Films

The Faces and Stories of Refugee’s are told in Ai Weiwei’s New Film, HUMAN FLOW

By Steve V. Rodriguez Ai Weiwei’s new documentary, HUMAN FLOW is an eye opening reality of the world’s refugee epidemic. From shocking statistical numbers to individual faces and stories, Mr. Ai paints a vivid moving portrait of the incredulous suffering and displacement that refugees endure. As a global artist and political activist Mr. Ai utilizes […] Click to read more »

TOM OF FINLAND, the Film Places the Man Behind the Scenes into the Forefront of His Iconic Homoerotica

By Steve V. Rodriguez The new film, TOM OF FINLAND is a thoroughly engaging epic film that spans the life of a man who may have created the most iconic homoerotic art of our time. Known to most gay men, an arguably most gay millennials today,Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland’s art always elicits favorable […] Click to read more »

SF’s Frameline Film Festival Has Diversity, Variety and Brilliance

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev The race is on…. The 41st annual Frameline Film Festival, offering tons of LGBTQ film options in the Bay Area, is here June 15-25, 2017. It’s a race to me as the minute the titles were announced, I spend almost every waking hour watching films so I can include some highlights in […] Click to read more »

“Sambá” is an Underdog Boxing Film with Redemption at it’s Core

By: Steve V. Rodriguez Sambá is a multi-layered story about redemption told through an underdog boxing film motif. Through well developed characters against an appealing Dominican Republic backdrop, the viewer is drawn into the well crafted script penned by lead actor, Ettore D’Alessandro and Carolina Encarnacion. After spending 15 years behind bars for an unrevealed crime, […] Click to read more »

THE TRANSFIGURATION is a Modern Vampire Tale Set in an Isolated Adolescent’s World

By Steve V. Rodriguez THE TRANSFIGURATION is a gritty and modern day Vampire tale filled with depth, heart and morality. Not for the faint-hearted as the film has plenty of blood, gore and a looming darkness that hovers over the film. Not in a depressing and slow tone, but more of a thriller and mesmerizing […] Click to read more »

ICAROS: A VISION, the film, Sheds Light on an Alternative Indigenous Drug, Land and People that Some Westerners are Seeking – OPENS IN NY MAY 19-25

By: Steve V. Rodriguez @progressivepuls Having a close friend who knows firsthand what the amazonian brew, Ayahuasca is, how it’s taken, his experience and for what purposes really intrigued my interest when I heard about the Tribeca Film premiere of “Icaras: A Vision”. In it a woman (Ana Cecilia Stieglitz) travels to Peru seeking the […] Click to read more »

“Folk Hero & Funny Guy” Looks at a Longterm Bro Friendship on a Good Ol’ Road Trip

By Steve V. Rodriguez @progressivepuls Often when I hear that a film is a ‘road trip film’ I’m a little leery about the cliche aspect of the film and the secondary nature of the storyline, but both story and road trip genre deliver in “Folk Hero & Funny Guy”. Writer/Director, Jeff Grace makes his feature […] Click to read more »

A Guy in a Rut, Dreams a Little too Big in DREAMLAND – TFF PREMIERE

For any struggling artist out there trying to live a daily existence,  while pursuing their passion, DREAMLAND, the film will resonate on a multitude of levels. Robert Schwartzman makes his directorial debut, as well as co-writing this gem of a film with Benjamin Font. In it a struggling pianist, Monty (Johnny Simmons), can’t seem to […] Click to read more »