Posts By: John Rodzvilla

Clare Monnelly stares out a window.

Chicago Irish Film Festival: Films from the lands of storytelling

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The Chicago Irish Film Festival, an annual festival created by Irish filmmakers to present diverse and creative independent films to worldwide audiences, will hold its 23rd annual festival as a hybrid festival. Audiences can join the screening venues in person from March 3 to March 6 and they can also enjoy the festival online from… Read more »

Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon in the ocean.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema March 3-13

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Signs of spring are budding through New York City. Cartier just debuted the season’s most welcome ad campaign, with scores of residents in all five boroughs weighing in on why they wouldn’t live anywhere else. The citywide infection rate has plummeted from a perilous 22% in January to a far safer 1.3% (Feb. 25). And… Read more »

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New Year, New Queer: Am I OK?

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Courtney Gardner reviews Tig Notaros directorial debut,  “Am I OK?,” with a focus on how the friendship between Lucy (Dakota Johnson) and Jane (Sonoya Mizuno) changes after Lucy comes out in her thirties.

683 Days Dark: Emerson’s Bright Lights Series returns to in-person screenings for Spring 2022 season

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“We come to this place for magic” That’s right. Emerson College’s Bright Theater. Almost 700 days after their Spring 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID lockdowns, the Bright Lights Series has returned to in-person screenings. Free and open to the public, Emerson’s Bright Lights screenings showcase weekly independent films from around the world. Following… Read more »

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Seeing Agnes: Chase Joynt Reframes an Iconic Folk Hero

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“Framing Agnes” (2022), Chase Joynt’s directorial feature debut, offers the audience a critique of the media’s portrayal of transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. Joynt’s movie is the result of a collaborative process, one that was recognized by two NEXT awards at Sundance.

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The New York Jewish Film Festival Jan. 12-25

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Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw picks his virtual favorites from the 2022 New York Jewish Film Festival. Selections include documentaries on the history of a film about the Nuremburg Trials, artist Lily Renée Phillips, ehtnomusicologist Moisei Beregovsky, a musical about Bernie Madoff  and a short about a bar mitzvah in the middle of an arial bombing.

Talia Lugacy and Rosario Dawson in Conversation

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Filmmakers Talia Lugacy and Rosario Dawson have been collaborators and friends for nearly twenty years. From their time as students at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute to their most recent collaboration on “This Is Not a War Story,” the two share a singular creative bond that goes beyond the realm of film-making and… Read more »