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Interview with Director Richard Ladkani of “Sea of Shadows”

I saw director Richard Ladkani’s gripping investigative documentary Sea of Shadows at the 2019 AFI DOCS, and though I couldn’t interview him there, I was just recently able to talk to him on the phone (Film Festival Today founder Jeremy Taylor … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Maiden” Proves Itself Brutal, Uplifting and Inspiring 

Maiden (Alex Holmes) 3 out of 4 stars. We’re living in an era of film that ushers in both the documentary as a genre and the experiences of women as narrative focal points. Alex Holmes’ Maiden sets out for both … Continue reading

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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 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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Film Review: “Bisbee ‘17“ Brilliantly Blends Past and Present

Bisbee ‘17 (Robert Greene, 2018) 4 out of 4 stars. On July 12, 1917, over one thousand men were forcefully gathered together at gunpoint in Bisbee, Arizona, herded onto freight-train boxcars and deported to a deserted part of New Mexico, … Continue reading

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Showtime Docuseries Review: “Action“ Offers a Glimpse of Gambling Heaven and Hell

Action (Luke Korem, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. From director Luke Korem (Dealt) comes a new four-part docuseries, airing now on Showtime, about sports gambling, entitled Action. Following a varied group of subjects, Korem dives into the risks and … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Walking on Water” Floats Above the Ordinary Troubles of the World

Walking on Water (Andrey Paounov, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. For over 50 years, romantic and artistic partners Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat, he Bulgarian, she French – known collectively as Christo and Jeanne-Claude – wowed 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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