Post-Fest Coverage of 2017 @MdFilmFestival @filmfestoday (Overall Impressions) and @hammertonail (4 Reviews), Part 1

The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF), founded in 1999 by Festival Director Jed Dietz, just ran its 2017 iteration May 3-7, in Baltimore. With 11 blocks of short films – including the traditional opening-night program of five – plus 34 features, the festival brought its usual eclectic mix of documentary and fiction, international and national, and narrative-based and experimental selections to Charm City, with some crew or cast representative from most films on hand for the post-screening Q&A’s. This year, the festival debuted its new venue, a renovated historic theater in the heart of the city, which will now become a year-round hub of curated cinema events, including movie revivals and other, more indie, fare.

You can check out my two pre-fest pieces, at BmoreArt and The Baltimore Sun’s “Roughly Speaking” podcast, here. For my post-fest coverage, I have so far had 4 reviews (the total I will do) published at Hammer to Nail, and one comprehensive article about my overall impressions published at Film Festival Today. Check them out:

Enjoy! Stay tuned for my interviews with the filmmakers I met up with at the festival, coming soon …

Review of “Below Her Mouth” & Interview with Michał Marczak (“All These Sleepless Nights) @hammertonail + Review of “Graduation” @filmfesttoday

Two more pieces of mine ran recently on Hammer to Nail: a review of the erotic lesbian drama Below Her Mouth and an interview with Michał Marczak, director of the Polish hybrid documentary All These Sleepless Nights (which I reviewed for the site last year). On Friday, April 28, Film Festival Today ran my review of Graduation, from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. Here are links to all three articles:

Enjoy!

2 more @annapolisff Reviews @hammertonail + Review of “Their Finest” @filmfesttoday

Hammer to Nail finished running my coverage from the recent  Annapolis Film Festival last week with two final reviews: of AWOL and The Last Laugh. In addition, on Friday, Film Festival Today ran my review of Their Finest. Here are links to all pieces:

Enjoy!

3 @annapolisff Reviews @hammertonail + Review of “The Fate of the Furious” @filmfesttoday

Over the past two weeks, Hammer to Nail has run three reviews of mine from the recent  Annapolis Film Festival: for The ArcherThe Islands and the Whales and Katie Says Goodbye. Two days ago, Film Festival Today ran my review of The Fate of the Furious. Here are links to all posts:

Enjoy!

SXSW2017–Part 4 @hammertonail (3 More Reviews and 2 More Interviews) + SXSW2017 Overview @filmfesttoday

Continuing my coverage of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival at Hammer to Nail, here are five more pieces: 3 reviews (for which one has no accompanying interview) and 2 interviews. Still others have already been posted, but I am still only posting reviews (for which I also conducted interviews) after their accompanying interviews have been posted, too. More to follow in the days ahead. Here are links to my three previous SXSW 2017 posts: first, second and third. In addition, I wrote a thorough overview of my experience at SXSW for Film Festival Today. Here are links to all posts:

Enjoy!

SXSW2017–Part 3 @hammertonail (3 More Reviews and 3 More Interviews) + “Wilson” @filmfesttoday

Continuing my coverage of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival at Hammer to Nail, here are six more pieces: 3 reviews and 3 interviews. Still others have already been posted, but I am keeping it simple and only posting reviews after their accompanying interviews have gone live, as well. More to follow in the days ahead. For my first post on SXSW 2017, go here, and for the second, go here. In addition, I ran a review of Craig Johnson’s latest film, Wilson, today at Film Festival Today. Here are links to all posts:

Enjoy!