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With a whopping 54 films being shown, the South East European Film Festival (or SEEFest for short) has a bingeable line up of movies. Comprised of films from countries such as Turkey, Croatia, and Armenia, SEEFest promotes the cultural diversity of South East Europe while also tackling issues facing the region. Running April 28 to May 5, this is the 16th installment of the fest and will screen the films online.
To learn more, go to: https://seefilmla.org/
16th Annual SEEFestApril 28 - May 5, 2021
The Decline of Western Civilization
Combining televised screenings, virtual streams, and special guests appearances, TCM and HBO Max will be presenting the TCM Classic Film Festival. Along with cinematic greats like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, West Side Story, and The Maltese Falcon, there’s also a slate of documentaries that go from animation (Tex Avery: The King of Cartoons) to the LA punk rock scene (The Decline of Western Civilization). The documentaries being shown are:
May 8- 6:00am ETTEX AVERY: THE KING OF CARTOONS (1988) Documentary about the life and career of animator and director Frederick Bean “Tex” Avery.
May 8- 11:45am ETNICHOLS AND MAY: TAKE TWO (1996): TCM premiere of this documentary about the influential comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Four of their radio sketches have been re-created with new animation created especially for the program. Includes conversation with author Mark Harris, Mike Nichols: A Life
May 9- 3:00am ETFROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD (2015): Pianist Richard Glazier offers a unique view of Broadway and Hollywood music using fascinating interviews, piano performances and commentary in this broadcast special.
May 10- 4:15am ETNEWS FROM HOME (1977): A female film director explores New York City while enduring demanding letters from her mother.
HBO MAX (Available from May 6)
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION (1981): Documentary cameras capture the thriving Los Angeles punk scene of the early 1980s. Featured in the Discoveries collection, Festival extras include a discussion with director Penelope Spheeris.
THE MÉLIÈS MYSTERY (2020): A North American premiere, this documentary by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange details the process of restoring 270 of the 520 lost films of pioneering director Georges Méliès, all orchestrated by a Franco-American collaboration between Lobster Films, the National Film Center and the Library of Congress. Included in the Festival collection are five recently restored short films (A Trip to the Moon, The Impossible Voyage, Four Troublesome Heads, The Infernal Cauldron, The Old Hag)
Along with these documentaries are special Tributes, a series of discussion with Danny Glover, Ali MacGraw, and Martin Short. The Masters is a series of films screened with special introductions by directors including Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA), Mira Nair (The Namesake), and Steve McQueen (The Hunger).
To learn more, go to: https://filmfestival.tcm.com/
2021 TCM Classic Film Festival
Thursday, May 6 through Sunday, May 9 at two virtual venues: the TCM network and the Classics Curated by TCM Hub on HBO Max.
Great things come in small packages, or rather, brief ones, courtesy of Aspen Film. The 2021 Aspen Shortfest features short films in five categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama and Short Short. The 2021 slate of films features 6 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 7 North American premieres from filmmakers around the world, all streamed online.
Films being shown include:
These films are daring, poignant, funny and heartfelt, all within short time spans. Running alongside the fest are Virtual Sip & Chat Sessions where you can mingle and take part in conversations on a variety of topics relevant to short film with special industry guests. And on April 10 Shortsfest Programming Director Jason Anderson will host an in-depth conversation with award-winning filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green.
To learn more, go to: https://aspenfilm.org/aspen-shortsfest-2021/
Aspen ShortsfestApril 6 - 11, 2021
All the Dead Ones
Now in its 20th year, Cinema Tropical returns with a slate of films from Latin America as part of the 6th installment of Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema. Neighboring Scenes is presented by Film at Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical with this year’s instalment being the first time the festival will be streamed to audiences nationwide. Opening night features the Brazilian film All the Dead Ones, directed by Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo, and will include a conversation with both directors.
The festival features films from:
Neighboring Scenes will also present a special restoration of the landmark Argentine film Silvia Prieto directed by Martín Rejtman, which was the first film Cinema Tropical screened, in February 2001, when the festival premiered. Cinema Tropical will also launch TropiChat 20, a special series of twenty weekly conversations with directors and film professionals. The series will kick off on Tuesday, April 6 with a special conversation with Rejtman, who is one of the key figures of the New Argentine Cinema of the late nineties and early aughts, a major source of inspiration and insight for the Latin American film renaissance that followed.
Other films being screened as part of Neighboring Scenes are One in a Thousand directed by Clarisa Navas, Los Fantamas directed by Sebastián Lojo, and Between Dog and Wolf directed by Irene Gutiérrez.
To learn more, go to: https://www.cinematropical.com/
Cinema Tropical Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American CinemaMarch 31 - April 12, 2021
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