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Toronto - 2005
I'm back from the 30th Toronto International Film Festival, where there were more stars this year than in heaven or Hollywood. I know, because I saw their glam photos--Gwyneth and Johnny and Jake--every day in Canadian newspapers. I know, because I'd check them out each night--Kirsten and Orlando and Joaquin--on a cable station devoted to Fest coverage. more

Cannes - 2005
"What they do they do better than anyone else in the world," a critic pal noted cryptically, as we walked away after the 2005 Cannes Film Festival world premiere of what would emerge, days later, as winner of the 2005 Palm D’Or, Cannes’ luminous, prestigious jury first prize: the Dardennes brothers, L’Enfant/The Baby. more

Bangkok - 2005
Would it be obscene to hold the Bangkok International Film Festival weeks after the Thai coast below the country’s capitol had been done in by the tsunami? A decision was made: the show would roll on, January 13-24. more

Karlovy Vary
Goethe went to Karlovy Vary, not Casablance, for the curative waters, and so did Karl Marx, where he penned bits of Das Kapital by the Europe-renowned spas. Every 19th century composer worth his salt-Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Dvorak-took some time out at Karlovy Vary (also called Baden Baden). more

Cannes - 2003
Eyes roll back home in Boston when I plead my case: that being a journalist in France at the Cannes Film Festival each May isn't a lark, but grueling, stressful work." more

Cannes, 2001
 "Life is short, Cannes is long," quipped an exhausted American critic friend in the midst of the seemingly endless 59th Cannes Film Festival. more

Taos Talking Picture Festival, 2001
Two Boston indies are hits at the Taos Talking Picture Festival. more

Cannes, 2000
They have an unqualified love for Jerry Lewis, Mickey Rourke, and American "B" cult directors. But why, LA moguls growl, are the French so hostile to mainstream, market-driven Hollywood? more

Montreal World Film Festival, 2001
So you thought that Heather Donahue, hyperventilating babe in the woods of The Blair Witch Project, was a one-trick pony? Not on your life. Donahue is at the top of her acting game, and the headliner talent, as a brash, promiscuous, fashion writer in Seven and a Match, the best American independent film I saw at August's Montreal World Film Festival. more

Montreal World Film Festival, 2000
Hail Michaela Odone! I doubt that Chinese filmmaker, Sun Zhou, has heard of her; but that’s whom I thought about when, at the 24th Montreal World Film Festival in September, Sun spoke admiringly of the heroine of his movie, Breaking the Silence, and said he made the film "to show my respect for all women like her." more

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Silverdocs 2006 - It's like when your haircutter jumps to a new salon: you scurry after. So I was off to Silver Spring, Maryland, and the 4 th Silverdocs Documentary Festival earlier this month, because Sky Sitney, previously of the Newport Film Festival, had taken over as Director of Programming. How would this expert chooser of films make out, with, at her disposal, the three houses at the American Film Institute's sumptuously restored AFI Silver Theatre? more

New England Film and Video Festival, 2000
We are fortunate that the New England Film and Video Festival, sponsored by the Boston Film/Video Festival, offers an annual opportunity for regional catch-up. Each spring, there’s a brilliant chance to discover films from outside our fair city, to grasp anew that formidable film work marches on about New England. more

Rotterdam Film Festival, 2001 - Bad Company
Several FIPRESCI jury members noticed a generic resemblance, intentional or coincidental, between our Rotterdam winner, Tomoyuki Furumaya’s Bad Company, and well-known American classics, Stand By Me and American Graffiti. more

Rotterdam Film Festival, 2001 - Battle Royale
Minutes off a plane from Holland, where I attended the 30th Rotterdam Film Festival, I’m hit at an airport newsstand with a blast of Sundance public relations: a fawning, celeb-obsessed fest diary by Bruce Wagner in the February 4 Sunday New York Times. Welcome home! more


FILM FESTIVALS (Alphabetically listed)
Bangkok - 2005 - The Beautiful Washing Machine...
Berlin - 2000 - Love Me...
Buenos Aires Independent 2004
Cannes - 1999 - The Straight Story...
Cannes - 2000 - Dancer In The Dark...
Cannes - 2001 - Apocalypse Now Redux...
Cannes - 2002 - About Schmidt, Punch-Drunk Love, Bowling for Columbine...
Cannes - 2003 - Being a journalist at Cannes Film Festival is stressful work.
Cannes - 2004 - Farenheit 9/11.
Cleveland International Film Festival - 2003 Reconstruction...
Full Frame Film Festival - 2006 Wordplay...
Hamptons International Film Festival - 1999 - An East Coast challenge to Sundance...
India - 29th International Film Festival - Train to Pakistan...
Independent Film Festival of Boston 2003 - Speedo...
Midnight Sun Film Festival, 2002 - Francis Ford Coppola...
Montreal - 1998 - Southie...
Montreal - 2000 - Breaking The Silence...
Montreal - 2000 - The Big Animal...
Montreal - 2001 - Seven and a Match...
Montreal - 2004 - Saraband...
New England Film and Video Festival - 2000 - Tax Day...
New England Film and Video Festival - 1998 - That Was You...
Newport International Film Festival - 2001 - A Huey P. Newton Story...
Newport International Film Festival, 2002 - Mai's America...
Palm Springs Film Festival - 1999 - 70-year-old Republican retirees in bermudas...
Palm Springs Film Festival - 2000 - World cinema...
Provincetown Festival - 1999 - Shrimp, lox, and the champagne flowed!
Provincetown Festival - 2001 - Welcome to the groovy Provincetown Festival!
Rotterdam - 1998 - First Love, Last Rites...
Rotterdam - 2001 - Bad Company...
Rotterdam - 2001 - Battle Royale...
Silverdocs - 2006 - An Inconvenient Truth...
South by Southwest - 2004 - Super Size Me...
South by Southwest - 2006 - LOL.
Taos Talking Picture Festival, 1998 - Affliction.
Taos Talking Picture Festival, 1999 - Talk about activism...
Taos Talking Picture Festival, 2001 - Two Boston indies are hits at Taos...
Toronto International Film Festival, 1998 - Cruise was there in the handsome flesh...
Toronto International Film Festival, 2000 - Cousin, Cousine...
Toronto International Film Festival, 2001 - Tar Angel...
Toronto International Film Festival - 2002 - The Quiet American, Talk to Her...
Toronto International Film Festival - 2003 - Wonderland...
Toronto International Film Festival - 2004 - Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry...

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