SIFF DocFest Closing Night: The Sanctity of Space Q&A

Last night, I saw the US Premiere of The Sanctity of Space – the Closing Night film of SIFF DocFest. And since it’s a held review, that’s all I can tell you about it. Just kidding, I can give you a synopsis. The movie is about three climbers: professional climbers Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson … Continue reading SIFF DocFest Closing Night: The Sanctity of Space Q&A

SIFF DocFest: The Conservation Game

Photo courtesty of Cargo Film & Releasing Tiger King was one of my guilty pleasures early in the pandemic, as it was for many people. The cast of characters was outrageous, the plot twists were unbelievable, and it was entertaining as hell. Though The Conservation Game takes place within the same time frame, its focus … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: The Conservation Game

SIFF DocFest: The Hidden Life of Trees and Becoming Cousteau

The outside of the Egyptian Theatre Three of yesterday’s screenings at the Egyptian (out of four) had an environmental component to them, including the two movies under review here: The Hidden Life of Trees and Becoming Cousteau. While both films had smaller attendance than the modestly full Flee, the mood seemed more alive (perhaps the … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: The Hidden Life of Trees and Becoming Cousteau

SIFF DocFest: Storm Lake and In Balanchine’s Classroom

The next two documentaries I saw were screeners. Storm Lake played two days ago (before Flee) and I could’ve seen it then, but I wanted to ease myself into the in-person theatrical experience. Plus, I had to watch A-ha: The Movie. In Balanchine’s Classroom, on the other hand, played at 11am yesterday, and while that’s … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: Storm Lake and In Balanchine’s Classroom

SIFF DocFest: A-ha: The Movie and Flee

A panorama of the inside of the Egyptian Theatre Like all movie theaters in the US, SIFF was hit hard when the pandemic arrived. SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center closed on March 13, and while other local theaters and theater chains have since reopened (such as AMC, Regal, Majestic Bay, … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: A-ha: The Movie and Flee

SIFF’S First Annual DocFest

From September 30-October 7, SIFF is celebrating the reopening of the Egyptian Theatre with 13 documentaries as part of its first-ever documentary festival (you can read the press release here). The festival has both an in-person and virtual component (with some restrictions based on geographical area for the latter), so with a couple of exceptions … Continue reading SIFF’S First Annual DocFest

Movie Blurbs and Initial Impressions, COVID edition

Since I haven't posted many reviews here since the pandemic began, outside of the Oscar Nominated Shorts (film festivals canceled, movie theaters closed, unable to get a press pass to virtual ones), here's a smattering of film and limited series reviews that I posted on Letterboxd during the pandemic (some of which have been slightly … Continue reading Movie Blurbs and Initial Impressions, COVID edition

Oscar Nominated Shorts — Documentary

I've only seen the nominated documentary shorts one time previous, when the subjects (in order) were: a video showing a drone strike on journalists in Baghdad, the shameful history of throwing acid in women's faces in Pakistan, the aftermath of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami, and a barber in Birmingham who marched for Civil Rights … Continue reading Oscar Nominated Shorts — Documentary

Oscar Nominated Shorts — Live Action

1.) Feeling Through (Doug Roland, USA, 19 mins, 2019) "Feeling Through" aims to be poignant but gets dangerously close to being sentimental. Tereek (Steven Prescod) is a troubled teen trying to find accomodations for the night by texting his friends. In the middle of his search, he comes across a deaf-blind man named Artie (Robert … Continue reading Oscar Nominated Shorts — Live Action

Oscar Nominated Shorts — Animation

During COVID, in-person experiences at multiplexes have been replaced by at-home viewings on whatever screen you choose. These virtual screenings may recede as more people get vaccinated and more movie theaters reopen, but for now, they are the rule, rather than the exception. While film festivals and blockbusters most suffer from the lack of a … Continue reading Oscar Nominated Shorts — Animation