Ed Rampell: The songs are mostly not merely sung but acted out, bringing to life their often bittersweet themes as if they are vignettes in a play: Obsession, romance, lost love, getting old, the end of the life cycle and more.
Ed Rampell: The 23rd LAFF stressed the significance of having a multitude of voices – in regards to ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, etc. – and providing them with exposure in a multi-verse of mass medium screenings.
Ed Rampell: This highly entertaining, insightful conversation provided an Asian take on the “Oscars So White” controversy.
Ed Rampell: Fenster’s film form is also interesting as he attempts to combine the documentary with the poetic in an effort to create what LAFF’s program guide dubs a “visual essay.”
Ed Rampell: Yatri Niehaus’s shot-on-location documentary about climate change and colonialism’s impact on Greenland features poetic, stunning cinematography.