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Attention Audiences – A Damn the Pandemic, Full Speed Ahead Film Review (And Don’t Forget Your Masks When You See the Film): Director Skye Wallin’s AMERICAN GADFLY

“Generation Z, they’ve grown up in a world where every system is broken. They were young when the 2008 financial crisis hit, they saw the invasion of Iraq and the invasion of Afghanistan, climate crisis. And so they know some sort of radical change, some sort of revolutionary change is imminent and it’s necessary” – Maurice Gravel’s Campaign Manager, David Oks.

Review by Gregg W. Morris

2021 DOC NYC Film Review Teaser: PUNCH 9 FOR HAROLD WASHINGTON – Part 1

Director Joe Winston chronicles the historic legacy of Chicago’s first African American Mayor, Harold Washington. PUNCH 9 FOR HAROLD WASHINGTON draws on archival footage of 1980s Chi-Town with all its corruption and racial discrimination as well as the resilience and determination of Black Chi-Towners. IT includes candid interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett. The film shows Washington’s political repertoire of skills and stratagems as well as stinging betrayals, and unlikely victories.

Winston and his filmmakers believe Washington’s legacy continues to resonate for the Windy City and the nation, confronting the never ending social issues that undermined the country.
By Gregg W. Morris

DOC NYC Film Festival 2021

The Mother of All Documentary Film Festivals – More than 120 feature-length documentaries among over 200 films and dozens of events. Included are 32 World Premieres and 34 US premieres. Opening Night film was Penny Lane’s Listening to Kenny G, Closing Night is Matthew Heineman’s The First Wave and Centerpiece docs are Sam Pollard and Rex Miller’s Citizen Ashe and Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner’s Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over. By Gregg W. Morris

Film Update: klutz.

After a successful premiere at Dances With Films, Michelle Bossy’s short film – klutz. – starring Malka Wallick, produced by Girl Gang Production(s) is screening at several additional and upcoming film festivals.

2021 72 Hour Shootout Premiere Dedicated to Actor, Writer Howard Fong

The Film Lab’s 17th annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition premiered its winning films at the Asian American International Film Festival, celebrating and empowering voices and stories too often marginalized by mainstream media. For the first time in its history, the premiere was dedicated to an individual: Actor, Writer Howard Fong. By Gregg W. Morris

Main Slate Selections for 59th New York Film Festival (September 29 to October 10) – Part 1

Thirty features including new films from Pedro Almodóvar, Jane Campion, Jonas Carpignano, Joel Coen, Julia Ducournau, Bruno Dumont, Michelangelo Frammartino, Rebecca Hall, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Mia Hansen-Løve, Todd Haynes, Joanna Hogg, Hong Sangsoo, Tatiana Huezo, Radu Jude, Alexandre Koberidze, Kira Kovalenko, Nadav Lapid, Pietro Marcello, Avi Mograbi, Radu Muntean, Francesco Munzi, Gaspar Noé, Panah Panahi, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Alice Rohrwacher, Céline Sciamma, Joachim Trier, Anisia Uzeyman, Paul Verhoeven, Apichatpong Weerasethaukul, Saul Williams, and Ramon and Silvan Zürcher.
By Gregg W. Morris, WORD Editor, Publisher

Damn the Pandemic, Full Speed Ahead Film Review
THE MEANING OF HITLER – An Inquiry into Decades of Cultural Fascination with the Nazi Leader and the Ramifications of Such a Fascination on Present Day Politics

THE MEANING OF HITLER’s bravura cinematography and deft use of visuals – such as animation, graphics, vintage news reels, Hollywood and foreign movie footage, social media visuals – as well as interviews with historians and writers speaking with a believe-it-or-not-if-you-dare tempo about a truth, a whole truth and nothing but that truth – resulted in a sweeping panoramic documentary with prophetic and apocalyptic tones about the Who, What, Where, When, Why & How of the never-ending macabre fascination with Hitler.
By Gregg W. Morris