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The Weight of the Journey: The 2019 Miami International Film Festival

By Gary M. Kramer. At this year’s Miami International Film Festival, there are some interesting debuts, some intriguing slow-burn films, and some compelling documentaries. Here is a rundown of a half-dozen titles screening at this year’s fest. Pahokee is the first feature-length documentary by co-directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan. Set in a small Florida […]

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Gods and Penguins: The 2019 DC Independent Film Festival

By Gary M. Kramer. The DC Independent Film Festival, unspooling March 1-10 in Washington, DC, is celebrating its 20th year in 2019. This year’s program features dozens of features and shorts, along with a tribute to director Phillip Noyce, who will present three of his features. Here is a rundown of some documentaries, features, and a […]

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Independents at 25: Slamdance 2019

By Gary M. Kramer. Now in its 25th year, the Slamdance Film Festival – held in Park City, Utah, January 25-31, 2019 – is a showcase for independent filmmakers. Here is a rundown of several features and documentaries, plus a short screening at this year’s fest. The festival opened with the world premiere of Ski Bum: […]

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The Dawn of New Era: Locarno 2018

By Martin Kudláč. The largest annual Swiss film gathering, and one of the longest running film festivals in the world, in Locarno flourished into a sought-after cinephile event, some say even “the worldwide cinephile benchmark.” Fearless in programming daring, experimental and all around unconventional cinema, although without the elitist tinge since also mainstream-ish fare and genre-leaning […]

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Ultimate Moments: NYFF Shorts 2018

By Gary M. Kramer. Two shorts programs at this year’s New York Film Festival feature new and exciting works by debut, established, and returning filmmakers. The International Shorts Program II opens with the U.S. premiere of Veslemøy’s Song. Canadian filmmaker Sofia Bohdanowicz’s black and white short revolves around the largely forgotten musician Kathleen Parlow. This […]

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States of Independence: the 8th Transatlantyk Festival, Łódź, Poland (July 2018)

By Alex Ramon. “You need an independent spirit if you’re going to go into film or music: so many people will tell you that you can’t do it,” said Diane Warren, on stage at Łódź’s EC1, a former power station now transformed into a vibrant cultural and exhibition centre in Poland’s prime cinema city. “Independent […]

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Groundbreaking and Dated: TriBeCa 2018

By Michael Miller.  The 17th Tribeca Film Festival unspooled April 18 – 29, 2018 across seven venues in Manhattan. The festival celebrates storytelling whether in the form of narrative features, documentary, virtual reality and even retrospective screenings. Here are some of the memorable offerings from this year’s festival. The documentaries at Tribeca are uniformly strong. One […]

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When War or Love Come: Berlinale 2018

By Martin Kudláč. For some time, Berlinale has been grooming its image as a political film festival. Its 2018 edition, which is its current director’s penultimate edition in charge as Dieter Kosslick is to step down after wrapping Berlinale 2019, having held the post and honing the festival since 2001. Immigration became one of the hottest […]

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Art Film Fest 2018: The Time of Its Time

By Robert Buckeye. The centenary of the formation of Czechoslovakia and the half century commemoration of the Prague Spring transformed Art Film Fest in Košice, Slovakia (15-23 June) this year into a seminar on the myriad possibilities and uses of film. Its presentation of films on the inter-city train between Bratislava and Košice brought back […]

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Glory of the Silents Reborn: the 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival

By Janine Gericke. I’ve been going to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) for ten years. My first introduction to the festival and the Castro Theatre was Buster Keaton’s 1923 film Our Hospitality. It was the first time I had ever seen a silent film with live musical accompaniment. I was enthralled, loving every […]

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