SXSW 2022 Review: Master

Year: 2022 Runtime: 98 minutes Directors:  Mariama Diallo Writers: Mariama Diallo Cast: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Amber Gray, Julia Nightingale, Ella Hunt By Tom Moore Mariama Diallo’s feature directorial debut, “Master”(2022), is a psychological horror trek through systemic racism in American education that presents an enticing and engaging atmosphere. As the film’s two central black women arrive at the fictional college campus of Ancaster College, … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Master

SXSW 2022 Review: Deadstream

Year: 2022 Runtime: 87 minutes Directors:  Vanessa and Joseph Winter Writers: Vanessa and Joseph Winter Cast: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone By Tom Moore The found-footage horror subgenre has evolved in the digital age delivering stories surrounding livestreaming and social influencers and the feature directorial debut of Joseph and Vanessa Winter, “Deadstream,” is this evolution in fully swing. No longer is “found-footage” restricted to some horror … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Deadstream

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: 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

Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 78 minutes Director: Rita Baghdadi By Morgan Roberts “Sirens”(2022) is a documentary film which gives audiences an intimate look into lives of the women of the band Slave to Sirens. Slave to Sirens is a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon. The two central individuals of focus are guitarists Lilas and Shery. Lilas and Shery are creative partners, writing many songs together. As … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 101 minutes Directors: Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes By Morgan Roberts The Jane Collective was an underground clinic for Chicagoan women in the 1960s and 1970s.  Before Roe v. Wade provided legal protection for women and uterine people seeking to terminate pregnancies, women did not have very many options.  Many times, women would find themselves working with mob doctors or having to … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Janes”

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 95 minutes Director: Tania Anderson By Morgan Roberts After high school, some young adults head straight to college, some take a gap year, and for some, their faith sends them to far reaches of the world to preach their gospel. In “The Mission” (2022), director Tania Anderson follows four young Mormon missionaries as they head to Finland for a two year Mission … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”