Indie Spotlight

by / on September 15, 2014 at 8:55 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE

Maybe you’ve never heard of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, but he’s a fascinating post-post-post-post-post modern figure, and the unique nature of this 57 year-old’s art is almost as interesting as his relationship with his homeland’s government: although he helped […]

Read more ›
by / on July 13, 2014 at 6:00 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: COHERENCE

With Coherence, writer/director James Ward Byrkit’s first film, you’ll find a movie that should place him on the “one to watch” of any critics. Why the high praise? Well, Byrkit has served up a solid, character-driven independent sci-fi story with […]

Read more ›
by / on July 6, 2014 at 6:00 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: GREENWICH VILLAGE: MUSIC THAT DEFINED A GENERATION

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation is a well-constructed documentary about the rise of folk music in NYC’s Greenwich Village during the 1960s. Through interviews, archival footage of performances, and narrated statements by Bob Dylan’s former girlfriend, this movie […]

Read more ›
by / on June 29, 2014 at 6:00 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: PARTICLE FEVER

Particle Fever is an excellent 2013 documentary about the scientific community’s biggest endeavor: the construction of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Over 4 years, the director films the work of a team of 10,000 scientists and construction personnel, who […]

Read more ›
by / on June 22, 2014 at 10:16 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: THE REP

The Rep is a solid Canadian documentary that follows just over a year of the lives of Charlie Lawton, Nigel Agnew, and Alex Woodside – a group of Canadians who open the Toronto Underground Cinema, a repertory theater. The three […]

Read more ›
by / on June 1, 2014 at 6:00 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: RED OBSESSION

Red Obsession is a 2013 Australian documentary directed by David Roach and Warwick Ross. Unlike many documentaries that I’ve reviewed here, RO‘s focus is tremendously narrow – first, it looks at the France’s famous Bordeaux wine region, and then it […]

Read more ›
by / on May 7, 2014 at 4:00 am / in Indie Spotlight, Podcasts

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH LITTLE FISHES DIRECTOR ALEXIA ANASTASIO

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Alexia Anastasio. She’s a director, actress, and visual artist who will present her latest film, Little Fishes, at Cannes this year. I had a great conversation with her – enjoying her […]

Read more ›
by / on February 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: SATELLITE OF LOVE

I was very fortunate for choosing to watch this film out of all the screeners I have. I was in the mood for a quiet film, and I got that. I didn’t want to get tangled up in a twisty […]

Read more ›
by / on January 12, 2014 at 6:00 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM

Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm is a neatly-constructed documentary about Levon Helm, the drummer/singer for the renowned group, The Band. One song aside, I didn’t know anything about the men (or man) behind the […]

Read more ›
by / on January 5, 2014 at 6:00 am / in Indie Spotlight, Reviews

INDIE SPOTLIGHT: BRONIES: THE EXTREMELY UNEXPECTED ADULT FANS OF MY LITTLE PONY

Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony: Now, I have to admit, my initial reaction (dismay, in case you’re wondering), came about because of a misunderstanding. I expected this picture to be about adult men who love […]

Read more ›