San Luis Obispo: Man on Fire (Slamdance 2018)

Man on Fire offers a glimpse at life in Grand Saline, Texas, where a white preacher Charles Moore killed himself in 2014. Moore’s life came to an end in 2014 with an act described as self-immolation.  Self-immolation is described as the the killing of one’s self, usually by lighting their self on fire.  At the time of his suicide, if you want to call it that, Moore was an elderly white man and it is…

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Cinequest: The Rainbow Experiment (Slamdance 2018)

There’s a lot going on in The Rainbow Experiment and that’s just saying the least of it. Writer-director Christina Kallas follows up 42 Seconds of Happiness (2016) with the New York-set The Rainbow Experiment. There’s a lot going on following a science experiment gone awry at a Manhattan high school and one unlucky student, Matty, will pay the consequences for the rest of their life due to an injury.  It’s Matty Fairchild (Connor Siemer) who…

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Cinequest: Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End (Slamdance 2018)

Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End takes a look at the life of a political cartoonist who lives on the edge at a time when it’s so hard to be a political cartoonist. Directed by Pablo Bryant, who also doubles as the documentary’s cinematographer, this film takes a look at a satirical cartoonist known professionally as Mr. Fish, whose work is losing value from a commercial perspective.  It’s not so much the fact that…

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Slamdance 2018: Morrisa Maltz talks Ingrid

In the aftermath of the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, filmmaker Morrisa Maltz took some time to talk to Solzy at the Movies about her new film, Ingrid, which just premiered at the festival. Danielle Solzman:  Thanks for joining us today. How are things treating you? Morrisa Maltz:  Thanks Danielle! I’m great, mostly been catching up on sleep since I’ve been back from Park City which is a good thing 🙂 Danielle Solzman:  You just got…

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Slamdance 2018: Ingrid (dir. Morrisa Maltz)

Ingrid tells the fascinating story of Ingrid Gipson, a fashion designer who left the comforts of life in Texas and escaped into the woods of Oklahoma. Directed by Morrisa Maltz, the documentary is just shy of an hour.  Among the eight films selected as a Documentary Feature, Ingrid was the only one to be solely directed by a female filmmaker.  This comes at a time in which it is so hard for the studios to…

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Slamdance 2018: Pick of the Litter – Puppy Cuteness Overload

Selected by the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, Pick of the Litter contains an overload of puppy cuteness as the documentary offers a glimpse into the rigorous training of guide dogs for the blind. Co directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, Pick of the Litter is a touching film that makes you wish that you could place your hands through the screen.  A project that was birthed at Slamdance in 2015 following the premiere of…

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Driftwood: Performances drive Silent Film

Driftwood is going to be hit-or-miss for audiences as the performances drive the silent film. Driftwood is a film that plays to the short side with a running time of just under 80 minutes.  For those audiences who love their films with dialogue, this isn’t the film for you.  There aren’t any words spoken in this film as it is completely driven by the silent action taking place on screen.  Driftwood made it’s world premiere…

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Slamdance Film Festival: The 2018 Lineup

The 24th Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for the 2018 installment of the film festival taking place Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, 2018, in Park City, Utah.  Next year’s festival will feature 18 movies (10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres). The fest will also see the inaugural Russo Fellowship named for festival alumni Joe and Anthony Russo.  It includes $25,000 cash prize and mentorship from the brothers. “The Russo brothers exemplify our…

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Slamdance: Supergirl comes to Chicago

Slamdance Film Festival selection Supergirl comes to Chicago for one night only at the Arclight Cinemas as a part of the Slamdance Cinema Club. Directed by Jessie Auritt, we get a glimpse into the life of a very unique pre-teen, Naomi Kutin.  She’s not like other Orthodox girls her age.  One wouldn’t expect to see a powerlifter when they look at Naomi, let alone someone who could lift three times her body weight.  The girl from New Jersey…

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Dedication pays off in On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone

On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone shows how dedicated director/producer Michael Rubenstone is when it comes to meeting the hard-to-find Sly Stone. Rubenstone paves the road in 2001 when he finds himself unhappy in New York and moves to Los Angeles to find acting work, listening to Sly and the Family Stone on the road trip.  Rubenstone lands a few small acting roles in LA but turns to seek out the reclusive…

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