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How About the Local Film Festivals?

By Flo Ankah

I started to go to film festivals showing short projects, always a wonderful opportunity for a “workation”. You are out-of-town, can focus on the films, and it’s easier to keep up with all the networking. Somehow it’s different for me with New York-based festivals: when there isn’t a specific project to push, it’s easier to […]

Cultural Intimacy in Film = Time + Love

By Flo Ankah

Indie films are a labor of love.  Yes, the initial goal is making the best possible picture, one that realizes the director’s vision with integrity and can objectively reach its target audience.  From the perspective of the film festival goer, you watch the movie in a huge theater, there is a buzz, packed audience and […]

Taste in Movies & Early Works of a Filmmaker

By Flo Ankah

One of the reasons movies are so powerful is that they bring people together.  Every film lover has a theater of choice, a time of day, a week-end binging habit or what not where they like watching movies the most.  My theater is the Sunshine in the East Village, because the house manager greets the […]

Dancing between Darkness and Light

By Flo Ankah

Nicolas Winding Refn does have an exciting mind.  Even if I can’t quite pronounce his name right, I became a fan of the filmmaker after watching Drive.  In both films I find his timing fascinating, I love that he clearly doesn’t care about the norm, and knows how to break boundaries.  Only God Forgives is a tale […]

Punctuated and Visionary Exploration of Brecht

By Flo Ankah

I have never read Bertolt Bretch.  That’s crazy, maybe I should.  The universe created in the production directed by Brian Kulick thrilled me.  The most surprising elements were the musical numbers.  It was refreshing to hear some singing in what you would expect to be a straight play.  Not only did the play feature new […]

They Don’t Kid Around, it Gets Bloody

By Flo Ankah

If someone asks what my favorite movie is, I always blank out, think “Oh but there are so many” and then answer “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  The truth is that I have seen the film only once, I can barely recall what the plot is, there is a mysterious neighbor, definitely black and white, and it […]

Ravishing Creatures on Surreal Yacht

By Flo Ankah

I found out about Lucrecia Martel by chance on a late Sunday evening at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Sometimes the beauty about not going to film school is that you can be surprised every time you discover something great, even though everyone else knows about it.  The filmmaker herself, from Buenos Aires Argentina, claims that […]

French Cows Running on Brooklyn Rooftops

By Flo Ankah

What to do in Brooklyn on a warm Spring evening? Rooftop Films… After a few refreshing shorts, my friends and I were blown away watching Emmanuel Gras’ Bovine.  I come from a French farm, but I had never seen cows from that close.  The film showcases stunning visuals of the French countryside, and genuinely gives […]