Festivals

AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Director Avi Belkin of “Mike Wallace Is Here”

On Sunday, June 23, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed director Avi Belkin (Winding) to discuss his new documentary Mike Wallace Is Here. The film offers a comprehensive portrait of the life and work of the great, titular television … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim of “The Great Hack”

On Sunday, June 23, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed directors (and married partners) Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim (The Square) to discuss their new documentary The Great Hack. The movie explores the political machinations of the now-defunct British … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Director Pia Hellenthal and Writer Giorgia Malatrasi of “Searching Eva”

On Friday, June 21, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed writer/director Pia Hellenthal and writer/producer Giorgia Malatrasi to discuss their collaboration on the new experimental documentary Searching Eva, directly following the post-screening Q&A. The film follows twentysomething Eva Collé … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Director Jialing Zhang of “One Child Nation”

On Friday, June 21, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed Jialing Zhang (Complicit), co-director of One Child Nation (which I saw at Sundance and later reviewed in full for Hammer to Nail). The documentary explores the devastating ramifications of China’s … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Interview with Directors Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross of “We Believe in Dinosaurs”

On Friday, June 21, at the 2019 AFI DOCS, I interviewed directors Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross (The Believers) to discuss their collaboration on the new documentary We Believe in Dinosaurs. The film chronicles the construction of the Ark … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Top Picks for AFI DOCS 2019

Just over a month ago, I published my interview with AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin and now it’s time to give my must-see recommendations for this year’s festival. AFI DOCS is an annual showcase of documentary cinema in Washington, DC. … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s 2019 Maryland Film Festival Recap

On May 6, I published my pre-fest picks for the 2019 Maryland Film Festival, which ran May 8-12. Sadly, I came down with a nasty virus just as the festival was starting, so my ability and willingness to leave the … Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2019: Festival Director Michael Lumpkin Discusses This Year’s Program

On Wednesday, May 15, I interviewed AFI DOCS director Michael Lumpkin by phone to discuss the 2019 iteration of the annual festival, which consists of screenings of new documentaries at various locations in our nation’s capital. This year’s event, running … Continue reading

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Christopher Llewellyn Reed’s Take on 2019 Tribeca, Part 2: Top Ten Movies

Last week, I posted a recap of my VR/AR/Immersive experiences at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Now it’s time to return to my main wheelhouse of standard, non-360º cinema, with my top 10 movies: 5 fiction and 5 documentaries. What … Continue reading

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Las Vegas Film Festival Review: First Timer’s Experience

Coming out from my natural habitat of binge-watching on Netflix all night, this year’s Las Vegas Film Festival has stumbled upon my life and carried me into the world of film within our community. The mixture of anxiousness and excitement … Continue reading

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