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Downtown Comes Alive With Cinema During the SOHO International Film Festival


The SOHO International Film Festival, taking place at Village East Cinemas located at 189 2nd Avenue on 12th Street from June 14 to the 21st, brings a cavalcade of films and stars to NYC. The SOHO International Film Festival, which proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple.

Features, shorts, and documentaries fill the proceedings. Films being shown include Moss, starring male supermodel-turned-actor Mitchell Slaggert, a road movie on a river about a young man who disappears into the woods on his eighteenth birthday to find himself. In Farmer of the Year, a grandfather tries to recapture his youth by road tripping with his unemployed granddaughter in a dilapidated Winnebago to his WWII reunion while desperately trying to find a date to impress his old army buddies. In the sexually charged Daddy Issues,  Maya, a talented queer artist cyberstalks the alluring Jasmine; an aspiring designer in an emotionally charged, co-dependent relationship with a neurotic sugar daddy. When Maya and Jasmine’s paths finally cross, it leads to a bizarre love triangle.The festival closes with Edouard Salier’s Cabeza Madre (Mother’s Head), a suspenseful thriller/black comedy set against the dreamy and vibrant backdrop of Cuba.

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SOHO International Film Festival
June 14 - 21, 2018

Village East Cinema
181-189 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

The American Black Film Festival 2018 at Miami Beach

With the weather getting hot, Miami Beach is often considered a destination for sun, sand, and fun, but it’s also a destination for bold new cinema. The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), running June 13 - 17, 2018 is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. Founded by Jeff Friday, it supports emerging artists to foster a wider range of stories told in the entertainment and cinema industry.

Not only does the ABFF feature a slate of films, it also includes business seminars, panel discussions with filmmakers and actors, workshops on financing, auditioning, and showrunning, with short film competitions and parties going into the night.

Films include The Flea, an Official Selection of the 2018 American Black Festival, which is a comedy about the day in the life of a flea market manager, who must deal with customers, vendors and his boss, as he struggles to survive one more day on the job.  Whitney, an unflinching documentary on the legendary singer’s tragic life. 1970’s classic, Superfly, now has a remake from music video director, Director X.

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American Black Film Festival
June 13 - 17, 2018

Various Locations
Miami Beach, FL

Human Rights Watch Film Fest Explores Feminism & Data Privacy


Running June 14 - 21 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival has a slate of eye opening films from around the world. This year's festival highlights women fighting back against personal and institutional abuse, with twelve of the films featured this year directed by women. “In a year when women have spoken out against abuse, harassment and oppression, the festival highlights the outstanding work of women filmmakers telling epic stories of women fighting injustice with resilience and courage.” said John Biaggi, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival creative director.

The opening night film, On Her Shoulders, about Yezidi human rights advocate and ISIS survivor Nadia Murad opens the festival on June 14, and the closing night film The Unafraid explores the experience of DACA students struggling to fight for their own education as they face a very uncertain future.

This year's festival also examines government and corporate regulation of information with films like The Cleaners, directed by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, on data gatekeepers.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival
June 14 - 21, 2018

Ghosts & Gangsters at 2018 Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

Sicilian Ghost Story 

Now in it’s 18th edition, the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema film festival hits Lincoln Center with a slate of Italian films. Taking place at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) and running from May 31 to June 6, the festival features 17 films.  The Opening Night selection is Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazz’s second feature, Sicilian Ghost Story, based on the true events of a missing young boy.

The fest will also include the premiere of Boys Cry, a gritty gangster genre debut by the D'Innocenzo brothers; Roberto De Paolis's feature debut about youthful self-discovery, and Pure Hearts; Sergio Castellitto's emotionally raw Fortunata, featuring legendary Rainer Werner Fassbinder leading lady Hanna Schygulla and Jasmine Trinca. Plus three works by returning Open Roads filmmakers: Marco Tullio Giordana's Nome di donna, Ferzan Ozpetek’s Naples in Veils, and Vincenzo Marra’s Equilibrium.

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Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
May 31 - June 6, 2018

Walter Reade Theater
165 W 65th St.
New York, NY 10023


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