Mariama Diallo on Ghosts, Empowerment and MASTER (Sundance FF 2022) – Pamela Powell interviews

Writer/Director Mariama Diallo’s gripping first feature, Master, is a horror tale centering on the experiences of a Black young woman who is enrolled at a New England college with a predominantly White student body. Receiving many accolades at it’s Sundance 2022 premiere, the film has been picked up for distribution via Amazon Prime Video beginning March 18, 2022. Diallo discusses all the real-life inspiration that lead her to tell this haunting tale.

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YOU WON’T BE ALONE (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Pamela Powell

Writer and director Goran Stolevski’s poetic horror film is both visually and intellectually captivating as we watch a young girl transform herself into others, awaiting a chance to find love and happiness. We see the world and the people through her innocent eyes even as the inadvertent gory violence occurs.

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Riley Stearns on Female Leads, Dueling and DUAL (Sundance FF 2022) – Pamela Powell interviews

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is in a virtual mode again this year. On the upside, everyone has access to purchasing tickets to an event that was once rather exclusionary, limited to those who could attend the festival in the quaint town of Park City, Utah. The film Dual, written and directed by Riley Stearns, is a part of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s US Dramatic Competition category. Here’s what he has ti say about writing a female lead, the Covid challenge and Dual.

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Rebecca Hall on PASSING, Family Identity and Heritage – Pamela Powell interviews

Passing, having premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, is taking its turn with a theater run before its arrival on Netflix, November 10. Rebecca Hall’s first-time writing and directing feature film is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen. The story resonated personally with Hall who recently sat down to talk about the making of this film, sharing intimate glimpses into her struggles with her own family’s identity and proudly recognizing her heritage.

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MASS – Review by Pam Powell

If you don’t know the name Fran Kranz, you soon will. While this actor has a healthy resume, it’s his sharp eye for story telling that most assuredly will catapult this first-time writer and director into the stratosphere with his writing and directorial debut of Mass starring Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, and Reed Birney. With a keen ear for dialogue, a skilled eye, and deft direction of this passionate ensemble cast, the result is one of the most harrowingly complex and captivating films in recent memory.

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BEST SELLERS – Review by Pam Powell

Young millennial meets old timer to win one another over. Yes, it’s been done before but not with the likes of Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine and a script that hooks you, pulls you along for the ride and then reels you in to make your heart sing. That’s exactly what happens in Best Sellers, written by Anthony Grieco and directed by Lina Roessler.

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Assessing the Film Festival Scene – Pamela Powell comments

In 2020, after the Sundance Film Festival squeezed in its 12-day celebration and the U.S. recognized and reacted to the dangers of Covid-19, most festivals either cancelled or went the virtual route with limited success. For critics who attended these events, this new viewing format created a void and a distancing from filmmaking. With no true end to the pandemic in site, how will this effect the future of festivals and critics’ attendance?

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RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER – Review by Pamela Powell

Dawn Porter’s Rise Again, feeling as much like a mystery as an historical documentary, educates us and empowers us with awareness and understanding. History should not repeat itself and we must learn from it. Porter’s film is a pointed example of this perspective.

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