• From the locally produced documentary Beneath the Blindfold

Yesterday I kvetched about the ongoing deluge of all-content, no-form documentaries—which finds its latest wave in the upcoming Architecture & Design Film Festival, which won’t screen a single actual film. I was so splenetic that I failed to mention I have no problem with going to the movies to learn: my problem is with going to the movies and being subjected to a lecture. I understand that overt stylization is inappropriate for certain types of content—human rights abuses are an obvious example—but that doesn’t mean a filmmaker must resign him- or herself to formula in order to get that content across. As an example, consider Beneath the Blindfold, one of my favorite movies to play Chicago so far this year.