Festivals

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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The Sixth Annual Annapolis Film Festival Showcases Another Strong Lineup

Over four days, beginning March 22 and ending March 25, the 2018 Annapolis Film Festival screened 80+ films, a mix of documentary and narrative, shorts and features. I was only able to watch 8 of the latter (and none of … Continue reading

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Festival Preview: 2018 TAC International Film Festival

The fifteenth annual edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival premiers this May 3rd-6th in downtown Eugene, Oregon. TAC Festival is the longest running film festival in Lane County and it attracts filmmakers and archaeologists from around the globe … Continue reading

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SXSW 2018 Film Recap: Looking Good at 25!

South by Southwest (SXSW), a multimedia festival showcasing music, film and interactive technology and design, was founded in 1987, devoted at first solely to music. Then, in 1994, the film and interactive conferences were added. 2018 marked the 25th iteration … Continue reading

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Jay Berg’s 2017 Double Exposure (Investigative Film Festival) Coverage

The third annual Investigative Film Festival and Symposium (aka Double Exposure) saw a couple of significant changes from the previous two years.  Instead of The National Portrait Gallery hosting all screenings during the festival, the venue was only involved in … Continue reading

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