SXSW REVIEW: “NOTHING LASTS FOREVER” (2022) SHOWTIME

Year: 2022 Runtime: 87 minutes Director: Jason Kohn By: Peggy Marie One of the most fascinating documentaries at SXSW was from director Jason Kohn, who takes on the diamond trade with “Nothing Lasts Forever” (2022). The documentary takes a good, hard look at the world of diamond cartels and most importantly, at the difference between synthetic and real diamonds. Clue: you won’t know the difference and De … Continue reading SXSW REVIEW: “NOTHING LASTS FOREVER” (2022) SHOWTIME

SXSW 2022 Review: Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

Year: 2022 Runtime: 94 minutes Directors: Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern By Joan Amenn As Wordsworth wrote, “The world is too much with us…” and he didn’t even know about social media. With the heaviness of these days, it is a comfort to turn to music. “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story” (2022) brings us a respite in its depiction of the fifty-year history of this … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story

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SXSW 2022 review: “Still Working 9 to 5”

More than 40 years after the workplace comedy 9 to 5 showcased three secretaries plotting against their sexist boss, the SXSW 2022 documentary Still Working 9 to 5 reunites stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton to talk workplace equality. More in this review from film site In Their Own League. Continue reading SXSW 2022 review: “Still Working 9 to 5”

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

SXSW Review: The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile

Year: 2022 Runtime: 108 minutes Director: Kathlyn Horan By Joan Amenn Tanya Tucker has had a remarkable life and this new documentary shows that her voice remains remarkable, too. While “The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile” (2022) does not delve too deeply into her past, it is a joyful celebration of her present as she continues her prolific career. The film focuses on … Continue reading SXSW Review: The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile

Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

By Joan Amenn Last year at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, I was blown away by a debut film called “Lady Buds” (2021) (My review can be found here: https://intheirownleague.com/?s=Lady+Buds.) I am so honored that I got to speak to director Chris J. Russo just before the big premiere of “Lady Buds” on STARZ streaming service this week. We talked about the film, the … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: “Lady Buds” Director Chris J. Russo

Black History Month Review: Oscar Peterson: Black + White

Year: 2020 Runtime: 81 Minutes Director: Barry Avrich By Joan Amenn As a jazz lover, I had an Oscar Peterson shaped hole in my heart I never knew of. Thankfully, director Barry Avrich has contributed to my complete recovery with this beautiful “docu-concert” about the legendary pianist. Along with the commentary of friends, family and fellow musicians, we get to hear the astonishingly complex sound … Continue reading Black History Month Review: Oscar Peterson: Black + White