Diversity is not exactly a hallmark of American film festivals. During the early part of the year, in particular, cinephiles were greeted by the homogeneity of Sundance and South by Southwest in quick succession, where even the toasts of the programs tend to distinguish themselves by degree rather than type. These festivals have gradually cultivated a brand in harmony with the mainstream — a strategy that has yielded no shortage of lucrative crossover hits. Quite often these films are good. Rarely do they... More >>>