Film Scratches: July 2020

Film Scratches is a blog by David Finkelstein focusing on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. Serial Seduction: Film About a Father Who (2020) Film About a Father Who is Lynne Sachs’ absorbing feature length […]

Now Unreeling Online: AFI DOCS at 18

Boys State By Elias Savada. One of the premier documentary film festivals is back for its 18th year. Unlike all previous iterations of the event it started life as Silver Docs but was renamed in 2013 when it expanded beyond the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and ventured to […]

First Annual VIDI SPACE Film Festival (February 22, 2020, Reston, Virginia)

VIDI SPACE’s First Annual Film Festival is being held Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at the Bow Tie Cinema in the Reston Town Center, Reston, Virginia. Headed by Co-founder/CEO Elizabeth Saint, the festival features work of VIDI SPACE’s streaming platform, launched in 2018 to feature genre works but now spanning shorts and […]

In Remembrance: Marj Dusay (1936-2020)

Actor Marj Dusay has died. Marj is one of the lead actors in my second feature film, A Chronicle of Corpses. Marj and I met by chance at the New York-Avignon Film Festival in 1998 where the first feature film I directed, Magdalen, was screening. I knew who she was […]

The Best Iranian Films of the Year: A Personal Selection

By Ali Moosavi. Among the many Iranian films that I have watched this year, six have stood out for me. If we don’t consider the purely commercial and state-funded films which dominate the screens in Iran, the Achilles heel of most independent Iranian films is their screenplay. If there is one […]

Into the…Shed

By Ali Moosavi. The box office success of films such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, etc. and their endless sequels has popularized that dreaded word “franchise” in Hollywood. These films have also defined the slasher movie genre. A common denominator in all these films is the […]

Rise of the Tactless Manipulator: Where’s My Roy Cohn?

By Elias Savada. I wonder if lawyer jokes were invented for Roy M. Cohn, the notorious attorney at the center of this perfectly timed documentary about the man who spent decades causing mayhem in the legal profession and creating turmoil for many who crossed his path during the last half […]