SXSW 2020: Once Upon a Time in Uganda

Once Upon a Time in Uganda takes us behind the scenes of Wakaliwood by way of a friendship between two people from across the globe. As the documentary opens with the camera pulling back in thrilling fashion, Andrew Hollander’s score would have us believe we’re watching a thriller.  The truth is that this film is not a thriller.  There are some portions of the story that do manage to give off an action vibe.  However,…

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SXSW 2020: Insert Coin

Insert Coin provides some closure on WMS/Midway over a decade after Midway was forced into bankruptcy and had to close its doors. Arcades may not be a game of the past but the market sure has changed.  Just like how the cinema landscape is changing to benefit the consumer, the same has transpired in the video game industry.  And yet, here we are on a time machine back to the 1980s and 1990s.  It was…

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SXSW 2020: After Truth

After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News isn’t just an examination of “fake news” but a look into the horrifying consequences. I believe it was President Abraham Lincoln who once said that we shouldn’t believe everything we read on the internet.  The nation’s 16th president most certainly didn’t say those comments but every now and then, a meme circulates around the internet with Lincoln being credited.  However, this film isn’t so much about…

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SXSW 2020: For Madmen Only

For Madmen Only takes us into the mind of improv guru Del Close–a person whose name is familiar with those who took up the art of improvisation. I’m not going to get into debate behind improvisation because we’d just be here all night.  In typical improv fashion, the opening credits state that “the filmmakers hereby accept the blame for everything else about this film.”  Make no mistake that Del Close would certainly be proud.  It’s…

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SXSW 2020: Drunk Bus

A college graduate has to re-think his entire post-college plans in Drunk Bus after his girlfriend decides to leave him for an opportunity in New York City. Michael (Charlie Tahan) finds himself in somewhat of a pickle after his girlfriend up and left him.  When we first meet him, he’s driving the “drunk bus” on a college campus.  Night after night, it’s the same routine for Michael during the late shift.  Michael’s girlfriend is probably…

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SXSW 2020: We Don’t Deserve Dogs

One filmmaker treks across the globe We Don’t Deserve Dogs to see how our four-legged friends are able to improve our daily lives. I’m a dog lover.  There were two dogs in my house while I was growing up.  Not at the same time, of course.  It took quite some time following one’s passing when I was in elementary school.  It wouldn’t be until the summer of 2001 when we brought home a border collie/husky…

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SXSW 2020: My Darling Vivian

My Darling Vivian offers a new perspective on the life of Johnny Cash’s first wife, Vivian Liberto, through accounts shared by their four children. Take everything you know from Walk the Line and pretend it never happened.  Think of the film as a myth with all the illusions now currently shattered in front of your eyes.  After viewing this documentary, one cannot watch the film in the same light ever again.  It should certainly make…

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SXSW 2020: Coded Bias

Coded Bias explores a researcher’s discovery of facial recognition algorithms and how they aren’t accurate for dark-skinned people. If you’re not familiar with facial racognition software, this film will quickly get you up to speed.  It’s all because of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini.  Her discovery led to some startling results and in some cases, lack thereof.  Despite her best efforts, there is still no federal regulation of facial algorithms.  Or at least, this…

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Slamdance 2020: Animation Outlaws

Animation Outlaws is a documentary that manages to revisit the touring film festival that is Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation. If you aren’t familiar with Spike Decker or Mike Gribble, you’re in for a treat.  Many now-famous animators got their start thanks to Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation.  The original touring festival–started in 1977–would soon gave way to the Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation later on. The promotion techniques they used would get…

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Slamdance 2020: Tahara

Tahara focuses on pair of young Jewish women who are grieving the loss of their Hebrew school classmate following a suicide. Carrie Lowstein (Madeline Grey DeFreece) and Hannah Rosen (Rachel Sennott) are best friends.  When we first meet them in Tahara, they are Hebrew school classmate Samantha Goldstein’s funeral.  Following this, they attend a session run by Moreh Klein (Bernadette Quigley) allowing for them to learn the Judaic teachings on grief.  It’s a film that…

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