“The Chinese Exclusion Act” Shows The true Cost And Exploitation Of The Chinese Immigrants

By William Engel The PBS  broadcast of  “The Chinese Exclusion Act”, was  a daring, sobering documentary about the titular law that prevented Chinese-Americans from being recognized as citizens for more than half a century. Through multiple accounts and both primary and secondary sources, the film provides an in-depth look at the history of the Chinese…

Jeremie Battaglia Is A Filmmaker With A Vision

    By William Engel Jeremie Battaglia’s aim is to shine the spotlight of the “everyday heroes” of the world, or the people who accomplish incredible feats that go unrecognized by the public. One of his most recent films, “Perfect”, is a documentary about one of the most unappreciated and underrated sports in the world…

Director George Russell Has Been Making Waves In The World Of Film With His Short, But Striking New Documentary, “Troll Inc.”

  By William Engel  “Troll Inc.” gives us an inside look at one of the most notorious and reviled subcultures in America today – the internet trolling community. Particular focus is given to Andrew “Weav” Auernheimer, one of the most notorious and dangerous trolls in the history of the internet. I recently sat down with…

Newness and TRUMPED: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time Join 2017 Sundance Festival Lineup

       (L-R) Newness. Credit: Courtesy of Production; TRUMPED: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time. Credit:Laura Hudock/Courtesy of SHOWTIME. Park City, UT — Sundance Institute augments the 2017 Sundance Film Festival program with two new independent films, announced today: Newness, from director Drake Doremus, and TRUMPED: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of…

TROUBLING THE STILL WATERS OF DENIAL: Writer/Director Derek Hallquist’s Beautifully Crafted Telling of His Father’s Journey

By: Vernon Nickerson Still waters run deep is a proverb of Latin origin now commonly taken to mean that a placid exterior hides a passionate or subtle nature.” (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)   “Denial” Writer and Director Derek Hallquist’s exquisitely composed story of his parent Christine Hallquist’s (nee David Hallquist) life, is the ultimate 21st…

A Review of 2016 LA Film Festival Film “Little Hero”

  By:  Erica Summers Because He Is Awesome   “Little  Hero” will have it’s  Los Angeles premiere at 2016 LA Film Festival on June 6th. “Little  Hero” is a  short documentary film  which is touching and deeply emotionally engaging.  This film takes it deeply personal and reflective look at how six year old twins Avery…