Festivals

Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s 10 Documentaries to Watch from Sundance 2019

The Sundance Institute was founded in 1980 by actor Robert Redford in Park City, Utah, as a filmmaking laboratory to promote the art and craft of independent cinema. In 1985, the Institute took control of the U.S. Film Festival, later … Continue reading

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2019 Sundance Film Festival Photo Coverage

January 26th – February 2nd, 2019 – Park City, Utah – Film Festival Today is back in Park City for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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Jay Berg’s 2018 Double Exposure (Investigative Film Festival) Coverage

The Double Exposure/Investigative Film Festival continues to grow.  What began in 2015 as a mere three day event screening just seven films has now blossomed into five days with fifteen presentations, including a shorts program for the first time.  (Last year … Continue reading

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Top Five from 2018 Middleburg Film Festival

As I did in 2016 and 2017, I just recently attended the Middleburg Film Festival (founded in 2013), in its sixth iteration, from October 18-21. As always, it takes place in a beautiful part of Virginia, about an hour from … Continue reading

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Jay Berg’s AFI DOCS 2018 Top Five

The 16th yearly edition of the AFI DOCS documentary film festival (formerly AFI SILVERDOCS) continued its excellent tradition first established in 2003 when the event was primarily anchored in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Now splitting its screenings between there and the main hub … Continue reading

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Victoria Alexander reviews BEAST

Sensational. Buckley and Flynn are sensational. Skip the comic book movies and see BEAST. This film stays with you. Imdb.com logline for BEAST: A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive … Continue reading

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Many Times a Charm: Reflections on the 2018 Maryland Film Festival

As I have done almost every year since moving back to Baltimore – city where I also spent 8 years, as a child – in 2006, I attended the Maryland Film Festival (MdFF) during the first week of May (which ran … Continue reading

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TRIBECA 2018, Part 2: The Multi-Varied Multivalent Mediaverse of Today

I was only able to attend the first three days of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), but (with the help of a few screeners sent to me for home viewing) I still managed to watch 10 feature-length films, 1 … Continue reading

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TRIBECA 2018, Part 1: The Many Worlds of VR

Back in 2016, I wrote about the plethora of film-funding opportunities offered by the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). Now, in 2018, I finally had an opportunity to head up to New York City during the actual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) … Continue reading

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Got Bike? See “Tainted Blood.” An Interview with Director Jill Yesko

I met with director Jill Yesko on Friday, March 30, in our joint hometown of Baltimore, to discuss her feature documentary Tainted Blood, which profiles the 1984 bicyclist doping scandal at the 1984 Olympics. The film, Yesko’s debut, presents the … Continue reading

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