Articles Tagged Film Festivals

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 »

DOC NYC 2012 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw discusses critic’s choices from a sampling of DOC NYC’s 61 feature-length documentaries (plus five-day Doc-a-Thon of panels and classes) scheduled to take place at IFC Center and School of Visual Arts Theater, November 8-15, 2012. David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure (Beth Toni Kruvant. 2012. USA. 74 min.) We watch the delicate,… Read more »

The New in Nouveau is a Moving Target

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Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema deals in the new, from new cinematic territories to new media forms that take their cues from film. The Independent’s Patrick Pearce met with FNC Lab section and short film programmer Philippe Gajan to chat (in English and French) about what “new” means to him, and why it is so… Read more »

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice – "Flight"

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The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, is viewing the entire main slate (plus) of the 50th New York Film Festival, showing at Lincoln Center September 28-October 14th. Below is one of several critic’s choices. A festival overview and complete list from 2012 is here. Flight (Robert Zemeckis. 2012. USA. 138 min.) Fifty years in… Read more »

The Ascent of Assange

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Hushed tones. Top-secret documents. Governments, pissed-off across the globe. Whether praised or demonized, few people can debate the significance of Australian-born Julian Assange, founder of the contentious WikiLeaks. It was only a matter of time before a biopic would follow and so Robert Connolly’s Underground: The Julian Assange Story made its world premiere at the… Read more »