Author: Greggory W Morris

WORKING WOMAN Preview

OPENING

New York City – Wednesday, March 27 at the IFC Center; Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan

Director Michal Laviad

Orna (Liron Ben Shlush), the mother of three young children, wearing a lot of care taking hats, wants to help her husband struggling to start his own restaurant by wearing another hat. She takes a job, and, cutting to the chase, her boss sexually harasses her even as she her financial success is  good for the company. His escalating, menacing sexual harassment creates a crisis for her.

“Slow Burning – builds its tension so subtly you don’t realize you’ve been holding your breath” – Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter.

Holding our breaths? Uh oh!


Director Laviad says about the time she started identifying herself as a feminist, she began directing films in San Francisco in the 1980s. Her 10 documentary and narrative films look at complex social and political issues from the point of view of female protagonists, she says in a statement. “Making films from the point of view of women is a way to remind us that women’s ways of understanding and acting in the world matter, and are worth showing – and this theme is recurrent in all my work.”

Review coming soon.

Gregg W. Morris can be reached at gmorris@hunter.cuny.edu

Tribeca Film Festival – April 24 to May 5 – to Close with World Premiere Of Danny Boyle’s YESTERDAY …

World Premiere Of Danny Boyle’s YESTERDAY. Also, Special Screenings Honoring the 40th Anniversary of APOCALYPSE NOW and the 30 Years Since SAY ANYTHING Became A Cult Classic. Galas Include World Premiere of ‘Between Me and My Mind’ featuring Phish’s Trey Anastasio with special music performanceTribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival World Premiere of ‘he Good, The Bad, The Hungry.

Art of the Real, April 18-28, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Sixth Annual Nonfiction Showcase

This year’s Opening Night selection is the North American premiere of Frank Beauvais’s intimate essay film, Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream. Composed of excerpts from the 400-plus films the director watched during a period of seclusion in 2016, it’s a montage that reframes otherwise incidental images into an immensely moving reflection on life, love, and loss.

Narrative, Documentary & Animated Selections – 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Short Films Lineup

The short films will be presented in 11 distinct competition programs, consisting of six narrative, four documentary, and one animation program. There will also be special screening programs for the annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival and the debut of shorts from The Queen Collective, a program aimed at accelerating gender and racial equality behind the camera. The 2019 shorts lineup is programmed by Sharon Badal and Ben Thompson. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 24 – May 5.

WOMAN AT WAR Film Review
(Kona fer í stríð)

One-hour, 41 minutes of sumptuous, sensual cinematography of Icelandic landscapes – plus waves of an irresistible minimalistic film score from a three-man ensemble and a female chorus of three Ukrainian singers showing up at moments like Greek Choruses – await audiences in this film by Director Benedikt Erlingsson about an environmental gladiator who uses a bow and arrow to take out the high tension electrical towers of an aluminum corporation threatening to defoil her local community.

hillbilly

Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival and made its New York City premiere at DOC NYC. Debuts Tuesday, January 8, 2019, on Digital, Cable and Satellite.

Directed by Sally Rubin and Ashley York
Cast – bell hooks, Amythyst Kiah, Frank X Walker, Crystal Good, Ronny Cox, Billy Redden, Michael Apted, Silas House
1:25:1 Run Time

What the Filmmakers Say

Since the presidential election, cultural divide in America has been the source of riveting and visceral discussions and arguments. Stereotyping and slurs are rampant, finger-pointing and name-calling abound. hillbilly is a personal and political journey by the filmmakers into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media misrepresentation in their creation of the iconic American “hillbilly,” and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype.

hillbilly will surprise if not shock imaginations because of its revelations, such as the renown artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, “Affrilachian” poets, and intersectional feminists who are unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region. Author, feminist, and social activist bell hooks is a hillbilly.

 

 

Gregg W. Morris can be reached at gmorris@hunter.cuny.edi

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS – Oscar Shortlisted Documentary

One of 15 contenders for Best Documentary Feature at 91st Academy Awards. The nominations to be released 22 January, 2019, and the winner to be announced at the 91st Academy Awards February 24, 2019.

What the Film Makers Say

Set in Eastern Ukraine on the front-line of the war, following  the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village. Life becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day, and the war offers no end in sight. In this now half-deserted village where Oleg and Alexandra are the only true constants in each other’s lives, the film shows just how fragile, but crucial, close relationships are for survival.

Through Oleg’s perspective, the film examines what it means to grow up in a war zone: A child’s growing universal struggle to discover what the world is interlaced with all the dangers and challenges the war presents.

 

 

Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont.
Produced by Monica Hellström (THE ACT OF KILLING), Final Cut For Real

Spotlight Award Nominee – Cinema Eye Honors 2019
Honorable Mention – Pare Lorentz Award – 2018 IDA Awards
Winner – First Appearance Award – IDFA 2017
Winner – Best Nordic Documentary – Göteborg Film Festival 2018
Winner – Golden Gate Award – SFFILM 2018
Winner – Fipresci Award – Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2018
Winner – Best International Film – DocAviv Film Festival 2018
Nominee – Best European Documentary – European Film Awards 2018

 

Gregg W. Morris can be reached at gmorris@hunter.cuny.edu