Nomadland (2020)

Taking to the open road—and all that implies—is an idea deeply rooted in the American psyche. The beckoning freedom of the highway; the romance of chucking it all for a life of endless adventure. There was a time when  ...

August Wilson’s Century

Considered as one continuous, contiguous work, August Wilson’s "The Pittsburgh Cycle" (which spawned "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") constitutes a survival tale in the aftermath of trauma, wherein the children of slavery fight to regroup and  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Film festivals in the time of Corona Virus are varied and limited. Some festivals chose to cancel altogether for this year, while a few, like the New York Film Festival, went completely virtual. The Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF)  ...

Los hermanos/The Brothers Q&A Part 2

The documentary film, “Dos Hermanos/Two Brothers,” captures the personal and professional relationship of two Cuban-born brothers and award-winning musicians, Ilmar López Gavilán, a violinist who left Havana in his teens to study in Moscow, later relocating to New York,  ...

Los Hermanos/The Brothers

The documentary film, “Los Hermanos/The Brothers,” captures the personal and professional relationship of two Cuban-born brothers and award-winning musicians, Ilmar López Gavilán, a violinist who left Havana in his teens to study in Moscow, later relocating to New York,  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2020

Although not quite done, what a year it has been! Covid-19 has left most reeling and many grieving, while the death of George Floyd in May ignited universal righteous indignation and protests, and California has been on fire, literally.  ...

The Glorias (2020)

If you have been aching to travel, to get on the road and forget about the new normal of life during the coronavirus pandemic, The Glorias might be the film for you. Julie Taymor, known for her spectacular mise-en-scene  ...

The Boys Who Said No (2020)

This inspiring and long-overdue documentary explores a decisive era in recent American history: the youth-led nonviolent resistance to America’s participation in the war between communist Chinese-backed North Vietnam and the capitalist U.S.-backed South Vietnam (1964-1973). Resistance  ...

The Last Conception (2020)

Prejudice, procreation, and mixed marriage form a comic triangle in The Last Conception by director Gabriela Ledesma. The story centers on a 30-year-old Indian American woman whose immigrant parents insist that she must marry and produce a child to  ...

The Fight (2020)

Never have the stakes seemingly been so high for the ACLU than the last few years. Since Donald Trump took office in 201, the already thinly stretched staff of the ACLU, have been working overtime tackling key, high profile  ...