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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 Docs from DOC NYC 2019

DOC NYC winds its 10th year down today, after starting on November 6. The largest documentary festival in the United States, DOC NYC once more offered over 300 films and events, including 28 world premieres and 27 U.S. premieres (mostly features, … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Favorites from 2019 Middleburg Film Festival

For the fourth year in a row, I attended the Middleburg Film Festival (founded in 2013), which ran this time October 17-20, in its seventh iteration. Middleburg, Virginia, just about an hour from our nation’s capital, was as lovely as … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Matt Tyrnauer of “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”

Director Matt Tyrnauer’s latest documentary, Where’s My Roy Cohn?, opens in Los Angeles and New York today (and in Washington, DC, and other cities on September 27, and beyond). I saw the film at the 2019 Sundance Film, Festival, where … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 10 from 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), founded in 1976 and an event that I have now attended twice in a row, this year ran September 5-15. Just before the festival began, I offered my recommendation of 20 films for which … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top 20 Recommendations for TIFF 2019

Founded in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs September 5-15 this year, screening 245 features and 82 shorts in a highly diverse program representing 84 countries and 87 languages and showcasing voices from across the great breadth of … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Josephine Mackerras of “Alice”

I met with director Josephine Mackerras at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival to discuss Alice, her narrative feature debut (which I reviewed for Hammer to Nail). It tells the story of the titular character, whose world falls apart when she … Continue reading

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Interview with Directors of “Vai”

At SXSW 2019, I interviewed the directors of 6 of the 8 episodes that comprise the anthology film Vai (which I reviewed for Hammer to Nail): ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney and Dianna Fuemana (in … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Sandra Winther of “Lowland Kids”

I met with director Sandra Winther at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival to discuss her short documentary Lowland Kids. Though only 22 minutes long, the movie offers a moving portrait of a family living on Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles, … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Alyssa Bolsey and Cinematographer Camilo Lara of BEYOND THE BOLEX

I met with director Alyssa Bolsey and her cinematographer, Camilo Lara, at DOC NYC 2018 to discuss their collaboration on Beyond the Bolex (which I reviewed for Hammer to Nail). The documentary follows Bolsey as she investigates the life and … Continue reading

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Interview with Director Grant Sputore and Stars Clara Rugaard and Hilary Swank of I AM MOTHER

I met with director Grant Sputore at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to discuss his debut feature I Am Mother (now playing on Netflix, and which I reviewed for Hammer to Nail). I also took part, on the same day, in … Continue reading

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