Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a

New Directors/New Films 2017: “Quest”


Kurt Brokaw review’s Jonathan Olshefski’s debut documentary “Quest”, a deeply personal and uplifting meditation on family love. The documentary debuted at Lincoln Center’s “New Directors/New Films” Festival which runs March 15-26.


DOC NYC 2014, November 13th – 20th – Critic’s Choice


“Too much ain’t enough” might be the cry-of-the-night heard throughout the recent 52nd New York Film Festival and this past spring’s Tribeca film fest now in its 12th year.  Not to be outdone in a town where nothing succeeds like excess, DOC NYC  has burst out of its five-screen IFC Center and twin-screen SVA theater… Read more »

\J.K. Simmons on left, Miles Teller on right.

New York Film Festival 2014 – Critic’s Choice


Kurt Brokaw returns to the New York Film Festival as our senior critic for the fifth consecutive year. No film is left behind as he chooses his favorites, with reviews starting now and coming in over the next week. The festival runs September 26th through October 12th.

In "Ida," a Polish nun discovers that she's Jewish.

New York Jewish Film Festival 2014 – Critic's Choices


How inspiring that The Film Society of Lincoln Center has partnered with The Jewish Museum for more than two decades in presenting world, US, and New York premieres of films from around the globe. And how encouraging to read Sheerly Avni’s report in The Jewish Daily Forward that more than 80 similar Jewish fests are… Read more »

Preserving indie film is no small matter. Photo by DRsKulturarvsprojekt.

Do You Know Where Your Film and Video Masters Are?


Editor’s Note: We are posting this email message from Sandra Schulberg at her request as a courtesy to our readers who share concerns over preserving and archiving independent films. We plan to follow this project and report more formally about its status in the future. Begin message: As some of you know, I’ve become passionate… Read more »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the "delicious" short "Picture Paris."

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Shorts


For Brokaw’s feature choices and an overview of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival click here. Critic’s Choice – Shorts Picture Paris (Brad Hall. 2011. USA. 28 min.) The Grand Guignol was Paris’ longest-running theater, offering twin bills of playlets that opened with a slice-and-dice horror tale (using magic illusions and pioneering prosthetics) that left audiences… Read more »

"Side by Side" debates the future and finality of formats. Photo by Chris Cassidy.

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Features


America’s leading brands hold onto their core essences and mission while they line-extend their flavors, colors, sizes and packaging, and they do it endlessly. This is the formula the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) continues to follow as it begins its second decade of “spurring the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district.” TFF’s… Read more »