If You Dream of Getting into The Industry, This is a Must-See: ‘Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL

Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL Rating: 10/10 Director and Writer: Rick Pamplin. Style: Documentary Time: 101 minutes by Mike Szymanski This is a subject I know a lot about. Not only have I taken a lot of classes about the film industry, and have two bookcases full of dusty books about breaking into the business, but I’ve watched the plethora of how-to documentaries that parse out secrets … Continue reading If You Dream of Getting into The Industry, This is a Must-See: ‘Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL

“Royalty Free” Tells of Making The World A better Place Through Music And A Dream

By Sherletta Germain  “Royalty Free” is a story of Kevin McCloud and his ability to make the world a better place through his composition of music. I really enjoyed the film because it didn’t just show one layer of who Kevin is. The film showed the ups and downs; the good versus the bad . Kevin’s career was interesting in how he kind of accidentally … Continue reading “Royalty Free” Tells of Making The World A better Place Through Music And A Dream

2022 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED 

Top Jury Prizes Go To Nanny (U.S. Dramatic), The Exiles (U.S. Documentary), All That Breathes (World Cinema Documentary) and Utama (World Cinema Dramatic) Navalny (U.S. Documentary) and Cha Cha Real Smooth (U.S. Dramatic)Win Audience Awards Presented by Acura Navalny Wins Festival Favorite Award After nine days, 84 feature films and 59 short films, the juries have deliberated and the audience has voted, and Friday night the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards were announced. The award-winning films will screen … Continue reading 2022 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED 

NBA SUPERSTAR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

TO HOSTS SPECIAL FREE WEEKEND NOON SCREENINGS OF “THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL” THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES AT THE LAEMMLE THEATRES THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JAN 29 AND 30 LUSIA “LUCY” HARRIS – THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL – courtesy of New York Times Op-Docs/Breakwater Films NBA Superstar and now Executive Producer Shaquille O’Neal announced special free matinee screenings this weekend only in Los Angeles of his short … Continue reading NBA SUPERSTAR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

Try Harder Film Review

By: Vernon Nickerson At Lowell High School, the top-ranked public high school in San Francisco,the seniors are stressed out and I can can relate. “Try Harder” shows the unbelievable pressure students are under to achieve their dream, but sometimes it’s not their dream but their parents. There is a parallel of what these students went through and what I went through in my earlier academic … Continue reading Try Harder Film Review

At Long Last, STEEL SONG

By Vernon Nickerson Fans of Game of Thrones and or cosplay enthusiasts will be enthralled by the behind-the-scenes documentary “Steel Song” by Director Adrian Cicerone. Be advised, the film resembles a medieval jostling contest where the combatants attemp. It beat the snot out of each other. The objective: to be th. Last person (male or female) standing. To the filmmakers’credit, the story is apologetic an … Continue reading At Long Last, STEEL SONG

SHER FILMS ANNOUNCES BC & ONTARIO PREMIERES FOR LGBTQ+ DOCUMENTARY FEATURE EMERGENCE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Sher Films announced today that director Vinay Giridhar’s feature documentary debut Emergence: Out of the Shadows, a film that started its international festival run this September in the US, will be heading home to BC for its Canadian premiere at KDocsFF and to the Reelworld Film Festival for it’s Ontario debut. The hometown launch of Emergence: Out of the Shadows begins at ​​Metro Vancouver’s Premier Social … Continue reading SHER FILMS ANNOUNCES BC & ONTARIO PREMIERES FOR LGBTQ+ DOCUMENTARY FEATURE EMERGENCE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

LCV, Chispa, and The Redford Center Partner to Build Community Power Through New Short Film Series

Community Power series spotlights local stories of clean transportation, jobs, and justice. The Redford Center, in collaboration with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Chispa, announced the launch of a new series of short films showcasing community power in a collective call for civic engagement around clean transportation to build a safer, more just future. About Power the Vote: Community PowerAs part of The … Continue reading LCV, Chispa, and The Redford Center Partner to Build Community Power Through New Short Film Series

The Need to Grow A Life Transforming Film

By Vernon Nickerson Sometimes the best independent films are life-transforming. Other times watching and listening to an exceptionally well-told story makes the heart sing. From the collaborative team of Rob Herring (Writer-Director) and Ryan Wirick (Director), The Need to Grow is that film. The subtitle, “Save the SOIL, Save the WORLD,” summarizes an intimate journey of a mother and Girl Scout Troup leader (Ms. Monica … Continue reading The Need to Grow A Life Transforming Film

2021 Dances With Films Review of “Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol”

By Vernon Nickerson Film animator chronicles a 40- year journey to make a movie with his teen idol Ike Eisenmann (of Walt Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountain’ fame). Just when I had given up expecting anything that gave me a warm fuzzy trip down memory lane to suddenly appear in the middle of 2021 and COVID-19 Delta Variant, a funny valentine comes along. Professional animator … Continue reading 2021 Dances With Films Review of “Dear Ike: Lost Letters to a Teen Idol”

Why Haven’t You Had The Luxury Of Discovering This Cool Band? This Doc Tells It All

By Mike Szymanski Luxury, had I known of them in the 1990s, would have become a favorite band of mine in my youth had I known about them. Their influences were the same as mine that I loved as a young teen, when the parents of the up-and-coming band members were giving their children albums from KISS, and Queen, and the Beatles. What may have … Continue reading Why Haven’t You Had The Luxury Of Discovering This Cool Band? This Doc Tells It All

A Review of Jonathan Baker’s Film “Becoming Iconic”

By Vernon Nickerson By his own admission, relatively “new” Director Jonathan Baker wants a career in filmmaking and defines film as propaganda. So, I can only conclude from Jonathan Baker’s “Becoming Iconic” that Baker wants to become an iconic creator director. Jonathan Baker is a writer, producer and director has always been enthralled by smart storytelling and larger than life figures, taking inspiration from greats … Continue reading A Review of Jonathan Baker’s Film “Becoming Iconic”

SEE “SUMMER Of SOUL” AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE

By Vernon Nickerson Where were you in summer 1969? Can’t remember? Not born yet? That’s okay. I have the perfect film for where you needed to be in 1969 on the day man walked on the moon. GO SEE SUMMER SOUL AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE! A Questlove Jam: “Summer of Soul”, Or, when the Revolution Could Not Be Televised, is more than a documentary. … Continue reading SEE “SUMMER Of SOUL” AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE

A Summer Blockbuster in Independent Film: “Skin Deep: Formulating a Legacy” Is A Serious Piece Of 2021 Summertime Fun!

By Vernon Nickerson In the new film, “Skin Deep: Formulating a Legacy”, we are reminded that while “Jersey Shore” was becoming a cultural phenomenon, an actual phenomenally talented entrepreneur and cosmetic chemistry genius was working against relentless odds and a jaw-dropping series of unfortunate events. Thanks to the star and Executive Producer Vince Spinnato, a Jersey native and proud graduate of Vineland High School, we … Continue reading A Summer Blockbuster in Independent Film: “Skin Deep: Formulating a Legacy” Is A Serious Piece Of 2021 Summertime Fun!

An Anti-Vaccine Film Targeted to Black Americans Spreads False Information

By ©Kaiser Health News When a filmmaker asked medical historian Naomi Rogers to appear in a documentary, the Yale professor didn’t blink. She had done these “talking head” interviews many times before. She assumed her comments would end up in a straightforward documentary that addressed some of the most pressing concerns of the pandemic, such as the legacy of racism in medicine and how that … Continue reading An Anti-Vaccine Film Targeted to Black Americans Spreads False Information

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grants 18 Projects

Stories from BIPOC and Women Directors Are Focus of Unrestricted Support The Sundance Institute announced the latest cohort of Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grantees. A total of $590,000 in unrestricted grant support has been provided to 18 projects in various stages including five in development, eight in production, and five in post-production. Grants are made possible by The Open Society Foundations, the John D. and … Continue reading Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grants 18 Projects

An Inspiring Interview with AJ Ali, Producer of “Walking while Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer”

By Vernon Nickerson Good afternoon. Today it is my honor to be in conversation with AJ Ali, Producer of a powerful new documentary that is a must-see-and-discuss event for a global audience: “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer”. AJ kindly allowed us to have wonderfully diverse conversation with him Vernon Nickerson: Welcome to The Art of Monteque. AJ Ali: Hi Vernon, How are you? … Continue reading An Inspiring Interview with AJ Ali, Producer of “Walking while Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer”

“Walking while Black L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” – A MUST SEE FILM for Our 21st Century

By Vernon Nickerson Full disclosure: I want the planet to watch this entire documentary from beginning to end as many times as needed so that no human being in America forgets. Specifically, we must never forget the history of our current pandemic of violence at the hands of people who, once upon a time, were universally believed to keep the peace, even when everything else … Continue reading “Walking while Black L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” – A MUST SEE FILM for Our 21st Century

Acclaimed PBS Television Series ‘POV’ Announces 34th Season, Reaffirming Public Media as a Platform for the People

Powerful points of view into immigration, economic inequality and racial justice—more than half directed by people of color and women, with a spotlight on Latinx cinema Season premieres on July 5 with CJ Hunt’s The Neutral Ground—all films available streaming with free educational resources POV returns to PBS in July with its 34th season, a slate of films that reaffirm public media’s vital role as … Continue reading Acclaimed PBS Television Series ‘POV’ Announces 34th Season, Reaffirming Public Media as a Platform for the People

AXS FILM FUND LAUNCHES WITH A COMMITMENT TO ENSURING CREATORS OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD

Grants of up to $10,000 Per Project Starting in 2021 AXS Film Fund was founded to support documentary filmmakers and non-fiction new media creators of color with disabilities. AXS Film Fund seeks to bring visibility to this underrepresented community of creators by intervening and providing opportunities that they may not otherwise have with mainstream funding structures. Grantees will be supported in their endeavors to tell … Continue reading AXS FILM FUND LAUNCHES WITH A COMMITMENT TO ENSURING CREATORS OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD