Film Festival

5 Must See Films Playing at the 2014 imagineNATIVE Festival Film Festival

5 Must See Films Playing at the 2014 imagineNATIVE Festival

In its 15th year, imagineNATIVE showcases a wide variety of film, radio and media from Indigenous artists around the world. Here's the festival's lineup this year. Read More
MVFF37 Days 10 & 11: After The Fall, Timbuktu, & Wild Film Festival

MVFF37 Days 10 & 11: After The Fall, Timbuktu, & Wild

Closing weekend of the Mill Valley Film Festival just proves the authority of this small festival. It’s rare for a film festival to have such a high percentage of excellent films. No wonder its gained a reputation as a finely curated festival with its tastes squarely in line with mass audience appeal, not to mention the Read More
The Reel Indie Film Festival Brings A Wide Selection of Docs, Shorts and Music Videos Film Festival

The Reel Indie Film Festival Brings A Wide Selection of Docs, Shorts and Music Videos

Only in its second year, the Reel Indie Film Festival (or RIFF for short) is kicking things off with a nice selection of music videos, shorts and features for audiences in Toronto. RIFF is a recent offshoot of Indie Week, an independent music festival showcasing hundreds of acts over five days. The film festival naturally Read More
MVFF37 Day 9: St. Vincent, Foxcatcher, & Two Days, One Night Film Festival

MVFF37 Day 9: St. Vincent, Foxcatcher, & Two Days, One Night

Three of our most anticipated films at the Mill Valley Film Festival played on Day 9 in the 11-day stretch, and they didn’t disappoint. From Bill Murray’s performance as the grumpy titular character in St. Vincent; to Steve Carell’s long-awaited dramatic turn in Foxcatcher; to Marion Cotillard’s incredibly vulnerable performance in the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, the festival Read More
MVFF37 Day 8: The Theory of Everything, 10,000 KM, & Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed Film Festival

MVFF37 Day 8: The Theory of Everything, 10,000 KM, & Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

Forget waiting for the weekend to bring in the heavy hitters, Mill Valley says “It’s Thursday. Let’s party!” And what better way to kick off an early weekend than with the stirring and emotionally sensational biopic of Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything. Already gaining significant accolade for his performance as Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne was Read More
MVFF37 Day 7: Charlie’s Country, Nightcrawler, Black and White Film Festival

MVFF37 Day 7: Charlie’s Country, Nightcrawler, Black and White

We’re at the midpoint of the Mill Valley Film Festival and this is where I jump in. Having made the trek from Los Angeles to join in our coverage of the festival, I’ve been immediately greeted with colorful fall trees and some compelling film viewing.  I was lucky enough to catch Whiplash, an intense and (literally) Read More
NYFF 2014: Listen Up Philip Film Festival

NYFF 2014: Listen Up Philip

In Alex Ross Perry’s follow up to The Color Wheel, the writer/director introduces us to author Philip Lewis Friedman as he angrily awaits the release of his 2nd book. Only steps behind Perry’s chaotic handheld camera movements, Jason Schwartzman as Philip stomps down New York City sidewalks, first meeting an ex-girlfriend to rub his newfound Read More
MVFF37 Day 6: Whiplash, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Film Festival

MVFF37 Day 6: Whiplash, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

After five days of the typical film festival arthouse heartbreakers and soul-shakers, I began to feel a bit of emotional fatigue as I reached the halfway point of MVFF37. Mr. Turner, The Homesman, Clouds of Sils Maria–all fine films, but how much misery must a poor man endure! I’ve only so much to give! All jokes aside, I Read More
MVFF37 Days 4 & 5: The Imitation Game, Like Sunday, Like Rain, More Film Festival

MVFF37 Days 4 & 5: The Imitation Game, Like Sunday, Like Rain, More

Our last MVFF37 diary was all about Elle Fanning, who just days ago became the youngest ever recipient of the Mill Valley Award. The following day, Chinese-American chef Cecilia Chiang, at 95 years old, walked the red carpet herself en route to taking the stage at the Smith Rafael Film Center and joining filmmaker Wayne Read More