Reviews of The Typewriter (In The 21st Century)

“Lockett has made a valuable and persuasive film that keenly balances instruction and celebration – all without benefit of a narrator.”

Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

 

“A fun, compact, love letter of a documentary.”

Gary Goldstein, LA Times

 

“This upbeat documentary pays tribute to the manual typewriter, presenting an informative look at the “Marvelous machine” that revolutionized office work… most entertaining.”

Booklist, The American Library Association

Reviews of Doris Yeung’s film Motherland

“Yeung’s debut film has an excellent storyline with stunning cinematography by Christopher Lockett.”

Moira Sullivan, San Francisco Examiner

“The cinematographer, Christopher Lockett, achieves a sunstruck and langorous vibe and the Bay Area backdrops are always welcome… moody and quiet.”

Mike Hale, New York Times

“Part murder mystery, part family drama and part meditation on the ambiguity of the American dream – Doris Yeung’s subtle and intelligent debut feature contains enough interesting elements to mark the filmmaker as someone to watch…  ratchets up the tension very quietly”

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“The Asian-American experience has rarely been better captured than in this taut, sensitively drawn murder mystery….  Christopher Lockett’s cinematography captures the beauty of Mexico which provides an understandable escape for Raffi, as well as San Francisco’s movie-traditional noir-ish aspects.”

David Noh, Film Journal International

“Less a thriller and more a meditation on family and disillusionment, and it works best that way: It’s sensitively conceived and written.”

New York Magazine

“Motherland is a taught, stark and brooding film. Amazing cinematography. A brutal tale conjured from the filmmaker’s own experience with violence informs this picture in a way that renders a sad and somber subject beautiful, aching and heartbreaking.”

Stephanie Schroeder, LesbianLife.About.com


“In addition to being a visually captivating film, Motherland is also an intense, emotional journey.”

Go Magazine


Reviews of The Last Child, The Global Race to End Polio

“Watching The Last Child, I found myself taken back to those days in 1949 when, as a polio victim, I spent nights in an overcrowded New York hospital amid hundreds of stricken children. Some, like myself, could no longer walk; others, much worse off were in iron lungs. But this film tells a story not only of the persistent efforts of doctors and volunteers to interrupt the contagion of the virus, and of the great hope of eradicating the disease totally from the face of the earth.

It shows how we are so close to this great goal, if only the last steps are taken. There is so little to do, and so little needed that the horror exists that we will be too complacent to do it. It is an engrossing and moving film and hopefully will inspire us to take this final step to reach that last child.”

Francis Ford Coppola


“If you doubt that heroes still walk the earth, you haven’t seen The Last Child. This moving record documents the heroic efforts of many millions of people worldwide who, though they may look like you and I, have very nearly triumphed over nature and eradicated one of the worst plagues of mankind. But the film also carries a warning: this is a tenacious virus; let it live and it will thrive. And we will be back where we started.”

Steve Sternberg, USA Today


“Eradicating polio is one of the most ambitious public health programs ever undertaken. The goal is tantalizingly close but, as The Last Child makes clear, it is a daunting task, one fraught with political, economic, cultural and logistical challenges. Yet, each glimpse into a frightened child’s eyes – and there are many here – reminds us that no effort should be spared. The day the last polio-stricken child is identified will be the first day of a better world.”

André Picard, The Globe And Mail

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