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New York Asian America Film Festival 20

By Gregg Morris, June 20, 2017

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47 METERS DOWN Film Review

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By Gregg Morris, June 16, 2017
The first 30 minutes may cause mild narcolepsy for some in the audience. It’s a good time to visit the bathroom or concession stand because the film segues into 59 minutes of savvy, rip snorting, truly scary and imaginative sequences of terror as if the director, the co-writer and the cinematographer fused their collective chi to make things go bump, bump, bump at 47 meters.
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This Evening, 7 P.M., June 9, Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s THE BLOOD IS ON THE DOORSTEP

Followed by a Q & A

Review by Gregg Morris, June 9, 2017
News stories are still frequent in Milwaukee and national stories are not unusual even now about April 30, 2014, when Dontre Hamilton, 31, black and unarmed, died in hail of 14 bullets fired by a Milwaukee police officer, white. THE BLOOD IS ON THE DOORSTEP is a compelling story about his family’s efforts to get at the truth and to bring about change.

Today is opening day for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which ends June 18.
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IT COMES AT NIGHT Opens Tomorrow, Today, June 9, in New York City

By Gregg Morris, June 8, 2017

IT COMES AT NIGHT, written and directed by Trey Edward Shultz, starring Joel Edgerton with a strong supporting cast, takes the apocalyptic end-of-the-world genre to a level where no film in recent memory has yet to reach. A virus of unknown origins is decimating the world. But there’s terror more frightening than the virus. The IT is relentless, the Mother of All Things That Go Bump in the Night.
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Picture by Jennifer Johnson.

Interview of Erik Ljung, Director, THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP @ The Human Rights Watch Film Festival

By Gregg Morris, June 5, 2017
Combining the spirit and techniques of ethnography, investigative journalism and, of course, documentary filmmaking, Erik Ljung’s story soars like an epic narrative: On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, 31, an unarmed black man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer in a downtown park and in broad daylight. That injustice sparked months of unrest. The way he died and  its aftermath can still cause front page and headline news in Wisconsin’s biggest city.

June 6 Update: Settlement reached in civil lawsuit.
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Netflix’s WAR MACHINE Review

By Gregg Morris, May 29, 2017

Strong cast. Solid production values. And it’s time for absurdist-surrealistic-satirical-parodic war movies about Afghanistan but this film starring Brad Pitt, who has starred in good war movies like FURY, comes up short of expectations.
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Feminist Activists and Scholars Planning to Do More to Support the 99%

Scholars and activists in the feminist movement say the fight for women’s rights and women’s issues, such as reproductive rights, sexual violence and discrimination and the wage gap, needs to include fighting for economic issues and worker’s rights, gay rights and the rights of immigrants and migrants.
By Matt Cavanagh, May 27, 2017

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Some Members of Hunter’s LGBT Community Have Their Say About the Bill O’Reilly-Fox News Sex Harassment Scandal

Fox News HQ, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. Picture by Matt Cavanagh

By Carlos Diaz, May 23, 2017
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Brad Pitt’s WAR MACHINE Coming to Netflix

By Avid Maldonado, May 18,2017
WAR MACHINE, directed by David Michôd, appears to be a comedic and parodic take on a general’s experiences at war.

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2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

By Gregg Morris, May 14, 2017

Twenty-one feature documentaries and panel discussions showcasing courageous activists during challenging times. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center June 9-18, 2017.

From HRW Film Fest: “In an era of global advances by far-right forces into the political mainstream, assaults on the free press, and the rise of “citizen journalism,” festival organizers hope that the films in this year’s program can serve as inspiration and motivation for the audience, from seasoned activists to those searching for a role in local and global movements.

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, lead protagonist in documentary, 500 YEARS.
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