Matt Yoka talks Los Angeles documentary Whirlybird

Matt Yoka spoke with Solzy at the Movies during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival about the new Los Angeles documentary, Whirlybird. Yoka’s feature debut, Whirlybird, is about helicopter reporting pioneer Zoey Tur along with then-wife Marika Gerrad. They forever changed broadcast news as we know it when they reported on the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Two years later, they hovered above the O.J. Simpson Ford Bronco pursuit during the 1994 NBA Finals between the New…

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First Date: Sundance Interview With Cast, Crew

The cast and crew of First Date spoke with Solzy at the Movies before the film premiered during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Co-director Manuel Crosby, producer/actor Brandon Kraus and stars Tyson Brown and Shelby Duclos joined over Zoom to discuss the film. First Date premiered during Sundance in the Next section and since went on to be acquired by Magnet Releasing. The film opens in theaters and VOD this weekend. Crosby co-directs and co-wrote…

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Sundance 2021: Passing

Actress Rebecca Hall marks her directorial debut with Passing as she beautifully adapts Nella Larsen’s Harlem-set novella for the screen. When I found out that Rebecca Hall was making this film her directorial debut, I thought how is she qualified to tell a story about two Black women.  I never looked up Hall’s background before.  I would subsequently learn that her mother is opera singer Marie Ewing.  Ewing happens to be of a mixed racial…

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Sundance 2021: The Sparks Brothers

Edgar Wright brings Ron and Russell Mael’s story to the screen in The Sparks Brothers and their impact on rock music after 50 years. There’s a chance that you’ve probably never heard of Sparks.  But what you don’t know is that they are an inspiration to your favorite band.  Or at least one of them, anyway.  Ron and Russell Mael’s story starts in California.  It later takes them across the pond to the United Kingdom. …

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Sundance 2021: Wild Indian

Wild Indian is a compelling thriller about a Native American who has essentially rebuilt his life in order to move beyond his past. Makwa (Michael Greyeyes) has long since moved away from the reservation where he grew up.  It isn’t only that he grew up there but he covered up a classmates murder decades earlier.  But here’s the thing about covering up a murder, nobody is ever really safe.  Even if one thinks they are…

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Sundance 2021: Misha and the Wolves

Misha and the Wolves tells the story of Misha Defonseca in this-really-happened documentary that is truly stranger-than-fiction. Misha Defonseca was only 7 years old when her parents were arrested and taken by the Nazis.  They were taken to Auschwitz.  Sadly, we all know what happens next.  You cannot blame her for doing what she can to survive.  From watching films like Defiance, we know that many Jews would turn to the woods and hide.  Misha…

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Sundance 2021: My Name is Pauli Murray

My Name is Pauli Murray, the newest film from Julie Cohen and Betsy West, introduces a new generation to the social justice activist. The film is a tight 91 minutes (including the credits, of course) but hits on all the main points.  Going into the film, I didn’t know much about Pauli Murray.  To be fair, I had never even heard of them until I saw that Cohen and West were making this documentary.  In…

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2021 Sundance Film Festival Awards

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony, honoring CODA and Summer of Soul among others was held tonight virtually over YouTube. Patton Oswalt hosted the ceremony tonight in a way that only he can.  In typical Patton Oswalt fashion, the comedian took swipes at Pfizer and Moderna for what they would do with wooing A-list stars to their suites. Tonight’s ceremony followed the World, International, North American, U.S., or Utah premieres of 73 feature films…

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Sundance 2021: The World to Come

The World to Come–launching in Venice last year–is the third period lesbian romance drama to grace the screen in as many years. Your eyes do not deceive you.  Rather than France (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) or the United Kingdom (Ammonite), we find ourselves in the United States.  The American Northeast to be exact.  This is where we find Abigail (Katherine Waterston) and new neighbor Tallie (Vanessa Kirby).  To no surprise, Abigail and Tallie…

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Sundance 2021: Mass

Mass is one of the most devastating films to premiere during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival but it has so much to say about grief. There is so much to say here and I honestly do not know where to began.  Cinematically speaking, there’s a lot in this film that reminds me of American Son (2019).  Much of this is due to how the film is limited to just the one room.  To be fair,…

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