Kaepernick & America: Tribeca Film Festival Review

Year: 2022 Runtime: 81 minutes Directors: Ross Hockrow, Tommy Walker By Joan Amenn Unless you have possibly developed selective amnesia as a way to cope with the events of the last decade, (which would be totally understandable), you will remember that in 2016 NFL star Colin Kaepernick knelt during the playing of the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality and racism. “Kaepernick & … Continue reading Kaepernick & America: Tribeca Film Festival Review

SXSW 2022 Review: Bad Axe

Year: 2022 Runtime: 100 minutes Director: David Siev By Joan Amenn There are many stories of immigrant families coming to the US to build better lives for themselves. Until recently, their struggles didn’t include surviving a global pandemic. Director David Siev turned a camera on his family as they struggled to maintain their restaurant business during Covid-19 because he felt it was an important time … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Bad Axe

Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

The 8th March is International Women’s Day, a day devoted to celebrating the achievements of women all across the globe and throughout history. I wasn’t aware of the fact that International Women’s Day had been running for so long, apparently “It began life as National Women’s Day in the United States back in February 1909” which is astonishing to me as I had been under the impression that it was a recent thing. Continue reading Why We Still Need International Women’s Day

Sundance 2022 Review: “Call Jane”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 121 minutes Director: Phyllis Nagy Writers: Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Chris Messina, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara, Wunmi Mosaku, Cory Michael Smith, Grace Edwards By Morgan Roberts In 1968 America, abortion was illegal.  Illegal did not mean, nor has it ever meant, not occurring.  On the contrary.  When abortion is illegal, it generally just means it is unsafe.  In … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Call Jane”

Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran: Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 18 minutes Director/Writer: Farbod Ardebili Actors: Mahadeseh Kharaman, Sarina Amiri, Babak Kamangir, Hoorsun Ashkan, Erfan Akbari, Reza Karimi By Joan Amenn Since 1979, Western style music, particularly rock and roll, has been banned in Iran. Iranian women are forbidden to sing or perform publicly. This view of Western music and a women’s role in Muslim society has recently been the subject of … Continue reading Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran: Review

Bentonville Film Festival Review: Youth v Gov

Year: 2020 Runtime:  110 minutes Director: Christi Cooper Writer: Christi Cooper, Steven Hoggard (story consultant), Lyman Smith (additional writing by) Climate change continues to become one of the most impactful and daunting issues facing us and the longer we continue to ignore, the harder things will get. We’re past the point of summers and winters being a little harsher, and we’re now seeing much more … Continue reading Bentonville Film Festival Review: Youth v Gov