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By: Lorraine Rinaldi Now that June is here, get into the summer sprit by re-watching these classic summer films. Although travelling may be difficult this summer, these movies can help to bring back memories of all the fun and adventurous summers from pre-Covid times. The Sandlot (1993) This classic baseball movie will forever be a...
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By: Lauren Malenchini The history of Cinema in Mexico dates back to the 19th century when it was first used to document historical events. In its “Golden Age”, from 1930-1960, Mexican cinema dominated the Latin American film industry. The era spanning from 1990 to present day is what is known as Nuevo Cine Mexicano, or...
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By: Lauren Malenchini Appreciating our Earth and understanding the importance of protecting it have become important themes of recent environmental documentaries. The minds behind these documentaries seek to educate, inform and inspire a change in behavior from audiences across the globe. In celebration of Earth day, we recommend the following films! Our Planet Our Planet...
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An Ode to Local Theatres By: Lorraine Rinaldi, GIFF Intern Covid-19 has certainly had a huge impact on the film industry with many film festivals, GIFF included, going virtual, filming coming to a halt, movie theatres closing, and of course the growing importance of streaming. Despite these hurdles, our beloved local theatres like the Avon...
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Reel World Vermont: NYU Film Students Create A Quarantine Film House Part One of GIFF’s Student Filmmaker Showcase Series by GIFF Intern Lauren Malenchini When Covid-19 sent film students home last Spring, production came to an abrupt and stunning halt. A group of NYU Tisch students from the Film, TV and Acting programs were faced...
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Portrait of a Filmmaker: Dee Rees By GIFF Intern Lorraine Rinaldi A wonderful way to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is by watching films made by Black filmmakers, centered on Black stories. To that end, we would like to recommend the work of Academy Award nominated filmmaker Dee Rees. If you are not yet...
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Wild Mountain Thyme: ‘Slainte’ to RomComs By: Claire Danko, GIFF Intern Overflowing with sweeping views of the lush Irish countryside, John Patrick Shanley’s new film Wild Mountain Thyme is a fable-like romantic dramedy.  Like in Moonstruck, Shanley’s love for rapid-fire banter and impossible love stories between quirky dreamers is on full display here. The star-crossed...
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A Profile on Peter Billingsley By:Claire Danko, GIFF Intern A table lamp shaped like a woman’s leg and adorned with a fishnet stocking. A precocious doe-eyed youngster, obsessed with a dangerous Christmas gift and six little words that remind us all it is Christmas: “You’ll shoot you’re eye out kid!” These are just a few...
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THE DRIVE-IN IS BACK       Few things scream “simpler times” like the drive-in movie theater. Mention the iconic pastime and you conjure up nostalgic images of baby boomers in poodle skirts and John Travolta stranded and mooning over Sandy.   Fun Fact: While the drive-in is most often associated with the 1950s, it...
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At a time when facts and truth have become increasingly optional, denial of history flourishes. Knowledge is Power, the theme of the 2020 Greenwich International Film Festival, is timely. It also fits particularly well with the mission of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, home to a landmark doctoral program...
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