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Waiting, Review: Coma dilemma
Death is the only inevitable reality in life. It is also ‘the end’ that leaves the deceased at ‘eternal peace’, or at least at no risk of further physical or mental trauma, while family, friends and others who knew him/her, cope with the loss in a variety of ways. While it can be argued that some people cope with the event more objectively, the vast majority suffer great pain, even shock, of a magnitude that does not quite compare with any...
X Men-Apocalypse, Review: X-Men, Ex X-Men, ‘To be’ X-Men, and the 4 Horsemen
In the ninth instalment of the X-Man Marvel comics’ series, we are confronted with a devil incarnate villain who lived thousands of years ago in Egypt, and surfaces in the civilised world of 1983. Nobody grovels at his feat in this eon, so he takes great umbrage. He is able to learn English by listening to a TV broadcast just once (if only he would share that technology/software with us humans), and...
Bilal--A New Breed of Hero, Review: Idol greed v/s rebel breed
Here’s the first animation feature film coming out from the middle-east, and it makes you wonder what took them so long. It’s a new, breakthrough breed, and may the genre prosper!
A thousand and four hundred years ago, a slave boy, Bilal bin Rabah, dreamt of becoming a great warrior. Instead, he found himself and his sister working for a wealthy merchant, in a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where idol wo...
Buddha in a Traffic Jam, Review: Political pottery
“If we need to become a strong country and wish to shine, we need thousands and millions of Buddhas who can fight the traffic jam.”
— Vivek Agnihotri, writer-director, to an Indian publication.
He was trying to explain the meaning of the title, which has nothing to do with either Budhha or traffic, but maybe something to do with jam. No, the scene where a man says that he cannot leave the post of the worshipper at a mini-t...
After our great summer at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, we have decided to return there this summer for LFFF 2016.
Submissions are now open for women directors from around the globe and films from all genres, of all length and from any year are accepted.
Submissions close 12 June 2016. Full submission information and guidelines are available on our website: https://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2016-submissions/
The festival will take place from 18-21 August...
Pelé-Birth of a Legend, Review: Exciting draw
Whenever a football match begins, all three possibilities are in place: a win for side A, a win for side B or a draw. Wins are exciting, draws not really the desirable result, in the high voltage sport, the most popular game in the world. Pelé-Birth of a Legend, a docu-feature on the Pérola Negra (Black Pearl) of Brazil, promises a lot, delivers much less and results in a draw. To be fair, it is not a tame, goalless draw, but ...
Welcome to the 2016 LA Film Festival
The LA Film Festival will take place June 1 - 9, 2016.
In order for you to qualify to volunteer for the 2016 LA Film Festival, you must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Attend one MANDATORY Volunteer Orientation:
Wednesday, MAY 18 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, MAY 20 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: ArcLight Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232)
Parking: The Arc...
JAN HENDRIK VERSTRATEN is an award-winning screenwriter/director based in London, England. He is also one of the founders of the New Renaissance Film Festival. In this blog, Jan shares some valuable advice on how to write the first ten pages of your screenplay, and why it’s important to get it right.
As a filmmaker and a fesand a festival director I visited Worldfest in Houston last month. Besides the many films that were shown, the festival had organised quite a numbe...
A quick introduction to the townsfolk of Sugarville, Louisiana--a city under threat of demolition (or worse) at the slimy froggy hands of Anthony J. Rowley, bayou land baron.
IFFBoston is more than just a spring festival. For more than 13 years, it has grown into the best way to experience independent film in, around, and about Boston.
It starts with the main hosting venues. The Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner Theatres are the premier independent cinemas in the area, each with their own niche of iconic offerings that make them destination moviehouses throughout the year. These range from retrospective series at the Brattle, to the Science ...
By Maria Esteves – April 18, 2016
The 15thTribeca Film Festival 2016 (TFF16) First Annual Whoopi’s Shorts Program introduced by festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal commenced Sunday, April 17, at the Tribeca Festival Hub in New York. The eight captivating films that inaugurated the animated shorts program were Fear, directed by Dawn Dreyer and Andrea Love; I am a Pencil (Je suis un crayon), directed by Joe D’Arcy; The Loneliest Stoplight, directed by Bill Plympton; Lucens, di...
What to do if you’re a raging anti-Semite and you discover your Jewish roots? As probed in the documentary Keep Quiet, it’s the stunner that Hungarian ultra-nationalist Csanád Szegedi began grappling with when his maternal grandparents were outed as Jews.
Keep Quiet opens by showing family snapshots in nostalgic black-and-white. Yet any stirring of sentimentality is quickly dashed with a caveat about what happens “when you base your story on a lie.&rdquo...
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By Maria Esteves – April 12, 2016
The 17th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY16) tribute to Cuba’s iconic actress ISABEL SANTOS commenced Monday, April 11, 6:00PM at the Instituto Cervantes New York. The premiere films VESTIDO DE NOVIA (His Wedding Dress), directed by Marilyn Solaya starring Isabel Santos and Santos directorial debut of EL CAMINO DE LA VIDA (The Path of Life) documentary short preceded the panel discussion The Actor And The Camera with actress/director Santos ...
Submissions are now open for the 2nd Annual Arohanui Film Festival, to be held October 26 – 30, 2016 in Te Aroha, New Zealand.
In it’s first year, AFF screened 20 films with a mix of national and international premieres, pairing feature films with short films. In 2016, Arohanui Film festival is aiming for a larger selection of films and more events for attendees.
Film programming gives priority to projects that have not been released in NZ, although the festival also runs a r...
By Maria Esteves
LOVE THY NATURE is a compelling documentary about the need for humans to reconnect and rely on nature for Earth’s survival. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film closely examines the interconnection and interdependence of creation in its awe and splendor beauty, the current global environmental crisis, and the industrial and biological revolution. This documentary winner of 25 awards at film festival circuit included provocative interviews with Da...
Eye in the Sky, Review: Mor(t)al blows
Collateral damage has been an emotion charged topic for debates world-wide, ever since the USA began bombing foreign locations, where, it believed, wanted persons were living, hiding or gathering. Along with its allies, notably the UK, the USA has been carrying out pre-emptive air-strikes for decades. Eye in the Sky (the title does not do full justice to its theme and thrust) is about the compunction experienced by a group of high-placed government offic...
Narcissim? Masochism? Dreams of redemption? Whatever may have motivated fallen congressman Anthony Weiner to let filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg make a documentary about his 2013 run for mayor of New York City, it’s hard not to ponder this mystery while watching Weiner. So when Kriegman asks his subject, "Why have you let me film this?" he also speaks for the head-scratching viewer.
The question comes up the day after the Democratic mayoral primary, whi...
The setting of Yaelle Kayam’s Mountain is Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. This is where, according to Jewish and Christian scriptures, the Messiah will arrive on the Day of Judgment and resurrect the dead. This is also the unlikely spot where our heroine (Shani Klein) and her Yeshiva teacher husband, Reuven (Avshallom Pollack), are raising four young children in the Orthodox Jewish tradition.
Tzvia – if that’s indeed her name – is herself a dense mass loom...
The Program, Review: Enhanced performances
First, there was a musician called Louis Armstrong. Then most of earth and all of moon heard about Neil Armstrong. Much later, we read and saw the exploits of cycling champion Lance Armstrong. Louis remains a musical great. Man-on-the-moon was an unimaginable theory that captured the hearts and minds of the whole world, but has now found its detractors, probably growing steadily in number, who claim the whole program (American spelling intended) was ...
45 Years, Review: 95 minutes of great cinema
A tender and touching British film waits you in the shape of 45 Years. If you have had enough of mass destructive action, comic superheroes and animation, try this slice of life that challenges you to find artificiality in either the narrative or in the performances. No action at all, no heroes, no animation, very little comedy, a few dies of subtle humour, and the sex quotient is a lesson in bedroom manners.
The film takes place across six days, ...
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Within ten days of the inauguration of American President John F. Kennedy, he delivers his first State of the Union Address to the world on Communism, the economy and his strategies to prepare the military for the Cold War on January 30, 1961. By June 4th, President Kennedy visits Vienna to meet with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in an attempt to resolve the West Berlin conflict that began during President Dwight Eisenhower's administration. Diplomatic relations further deteriorate and Pre...