The Film Festival Experience

Welcome to Film Festival reViews

Does the film festival of today support what the film festival philosophy purports– that the power of storytelling and independent film draws the community closer together? Can it demonstrate an ability to grow steadily and become highly desirable for the next generation of filmmakers, solidifying regional film industries thus continuing a positive economic impact? I believe it’s possible.

It began over a decade ago New Years Eve when I discovered a way to bring the art of conversation together with my love for film, music in film and film festivals. Step into a world of independent films, music in film, filmmakers, the film industry, women in film and the film festival circuit worldwide.

The past several years has shown a transition, a makeover of what a film festival grows up to be and the film festival experience it offers to filmmakers, film lovers as well as the film festival collective. Embracing new technology, welcoming accomplished film festival organizers and respecting their know-how, brings together an ability for recognizing valuable skills volunteers have to offer and creating a solid foundation for future film festival experiences. Utilizing honed skills in the best possible way ensures that film festivals can evolve into a solid cultural and viable entity contributing to the economic development for its local businesses and arts community.

However, many film festivals started out in the Hollywood celebrity-centered, style with glitz and glamour, red carpet, Gala Opening Night, a weekend of box office-standard films, after-party receptions, awards ceremonies, etc. having the disadvantage of often becoming an insular Garden club variety event or a founding person’s vanity project– a same old, same old, annual weekend that exhausts everyone– the festival organizers, their volunteers, filmmakers, donors/supporters/sponsors, and finally the audience. While I have seen many changes in the higher tier of festivals, the ones remaining entrenched in the old ways, I note, will not last very much longer.

Another seismic shift is on the horizon as the independent film industry readies to completely break from the behemoth Hollywood studio system whose tent pole movies keep the concession stands buzzing on opening weekend soon fading into obscurity. That’s why I live for the film festival experience. It lasts much longer and with greater satisfaction. Stay tuned.

Writer’s Blog

Ever since I could remember in grade school, I wrote captions, titles, log lines and read the TV Guide every week. So, it comes as no surprise that I blog about reviews not only about film festivals but for the films that are screened there as well as new technology and the economic impacts of the film industry. I am fortunate to have Yuri Turchyn as my editor (podcast producing partner, musician extraordinaire and husband). It was his syntax that stole my heart and his sharp eye for grammar, spelling and substance, all the while understanding where my thoughts begin and how my writing moves along from start to finish.

Podcast Producer

Over a decade has passed since I had to answer the question–What’s a podcast? The underlying technology used for podcasts called RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a feed capable of containing any type of media besides audio.  New audiences can subscribe to a podcast and receive new episodes automatically through an RSS feed. Podcasting consists of publishing XML files which contain references to media (called “enclosures”) to a website. Podcast aggregators (often referred to as “podcatchers”) read these XML files and download all the linked enclosures.

Unlike terrestrial and internet radio, podcasts are time-shifted– listeners have control over when and where they hear their favorite programming. In addition, podcasts can have designated destinations such as subscriber-based distributors where episodes are delivered automatically to a subscriber so the latest updates are always readily available with no effort required by the listener. Podcasts offer the same freedom and level of control audiences are familiar when listening to their own personal music collections. Film Festival reViews podcasts are produced by March Hare Media recorded at Wheatsheaf Studio Productions and on remote locations.

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Reel Jersey Girl Pictures

I’m a Reel Jersey Girl in a New York State of Mind. Born in the U.S.A., I aspire to be a Citizen of the World and still be an L.A. Woman (only because I’m a Classic Rock music lover). First woman filmmaker Alice Guy Blache is my guiding light, godmother of storytelling and guardian angel on the path that chose me.I spin plates, juggle work/play/taking the back roads and finding new adventures, living a love-of-life-under-the-Kubelka-spell-moment  lifestyle, perfecting the art of conversation with a never surrender, never give up attitude.

My Short film, KINDERHOOK, Send Your Demo Here, Part 1, has been accepted as an Official Selection in the Legacy Music Documentary Category 2018 Asbury Park Music + Film Festival, Asbury Park, New Jersey, April 27-29.