Travis Jeppesen

Continental Drifts

Travis Jeppesen at the 64th Berlinale Film Festival

February 2014

AS OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY in the States froze their buns off, Berliners were subjected to a freakishly premature arrival of spring this February. I imagine that those who only visit Berlin for the annual Berlin International Film Festival … READ ON

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Absent Presence

Travis Jeppesen at the 2013 DocLisboa festival

November 2013

IT BEGAN WITH AN ABSENCE. Invited to serve as jury president at this year’s DocLisboa, where his new film Manuscripts Don’t Burn (2013) would close the festival, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof had his passport confiscated by the … READ ON

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Travis Jeppesen at the 27th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

April 2013

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, but is it happening fast enough? Certainly the season begs for more: The freezing cold and snowy winds of the past two weeks in London have established that spring has no intention of working her magic anytime soon. No… READ ON

FILM

OPENINGS: SUNG HWAN KIM

March 2013

FOR SUNG HWAN KIM, ideas are less the thing than stories. “I know that it doesn’t matter if things are true or not,” Kim begins in From the Commanding Heights . . . , 2007. “But this is a true story.” He launches into a narrative … READ ON

IN PRINT March 2013 [TOC]

House of Style

Travis Jeppesen at the 63rd Berlinale

February 2013

SELLING OUT IS HARD TO DO. One becomes known for a certain style, and then what? Several directors—Gus Van Sant and Wong Kar-wai among them—showed up to this year’s Berlinale with the sort of average pictures that made you yearn for … READ ON

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Crime Wave

Travis Jeppesen at the 63rd Berlinale

February 2013

NAVIGATING THE HUNDREDS of films comprising the Berlinale is nerve-wracking—you always feel like you’re bound to miss the big one, whatever that may be. Lest your Berlinale experience become a marathon of unwatchables showcasing … READ ON

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“Vertigo of Freedom”

Collegium Hungaricum Berlin

January 2013

Inside: We are shrouded in darkness—necessarily so, as most of the works are video-based and projected along the walls with a raised platform accelerating our path through the works, which can be better thought of as instances: i.e., what… READ ON

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Travis Jeppesen

December 2012

“Joan Mitchell: The Last Paintings” at Hauser & Wirth, London (February 3–April 28, 2012) The most unjustifiably underappreciated Abstract Expressionist, Mitchell painted as intensely as she lived. This intensity galloped to a defiant… READ ON

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Family Portrait

Travis Jeppesen on Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

December 2012

THE BIOPIC is not typically revered by serious cinephiles. Its generic restrictions as an exercise in hero worship or, worse, food for the celebrity lore–hungering denizens of the culture industry, tend to transform the most earnest endeavors… READ ON

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Oleg Kulik

Regina Gallery | London

November 2012

Oleg Kulik’s latest exhibition consists largely of photographs of the artist having sex with different animals. To be fair, Kulik makes these relations somewhat less shocking by becoming an animal himself; in his most famous performances,… READ ON

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