Arts & Entertainment

Reviews From SFFILM 2021

Posted April 13, 2021 by

The documentary “Radiograph Of A Family” may primarily be filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani’s account of her parents’ marriage.  But it also manages to be an affecting metaphorical mid-20th century history of Iran’s two major cultural strands without being cloying or blatantly
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S.F. International Film Festival 2021 Preview

Posted April 6, 2021 by

After getting cancelled thanks to last year’s coronavirus lockdowns, the San Francisco International Film Festival (hereafter SFFILM) returns this year with its 2021 edition.  Running from April 9-18, 2021, this year’s SFFILM mixes together online streaming and live events at
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Cinequest 2021 Review Wrap-Up

Posted April 6, 2021 by

“To the Girl That Looks Like Me” is written and directed by Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah.  The short’s backbone consists of three spoken word poems covering such topics as Black standards of beauty, cultural appropriation, and pride in self.     Dawson-Amoah’s poem “My
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Cinequest/Cinejoy 2021 Reviews

Posted March 23, 2021 by

Miguel Silveira’s “American Thief” may revolve around a conspiracy to flip the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  Characters caught up in the plot include a teen hacker seeking justice after a highly dubious police shooting, a political vlogger living out of
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Reviews From South By Southwest 2021

Posted March 23, 2021 by

First-time documentary filmmaking siblings Chelsi and Gabriel de Cuba deserve huge props for not giving the freak show treatment to the subject of their short film “Plant Heist.”  Admittedly, their film concerns a bizarre crime.  Yet the de Cubas show
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Cinejoy 2021 Preview

Posted March 16, 2021 by

The 2020 edition of San Jose’s Cinequest was among the first Bay Area film festivals to be impacted by coronavirus shutdowns.  Halfway through the festival, further theatrical screenings were cancelled and Cinequest’s previously slated films were rescheduled to online screenings
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