Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Sundance Institute Award Recipients for Science in Film Initiative

Feature Film Prize Goes to The Pod Generation, Grantees Honored at Reception during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute Science-in-Film initiative with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation celebrated this year’s Feature Film Prize winner The Pod Generation directed by Sophie Barthes and the recipients of three artist grants for three projects in development at a reception following the Appetite for Construction panel at Filmmaker Lodge. The … Continue reading Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Sundance Institute Award Recipients for Science in Film Initiative

2023 Sundance Film Festival To Go “Beyond Film”Lineup of Conversations Announced

Additional Institute and Partner Programming to Round Out Public Offerings at Festival The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the lineup for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival Beyond Film conversations, all of which are open to the public. Made up of three series called Power of Story, Cinema Café, and The Big Conversation, Beyond Film rounds out the Festival experience, providing a place for the community to engage through artist … Continue reading 2023 Sundance Film Festival To Go “Beyond Film”Lineup of Conversations Announced

‘Razzennest’ Is the Funniest, Scariest Movie You’ll Ever Listen To

Razzennest Rating: 7/10 Director: Johannes Grenzfurthner Writer: Johannes Grenzfurthner Style: Comedy/Horror/Satire Time: 81 minutes Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIuF40DRsXI Review by Mike Szymanski Just when you think all the innovative stuff was done involving found-footage films, or all-devices movies, there comes something truly unique and innovative that will bite you in the fettasna and tickle your roligben. That’s this movie “Razzennest” which is German for “rat’s nest” but it also incorporates Swedish … Continue reading ‘Razzennest’ Is the Funniest, Scariest Movie You’ll Ever Listen To

Capping Off Bruce Willis’s Action Career with Satisfying ‘Independence’

Detective Knight: Independence Rating: 9/10 Director: Edward John Drake Writer: Edward John Drake Style: Action/Crime Thriller Time: 90 minutes Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt-hyQE-sIA Rated: R Review by Mike Szymanski This crime thriller trilogy of the Detective Knight series is a fitting finale to Bruce Willis’s action movie career. Of course, everyone hopes and expects Willis to conquer his aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects a person’s … Continue reading Capping Off Bruce Willis’s Action Career with Satisfying ‘Independence’

Bruce Willis Gets Redeemed in One of his Final Films: ‘Detective Knight: Redemption’

Detective Knight: Redemption Rating: 8/10 Director: Edward John Drake Writers: Edward John Drake and Corey Large Style: Action/Crime Thriller Time: 93 minutes Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXMbkKzvpHY Rated: R Review by Mike Szymanski This second in the Detective Knight trilogy, perhaps Bruce Willis’s last film role, is called “Redemption.” In the first part, “Rogue,” the celebrated Willis’s character Detective Knight is in prison for murdering the bad guys, Winna … Continue reading Bruce Willis Gets Redeemed in One of his Final Films: ‘Detective Knight: Redemption’

Indigo Girls to Perform at Sundance Institute’sOpening Night: A Taste of Sundance Presented by IMDbPro

Evening To Celebrate Independent Storytelling and Raise Funds for the Institute’s Year-Round Work; Tickets On Sale Now The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo Indigo Girls will perform at Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance presented by IMDbPro on January 19 in Park City. The band will also premiere their new documentary, It’s Only Life After All at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance … Continue reading Indigo Girls to Perform at Sundance Institute’sOpening Night: A Taste of Sundance Presented by IMDbPro

My Sister Liv: Exactly What We Need More of In Film

Very few movies cut you open so finely so soon just by knowing the downward drop of the third act. This is one of them. And what’s for better and for worse is that it’s a documentary. The real evidence of a young life, crashing into the colorless void, not because it was time but because the passing of time was too much. By Austin … Continue reading My Sister Liv: Exactly What We Need More of In Film

2023 Sundance Film Festival Lineup of 99 Feature Films

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the comprehensive slate of independent films selected across the feature film categories for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The 2023 Festival will take place January 19–29, 2023, in person in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Resort, along with a selection of films available online across the country January 24–29, 2023. Festivalgoers will once again return to theaters … Continue reading 2023 Sundance Film Festival Lineup of 99 Feature Films

2023 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film and Indie Episodic Program Lineup

64 Short Films and 4 Indie Episodic Projects to Debut at the FestivalSchedule of In-Person and Online Screenings Now Live! the nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the Short Films and Indie Episodic projects selected for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. For in-person attendees, Indie Episodic works will have individual premieres and Shorts will screen in curated programs. Beginning January 24, all Indie Episodic projects and selected Shorts … Continue reading 2023 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film and Indie Episodic Program Lineup

Sundance Institute Announces Luca Guadagnino to Receive International Icon Award at Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance Presented by IMDbPro

Evening will Celebrate Independent Storytelling and Raise Funds for the Institute’s Year-Round Work; Tickets on Sale Now The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced that Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Luca Guadagnino will receive the International Icon Award at Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance presented by IMDbPro on January 19 in Park City. Guadagnino will join previously announced honorees of the evening, Ryan Coogler, W. Kamau Bell, and Nikyatu Jusu. The 2023 Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19–29, 2023, … Continue reading Sundance Institute Announces Luca Guadagnino to Receive International Icon Award at Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance Presented by IMDbPro

You Will Want to Give in to These ‘Toxic Impulses’

Toxic Impulses Rating: 8/10 Director: Kyle Schadt Writer: Kyle Schadt Style: Thriller Time: 89 minutes Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peAqVQjqspU Review by Mike Szymanski “Toxic Impulses” is truly one of the best examples of a modern film noir thriller than any movie that has been made in a long time. Film noir (or “dark film” in French) is characterized by stark lighting, unkempt anti-heroes, twisting plot lines, and heavy … Continue reading You Will Want to Give in to These ‘Toxic Impulses’

A Washed-Up Rock Star Hiding from the World Realizes He’s ‘Lost Inside’

Lost Inside Rating: 8/10 Director: Jeff Hindenach Writer: Jeff Hindenach Style: Drama Time: 95 minutes Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ipVr5C6Yws Review by Mike Szymanski “Lost Inside” delves into the feelings of isolation and loneliness we all get, whether famous or never famous. It’s labeled a drama, but it’s very funny, too. We’ve all dealt with isolation during these years of the pandemic, but for this movie it’s more than … Continue reading A Washed-Up Rock Star Hiding from the World Realizes He’s ‘Lost Inside’

The ‘Aves’ and the Have-Nots: Finding a Team to Create a Memorable Short Film Showpiece

The amazing program in the Masters of Fine Arts at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles allows students to focus on six disciplines of filmmaking. (See related story: AFI Film Fest Focuses on the Up-and-Comers) Over the two-year course, like-minded students come together to share their expertises in Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting and create a short film that will in all … Continue reading The ‘Aves’ and the Have-Nots: Finding a Team to Create a Memorable Short Film Showpiece

The LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL announces its Closing Night feature presentation: Patricia Chica’s ravishing coming-of-age drama MONTRÉAL GIRLS

The Los Angeles International Film Festival is proud to present the LA Premiere of Canadian director Patricia Chica’s highly anticipated directorial debut MONTRÉAL GIRLS, which will also be the closing night film. The story follows Ramy, a Middle-Eastern young man’s turbulent journey and his quest for love and enlightenment while discovering his true calling along the way.  MONTRÉAL GIRLS is written by Patricia Chica (who also directed, produced and edited) … Continue reading The LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL announces its Closing Night feature presentation: Patricia Chica’s ravishing coming-of-age drama MONTRÉAL GIRLS

Getting Real ‘22: Flipping the Frame Conference Program Announced

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced today that Getting Real ‘22, its biennial convening for documentary practitioners, will be held both in-person in Los Angeles and with a virtual audience from all around the world next month from September 27-29. The Getting Real ’22 conference will approach documentary’s foundational quandaries from a new thematic perspective: Flipping the Frame. Traditional power dynamics — between funder and filmmaker, documentarian and … Continue reading Getting Real ‘22: Flipping the Frame Conference Program Announced

‘The Whole Lot’ Has a Whole Lot Going for It

The Whole Lot Rating: 7/10 Director: Connor Rickman Writer: Matthew Ivan Bennett Style: Drama Time: 75 minutes By Mike Szymanski Don’t pick a character that you like or relate to early on in this family drama. Chances are, you may change your mind about him or her pretty quickly, and many times in this twisting reunion of brother and sister. “The Whole Lot” really has … Continue reading ‘The Whole Lot’ Has a Whole Lot Going for It

The Sixth Annual Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (LEFUFF) is an official 501c3 non-profit which showcases exclusively feminist experimental art and alternative groundbreaking films. LEFUFF’s programming highlights fourth wave feminist cinema through transformative media and vanguard technologies bridging the gap between the Avant Garde and Narrative world. LEFUFF features films from over 30 different countries ranging in genres from Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Horror, Female Sexuality, and Psychotropic … Continue reading The Sixth Annual Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival

The Latinx House, Sundance Institute, Netflix and Shondaland Announce Inaugural Cohort for Adelante Directors Fellowship

This program will support authentic and inclusive storytelling from up-and-coming Latina directors Today, The Latinx House, the Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance program, Netflix, and Shondaland announced three Latina directors who will participate in the inaugural Adelante Directors Fellowship, a groundbreaking program that supports up-and-coming directors’ professional development, creating a pipeline to uplift independent filmmakers as they grow in their careers and learn more about directing on a series. The Latina directors chosen … Continue reading The Latinx House, Sundance Institute, Netflix and Shondaland Announce Inaugural Cohort for Adelante Directors Fellowship

THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL WITH HOLLYWOOD BOWL: THE FIRST 100 YEARS LIMITED EDITION BOOK AND VINYL BOX SET AND NEW PODCAST SERIES

300+ Page Book Presents Firsthand Accounts and Rarely Seen Photos Seven-LP Vinyl Box Set Features Recordings from the Hollywood Bowl over thePast 100 Years, Featuring Never-Released Tracks from Artists IncludingGustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, Fred Astaire, Billie Holiday,the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Donna Summer and The Doors 10-Episode Podcast Explores Little-Known Stories of the Hollywood Bowl,Accompanied by Multimedia Website and Walking Tour Commemorative Collection To … Continue reading THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL WITH HOLLYWOOD BOWL: THE FIRST 100 YEARS LIMITED EDITION BOOK AND VINYL BOX SET AND NEW PODCAST SERIES

IllumiNative, The Black List, Sundance Institute Announce The Second Indigenous Screenwriting List

IllumiNative, The Black List, and the Sundance Institute announced the eight finalists of The Indigenous List. These Indigenous screenwriters represent the best and most promising Native creatives in the film and television industry.  The Indigenous List was launched in 2020 to provide a platform for Indigenous writers to showcase their scripts, create additional pathways and opportunities within the industry, and support the development of the next generation of screenwriters. … Continue reading IllumiNative, The Black List, Sundance Institute Announce The Second Indigenous Screenwriting List