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Film Festivals

Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty Review | Sundance 2021

Ma Belle, My Beauty is a raw moving picture that delves into a relationship molded by years of complicated love and into how it can be shattered in an instant by selfishness and abandonment. A quiet patient story that explores so much more than emotion and touches on a side of togetherness few have experienced but most understand. The feeling of loving someone with everything you have but knowing they can’t help but bring pain and never seem to take it with them when they leave. Idella Johnson and Hannah Pepper appear in Ma Belle, My Beauty by Marion Hill,…
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Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs Review | Sundance 2021

Son of Monarchs is an intriguingly captivating film out of Mexico that introduces many of its audience members to a world few knew existed… the world of biologists trying to figure out how to genetically change the color of butterfly wings! That’s a real job. Watch this movie and see for yourself! Tenoch Huerta Mejía appears in Son of Monarchs by Alexis Gambis, an official selection of the NEXT section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. After the death of his grandmother, Mendel, a Mexican biologist living in New York, returns to his hometown nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly…
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Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors Review | Sundance 2021

Human Factors is, as the title would suggest, a human story about the different ways people deal and of the fallibility of those we trust the most. A family drama that plays with the idea of perspectives, which is a tool often used to increase tension and bring clarity, but here they miss the mark making the narrative drag and leaving you more confused at the end than you were when the journey began. Wanja Valentin Kube, Mark Waschke, and Jule Hermann appear in Human Factors by Ronny Trocker, an official selection of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the…
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2021 Sundance Film Festival: Juries Announced

2021 Sundance Film Festival: Juries Announced

22 Jurors to Award Prizes at Awards Night on February 2 Park City, UT 22 celebrated voices across film, art and culture will bestow this year’s awards on feature-length and short films at the Sundance Film Festival, at a digital ceremony taking place February 2nd. This year’s Festival is fully available online at Festival.Sundance.org; Awards Night will be live-streamed. Award-winning films will be available for special extended-run viewing the day after the ceremony.  The awards, which recognize standout artistic and cinematic achievement, are decided on by 6 section juries. As in years past, Festival audiences have a role in deciding…
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2021 Sundance Film Festival Will Meet Audiences Where They Are

2021 Sundance Film Festival Will Meet Audiences Where They Are

Festival Offers Robust Online Platform and Announces Screening Partnerships with Independent Cinemas and Cultural Organizations PARK CITY, UTAH — The nonprofit Sundance Institute today unveiled plans for the seven-day 2021 Sundance Film Festival, offered digitally via a custom-designed online platform (festival.sundance.org) alongside drive-ins, independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships. The online expression of the Sundance Film Festival will provide global access for storytellers and audiences alike to come together, experience artists new work, connect with one another, and participate in conversation. All films in the program will be available online in the United States, with certain films opting…
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Film Fest 919 Review | Farewell Amor | A Film that prompts a search for beginnings

Film Fest 919 Review | Farewell Amor | A Film that prompts a search for beginnings

Jayme Lawson, Zainab Jah and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine Warmth and heartfelt emotions in Ekwa Msangi's Farewell Amor, a film consists of three well-made chapters filled with many quiet conversations between a newly reunited family of three as this Angolan family was separated for 17 years. Though they tried to keep in touch, everyone has changed.  Silvia is calm and distant,  Esther is now very religious, & the patriarch Walter, a taxi driver who paved the way to New York City so long ago, has his own secrets after spending so much time away from his family.  Msangi has a…
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FilmFest 919 Reviews | Part 1

FilmFest 919 Reviews | Part 1

In a year where everyone else is figuring out how to make things happen virtually FilmFest919 says “Ain’t nobody got time for that”! North Carolina, being one of the most stringent states when it comes to COVID-19 protocols, caused the folks at 919 to approach things differently than they have in the past. Now I know all film festivals have had to deal with the nightmare that is this pandemic, we've been covering some of them, but unlike CIFF and NYFF, who are on their 56th & 58th iteration respectively, FF919 has only been on the scene for three years.…
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Chicago International Film Festival | 2020

Chicago International Film Festival | 2020

Considering how wild 2020 has been it is turning out to be a great year for film lovers! That has greatly to do with film festivals that decided to reformat their yearly event and move ahead with the festivities, celebrating the spectacle that is visual storytelling while embracing the difficulties the pandemic has brought. Chicago International Film Festival is one of these film festivals that is gearing up to do just that. The festival is running from Oct. 14th-23rd and is highlighting an incredibly diverse selection of films sure to delight its audiences and start quite a buzz on the…
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Mangrove Review | NYFF

Mangrove Review | NYFF

Mangrove is soulful! A film about oppression, injustice, and the will to fight for your human rights to community & life free of persecution… and guess what? It's based on a true story that doesn’t take place in the US. Though true, don’t celebrate. The film hits too close to home and proves that abuse of power runs in the veins of humans and that acts like this are doomed to continue if we don’t learn from history. Class is in session with Mangrove. Shaun Parkes as Frank Crichlow in Mangrove The first of five Steve McQueen films in the…
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Film Fest 919 announces 2020 Festival Plans

Film Fest 919 announces 2020 Festival Plans

With movie theaters still under mandates in certain states to stay closed, some film festivals decided to cancel their 2020 rounds and some festivals tried to explore different ways of keeping their periodic editions. The team behind Film Fest 919 decided to present a reimagined 2020 version of Film Fest 919 with a LIVE event, offering the best in pandemic viewing, using two outdoor venues: the newly-created Drive-in at Carraway Village and The Green at Southern Village. Creating a safe, clean and healthy environment to adhere with CDC's recommendation while giving the film lovers and movie goers a unique and exciting theatrical experience. Film Fest…
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