SOLD Film Review

Jeffrey Brown's latest film, SOLD focuses on the topic of child sex trafficking. Child sex trafficking, as impossible as it seems, is a massive international problem affecting an astounding 5.5 million children each year. There are “more slaves in the world now than at any other time in history,” says director Jeffrey Brown. His new [...]

By | March 30th, 2016|Film|0 Comments

Rescue Dogs Film Review

If you like talking animal movies, you’ll appreciate this indie effort about rescue dogs, starring actual rescue dogs. The film is a very broad comedy but with a movement behind it; to bring awareness to the cause of rescuing pets. Set in a fairytale fake southern California beach town (too perfect if you actually live [...]

By | March 30th, 2016|Film|0 Comments

Sand Storm

Sundance Film Festival international feature Sand Storm is set in an Israeli Bedouin community. Media depictions of underrepresented communities don’t get much scarcer than films about native peoples, wherever they reside. The Israeli drama Sand Storm, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and focuses on the domestic crisis of a contemporary Bedouin family [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Film|0 Comments

When Two Worlds Collide

Sundance Film Festival’s When Two Worlds Collide won the World Cinema documentary special jury award for best debut feature. Conflicts over natural resources in the Amazon region have intensified in the past few decades, with indigenous peoples often facing encroachment of their ancestral lands from logging, mining, oil production and hydro dam construction. Sundance documentary [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Film|0 Comments

The Land of the Enlightened

The Land of the Enlightened won a World Cinema special jury award for best cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. The history of Afghanistan has been punctuated by a succession of invasions from the era of Genghis Khan right up until the present day. The occupation by American and coalition forces beginning in 2001 has [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Film|0 Comments

Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent was the recipient of the 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the recent Sundance Film Festival. As Colombia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar, The Embrace of the Serpent surprised awards-watchers when it secured one of only five nominations for the award in January. Ciro Guerra’s third [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Film|0 Comments

ILLUMINATE Film Festival shines light on conscious filmmaking

Focus on Film: Trends in conscious filmmaking with Danette Wolpert, Executive Director of ILLUMINATE Film Festival   What trends do you see in film today? Aside from lots of superheroes, Alicia Vikander being Hollywood’s new “It” girl (seven films in one year, including Ex Machina and The Danish Girl), and the abundance of dinosaurs (Jurassic World, The [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|Film|0 Comments

Bleeding Heart film review

Jessica Biel stars in Diane Bell's latest film Bleeding Heart. Written and directed by Diane Bell. It’s refreshing to have the practice of yoga featured prominently in the storyline of a film. Pitting the peacefulness of yoga against violence and greed, the film Bleeding Heart asks: How far will a good-hearted yogi go to defend [...]

By | December 3rd, 2015|Film|0 Comments

India’s Daughter Film Review

  Reflections on a Film with a Powerful Story to Tell By Elissa Harris Actor Sean Penn introduced the film India’s Daughter at the screening I attended. He likened watching the provocative film to getting an MRI: an uncomfortable but sometimes necessary diagnostic technique. British filmmaker Leslee Udwin decided to make India’s Daughter while watching [...]

By | November 6th, 2015|Film|0 Comments

Heart of a Dog Film Review

Realized by Laurie Anderson As America’s best-known experimental performance artist, Laurie Anderson has made her mark in many forms of media: multimedia stage performances, seven books, multiple studio albums and soundtracks, visual art museum installations. And, yes, filmmaking. Laurie’s meditative nonfiction film, Heart of a Dog, is an impressionistic musing on love, life, and death reinforced by evocative [...]

By | October 26th, 2015|Film|0 Comments