Peter Wong

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“Columbus”—Film Review

Posted August 8, 2017 by

Kogonada’s debut feature “Columbus” well earns its praise for being poetic and enigmatic but never static.  This gorgeously meditative film opens the viewer’s eyes to the everyday beauty that the psychic detritus of everyday routine blinds us to. The film’s
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More Reviews From The 37th S.F. Jewish Film Festival

Posted July 25, 2017 by

Actress Hedy Lamarr should also have been publicly recognized for her inventive genius.  Instead, personal naivete and institutionalized sexism led to Lamarr’s ending in far less glorious circumstances.  Alexandra Dean’s quietly tragic documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” shows how
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More Reviews from Frameline 41

Posted June 22, 2017 by

“Against The Law” may seem an odd choice for Frameline 41’s Pink Saturday evening programming.  Rather than contributing to its screening venue’s neighborhood bacchanalian air, Fergus O’Brien’s disturbing film takes a deep dive into the legalized persecution and torture of
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Reviews From Frameline 41

Posted June 15, 2017 by

The screening of Carolyn Sherer and Lara Embry’s moving documentary “Alabama Bound” will very likely be one of Frameline 41’s more interactive showings.  Audience members will cheer subject Cari’s efforts to be legally recognized as a mother.  Meanwhile, Alabama Chief
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19th San Francisco Black Film Festival Preview

Posted June 13, 2017 by

Film festivals matter because they provide outlets for new and not necessarily commercial filmmaking voices to reach audiences.  The upcoming 19th San Francisco Black Film Festival (hereafter SFBFF) is one of June’s important film festivals.  Running from June 15 through
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Reviews From The 16th S.F. Documentary Film Festival

Posted June 1, 2017 by

Despite discussing eating insects, director Johanna B. Kelly seeks far more than pushing Western viewers’ squeamishness buttons.  Kelly’s “The Gateway Bug” addresses such weighty subjects as the wastefulness of the world’s current food production system, attempted factory town renewal, and
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7th San Francisco Green Film Festival Preview

Posted April 20, 2017 by

Thanks to the ongoing environmental denialism of the Trump Administration, the films shown in the 7th edition of the San Francisco Green Film Festival are more important than ever.  Disappearing wildlife and climate change are expected subjects.  But who would
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