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Ruthie Marantz in Rainbow Ruthie

SIFF Interview: Rainbow Ruthie Marantz

One of my favorite rediscoveries this years was being re-introduced to Rainbow Ruthie during ShortsFest weekend. When Ruthie Marantz was a teen in the 90s, she had a public access show (named after her childhood icon, Rainbow Brite!) and became a teen feminist idol who appeared in a ton of magazines and was featured on […]

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International Falls - Rob Huebel Rachael Harris

SIFF Take: International Falls

Someday I’m gonna write a long, impassioned tribute about how Rachael Harris is one of the funniest and best actresses working today. Harris is one half of what makes International Falls a delight to watch as Dee, a hotel manager in a small Minnesota town that draws comparisons to Fargo (shout-out to cast and crew […]

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Koko-Di Koko-Da

SIFF Take: Koko-di Koko-da

I’m not sure how Johannes Nyholm did it, but he managed to make even super adorable hand drawn animation of bunnies look extremely TERRIFYING in Koko-di Koko-da. At a birthday luncheon for their young daughter, Elin (Ylva Gallon) and Tobias (Leif Edlund) meet two larger-than-life characters and shortly afterwards, Elin suffers an allergic reaction to […]

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Raise Hell

SIFF 2019: week three highlights

A luscious collection of Pacific Island stories, profound documentaries about forces of nature, and one of honoree Regina Hall’s breakthrough films are among my picks for SIFF 2019’s final week and closing weekend (5/31 – 6/9). DON’T MISS: International Falls {6/6 9p Uptown; 6/7 12:30p Uptown}  Dark, quiet comedy that reminded me of Anne Tyler […]

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SIFF Take: A Dog Called Money

PJ Harvey’s album The Hope Six Demolition Project is a mashup of a poetry, travel diary, collaborative composition, and art installation. Harvey traveled with photojournalist Seamus Murphy to Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington D.C. to talk with locals and get insights and inspiration for the record. Once she returned, she started recording the album in a […]

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Roll Red Roll

SIFF Take: Roll Red Roll

In 2012, I remember hearing about the Steubenville rape case via Twitter, and as I started following Alexandria Goddard’s tweets and blogs about, I became more and more sick to my stomach. That same sick feeling followed me through Nancy Schwartzman’s documentary, Roll Red Roll. Schwartzman leads with the evidence Goddard first discovered: social media […]

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Wild Rose

SIFF 2019: week two highlights

An experimental documentary about two Hollywood legends, a new take on an animated masterpiece, and a sporty Iranian melodrama are among the must-see offerings in SIFF 2019’s second week (5/24-5/30). DON’T MISS: DJ NicFit presents Fantastic Planet {5/30 7p Egyptian}  My overstuffed calendar won’t allow me to catch this DJ NicFit situation, but I am […]

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SIFF Take: Brittany Runs a Marathon

I was admittedly nervous about seeing Brittany Runs a Marathon, because I worried that this would be a “woman loses weight and is instantly happy” movie, but I’m happy to report that it wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be. Brittany (Jillian Bell, who is great in both this and Sword of […]

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