This Week in Cinemas: Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized Film Festival Launches March 26, 2021.

The online 2021 SXSW Festival is a wrap, but there are new film festivals available for streaming.


The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is underway with onsite Drive-ins in Sonoma, California, and 100 independent films available for on-demand streaming

Check out the 2021 Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF)

The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is underway with onsite Drive-ins in Sonoma, California, and 100 independent films available for affordable on-demand streaming via sonomafilmfest.org/festival. Producing a hybrid festival for its 24th edition means film fans from around the world can stream one of the festival’s 20 world premieres and join the SIFF community from the comfort of their offices and homes. SIFF runs through Sunday, March 28.


Experience Black creativity and storytelling via the Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized Film Festival.

Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized Film Festival Launches March 26, 2021.

Experience Black creativity and storytelling via the Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized Film Festival, which launches at 10 pm ET on March 26, 2021.

Curator and futurist Celia C. Peters selects ten unique filmmakers for the Afrofuturism program, including Janeen Talbott (”Sight”) and H. Leslie Foster II (”Star Thieves’). All films are available to stream for free on the All Arts app or the festival website allarts.org/afrofuturism.

Films at Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical Present Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema March 31 through April 12, 2021.

Cinema Tropical, the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States, celebrates its 20th anniversary with Neighboring Scenes, a showcase of new Latin American Cinema beginning March 31 at the Film at Lincoln Center Virtual Cinema. Ana Elena Tejera’s debut film “Panquiaco,” a Panamanian fisherman’s story, is in the program. Sebastian Lojo’sLojo’s ”Los Fantasman,” about a tour guide moonlighting as a thief in Guatemala City looks to be a program highlight. Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema runs from March 31 through April 12, 2021.

Visit virtual.filmlinc.org for information.

‘Joe Buffalo’ filmmaker Amar Chebib crafts childhood memories, beautiful landscape photography, and compelling narration into a beautiful short film.

Congratulations to Online 2021 SXSW Festival Audience Award Winners

Congrats to all 2021 SXSW audience award winners in the feature, spotlight, and shorts categories. You’ll be sure to hear more about director Megan Park’s “The Fallout,” about a high-school student coping with the impact of a school tragedy, and the social justice documentary ”Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” by directors Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler.

I’m still thinking about “Joe Buffalo,” filmmaker Amar Chebib’s Audience Award-winning documentary short about Joe Buffalo, an Indigenous Canadian striving to become a professional skateboarder. Chebib crafts childhood memories, beautiful landscape photography, and compelling narration into a compelling story. Buffalo, now 43, takes ownership of past actions, honors his First Nations heritage, and starts a new chapter as a skateboard mentor. By the time ”Joe Buffalo’Buffalo’ wraps with a beautiful image of beachfront meditation, you want to experience more of Buffalo’sBuffalo’s story.

The 2021 SXSW Online Festival may officially wrap on March 20, but the inspiration continues via on-demand programming available to attendees until April 18. It’sIt’s like SXSW week transforms into SXSW month. I’m looking forward to watching more short films from SXSW. 

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