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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Lilah Vandenburgh, IR Bell-Webb talk Heart to Heart

Director Lilah Vandenburgh and screenwriter IR Bell-Webb spoke with Solzy at the Movies just before SXSW about Heart to Heart. Originally set to premiere during the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and the BFI Flare Festival, both festivals ended up getting canceled. As a result, Heart to Heart recently made its premiere virtually during OUTFest.  This weekend, the episodic will hold another virtual screening during Series Fest.  The large bulk of this interview was done over…

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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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The Lovebirds Launches On Netflix

The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, is set to be released on Netflix this weekend after the theatrical release got canceled. Everything is about to change for Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae).  Without intending to do so, the duo find themselves caught up in a crime.  Given that this is a comedy, it’s naturally a comedy of errors when it comes to clearing their name.  Will their relationship be able to…

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Annie Silverstein talks Bull, SXSW 2020

Days after the cancellation of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, writer-director Annie Silverstein spoke with me over the phone about Bull and the SXSW impact on Austin. It felt kind of strange last night while I was transcribing the interview.  I spoke with the filmmaker on March 11, 2020 back when Bull was set to be released on March 20.  This was days before movie theaters shut down in both New York and Los Angeles. …

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Matt Riddlehoover talks My Darling Vivian

Matt Riddlehoover spoke with Solzy at the Movies over the phone last week about SXSW Film Festival selection My Darling Vivian. The film was set to hold its premiere during SXSW in March 2020.  Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus.  In light of this, today kicks off the start of Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection.  My Darling Vivian is one of seven feature films to be included among…

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SXSW 2020: Bridget Moloney talks Blocks

Writer-director Bridget Moloney spoke with Solzy at the Movies last week about her short film, Blocks, which was selected to screen during SXSW. The short film is available through Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection from April 27-May 6, 2020. How thrilled were you when Blocks was selected to screen at SXSW? Bridget Moloney: I screamed when I saw the email. I was in a parking lot of Party City looking for…

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Milena Govich, Laura Vandervoort talk Unspeakable

Milena Govich and Laura Vandervoort spoke with Solzy at the Movies about newly released episodic short Unspeakable. The episodic short/proof-of-concept premiered during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.  Laura Vandervoort stars in the short, which was written by David Cornue and directed by Milena Govich. Unspeakable is an episodic short/proof-of-concept. How did you first come up with the idea? Milena Govich: The tale of the imposter has been around for a long time, but rarely do…

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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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