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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MISS JUNETEENTH – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples’s feature debut is a beautiful cinematic experience, bursting with a gorgeous sense of place and character the likes of which are rarer onscreen than they should be. Nicole Beharie brings a strength and a weariness to Turquoise Jones, a former beauty queen and single mom trying to make a better life for her teen daughter.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AFI Gala Honoring Julie Andrews Pushed Back – Brandy McDonnell reports

The American Film Institute is postponing its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring Dame Julie Andrews in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, film festivals, other events and movie premieres, including Austin’s SXSW, Santa Clarita’s Cinequest and Bentonville Film Festival are among these that have been postponed — or cancelled.

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RED DOG – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Featuring the sort of nudity, language and adult themes that make it unsuitable for children – at least the ones who didn’t grow up living it – the documentary, which premiered at the 2019 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, also is an affectionate tribute from a loving son to the mother who kept doing the best she could – even when she didn’t really know what she was doing at all.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: SXSW Salutes Women, Harvard Honors Kunis, DGA Awards and Streep Joins ‘LIES’ Cast — Brandy McDonnell reports

Texas’ South By Southwest Festival (March 9-18) showcases several promising projects by women directors including three femme-helmed features, one documentary

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