Reel Independent Film Extravaganza

Oct 8 2015

7 Days in Syria

Beyond sobering, filmmaker Robert Rippberger’s snapshot of the ongoing Syrian Civil War brings the conflict unprecedented visibility via war journalist and Middle East specialist Janine di Giovanni (also one of the film’s producers), who went rogue from her post at Newsweek to visit one of the most dangerous places on earth, especially for reporters.   While Di Giovanni […]
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Oct 19 2014

RIFE 2014: “Geographically Desirable” reviewed

“Has anyone been following the French presidential election?” asks Nicole (Blair Bowers), who’s met with a blank stare from a table full of her friends. That’s because Nicole lives in the world of news broadcasting. She’s obsessed with her job. She’s a workaholic who dedicates the wee hours of the night to a Washington, DC network affiliate, and she’s […]
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Oct 13 2014

RIFE 2014: “Cendre” reviewed

Very similar in tone to this year’s “Under the Skin”, René-Louis Cacciuttolo’s lurid nightmare “Cendre” leaves much for the audience to interpret but spares little in the way of grotesquely surreal visuals. The title character, a psychotic deviant who has a fixation with fairy tales (played by Duan Bo Wen), fancies himself a prince in […]
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Oct 11 2014

RIFE 2014: “Bittersweet Monday” reviewed

The most important thing about any romantic drama is that the audience believes the attraction between its central characters. While “Bittersweet Monday” may not have too much else going for it, writer/director/star Jaime Lee hits the nail on the head when it comes to chemistry. The film explores the complicated emotions that develop between two friends […]
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Oct 9 2014

RIFE 2014: “Astray” reviewed

“Astray” is a pretty bland parable about trust, forgiveness and redemption that drives towards its fundamental moral with roughly the verve of an instructional video for social workers. It’s hard to criticize a film for sending such a positive message, but writer/director Kyle Romanek approaches the material from an elementary level and doesn’t challenge the […]
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Oct 8 2014

RIFE 2014: “Suffering Cassandra” reviewed

If Woody Allen and a “Clerks” era Kevin Smith made a movie together, it might look something like the whip-smart relationship comedy “Suffering Cassandra” (showing Saturday, October 11th at the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza), a bare-bones story that centers on four young people grinding out their differences over the course of one stormy evening. The film […]
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