Film Review: 'Rain Beau's End'
Life for Hannah Driver (Janelle Snow) and her partner Jules Paradise (Amanda Powell) couldn't appear more perfect. Their relationship is stable, Hannah's law firm and campaign for mayor are both going smoothly, and Jules is running a successful coffee shop. There's only one thing missing: a child. With their attempts to conceive failing, Hannah and Jules decide to adopt a young boy named Beau--christened "Rainbeau" by the latter.
Interview With a Lifetime Star: Jadon Cal
Trevor Wells: Hello Jadon! Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. It's much appreciated. So, let's start with how it all began: what first got you interested in acting? Looking over your IMDB bio, it seems you had quite the journey going into your film career.
Documentary Review: 'The Astrology of Pandemics'
Can astrology be used to predict pandemics? It's a question most people probably haven't thought about lo these many months, but is at the epicenter of this documentary, made in response to COVID-19. Looking back at other pandemics throughout history, The Astrology of Pandemics sets out to see if astrology has a connection to how pandemics of the past progress--and if it could be used to predict and prepare for future epidemics. With astrology's status as a pseudoscience, it's almost a guarantee that there's going to be some people that will reject this notion on principle. I must confess, as open-minded as I am, there are parts of this film that had me thinking, "OK, you're starting to lose me with how far you're reaching..."
Lifetime Review: 'Friendship Never Dies'
Even before her father died, Evelyn Hayden (Leah Merritt) has been a shy girl who struggled to make friends. So initially, her mother Lucy (Lauren Buglioli) is happy about Evelyn's close friendship with classmate Brianna McMillen (Harlan Drum). But over time, Lucy has become concerned that the girls' friendship has become too co-dependent on Evelyn's side.
Documentary Review: 'Narratives of Modern Genocide'
As 2020 made clear with the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, racism is still alive and well. While many would like to believe that we've left this kind of irrational hate behind, we're still a long way off from eradicating bigotry from our society--if such a thing is even possible. That's one of the unspoken themes of Narratives of Modern Genocide, a documentary that focuses on the stories of two genocidal attack survivors. While just about everyone knows about the Holocaust, this documentary centers on two lesser-known genocides: the 1970s Cambodian genocide committed by the communist regime known as "The Khmer Rouge" and the massacres that marked the 1993-2005 Burundi Civil War.
Short Film Reviews: National Doctor's Day
While COVID-19 has ravaged the world and dragged plenty of businesses into a standstill, the medical world has been busier than ever. The workload was no doubt nightmarish, between the virus's destructive spread and all the misinformation that arose from COVID-19 becoming a centerpiece of the political mayhem that marked this past election. But as of this writing, it seems that an end to the pandemic may finally be in sight, and it's all thanks to the hard-working medical professionals out there who refused to let COVID stop them from helping those in need. So with this year's National Doctor's Day coming at a time when doctors have done so much to combat a devastating disease, here's a review list of 6 short films focusing on a doctor and/or the world of medicine:
Lifetime Review: 'Deadly Excursion: Kidnapped From the Beach'
After surviving an attempted kidnapping, Samantha "Sam" McCarthy (Samaire Armstrong) has worked hard to move on with her life. She's reconciled with her husband David (Corin Nemec), her restaurant business is booming, and her daughter Ellie (Allie DeBerry) is a thriving college athlete. But when Sam and David learn that Ellie's volleyball team is set to compete in a Florida-based tournament, they're not too thrilled about the prospect. After all, one of Sam and Ellie's former abductors Ian LeBlanc (Jonathan Bouvier) is still on the run and the FBI agent on their case has advised them to stay in Texas for their protection.
Short Film Reviews: Women's History Month
Since #MeToo went viral in 2017 (eleven years after activist Tarana Burke founded the movement), it can't be denied that it brought massive changes to the entertainment industry and society as a whole. Serial sex predators were exposed, abuses of power against women were brought to light, and a culture of sexism that was once tolerated and accepted was called out for what it was. And while there's still plenty of work to be done, society has definitely made great strides toward gender equality in the past years. So in celebration of Women's History Month, I'll be taking a look at a few short films created by female filmmakers. With an evenly split selection of films from Short of the Week and Omeleto (my go-to sources for short films), let's begin!