By William Engel “Fear, Love and Agoraphobia” is a sobering, poignant story of two people struggling to break free from their respective prisons – one confined by mental illness, the other by grief. The film follows two different people, whose lives converge about one-third through. The first, a man named Chet (Dustin Coffey), suffers from severe agoraphobia, or fear of sunlight and going outside. … Continue reading “Fear, Love and Agoraphobia” A Distressing Yet Refreshing Look At The Default Difficulties Of Life
By William Engel “Russian Doll” follows Viola Ames (Melanie Brockmann Gaffney), a veteran police detective who’s assigned to investigate the disappearance of a woman who stumbled upon a murder plot behind the scenes of an upcoming play called The Russian Doll. As opening night draws closer and closer, Viola and her partner, EJ (Sarah Hollis) are tasked with unraveling a twisted thread that will lead … Continue reading “Russian Doll” Film Review
By William Engel The film follows Jimmy Percer (Kogon), an aging tap dancer who seeks to enter an international dancing competition. On one hand, he has plenty of people in his corner, including his wife, Tess (Beverly Mitchell), his boss, Mr. Dalyrmple (Jim O’Heir), and his niece, Kit (Hayley Shukiar). On the other hand, a few obstacles stand in his way; for one thing, the … Continue reading Stephen Kogon Is Set To Make His Film Debut As The Star Of “Dance Baby Dance” A Charming – Albeit A Bit By-The-Numbers – Inspirational Story
By: William Engel Kerith Lemon is a filmmaker who seeks to give women a voice. Lemon, director of the short films “Bare” and “A Social Life”, uses her art to tell the stories that all women have inside of them – from the extraordinary to the mundane. “Bare” tells the story of a breast cancer patient on the verge of losing her hair and … Continue reading Kerith Lemon An Extraordinary Filmmaker Giving A Voice To the Voiceless In A Minimalists Way.
By William Engel A powerful story of one man’s task to clear his family name and save his family’s property. The film follows Nohea Kanekoa (Moronai Kanekoa), a one-legged war veteran who finds himself in a desperate bid to save his ancestral homeland. His ailing grandmother (Marlene Sai) owes thousands of dollars in property taxes, and a predatory real estate mogul named Victor Coyle (Stefan … Continue reading Intense, Powerful and Suspenseful, Kuleana Is A Spellbinding Tale
By William Engel Bare tells the harrowing yet uplifting story based on the short story written by Rebecca Hall (a friend of the filmmaker Kerith Lemon), who’s own devastating breast cancer diagnosis at age drastically 25 changed the course of her life. The story is of a woman (Aurora Perrineau) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctor prescribes chemotherapy, which unfortunately means that she is likely going to … Continue reading The 2018 Pasadena International Film Festival Review Of “Bare”: A Gripping, Heart Wrenching Story Of Illness And The Perception Of Beauty
By William Engel Director Lisa France captivated the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival audiences with “Roll With Me”, a sobering yet inspiring look at a disabled man’s attempt to overcome his limitations and accomplish something extraordinary. The documentary follows Gabriel Cordell, a newly sober paraplegic who sets out to be the first person to roll across the United States in a wheelchair. He’s joined by … Continue reading “Roll With Me” Film Review: A Transcendent Journey That Touches Everyone Along The way
By William Engel Santiago Rizzo made his directorial debut last year with the striking “Quest”. One of the reasons filmmaker Santiago Rizzo made his 2018 Slamdance Film Festival narrative feature “Quest” was to fulfill a promise to his life-changing mentor and friend, Tim Moellering. Moellering was a humble Berkeley, California middle school teacher and football coach who took Rizzo under his wing and helped him … Continue reading “Quest” Flim Review: A Flawed But Nonetheless Evocative Tale of Adversity And Second Shances
by William Engel What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade? The message of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Knife Skills” is a bitter pill to swallow; for ex-convicts, change is possible, … Continue reading “Knife Skills” Is A Bitter Pill To Swallow
by William Engel Nominated for an Academy Award®, Edith+Eddie is a film by Laura Checkoway (LUCKY) is a devastating film about the country’s oldest interracial newlyweds Edith + Eddie provides us with an unflinching look at the disrespect and condescension with which we treat the elderly, forcing them to relinquish their lives to third parties with no emotional connection to them. The documentary short … Continue reading Edith And Eddie Review
By William Engel Edited By Colleen Page Photos By Third Wolf Designs and William Engel Alexa Varano is an artist with an unusual canvas: clothing. Varano is the founder and owner of Third Wolf Designs, a Denver-based independent business that sells handcrafted hoodies, t-shirts and tank tops internationally. A self-made businesswoman, Verano prides herself on the fact that she hand-paints every item of clothing … Continue reading Alexa Varano: A Visionary Artist With A Passion For Change
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