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*Watch It Right Now* — TRAVELING LIGHT

While I’m not saying this is 100% true, it sure seems like you can’t find anything online written about the work of Gina Telaroli without there being an awkward lead-in disclaimer about how the author of said article is ‘friendly with’ or, God forbid, friends with Telaroli, before they go on to praise her work. As someone who can relate to this concept (not the “praise” part, per se), I understand why folks feel the need to come clean about things. But I also can’t deny that the consistent contextualizing of Telaroli starts to make this all sound like a game of dugout butt-patting.

At HTN, we are pretty much always riding that awkward butt-patting line. But since most of our contributors are filmmakers themselves—this was one of the founding principles of our site, in fact—we approach things differently. Basically, no one is allowed to write about a movie in which he/she received a cast/crew credit. Outside of that, all bets are off and we approve/write reviews on a case-to-case basis.

Don’t worry, I’m not here to write a malformed essay on the ethics of film blogging. While I too know Gina Telaroli, I’ll also just come right out and say it: Traveling Light is the bee’s knees, a 60-minute poetic railway reverie that avoids familiar “nonfiction” or “narrative” or even “experimental” trappings by instead unfurling like a cozy nap taken on a long journey.

Through December 15th—that’s just under one week and countingTraveling Light is available for viewing for free online. Be sure to take advantage while you can, and you can also visit the film’s official website for more information.


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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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