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#NYAFF Reviews — THE WHISTLEBLOWER and THE LAST REEL

Guest commentator and cinemaphile-at-large Tanimaru brings infinite technique and wisdom to review several titles for this year’s NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the SVA Theatre with the fine folks at Subway Cinema.

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Here is the first!

THE WHISTLEBLOWER begins as a powerhouse thriller with a very compelling opening scene but due to writing that seems more in common with an American evening soap opera than ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN or THE INSIDER, the good efforts of director Yim Soon-rye and a fine cast of actors become prisoners to a very predictable and melodramatic script. Stylishly lensed with elegant production design and a multitude of locations, all the production elements are in place for a great film, but the writing keeps getting in the way as after a while no scene is allowed to really play out providing the tension and raw drama that an audience expects from a story about stem cells and cloning.What I found interesting is the slight twist at the end where the Korean public is manipulated to blame the reporter and his network for their investigation. The Korean public is depicted as easily swayed believing that despite whatever wrongs the lead villan may have done – he should be allowed to continue because his efforts are a boost to the image of the Korean people and the economy. In other words, do not embarrass someone supported by the government. This harkens to the recent news that this year’s Busan Festival was under government attack (cut in budget) for screening a film about the boat disaster.

I don’t know WAIKIKI BROTHERS, but my sense is that with great writing, this is a filmmaker who can deliver.

The WHISTLEBLOWER and THE WAIKIKI BROTHERS both screen at the NYAFF in NYC on July 7th, 2015 at 8:45pm and 6:30pm, respectively.

Here is the review for NYAFF title THE LAST REEL:

THE LAST REEL

Some films just move you. THE LAST REEL is one of those films. Set in Cambodia today with flashbacks to the dark day of the Khmer Rouge. we trace the story of a young woman learning her Mother’s past as an actress in Cambodia and, along the way, a cruel history. The performances are at times uneven – with many of the actors probably in their first acting roles – but that is what brings power to the film. Their first hand experience/knowledge adds depth even to the smallest roles; the look and feel of Cambodia today is compelling. (Spoiler Alert) – The final titles are a homage to all the actors and filmmakers executed by the Khmer Rouge – the real once living and breathing and now sadly departed Cambodians whose spirits surge in this wonderfully touching and moving film.

THE LAST REEL screens Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 8:15pm.

Our deepest thanks to Tanimaru.

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3rd Annual ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL NYC Feb 7 – 10, 2013

We have previously announced the AFI Directing Workshop for Women conducted during the ATHENA FILM FESTIVAL in NYC this February 2013. Here are details on the Festival itself. We recommend

2012 Films

We are proud to be featuring the following films at the 2012 Athena Film Festival

Features: Documentaries and Narratives

A Marine Story
Directed by Ned Farr
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 12 Noon
Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall
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All She Can – Benavides Born (original title)
Directed by Amy Wendel
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 1PM
Julius Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
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Apache 8
Directed by Sande Zeig
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 12 Noon
Julius Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
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Sneak Preview of a Work in Progress: Ann Richards’ Texas
Directed by Keith Patterson and Jack Lofton
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, 6PM
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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Black Butterflies
Directed by Paula van der Oest
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, 9PM
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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Borgen
Created by Adam Price
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 1PM
Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall
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Circumstance
Written and Directed by Maryam Keshavarz
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 4pm
Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall
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Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Directed by Sharon La Cruise
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 3PM
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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The Education of Dee Dee Ricks
Directed by Perri Peltz
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 4PM
Julius Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
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Gloria: In Her Own Words
Directed by Peter Kunhardt
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 6PM
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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The Lady (Closing Film)
Directed by Luc Besson
Sunday, February 12, 6pm
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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The Legend of Pancho Barnes
Directed by: Amanda Pope
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 6PM
Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall
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The Naked Option
Directed by Candace Schermerhorn
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 12Noon
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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Off the Rez
Directed by Jonathan Hock
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 4PM
Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater, LL 200 Diana Center
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Oranges and Sunshine
Directed by Jim Loach
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 9PM
Julius Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
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The Rescuers
Directed by Michael King
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 1PM
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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Tomboy
Directed by Celine Sciamma
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 6PM
Julius Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
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The Whistleblower
Directed by Larysa Kondracki
Friday, February 10, 2012, 6pm
Miller Theatre, 116th & Broadway
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Wish Me Away
Directed by Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2011, 9PM
Diana Event Oval, LL100 Diana Center
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Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour
Directed by Kerthy Fix
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, 9PM
Miller Theatre, 116th & Broadway
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Women, War & Peace: War Redefined
Executive Producers: Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 3PM
Julius Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
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Shorts

Program 1
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, 3PM
Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater, LL 200 Diana Center
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Program 2
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 1PM
Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theater, LL 200 Diana Center
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Special Events
Hollywood Conversation with Winnie Holzman and Savannah Dooley.
Moderated by Emily Nussbaum
Saturday, February 11, 3pm
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
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Half The Sky -Work in Progress
Sneak Preview and Discussion
Sunday, February 12, 2:30pm
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
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