Jourdain Searles

Features Programmer, Outfest

Voted for

The Night of the Hunter1955Charles Laughton
The Women1939George Cukor
Losing Ground1982Kathleen Collins
SENNEN JOYU2001Satoshi Kon
Nowhere1997Gregg Araki
L' une chante, l'autre pas1976Agnès Varda
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?1969Sydney Pollack
Reds1981Warren Beatty
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me1992David Lynch
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman


The Night of the Hunter

1955 USA

A gorgeous, fully immersive cinematic experience. It’s a film that changes you, regardless of who you are. Shrouded in darkness, the viewer has no choice but to plunge to the very depths of their psyche.

Further remarks

I did not rank my choices. I simply added them as they came to mind. In general, I feel like films are impossible to rank in any definitive way. All rankings are arbitrary. We have our feelings and they are unpredictable. Who is to say what will move us? What I aimed to do with my choices was present a variety of perspectives from filmmakers who have shifted culture in one way or another. 10 is an insufficient number to reflect this, but I did the best I could. These are all films that moved me, expanding my understanding of the world and what is possible through thoughtful storytelling.