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By Jon Reiss, Hybrid Cinema   So it’s that intense festival time of year again.   You’re considering festivals, applying to festivals and who knows perhaps already excited about the festivals you have been accepted to. Here are 10 Do’s and 5 Don’ts when applying to film festivals.  These suggestions are based not only on my… Read more »

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By Flo Dwek ONE OF US (Directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, 2017, 1 hr., 35 min.) ONE OF US, the thrilling new documentary by the talented directing duo, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, is now streaming on Netflix in an unbelievable 190 countries, in 30 languages. This is indeed a remarkable feat, defying… Read more »

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By Flo Dwek   Meaningful dialogue and conversation have always formed the cornerstone of our diverse, yet closely knit WIFV community. Buoyed by our supportive, day-to-day interactions, we can speak up, speak out, listen intently, empathize, and create lasting bonds and connections. Our deep sense of camaraderie and respect for one another derives in large… Read more »

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BY FLO DWEK (Directed by Joan Kron, 2017, 1 hour, 39 min.)   TAKE MY NOSE…PLEASE! is a wistfully comic tale about the pressures of looking and staying beautiful. Under Joan Kron’s sparkling and impressive debut direction (at the vintage age of 89), she turns her lens on the ups and downs of two female… Read more »

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By Flo Dwek SIGNATURE MOVE (Directed by Jennifer Reeder, 1 hr, 20 min.) If you were not among the lucky filmgoers who caught SIGNATURE MOVE at DC’s Reel Affirmations Film Festival on October 19, you are in for a treat when it comes to Amazon VOD at the end of December. This small, romantic gem… Read more »

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By Flo Dwek This eye-opening documentary by Bolivian Director/Screenwriter Violeta Ayala—seven years in the making—takes an up-close and personal look at the horrendous toll on individuals and their families caught up in the cocaine trade.   The film had its Washington, D.C. premiere on October 20, 2017 at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival. It… Read more »

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By Marlena Wright Growing up I always fantasized about what life would have been like for me if I were a boy. I wouldn’t have had to wear all those itchy uncomfortable dresses and combing my hair wouldn’t take more than a few seconds because all I would have to do is run the brush… Read more »