GE and CINELAN have announced that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Albert Maysles (SALESMAN, GIMME SHELTER) will join the roster of award-winning directors contributing to its FOCUS FORWARD – Short Films, Big Ideas initiative. Four short films from the initiative premiered at this month’s Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, including shorts by award-winning directors Lixin Fan (LAST TRAIN HOME) Fredrik Gertten (BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!), Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern (JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK) and Stanley Nelson (FREEDOM RIDERS). In addition, FOCUS FORWARD also announced that Joe Berlinger (PARADISE LOST), actress Daryl Hannah (KILL BILL), documentarian Barbara Kopple (HARLAN COUNTY, USA), Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco, filmmaker José Padilha (ELITE SQUAD), producer Floyd Webb (DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST ), and Peter Wintonick (MANUFACTURING CONSENT) would jury the $200,000 Filmmaker Challenge competition.
Bloodline (Henry Jacobson, 2019 ) 3 out of 4 stars. How many people in our lives that we trust do we actually really know, inside and out? Do we know their light side and their dark side? Do we know … Continue reading
This Is Not Berlin (“Esto no es Berlín”) (Hari Sama) 2 out of 4 stars. What doesn’t sound interesting about a movie detailing the queer art scene of 1980’s Mexico City? I, for one, was all in. Unfortunately, despite centering … Continue reading
Love, Antosha (Garret Price, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. The actor Anton Yelchin (1989-2016), who died in a freak accidentin his own driveway, starred in movies both large and small, from the rebooted Star Trek franchise to the highly … Continue reading
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Mads Brügger, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 until his death in a plane crash in Africa. An idealistic and militant soul, the … Continue reading