Film: Best of 2010

Mark Webber

Duncan Campbell, Make it new John, 2009, still from a black-and-white and color film in video and 16 mm, 50 minutes 4 seconds.

1 Make it new John (Duncan Campbell) Seamlessly blending archival footage with newly scripted material, Campbell pushes documentary form in his study of John DeLorean’s ill-fated foray into Northern Ireland and the effect his fall from grace had on the local workforce.

2 blue mantle (Rebecca Meyers) A stately, poetic meditation on the ocean, embracing literary, visual, and musical representations of its allure and associated dangers.

3 Forms Are Not Self-Subsistent Substances (Samantha Rebello) Contemplating medieval perception via Aristotelian philosophy, Rebello’s unsettling film blends church bells and grotesque stone carvings with bestiary images and animal flesh in abstracted, tactile close-ups.

4 Visionary Iraq (Gabriel Abrantes and Benjamin Crotty) Abrantes’s transgressive films pull no punches. Here, an incestuous brother-sister duo leave their parents to serve in

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