Archives for May 2021



In-person opening night featured the world premiere of Tarabu Betserai Kirkland’s "100 Years from Mississippi"

Like all of 2021’s film festivals the Harlem International Film Festival will also be a hybrid event. The event kicked off Thursday, with some screenings being held in that section of New York and the rest being online—even as more and more people get vaccinated against covid-19. Unlike other festivals whose film complements can be set almost anywhere—real or fictitious—those playing at Harlem ... more >

Juice, sweat and bike-riding desperados: “OUTLAWS”

A story of betrayal and life and death choices
Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee and Simone Kessell
Directed by Stephen McCallum

In the opening moment of “Outlaws” (scored to the Doom-tinged sound of the song “Lunacy” from the ambient-Rock group Swans), a leather-clad motorcycle gang cuts through the night streets like riders of an oncoming Apocalypse. It is a moment that immediately grabs and foreshadows the aura of the film. Director Stephen McCallum immediately assures us that his first feature film, while not ... more >