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PHOTOGRAPH: Alessandro Michele and Gus Van Sant

In this photo Gucci's artistic director Alessandro Michele stands with "My Own Private Idaho" director Gus Van Sant. Together they created "Ouverture of something that never ended," an online film festival that was shot in twenty days and that's made up of seven episodes of about twenty minutes, each. "Ouverture" launched November 16th and ends today on Gucci's YouTube channel and the GucciFest ... more >

The name is Connery. Sean Connery.

One of the world's most loved and respected actor has passed on

And of course, the other name is Bond. Hearing about his death at ninety and reading about his career brings forth more memories that one thought were there. But a quick mind shuffle for images of other major actors conjures nothing like what Sean Connery has given us over the years. Sleek and urbane and one-of-a-kind in the Bond franchise, full of dry humor and grit in the Indiana Jones series, ... more >

MICHAEL LONSDALE’S DEATH | France’s gentleman thespian passes on

He had 145 acting credits to his name

Screen Comment being not just a cinephile media but also a French-American publication, we would be twice remiss not to mention persons and events from across the pond, at least some of the time. The death of Michael Lonsdale, a formidable actor, himself bi-national (his French mother conceived him with the help of a British officer in 1930—Lonsdale was born in May of the following year), was ... more >

KINO LORBER’s “In case of emergency” highlights the plight of the nation’s saturated emergency room nurses

Kino Lorber will release the documentary feature "In Case of Emergency" by award-winning director and photographer Carolyn Jones ("The American Nurse," "Defining Hope") with a live virtual premiere on Eventive on Wednesday, October 14th followed by a week of free streaming on its Kino Now service ahead of a wider on-demand roll-out. This is a documentary that paints a troubling portrait of our ... more >

“Even in this terrible time of pandemic, there’s something about art and music and beauty that we can all aspire to” (Lynn Montgomery)

Our interview with the director of "Amazing Grace"

Grace Fisher’s positivity has served the young lady well over her two decades of life, as she honed her musical abilities on guitar and piano, while dreaming of becoming a composer. “My mom always said that [even] as a young girl, I’ve been blessed with a happy outlook on anything,” Fisher told me recently of her optimistic attitude. Incredibly, Fisher has maintained that same poise and ... more >

Bentonville Film Festival closes strong with an offering that combined virtual and drive-in screenings

America's in a constant state of flux, boundaries are being enlarged and society is evolving and these filmmakers, and the films they have made, reflect this

The hybrid in-person and online version of the Bentonville Film Festival wrapped up this weekend, with drive-in films, virtual panel discussions and a host of films to choose from. Here are a few from the many offerings to keep in your sights. “Amazing Grace” Directed by Lynn Montgomery Grace Fisher was a happy-go-lucky, musically-gifted teen who dreamt of being a professional musician. But ... more >

In the Philippines where a pandemic gave Duterte absolute power it’s open season for the intimidation of journalists

Our interview with Ramona Diaz, director of "A Thousand Cuts"

Journalist Maria Ressa was convicted of “cyber libel” just as Ramona S. Diaz’s documentary about her, called “A Thousand Cuts,” was due to premiere at AFI Docs in June. Ressa had for years worked for a press outlet called the Rappler, which was severely critical of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime and stifling of the free press. “We anticipated it,” said Diaz, whose “A Thousand ... more >