Slamdance 2016 Preview: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 2

On Monday, we introduced you to a slew of first-time feature filmmakers from the 22nd Slamdance Film Festival, taking place in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, January 22nd-28th,We continue today with a fresh batch of filmmaker Q&As... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2016 Preview: A Documentary Tour

It's time once again for the Sundance Film Festival which starts Thursday in Park City. Yesterday we brought you a look at the the US Narrative, World Narrative, and NEXT competitions. Today we turn to the documentaries on offer at... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Sundance 2016 Preview: Narrative Competitions On Tap

You hear that sound? It's the quickly accelerating buzz of the indie film world as it descends on the little ski village of Park City for the annual mecca of film sales and shwag that is the Sundance Film Festival.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 1

The reason I consider the Slamdance Film Festival a high priority on the fest circuit can be summed up in one word: Discovery.While most press mention fest alumni like Christopher Nolan, The Russo Brothers and Lena Dunham, I'd like to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

First Look 2016: Six Must-See Selections

The Museum of the Moving Image's First Look Festival, screening through January 24, is a wonderfully eclectic and eye-opening selection of films that transcend the boundaries of fiction, documentary, and experimental films. You can read Dustin Chang's overview of the... More »
  

Night Visions 3015: Hell Up In Helsinki

Earlier this month I went to the future. I mean this somewhat literally, as my flight from Toronto to Helsinki, Finland put me 8 hours ahead, but also because I was attending the Night Visions Film Festival, a biannual celebration... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: Atom Egoyan Talks REMEMBER On A Day That Turned Very Dark

Early Friday morning, I awoke early on a glorious, sunny day to attend a press screening of Atom Egoyan's Remember at the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Baja California Sur, Mexico. By the time I returned to my hotel... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: QUEEN OF EARTH, SLEEPING GIANT, And CAROL, An Impressive Trio

It's gorgeous and sunny today but yesterday the weather was overcast at the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which made it just a tiny bit easier to ignore the beautiful surroundings and head inside to watch movies. Happily, the trio... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

AFI Fest 2015 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 Top Films

AFI Fest is descending on Hollywood once again and thankfully, Audi is back on board to make all of the screenings FREE (if you can scoop up tix). The fest starts Thursday 11/5 and runs through 11/12. But what to... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2015 Expands The Boundaries Of Documentary And Visual Anthropology

The Margaret Mead Film Festival, one of New York's finest documentary and visual anthropology showcases, returns for its 2015 edition, screening from October 22-25 at the American Museum of Natural History. This year's edition will screen 57 films from over... More »
  

5 Reasons To Check Out This Weekend's Film Independent Forum In LA

Anyone of us who has attended a film festival has been in the following tight spot: It's that one between seeing a possibly great movie or attending a grade A industry panel that could give superb insight into the world... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

St. Lawrence 2015 Preview: Twitch's Top Picks From The "Fourth Coast" Fest

The first ever St. Lawrence International Film Festival is about to kick off, October 22 - 25. But where one might that be? Well, St. Lawrence University is in the town of Canton, New York, and Canton is in the... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Aruba 2015 Wrap-Up: More Reviews, Awards Announced, And Final Impressions From One Happy Island

Sunday, October 11, 2015 -- Just beyond the surf and the sand, the lights dim inside a movie theater. Then comes the digital coo of a projector and one final round of images thrust upon the screen for the audience... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Aruba 2015 Festival Diary: An Opening Night Filled With Metaphysics And R&B

If one thing is clear at 1:37AM in the morning it is that the notion "we're all in this together" really applies on a small island off the coast of South America. That island in question is Aruba. And that's... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Aruba 2015 Preview: Twitch's Top 10 Picks From One Happy Film Festival

The nickname for the island nation of Aruba is "One Happy Island". So one would think that that the folks behind the 2015 Aruba International Film Festival would want to follow suite and create what'd be considered One Happy Film... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Fantastic Fest 2015 Wrap - All Our Reviews & TwitchFilm Awards

Wow. Fantastic Fest ended last Thursday but we are all still recovering from 8 (8!) days of magical mayhem. There were a ton of good movies and very few stinkers (not counting some of us on day 8). But it's... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Camera Japan 2015: What The Rotterdam Audiences Liked Best

Last week saw the tenth iteration of Camera Japan, a Dutch yearly event which has grown into quite a Japanese culture festival, with the main focus on film. This year, its program had a whopping 51 films on it,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks With BASKIN Director Can Evrenol

Director Can Evrenol won Best New Director here at Fantastic Fest 2015 last night. It's an honor well deserved. With his debut feature Baskin he's juggling potential tonal problems that could give any filmmaker serious headaches. What emerges, from his... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Fantastic Fest 2015: Canfield Talks THE INVITATION With Director Karyn Kusama And Writer Phil Hay

Director Karyn Kusama and her husband and co-writer Phil Hay have constructed a masterful horror suspense film in The Invitation. The curious thing is that the woman behind the camera is so much less interested in genre than the film would... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Festival Diary: Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Brings The Best Of Park City To Asia

Sundance is without doubt one of the best film festivals in the US right now, but for us over here in far-flung Asia, it is also one of the most frustrating. Due to the overwhelming number of smaller indie films... More »
By James Marsh   
  
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