Fascinated about cults; “STOLEN YOUTH: INSIDE THE CULT AT SARAH LAWRENCE,” interview with filmmaker Zach Heinzerling

If anything filmmaker Zach Heinzerling hopes that as people watch his new docuseries “Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence,” they try to keep in mind that it’s easy, from the outside, to say “this could never be me.” Indeed, the filmmaker wishes viewers appreciate the power that a malevolent narcissist such as Larry Ray can have on young people who are trying to find their identity at ... more >


An interesting aspect of this time of year is how film festivals fall one after the other. As I was putting Palm Springs coverage to bed, Sundance was immediately up to bat. I wasn’t able to revisit Park City, Utah, this year—heading there in 2020 was one of my last big activities for me prior to lockdowns—but thankfully I was able to connect with several publicists, who had some absolutely ... more >

Sundance: The issue of free speech in Indian country gets the documentary treatment in ‘BAD PRESS’’

Strictly speaking, Native American reservations are not American soil.  Thus it shouldn’t be surprising that many Indian tribes do not have press freedom codified into their constitutions.  This was the case of the Muscogee Creek nation in Oklahoma, where, in 2018, the tribe’s government repealed free speech protections for the Muscogee Nation News.  That led to a ground-up citizens campaign to ... more >

Sundance: “FANCY DANCE”

Erica Tremblay’s “Fancy Dance” aligns its warm heart with the many indigenous women who have been missing and murdered without finding justice and the Indigenous women who must navigate the world where the system casts them as persona non grata. Written by Tremblay and Miciana Alise, this engrossing film is set on the Seneca Cayuga Reservation in northeast Oklahoma. It is here we find Jax (a ... more >

Hollywood Reporter hosts international feature shortlist in Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—The Oscar is the goal, and before the final five, there is what’s called the “shortlist”—films generating buzz that may or may not get the nod.  The Hollywood Reporter’s Mia Galuppo and Kevin Cassidy led two panels at the Palm Springs International Film Festival of filmmakers shortlisted as Oscar contenders this year for best foreign feature. The first panel held at the ... more >

PALM SPRINGS FESTIVAL, the final dispatch until next year

As is ever the case with film festivals, there aren’t enough hours, or days, to see everything, or even everything on my to-watch list. This despite making my way through screening links in the week prior to even setting foot in California. I tremendously enjoyed my time at the 38th Palm Springs International Film Festival, interviewed some amazing filmmakers and had some singular experiences, ... more >

Luminous Léa Seydoux confronted with caring for an elderly parent in “ONE FINE MORNING” | REVIEW

Starring Léa Seydoux and Pascal Greggory
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve’s “One Fine Morning”("Un beau matin" in the French original) is an intelligent and warm ode to the sorrows and joys of parenting. A marvelous Léa Seydoux is Sandra, a widow and single mother confronted with a father (Pascal Greggory) who has a disease that is causing the decline of his mental acuity. Sandra is sad, as her father can no longer live alone. As her mother (Nicole ... more >