Sundance 2014: Kathryn Bostic

The composer of festival favorite "Dear White People" discusses her work and the film

A good score can unite a film, subtly enhancing key moments with flourishes to emotional beats or linking transitions elsewhere. There’s a refined balance between making the music powerful enough to be felt and resonant, while providing something in service to one of the most collaborative creative processes—filmmaking. Musician Kathryn Bostic—a singer/songwriter and composer for stage and screen—mastered the craft and has demonstrated this with …

Chineasy

A delightfully illustrated guide to learning Chinese characters

Beginning with key Chinese characters—which the book refers to as building blocks—author ShaoLan Hsueh and artist Noma Bar have made a memorable guide, as helpful as it is pretty, to one of the most difficult and oldest languages in the world. “Chineasy” translates the Chinese language into a pictorial code, by building out imagery around the linguistic characters. The symbol for fire morphs into a …

Sundance 2014: Slamdance’s ROVER

An odd, engaging feature film about a comedic cult attempting to make a movie

One of just a handful of films in Slamdance‘s narrative feature competition, ROVER—full name being ROVER (or Beyond Human: The Venusian Future and the Return of the Next Level)—was perhaps the zaniest and most forward-moving film that crossed CH’s path in Park City. Its writing, first and foremost, excelled from concept to execution. The story, of a dispirited oddball cult attempting to portray their origin …