Independent Chinese director Wen Muye’s latest film “Nice View” was released in the US this past weekend after making over 1.2 billion Renminbi (RMB), around $170 million, during its theatrical release in China. “Nice View” is set in Shenzhen, one of China’s richest and busiest cities. The film centers on Jing hao, a 20-year-old man,… Read more »
Theater owners across the country, from giant national chains to independent cinemas, began screening Ukrainian director Oles Sanin’s 2014 historical drama film “The Guide” on March 18, 2022 as part of a nationwide fundraising campaign.
Amidst Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, a number of independent Belarusian filmmakers have penned an open letter that condemns Russia’s senseless violence and demands they remove their troops from Ukraine and Belarus.
“After Yang,” directed by South Korean-American filmmaker Kogonada, premiered in North America at the Sundance Film Festival this past January where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize. The $20,000 award is for directors whose feature-length film focuses on science, technology, or depicts a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character, according to the… Read more »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this year’s Oscar nominations, with several independent films making the cut in a variety of categories. “Belfast,” a British coming-of-age film directed by Kenneth Branagh, received seven nominations including Best Picture, though it wasn’t the only independent film nominated for the Academy’s most prestigious award. “CODA”… Read more »
Directed and written by Travis Taute, “Indemnity” is a heart-breaking, action-packed thriller about loss, survival, and grief. After ex-firefighter Theo Abrams wakes up next to his dead wife Angela, he must rid himself of the murder accusation with no recollection of what happened that night. A perfect fit for Black History Month, the film stars… Read more »
683 Days Dark: Emerson’s Bright Lights Series returns to in-person screenings for Spring 2022 seasonBy Sam Goodman
“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 »
One of the most anticipated films to rise from last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, winning the audience award for best narrative, was “Catch the Fair One,” directed and written by Josef Kubota Wladyka. This “propulsive and bruising thriller,” as Screen Daily describes it, spotlights on screen a mixed indigenous co-writer and actress, Kali “K.O.” Reis… Read more »
Baz Luhrmann’s iconic re-imagining of the classic Shakespearean tragedy celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. As the several anniversary screenings throughout this year demonstrate, “Romeo + Juliet” (1996) has not lost any of its appeal in the years since its release.