Month: March 2020

HOW THE CORONAVIRUS IS AFFECTING FILM FESTIVALS

HOW THE CORONAVIRUS IS AFFECTING FILM FESTIVALS

Thousands of film festivals take place around the world each year, more than the two most Americans have heard of: Sundance and Cannes.

The coronavirus threatens the festivals, their organizers, the communities in which they are held, and the filmmakers whose films they have selected or might have selected.

Some festivals are cancelling their 2020 editions. Others are rescheduling to summer, fall, winter, or next year. Some may never be held again. Some may have screened my films.

On March 20th the Rome Cinema DOC, which features short films and documentaries, was scheduled to release the names of this year’s award-winning films. My documentary, “Cuba, Libre?,” which has been in 54 festivals and won 17 awards to-date, was a finalist for the festival’s “Best International Documentary” award. 

It is now March 29th. No word from Rome Cinema DOC. No updates on its Website or Facebook page.

Over 10,000 have died in Italy due to COVID-19.

For the sake of the families of those who run it, I hope that the organizers of Rome Cinema DOC are not among them.

VISITING U.S. NATIONAL PARKS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS “ERA”

VISITING U.S. NATIONAL PARKS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS “ERA”

When I recently read that U.S. National Parks were waiving entrance fees, I was stunned, even though that has happened from time to time in recent years.

But with the coronavirus sweeping across the country, Americans being encouraged if not ordered to stay at home, is this the best time to encourage our citizens to visit what documentary film maker, Ken Burns, has called America’s Best Idea”?

And who in Donald Trump’s Administration is the author of that “Make America Great Again” idea? Was it Interior Secretary David Bernhardt or Trump himself?

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