retro review: Stories We Tell

In “Stories We Tell” the director, who comes from a clan of actors and artists, interviews and otherwise explores and interesting family mysteries.  While this is interesting, it’s the broader examination of the way we construct narratives for others and ourselves that is particularly fascinating.   (And, given the circumstances of the film making, very meta, without dwelling there for its own sake.)

(side note, both the director and her father will be familiar to those fortunate enough to have followed the Canadian series Slings and Arrows)

This film is currently available to stream on Netflix and Epix.

Director: Sarah Polley Cinematographer: Iris Ng

(In honor of #IFFBOSTON each day of the festival I’ll post a capsule review of an alumni film)

retro review: Print the Legend

This documentary examines the two startups looking to bring 3D printing in the homes of ordinary people: formlabs and MakerBot.  Intriguingly, MakerBot, the larger company that turned it’s back on it’s open source roots before being acquired by a large patent holding corporation, just announced that it was closing its retail stores and and laying off 10% of its staff.

Directors and Cinematographers: Luis Lopez, J. Clay Tweel

This documentary was acquired by Netflix, and is available for streaming.

Film buffs may be interested to know that a formlabs printer was used to create 3500 figures used in the stop motion short Chase Me:

(In honor of #IFFBOSTON each day of the festival I’ll post a capsule review of an alumni film)