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Issue 93


Our summer issue on film, guest edited by Scott Teems and Gareth Higgins, features a symposium of sixteen filmmakers, actors, and critics reflecting on “the film that helps me live better”—including Scott Derrickson on Hiroshima Mon Amour, Tony Hale on The Hours, Claudia Puig on Boyhood, and more. The issue also features interviews on film, faith, and mystery with Mira Nair and Rodrigo Garcia, and a roundtable discussion with directors Debra Granik, David Lowery, and James Ponsoldt, and film critic Alissa Wilkinson on the kind of films we need at this moment. We’ve also reprinted a classic thought piece we first published in 2001 by Ron Austin, which is both a history of films that engage with faith and a call to a new generation of filmmakers. With memoir from Lee Isaac Chung on Hollywood’s American dream as seen through the eyes of Korean immigrants; Tyler McCabe on a childhood shaped by reality TV; and Sara Zarr on seeing her novel Story of a Girl adapted for the screen. Plus film-inspired poems from Scott Cairns and Natasha Oladokun.

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Editorial Statement

Scott Teems, Necessary Images

Roundtable Discussion

Gareth Higgins, The Film the World Needs Now

with Debra Granik, David Lowery, James Ponsoldt
& Alissa Wilkinson


Scott Cairns, Sweet Life

Natasha Oladokun, Dark Talent


Mira Nair, Movies Make Utopia
Rodrigo García, Father & Sons, Divine & Human


The Film That Helps Me Live Better

Andrew Brotzman, The White Ribbon
Bearden Coleman, The Master
Scott Derrickson, Hiroshima Mon Amour
Michael Dunaway, Do the Right Thing
Tony Hale, The Hours
Paul Harrill, Window Water Baby Moving
Susan Isaacs, Millions
Nicole Kassell, Cléo from 5 to 7
Kenneth R. Morefield, Le Silence de la Mer
Erin Parish, Three Colors: Blue
Claudia Puig, Boyhood
J. Smith-Cameron, Sullivan’s Travels
Vic Thiessen, Groundhog Day
Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran, The Five Obstructions
Catherine von Ruhland, I Wish
Gregory Wolfe, To the Wonder


Sara Zarr, Adaptation
Ron Austin, The Spiritual Frontiers of Film


Lee Isaac Chung, Love Letters
Tyler McCabe, The Many-Voiced God

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