Seth’s Top Ten Films of 2016!

Dec 27, 2016 by Pauline on The Nickelodeon Blog

Every year, the Nick staff gets together and reflects on their favorite Nick programming from the past year. Check out Indie Grits Labs Director, Seth Gadsden’s top ten films of 2016!



Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.


The Interior


Director: Jonathan Ratner

A part of Indie Grits 2016.

Digital and analog, sublime and earthen, clear and cryptic: this sensory journey with a dog-sledding team into the Alaskan wilderness is rife with contradictory beauties.


The Mystery of Picasso


Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

A part of our Art Docs series, with a live performance by seven bands.

In a through-composed collaboration between two transformative artists, we watch with Clouzot as Picasso adds brush-stroke after brush-stroke to canvas, tracing the slow development of a painting from sketch to masterpiece as a figurative dance of color and line. Every work Picasso composed for the camera was designed specifically for the film, and by the end the two have said as much about cinema as about craft, mystery, or Picasso himself.


Neon Bull


Director: Gabriel Mascaro

A Foreign Focus selection.

Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events.


Son of Saul


Director: László Nemes

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.


The Witch


Director:Robert Eggers

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.


I, Destini


Director: Destini Riley

A part of Indie Grits 2016, a Filmmaker Fellow Award winner.

Destini Riley’s memories of her brother’s incarceration–whispered in melancholy, incisive associative poetry–activate the negative space of this hallucinatory animation.



Director: Barry Jenkins

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


Embrace of the Serpent


Director: Ciro Guerra

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.




Director: Kirsten Johnson

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson exposes her many years behind the camera through a memoir made up of decades of footage shot all over the world.