With the production of short films around the globe exploding due to their currency as “content” for online and mobile viewing, the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival is emerging as one of the best. The event, which ended on Monday, announced its award winner. Winning the Best of Festival Award, which includes a $2000 cash prize and a bunch of nifty goods and services, was BAHIYA & MAHMOUD, a dramatic portrait of an aging bickering couple, by Jordanian filmmaker Zaid Abu Hamdan. The Panavision Grand Jury Award, which includes a camera package valued at $60,000, was won by Australian director Elizabeth Tadic for UMOJA: NO MEN ALLOWED, about a tribe of aboriginal women who set up an all-female community. Other key awards included the Future Filmmaker Award to Japanese actress-turned-director Mitsuyo Miyazaki Tsuyako; and Audience Awards to DIK (Christopher Stollery, Australia), JOHNNY & LYMAN: A LIFE TOGETHER (Paul Detwiler and Michael Chen, USA) and THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS (Morris Lessmore, USA).
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
Luce (Julius Onah, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. In Luce, director Julius Onah makes up for having afflicted The Cloverfield Paradox on us by delivering a gripping, thought-provoking cinematic essay on race, gender, colonialism, class, power and privilege (white … Continue reading
Gwen (William McGregor, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. On Halloween night in 2016 my friends and I sat around, crowded in my college dorm room, to watch a horror movie … what else would one do on Halloween night? … Continue reading
Driven (Nick Hamm, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Sometimes when a film does the all too common, unspeakable act of not living up to its exciting and intricate premise, the only thing you can do is offer it a slight … Continue reading