Kill Your Darlings, missing (and discovering) the beat

By Brian Whisenant Every once in a while a film strikes a special chord…seeming to speak directly to me on a very personal, deep level. Perhaps those films sneak into the Oscar conversation (“Black Swan,” “Secrets and Lies”), make some top 10...

Documentary Feature: the important v/s the entertaining

By Brian Whisenant It has been a couple of years since I have written about the Documentary Feature category. Last year it was because I didn’t see “Undefeated” until the very morning of the Academy Awards. I can remember quite clearly coming down the escalator...

The Calm Before the Storm, Report from the NYFF

by Brian Whisenant for Awards Daily I stumbled upon a picture the other day from 2 years ago around this time. It was my second year at The Hamptons Film Festival where I was, for the first time, attempting to cover the event for Awards Daily and simultaneously run their box...

Best Actress: The Careers vs. the Dark(ness) Horses

I don’t think I am alone in saying that I was initially uninspired by this year’s Oscar season. In 2010, the massive Hamptons Film Festival Oscar mash up that included “Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” “The King’s Speech,” “Blue...

Hamptons International Film Festival

If you listened to Sasha and Jeff on the third installment Oscar Poker, you might have heard about the Hamptons International Film Festival for the first time. I had the pleasure of attending for the past two years, this year wearing two hats (as I did with the Tribeca Film...

NYFF: Another Year

New York Film Festival impressions by Brian Whisenant Attending fim festivals, at dinner parties, in bars, or wherever I might be hanging out with fellow cinephiles, the question “What is your favorite movie” inevitably enters the conversation. I always begin the...