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Jay Berg’s AFI DOCS 2017 Top Five

2017 marks the fifteenth year of this distinguished documentary film festival.  What began in 2003 as “AFI Silverdocs” transitioned to “AFI DOCS” in 2013 when the main hub relocated from Silver Spring, Maryland to Washington D.C.  American Film Institute (AFI) … Continue reading

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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2017 Top Five

[NOTE: My Film Festival Today colleague Jay Berg will soon post his own Top 5 list, complete with a more detailed history of the festival] The American Film Institute (AFI) exists, as its website proclaims, “to train filmmakers and preserve … Continue reading

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Awards: 2017 Cannes Film Festival

It was not an exceptional year at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with mixed reviews from many films including Todd Haynes’ WONDERSTRUCK.  The best film according to the  Almodovar directed jury was THE SQUARE by Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund(Force Majeure)who … Continue reading

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Agnieszka Holland and Barry Levinson Help the Washington Jewish Film Festival Celebrate 27 Years

Founded in 1990, the Washington Jewish Film Festival prepares to run its 27th iteration this year, beginning on May 17 and running through May 28. A project of the Edlavitch DCJCC, the festival brings a variety of different kinds of … Continue reading

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Charmed: The Maryland Film Festival Brings the World of Cinema to Baltimore

The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF), founded in 1999 by Festival Director Jed Dietz, just ran its 2017 iteration May 3-7, in Baltimore. With 11 blocks of short films – including the traditional opening-night program of five – plus 34 features, the … Continue reading

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Tenth Annual WAMMFest (Women and Minorities in Media Festival) Showcases Short Films and VR by and about Women and/or Minorities

For four days, April 19-22, the organizers of this year’s WAMMFest (hosted by Towson University, in Maryland, just outside Baltimore) presented a variety of short films – in traditional 2D and VR (virtual reality) formats – on a plethora of topics, … Continue reading

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Second Annual Investigative Film Festival and Symposium (AKA Double Exposure) (2016)

The second annual Investigative Film Festival and Symposium (AKA Double Exposure) would have been hard pressed to top last years inaugural opening night film.  Spotlight, which was screened at the I.F.F over one month before its theatrical release date, ended … Continue reading

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At Five Years and Growing, the Annual DC Web Fest Offers Variety Aplenty

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, I traveled to our nation’s capital to check out the 5th Annual DC Web Fest. Sadly, I was unable to stay the full length of the evening (almost 7 hours, running from 4 to 10:45pm), … Continue reading

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The Fifth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Shows Its Worth

Over four days, beginning March 30 and ending April 2, the 2017 Annapolis Film Festival screened over 70 films, a mix of documentary and narrative, 32 of them features. I was only able to watch 7 of those full-length movies … Continue reading

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – Caesar on Caesar’s Palace and New Trailer Tease!

Caesar Invades Vegas and Takes Over Caesars Palace Las Vegas with a major show-stopping visual effect!   In anticipation of a brand new trailer launching tomorrow, projections of Caesar, the title character of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and a special … Continue reading

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