Sundance 2023: ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Shows the Horrors Experienced By Wartime Journalists

Almost one year ago, the world froze in fear. The war between the Ukraine and Russia drew the entire world's attention, and questions about intervention swam through conversations. As Russian soldiers advanced into the former USSR nation, horrifying videos and images began leaking out of Ukraine. The battles were terrible enough, but the true horrors … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ’20 Days in Mariupol’ Shows the Horrors Experienced By Wartime Journalists

Sundance 2023: ‘Fantastic Machine’ Bluntly Reveals the Beauty and Ills of Video

The camera remains one of the most powerful tools of the 21st century. For centuries, the ability to capture an image has shaped or altered the course of history. Yet in 2023, we have more access to take and create videos than ever before. However, with cameras running at all hours, what is the purpose … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Fantastic Machine’ Bluntly Reveals the Beauty and Ills of Video

Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Take Me Home’ is a Unique Depiction of Sisterhood

Handling the death of a loved one is tricky. However, when one member of the family is cognitively disabled, the process requires extra care. Throughout Take Me Home, a short playing at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, the two sisters seem very much at odds. However, with time and effort, each sister begins to find … Continue reading Sundance 2023 – Shorts: ‘Take Me Home’ is a Unique Depiction of Sisterhood

Slamdance 2023: ‘Downwind’ Exposes Government Neglect Resulting in Decades of Radiation

The development of radiation-creating weapons became a turning point in World War II. Few would dispute that the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the world. Yet, how these weapons and technologies were developed remains a source of contention. Throughout the past few decades, the effects of this development have continued to affect the residents … Continue reading Slamdance 2023: ‘Downwind’ Exposes Government Neglect Resulting in Decades of Radiation

Sundance 2023: ‘Willie Nelson & Family’ Is a Long Love Letter to the Legend

Always one for a practical joke, Willie Nelson became a four-quadrant celebrity. While Nelson began his storied career in country music, his persona and optimism made him larger than life. He helped establish a subgenre of Country music (known as "Outlaw Country") while providing mentorship to new and emerging artists. He became known for his … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Willie Nelson & Family’ Is a Long Love Letter to the Legend

Sundance 2023: ‘La Pecera (The Fishbowl)’ Rides the Wave of Isel Rodríguez’s Excellence

Cancer wreaks havoc on the human body, but it’s toll on the mind can often be just as harmful. While the person fighting the disease struggles with their mortality, their friends and family must rely on faith or medicine to pull them through. Even when that’s the case, the danger is often too upsetting to … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘La Pecera (The Fishbowl)’ Rides the Wave of Isel Rodríguez’s Excellence

The Tuba Thieves Derek Howard Sundance Film Festival 2023 Allison O'Daniel

Sundance 2023: ‘The Tuba Thieves’ Explores the Fallible Reliance on Sound

For non-d/deaf audience members, we often take the presence of sound for granted. It is not until it is stripped away that we find our lives disoriented by its presence (or lack thereof). Yet as d/deaf and hard-of-hearing artists have grown their representation in the film and television world, an inclusive cinematic approach has spawned. … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘The Tuba Thieves’ Explores the Fallible Reliance on Sound

Onyx the Fortuitous Sundance 2023

Sundance 2023: ‘Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls’ is Throwback Fun

In previous decades, popular characters accidentally took over the movies. Some of these films became legendary, like Ernest Scare Stupid or Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Others disappeared from view, a fate that often befell the SNL movie. However, with the YouTube generation finding themselves with the sway to create content with high budgets, new sketch … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls’ is Throwback Fun

Iron Butterflies Sundance 2023 Documentary

Sundance 2023: ‘Iron Butterflies’ Confronts Disinformation in Tragedy

There's room for experimentation on topics that are well-known to the masses. Sadly, the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 qualifies as one of those events. After Klondike made waves at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, Iron Butterflies puts focus back on the topic. As the war in Ukraine rages on, documentarian Roman Liubyi asks … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Iron Butterflies’ Confronts Disinformation in Tragedy

Sundance 2023: ‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ – The Women are Talking

Sometimes it's odd when works of art feel as if they were made to co-exist. The 2022-2023 Oscar season featured continual discussions of Sarah Polley's Women Talking, a film where women discussed the harms men do to them. While it was a fictional tale, the stories are too common to ignore. Meanwhile, thousands of miles … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Smoke Sauna Sisterhood’ – The Women are Talking