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  • Writer's pictureJim Keller

The New York Film Festival Awaits!

Two years ago, I launched this site with some uncertainty of what it would ultimately be. I discovered that much like Hollywood actors are a mere representation of the village working hard to prop each of them up, so too are blogs in that you hear a singular voice instead of the chorus of people working behind the scenes, honing the final product, and ensuring that each post contains a clear message. Unlike most “Oscar watch” sites, this is a fledgling with only one person doing the work of an entire team. There have been multiple occasions over the past year where I felt compelled to sit down and write a post, but the time I had shrunk down significantly when I became a parent last fall. It’s now nearly a year later, and my husband and I are the proud parents of a nine-and-a-half-month-old. Every day is a gift and even more so now that I have a little one to look after. With that said, some of the fog of parenthood has lifted—I call it “Daddy Brain”, and just in time for the fall festival season. There are already some heavy hitters out of the Telluride Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, with more to come. Like last year, I will have the opportunity to see some of the Oscar hopefuls early on via the New York Film Festival (NYFF), beginning at the end of this month. Below is a list of what I hope to see:

She Said

Women Talking



Decision to Leave

The Inspection

Triangle of Sadness

Armageddon Time

A common stressor for entertainment writers is filing their piece immediately after the event--in this case a film festival. Often, writers try to pack in what they can see during the festival, and when you factor in the Q&A, festival viewing makes for a time-consuming endeavor. Last year, I saw six films at NYFF, and I only found the time to write about the first one I saw, Bergman Island. To be fair, I did also write about The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which I saw before the festival, and for which (it warms my heart when I remember this every time) Jessica Chastain went on to win the Best Actress Oscar.

This all to say that I am going to try to simplify my posts to get out more content and put this site to use—especially during NYFF. As before, my posts will be less reviews than experiences, and I hope you will join me on this journey. If all goes well, my first film of the festival will be Till on October 1st. Stay tuned!

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