Articles Tagged Film Festivals

New Directors/New Films 2013 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the 42nd annual New Directors/New Films (all 22 features plus 17 shorts) and presents his critic’s choices below. A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm. 2012. Denmark. 99 min.) Piracy at sea is a torrid premise for a terrorist plot. Danish writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s sturdy A Hijacking is the first narrative… Read more »

SXSW 2013 Preview: The Familiar and the Unexpected

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In the next few days, the eyes of much of the film world will be on Austin, Texas. Specifically, filmmakers, fans, producers, first-time directors, distributors, actors, industry insiders and film fest newbies will be focusing their attention on the more than 250 films screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Over its 19 year history,… Read more »

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2013 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the main slate of the 2013 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing February 28th through March 10th at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices include: Populaire (Régis Roinsard. 2012. France. 111 min.) Don’t be misled by the one-sheet poster that places Romain Duris, all… Read more »

Film Festival Scholarship and Professional Networks on the Rise

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As international film festival circuits become increasingly visible online, scholarly interest in festivals as objects of study, particularly outside the US, continues to grow. At the same time, festival professionals are realizing the potential in forming collaborative partnerships through membership networks. Enter the Film Festival Academy (FFA) and the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN), two… Read more »

Sundance 2013: Documentaries Depict Life, Raw and Unplugged

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PARK CITY, Utah – It’s a safe bet that most documentaries won’t make the leap from the film-festival circuit to a multiplex near you. But if a powerful documentary has the right stuff—an intoxicating mixture of compelling subject matter, unique characters and enough luck to connect with festival programmers and audiences alike at the Sundance… Read more »

Sundance 2013: Memorable Characters

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Park City, UTAH—When you go to Sundance for the first time, after having written about it from afar for years, there’s an unavoidable collision of what you imagine or want the festival to be and what it is. As it is with the movies and me, some of the most telling and memorable moments came… Read more »

Sundance 2013: New Frontier's Virtual and Real Space

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During the Sundance Film Festival, one can choose from at least 15 different activities, from watching films to hearing panels or tracking celebrities, to hitching a chairlift up the mountain. For the next of the next–transmedia installations, multimedia performances, and so on, the festival created a section called New Frontier. Curated by Shari Frilot, New… Read more »

Sundance 2013: Short Film Miracles

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PARK CITY, Utah – You don’t have to secure movie stars and high-production values to shine at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. What matters most are compelling stories anchored by believable and engaging protagonists who simultaneously hook emotions and intellectual curiosity. After all, a well-conceived and beautifully crafted short film can expand perceptions of what… Read more »

IDFA 2012: Documentary as an Event Born by Accident

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The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) celebrated its 25th edition with an unforgettable program. John Appel’s Wrong Time Wrong Place, a film about the finality of existence and the force of coincidence set against the backdrop of the Utoya Island tragedy in Norway, was screened on opening night and later in 25 different cinemas… Read more »