Author Selects

Author Selects

Welcome to OVID’s “Author Selects” series, where we invite an author to select a film on OVID and talk about why it's worth watching.

Kyle Turner, author of The Queer Film Guide: 100 Great Movies That Tell LGBTQIA+ Stories, picks GAY USA as his favorite film on OVID.

Jessa Crispin, editor of The Culture We Deserve, picks Penance as her favorite series on OVID.

Ryan Douglass, author of The Dialectics Fail Me, picks Arguing the World as his favorite film on OVID.

Film scholar and author of Horror Matters, Adam Lowenstein talks about Tracey Moffat’s incredible debut Bedevil.

Jason Bailey, author of Fun City Cinema, talks about Stations of the Elevated as his favorite film on OVID.

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Author Selects
  • Laure Astourian: The Human Pyramid

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Jean Rouch • Documentary • 1961 • 93 minutes

    At the Lycée Français of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Rouch worked with students there who willingly enacted a story about the arrival of a new white girl, Nadine, and her effect on the interactions of and interracial relationships between the wh...

  • A. S. Hamrah Selects

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    Ovid asked me to recommend a selection of films streaming on their channel. Initially attracted by the documentaries they offer about musicians I love, including Ornette Coleman, Pulp, Bill Callahan, and the Magnetic Fields, instead I picked ten features that are not music docs.

    Nevertheless, I ...

  • Jaison Bailey: Stations of the Elevated

    Movie + 1 extra

    Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffiti- covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape of 1970s New York, ...

  • Jessa Crispin: Penance (series)

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    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Kyoko Koizumi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi • 2014 • 300 minutes

    Japanese master of suspense Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s eerie, intense psychological thriller Penance (Shokuzai) unfolds on a sleepy small town playground, when a mysterious stranger approaches a group...

  • Adam Lowenstein: Bedevil

    Movie + 1 extra

    BEDEVIL is the stunning debut feature from Tracey Moffatt (NIGHT CRIES, NICE COLORED GIRLS) and the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman. Inspired by ghost stories she heard as a child from both her extended Aboriginal and Irish Australian families, Tracey Moffatt has construc...

  • Ryan Douglass: Arguing the World

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Joseph Dorman • Documentary • With Irving Howe, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Irving Kristol • 1997 • 109 minutes

    Arguing the World is the story of four brilliant and engaging men caught up in the central struggles of our time. This enthralling film creates a vivid picture of intellect...

  • Kyle Turner: Gay USA

    Movie + 1 extra

    Directed by Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. • Documentary • 1977 • 72 minutes

    Beautifully restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in collaboration with Frameline and Outfest, Gay USA is the first American feature-length documentary by and about LGBTQ+ people. Director Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (best ...