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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Film Review: An Inspiring ‘Bastards of Soul’ by Kurt Gardner

Paul Levatino’s documentary tells the story of an up-and-coming Dallas-based soul/R&B band that takes an unexpectedly tragic turn.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:24AM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

SXSW Exclusive Interview: ‘Resynator’ Director Alison Tavel by Kurt Gardner

The director talks to ArtsBeat LA about her first SXSW award-winning documentary feature.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:02PM
Monday, March 11, 2024

SXSW Film Review: World Premiere of ‘Resynator’ by Kurt Gardner

Alison Tavel's moving documentary about her late father premiered on Sunday, March 10.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 02:42PM
Saturday, March 9, 2024

SXSW Movie Review: Natalia Santa’s ‘Malta’ by Kurt Gardner

Natalia Santa's emotional character study makes its world premiere at SXSW.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:48PM
Saturday, February 10, 2024

Movie Review: Slamdance Audience Award Winner ‘African Giants’ by Kurt Gardner

Well deserving of the Slamdance audience award, this intimate film is a tribute to brotherly love.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:54PM
Sunday, January 21, 2024

Movie Review: Slamdance World Premiere ‘Look At Me’ by Kurt Gardner

This fictional autobiography is a searingly personal look at a bisexual actor who is searching for affection while struggling with body image. It’s characterized as a fictional autobiog…

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:42PM
Saturday, January 20, 2024

Review: Slamdance World Premiere ‘Brando with a Glass Eye’ by Kurt Gardner

Yiannis Niarros impresses as a method actor who finds himself becoming unable to separate performance from real life in writer/director Antonis Tsonis’s mesmerizing film.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:02PM
Thursday, January 4, 2024

Film Review: Exploitation Lives in ‘Roadkill’ by Kurt Gardner

If you don't delve too deep, 'Roadkill' is a fun '70s-style actioner.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:12PM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Film Review: ‘Nightmare on 34th Street’ Is a Drag by Kurt Gardner

This ambitious English horror anthology is sadly a big ol' lump of coal in your Christmas stocking.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:32PM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Film Review: Jake Busey in ‘Pig Killer’ by Kurt Gardner

Based on the true-life exploits of a notorious serial killer, this outré film is definitely not for the weak of heart.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:06PM
Thursday, November 9, 2023

Film Review: Zom-Rom-Com ‘As We Know It’ by Kurt Gardner

Three friends fight off the zombie apocalypse in Josh Monkarsh's amusing comedy — with Pam Grier!

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 05:54PM
Friday, October 6, 2023

Film Review: Documentary ‘Texas, USA’ Traces the State’s Progressive Movement by Kurt Gardner

This documentary follows the candidates, activists and organizers who are showing what real progress looks like in a red-controlled state.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 11:34AM
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Film Review: British Suspenser ‘The Latent Image’ by Kurt Gardner

Alexander McGregor Birrell's slow-burning thriller arrives this month from Cinephobia Releasing.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:49PM
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Friday, May 26, 2023

Voices from the Hollywood Fringe: ‘The Sentence’ Actor/Co-Director Ainsley Ferrell by Kurt Gardner

USC freshman Ainsley Ferrell talks about a play she feels passionate about.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:42PM

Voices from the Hollywood Fringe: Troy Peterson, Star of ‘Disrobed’ by Kurt Gardner

Peterson talks about the show's triumphant return to the Fringe.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:24PM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Voices from the Hollywood Fringe: ‘Prince Harry: Live! at Coachella’ Writer/Performer Chris Chianesi by Kurt Gardner

The composer/performer talked to ArtsBeat LA about premiering his show at the Fringe.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 01:36PM
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Voices from the Hollywood Fringe: ‘The Arsonist of Venice’ Writer/Star Blake Shields by Kurt Gardner

The writer, star and co-director of this world premiere talks to us about the play.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:06PM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Film Review: The Completely Ridiculous ‘Exorcism in Utero’ by Kurt Gardner

The ridiculous title may make you think it is a mess. Yes it is.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 09:07PM
Monday, April 3, 2023

SXSW 2023 Review: ‘This World Is Not My Own’ by Kurt Gardner

This is a rewarding documentary with an approach takes the genre in unique directions.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:24PM
Friday, March 24, 2023

SXSW 2023 Film Review: ‘Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life’ by Kurt Gardner

This absorbing documentary paints a portrait of a visual artist whose creativity and quest for truth is boundless.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 10:32PM
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

SXSW Review: The Splendidly Surreal ‘Chronicles of a Wandering Saint’ by Kurt Gardner

This impressive debut by an Argentinian filmmaker is a joy to watch.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 07:34PM
Thursday, February 16, 2023

Slamdance Review: ‘American Pot Story: Oaksterdam’ by Kurt Gardner

The story of passionate activists seeking to legalize marijuana all around the country is told in this absorbing documentary.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:40PM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Fringe Performer Chris Murphy Talks About ‘The Pale Gypsy’ by Kurt Gardner

A new arrival in Los Angeles, Chris Murphy is making his debut at the Fringe with this solo show.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 08:03PM
Friday, May 27, 2022

Fringe Producer Adam Bradshaw Talks ‘Blood Pig’ by Kurt Gardner

The show's producer talks about this offbeat comedy that is making its world premiere at the Fringe.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 11:54AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Fringe Performer Sophia LaPaglia Talks ‘The Annie Sprinkle Project’ by Kurt Gardner

This solo show tells the controversial story of the legendary Annie Sprinkle.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:06PM
Sunday, March 27, 2022

SXSW Film Review: Ron Howard’s ‘We Feed People’ Spotlights Chef José Andrés by Kurt Gardner

Howard’s portrait of celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen is anything but a dry documentary.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 06:24PM
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

SXSW Film Review: ‘Mickey: the Story of a Mouse’ by Kurt Gardner

This meticulously researched documentary chronicles the history of the mouse and the world's relationship with him.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:54PM

SXSW Film Review: Alt-Rock Documentary ‘I Get Knocked Down’ by Kurt Gardner

Dunstan Bruce's documentary about his band Chumbawamba is an odd bird.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 03:48PM
Sunday, March 20, 2022

SXSW Film Review: Horror Comedy ‘Deadstream’ by Kurt Gardner

Joseph and Vanessa Winter's hilarious horror comedy opened this year's SXSW Midnighters series.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 12:42PM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Film Review: The Tarantino-esque ‘American Night’ Doesn’t Quite Get There by Kurt Gardner

This Quentin Tarantino wannabe looks great but is an ultimately vacuous stumble down familiar roads.

SOURCE: Arts Beat LA at 04:12PM

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