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NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival: The Spirit of the Stage on the Screen

 The Last Cyclist

For 2021, the NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival will be going online. Now in its fifth year and running March 10th to the 14th, 2021, the NYC Indie Film Festival is produced by New York’s New Ohio Theatre.  On the opening night, March 10, there will be a free, online interview and Q&A with playwright and screenwriter Qui Nguyen, co-writer of the new Disney film, Raya and the Last Dragon.

The NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival explores historical fiction with films including Butcher Holler Here We Come, and the operatic Rival Queens. The Magic Hour is a film exploring dance theatre, while The Last Cyclist is a play within a film as prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp reherase a slapstick play. The festival also features 35 short films (including 15 world premieres) presented in five programs: After Dark, The Absurdity of Life, Surprising Relationships, Going on a Journey, and Documentary Shorts

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NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival
March 10 - 14, 2021

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2021: YouTube, Horses, & Havana


The nonprofit Big Sky Film Institute will be putting on the 18th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) February 19 to the 28th. Streamed online, the BSDFF features  over 75 films from around the world. The fest comprises 27 features and 50 short documentaries including 27 World Premieres and 12 North American Premieres. These documentaries cover a gamut of topics such as social justice, natural wonder, humor, immigration, and societal strife. Opening the festival is the world premiere of Havana Libre, the debut feature length documentary from director Corey McLean, following a group of Cubans who rise up to demand legitimacy for their beloved sport of surfing after decades of cultural prohibition. In A Horse Has More Blood Than a Human an older couple leaves Tehran to return to their idyllic home town on the Turkish border, but their dreams of quiet retirement are shattered by the realization that their town has become a smuggling gateway into Europe, and everyone they know is involved. Ms Diva Trucker follows a long-haul trucker who turns to YouTube to combat loneliness and social isolation. In the process, she creates an empowering online community whose impact reaches far beyond America’s highways.

The festival includes live-stream Q&As with filmmakers, panels, and online social events. In addition to screenings, BSDFF will host the Big Sky DocShop conference February 22-26, a five-day filmmaker’s forum that includes panels, filmmaker roundtables, a pop-up legal clinic and the popular Big Sky Pitch for works-in-progress. 

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2021
February 19 - 28, 2021

38th Annual Miami Film Festival

Presented by Miami Dade College, the Miami Film Festival will present its 38th annual edition running March 5 – 14, 2021 in a hybrid format, with both in-theater and virtual presentations. The Festival will open on Friday, March 5 with the in-theater World Premiere screening of Ludi at Silverspot Cinemas (300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL).  

The Festival will open and close with two World premieres by Miami artists - Edson Jean’s Ludi and Jayme Gershen’s Birthright. The fest will also showcase more than 100 feature narratives, documentaries and short films of all genres, from 40 different countries. Also on March 5, the Festival will virtually present its Precious Gem Master Award to director Pedro Almodóvar, prior to the Miami premiere of his first English-language film, The Human Voice, starring Tilda Swinton.

Other films being screened include:

  • Deceased Ones
  • Caro Comes Out
  • Jack and Jo Don’t Want to Die
  • Mogul Mowgli
  • Quick Fix
  • Shinkansen 

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38th Annual Miami Film Festival
March 5 – 14, 2021

Russian Film Week USA: Adult Films, Whaling, & Terrorism

Looking at the world of new Russian cinema, Russian Film Week USA runs January 23 to the 29th, 2021. The fest includes documentaries and children’s films, and are all international or North American premieres. The festival opens with Alexey Uchitel’s Tsoy, which imagines the aftermath of the fateful 1990 car accident that killed Soviet rock idol Victor Tsoy as his remains are transported. Also playing is The Whaler Boy, in which an indigenous teenagerdiscovers a world far beyond his whaling community.

Other films include The Conference directed by Ivan Tverdovskiy, recounting 2002 terrorist attack in a Moscow theater and the effect of survivor's guilt. In Deeper! an ambitious young director brings art house methodology to adult films. Doctor Lisa is a feature about a real-life doctor caring for Moscow’s most vulnerable.

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Russian Film Week USA
January  23 - 29, 2021


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