Inspired by the strange true events that occurred in January 2018 in Hawaii, 40 Minute Over Maui, is a comedic examination of what happens when you are unexpectedly confronted with you own mortality. Josh Covitt and Michael Feld adapted the false missile alert that did actually occur in Hawaii and crafted it into a short that is funny and touching. When a vacationing couple receive the alert they have to cope with the fact that their lives, as well as all of humanity, could be ending in minutes. Continue reading “40 Minutes Over Maui Short Film Review from @kleffnotes”
Daniel Bogran’s short film, Low, recently screened at LA Shorts and tells the story of what happens when someone commits an act that they aren’t sure how to get back from. Jef, played by Vincent Cusimano, tries to keep his composure after suffering the consequences of a decision he can’t seem to outrun. As things unfold he finds himself being forced to confront his regret through a series of thrilling and strange coincidences. Continue reading “Low Short Film Review from @kleffnotes”
One of the recent short films to appear in the LA Shorts Film Festival, CODA, focuses on a young dancer who is born to deaf parents. The writer/director of the film, Erika Davis-Marsh, film and television director who recently graduated with her MFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California. She was a finalist for the competitive 2016 Television Academy Foundation’s Episodic Directing Internship. I had the opportunity to check out this film and wanted to share my thoughts on this inclusive work. Continue reading “CODA Short Film Review from @kleffnotes”
Life gets turned upside down for a thirty-something Wisconsin father and husband, Steve Anderson, when he needs to travel cross-country to attend to his dementia-ridden father. Joined by a young aspiring musician, Connor Martin, and his sister, Sarah, the three unlikely friends learn that unexpected turns can lead you to a life better than you ever dreamed (IMDB).
It’s a whole new world for fans of Disney’s Aladdin as the classic film gets an exciting live action adaptation for 2019.
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In Nightmare Cinema, going to the movies can be a nightmare…especially when the nightmare is on you. Writer, director and producer Mick Garris shows what can happen when nightmares run amok. You’ll be left dazed, scared and dumbfounded.
For my second feature focused on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which concludes today, I will be reviewing No Box for Me: An Intersex Story. This film examines the limits of binary visions in connection to sex and gender. Floriane Devigne reflects on the way that intersex people re-appropriate their bodies and construct their identities outside of the societal idea that being intersex is something that must be treated or repaired. By doing this she questions social norms and the idea of male and female identities. Continue reading “No Box for Me Movie Review ( @hrwfilmfestival )from @kleffnotes”
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is back this year and screening films that focus on a variety of important social topics that span the globe. Running from June 13th to June 20th participants will be able to expand their knowledge and learn more about the world around them. One of the featured films this year is Bellingcat: Truth in a Post Truth World. It follows the rise of the controversial “citizen investigative journalist” collective, which is committed to redefining breaking news through the use of open source investigation. Continue reading “Bellingcat Movie Review ( @hrwfilmfestival )from @kleffnotes”
Monique Sorgen’s Sorry Not Sorry is a short feature inspired by the poem, This Is Just to Say, by William Carlos Williams and is a humorous examination of relationships and marriage. After a husband eats his wife’s plums, the two fall into a competitive game of oneupsmanship. The short recently screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival as well as the Florida Film Festival. Continue reading “Sorry Not Sorry Movie Review from @kleffnotes”
Hearth is a Canadian thriller from director and writer Sophie B Jacques that recently won two Audience Awards, one at the Regard International Film Festival and the other at Saguenay International Short Film Festival. Hearth was also selected for the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. The description of Hearth focuses on Emilie, who returns home after renting it out to complete strangers for a weekend, and the fact that she will never know what happened while she was away. Keeping with the themes of suspense, discomfort, and dark humor, which are elemental to Jacques’ work, this short feature is bound to send shivers up your spine. Continue reading “Hearth Movie Review from @kleffnotes”