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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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SXSW Film World Premiere: ‘Weed the People’ Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake

Weed the People, Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake, SXSW FF screening & Q and A

Opioids jeopardize the immune system and addict the patient. Cannabis alleviates pain and inflammation and promotes healing. Why can't citizens choose life and healing with a nontoxic herbal over chemical toxins which addict the user and destroy the liver and kidneys? This becomes one of the film's main themes. The desperate parents profiled in it chose life for their children. Cannabis oil was there for them. What if it wasn't?

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SXSW Movie Review: ‘A Vigilante’ Starring Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde, A Vigilante, World Premiere ,SXSW Film Festival

Premiering at SXSW,  A Vigilante directed, written by Sarah Daggar-Nickson, and starring Olivia Wilde, highlights the plight of an abused wife who seeks freedom from her abuser. During the arc of the film as a vigilante, the protagonist gradually empowers herself. Working through her rage she evolves and learns why she …

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SXSW World/US Premieres: ‘Take Your Pills,’ ‘Half the Picture,’ ‘Ali & Cavett, The Tale of the Tapes’

SXSW Film Festival, Generation Wealth

The SXSW Film Festival 2018 included 136 feature films: 89 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, 6 U.S. Premieres, and 49 feature films from first-time filmmakers.

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TIFF, NYFF Movie Review: ‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,’ Oscar Nominated Documentary

Thomas Sung, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail by Steve James nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Feature Category sends an alarm to every thinking citizen in our culture. Indeed, the film reminds Americans of what remains crucial for a democracy to function. Equitable justice and accountability must thrive. Often it …

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