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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Dawn Porter directs Cirque du Soleil documentary – Brandy McDonnell reports

Director Dawn Porter is joining forces with MGM Television to produce a feature documentary about Cirque du Soleil as the live entertainment company makes a comeback after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to shutter operations and declare bankruptcy. The documentary will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Cirque du Soleil’s resurgence after the most difficult period in the global circus’ history.

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QuARTSantine: OXFF and other FFs and the PandemONIUMic – Melanie Addington (Guest Post)

It feels like March 12 was years ago now. That was the day the Governor of Mississippi limited any events that assembled 250 people or more. It was 6 days before our 2020 Oxford Film Festival was supposed to happen. And then it wasn’t happening anymore. That felt like the end of the world at the time. But since then, the film festival community has worked nonstop to rally as more than 170 film festivals scheduled for the spring and summer have had to cancel, postpone or go online. On March 27, eighty-one film festivals joined the Film Festival Alliance conference call to talk best practices and strategy moving forward.

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Entertaining, Informative, Inspiring Go-To Movies for Pandemic Shut-ins

During our current pandemic-spurred lifestyle adjustment, we may be shut in, but we’re not shut down. Even folk who don’t regularly watch movies are finding cinema culture to be an effective way to staving off the effects of social isolation and resist the onset of cabin fever. Movies move you. Here are AWFJ members’ personal recommendations for movies that entertain, inspire and inform…ENJOY!

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