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Matt Turner

Matt Turner is a writer, editor, curator, and marketer, based in London, UK.

Unortho-docs at Locarno 70

Last August, three of the most impressive, innovative documentaries of the year, Eduardo Williams’s The Human Surge, Nele Wohlatz’ El Futuro Perfecto and Theo Anthony’s Rat Film, premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. With an even greater focus on nonfiction film for this year’s 70th edition, it’s perhaps worthwhile to look back on the festival through these offerings alone.

Frames of Representation 2018: The Human Epoch

Frames of Representation’s founding mission was to bring “new forms of documentary cinema” to London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, but this mandate felt a little looser for the festival”s third edition.

Talking Things Through: Lucy Parker's Solidarity

With nonfiction films that deal with a political subject, form can often be a secondary concern. This is particularly true of films about activist movements, wherein the individual depicting the organization can become so embroiled in its particularities that the resulting film ends up a mere record, or worse, a recounting, a mass of information and little else.

The People's Demands Are Lawful: Jill Li's Lost Course

Jill Li’s longitudinal documentary follows the group of activists behind the Wukan Protests of 2011 and the ever-developing interpersonal dynamics between them as they transition from protesting political corruption to governing themselves.

In Conversation

Fox Maxy with Matt Turner

The San Diego-based filmmaker, having just won the Tiger Short Award at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam, sits down with Matt Turner to discuss process, motivation and the place of individual expression within collectivity.

FIDMarseille 2020: A Living Archive

2020’s FIDMarseille film festival, which took place in person and online, presented a line-up of uncategorized films, including Tatiana Mazú González’s Shady River and Carolina Moscoso’s Night Shot.

Philosophy For Living

Like much of the work of filmmakers with former associations with Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, the film has aesthetic qualities that rival anything contemporary documentary has to offer. Images are remarkably composed, with consistently interesting framing and smart manipulation of natural light, as well as sound design and editing that intensifies the visual environment being depicted or serves to link scenes together smoothly and create continual flow.

Expectations Upended: Doclisboa 2018

Most film festivals are largely alike; Doclisboa—a well regarded non-fiction film festival in Lisbon, Portugal that just held its 16th edition—does things a little differently.

Losing Control of the Nightclub: Everybody in the Place

While essentially about the past, it also concerns itself with continuities, intending to involve the audience in an assessment of their shared present through the deconstruction of a past they are too young to have been a part of.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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