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Reviews from CAAMFest 35

Posted March 10, 2017 by

The heartbreaking documentary “Plastic China” gives viewers an uncomfortable look at a more lo-fi version of waste reclamation.  Director Jiu-liang Wang’s portrait of two families involved in Chinese plastic recycling keeps its future tragedies understated. Former farmer Kun Wong runs
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500 Job seekers from African asylum seekers arrived to Holot detention facility 
 and demonstrated against deportation.  during the demonstration they had the support of the inhabitants of the facility deployed Settings
Ali Mutasem  speaks at a protest of support for asylum seekers at the Holot detention facility.

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Reviews from Cinequest Film And VR Festival 2017

Posted March 7, 2017 by

Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal’s small thriller “Prodigy” competently shows sometimes cagey, sometimes empathetic banter can overcome a claustrophobic visual setting. Unconventional child psychologist Dr. Jimmy Fonda is asked by old college friend Olivia to evaluate a rather unusual child
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Cinequest Film and VR Festival 2017 Preview

Posted February 28, 2017 by

2017 brings change to San Jose’s premiere international film festival Cinequest, which runs this year from February 28 to March 12.  The screening venues supplementing San Jose’s California and Hammer Theatres are primarily located at the Century 20 Redwood City. 
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Tribute to African American Jazz Composers

Posted February 22, 2017 by

This Saturday night, Oakland composer and keyboardist Steve McQuarry leads an accomplished group of musicians in a special Black History Month tribute to African American jazz composers at the California Jazz Conservatory. Joining McQuarry are Destiny Muhammad (harp/vocals), Gerald Beckett
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Wrapup Reviews From The 19th S.F. IndieFest

Posted February 14, 2017 by

Rodrigo Reyes’ drama “Lupe Under The Sun” gives its titular migrant laborer an identity beyond being more than a pair of strong arms.  Lupe lives a near austere life outside his peach-picking job in California’s Central Valley.  It’s a lonely
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More Reviews From The 19th S.F. IndieFest

Posted February 9, 2017 by

Is Charlie Lyne’s documentary “Fear Itself” an autobiographical look at the filmmaker’s relationship to horror films?  Personal details such as mentions of recuperation from an accident and an incident at a funeral pepper the voiceover narration.  Yet is offscreen narrator
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19th San Francisco IndieFest Reviews

Posted February 2, 2017 by

The more obvious fraud chronicled in Dean Fleischer-Camp’s film “Fraud” is the illusion of American consumerist prosperity.  Perpetrating that fraud is the Reynolds family.  This typical white nuclear family living in North Carolina can seemingly afford elaborate birthday parties and
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