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Comic-Con 2015: My Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media Panels

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to be invited to be on two of the best panels at Comic-Con. Every year, movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives attendees the chance to talk back to the critics at “Your Opinion Sucks!” Each person is […]

Comic-Con 2015 Roundup: Best Costumes, Favorite Discoveries

posted by Nell Minow

One thing I look for every year at San Diego Comic-Con is new technology. One looked like silly fun — you can insert your smartphone into a re-designed Mattel Viewmaster that will turn your photos into 3D. Also fun, from […]

Comic-Con 2105: Opening Night

posted by Nell Minow

The cutest items I saw on the Exhibition Hall this evening were these “Body Knockers” from famous movies. How many can you identify? One of the highlights of Preview Night is an exclusive sneak peek at some of the upcoming […]

On My Way to San Diego Comic-Con 2015!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m on my way to San Diego Comic-Con! This is my favorite event of the year and I am especially excited because I will be on two panels: the Rotten Tomatoes panel “Your Opinion Sucks!” (attendees are given paddles with […]

AFI Docs 2015: What I Saw

posted by Nell Minow

I loved every film I saw at AFI Docs this year, with a wide variety in subject matter and tone. There were intimate, personal stories, and movies about major global figures and forces. And I also saw an eye-popping demonstration […]

AFI Docs 2015: The World’s Best Documentary Film Festival Begins Tonight in Washington DC

posted by Nell Minow

AFI Docs (formerly SilverDocs) begins tonight in Washington, D.C. with another spectacular slate of documentary films. The opening night festivities feature “The Best of Enemies,” a terrific film about the battle of the upper-class, socially connected, classically educated, hyperverbal writers […]

Illuminate Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

The Illuminate Film Festival opens today in Sedona, Arizona. Its mission is to be the premier film festival for “conscious cinema.” Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and pushing humanity forward, Illuminate is poised to become a landmark destination event and […]

Ebertfest 2015, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

It was a great honor to be included on today’s panel of movie critics, along with superstars Godfrey Cheshire, Scott Foundas, Matt Zoller Seitz, Rebecca Theodore Vachon, Richard Roeper, Susan Wloszczyna, Michael Phillips, Brian Tallarico, and Sam Fragoso.

GI Film Festival — Coming to DC May 18-24

posted by Nell Minow

I was very lucky to be able to attend a preview of the upcoming 9th annual GI Film Festival, coming to Washington, D.C. and Fairfax, Virginia May 18-24, 2015.  Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millett started the festival, the first ever […]

Ebertfest 2015, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Greetings from the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where the 17th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival is underway. I am delighted to be appearing on a panel of very distinguished film critics this morning and will post […]

Join Me Next Month at the Bentonville Film Festival with Geena Davis, Celebrating Women and Diversity in Film

posted by Nell Minow

Join me next month in Bentonville, Arkansas, for the Bentonville Film Festival with Geena Davis!

Ebertfest 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Passes are on sale for Ebertfest 2015!  I’ll be there!  From Chaz Ebert’s blog: We are opening with Jean-Luc Godard’s silent opus in 3D, “Adieu Au Langage” (“Goodbye To Language”). Some have complained that you were against 3D films, but […]

Watch These Stunning Winners of the Drone Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Drones will literally change our view of the world and it is very exciting to see the possibilities in the winners of this year’s New York City Drone Film Festival.  You can get a Superman’s-eye view:  

AFI Docs Announces New Director: Michael Lumpkin

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of AFIDocs, the documentary Film Festival (formerly SilverDocs) and am proud to have been a sponsor for the past two years.  So I was delighted to hear that The American Film Institute has selected producer […]

Middleburg Film Festival — Year Two

posted by Nell Minow

The paint was hardly dry at Middleburg Virginia’s swanky new Salamander Resort when the first Middleburg Film Festival kicked off last year, but it was a spectacular start for both the festival and the resort, with Bruce Dern appearing to […]

New York Comic-Con 2014: Costumes

posted by Nell Minow

New York really brought it to this year’s Comic-Con! Lots of Maleficents this year, and lots of Harvey Dents. Here are some of the best costumes I saw. (All photos copyright 2014 Nell Minow)

New York Comic-Con 2014: Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

This was my first time at New York Comic-Con and it was a blast. Highlights included: About 30 people dressed as Deadpool danced onstage to “We Need a Hero.” Just Dance 2015 had a great set up right in the […]

New York Comic-Con 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I’m excited about my first-ever visit to New York Comic-Con, which opens tonight at the Javits Center in Manhattan. I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday. Highlights will include a 75th anniversary celebration for Marvel, glimpses of upcoming films like Disney’s […]

Comic-Con 2014: Costumes!

posted by Nell Minow

About 10-15 percent of Comic-Con attendees come in costume and they are always willing to post for photos.  I love the way there is total fluidity of age, race, gender, and body type.  Even species — see Superdog below (no, […]

Comic-Con 2014: Days 3 and 4

posted by Nell Minow

Want to know what it looks like inside the legendary Hall H, the biggest venue at Comic-Con, the one where people camp out for days in advance to see the biggest stars and the coolest advance previews? When LAIKA CEO […]

Comic-Con 2014: Day One

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s what’s at Comic-Con, which means here’s what’s coming everywhere else: affordable 3D printers with hand-held scanners that transmit 360 degree images to your tablet or laptop instantly. GoPro cameras. Google glasses. Even Oculus Rift, the totally immersive virtual reality […]

More From AFI Docs

posted by Nell Minow

AFI Docs concludes today, though there will be a “best of the fest” wrap-up with screenings of some of the most popular films tomorrow.   I’ve also had a chance to see: “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. […]

AFI Docs: Three Great Documentaries About Failures of Law Enforcement

posted by Nell Minow

We had a great first day at AFI Docs, the most important documentary film festival in the country. I am very proud to be a sponsor. Yesterday, we saw three of the films featuring one of this year’s key themes, […]

AFI Docs Announces 2014 Schedule with Ebert’s “Life Itself” in the Spotlight

posted by Nell Minow

I am a proud sponsor of Washington’s magnificent annual documentary festival and this year’s list of films is outstanding. I’m delighted that director Steve James will be there with his documentary about Roger Ebert, “Life Itself.” Also scheduled: 112 WEDDINGS: […]

More on Ebertfest, Including My Interview in the News-Gazette

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Roger Ebert’s favorite reporter covering Ebertfest, Melissa Merli, for a wonderful interview. This is her third year at Ebertfest, where she handled the onstage Q-and-A after “Short Term 12″ was shown Thursday afternoon. That movie made her […]

Ebertfest Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Two Classic Films: Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and Oliver Stone’s “Born on the 4th of July”

posted by Nell Minow

As several people noted, 1989 was a remarkable year for movies and Ebertfest paid tribute to two of the best, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and Oliver Stone’s “Born on the 4th of July.”  Even for those who know […]

Statue of Roger Ebert Unveiled at Ebertfest — And We See “Museum Hours” and “Short Term 12″

posted by Nell Minow

The highlight of the first full day of Ebertfest was the unveiling of a new statue of Roger, at the movies, thumb up. The statue will be installed in front of Roger’s beloved Virginia Theater situated so that visitors can […]

Ebertfest Kicks Off With “Life Itself”

posted by Nell Minow

Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) presented “Life Itself,” the documentary about Roger Ebert, last night at the majestic Virginia Theater in Roger’s home town of Urbana, Illinois, where Roger watched films as a boy and as a college student at the […]

Join Me at Ebertfest!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be at Ebertfest through Sunday and will update when I can.  Tonight I’ll be at the opening event, a screening of “Life Itself,” the crowd-funded documentary about festival founder, Roger Ebert.

Ebertfest 2014: Schedule

posted by Nell Minow

This looks amazing — I’m so glad I’ll be there.   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 7:30 PM Life Itself Steve James, director THURSDAY, APRIL 24 1:00 PM Museum Hours Jem Cohen, director 4:00 PM Short Term 12 Brie Larson, actor 9:00 […]

Environmental Film Festival: Family and Children’s Program

posted by Nell Minow

Starting tomorrow, the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will present narrative, animated and documentary films for children and families across the Washington area from March 18-30. These films are a section of the larger Festival, which will […]

Join Me at Ebertfest 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be at Ebertfest again this year from April 23-27.  Please join us there!  Here are some of the highlights from last year.

Bruce Dern and “Nebraska” at the Middleburg Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

The opening night of the first Middleburg film festival was held at the spectacular new Salamander Resort and Bruce Dern was there to present his new film, “Nebraska,” directed by Alexander Payne (“Sideways,” “Election,” “The Descendants”). Dern and the film’s […]

The First Middleburg Film Festival Starts Tonight

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited to be attending the opening of the first-ever Middleburg Film Festival tonight here in Virginia.  Middleburg is the heart of Virginia horse country.  It was established in 1787, with land purchased from George Washington’s cousin.  Famous for its […]

Stubbornly Independent: The Tallgrass Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Wish I could attend the Tallgrass Film Festival this year — it just keeps getting better, with great documentaries like “Blackfish” and “20 Feet from Stardom” and classics like “Pulp Fiction” and “Airplane!”

Interview: Bishop T.D. Jakes Talks About the New Faith and Family Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Bishop T.D Jakes, who serves on the board of Beliefnet, has added a Faith and Family Film Festival to his inspirational MegaFest gathering, this year taking place in Dallas on August 29-31.  Bishop Jakes spoke to me about why film […]

Comic-Con 2013: Jeff Bridges, The Black Panel, Godzilla, the Winner Twins, and Irwin Keyes

posted by Nell Minow

Comic-Con is all about the new and surprising, but I’ve come to look forward to some things that I especially enjoy every year. One is The Black Panel, and this year was one of the best, with Comic-Con’s best panel […]

Comic-Con 2013: Costumes

posted by Nell Minow

I love the costumes at Comic-Con.  They are colorful expressions of enthusiasm and personality.  And I believe they are what financial types call a leading indicator of the popularity of particular movies, games, and television shows. This year, I noticed […]

Comic-Con 2013: In Which I Get to Hang With Two of My Heroes

posted by Nell Minow

Highlights of Comic-Con 2013 so far: 1. The bathrooms here are sponsored by “The Bates Motel” television series, so they are labeled “Norma” and “Norman.” 2. I attended cool behind-the-scenes panels with the composers of superhero movie scores and the […]

Comic-Con 2013: Preview

posted by Nell Minow

On Wednesday I’ll be back at Comic-Con! This year’s highlights will include a 50th anniversary tribute to “Dr. Who” and a farewell appearance by “Breaking Bad,” about to start its final season. There will be preview clips from a new […]

Washington DC Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Jewish Film Festival starts today with a spectacular line-up of movies that reflect Jewish experience and culture.  The opening night show is “Paris Manhattan,” a French film about a young woman obsessed with Woody Allen. Other highlights include the […]

Women’s Films at the Toronto Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

The Cannes film festival was widely criticized for failing to include films made by women so it is especially satisfying to see that the prestigious Toronto Film Festival is filled with exciting films from female directors, producers, and writers.  The extraordinarily […]

DC Short Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Next week, the DC Shorts Film Festival opens with eleven days of short films from around the world. The festival will be spread between three different venues in Washington, DC and at the new Angelika Film Center and Café Mosaic in Fairfax, […]

LeakyCon 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I wish I could be in Chicago for this year’s LeakyCon, the sold-out Harry Potter fest that begins today.  The schedule includes all kinds of gatherings, from “ship-ers” who think that it should be Harry and Hermione who end up […]

Comic-Con: Miscellaneous Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

Some other highlights from Comic-Con: The panel for the Syfy show “Alphas” was a lot of fun and really made me look forward to the second season premiere next Monday.  The cast promises some new romance and a new character […]

Comic-Con: Costumes!

posted by Nell Minow

My most popular Comic-Con post each year is the one with the pictures of the attendees in costume.  I took more than 400 photos, and these are some of my favorites. Those are Playboy Bunny Avengers!  You can see Thor’s […]

More From Comic-Con: “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ Panel

posted by Nell Minow

It was the first last press conference when the cast of “Twilight” got together to talk to the fans and the press about the last episode and the journey that brought them to this moment.  Following their appearance at the […]

A Day at Comic-Con

posted by Nell Minow

Oh, there is so much I want to tell you!  But you will see why all I have time to do right now is entice you by sharing my schedule for today. 6:00 am Pick up by stretch limo to […]

Comic-Con: “Oz the Great and Powerful”

posted by Nell Minow

I am sure that somewhere in the world there were people who were looking at great works of art and somewhere else people were enjoying magnificent natural vistas and exquisite flowers but I assure you that no one saw anything […]

Comic-Con, Preview Night

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to be back at Comic-Con and the preview night was sensational.  The special effects geniuses at WETA have really outdone themselves and their enormous trolls from Peter Jackson’s upcoming “The Hobbit” were magnificent.  I saw “Star Wars” […]

Comic-Con 2012!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s almost here!  The San Diego Comic-Con starts tomorrow night and continues through Sunday afternoon, with thousands of passionate fans and hundreds of events.  I always refer to it as the Iowa caucuses of popular culture because this is where […]

Silverdocs: Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Silverdocs, the Silver Spring, Maryland documentary film festival that concluded this weekend, received 2018 submissions for 114 places on the schedule. Awards included: “Only the Young”  (best U.S. feature), directed by Jason Tippit and Elizabeth Mims, is about three teenagers […]

Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival Opens Tonight

posted by Nell Minow

In just 10 years, the AFI/Discovery Channel’s annual Silverdocs film festival has become not just one of the best places in the world to see documentaries but one of the world’s leading film festivals in any category. This year’s line-up […]

Cannes: Where Are the Women?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Thelma Adams for writing about the way that the prestigious Cannes Film Festival continues to overlook women.  [This] year’s Cannes Film Festival has not a single female-directed film among the 23 in competition. I love contenders like David […]

My Appearance on the “On Demand” Panel at Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s the “On Demand” panel from Ebertfest — it was a thrill to be a part of this lively discussion about the pros and cons of watching films outside a movie theater.  I especially enjoyed meeting Roger Ebert’s wonderful group […]

More from Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Melissa Merli of the News-Gazette for her superb coverage of Ebertfest, especially her fine pieces about the two events I moderated. She wrote about the discussion following “Higher Ground:” Nell Minow, who with Michael Barker, co-president of […]

Greetings from Ebertfest 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Greetings from Roger Ebert’s legendary film festival in his home town of Champaign/Urbana Illinois, also the home of the state university.  Once again, Roger has curated an extraordinary collection of films from the under-seen (Ebertfest was originally known as Roger […]

Watch Ebertfest Streaming and Follow on Twitter

posted by Nell Minow

Ebertfest began tonight and I’ll be there tomorrow.  You’ll hear my thoughts but you can also be there yourself — virtually.  And follow us on @ebertfest Note my appearances with “Higher Ground” and “A Separation.”   The intros will be […]

Ebertfest: The Schedule

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to be attending Roger Ebert’s film festival again this year.  Next week, I will return to Champaign-Urbana Illinois to help present two magnificent films, “Higher Ground” and this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, “A Separation.” […]

Filmfest DC April 12-22

posted by Nell Minow

Filmfest DC begins tomorrow with a great line-up including “Starbuck” (a Canadian film about a middle-aged loser who discovers that he has 533 children thanks to his involvement with a sperm bank in the 1980’s), “The Intouchables” (the second most […]

Washington DC’s first Reelabilities Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Today Washington DC will begin its first-ever Reelabilities Film Festival, in association with the NY Disabilities Film Festival, the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with […]

Washington Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of the movie-going year is the Washington Jewish Film Festival and this year’s line-up is spectacular.  As usual, the range of subjects and genres and countries is astonishingly varied and this year that also includes gender, […]

Comic-Con: Final Round-Up and Coming Attractions

posted by Nell Minow

“We have to realize that something important has happened,” one of the presenters said at Comic-Con.  “We won.  All around us in movies, television and books there are vampires, zombies, superheroes, magic, and aliens.”  He was exaggerating, of course, but […]

Comic-Con: Catching Up with the Winner Twins

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite moments at Comic-Con each year is my chance to catch up with the brilliant and beautiful Winner twins, Brianna and Brittney, whose astonishing mastery of story and vocabulary has produced an extraordinary body of work.  The […]

Comic-Con: Big News from Riverdale and Archie Comics

posted by Nell Minow

I had a blast at the Archie Comic panel.  Everyone there was a nice and friendly and enthusiastic as you would hope to find in the idyllic environs of Riverdale.  But there is very big news.  In its own nice […]

Comic-Con: The Director Mash-Ups

posted by Nell Minow

One of the great pleasures of Comic-Con is hearing film-makers talk to us about their movies.  But it gets exponentially better when we get to listen in to them talk to each other.  The infinitely generous Guillermo Del Toro (he […]

Comic-Con, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

I got to meet with the stars of three upcoming films from Lionsgate today. First was Australian Joel Edgerton and British Tom Hardy who play estranged brothers from Pittsburgh in “Warrior,” the story of a mixed martial arts championship bout […]

Comic-Con 2011, Day 1

posted by Nell Minow

Any day I get to talk to Guy Pearce, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, get to hear the latest on “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1,” and get to hang out with Power Rangers and the Madagascar Penguins is a very fine […]

Comic-Con 2011

posted by Nell Minow

I’m on my way to Comic-Con 2011, this year featuring the first glimpses of Twilight’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ along with Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” the Colin Farrell remake of “Total Recall” and “In Time,” a thriller […]

Conference on Movie Criticism at Northwestern

posted by Nell Minow

Northwestern University is hosting a three-day conference April 21-23 called Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism in Focus, with top critics from around the country discussing the past, present, and future of serious writing about film.  All sessions are free and […]

Sundance 2011

posted by Nell Minow

I am sitting by the fire in my Park City, Utah hotel, where the wall has enormous pictures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (as portrayed by Paul Newman and Robert Redford) and a sign that says “No Skis […]

Life in a Day — Watch it Online One Day Only

posted by Nell Minow

Do you remember where you were on July 24, 2010? I was at Comic-Con, and I was one of the thousands who sent in a video of what I was doing that day to directors Ridley Scott and Kevin MacDonald. […]

I’m in a Movie — And Going to Sundance!

posted by Nell Minow

This time, I’m not reviewing a film; I am appearing in one! And I am very excited. “The Flaw,” a documentary about the financial meltdown, includes me as one of its interview subjects. And it has been accepted at Sundance […]

Jewish Film Festival 2010 — Washington DC

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Washington Jewish Film Festival has an outstanding schedule, once again celebrating the “incredible diversity of Jewish life, culture and history through innovative film and invigorating programs.” I am always inspired by the scope and quality of the films […]

Comic-Con: Coming Attractions

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of Comic-Con is the very early glimpses of the films that are still in production. The big, splashy events for the movies opening in the next few months are great, but the people behind the movies […]

Comic-Con: NCIS and Kick Buttowski

posted by Nell Minow

I got to meet one of my favorite television characters: Abby from NCIS, or at least the equally delightful Pauley Perrette, who plays her. She was at Comic-Con with Barrett Foa of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Kirsten Vangsness of “Criminal […]

Comic-Con: Etc. and Misc.

posted by Nell Minow

I saw Gamer Grub, a specially designed “performance” snack for gamers that won’t leave crumbs on the keyboard or make their fingers sticky. A lot of people were walking around with dripping wounds on their faces. It turned out to […]

The Winner Twins at Comic-Con

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to have a chance to catch up with Brittany and Brianna Winner, now 15, to hear about their Strand book series, their school appearances, and their dream of making their story into a movie. One of the […]

Comic-Con — Production Design, Effects, and Writing

posted by Nell Minow

It is fun to see the stars, but one of the things I love best at Comic-Con is the chance to hear from the people behind the scenes about how entertainment gets produced and how creative people develop their careers […]

Comic-Con Costumes

posted by Nell Minow

Thoughts on the costumes at Comic-Con, composed as I waited in line for a panel that turned out to be full: There are those who work all year to look good in spandex and those who do not. It is […]

My Comic-Con Article from the Chicago Sun-Times

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times for publishing my article on the San Diego Comic-Con. Attendees will be checking the Comic-Con schedule on the event’s iPhone app to make it to panel discussions on the history of Mad magazine and Little […]

Comic-Con!

posted by Nell Minow

My visit to Comic-Con 2010 began with a press conference for one of the most celebrated and anticipated films previewing here, the long-awaited sequel to the pioneering 1982 Disney film, about people getting sucked into computers, “Tron.” Steven Lisberger, who […]

Comic-Con 2010

posted by Nell Minow

This week in San Diego it’s all about the geeks and the fanboys. There will be Klingons and superheroes. There will be people who know far more about Futurama, Groo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and The Justice League of America […]

Silverdocs

posted by Nell Minow

The greatest documentary film festival in America is Silverdocs, based in the American Film Institute’s gorgeous film exhibition spaces in Silver Spring, Maryland. It is an annual week-long festival that celebrates independent thinking, supports the diverse voices and free expression […]

Why We Love Roger — Ebertfest 2010

posted by Nell Minow

I am back home but still thinking about my spectacular trip to Champaign-Urbana for Ebertfest. You can get a glimpse of it here, with Chaz Ebert (Roger’s wife) introducing me as I introduce the film, “I Capture the Castle.” I […]

News-Gazette Report on My Ebertfest Panel

posted by Nell Minow

Champaign’s News Gazette wrote a nice piece about our panel discussion on “Synecdoche, New York” with writer-director Charlie Kaufman. Reporter Melissa Merli called it “perhaps the liveliest post-screening discussion so far.” [Kafuman] said he explores themes in which he’s interested […]

Today at Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

I will be on stage following I Capture the Castle today. Unfortunately, the travel delays in Europe kept Bill Nighy from attending the festival as planned, but we will have a good audience discussion. Then, we will see Vincent: a […]

Today at Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

I will be on stage following I Capture the Castle today. Unfortunately, the travel delays in Europe kept Bill Nighy from attending the festival as planned, but we will have a good audience discussion. Then, we will see Vincent: a […]

I’m Going to Ebertfest!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited about my return to Roger Ebert’s Film Festival on Thursday. I love this festival, organized by the leading film critic in the world because it is unique. Instead of the usual quirky indies and other unreleased festival […]

From Swastika to Jim Crow

posted by Nell Minow

Because this is the 20th anniversary of the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, all of the previous festival directors were given the chance to pick their favorites from past years to put on this year’s schedule. That is how I […]

Michael Verhoeven at the Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

At noon today, Visionary Award recipient Michael Verhoeven was interviewed by Sharon Rivo, Co-Founder and Executive Director, National Center for Jewish Film. We saw a few moments from his new film, “Human Failure,” which has its North American premiere tonight […]

Washington Jewish Film Festival 2009

posted by Nell Minow

This year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival opening here tomorrow looks especially enticing, with a wide range of films from a wide range of sources all with some relationship to the experience of Jewish culture and history. The festival, now […]

Tallgrass Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have been asked to attend the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas, later this month and especially looking forward to spending time with my beloved B98 buddies, Brett and Tracy and am forever grateful to them […]

Comic-Con 2009: Interviews for ‘Alien Trespass’ and ‘Boondock Saints II’

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge Eric McCormack fan and enjoyed his retro sci-fi movie Alien Trespass, so it was a special treat to get a chance to talk with him and writer/director R.W. Goodwin (of “X-Files”) at Comic-Con about the DVD […]

Comic-Con 2009: Costumes!

posted by Nell Minow

The Joker was still very popular this year, and of course there were plenty of Jedis and Klingons and characters from anime and games. Watchmen were up-and-coming, especially Silk Spectre. Here I am with a special friend. And here are […]

Comic-Con 2009: More Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

The 40th anniversary Comic-Con hosted some of the biggest Hollywood stars (Denzel Washington for “The Book of Eli” and Robert Downey, Jr. for “Sherlock Holmes” and “Iron Man 2″) and first peeks at some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters (James […]

Comic-Con 2009: Interview with the Winner Twins

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of Comic-Con was the time I spent with Brianna and Brittany Winner, 14-year-old identical twins who are cuter than a box of kittens and more fun, too. When the girls were in fourth grade, they became […]

Comic-Con #2

posted by Nell Minow

There may be red carpets and glamor and great big movie stars in great big movies, but at it’s big, beating, heart, Comic-Con is still about passionate fans of the popular arts, whether of the most arcane and all-but forgotten […]

Comic-Con 2009 #1

posted by Nell Minow

“I really like your fangs!” This is not a comment I had ever anticipated I’d be making, but at Comic-Con it seemed perfectly natural. As did her response: “Thanks! We make them ourselves!” Some things are different at this 40th […]

Comic-Con 2009

posted by Nell Minow

The 40th anniversary of Comic-Con is this week and I am thrilled to be attending. It long ago expanded its range from the original gathering of comics fans and now includes sneak peeks at everything that is going to be […]

Silverdocs 2009

posted by Nell Minow

Silverdocs is now the biggest documentary film festival in the United States. It opens tomorrow in Silver Spring, Maryland, with an outstanding line-up of documentaries — old, new, long, short, funny, sad, domestic and international. Some of the highlights include […]

Ebertfest, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

It took me nearly 48 hours to get home due to weather and other delays, but I am back with some more from the Ebert festival. I was on a panel called “Film Criticism and the Web,” with 10 critics […]

Ebertfest, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

I won’t be able to post pictures until I get home, but here is a quick update on Roger Ebert’s festival at the University of Illinois. Unlike many festivals, which have a dozen or more choices of events every minute […]

Ebertfest!

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored that Roger Ebert has invited me to his Ebertfest (formerly known as the Overlooked Film Festival). I will be presenting the gorgeous adventure film “The Fall” appearing with its talented young star, Catinca Untaru . If you’re […]

Washington Jewish Film Festival 2008

posted by Nell Minow

The 2008 Washington Jewish Film Festival has released its schedule. Opening night is a film I have really been looking forward to, Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger. The festival, now in its 19th year, will have 59 features, documentaries & […]

Return from Tallgrass!

posted by Nell Minow

Many, many thanks to Susan Moneypenny and everyone at B98 for a sensational trip to Wichita and the Tallgrass Film Festival. I had a blast! Opening night was the work-in-progress screening of What’s the Matter with Kansas, a documentary from […]

Tallgrass Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have been asked to attend the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas, later this month and especially looking forward to spending time with my beloved B98 buddies, Brett and Tracy and am forever grateful to them […]

B Movies get the A Treatment

posted by Nell Minow

Franklin Indiana will be hosting the Second Annual B Movie Celebration September 26th thru 28th, 2008. The Celebration will feature screenings of over 50 classic B movies, 20 educational seminars and the world’s largest beach party, featuring the music of […]

Comic-Con 2008, Part 3 (Igor, On The Bubble, and Joss Whedon’s Latest)

posted by Nell Minow

I had a private interview with Chris McKenna, screenwriter of an animated release due out this fall called “Igor.” It is the story of a hunchbacked lab assistant to an evil scientist who wants to be more. Voice talent for […]

Comic-Con 2008, Part 2 (Spaced, MAD, and Lynda Barry)

posted by Nell Minow

More highlights, observations and pictures from Comic-Con 2008 Most of the presenters mentioned that their name cards had a cautionary note on the back reminding them that they should be careful about what they said because there would likely be […]

Comic-Con 2008 (Red Sonja, The Rock, Spike’s Scream Queens)

posted by Nell Minow

An Elvis impersonator in a “Star Wars” storm trooper outfit with a lot of bling (think “This is Elvis” vintage) was about to introduce Superman surrounded by a bevy of Princess Leias in the harem girl outfit. I love Comic-Con. […]

Comic-Con 2008

posted by Nell Minow

I’m getting ready for one of my favorite events of the year, Comic-Con in San Diego. It began in 1970 with a few dozen comic collectors swapping comics and stories. This year, all 125,000 passes were sold out long before […]

Slapsticon 2008: Slapstick Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Slapsticon, the international film festival of classic slapstick, starts today in Arlington Virginia. This annual, four-day film festival — scheduled in July of every year — features screenings of rarely seen comedies from the silent and early sound eras. It […]

Tribeca, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

Jeremy Sisto at the red carpet premiere of “Ball Don’t Lie” Melissa Leo at the red carpet premiere of “Ball Don’t Lie” More movies….”Bart Got a Room” stars William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines in a story of a boy […]

Tribeca

posted by Nell Minow

I began with a press-only screening of a documentary called “Waiting for Hockney” about a man who spent 8 years and five months drawing one picture with the dream that some day he could show it to David Hockney. Then […]

Tribeca Film Festival 2008

posted by Nell Minow

I am on my way to the Tribeca Film Festival and will be providing updates about my adventures there. Tribeca is the neighborhood of Manhattan that was literally in the shadow of the World Trade Center. The name stands for […]

Can a movie change the world? Pangea Day Wants to Try.

posted by Nell Minow

Pangea Day is an ambitious effort to bring the entire world together in one conversation about connection and unity through the power of film. On May 10, for four hours, people all over the world will gather to share their […]

The 2007 Washington Jewish Film Festival: Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

The 2007 Washington Jewish Film Festival included nearly 60 films. Some highlights: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox A documentary telling the story behind the toiletries sold in health food stores and follows Bronner’s son as he carries forth his father’s message […]

2007 Washington Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Jewish Film Festival has announced its 2007 schedule from November 29-December 9. The Washington Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Washington DCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, seeks to create multiple dialogues about a variety of issues […]

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