‘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

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

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: LONDON ANNOUNCES BIGGEST LINE-UP TO DATE 

GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE TO OPEN THE FESTIVAL WITH EMMA THOMPSON IN ATTENDANCE  PROGRAMME INCLUDES FEATURE FILMS, SHORT FILMS, SPECIAL EVENTS AND A ROBUST INDUSTRY PROGRAMME. TAKING PLACE AT PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL, LONDON AND AT CINEMAS ACROSS THE UK, 9–12 JUNE 2022  Festival passes on sale now Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the Sundance Film … Continue reading SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: LONDON ANNOUNCES BIGGEST LINE-UP TO DATE 

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

WIFTV ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR GENRE LAB FILM PROGRAM

Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) has announced the finalists for the 2022 Genre Film Lab program. The Genre Film Lab (formerly known as From Our Dark Side) is an accelerator program designed to support the development of genre film creators whose projects are at an advanced stage of development. The teams include writers, directors and producers selected based on the submission of their … Continue reading WIFTV ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR GENRE LAB FILM PROGRAM

TRIBECA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2022 TV, AUDIO STORYTELLING, AND NOW LINEUP

TV WORLD PREMIERES INCLUDE ESPN’S DEREK JETER DOCU-SERIES THE CAPTAIN; AMAZON PRIME VIDEO’S A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN; HULU’S VICTORIA’S SECRET: ANGELS AND DEMONS; FX’S THE BEAR; HBO MAX’S MENUDO: FOREVER YOUNG; EPIX’S BRIDGE AND TUNNEL; PLUS THE MID-SEASON PREMIERE OF THE FINAL SEASON OF AMC’S BETTER CALL SAUL AUDIO STORYTELLING WORLD PREMIERES AND DISCUSSIONS TO FEATURE AUDIBLE ORIGINAL THE BIG LIE CREATED BY JOHN MANKIEWICZ AND STARRING JON HAMM, JOHN SLATTERY, ANA DE LA REGUERA, KATE MARA AND FULL … Continue reading TRIBECA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2022 TV, AUDIO STORYTELLING, AND NOW LINEUP

TRIBECA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2022 FEATURE AND SHORT FILM LINEUP

10 FEATURE FILMS FROM 150 FILMMAKERS ACROSS 40 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING 88 WORLD PREMIERES; 43 SHORTS IN COMPETITION FROM 25 COUNTRIES “MOVIES PLUS” SCREENINGS FOLLOWED BY LIVE EVENTS, INCLUDING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY LIL BABY AND OF MONSTERS AND MEN, APPEARANCES BY COLSON BAKER (AKA MACHINE GUN KELLY) AND WNBA’S NEW YORK LIBERTY; CONVERSATIONS WITH LEVAR BURTON AND JOHN MCENROE, AND MORE 21ST FESTIVAL TO CLOSE OUT … Continue reading TRIBECA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2022 FEATURE AND SHORT FILM LINEUP

We Are All One Step Away from ‘One Road to Quartzsite

One Road to Quartzsite Rating: 7/10 Director and Writer: Ryan Maxey Written by: Ryan Maxey, Josh Polon, Sophie Hardeman Style: Documentary Time: 105 minutes Official Site: https://www.facebook.com/quartzsitefilm By Mike Szymanski I loved the 2021 Best Picture winner “Nomadland” partly because it was a bit frightening. It came out while the world was quarantined and in the middle of the pandemic, and I felt like I … Continue reading We Are All One Step Away from ‘One Road to Quartzsite

The Heart-Ache in ‘Stay Awake’ Focuses on How Two Brothers Deal with It

Stay Awake Rating: 8/10 Director & Screenwriter: Jamie Sisley Style: Family Drama Time: 94 minutes By Mike Szymanski Although the disease of addiction is rampant throughout small communities throughout America, very few films have truly captured the pain and angst of what it does inside a family than in “Stay Awake.” The frustrations of the two brothers in the movie are issues that anyone can … Continue reading The Heart-Ache in ‘Stay Awake’ Focuses on How Two Brothers Deal with It

DONAL LOGUE, PALOMA KWIATKOWSKI, DAVID MAZOUZ & ADAM BEACH BOARD THE ISLAND BETWEEN TIDES

 It was announced today that production has begun on The Island Between Tides in Prince Rupert, BC. The supernatural thriller is written and directed by Andrew Holmes (Dolph) and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Austin Andrews (Julie and the Phantoms). The feature film, based on Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie’s gothic bedtime story Mary Rose, stars Paloma Kwiatkowski (Riot Girls), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), David Mazouz (Gotham), Camille Sullivan (Hunter Hunter), and Golden … Continue reading DONAL LOGUE, PALOMA KWIATKOWSKI, DAVID MAZOUZ & ADAM BEACH BOARD THE ISLAND BETWEEN TIDES

“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

When Getting ‘Crabs!’ Is A Good Thing: A Succulent Horror-Comedy To Get Your Claws Into

Crabs! Rating: 10/10 Director & Screenwriter: Pierce Berolzheimer Style: Horror/Comedy Time: 80 minutes By Mike Szymanski Lately — well at least for the past two years — it is very rare that I laugh out loud over a movie, and this one had me doing it from the first scene. So thank you “Crabs!” for getting me to giggle in this strange and unfunny times. … Continue reading When Getting ‘Crabs!’ Is A Good Thing: A Succulent Horror-Comedy To Get Your Claws Into

WIFTV ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS FOR THE 2022 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL 

Women In Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) announced the award winners for the 17th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) this weekend. The ceremony was a live virtual event featuring filmmakers from around the globe. “With so many fantastic films in the program, the jury had a tough job! We are really proud of how well the awards reflect our intentions for the … Continue reading WIFTV ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS FOR THE 2022 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL 

YVR SCREEN SCENE ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISER FOR UKRAINE

YVR SCREEN SCENE FOR UKRAINEA gala evening in support of humanitarian efforts in Ukraine featuring a special screening of Maidan On March 30, the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people will fill the big screen at VIFF Centre as part of YVR Screen Scene For Ukraine, an evening in support of humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.  The centrepiece of the evening is a special screening of Maidan, Ukrainian … Continue reading YVR SCREEN SCENE ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISER FOR UKRAINE

Federation Entertainment Will Release The Thrilling Dutch Noir Series Red Light on Amazon Prime March 22, 2022

Ten Episode Women-Driven Series Based on a Script by Carice van Houten(Game of Thrones) and Halina Reijn (Instinct) The award-winning ten part Belgian/Dutch co-production, Red Light will air on Amazon Prime beginning March 22, 2022. It is one of the several ambitious series distributed by Paris-based Federation Entertainment, alongside the thrillers Amsterdam Vice, The Bureau, Bad Banks and Around the World in 80 Days. Red Light is the latest production from Carice van Houten’s (Game of … Continue reading Federation Entertainment Will Release The Thrilling Dutch Noir Series Red Light on Amazon Prime March 22, 2022

A True Story About A Mother’s Fight for her Child is Featured in ‘Three Corners of Deception’ (Movie Review)

Three Corners of Deception Director: Meleeka Clary Style: Drama, Docu-Feature Rating: 8/10 By Mike Szymanski This is a most fascinating docu-drama. This movie called “Three Corners of Deception” records the true-life story of Dr. Maleeka Clary who also is the screenwriter, director and actress in the movie. Maleeka got into a nasty marriage and lost custody of her son by what she says is a … Continue reading A True Story About A Mother’s Fight for her Child is Featured in ‘Three Corners of Deception’ (Movie Review)

Adam Piron to Lead Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program

Sundance Institute announced that Adam Piron, a longtime staff member of the Institute’s Indigenous Program, has been named the Director of the Indigenous Program.  In this new role,  Adam will lead Sundance’s  engagement and investment in global Indigenous storytellers and will take over the Director position that Bird Runningwater left several months ago. The Institute’s commitment to supporting Indigenous artists is woven throughout its history; amplifying … Continue reading Adam Piron to Lead Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program

PENÉLOPE CRUZ TO BE HONORED WITH Montecito Award AT The 2022 SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Penélope Cruz will be honored with the Montecito Award at the 37th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Cruz will receive the award on Tuesday, March 8 at an in-person conversation about her career leading up to this year’s performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s PARALLEL MOTHERS from Sony Pictures Classic. “In the most complex role written by the master Almodovar, Penelope Cruz delivers the best performance … Continue reading PENÉLOPE CRUZ TO BE HONORED WITH Montecito Award AT The 2022 SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL