ROXBURY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020

“RoxFilm has put together the most aggressive online event schedule I’ve seen since COVID-19 sent us all to our rooms. With daily lunchtime script readings featuring local actors and writers, filmmaker hangouts and even a virtual dance party, the 22nd annual Roxbury International Film Festival is determined to keep us together even if we must be apart.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/29/2020

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NYFF58 PART FOUR: ON THE ROCKS, MANGROVE, NOMADLAND, DAYS, THE CHESS GAME OF THE WIND

My fourth dispatch from the 58th New York Film Festival includes capsule reviews of Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks, Steve McQueen’s Mangrove, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, Tsai Ming-liang’s Days and Mohammad Reza Aslani’s The Chess Game Of The Wind.

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NYFF58 PART THREE: THE HUMAN VOICE, ISABELLA, NIGHT OF THE KINGS, DAMNATION, XIAO WU

My third dispatch from the 58th New York Film Festival includes capsule reviews of Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Voice, Matías Piñeiro’s Isabella, Philippe Lacôte’s Night Of The Kings, Béla Tarr’s Damnation and Jia Zhangke’s Xiao Wu.

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NYFF58 PART ONE: LOVERS ROCK, MALMKROG, THE INHERITANCE, THE MONOPOLY OF VIOLENCE, THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR

My first dispatch from the 58th New York Film Festival includes capsule reviews of Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock, Cristi Puiu’s Malmrkrog, Ephriam Askili’s The Inheritance, David Dufresne’s The Monopoly Of Violence and Ivan Dixon’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door.

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IFFBOSTON AT HOME

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“Since launching in 2003 the festival has presented more than 1,650 films that would take 75 straight days to watch. In lieu of such an undertaking, I’ve selected a few favorite titles from over the years, so that through streaming services we might be able to create our own little IFFBoston at home. At least we have the movies to hold us over for now.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/22/2020

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THE TAKE PODCAST: SUNDANCE REPORT

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Had a slightly tipsy 2AM Mountain time chat with host Blake Howard about some highlights from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, including Eliza Hittman’s extraordinary Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Josephine Decker’s Shirley, Kirsten Johnson’s Dick Johnson Is Dead and the regrettable fiasco of Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted. – The Take Podcast 01/31/2020

IFFBOSTON FALL FOCUS 2019

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“They’ve saved the best for last, closing with Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. It’s a swooningly romantic, thrillingly sexy movie with a lot on its mind about what it takes to really look at someone, and what it means to be truly seen. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up a weekend of movies than with one so adroit about the act of watching.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/28/2019

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IFFBOSTON 2019

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“This year’s roster is a characteristically eclectic mix, offering something for everyone to experience in a dark room with strangers who are just friends you haven’t met yet. IFFBoston thrives on this sense of community and camaraderie. We’re awfully lucky to have an event where people can put away their electronic devices and experience art with one another.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/22/2019

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SUNDANCE 2019

Day One Press Conference — Robert Redford

“But the festival’s outsized influence over the decades obviously hasn’t always been to everyone’s benefit. Sundance has helped cement the stereotype of an indie film director as a white boy genius with a beard and baseball cap. This legend is often dutifully transcribed by critics like myself, who also tend to be white dudes with beards and baseball caps.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/01/2019

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