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The 2016 New York Film Festival Shorts Program

By Gary M. Kramer.  The New York Film Festival offers a range of fascinating short films, in five programs that showcase narrative shorts, international auteurs, genre stories, New York stories, and documentaries. The Narrative program is a mixed bag. The dark comedy Be Good for Rachel has Rachel (writer Rachel Sondag) having a really bad day. […]

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The 35th International Sergio Amidei Award for Best Film Script

By Simonetta Menossi.  The International Sergio Amidei Award for Best Film Script is a yearly event that takes place in Gorizia, Italy. The Award is entitled in the memory of Sergio Amidei (1904-1981), one of the most famous screenwriters of Italian Neorealism. He worked with director Roberto Rossellini for whom he co-wrote some of his […]

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Art Film Fest 2016: Footprints of Lynch

By Robert Buckeye. Film festivals not only screen films we should see but also give us a reading of the field. At Art Film Fest this year, its first in Kosice after 23 years in Trencianske Teplice, the footprint of David Lynch was inescapable. In films from Canada, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the fractured […]

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Recap of the 21st Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival

By Michael T. O’Toole. For those who enjoy a good silent film, you’ll seldom find a more a captivating outlet than the stylish San Francisco Silent Film Festival (held this year between June 2-5). It’s an overwhelming aesthetic treat: the fine period wardrobe of the attendees; the savvy, academic discussions; a very wide range of […]

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The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

By Michael Miller. The 15th Tribeca Film Festival unspooled April 13 – 24, 2016 in New York presenting nearly 200 features and shorts from around the globe.  Here are six noteworthy titles that screened at the fest. Several non-fiction and a feature films probed the nature and process of art and artists. The cheeky documentary […]

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The 2016 AFI Docs Festival

By Gary M. Kramer.  This year at the AFI Docs festival, June 22-26, there are several features and shorts depicting unique individuals working in odd jobs and hobbies. From sewage diving to train surfing, chicken showing and crime photography, this year’s non-fiction filmmakers found some fascinating subjects and stories. Here is a rundown of four […]

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The 35th Istanbul Film Festival

By Rob Lewis.  Tickets? Check. Popcorn? Check. Bottle of water? Check. Notebook? Check. Festival Guide? Check. It’s 107 minutes long. That means if I leave before the credits and take a taxi, I can reach the Feriye in time for the 7 p.m. showing. Isn’t that my old teacher/classmate/someone I once chatted to at a Meeting on […]

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The 2016 Tribeca Festival Report

By Gary M. Kramer. The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, April 13-24, showcased more than 100 features and nearly 75 shorts from 42 countries. The documentaries and foreign films were strongest. Here are reviews of six films—three features, and three documentaries—that were among the more interesting and ambitious films to play at this year’s fest. The […]

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The 2016 DC Independent Film Festival

By Gary M. Kramer The DC Independent Film Festival, billed as “the oldest independent film festival in our nation’s capital,” started screening dozens of features, documentaries, shorts and animated films March 4-13. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s program. Train Station (March 10, 8:15pm) is an impressive anthology film made by 44 […]

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The 2015 FrightFest Report

By Cleaver Patterson. Modern films can be hard to categorise: with so many increasingly open to different interpretations it is often hard to single out one core theme or trait. Fortunately though, this is not a problem often encountered by those that fall within the horror genre, and particularly for those screened at the CH4 […]

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