The Language of Love

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This is an amazingly simple, yet powerful film. In nine and a half minutes, one actor, in a monologue, reveals his love for his best friend, and all the conflicted feelings that comes with it. As part of a French language exam in an Australian school, Charlie has to write a letter to his best friend, in French of course. …

The Silkies of Madasgar

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Filmmaker David Evans Initially when I think of going to the movies, I think of entertainment. But the medium of filmmaking can provide a powerful platform for education and social change. Certainly the story of the women who comprise the Federation of Silk Weavers of Madagascar— a small island nation off the Southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean—is …

In “Mondays at Racine,” Breast Cancer Patients Bond at a Beauty Salon

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In “Mondays at Racine,” an award-winning short documentary by Cynthia Wade, sisters Rachel and Cynthia throw open the doors of their Long Island beauty salon one Monday a month to breast cancer patients in need of infusions of R and R. While coping with the disease’s devastating physical and emotional effects, the women handle the day-to-day life-altering challenges with intelligence, …

A review of “The Great Beauty”

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“The Great Beauty, a shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst, has won the 2014 Golden Globe for best foreign film”. The Telegraph. Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a cynical yet vulnerable journalist-novelist and man about town, celebrates his 65th birthday with a menagerie of friends and hangers-on at his penthouse terrace overlooking the Colisseum. (Doesn’t everybody?) Paying homage …

The Annapolis Shorts Crawl 2013

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Progressive Snack Theater…and getting into someone’s shorts. Who knew it could be so deliciously fun and entertaining? Back on September 22, my wife and I joined dozens of dozens on West Street in Annapolis for a progressive snack theater event, the Annapolis Shorts Crawl 2013. We all gathered at the Loews Hotel to get our tickets and to join our …

Soundtrack Reinforces the Comic Poignancy of Thanks for Sharing

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“Thanks for Sharing” is the expression I tend to use when someone has given me way too much personal information and I’m trying to be polite. But when you are an addict attending a support group, part of the healing process is sharing. Honestly verbalizing your feelings helps facilitate recovery. The majority of characters in the movie “Thanks for Sharing” …

Blue Jasmine

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As a huge Woody Allen fan, I came to Blue Jasmine with a lot of excitement, and left feeling disappointed. While he captured the incredibly beautiful scenery of San Francisco and New York, I didn’t care about any of the characters, especially the main one, Jasmine. In fact, she may be the most unlikable character I’ve ever seen in a …

A review of THE BUTLER for Annapolis Film Festival Fans!

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The opinions and views expressed here are those of our guest bloggers and are not necessarily those of the Annapolis Film Festival. Ken Burns meets Forrest Gump in the bio-pic, “The Butler,” written by Danny Strong (“Game Change”) and directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious”). The seed for the full-length drama germinated from a 2008 Washington Post article by Will Haygood, …

Filmsters Academy

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Hello Film Fans, If you or someone that you know has a child interested in film or filmmaking, why not suggest that they sign up for FILMSTERS ACADEMY? www.filmstersacademy.com. In existence for 12 years, this summer film camp for kids 11-20 is a hands on experiential filmmaking program. It takes place in Annapolis from July 29th through August 9th.