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Viewer Guide: Fearless and Philomena

August 14, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | FEARLESS This week’s classic is Fearless, a 1993 drama adapted by Rafael Yglesias from his own novel and directed by Peter Weir. Jeff Bridges stars as Max Klein, a San Francisco-based architect who experiences a horrific event that most of us try to never even think about: surviving ...


Viewer Guide: The Man in the White Suit and The Company Men

August 7, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT This week’s classic is The Man in the White Suit, the 1951 film noir satire directed by Alexander Mackendrick. The Man in the White Suit takes its inspiration from the postwar era’s boom in scientific invention, as the vast gains made from ...


Viewer Guide: All the King’s Men and The Maiden Heist

July 24, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ALL THE KING'S MEN This week’s classic is All the King’s Men, the 1949 political film noir, directed by Robert Rossen. Adapted from Robert Penn Warren’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the King’s Men was inspired by the true-life story of Huey Long, whose controversial political career reached ...


PBS Short Film Festival Ends Today

July 24, 2020 | Harris Pacey

Voting for the PBS Short Film Festival voting is almost over! You can still vote for Reel 13’s entry One Way or your favorite film by going to the official website. Two awards will be given out as part of the PBS Short Film Festival. Votes, Facebook and YouTube likes and ...


Viewer Guide: The Big Chill and Breakable You

July 17, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE BIG CHILL This week’s classic is The Big Chill, a 1983 comedy drama directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Making his directorial debut two years earlier with the neo-noir sensation Body Heat, Lawrence Kasdan scored a major follow-up hit with The Big Chill, a seminal Baby Boomer tale of seven University of ...


Jonathan Munoz on His Short “One Way”

July 16, 2020 | Harris Pacey

 Editor’s Note: This article was previously published on PBS’s Behind the Lens on July 2020. Director Jonathan Munoz reveals that the Twilight Zone and his dad’s old office inspired his short film “One Way,” currently competing in PBS Short Film Festival 2020. There is something darkly ironic about a travel agent who ...


PBS Short Film Festival Starts Next Week

July 8, 2020 | Harris Pacey

  Hello Reel 13 fans! The PBS Short Film Festival starts next week on July 13th and ends on the 24th. The 9th year of the festival, the PBS Short Film Festival will feature 25 short-form independent films from multiple public media partners and PBS member stations. The festival will be ...


14th Annual Japan Cuts Starts July 17

July 8, 2020 | Harris Pacey

Starting next week, you can stream new films from Japanese directors thanks to the Japan Society’s Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Films. Due to COVID-19, the 14th annual Japan Cuts film festival has moved online via VOD. The exclusive selection of film streaming options will be supplemented with live ...


Viewer Guide: Roxanne and The Calling

July 3, 2020 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ROXANNE This week’s classic is Roxanne, the 1987 romantic comedy directed by Fred Schepisi. Steve Martin stars in his own screen adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s beloved 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, giving the classic romance a contemporary twist while offering ample opportunity to showcase his trademark absurdist comedy.  ...


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