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Endless Poetry, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2016, Chile

At the age of 87 Alejandro Jodorowsky directed Endless Poetry, a film reflecting his creative biography,   a cinematic masterpiece excelling his other films El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and his first biographical film The Dance of Reality.  His artistic signature in these productions is an outstanding surreal representation of reality captured with superb photography and imaginative sets. Endless Poetry is more accessible than his other films in spite of a meandering storyline th...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

As an independent international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigates human rights abuses through rigorous research and publicizes evidence based findings widely through video and print channels. Through newsletters, reports, seminars, films and videos HRW exerts pressure on policy maker and institutions to rectify human rights violations and to develop mechanisms to prevent current and future abuses. As an independent international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) ...

New York: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2017

Held under the auspices of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Instituto Luce Cinecitta the 17th edition of Open Roads was held from June 1- 7 presenting 14 feature films including eight North American and six New York premieres. The selection covered a broad range of approaches, independent productions, as well as work by established and new film makers. As distinct from other countries holding annual niche film fests in the United States such as the Polish Film Festival or the German ...

New York: Wanted Design 2017

Held at Industry City in Brooklyn and the Terminal Stores building in Manhattan from May 17 – 23 with numerous partners this international design fair attracted more than 18,000 visitors with innovative North-American interior designs and exhibits from Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Wanted Design included numerous talks and awards to participating designers and companies.  The Swiss watchmaker Rado presented the finalists of its Radi...

New York: Frieze Art Fair 2017

The international art fair held its 6th New York edition in Randall’s Island Park from May 5-7, 2017, presenting more than 200 leading galleries from 31 countries showcasing contemporary and 20th century art. Its international character was reflected by galleries from the Americas, Europe and Asia and new comers from Brazil, Guatemala, Japan and Poland. Its highlights featured some of the most important contemporary arts, including artists showing their works at the current Ven...

Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion, S.S. Rajamouli, India, 2017

  This Indian film produced in Teluga, a south Indian language, and dubbed in Hindi and Tamil with a subtitled English version has become a surprising hit in India and overseas markets. Released in the US on February 28 in a relatively small number of 425 theatres without any apparent marketing effort the film scored close to $20 million by May 10 and $125 million in India. With a high audience scores and Rotten Tomatoes rating of close to 90 out of a 100 it proved popular gene...

New York Polish Film Festival 2017

  Held from May 2-7 the Polish Film Festival celebrated its 13th year honoring the distinguished film director Andrezej Wajda and the Wajda School which he established with Wojciech Marczewski in 2002. Numerous productions from graduates of that school as well as the opening film of the festival Afterimage introduced by Marten Scorcese and Ashes and Diamonds by A.Wajda were important parts of the festival program.  Wajda , who passed away in October 201...

New York: Tribeca Film Festival 2017, April 19-30

  The Tribeca Film Festival 2017 offered an expanded version with more documentaries, greater emphasis on current political issues, and the addition of several new program elements.  It retained its eclectic nature but has grown into a veritable market of diversified and well received products, reflecting the ecosystem of media and leaving in its programs no relevant approaches, technologies, and communication platforms untouched. Certainly, films remain a cornerstone and the attracti...

New York: KINO! 2017

  In its fourth annual edition KINO!  the independent New York festival of German films presented 12 feature films including six US premieres, four productions not shown before on the East Coast and two films screened for the first time in New York. The sidebar Next Generation Short Tiger 2016 offered 12 short films from young German filmmakers. The program reflected the wide variety of themes and approaches of the contemporary German cinema.  Among the highlights of the progra...

New Directors / New Films 2017

  Since 1972 the New Directors / New Films festival has been organized each year  by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival has introduced to a discerning audience the most innovative new directors and new films, frequently showing the first or second feature of an emerging director. Held from March 15-26 its 46th edition  the festival presented in 63 screenings 29 feature and 9 short films from 30 countries including the USA, France, Braz...

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

From March 1-12 the Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance presented the 22nd edition of this annual French Cinema film festival showcasing 23 films including new film makers and established ones exploring a broad spectrum of themes. Among special topics covered by panels and events were interaction and mutual influence of the French and American culture.  As in past editions the Rendezvous with French Cinema included many films that revived motivations for the French equivalen...

What the Health, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, 2017 USA

This film depicts he link between the food consumed in our societies and the major  health problems plaguing most of the population. Guided by the maxim “Let food be the medicine and the medicine the food” the directors have produced an outstanding and comprehensive documentary which has few if any equals.  Providing compelling data on cancer and heart diseases and elucidating the diabetes problem which is shared by 350 million persons worldwide and costs the United State...

Museum of Modern Art: Doc Fortnight 2017

  MOMA’s presentation of innovative nonfiction films was held from February 16-26 with more than 20 features and 10 shorts, including a section of new media Canadian nonfiction films and a retrospective of Emiko Omori with six productions. As in prior editions the program covered a broad range of themes and issues as well as innovative approaches in documentary film making. This year’s edition presented an outstanding selection of films investigating global issues and problem...

Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York – Preview

Devoted to film as a medium to increase our consciousness about social issues the festival will hold its 4th edition from March 13-16 offering films, panels and receptions. Even though it is a relatively small specialized niche festival about 500 production were submitted including new feature films, documentaries and shorts, most of which had not been shown before in New York or the United States.   In the feature film section six films were selected premiering here i...

New York Jewish Film Festival 2017

Organized by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 26th edition of the Jewish Film Festival was presented from January 11-24. Considered to be among the most important festivals among the more than 60 Jewish film festivals held each year in the United States the JFF is the oldest Jewish Film Festival in the US. It offers feature, documentary, and short films from around the world encompassing past and present Jewish experiences and the factors shaping them around t...

Outsider Art Fair 2017

Celebrating its 25th anniversary the Outsider Art Fair was held from January 19-22 at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion featuring 62 exhibitors the largest number in its history and several special selections. One selection paid homage to the 25 years history of the fair by choosing artworks representing each year curated by Edward Gomez and the other displayed quilts by active quilt makers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The quilts will be shown later on this year at the Met Breuer. ...

Other Israel Film Festival 2016

Celebrating its 10th anniversary The Other Israel Film Festival was held from December 1-8 at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan (JCC) showcasing nine feature and three short films attracting an audience of about 4000 individuals in mostly sold out screenings.  Viewers were drawn from the membership of the JCC but a large proportion were habitués who had attended past editions of the festival. As its title indicates the festival has a unique profile focusing on minority ...

Manifesto, Julian Rosefeldt, 2016

Until January 8, 2017 New York’s Park Avenue Armory is showcasing Julian Rosefeldt’s MANIFESTO, an extraordinary film installation which first premiered in December 2015 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image with funding from Australian and German media and art agencies.  Rosefeldt wrote, directed, and produced Manifesto is a massive under taking, as its credits indicate, mirroring a large body of research and extensive film making.  Rosefeldt covers 19 ...

Merci Patron! (Thanks Boss!), Francois Ruffin, France, 2015

This documentary is the French counterpart to Michael Moore’s 1989 Roger & Me in which Moore attempted to confront Roger Smith, the president of General Motors. Both Ruffin and Moore engage in an empirically based analysis of the consequences of turbo capitalism and the impact of the investment strategies of large corporations that result in local unemployment and the destruction of the social fabric of the communities where their factories are located. Ruffin, a left wing journalist...

DOC NYC 2016

Established in 2010 the DOC NYC film festival has become the largest documentary film festival in North America and has quadrupled in size since its beginning.  In the 2016 edition from November 10 – 17 more than 250 films and seminars were presented to an estimated audience of more than 30,000 ticket buyers.  About 1700 productions were submitted to the fest. The program included 110 feature length documentary films.   300 industry specialist and film makers particip...

New York: Margaret Mead Film Festival 2016

Continuing its tradition of high quality programming The Margaret Mead Film Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary at its home, the American Museum of Natural History.  Established in 1977 it is the longest running annual international documentary festival in the United States.   Of the more than 40,000 submissions since its inception, 2,000 films have been shown by the festival of which 1,000 are kept in the Museum’s Mead Festival Archives. Over the years, documentaries...

New York : An Occupation of Loss, Taryn Simon

In the vast New York  Park Avenue Armory Taryn Simon presented from September 13-25 as a world premiere a uniquely themed performance piece in which professional mourners from 30 countries shared rituals of grief and mourning with a small audience. Mourners from all over the globe, including  Cambodia, Russia Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Armenia, Bhutan and other countries participated and shared their lamentation, The artist placed the performers at the bottom of eleven tall 48 feet high ...

Interview with Aroon Shivdasani Executive Director of The New York Indian Film Festival

Celebrating its 16th anniversary from May 7-14, 2016, the New York Indian Film Festival was the first festival in the United States devoted to Indian films and has grown to be the largest and most influential, helping to set up several other Indian Film festivals in the US. It is part of a comprehensive program in the arts offered by the New York based Indo-American Arts Council. These programs include each year a travelling group art exhibition: Erasing Borders E...

New York: 2016 Asian American International Film Festival

Held from July 21 to July 30 at eleven venues in Manhattan and Queens this year’s edition of the AAIFF included 28 narrative  feature and documentary films and 40 short films from more than 15 countries as well as four panels. The festival offered for the first time a special adjunct program from August 5-6, the Chinese Art Film Festival-NYC Stop, curated by the Shanghai Art Film Federation with four award winning films premiering in New York City. As district from other film festiv...

Zero Days, Alex Gibney, 2016. USA

It is certainly rare that a documentary covers a topical problem that has such apocalyptical implications as Gibney’s data based exploration of the current state of cyberwarfare introducing major and minor countries to a new and silent way of waging war with potential catastrophic consequences.  One does not need to be a doomsayer to realize that current state sponsored sophisticated computer hacking determined by political objectives destabilizes global security. As distinct from i...
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