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Brian Umana
Brian Umana is a writer, filmmaker, and a former congressional campaign manager. He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.

His first job out of college was to work in Woody Allen’s cutting room on two feature films. His interests include technology and cognitive science, and he serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Neurocare Foundation. He also enjoys reading about the history of visual art and cinema, as well as Elizabethan and Jacobean literature.

Entries by Brian Umana

Do the Oscars Matter? Do the Movies Matter?

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Do the Oscars matter? Americans are of course talking about the upcoming spectacle, and a few people are even occasionally discussing merits of the nominees rather than just handicapping the horse race. But we are also talking about emoji and whether Leo and Rihanna spent Valentine's Day together. The intellectual...

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A Favorite (Unconventional) Christmas Movie

(3) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 9:53 AM

The first scene of Mon Oncle Antoine ends with an image of a crane at work in a vast asbestos mine, and the second scene begins in a cramped room where we observe a small funeral service with a foregrounded corpse lying in an open casket. This cut, more than...

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Why Obama Supporters Do Not Need to Worry, but Do Need to Vote

(15) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Too many East Coast liberals, battered by Hurricane Sandy this week, are now worried that next week they will be walloped by Hurricane Romney. But there is no such thing: Although political windbags are out in full force, right now they are less threatening than the weather. History will begin...

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Adrienne Rich: Leaving Her Mark on America

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 3:51 PM

If an artist ever changes the world, then that artist accomplishes the task by changing the way individuals see or hear or think. If any American artists achieved this goal in the last half-century, then Adrienne Rich was among those rare few.

When Rich died on March 27, the world...

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