Tag: Jessica Oreck

  • Don’t Try Decoding the Singular Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

    It’s no small feat that Jessica Oreck’s The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga lives up to the singularity of its title, cramming a dizzying array of aesthetic strategies into its 73 minutes: fairytale animation, documentary footage of post-communist Eastern Europe, and recurring narration that blends philosophical deliberation with first-person recollection. The quick, three-shot prologue, […]

  • Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys Is a Patient, Immersive Doc

    There are helicopters and snowmobiles and walkie-talkies in use throughout Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, but the tool most often employed in Jessica Oreck’s patient, immersive documentary is a more primitive one: the knife. The Finnish reindeer herders (primarily brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki) whose rugged existence she’s chronicled here, are forever stripping branches […]

  • The Bewitching Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

    An expansive take on the world in miniature, Jessica Oreck’s documentary debut pursues all angles on a novel subject—the Japanese obsession with insects—until it assumes a worldview. That such an approach could work for just about any aspect of existence—academia subsists on such blinkered, max-effort specialization—doesn’t make its conviction of purpose any less admirable or, […]