9to5: The Story of a Movement

Oscar-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar look back at the history of the Working Women’s Movement in 9to5: The Story of a Movement. Make no mistake that the American Factory filmmakers are contenders once more.  The movement inspired hit film 9 to 5, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in December.  Appropriately, Dolly Parton’s song is played during the closing credits. It’s often said that you can’t know where you’re going until you know where…

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SXSW 2020: Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time

Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time utilizes both interviews and archival footage to tell the definitive story of the Laurel Canyon music scene over two parts. Echo in the Canyon is just one part of the story.  What documentary filmmaker Alison Ellwood does is tell a story through mixing interviews with archival footage.  The end result is a beautiful documentary.  It isn’t without its sadness given the time period.  The film also serves as a…

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SXSW 2020: I Will Make You Mine

I Will Make You Mine is a semi-sequel but writer-director Lynn Chen seeks to tell a stand-alone story by focusing on three different women. While the film is a semi-sequel to two previous films, writer-director Lynn Chen writes the script with a new angle.  Despite being a semi-sequel, the film is meant to serve as a stand-alone story.  However, I should suggest that you probably have some familiarity with characters going into a viewing.  I…

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Tribeca 2020: Love Spreads

Love Spreads is an exploration of the creative process when the pressure is mounting on band members to put together another album. Following the end of their first tour, the members of Glass Heart head to Rockfield Studios to record their sophomore album.  The trio–and their band manager–are couped up there in an effort to create some music.  Like any sophomore effort, the pressure is on and for singer-songwriter Kelly (Alia Shawkat), it starts to…

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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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