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Movie Review: ‘Meru’ Documents Elite Climbers’ Harrowing Attempts on Unconquered Himalayan Route

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Something gets into these elite climbers' blood and makes the next great challenge impossible for them to resist. Read More »

Movie Review: Asif Kapadia’s ‘Amy’ – Heartbreaking and Compelling Self-portrait

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Asif Kapadia’s documentary on late British singer Amy Winehouse is undoubtedly, as many have described, a heartbreaking film. But most importantly, it’s a film that brings Amy back, if only for a while, to let us hear her story in her own words. Read More »

San Antonio Film Festival Movie Reviews: Short Films (Part One)

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Up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world get a chance to shine in the short film category at the San Antonio Film Festival. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘On Beauty’ – A Documentary Short

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What is beauty? What fashion magazines and the media presents? Is there room for individuality or must we all fit the conventional image of beauty we see plastered everywhere? Conventional beauty images by their very nature are discriminatory. Is that such a bad thing? Read More »

Previewing San Antonio Film Festival 2015: Director David Zucker, Actor Sean Young, Stuntman Corey Eubanks and More

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Writer/director David Zucker, actor Sean Young and stuntman Corey Eubanks are scheduled to appear at the 21st edition of the ever-expanding San Antonio, Texas Film Festival. Read More »

Anthem FilmFest: ‘Searching for Eddie Running Wolf’

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Searching for Eddie Running Wolf, a feature length documentary by director Thomas Hartmann, defies easy classification. Read More »

Anthem Film Fest: County Charges Farmer $15,000 for Hosting a Birthday Party

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Eight little girls at a birthday party on their neighbor’s farm; what could be more innocent than that? Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Caffeinated’ With Danny Glover

'Caffeinated,' Hanh Nguyen, Vishal Solanki, Derek Baird

There are many secrets to the drink you probably take for granted every day you get up and have a cup of coffee to start your day. Do you know how botanists classify a coffee bean? It is a vegetable or fruit? Read More »

Anthem FilmFest: Putting People Back Together

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At the Anthem Film Festival, part of the libertarian FreedomFest conference July 8-11, 2015, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, I was discussing films with a young woman who commented, “I like documentaries, but so many of them are so depressing. I want to see positive stories.” She was in the right place. Vision: Healing the Blind in Ethiopia, winner of ... Read More »

Anthem Film Fest: Help Me, Obi Penn Jillette – You’re My Only Hope

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Producer Ted Balaker said, “There has always been outrage, but now with technology, we can supercharge outrage.” Read More »