Posts By: John Rodzvilla

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New York Film Festival Sept. 20-Oct. 8, 2021

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Senior Critic Kurt Brokaw picks his top movies and shorts from the 59th New York Film Festival, including Julia Ducournau’s Titane, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car and Rebecca Hall’s Passing as well as two shorts.

All You Need is Love…

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Courtney Gardner follows Fiona Dawson’s work on her new episodic series, Now With Fiona, an talks with Dawson about the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and the fight for transgender minors in Arkansas.

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Making Dreams Real

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Ziqi Wang talks with filmmakers Pierre “Pyaré” Friquet an Ando Shah about their virtual reality projects and how their films create immersive storytelling.

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An Extraordinary Trancestor

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Courtney Gardner reviews the new documentary on Billy Tipton by Chase Joynt and Aisling Chin-Yee. They review the film with an eye towards how Tipton’s evolution into a trans masculine role model has changed his position in popular culture.

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Dale Bell’s “Woodstock”

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Dale Bell’s Woodstock (Rare Bird Books, 2019) is a day-by-day, event-by-event diary by Bell, the associate producer, and 22 other professional volunteers who put together the Oscar-winning Best Documentary of 1970. As Martin Scorsese writes in a brief forward, “the second half of the 1960s is the only time I’ve ever heard people talk about… Read more »

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Venus Personified

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Courtney Gardner reviews Ty Hodges’ new film, Venus as a Boy. The film challenges our assumed stereotypes as it follows a small groups of friends as they navigate adulthood in Los Angeles.

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20th Annual Tribeca Festival June 9-20

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Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw reviews the 2021Tribeca Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary. He spotlights the Warner Bros. musical In the Heights and Michèle Stephenson’s Stateless, two movies tied to the Dominican Republic in two very different ways. He also reviews Coded, Ryan White’s short documentary about J. C. Leyendecker, and The Queen of Basketball, Ben Proudfoot’s documentary on basketball pioneer, Lusia Harris-Stewart.

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I, Daniel Blake Review

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Five years after it won the Palme D’Or in 2016, Jake Peter looks back at  how I, Daniel Blake confronted the UK’s attitudes towards poverty and helped change viewers perception of what it means to be working poor.