Spirit of the Ancestors

Review: ‘Spirit of the Ancestors’

“Spirit of the Ancestors” is the eye-opening personal journey of one family’s attempt to restore ‘Mana’ (welfare) to their Easter Island village by finding and bringing home the spirit of the Moai Hoa Haka Nanaʻia, a sacred statue said to contain the spiritual energy of their ancestors, taken by British sailors from their community more Continue Reading

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Review: ‘The Coffee Man’

Billed as an “intensely personal observational documentary,” director Jeff Hann’s “The Coffee Man” follows Canberra resident and ONA Coffee founder Sasa Sestic on his quest to become the 2015 World Barista Champion. The first feature documentary from Jeraff Productions, the film is a multi-dimensional look at a man often described as “coffee-centric” and what drives Continue Reading

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"The Dream of Britannia"
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Review: ‘The Dream of Britannia’

Passion projects often become encompassing. They can spin, become big, and carry us on rides down paths both distant and similar to the hopeful spark from which they began. Norwegian filmmaker Ann Coates’ latest documentary “The Dream of Britannia” documents the journey of her brother, Sigurd Coates, and his 20-year-long mission to build a replica of King Continue Reading

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Review: ‘SelectED’

Each year 10,000 students apply for a few hundred available seats at Whitney M. Young Magnet School, one of currently eleven selective enrollment public high schools in Chicago. For an entire year, filmmaker Kayla McCormick was given access to the school’s students, faculty, and staff for her feature documentary “SelectED,” which strives to give viewers Continue Reading

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Review: ‘Meru’

Is “Meru” thrilling? Yes. Breathtaking? Incredibly so. Are there scenes that will make you nervous? Many. Some reviewers have called “Meru” terrifying. “Terrifying” seems like such an ill-fitted word to ascribe to a film these day. There are many terrifying things in this world. “Meru” isn’t one of them. What “Meru” is and what “Meru” Continue Reading

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