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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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Films for the People – The 2015 Ljubljana International Film Festival

By Erica Johnson Debeljak. The 26th Ljubljanski mednarodni filmski festival (LIFFE) took place from November 11 to November 22 last year. It is the fifteenth incarnation of this festival under the catchy acronym LIFFE, which doesn’t match the initials of the name in the Slovenian language, but perfectly captures the vibrancy and joy, not to […]

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The 2015 DOKU.ARTS Festival

By Yun-hua Chen. DOKU.ARTS, after its seven-year residence in Amsterdam and Brazil, returned to Berlin and has stayed here since 2012. The event focuses on documentaries exploring art and artists, some of which, such as Saving Mes Aynak and The Chinese Mayor this year, follow the project in a longitudinal manner. What is unique about […]

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The 2015 European Union Film Showcase

By Gary M. Kramer. The American Film Institute’s annual European Union Film Showcase screened December 1-20 at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. This year’s program, the festival’s 28th, opened with Spanish filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa’s comedy-drama A Perfect Day, set in the Balkans, and closed with Radu Muntean’s provocative Romanian character study, […]

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The 2015 New York Film Festival Report

By Gary M. Kramer.  The 53rd New York Film Festival runs through October 11 and there are several outstanding features by established and returning filmmakers playing at the fest. Here is a rundown of five notable films. Athina Rachel Tsangari has been chosen as the official New York Film Festival Filmmaker in Residence, and her […]

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The 2015 New York Film Festival Shorts Program

By Gary M. Kramer. The New York Film Festival is a terrific showcase for shorts, and this year, there are four short film programs with international, genre, animation, and New York themes that feature many worthwhile films. Here is a sampling of the best shorts from each anthology. In the international shorts collection, the standout […]

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The 12th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart

By Yun-hua Chen. The Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, founded by Filmbüro Baden-Württenberg, is one of the oldest and largest Indian festivals in Europe. Previously named “Bollywood and beyond” up until 2011, the festival now focuses on what is “beyond” Bollywood in Indian cinema and strives for a multifaceted program which renders justice to complexity and […]

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The 2015 AFI Docs Festival Report

By Gary M. Kramer.  The AFI Docs film festival showcased more than 50 feature and short length documentaries in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD venues. Here is a rundown of two World Premieres from the fest—1st and 17 and The Three Hikers—as well as reviews of several documentaries from the four shorts programs. Members of […]

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