Interview with Writer and Actress Finnerty Steeves

By Morgan Roberts “Before/During/After” (2021) is a triumphant film about love, loss, and reconnecting with yourself. I was given the opportunity to watch it last year as a screener from the Greenpoint Film Festival. It is hard to make a perfect film, but the “Before/During/After” team sure made one. Finnerty Steeves wrote, stars, and produced this film, and it is a real ode to the … Continue reading Interview with Writer and Actress Finnerty Steeves

Exclusive Interview with Director Lynne Sachs

. I actually started that film as a triptych, “Film About a Father Who,” that was about the ways that you can know about another person. I made this film that was about my Dad, and then I made a film about a woman who was a filmmaker and a mother who lived in Israel and how her life got wrapped up in the violence of the Middle East. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Director Lynne Sachs

SXSW 2021 Review: The Sparks Brothers

Year: 2021 Runtime: 135 minutes Director: Edgar Wright By Joan Amenn Warning: this article contains references to “Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins.” Robin Williams said we all have a spark of madness but the Brothers Mael (Ron and Russell) have enough combustible material between them to ignite Independence Day fireworks on the National Mall. Building a documentary around such inscrutable yet downright zany characters is … Continue reading SXSW 2021 Review: The Sparks Brothers

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Recovery”

Year: 2021Duration: 1h 20mDirectors: Mallory Everton, Stephen MeekWriters: Whitney Call, Mallory EvertonStarring: Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Julia Jolley By Caz Armstrong This pandemic-based roadtrip comedy sees two sisters racing across the country to free their grandma from a covid-infested nursing home. With comic vibes and palpable chemistry reminiscent of “Booksmart” directors Mallory Everton and Stephen Meek have a very funny, very timely film. Sisters Jamie and Blake (co-writers Whitney … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Recovery”

SXSW 2021 Review: Mau

Year: 2021Runtime: 77 minutesDirectors: Benjamin Bergmann, Jono Bergmann By Joan Amenn Design: a plan or drawing; the act of conceiving a plan or drawing Bruce Mau singlehandedly expanded the definition of the word design from referencing something small like an edgy looking teapot to a plan of action on an epic scale. He revolutionized what design can be and what it can do to address … Continue reading SXSW 2021 Review: Mau

SXSW 2021 Review: Violet

Year: 2021Runtime: 90 minutesDirector: Justine BatemanWriter: Justine BatemanCast: Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Luke Bracey, Dennis Boutsikaris, Erica Ash, Todd Stashwick, Bonnie Bedelia By Joan Amenn Mental health is often depicted in film as a debilitating disease, perhaps because it makes for more dramatic story telling. “Violet” (2021) takes a different look at anxiety and how it may be affecting those closest to us while we … Continue reading SXSW 2021 Review: Violet

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Kid Candidate”

Year: 2021Duration: 1h 7mDirector: Jasmine Stodel By Caz Armstrong Hayden Pedigo is a 24 year old experimental musician running for city council in Amarillo, Texas, a city with a population of 200,000 people. He’s keen, inexperienced and passionate, the youngest person ever to run for council in Amarillo. This documentary by filmmaker Jasmine Stodel is a character study that makes you not only root for … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Kid Candidate”

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Fucking With Nobody”

Year: 2021Duration: 1h 42mDirector: Hannaleena HauruWriters: Hannaleena Hauru, Lasse PoserStarring: Hannaleena Hauru, Lasse Poser, Samuel Kujala By Caz Armstrong This meta-narrative film-of-a-film centres around feminist ideals in heterosexual relationships and the unreal impressions we give on social media. While the intentions are noble, momentum falls quickly and the layers of narrative creates confusion. Hanna (writer and director Hannaleena Hauru) is failing in her career as a film director … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Fucking With Nobody”

GFF2021 Review: My Wonderful Wanda

Year: 2021 Runtime: 111 minutes Director: Bettina Oberli Writers: Bettina Oberli & Cooky Ziesche Stars: Agnieszka Grochowska, Andre Jung, Martha Keller, Birgit Minichmayr, Jacob Matschenz By Calum Cooper Bettina Oberli’s “My Wonderful Wanda” (2021) had the potential to be something really powerful and scathing. Its setup is interesting, and its actors all work well off of each other. But its script feels undercooked, leaving us … Continue reading GFF2021 Review: My Wonderful Wanda

GFF2021 Review: Voice of Silence

Year: 2020 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Hong Eui-jeong Writer: Hong Eui-jeong Stars: Yoo Ah-in, Yoo Jae-myung, Moon Seung-ah By Calum Cooper “Voice of Silence” (2020) is a great example of juxtaposition. Although its setup is bathed in an inherent darkness, its tone and narrative is a lot warmer than one would expect. It does not mitigate the darkness, but it makes what would have been … Continue reading GFF2021 Review: Voice of Silence