FILM FESTIVALS

It's a wonderful time of the year! Summer is just around the corner and festival season is still in full swing! As the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival is set to kick off this week, Indiewire has compiled a list of 11 must-see films at the event. From directorial debuts to comedy films and even a reimagining of "High Noon", there's something for all film lovers. Check out the list of top films to watch out for here.

Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, wrapped its 21st edition over the weekend with record-breaking audience numbers reaching an estimated 192,000. "The Backward Class," directed by Madeleine Grant, was the winner of the Audience Award, which is tallied from audience votes throughout the festival. The crowd-pleasing "Meet the Patels" by Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel came in second, followed by Ryan White and Ben Cotner's "The Case Against 8."...read full article on IndieWire

Louie Psihoyos' follow-up to his academy award-winning documentary promises to 'change the way we understand issues of endangered species and mass extinction.' Premiering at this Years Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th, Psihoyos declares that "We’re going to give people happy tears and yet everyone will be on the edge of their seats. I still can’t believe we’re doing what we’re doing. The last four years we’ve been creating a film that I want people to throw down their hard earned money and feel it’s the best money that they ever spent." They were still shooting footage just a week ago, which is really the type of perfectionist passion and disregard for timelines that we should expect from a great documentarian.

Indiewire.com picks 10 Folks that made a major impression at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The Berlin International Film Festival came to a close this weekend, but there's many filmmakers and actors from the festival we'll likely be hearing about for some time. Over the course of the festival, there were numerous names few had heard of a few weeks ago that all of the sudden, were the subject of conversation thanks to their breakout work in the festival's program. Click here to read about the 10 filmmakers in particular on Indiewire.

Had a bit of trouble staying awake when reading the synopses for the "most anticipated" films of Tribeca this year. It seems like every narrative is a "gripping story about a group of friends that discover that life is hard." Maybe the world is running out of original stories to tell? IndieStreet's most anticipated on the Indiewire list is "Point and Shoot" from Director Marshall Curry ("If A Tree Falls"). We'd be very surprised if this doesn't take home the documentary award. To be honest the documentaries in general seem a bit more intriguing, which is the historical case for the Tribeca Festival. Indie Wire is always a great resource for Film Reviews and Festival buzz so we are sure that the majority of the films will be better than they read on paper, and there will be a few films that are surprisingly unique. While IndieStreet is currently brainstorming new strategies that will deviate from the old festival model, we still understand the current value and importance of festivals within Indie Film. View Indiewire's The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Tribeca Film Festival 2014

The Sundance Film Festival returns once again to take over Park City, Utah until February 1st. Last year Sundance world premieres included Boyhood, Whiplash, and The Babadook, and this year looks just as promising. Noah Baumbach reunites with Greta Gerwig for Mistress America, Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves offer scares with Knock Knock, Jason Segel brings David Foster Wallace back to life in The End of the Tour, and Joe Swanberg leads an all-star cast on an adventure in Digging for Fire. See the top picks here

A STYLISTIC MASH-UP OF ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE, INTERVIEWS, AND ANIMATED SEQUENCES, the Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, premiered at Sundance '15 to a stunned audience. Anyone could have crafted a documentary about a band. Director Brett Morgen's experimental, road-less-traveled approach does something that's much deeper: letting you feel as if you've pored through someone's scrapbook. You get the sense that Kurt would have liked this. As for his fans, be prepared to meet the man you admire, warts and all. Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/mo