Category: Film/TV

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Silicon Beach Film Festival

“Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash, we shouldn’t go at all,” Pauline Kale was quoted as saying. And Roger Elbert, author of “Your Movie Sucks,” once acknowledged that some of his fans confided in him their need sometimes to see really bad movies even though the reasons were never explained. This reviewer believed those comments needed to be aired before he got into the guts of the review of first time director Zach Koepp’s 77-minute-long THE WILLOWBROOK, which was released on digital early in November.

Becoming Abi

The Becoming Abie series was made by Bolu Essien’s Nigerian-based production company Evolving Light Studios, which she founded alongside her husband, Emmanuel Essien, and is distributed by Nigerian distributor FilmOne.

Part 2, RIOTSVILLE, USA Film Review

  Biographical Sierra Pettengill, Director Focuses on the warped narratives of the American past. Most recently, she directed the archival short The Rifleman, which premiered at the 2021Sundance Film Festival. Her 2017 feature-length film, the all-archival documentary The Reagan Show,…

RIOTSVILLE, USA Film Review – A Stunningly Poetic and Cinematically Furious Reflection on the Righteous Inner City Rebellions of the 1960s & the U.S. Army Militarized Ops That Worked to Destroy Them

In RIOTSVILLE, USA, Director Sierra Pettengill, like a consummate painter with a cinematic palette, fuses archival national news media reportage from the late 1960s with archival U.S. military film and video footage from that same period in a cinematic exposition exposing the insidious nature of the militarization which was – and continues to be – primarily, but not exclusively, focused on Black people fighting for the real Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Pettengill’s paints veraciously without one misstep of historical and philosophical significance unlike so many other chroniclers, filmmakers and documentarians of that period. – By Gregg W. Morris


Director Joshua Seftel: “To me, this is the story of a collision course between Richard “Mac” McKinney and the congregants of the Muncie Islamic Center. It’s a story so relevant to our world today – a world filled with misunderstanding, people taking sides, and seemingly unbridgeable societal gaps – and yet this story shows there is hope. I believe the film can serve as a glimpse into what is possible when we stay open and kind, a story about family, compassion, and forgiveness.” – Review by Gregg W. Morris