SIFF 2014: BEHIND THE CURTAIN, PART THREE

The worst part of both the filmmaking and the film programming process is dealing with rejection. As filmmakers, we must accept that not everyone is going to love our work. As film programmers, we must accept that not everyone is going to agree with our decisions…



Posted on April 17, 2014 by

SIFF 2014: BEHIND THE CURTAIN, PART TWO

In our last installment, we discussed best practices surrounding film festival deadlines and submission procedures. Today, we’re going to touch on a variety of topics connected to the theme of relationship building among film festival programmers and staff in support of furthering your career as an independent filmmaker…



Posted on March 20, 2014 by

SIFF 2014: BEHIND THE CURTAIN, PART ONE

As someone who has experienced this process as both a filmmaker and a festival programmer, I’m here to shed some light on what actually takes place between the time you submit your film to, in this case, the Seattle International Film Festival, and when you receive that all-important decision via email…



Posted on March 3, 2014 by

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 93 minutes

Brendan Fehr does a passable job in the lead role, but is no match for Chad Lindberg, who manages to dominate any scene in which he appears…


Posted on August 30, 2010 by

CHAIN LINK

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

A hard-scrabble story of love and redemption, “Chain Link” marks the directing debut of Dylan Reynolds…


Posted on August 28, 2010 by

CHASING THE GREEN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

Though it is technically competent, “Chasing the Green” never manages to fully pull the viewer into the emotional lives of the main characters…


Posted on August 25, 2010 by

SOUVENIR: THE STOLEN AFRICAN ART

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 80 minutes

“Souvenir”, directed by Natasa Prosenc, is a drama set in the world of fine art. It contains elements of various genres, including mystery, thriller, and romance, but is ultimately never able to effectively blend them into a cogent whole…


Posted on August 23, 2010 by

HAPPY TO BE SO…

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 47 minutes

Yelena Demikovsky’s short documentary film “Happy to Be So…” is an affectionate chronicle of the lives of two world-renowned ballet performers…


Posted on August 21, 2010 by

SOUND OF THE SOUL

4 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

If you are a fan of world music, Stephen Olsson’s “Sound of the Soul” is a documentary not to be missed…


Posted on August 19, 2010 by

FOREVER LUPE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 32 minutes

Even with outstanding sets, props, and costumes, this mini biopic on Lupe Velez plays out like an overwrought soap opera.


Posted on November 5, 2009 by

JALE

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

Unfortunately, Flores takes what could have been an uncompromising story and turns it into a heavy-handed morality play.


Posted on October 26, 2009 by

EL REGALO (THE GIFT)

3 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 4 minutes

This promising social critique ends in a shortcut to a minor chuckle when it could have quite easily taken the long road to a satisfying guffaw.


Posted on October 21, 2009 by

SHELL

2 Stars
Year Released: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

Director Yelena Demikovsky attempts to a tell a story of innocence lost and the fleeting nature of youthful affection, but winds up getting bogged down in leaden dialogue and cheesy music.


Posted on September 30, 2009 by

COAST TO COAST DIARIES

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

From the unmotivated camera work, to the middling acting, to the haphazard editing (not to mention the slapdash staging and the meandering plot), this effort is best left on the shelf.


Posted on September 29, 2009 by

COVERAGE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 34 minutes

Writer/director Jef Taylor attempts to make sense of the senseless by examining one man’s sexual dysfunction in the wake of an act of incomprehensible violence.


Posted on September 23, 2009 by

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