FREMONT – Review by Nadine Whitney

Babak Jalali’s debut feature Fremont is described as ‘Jarmuschian’ – and indeed there are echoes of Down by Law and Coffee and Cigarettes in terms of its thematic and visual references. Fremont is a gently funny and sensitive film that sneaks up on the viewer to deliver at times profound musings on living on the outside and what it means to allow yourself to look in.

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SPOTLIGHT April 2023: Deirdra Elizabeth Govan, Costume Designer, IATSE Activist

Costume and production designer and activist Deirdra Elizabeth Govan, has brilliantly crafted her career out of her passions for storytelling, history, strategic design, and social justice. Her eclectic accomplishments show that there are as many ways to build a career as there are people who want to make film and TV their life’s work, and that curiosity and passion elevate a person’s artistry. As Vice President of IATSE, she’s campaigning for equity, diversity and inclusion in the film industry. If we really want Hollywood to not only reflect society but to contribute to making the world better, we need passionate professionals who are not only talented and driven, but who collaborate and consider the collective in all they do. That’s Deirdra Elizabeth Govan.

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Sundance FF 2020: How to ‘Virtual’ Beyond Features – Leslie Combemale reports

In 2020, the Sundance Film Festival was one of the last live events, and showcases for new film, that happened before the world effectively shut down. Now in 2021, Sundance is, for the first time, going digital. Though there will be live screenings in select cities around the country, and possibly even in your neck of the woods, most of the films and events will be conducted online.

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SORRY TO BOTHER YOU — Review by Diane Carson

Sorry to Bother You creatively and wildly skewers social practices. In his debut feature film, writer/director Boots Riley pushes immediately recognizable social irritants, such as telemarketers, to satirical limits and then, leaps beyond the anticipated critique into a wild, unexpected zone. Riley lands his critical indictment with a solid, alternately humorous and bewildering series of surprising, sometimes shocking, always brilliantly staged incidents.

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