Director Clermont-Tonnerre makes room for second chances in ‘The Mustang’

Director Clermont-Tonnerre makes room for second chances in ‘The Mustang’

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre creates “The Mustang,” a revelatory film about a hopeless, isolated incarcerated man (Mattias Shoenaerts) who enters into a horse training rehabilitation program.  Gorgeously shot, this evocative and soulful film delves into our penal system as it draws parallel lines between all creatures. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival, “The Mustang” is now playing…

SXSW Grand Jury winner ‘Alice’ questions concepts of marriage, motherhood

SXSW Grand Jury winner ‘Alice’ questions concepts of marriage, motherhood

*Updated for March 12, 2019: "Alice" wins SXSW Narrative Feature Competition Award-winning writer and director Josephine Mackerras’ first feature film, “Alice,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival recently. Living around the world, this NYU educated filmmaker delves deeply into how one woman, a wife and mother, reacts to her husband’s double life, leaving them in debt…

Penny Lane pushes boundaries, finds humor in 'Hail Satan?'

Penny Lane pushes boundaries, finds humor in 'Hail Satan?'

Boldly daring filmmaker Penny Lane returns to Sundance with her third feature-length documentary Hail Satan? The title itself is certainly eye-catching.  And quite surprisingly, after seeing this film, I was shocked by my changed perspective about the topic.  In fact, I dare you not to have a different outlook, too. Lane, a self-proclaimed rebel herself, delves…

McKenzie Chinn to debut ‘Olympia’ at Chicago International Film Festival

McKenzie Chinn to debut ‘Olympia’ at Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival just announced its “sneak peek” for the 2019 lineup and Chicago area filmmaker McKenzie Chinn’s debut feature film Olympia will be featured in the “City & State” category.  Chinn creates an undeniably compelling story inspired by her own question of what it means to make the transition into true adulthood.…

'This is Home' refugee doc sets timely debut on EPIX channel

'This is Home' refugee doc sets timely debut on EPIX channel

Documentary filmmaker Alexandra Shiva’s latest film This Is Home: A Refugee Story, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, couldn’t be more timely. Addressing the process of refugees attempting to integrate and assimilate into life here in the United States,  Shiva captures the day-to-day struggles of four Syrian families. This candid and poignant story…

Female-directed documentaries set for Chicago's DOC10 festival

Female-directed documentaries set for Chicago's DOC10 festival

The 2018 DOC10 Film Festival, presented by Chicago Media Project (CMP), brings powerful nonfiction films to the robust Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago for one weekend, April 5-8.  The third annual festival “...is designed to be an intimate and highly engaging experience for the Chicago community” and curates the films from festivals such as Sundance…