Festivals

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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2018 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARDS WINNERS

Rock Steady Row Wins Best Narrative Feature and Audience Award Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End Wins Best Documentary Feature Yassmina Karajah To Receive The Inaugural Russo Brothers Fellowship Railment Wins CreativeFuture Innovation Award Actress Rhaechyl Walker Wins Inaugural … Continue reading

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2018 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Top Prizes Go To The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Kailash, Of Fathers and Sons, and Butterflies Search, Burden, The Sentence and The Guilty Win Audience Awards Park City, Utah — After 10 days and 123 feature films, the 2018 Sundance … Continue reading

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2018 Slamdance Film Festival Announces Feature Competition Lineup

From AfterBruce PR & Marketing*: Festival to Showcase 10 Narrative and 8 Documentary Features 9 World Premieres Among Feature Competition Titles The Russo Brothers Grow Festival Support With Major Prize November 28, 2017 (Los Angeles) – The Slamdance Film Festival announced … Continue reading

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Film Review: Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-composer Geremy Jasper got help for his debut feature film, Patti Cake$, from the Sundance Institute’s director and screenwriter labs. A life long music freak he wrote the catchy tunes that populate the … Continue reading

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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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