Political cinema with Jon Jost

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Last week, I met the American independent filmmaker Jon Jost, who was invited to Montreal by Concordia University’s Cinema Politica, a cine-club devoted to political cinema and new media. He first screened Canyon (1970), a non-narrative avant-garde film that examines modulations in light and shadow in the Grand Canyon (fig. 1-2).

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He also screened one of his recent narrative films, Over Here (2007), an improvised work shot in Portland, Oregon, about an Iraq War vet trying to adjust to life back home. I plan to write about its narrative structure in a future post.

I want to thank Jon for being so generous and accommodating, and for answering each and every one of my questions about his style and storytelling.

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