Post-Fest Coverage of 2017 @MdFilmFestival @hammertonail (5 Interviews), Part 2 + Reviews of “Risk” and “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation,” and of “Baywatch” @filmfesttoday

The second part of my coverage of the 2017 Maryland Film Festival, consisting of five interviews with filmmakers, has run over the past two weeks at Hammer to Nail. I have two more interviews pending, one that will have to wait until August when that particular film is released. Stay tuned. Hammer to Nail also ran two of my reviews of films now out online or in theaters. In addition, Film Festival Today ran my review of Baywatch. Here are links to all eight pieces:

Enjoy!

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 …

“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Linda DeLibero – on “Their Finest,” “The Circle” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Linda DeLibero, Director of Film and Media Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Co-Director of the Hopkins/MICA Film Center

Welcome to the fifth episode of the 2016-2017 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was Linda DeLibero, Director of Film and Media Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Co-Director of the Hopkins/MICA Film Centre, who returned after a hiatus of over two years (she had been my first guest). We reviewed three new films: Their FinestThe Circle and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

In Howard County, Maryland, you can watch the show on Channel 41 (if you’re a Verizon customer) or Channel 96 (if you’re a Comcast customer), and you can watch it online from anywhere. You can also still catch the firstsecondthird and fourth episodes of this current season, plus all six from last year (firstsecondthirdfourthfifth and sixth), as well as the six episodes from my first season with Reel Talk (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6). Enjoy!

The fantastic Dragon Digital Media team did their usual superlative job putting this together, especially producer Karen Vadnais and director Danielle Maloney. We’ll be back at the start of May with another episode, so stay tuned. Until then, have fun at the movies!

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!

SXSW2017–Part 8 @hammertonail (5 More Reviews + 1 More Interview)

Finishing up my coverage of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival at Hammer to Nail (minus one interview, which HtN will run when the film premieres on HBO in a few weeks), here are six more pieces: 5 reviews, plus 1 interviews to accompany one of them (Mommy Dead and the Dearest is the one with the interview still pending). Here are links to my five previous SXSW 2017 posts on this blog: firstsecondthirdfourthfifthsixth and seventh. Here are links to the above-mentioned articles:

Enjoy!

“Roughly Speaking” from April 28, 2017: Rodricks, Reed, Frankel and DeLibero on “High Noon”

On Friday, April 28, 2017,  Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed (that’s me) – Chair and Professor, Department of Film & Moving Image, Stevenson University – joined Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” along with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel (author of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend), to discuss both the 1952 classic Western movie High Noon and Frankel’s new book about its production, entitled High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic.

Here is the link to the show. Enjoy!

SXSW2017–Part 7 @hammertonail (3 More Reviews + 4 More Interviews)

Continuing my coverage of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival at Hammer to Nail, here are seven more pieces: 3 reviews, plus 4 interviews to accompany them (2 interviews for one of the movies, my favorite of the festival, Easy Living). Still others have already been posted on the site, but I continue to only post reviews (where I have also conducted interviews) after their accompanying interviews have been posted. More to follow (for a little longer). Here are links to my five previous SXSW 2017 posts on this blog: firstsecondthirdfourthfifth and sixth. Here are links to the above-mentioned articles:

Enjoy!

SXSW2017–Part 6 @hammertonail (4 More Reviews and 2 More Interviews)

Continuing my coverage of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival at Hammer to Nail, here are six more pieces: 4 reviews, plus 2 interviews to accompany 2 of them (the other 2 reviews stand alone, without interviews). Still others have already been posted on the site, but I continue to only post reviews (where I have also conducted interviews) after their accompanying interviews have been posted. More to follow (for a while, yet). Here are links to my five previous SXSW 2017 posts on this blog: firstsecondthirdfourth and fifth. Here are links to the above-mentioned articles:

Enjoy!