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Secret Signals in Dangerous Times

Magazine article Filmmaker

Secret Signals in Dangerous Times

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It may not make for comforting reading at this time, but context is always helpful: Chris Whipple's new book is succinctly described by its subtitle, "How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency." Whipple - formerly a producer for 60 Minutes and ABC News - uses his years of access to interview all 17 of the living chiefs of staff plus a bonus two presidents. Explaining how the chief of staff can help make or break the implementation of policy, The Gatekeepers may help illuminate the role Reince Priebus will play (or hopefully fail to) in the Trump Administration. (April 4, Crown, $28)


From October to December of last year, the BFI put on a massive series of screenings and events highlighting the work of black performers throughout film history. From April 18 to 26, MoMA will put on a whittled-down version of the series, screening 10 films covering the gamut from the Hollywood likes of the 1943 musical Stormy Weather to Haile Gerima's woefully underseen 1975 Bush Mama, shown from the director's personal 35mm print. The series runs in conjunction with MoMA's "Making Faces" series, which uses the institution's extensive collection of film stills to examine Hollywood's public presentation of black life.


On July 27, 1959, Thelonious Monk recorded the soundtrack for Roger Vadim's widely dismissed modern-day updating of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's epistolary novel. The movie has virtually disappeared from public sight, and with it Monk's score. Now it returns, first as a double-LP dropped amidst the glut of Record Store Day releases on April 22, then a month later on CD/digital. Never released on disc, the recordings find Monk at the peak of his form.


Not the cult animated comedy Archer - which has just started its eighth season - but the app that goes with it. This is an ambitious first: If you download the app (from iTunes or Google Play) and use it while watching the show, snapping individual objects on screen, you'll get sucked into a whole other narrative embedded within the program. Follow the clues, solve the case and you'll be able to print out physical objects. Viewers without the app will never know about the show within the show.


Started in 2011 by Momofuku franchise head David Chang and food writers Peter Meehan and Chris Ying, Lucky Peach is a high-quality, impeccably designed food magazine full of writing from chefs and critics alike. …

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