The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival, July 15-18, 2010

By Janine Gericke. The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival did not disappoint, offering everything from the genius of George Méliès to the majesty of a newly restored Metropolis. This year’s theme seemed to echo that of previous years: What’s lost has now been found. Friday’s Amazing Tales from the […]

Il Cinema Ritrovato, June 26 to July 3, 2010, Bologna, Italy

By Patrick Keating and Lisa Jasinski. Organized by the Cineteca Bologna, “Il Cinema Ritrovat” honors forgotten films rediscovered in the world’s archives, along with recently restored prints of major classics. For eight days in the summer of 2010, an international crowd of moviegoers ambled the porticoed streets of Bologna, a […]

Silverdocs Film Festival, 21–27 June, 2010

A Report by Gary M. Kramer. This year’s slate included several strong entries about family – especially from Latin America, as well as a pair of offbeat portraits from Finland. Breakdancing provides an element of escape for José Antonio Zúñiga Rodriguez – “Tono” for short – a wrongly imprisoned Mexican […]

Tribeca Film Festival, 22 April–2 May 2010

By Gary M. Kramer and Michael Miller. Gary Kramer reports: The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, now in its ninth year, provides an intriguing mix of popular and independent films – from its opening night feature, Shrek Forever After (Mitchell, 2010) to its closing gala Freakonomics (Gibney, Spurlock, Grady, Ewing, Jarecki […]

Tribeca Film Fest 2009

By Gary M. Kramer and Michael Miller. This year’s Tribeca Film Fest featured a handful of intriguing titles. Here is a rundown on a quartet of films that unspooled. Handsome Harry (directed by Bette Gordon, 2009) is a terrific character study/road movie that never exceeds its modest expectations. Harry (Jamey […]

La Vie en Richmond | VCU French Film Festival, 28–30 March 2008

By Liza Palmer and Tim Palmer. Travelling through the Carytown area of Richmond, Virginia, the weekend of 28–30 March 2008, one would not suspect that recent relations between the United States and France had been anything but rosy. Lampposts were festooned with French flags. Local bistros and bakeries promised delectable […]