DON’S PICKS (GUESSES) FOR SUNDANCE 2015

Prior to the first wave of announcements for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, I thought it might be fun to try and pick some films that I think will make the grade. I’m basing these guesses (and they are total guesses) on my past experience…



Posted on December 2, 2014 by

THE MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK,” AND DON IS 9 AGAIN

The Mill Valley Film Festival, now in it’s 37th(!) year, always does a nice job mixing in some classic George Lucas films into their prestigious program, and for good reason. All Lucas’ best and most indelible films were thought up and partially created in Marin County where the original ILM was and where the glorious Skywalker Ranch still sits…



Posted on October 8, 2014 by

J.X. WILLIAMS’ CINELEAKS: “SAMMY-GATE”

Hope you didn’t miss me. I am alive and well in a South American country that has no extradition treaty with the U.S. Before I fade into the ether again, I need to issue a brief statement to the media…



Posted on April 21, 2014 by

ARE YOU GETTING PAID WHAT YOU’RE WORTH? SEVEN TIPS TO AVOID GOING (COMPLETELY) BROKE PRODUCING YOUR FILM

There’s nothing inherently wrong with working for free. However, if a filmmaker isn’t diligent about communicating what their time and effort is valued at, that can develop into a self-imposed ceiling that’s difficult to rise above…



Posted on October 15, 2013 by

2013 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW

From September 27 through October 6, movie houses, universities, galleries, cafes, museums and maybe even a truck or two will feature the same ten finalists-selected from a record 628 entries from 48 countries-more or less simultaneously on six continents from the midwest to the Middle East…



Posted on September 25, 2013 by

“POLYESTER”… IN ODORAMA… IN FRENCH!!!

2013 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There’s a world of difference between watching a movie and experiencing a movie…



Posted on August 8, 2013 by

MOSTLY LOST 2: SILENT FILM ARCHAEOLOGY

Anyone with an interest in American silent film history should consider traveling to Culpeper, Virginia for this enlightening program…



Posted on June 12, 2013 by

SIFF 2013 – ONE CRITIC’S OVERVIEW

[SIFF is like] running an independent film marathon (only with a whole lot more sitting)…



Posted on June 11, 2013 by

SIFF PRESENTS: AN EVENING WITH KYLE MACLACHLAN

480 MacLachlan fans, friends and family packed into SIFF Cinema Uptown’s largest screening room to celebrate nearly three decades of eccentric floppy-haired charisma in some of the most iconic roles in Cinemaphile history…



Posted on June 6, 2013 by

RYAN TRECARTIN AND THE GENERATION GAP, OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE CACOPHONY

Trecartin’s artistic skill is the embedded moral stance in the work…



Posted on June 5, 2013 by

LEAVE M. NIGHT ALONE!!!

All this negativity has got me wondering, how did a once apparently great filmmaker, who many called the next Hitchcock or Spielberg, become such a target for hatred?



Posted on June 4, 2013 by

THE SWEET SMELL OF SIFF 2013, PART II

The Seattle International Film Festival 2013 has hit full roar,,, and it feels like a caffeine-fueled finals night at college…



Posted on June 3, 2013 by

THE SWEET SMELL OF SIFF 2013

The smell of SIFF is in the air. Only this year, thanks to Washington Marijuana Initiative 502, it’s a sweeter, more pungent aroma. The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, running from May 16th through June 9, has a pretty sweet line-up as well.



Posted on May 23, 2013 by

ON “SPRING BREAKERS,” PART TWO… IT’S BRITNEY, BITCH!

This is part two in a seemingly never ending series on the film “Spring Breakers.” This piece will contain spoilers on the film so if you plan on seeing it and don’t want anything ruined, please come back after you’ve seen it…



Posted on March 28, 2013 by

ON “SPRING BREAKERS”… PART ONE

I’m a big, big fan of Harmony Korine and his films. While always weird and entertaining, I deeply admire the way he looks at human nature and society as though it’s another planet or a secret room hidden right under our noses…



Posted on March 26, 2013 by

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