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John Bronco (Walton Goggins) sitting in his jeep.

Tribeca 2020 Short Films: Critic’s Choice

This year’s 19th Tribeca Film Festival didn’t take place in downtown Manhattan, but Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw was able to view its 63 shorts, chosen from 6,100 submissions. Read his reviews on six favorites.


Belle and Austin sharing a kiss.

Sharpen Your Axe with Razor Tongue

The US is not shy to acknowledge its long binging habits, boasting some of the highest consumption rates of digital media within the world. With such notorious patterns, it should come to no surprise that the media has been attributed to teaching us how to interact with and understand reality. The media invites us to… Read more »


Jean-Louis Trintignant laughing with Anouk Aimee in background

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema – March 5-15

You’ll forgive your 81-year-old Manhattan moviegoer if his first three reviews below putter about, pausing to stare at the pleasure of spending a few more evenings in the dark with two of France’s leading ladies. Simply put, these women were two of this viewer’s youthful heartthrobs. They were so, so French! Anouk Aimee, now 87,… Read more »


Agnes (Zackary Drucker) preparing for her interview in the documentary Framing Agnes

Sundance 2020: Reframing History with “Framing Agnes”

Courtney Gardner reveals how the documentary short Framing Agnes reframes LGBTQ history to contextualize trans existence and raise awareness about trans stories to make them relevant for future generations.


A shot of two puppets that represent the actors kissing in the film Tahara

Slamdance 2020: The Messy Awkwardness of Adolescence in “Tahara”

Courtney Gardner provides inside insight into how Olivia Peace, Jess Zeidman, Rachel Sennott, and Madeline Grey DeFreece lent authenticity to their Jewish coming-of-age film Tahara, which played at Slamdance 2020.


Leverne Cox smiles while sitting between two cameras in the documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Sundance 2020: A conversation about “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen”

Courtney Gardner speaks with Sam Feder and Jen Richards about the important lessons on media literacy and representation in their groundbreaking documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen, which premiered at Sundance 2020.


A still of a young Japanese girl with glasses and windswept hair from Maiko Endo's film Tokyo Telepath 2020

Sean Price Williams on Dreams, Film Heroes, and “Tokyo Telepath 2020”

The Independent’s Courtney Sheehan interviews prolific indie cinematographer Sean Price Williams about dreams, film heroes, and shooting Maiko Endo’s Tokyo Telepath 2020, which played at the 49th Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR).


Quibi Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg

Mobile-Only Streamer Quibi Reveals Content, Creatives, and Tech at CES 2020

Courtney Sheehan reports on mobile-only streaming platform Quibi’s keynote address at CES 2020, sharing the content and technology powering its launch.