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Exclusive Interview: Anthem Libertarian Film Festival’s Jo Ann Skousen on Film and the Voice of Reason

Anthem Film Festival

'I am hopeful that providing a venue for libertarian films, like this festival, will encourage more producers to green-light libertarian scripts. Meanwhile, we have nine outstanding short narratives this year, covering topics from envy and revenge to immigration and justice. Most of them are made by women and about women, which pleases me as well.'

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SXSW Film Favorite: ‘First Reformed,’ Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried

Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, First Reformed, SXSW FF

First Reformed screened as a “Festival Favorite at SXSW. Paul Schrader’s film presents conundrum after conundrum, slippery slope after slippery slope. This drama as a twisting, stark thriller strikes at the heart of our questions about purpose, consequence and soul strength. When one has nothing to live for, does redemption …

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SXSW World Premiere: ‘The Director and the Jedi,’ Making ‘The Last Jedi’

The Last Jedi, The Director and the Jedi, Mark Hamill, Rian Johnson, SXSW FF, Disney, Lucasfilm

The World Premiere documentary The Director and the Jedi by Anthony Wonke screened with great buzz as a “Spotlight” film at SXSW Film Festival. Mark Hamill appeared on the Red Carpet and stayed for the screening and the Q and A afterward with Rian Johnson. Naturally, fans crushed my feet …

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SXSW Review: ‘Blindspotting’ Starring Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal

Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Blindspotting, SXSW Film Festival

"Blindspotting" is an homage to Oakland, its vital neighborhoods, and street lifestyles. On the other hand, the storyline echoes warnings about race, class and social inequality that characterize yet move beyond Oakland, California.

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