Articles Tagged Film Festivals

NYFF 2012 Critic's Choice – "Frances Ha"

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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. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach. 2012. USA. 86 min.) Woody Allen… Read more »

The Dallas VideoFest Turns 25

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In the 25 years since the Dallas VideoFest began, annual film festivals have become an accepted occurrence in most cities. Festivals like Sundance and South By Southwest have even become part of mainstream popular culture, and new niche festivals seem to sprout up every year. When the festival opens this September 27th, it may be… Read more »

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012

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It’s another year, and time to announce 10 filmmakers we at The Independent think you should keep your eye on. It’s a varied group, to be sure, but each filmmaker has a few key things in common: talent, drive, and the desire to innovate. The complete 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2012 list is below,… Read more »

Getting to Know Maryland Film Festival

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The Maryland Film Festival (MFF) is a regional film festival that takes place annually in Baltimore, Maryland, this year from May 3-6. Entering its 14th year, the festival is known as a filmmaker friendly experience that reflects the character and atmosphere of its host city. The Independent’s Steven Abrams caught up with Eric Cotten, a… Read more »

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Shorts

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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 »

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Features

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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 »

Postcard from Salem, Mass

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In it’s fifth year, the Salem Film Fest (an all-doc festival) put cement at the base of the flag it planted many years ago. Strong programming, an active volunteer base, enthusiastic business support, and wild audience response made for a powerful week for filmmakers and film lovers alike. As I was only in town for… Read more »

SXSW 2012: Where Transformation is the Norm

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Over the last 25 years, South by Southwest has transformed from a music festival to the now familiar South by Southwest Interactive, Film, and Music Festival with 2012 additions SXSW Edu, which focuses on innovations in learning, and SXSW Eco, which focuses on environmental sustainability. Funny was also new in 2012, as SXSW shined a… Read more »

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2012 – Critic's Choice

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Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw is viewing the prescreened main slate of the 2012 Rendez-vous With French Cinema showing March 1-11, at the Walter Reade Theatre, BamCinematex, and IFC Center. His critic’s choices from among 20 films include: Free Men (Les Hommes Libres) (Ismael Ferroukhi. 2011. France. 99 min.) The young Algerian street vendor Younes… Read more »