Tag: documentary

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Steve Mitchell on Fighting to Make KING COHEN

[Photo of King Cohen's world premiere at Fantasia by King-Wei Chu. L-R: Mitch Davis, Larry Cohen, Steve Mitchell, Michael Moriarty] While attending Fantasia's 2017 season, I was able to catch the hilarious doc King Cohen --- an informative and entertaining look...

Edinburgh 2017 Interview: DELICATE BALANCE (FRAGIL EQUILIBRIO) Director Guillermo García López Talks His Socially Conscious Doc

Guillermo García López’s debut feature Delicate Balance delivers an engaging discourse on the inequalities and ailments faced in modern society. Centered around an interview with Jose Pepe Mujica, the former President of Uruguay who earned global recognition for his words...

Review: MACHINES Succeeds in Being Both an Art Film and Biting Social Commentary

Machines is a beautiful observation piece that succeeds in both being an art film and biting social commentary.

Durban 2017 Review: LIYANA Inspires, And Wins For Artistic Bravery

Liyana documents the inspiring story of a young girl in rural Swaziland, whose parents die from AIDS, and whose little twin brothers are stolen by child traffickers after she and her frail grandmother are assaulted and abused. Liyana must then...

Fantasia 2017 Review: KING COHEN and the Art of the Steal

"Anybody will put up with anything if they think a movie is being shot." These are words of wisdom, but also kind of a guerrilla filmmaking mission statement, from filmmaker Larry Cohen. Steve Mitchell's King Cohen offers a breathless sprint through...

Interview: Everardo González On His Powerful Documentary DEVIL'S FREEDOM

Everardo González, documentary filmmaker best known for Ladrones viejos and Drought (Cuates de Australia), is visibly enraged when he starts talking about the case of Javier Duarte, a Mexican politician who in early 2017 was detained for a huge corruption...

Exclusive: AMERICAN JEDI Heads for Release via Freestyle Digital Media

Though the very idea of following a religion based on a popular series of films may sound amusing to outsiders, it's clear that at least some of the people interviewed in American Jedi are very serious about their beliefs. That...

First AWAKEN Trailer Feels Like a Cool Breeze on a Hot Day

As I watched the gorgeous first trailer for Tom Lowe's Awaken, I was reminded of the films of Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisquati) and Terrence Malick (especially Tree of Life) and hey, what do you know, both those gentlemen serve as executive...

Review: THE B-SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN'S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY, Of Time, Memory, Love and Friendship

"Almost all human endeavour is ephemeral, all that is left in the end is love and friendship." So said Errol Morris at the screening of his latest movie, The B-Side, in which he spends a little over an hour on-screen...

Early Submission Call - Four Seasons Film Festival

Holmlands is proud to launch the Four Seasons Film Festival in partnership with Green Owl Films; in a celebration of independent film, music, art and photography. February 2018 will see our first ever film festival held at the historic Cadogan...

LA Film Fest 2017 Exclusive Clip: SKID ROW MARATHON, Running, Judging, and Then What?

Its prosaic title only begins to suggest the real-life drama contained within Skid Row Marathon. And we have an exclusive clip that illustrates that. Set to enjoy its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this coming Saturday, June...

Exclusive Clip from Rodney Ascher's PRIMAL SCREEN

AMC's horror streaming service Shudder has entered the original content game with a series of six planned "Shudder Originals", the first of which is Rodney Ascher's (Room 237) latest, Primal Screen. Primal Screen explores how individuals are simultaneously attracted to...

Review: DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME Digs Up Explosive Film History in Yukon Territory

It tells a truly fascinating bit of cinema history involving the Gold Rush at the turn of the 20th century in Dawson City, deep in the Yukon Territory.

Review: ASCENT, Iconic Mt. Fuji Revealed in a Thousand Photographs

Mount Fuji is perhaps the most photographed volcanic mountain in the world. Its iconic, perfectly shaped appearance -- perfectly symmetrical 45 degree slopes on both sides, reaching to its slender necked caldera, often snow capped in winter -- is instantly...

Exclusive Interview: Steve James on ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

Steve James has been consistently crafting some of the smartest, most groundbreaking, most effective works of non-fiction for decades. Vaulted to the public eye with the majestic Hoop Dreams, his works have ranged from intimate portrayals of troubled men (Stevie),...

Cannes 2017 Dispatch: NEXT VR Round Up

To call the Cannes Film Festival one of the most elitist film festivals on the calendar is not an unfair assessment. This is doubly true when it came to this year's first ever VR entry into the official program. It...

Stony Brook Film Festival line-up, Wider Bros doc world premiere, female filmmakers in abundance

Photo: To the Edge of the Sky – World Premiere, July 23, 2017 (A Wider Film Projects Film) 22nd Annual Stony Brook Film Festival Presented by Island Federal Credit Union, July 20-29, 2017 EXCEPTIONAL PREMIERES AND FILMS BY WOMEN DIRECTORS HIGHLIGHT THE...

Hot Docs 2017 Review: SHINERS, Making A Living With Polish

Opting for nothing less than an examination of the purpose and philosophy of 21st century labour -- in short, how and why do we work in an era of automation and disposable consumerism? -- Stacey Tenenbaum's re-evaluation of the humble...

Hot Docs Review 2017: RAMEN HEADS, Slurp-tastic Food Porn

What is it about ramen, Japan's robust working man's (be it salaryman, artist or labourer) meal of broth, noodles and pork, that makes its practitioners and enthusiasts become philosophers and seriocomic poets? Cinema has only encouraged this, as Itami Jûzô's gonzo, fussy,...

Hot Docs 2017 Review: HOBBYHORSE REVOLUTION Revels in the Intensity of Youth

Dressage, in equestrian terms, is the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility, and balance. It factors significantly into Selma Vilhunen's documentary on the most curious of Finland subcultures, one involving hobbyhorses and (mostly)...