Femspectives Review: Stone Engravings and the Three-Colored Chickenpox Tale

Year: 2018 Runtime: 21 minutes Directors: Vinicius Lopes, Luciana Mazeto By Morgan Roberts “What is our oldest creation? Ghosts? Fear? Oppression? The world?” This is the first thing posed to audiences in Femspectives documentary short film, “Stone Engravings and the Three-Colored Chickenpox Tale” (2018). The short looks at archeological discoveries in the south of Brazil, showing the timeline of existence. We see and hear people … Continue reading Femspectives Review: Stone Engravings and the Three-Colored Chickenpox Tale

SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Sophie and the Baron”

Year: 2021 Runtime: 30 minutes Director: Alexandria Jackson Stars: Sophie Kipner, Baron Wolman By Joan Amenn Baron Wolman lived quite a full life. As a photojournalist for Rolling Stone Magazine, he shot some of the most iconic pictures of the twentieth century. Sophie Kipner is a uniquely talented artist who creates stunning portraits. Can this odd couple from different creative mediums collaborate without driving each … Continue reading SXSW Online 2021 Review: “Sophie and the Baron”

Sundance Review: “Raspberry”

Year: 2021Runtime: 7 minutesDirector/Writer: Julian DoanStars: Raymond Lee, Alexis Rhee, Joseph Lee, Gihee Hong, Harry Du Young, Molly Leland, Matt Kelly By Morgan Roberts Your father has just died. What do you do? In this short film, Julian Doan explores how we start to grieve in the early moments of someone passing. Raymond Lee plays The Son, who as his father (Harry Du Young) dies, … Continue reading Sundance Review: “Raspberry”

Review: Dear Guest

Year: 2020 Runtime: 11 minutes Director: Megan Freels Johnston Writer: Megan Freels Johnston Actors: Ashley Bell, Noureen DeWulf By Joan Amenn The season of long, dark shadows can’t end now, when we have one last little gem of a scare to enjoy in “Dear Guest” (2020). Director Megan Freels Johnston concocted this quick potion of a disturbing “what if” scenario and although short, it packs … Continue reading Review: Dear Guest

Scottish Queer International Film Festival: Ashley

“Ashley” is the winner of the 2019/2020 Margaret Tait Award and is surprisingly complex for being a short film. Director Jamie Crewe, who also wrote and stars, gives an at times disorienting immersion into the mind of a deeply agonized and despondent soul. “Ashley” is brilliant in the use of sound to convey the inner turmoil of the title character’s struggle to affirm their identity. Continue reading Scottish Queer International Film Festival: Ashley

Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Laundry Night

Just another lonely weeknight doing laundry in the creepy basement of an apartment building-what could possibly go wrong? With a nod to that benchmark of urban horror, “Candyman” (1992), “Laundry Night” has great fun in building up suspense and delivers on some chills in a very short runtime.

The cinematography is perfect in depicting an old, atmospherically dingy and slowly decaying basement laundry room where the lead, Nicole Weiss talks to a friend on her phone while engaging in the title domestic chore. She mentions that she has taken a self-defense class and is carrying a knife which is a nice foreshadowing of the showdown to come. Ancient and unreliable circuit breakers play a key role in the elusiveness of the stalker who lurks in the labyrinthine halls surrounding the laundry room. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Laundry Night

Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Ace

“Ace” (2020) is a wonderfully dark and atmospheric little tale perfectly animated in muted colours and stylized figure drawing. The setting is the “Eternity Circus” and various circus performers are costumed as playing cards. The Master of Ceremonies is brilliantly foreboding as he sets them in competition with each other to achieve a series of tasks. Continue reading Greenpoint Film Festival Review: Ace