FILMS GONE WILD: The Harvey Weinstein Revelations Need To Be the Tipping Point – It’s Up to Men Everywhere (Not Just in Film) to Finally Raise the Bar

FILMS GONE WILD: The Harvey Weinstein Revelations Need To Be the Tipping Point – It’s Up to Men Everywhere (Not Just in Film) to Finally Raise the Bar

And that’s the balance I think men need to strike, even when it (as it so often does) go against every instinct to “fix things” and “problem solve.” We need to be ready to stand up and speak out when a loved one, or a friend like Rose or my other film fest friend, or in fact, a complete stranger needs us to do so. But we also, need to never assume we’ve got all of this gamed out, that we’ve got it down, we know the score.

FILMS GONE WILD: If you are a guy debating the Tim League Alamo Drafthouse problem, try starting by listening to what the women are saying first

FILMS GONE WILD: If you are a guy debating the Tim League Alamo Drafthouse problem, try starting by listening to what the women are saying first

I was wrong and I was wrong because it is so very easy to be wrong as a male in this arena. It is so incredibly easy to think of me first. It is beyond easy to not consider everything that vitally needs to be considered simply because I have a penis. It is a painful admission to make even as I seek to correct it and do better.

FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The 2018 Oxford Film Festival Announces Contest winners, a special work-in-progress screening and Mississippi-produced films in preview of 15th Anniversary edition

FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The 2018 Oxford Film Festival Announces Contest winners, a special work-in-progress screening and Mississippi-produced films in preview of 15th Anniversary edition

At a special preview party on Sunday, December 3, the Oxford Film Festival announced initial details of next year’s 15th Anniversary edition, including a special work-in-progress screening of Cassidy Friedman’s CIRCLES, the winners of OFF’s inaugural screenplay competition and Artist Vodka contest, as well as this year’s Magnifying Glass Fellowship recipient. The festival also announced the official selections in the feature film, short film, and music video categories produced in the state of Mississippi.

FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The 2017 Indie Memphis Red Carpet shots – Rainn Wilson, Mark Webber, and many more indie and local filmmakers hit the carpet in Bluff City

FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The 2017 Indie Memphis Red Carpet shots – Rainn Wilson, Mark Webber, and many more indie and local filmmakers hit the carpet in Bluff City

This year’s 20th Anniversary Indie Memphis film festival featured a street closure for the first time in their storied history, adding a big festival tent to expand the fest’s presence and footprint on the city. After the Opening Night red carpet featuring THOM PAIN and Rainn Wilson, and Thursday’s photo call with Mark Webber – two of indie films’s best examples of the actor’s actor, the red carpet under the tent on Friday night encouraged the attending filmmakers, as well as the notoriously photo and press-shy Memphis filmmaking regulars to allow themselves to be corralled for their moment in the fake-sun, while others still managed to dodge it (we’re looking right at you, Morgan Jon Fox).

FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The 20th Annual Indie Memphis announces award winners with Karl Jacobs’s COLD NOVEMBER and Landen Van Soest and Jeremy Levine’s FOR AHKEEM taking the top jury prizes

FILM FESTIVAL NEWS: The 20th Annual Indie Memphis announces award winners with Karl Jacobs’s COLD NOVEMBER and Landen Van Soest and Jeremy Levine’s FOR AHKEEM taking the top jury prizes

Karl Jacob’s COLD NOVEMBER won the jury award (and a $1000 cash prize) for Best Narrative Feature, Landen Van Soest and Jeremy Levine’s FOR AKHEEM took home the jury award (and $1000 courtesy of Classic American Hardwoods) for Best Documentary Feature, and Laura Jean Hocking and Melissa Sweazy’s GOOD GRIEF received the nod (and a $1000 cash prize) as Best Hometowner Feature.

SIDEWALK FF 2017 REVIEW: The devil really is in the details in Skye Borgman’s true-crime documentary FOREVER B

SIDEWALK FF 2017 REVIEW: The devil really is in the details in Skye Borgman’s true-crime documentary FOREVER B

These twists reveal the many ways a vulnerable child, her desires to be special and a natural tendency toward rebellion can all be cultivated by a victimizer – that is expected in this kind of case – but it doesn’t stop there. Berchtold uses elements of psychology, sexual advances and even sci-fi to exploit similar needs in the very people that could have protected her, and that is what is most chilling in the documentary.

INDIE MEMPHIS 2017 REVIEWS: Noel Wells’s Austin-based self-discovery comedy MR. ROOSEVELT dares you to watch it and not laugh

INDIE MEMPHIS 2017 REVIEWS: Noel Wells’s Austin-based self-discovery comedy MR. ROOSEVELT dares you to watch it and not laugh

I’d compare the film to Mike Judge’s work, and I mean this as a gigantic complement. No single gag is necessarily fall out of your seat funny, instead they cumulatively charm you until you can’t seem to do anything except laugh at every interaction. She does this by not overly exaggerating any given moment in an unrealistic joke, but rather taking hundreds of totally believable ridiculous incidents and cramming them all together into one escalating funny movie-long joke.

Special Features

THE GUEST COLUMN: Watching Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL (on VOD now) in the #metoo Era

THE GUEST COLUMN: Watching Nacho Vigalondo’s COLOSSAL (on VOD now) in the #metoo Era

Colossal came out in early 2017, when America had elected Russia had installed a male chauvinist pig as president, one who bragged of his sexual predation prowess, but had not yet reckoned with the full impact of the “woke” reaction to come down the pike. The film quickly came and went in the theaters, and even dedicated sci-fi/monster fans let it slip by, unaware of the larger impact the film was to impart.

VOD REVIEWS: Dorie Barton’s GIRL FLU. is a gem of a young girl’s coming-of-age story centered around the crisis of her first period and a mom that needs more adult guidance than she does

VOD REVIEWS: Dorie Barton’s GIRL FLU. is a gem of a young girl’s coming-of-age story centered around the crisis of her first period and a mom that needs more adult guidance than she does

Given the subject matter this could have been trite and tacky fodder for an afternoon special but Barton keeps it low key and very real. The solid friends who help us navigate our world, the humor among friends and sarcastic families, people who get so wrapped up in what could-have-been that they don’t see what’s right in front of them; she never takes the easy way out nor the over the top reaction.

TEN BURNING QUESTIONS: Our interview with first-time director Cati Gonzalez opens a window in to the madness and method behind the jazz-improvisation of EKAJ

TEN BURNING QUESTIONS: Our interview with first-time director Cati Gonzalez opens a window in to the madness and method behind the jazz-improvisation of EKAJ

When I picked Mecca, I had already written about a guy with AIDS. It was rough for me because [actor Badd Idea] has AIDS. Every scene, I would pass it by him before [filming]. I’d ask, “Are you OK saying that?” Even though he was outspoken about [his disease]. So, it was rough. Jake grew up while we were making the movie. If I could do it again, I know [now] how I would do it [differently]. But I like challenges. I’m very extreme [when it comes to] challenges.

SHORTS AND TO THE POINT: Maja Aro’s HOODS hits the bullseye as the complete package in a cleverly conceived and created short film…that could be expanded into something more

SHORTS AND TO THE POINT: Maja Aro’s HOODS hits the bullseye as the complete package in a cleverly conceived and created short film…that could be expanded into something more

It actually started as a very different script inspired by a video game. I wanted to write something with a badass female lead, then she evolved into this motorbike riding little red riding hood. I love the esthetic of dieselpunk, so the world was heavily influenced by that. It all kind of evolved from there. The world is big, and even though the short is just a little slice of an introduction to it, I didn’t want to feel half assed just because it was a short.


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