Festivals

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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Roots of Sundance Still Evident in 2018

It’s January and once again a fresh new crop of features and shorts descend upon Park City, Utah for another iteration of the Sundance Film Festival.  This will be my 24th time making the trek.  In the1980’s, it was called The United States … 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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Chris Reed’s AFI DOCS 2017 Top Five

[NOTE: My Film Festival Today colleague Jay Berg will soon post his own Top 5 list, complete with a more detailed history of the festival] The American Film Institute (AFI) exists, as its website proclaims, “to train filmmakers and preserve … Continue reading

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Awards: 2017 Cannes Film Festival

It was not an exceptional year at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with mixed reviews from many films including Todd Haynes’ WONDERSTRUCK.  The best film according to the  Almodovar directed jury was THE SQUARE by Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund(Force Majeure)who … Continue reading

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Agnieszka Holland and Barry Levinson Help the Washington Jewish Film Festival Celebrate 27 Years

Founded in 1990, the Washington Jewish Film Festival prepares to run its 27th iteration this year, beginning on May 17 and running through May 28. A project of the Edlavitch DCJCC, the festival brings a variety of different kinds of … Continue reading

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