Author: Jake Orthwein

Jake Orthwein


Writer, filmmaker.

Lost City Z Trailer

James Gray’s Radical Classicism

To watch James Gray’s The Lost City of Z is to be transported, in more ways than one, to a bygone time. The film tells the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who at the turn of the 20th Century…


Cinema, AI, and Human Nature

Why being honest about AI stifles good storytelling. Open any newspaper and you’ll find a profusion of articles and op-eds debating the future of artificial intelligence. Elon Musk is terrified of it…


A Brief History of the ‘Hangout’ Film

More than a sub-genre; a way of life.Filmmakers have worked within recognizable genres for nearly as long as they’ve told stories. Initially film appropriated genres from literature and theatre, but a…