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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: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Is Outrageous and Funny, but Then Just Outrageous

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 2017) 2½ out of 4 stars. Playwright/film director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) is a longtime master of the comedy of the macabre. His films mix tones like a professional juggler alternating … Continue reading

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DOC NYC 2017

Founded in 2010, DOC NYC – an annual festival devoted to documentary cinema – celebrates its 8th anniversary this year, running from November 9-16, with today its final day. Located in the heart of Manhattan, across three movie theaters – two … Continue reading

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Middleburg Film Festival 2017

Founded in 2013, the Middleburg Film Festival just celebrated its fifth anniversary, running from October 19-22. Located approximately an hour from Washington, DC, in Middleburg, Virginia, the festival screens films in such a beautiful part of the state that it … 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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Charmed: The Maryland Film Festival Brings the World of Cinema to Baltimore

The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF), founded in 1999 by Festival Director Jed Dietz, just ran its 2017 iteration May 3-7, in Baltimore. With 11 blocks of short films – including the traditional opening-night program of five – plus 34 features, the … Continue reading

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Tenth Annual WAMMFest (Women and Minorities in Media Festival) Showcases Short Films and VR by and about Women and/or Minorities

For four days, April 19-22, the organizers of this year’s WAMMFest (hosted by Towson University, in Maryland, just outside Baltimore) presented a variety of short films – in traditional 2D and VR (virtual reality) formats – on a plethora of topics, … Continue reading

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