Category Archives: Movie Reviews

February 19

Now Transmitting: Highlights from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

The Circle Cinema Satellite Screen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. By Virginia YappWednesday, February 17th, 2021 In our 40 years as an Institute, we’ve never hosted a Sundance Film Festival quite like 2021’s. And that’s thanks in large part to you, our adventurous audiences from all 50 states and 120 countries, who joined us (and our friends at […]

February 01

A co-production of C35 Films, the Center for Asian American Media, and WORLD Channel, America ReFramed’s -FIRST VOTE Directed by Yi Chen

A co-production of C35 Films, the Center for Asian American Media, and WORLD Channel, America ReFramed’s FIRST VOTE offers unparalleled access to a diverse cross-section of politically engaged Chinese Americans. The film weaves their stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms and explores the intersections between immigration, voting rights, and racial justice. Directed by Yi Chen, a […]

January 31

A-DOC: ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK AND OPEN YOUR EYES & THINK MF TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE A HISTORIC YEAR FOR ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY AWARDS CONTENDERS

A-DOC: ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK AND OPEN YOUR EYES & THINK MF TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE A HISTORIC YEAR FOR ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY AWARDS CONTENDERS A-DOC            http://bit.ly/adoc-youtubeOYEATMF      https://bit.ly/39u0iua ABOUT:  A-DOC:ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORKA-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.  Asian American documentary filmmakers […]

January 30

CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA (CAAM) IN ASSOCIATION WITH MTV DOCUMENTARY FILMS PRESENTS -FINDING YINGYING DIRECT BY-JIAYAN “JENNY” SHI

Yingying Zhang, was a 26-year-old Chinese student, who comes to the U.S. to study. In her detailed and beautiful diaries, the aspiring young scientist and teacher is full of optimism, hoping to also be married and a mother someday. Within weeks of her arrival, Yingying disappears from the campus. Through exclusive access to Yingying’s family […]

January 24

AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY – “SOFTIE” DIRECTED BY SAM SOKO

“A marvel of narrative storytelling…”-Filmmaker Magazine“A compelling act of defiance”“a powerful and personal election biopic… as intimate as it is brave”-The Film Stage“…tremendous film”-The Times (UK)  “…RIVETING!” – VarietyBoniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s taking the next step by running for office in a regional Kenyan […]

January 22

“HUMAN NATURE”-The Story Of CRISPER.The Most Important Scientific Discovery Of The 21st Century

HUMAN NATURE is currently streaming on NETFLIX ABOUT HUMAN NATUREHUMAN NATURE is a provocative exploration of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st century—and it isn’t digital, it’s biological. CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life and opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. […]

January 20

DOCUMENTARY“BEDLAM” – DIRECTED BY DR. KEN ROSENBERG PRODUCED BY PETER MILLER<An intimate journey Into the America’s mental health crisis

BEDLAM is set in Los Angeles and is the first major documentary to explore the crisis in the care of severely mentally-ill citizens. Judge Songhai Armstead, Exec. Director, Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative/County of Los Angeles (Proposition J), George Gascon, LA County DA, The Honorable Patrick Kennedy, Dr. Jonathan E. Sherin, Director, LA County Dept. of Mental […]

January 19

“PANDEMIC19” A Film by Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins

PANDEMIC19 A Film by Yung Chang and Annie Katsura Rollins Executive Produced by Jean Tsien and Donald Young Audience Award Winner – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020 Special Jury Mention – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020 Winner – SPE Media Festival 2021 Official Selection – SFFILM Doc Stories 2020 “…a poignant document…this film feels alive […]

January 18

Old Fool Film presents “TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE.“Review By Sally Warburton

By Sally Warburton Old Fool Film presents TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE. The Visayan title  translation of Joanna Vasquez Arong’s documentary film Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos.  An IDA Awards Nominee for Best Documentary Short,  Winner of the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Shorts (Oscar®-qualifying prize) Joanna Vasquez Arong’s Essay Film Explores Cultural […]

January 17

TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE – By Ang Pagpakalma Sa Unos&Directed by Joanna Vasquez Arong -NOMINEE – Best Short Documentary – 2020 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards

NOMINEE – Best Short Documentary – 2020 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards WINNER – Grand Jury Prize, Documentary Shorts – 2020 Slamdance Film Festival WINNER – International Documentary – 15th SHORTS MÉXICO WINNER – Best Documentary Short – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2020 Special Mention – Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival Official Selection – 2020 […]

December 31

MAKING THE CASE DIRECTED BY JENNIFER CALLAHAN A SHORT FILM ABOUT A JUDGE AND HER BAGS-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

MAKING THE CASE DIRECTED BY JENNIFER CALLAHAN A SHORT FILM ABOUT A JUDGE AND HER BAGS MAKING THE CASEOfficial Selection – 2020 Tribeca Film FestivalOfficial Selection – 2020 DOC NYCOfficial Selection – 2020 HollyShorts Film FestivalOfficial Selection – 2020 Hamptons Doc Fest About MAKING THE CASE Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for whom legal arguments are daily currency, examines […]

December 18

The Go-Go’s KATHY VALENTINE – THE Music Bestseller of 2020: All I Ever Wanted: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir

Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine’s story is a roller coaster of sex, drugs, and of course, music; it’s also a story of what it takes to find success and find yourself, even when it all comes crashing down. Kathy is available for Canadian media – now and into 2021!Amazon, Indigo and PDF copies available upon request Kathy Valentine […]

October 05

INSIDE OUT LGBT FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT RBC DRIVE-IN EVENT & DRAG PERFORMANCES – Oct. 1, 2020, Toronto

by Sally Warburton FILM SCREENING OF THE DAVID BOWIE-INSPIRED ‘STARDUST’ The film STARDUST takes place in 1971 where a 24 year old David Bowie (Johnny Flynn) embarks on his first road trip to America with Mercury Records publicist Ron Oberman (Marc Maron), only to be met with a world not yet ready for him. The […]

October 29

ImagineNative Film Festival Tues., Oct.22nd to Sat., Oct. 26th 2019

By Sally Warburton The 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Announces Festival Award Winners The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open Wins Best Dramatic Feature On Sunday, October 27, 2019 at imagineNATIVE’s Awards Presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Sun Jury, Moon Jury and Water Jury considered film, video, audio, and […]

October 19

REELWORLD FILM FESTIVAL Opening @Glenn Gould Studio-Thurs.,Oct 17, 2019

By Sally Warburton In its 19th year, the Reelworld Film Festival features films from Canadian BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) with their own stories and unique perspectives. The Opening Night Gala and Reception on Thursday, October 17 was held at the Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Building, Toronto. Special guests included The Honourable […]