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2014 SXSW Film Festival

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The annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, represents a microcosm of the contemporary entertainment industry, and 2014 was no exception. Filmmakers, tech startups (“interactive”), musicians, and fans of each, all converged in Austin during the University of Texas’ spring break. […]

Cheering Indies at the Oscars

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  In the days when studio films boast mega budgets and mega concepts, independent films are left to carry story-driven and character-driven films that don’t reek of Hollywood and excess. Yet, this year there is much to cheer about in […]

Sundance 2014 Wrap Up

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by Karen Henry Although the Sundance Film Festival ends each year just five weeks before the Academy Awards, the independent film festival is, nevertheless, a harbinger of Oscar nominations a full year later. This week, LA YOGA Magazine will share […]

Fela! Charms Sundance

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‘Finding Fela’ Film Review Directed by Alex Gibney Reviewed by Karen Henry Afrobeat could be heard  thumping from Main Street during the opening weekend of Sundance Film Festival in Park City last weekend, energetically performed by theFela Kuti tribute band […]

Film Review: Bringing it Home

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Bringing it Home by Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson A documentary about industrial hemp, healthy houses and a greener future for America. There are documentaries that change our minds and other films that offer a perspective that provide support for […]

Finding Happiness in Everyday Practice

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From running a juicery to appearing in spiritual films and mainstream Hollywood fare, actress Elisabeth Röhm finds balance through yoga Elisabeth Röhm is a modern-day Jane of all trades. The established actress played Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn on the […]

Film Review: GMO OMG

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GMO OMG is a documentary made by local filmmaker Jeremy Siefert, who sought to find out what GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are and how they affect our health and the health of our planet. This educational, yet personal, film clearly spells […]

Film Review: Good Ol’ Freda

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Freda Kelly has an amazing story to tell—one she’s now sharing after breaking 40 years of silence. In 1963, when The Beatles were playing a steady gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, Freda Kelly was a just a 17-year-old […]

Film Review: Cutie and the Boxer

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By filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling Reviewed by Karen Henry Touching.  Thought-provoking. The documentary Cutie and the Boxer weaves the struggles of modern artists with a portrayal of one talented, elderly New York couple. Within the film, issues of women’s subservience, art […]

Must-See Films This Week at Awareness Film Festival 7/25-7/28

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The 4th annual Awareness Film Festival awarenessfestival.org is a dynamic multi-day multi-media event in Santa Monica that promotes greater awareness of a variety of world issues. Bringing together filmmakers, artists, educators, environmentalists, alternative health practitioners and other industry professionals, the Awareness Film […]

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