Author: Greggory Morris

This Reminder Message is from William Tam, Asian American / Asian Research Institute City University of New York

Since 2004, the CUNY Asian American Film Festival (AAFF) has recognized and awarded over $13,800 in cash prizes to student filmmakers enrolled at the City University of New York, including City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College, College of Staten Island, and Queens College. The CUNY AAFF helps to promote the artistic visual talents and stimulate communication among CUNY students who are separated by the different campuses, and serve as a central location to display their creative works. Past participants have also had their films screened at the Asian American International Film Festival. – By Gregg W. Morris

2023 Tribeca Festival TV and NOW Lineup

World premieres include Max’s Full Circle directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Dennis Quaid, Claire Danes, Timothy Olyphant, Zazie Beetz, and Jharrel Jerome; HBO Sports Documentaries’ The Golden Boy, about the life of cultural icon Oscar De La Hoya, executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and Mario Lopez; and AMC’s The Walking Dead: Dead City, starring Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and BET+’s Diarra from Detroit, Executive produced by Kenya Barris. Also: Starz’s Outlander Season Seven, starring Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heughan. – Article by Gregg W. Morris

Tribeca Festival Announces 2023 Feature Film Line Up – Part 1 of the Announcement

The 2023 features program – this reviewer feels it’s a monster – includes 109 feature films from 127 filmmakers across 36 countries. The lineup includes 93 world premieres, one international premiere, eight North American premieres, one U.S. premiere, and six New York premieres. There are 43 first-time directors and 29 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects. 41 percent (45) of all feature films are directed by women and, for the first time, more than half of competition feature films are directed by women at 68 percent (19). Additionally, 36 percent (39) of feature films are directed by BIPOC filmmakers, including two indigenous filmmakers. – Article by Gregg W. Morris

A Riveting, Sweeping Cinematic Saga: SWEETWATER by Writer-Director Martin Guigui

SWEETWATER doesn’t blink, doesn’t shy away, mostly certainly doesn’t shrug as it mesmerizes and resonates and, again, is sweeping in scope in its way of telling the bitter-sweet epic saga of Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton. The elements that make a movie a 5-star movie soar most certainly beyond imagination in this film: Casting – wisely selected. Plot and subplots – astutely rendered. Settings & themes & subthemes – marvelously done. Review by Gregg W. Morris

SUMMONING SYLVIA LGBTQ Horror Comedy Film Review – Warning! Are You Ready to Die Laughing? 🤣

The Horror Collective has released its North American theatrical and TVOD release of a daredevil LGBTQ horror comedy smothered in layers of cinematic derring-do. Written and directed with considerable aplomb by Wesley Taylor (Smash, The Spongebob Musical, it’s soon to recur on Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building”) and Alex Wyse (Marvel’s IRON FISH, soon to join Broadway’s Good Night, Oscar). It hit theaters nationwide March 31, 2023 and is scheduled for Cable VOD and Digital HD, four days from now: April 7, 2023.


A viscerally gripping, 145-minute drama with scenes of incredible intensity, many searing, about Chama, a single mom in her early 20s, played by Melissa Barrera whose character is a system-impacted woman teetering on the edge of an abyss.

Numerous cinema accolades : NY HBO Latino Film Festival – Winner of Best Film; Las Cruces International Film Festival – Winner of Best Film & Grand Jury Prize; Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival – Winner of Best Editing; Santa Fe Independent Film Festival – Winner of Best Film; Ojai International Film Festival – Honorable Mention Best Director; Seattle Latino Film Festival – Honorable Mention Best Film, Best Director.
Review by Gregg W. Morris