Singer Sarah Solovay to open for John Mayer and Train
Jul22

Singer Sarah Solovay to open for John Mayer and Train

After this weekend, you are sure to know the voice and sounds of Sarah Solovay.   The 16 year old singer/songwriter/guitar player is a highly talented beacon for music fans.    Thanks to winning a contest sponsored by ourstage.com, Solovay is opening for John Mayer and Train in Scranton, PA on Saturday, June 24, 2010. The performance will be at the Toyota Pavilion at the Montage Mountain. Not bad for a high school student who has yet...

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Reality Bites for Hipsters in “The Unidentified”
May19

Reality Bites for Hipsters in “The Unidentified”

Kevan Tucker’s “The Unidentified” exemplifies what is good about indie film when done right.   From defying conventional Hollywood story structure to casting no-name actors, “The Unidentified” is idealistic, much like the film’s characters.  Most are in search of something bigger than themselves.   They are lost and a bit confused a la “Reality Bites” (1994). However these characters are...

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Dominatrix of Docs: Shelia Nevins at Tribeca
Apr28

Dominatrix of Docs: Shelia Nevins at Tribeca

Known as the Dominatrix of Docs, Mrs. Sheila Nevins is candid, funny and a great storyteller. Oh, and she has a bit of a potty mouth. So be warned: if you submit your documentary to her, she’s going to tell you how it is. And how is the documentary film climate fairing these days? Per her discussion at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, the industry is concerned about funding.  The climate for documentaries is not awful...

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Losing religion in Godspeed

As far as retribution stories go, “Godspeed” (written, directed and produced by Robert Saitzyk) misses the mark. It’s revenge plot is heavy handed, the characters are unlikable and the “raised stakes” are implausible. That said, “Godspeed” is watchable, thanks to the commitment of the actors in their roles and the beautiful cinematography, which is in nice contrast to the gruesome plot. We are first...

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Day 6 at the GAFF: Tanner Hall comes of age
Apr13

Day 6 at the GAFF: Tanner Hall comes of age

The coming of age story in Tanner Hall introduces the social dynamics that can be found in society’s elite school systems. Of course film separates reality by the shear nature of the medium. Meet Fernanda (played by Rooney Mara), Victoria (played by Georgia King), Lucasta (played by Amy Ferguson), and Kate (played by Brie Larson), the angst-ridden teens of the fictitious institutional-looking New England boarding school “Tanner...

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