprehensive study and stark reminder of the irreconcilable differences between humans and animals. SEPTIEN Four years since his last feature, Silver Jew, Michael Tully (who is also the editor of the site Hammer To Nail) creates his most ambitious project yet with the Southern Gothic tale Septien. Recalling not only Harmony Korine or David Gordon Green but also ‘80s B movies, the story follows Cornelius (Tully) who returns to his backwoods childhood home as suddenly as he left it 18 years earlier. Reunited once more with his two brothers (Robert Longstreet and Onur Tukel), the three partake in comical outings yet there’s a deep-seeded anger hidden inside all of them, and it begins to show when a mysterious drifter enters town. Read our interview with Tully about the film here. This week on the blog, Jason Guerrasio shares July's VOD Calendar, Farihah Zaman chronicles fictional on-screen US Presidents in the July 4th edition of her Lady Vengeance column (pictured left), and Jamie Stuart and Daniel Scott deliver a video interview with Azazel Jacobs, director of the new film Terri.
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JOHN CARPENTER, THE WARD By Damon Smith
John Carpenter has a well-earned reputation as the Master of Horror, even if the legendary director’s still-growing body of work has encompassed everything from TV biopics (Elvis) to sci-fi thrillers (The Thing, Escape from New York) and the occasional action-comedy (Big Trouble in Little China). Early on, he just seemed to have his finger on the pulse of something, well, evil. If you came of age in the late ’70s, before cable and home entertainment systems made R-rated movies easily accessible to viewers of any age, the dread-inducing, nightmarish trailers on network television for films like Halloween and The Fog (still viewable on YouTube) afforded brief but chilling glimpses into the nihilistic world of “John Carpenter,” a name more or less synonymous in my mind with the bogeyman. Something of a miracle worker with low budgets (his highly influential street-gang thriller Assault on Precinct 13 cost around $150,000), Carpenter has toiled and survived more than three decades in the movie business as a genre director who often writes, produces, and scores his own films. read more JULY
Omaha Film Festival
Early Deadline: July 8 WAB Deadline: November 18
Festival Dates: March 7 - 11, 2012
British Independent Film Festival
Early Deadline: July 10
WAB Deadline: March 20, 2012
Festival Dates: May 7, 2012
Chicago International Film Festival
Late Deadline: July 11
Festival Dates: October 6 - 20