EXCLUSIVE: Travis Mathews and Jonny Mars Discuss ‘Discreet’ – See it at SFFilm Festival!

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: Auteur Travis Mathews’ (“Interior. Leather Bar”) latest directorial effort, “Discreet,” is making its U.S. debut at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) on April 8. During my Berlinale coverage for Awards Circuit, I had the chance to sit down with Mathews and the film’s star, Jonny Mars, who starred […]

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Ott and Cory Zacharia Discuss ‘California Dreams’ – See it at SXSW!

2017 Berlin Critics’ Week: The ambitious docufiction, “California Dreams,” which is already garnering critical praise, debuted in Berlin. I had a chance to interview director Mike Ott and the film’s star, Cory Zacharia, who, essentially, played himself in the film. We discussed where the documentary ended and the fiction began, Ott’s influence for this idea, […]

Berlinale Review: Steve Coogan’s Career-Best Performance Saves ‘The Dinner’ From Falling Apart

2017 Berlin International Film Festival: Writer and director Oren Moverman is no stranger to intense subject matters. The Tel Aviv, Israel native was the mastermind behind “The Messenger,” a film which catapulted Ben Foster into superstardom, about the men in the United States military who are assigned to give the unfortunate news of soldiers’ deaths to their families. […]

2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Must-Sees

It’s that time of year, where classic film fans from all over the world come together in Los Angeles in celebration of celluloid. After covering my first TCM Classic Film Festival last year, I’ve been eagerly counting down the days until my return. This year, in conjunction with TCM themselves, I’ll be working as a […]

Sundance Film Festival Announces PREMIERES

Full press release: Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary […]

2013 LAFF: Winter In The Blood (**½)

‘Winter In The Blood‘, directed by Alex and Andrew J. Smith, is a film is about a confused Native American searching for his future while haunted by his past. Inspired by the book, written by James Welch, that took place in the Montana Native American reserves, fans of the book were impressed by the filmmaker’s […]

Top 10 Anticipated Films from 2013 Montclair Film Festival!

Today kicks off the second annual Montclair Film Festival in Montclair, New Jersey.  Located about twenty miles outside of Manhattan, this quiet yet very compelling festival has quite a few highlights that will be showcased at this year’s festivities.  In its second year, the impressive slate will have lots of films getting some extra press […]

Howdy y’all! Awards Circuit is heading to SXSW!

Hello readers new and old! How have you been enjoying the site post-Oscars? Well I hope, and we have a lot of cool stuff coming soon including our first ever trip to South by Southwest held in Austin, Texas! SXSW, as it is affectionately known as, is a unique festival that combines film screenings, live […]

Quartet (***)

AFI Festival: Shifting from acting shoes to directing shoes, Dustin Hoffman makes his directing debut with Quartet (2012), starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Michael Gambon. Quartet is a touching comedy about the lives of retired opera singers, musicians, and the like, living in a retirement home and reuniting with old […]

Pieta (***)

Latin for compassion, Pieta (2012) is a dark dramatic thriller, filled with volatile emotions, and people of monstrous intentions. The protagonist is a debt collector who prefers to cripple and torment those who are in debt. With a long list of people who want revenge on him, a woman appears, out if the blue, claiming […]

The Central Park Five (****)

AFI Festival: The Central Park Five (2012) is a documentary about when law enforcement blamed one of New York’s most well-known crimes on five boys. The filmmakers, angered by the injustice, called into question whether or not the authorities that the public thinks are there to enforce the law really does that. Based on the true accounts of the […]

AFI Film Festival 2012 Begins

Over the next eight intense days, a small team will cover close to a quarter of a total of 135 long and short films, panel discussions, and galas that will take place during the 2012 AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles, California. Starting with the opening night gala presentation of Hitchcock (2012), the next few days […]

Ted Hope joins San Francisco Film Society as Executive Director

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to Pixar, Lucasfilm, American Zoetrope, Industrial Light and Magic and now Ted Hope. The San Francisco Film Society has tapped the prolific independent film producer (70 films including The Savages, In the Bedroom, Martha Marcy May Marlene) to be their executive director highlighting Hope’s grasp on the current state […]