Bentonville FF: Linda Goldstein Knowlton on WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

An experienced, Emmy-nominated director and producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton attended the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival this year for her latest documentary, We Are the Radical Monarchs. The uplifting, fist-pumping story of a new kind of scouting troop for young girls, the film underlines the importance of inclusion, representation, and activism in today’s world.

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What’s Up Down Under? “Viva Varda” at Sydney Film Fest – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Reports

Marking the legacy of influential French filmmaker Agnès Varda whose recent passing triggered a torrent of both deep grief and loving memorials from cinephiles across the globe, the upcoming Sydney Film Festival celebrates her unparalleled career with a near-exhaustive program of her most significant films.

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What’s Up Down Under?: Melbourne IFF Screens Maya Deren Films to Live Score – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

In a rare treat for Australian audiences, Thurston Moore – co-founder, guitarist and sometime-vocalist of legendary US rock band Sonic Youth – will be a guest of the 2019 Melbourne International FIlm Festival where, on 2 August, he will perform live his scores to four Maya Deren’s films, the haunting Meshes of the Afternoon, At Land (1944), Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946) and a new score for her famously unfinished short The Witch’s Cradle.

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Bentonville FF: Dawn Valadez on THE PUSHOUTS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

As both a filmmaker and a social worker, Dawn Valadez has spent her career focusing on the experiences of young people of color. Those experiences are front and center in The Pushouts, which looks at how the system fails so many at-risk kids — but celebrates the mentors and decisions that can help disrupt the cycle. Valadez, who co-directed and produced the film was at the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival to screen The Pushouts and talk about its mission of social justice.

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Bentonville FF: Amber McGinnis on INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

Amber McGinnis’ feature film directing debut is International Falls, which stars Rachael Harris as a dissatisfied Minnesota woman who finds her way to stand-up comedy. The film is part of the line-up at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival, which McGinnis is attending with her 3-month-old daughter.

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Nitrate Picture Show Festival of Film Conservation – Diane Carson reports

Many festivals feature contemporary films, domestic and international. The Nitrate Picture Show Festival of Film Conservation, as its title signals, celebrates nitrate film through gorgeous black and white as well as color selections from archives around the world: The fifth iteration of this festival took place, as always, at the George Eastman Museum Dryden Theatre in Rochester, New York.

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Bentonville FF: Rebecca Stern on WELL GROOMED – Betsy Bozdech interviews

Rebecca Stern makes her feature directing debut with Well Groomed at the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival. Chronicling a year in the life of competitive dog groomers, the upbeat film is a joyous romp through a world you might have not seen before. And it’s really about dogs and passion and art and enjoying oneself in hobbies and your environment. It’s sure to appeal to both canine lovers and fans of quirky subcultures.

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What’s Up Down Under? Rachel Ward’s PALM BEACH Opens Sydney Film Fest – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Sydney Film Festival makes perfect sense as the location for the World Premiere of Rachel Ward’s Palm Beach, named for a well-known, picturesque suburb in Sydney’s Northern Beaches region. The film follows a group of old friends who reunite for a birthday party where festivities take a back-seat to more complex aspects of their interpersonal relationships, with repressed tensions and carefully kept secrets threatening to explode.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Bentonville Film Fest Honors Jamie Brewer – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Bentonville Film Festival will honor actor Jamie Brewer with the “See It, Be It” Award, which highlights a rising and influential voice in the landscape of diversity and inclusion in media. The American Horror Story actor will be honored for her unwavering commitment to representing and championing those with intellectual disabilities both on screen and off, ensuring media accurately reflects the real world.

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