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Fantasia 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:06

filmfest fantasia_75Director Benny Chan has a gift for setting action sequences in realistic locations, from the Thai forest to the crumbling apartment blocks of Hong Kong to a luxury restaurant in Macau.

 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:03

filmfest fantasia_75Giovanni’s Island is a particularly interesting film because most of the story concerns what happens to people after a war is over, as opposed to focusing on the war itself.

   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 28 July 2014 09:45

filmfest fantasia_75You might say the Japanese anticipated the current craze for dystopian YA literature, but made their dystopias much more extreme than anything the American market would bear.

 

QFest St. Louis | 04.27-5.1.2014

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:12

qfest 75While I didn’t find a single outright clinker in the lineup ... 

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #5

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:09

Atlantafilmfestical 75It’s reasonable to ask what Broadway expected to get out of this: Widening the market for licensing productions? Recruiting new talent? Selling more cast albums?

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #6

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:46

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A dark adaptation of a short story by Dostoyevsky and a documentary about the Carter Family bring my viewing at the 2014 film festival to a close. 

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #4

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 06 April 2014 21:21

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A plot summary doesn’t really do it justice, but the experience of watching the film, with its blend of fantasy and realism, really cuts to the bone.

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:31

Atlantafilmfestical 75Plympton is a real original, with an immediately recognizable style—if you’ve ever seen any of his work, you won’t confuse it with that of anyone else.

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 31 March 2014 21:43

AFF 75In the future, movie stars will sell their scanned personas to studios, which will use them to create films without having to bother about that messy human element known as live actors.

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 31 March 2014 21:43

AFF 75One reason there are so many submissions is the AFF is an Academy-qualifying festival, meaning that the winner of the Best Animated Short and Best Narrative Short here gets to skip the first round of screening for the Academy Awards.

   

True/False Film Fest | 2014 Wrap-Up

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Written by PeteTimmermann Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:29

fest Tf75Many people didn’t select films based on descriptions in the program guide, but just saw whatever was handy—and they nearly always liked it.

 

2013 SLIFF Preview | Sarah Boslaugh

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:05

SLIFF-2 75There’s a lot of variety on offer, and while you may not care for all of it, there’s bound to be plenty that you will like.

   

2013 SLIFF Preview | Pete Timmermann

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Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 12 November 2013 09:28

 

SLIFF 75Many people will be missing A Touch of Sin due to the JFK screening, and while I can’t blame them, that’s a shame.

 

Found Footage Festival: The Best of the Midwest Preview

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Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 02 November 2013 22:50

Found-Footage-Festival 75This isn’t about the important men from Hollywood laughing at us Midwesterners.

   

QFest St. Louis 2013 preview

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 04 June 2013 19:46

qfest2013 75Even if you blindfold yourself and throw a dart at the program this year, you’re bound to hit something good.

 

Hot Docs Film Festival | Wrap Up

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Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 06 May 2013 20:33

hotdocs 75Hot Docs just might be the best-run film festival ever.

   

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 8

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 06 May 2013 20:21

hotdocs 75The Crash Reel also raises philosophical questions about the addictiveness of adrenaline sports and the sometimes blurry line between determined and foolish.

 

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 7

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 04 May 2013 19:24

hotdocs 75In Gideon’s Army, three public defenders try to do their best for a roster of clients whose experiences with the legal system are exacerbated by their poverty.

   

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 6

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Written by Jim Dunn Saturday, 04 May 2013 19:09

hotdocs 75How should we deal with people who commit horrifying, violent acts against others, but are mentally ill at the time of their actions?

 

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 5

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 02 May 2013 21:45

hotdocs 75American Commune, directed by Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo, offers an insider’s look at The Farm, once the largest agricultural commune in the U.S.

   

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 4

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 02 May 2013 21:31

hotdocs 75The immediate subject of The Kill Team is the trial of several American soldiers who were accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport.

 

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:31

hotdocs 75The adrenaline high of pointing an AK-47 at an adult when you’re only 10 years old is something that can be really difficult for kids to give up.

   

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:26

hotdocs 75In Valentine Road, Marta Cunningham digs beyond the obvious and uncovers many wrongs on the part of the adults who should have been helping these two young men grow up.

 

Hot Docs Film Festival | Day 1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 28 April 2013 16:42

hotdocs 75Part of the appeal of covering a festival, of course, is the fact that people connected with the films being shown are present to discuss their work and answer questions.

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2013 | Award Winners

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:56

atlantaFF 2013_75Award winners for the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival were announced on March 23.

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2013 | Day 2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:10

atlantaFF 2013_75The fact that George Plimpton was terrible at nearly every stunt he tried was part of the charm.

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2013 | Day 1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 21 March 2013 22:02

atlantaFF 2013 75Among some people, the love for unrealistic absolutes knows no bounds, particularly when forcing them on others makes them feel superior.

 

SXSW Film Festival 2013 | Jury & Special Awards

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 14 March 2013 20:01

SXSW2013FilmLogoWinners of the Jury and Special Awards for the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival were announced on March 12, 2013.

   

SXSW Film Festival 2013 | Day 5

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 March 2013 22:04

SXSW2013FilmLogoHoly Ghost People is a satisfying thriller with enough psychological complexity to make it interesting, and several fine acting performances to keep it real.

 

SXSW Film Festival 2013 | Day 4

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Written by Jim Dunn Tuesday, 12 March 2013 21:49

SXSW2013FilmLogoThe Punk Singer is imbued through and through with Kathleen Hanna’s spirit, which is as evident in her comeback from a serious illness as it is in her musical career.

   

SXSW Film Festival 2013 | Day 3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 March 2013 21:42

SXSW2013FilmLogoIt’s great to hear some of New York’s old guard recall the good old days before nameless sex became so closely associated with death.

 

SXSW Film Festival 2013 | Day 2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 10 March 2013 17:11

SXSW2013FilmLogoAccording to Danny Boyle, many directors started out wanting to be priests: They both deal in secrets, and both get to order people around.

   

SXSW Film Festival 2013 | Day 1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:44

SXSW2013FilmLogoMy catch of the day was Touba, an unconventional documentary on a subject of which I was completely unaware until seeing this film.

 

True/False Film Festival 2013

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Written by Matthew Newlin Monday, 04 March 2013 21:58

Despite the unrelenting cold and long queue lines, I very much enjoyed my first True/False experience.

   

Athena Film Festival 2013 | Day 3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 11 February 2013 21:41

athena 75Events in Future Weather sometimes test even the most patient audience member’s willingness to suspend disbelief, but Perla Haney-Jardine’s performance is so strong that it holds the film together.

 

Athena Film Festival 2013 | Day 2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 11 February 2013 21:23

athena 75It’s a tribute to David Riker’s skill as a writer and director that, even when Ashley is behaving in ways that should make her totally unlikeable, you don’t completely write her off.

   

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