Second Wave: More NYAFF news fit to print. This year’s festival will open with the international premiere of Ryoo Seung-wan’s tense political thriller ESCAPE FROM MOGADISH; it will include the North American premiere of Fruit Chan’s new horror masterwork COFFIN HOMES; and it will launch a new Asian American Focus selection. And there is sooooo much more, from August 6 to August 22, 2021. By Gregg W. Morris
NO MORE WINGS is 10 evocative minutes of eloquent story telling with poetic panache and a visceral and intellectual resonance lasting long after the film ends. It tells of two 20-plus-somethings meeting-up for a fav repast of six wings and chips in Morley’s, a South London fried chicken shop. Issac and Jude are savvy, down-to-earth no-nonsense class acts with a dash of chutzpah. You will want to see this film more than once.
By Gregg W. Morris
Full list of films and filmmakers available. Note This: the WORD editor Gregg W. Morris had this great interview with Director/Writer Abraham Adeyemi of NO MORE WINGS. which won the TFF 2020 award for best short (a mind-blowing 10 minutes). The review and the article are in the works.
UNCUT GEMS by Josh and Benny Safdie Adam stars Adam Sandler as Howard, a diamond dealer dangling on the edge of the abyss. His relationship with his wife (Idina Menzel) is imploding; he owes a hefty chunk of money to pissed off racketeers who would find kneecapping too gentle; and he is sinking into the quicksand of an escalating scheme to make a fortune by selling a diamond to Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (playing himself and looking good). – Gregg W. Morris
Innovative feature films and specialty short showcases, industry talk backs, and more. LESFF Judges include Rosario Dawson, Joe Quesada, Luke Cage,Matt FX, Tamra Simmons, Sam Levy.
Attention Jeffrey McHale: YOU DON’T NOMI is a smartly done, five stars plus debut for your first feature documentary, so you Hang 10 for the waves of approbation and disapprobation coming your way for your derring-do to step into the cinematic maelstrom of SHOWGIRLS.
Projections features 36 short and feature films, with four world premieres, nine North American premieres, and 14 U.S. premieres.
The NYAAFF Staff sharing the films they’re looking forward to watch at Film Society of Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre this year June 29 to July 15!
A critically acclaimed film festival programmed and operated by Subway Cinema. Featuring contemporary premieres and classic titles from Eastern Asia and Southeast Asia (particularly Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand), though South Asian cinema has also been represented via films from India and Pakistan. Genres featured in the film festival includes Horror film, Gangster/Crime, Martial Arts, and Action.
An essential showcasing of the most vital and innovative voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking, the 2018 lineup features a host of brilliant new works and exciting artist spotlights, including one world premiere, eight North American premieres, and seven U.S. premieres, with many of the filmmakers in person.