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Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

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Jesse Hawthorne Ficks is the film history coordinator at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle. He curates and hosts “MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS,” a film series celebrating underrated and overlooked cinema, in a neo-sincere manner.

What we saw at Sundance: Documentary dives into Myanmar midwives, volcano lovers, more

A Syrian migrant crane operator in Beirut, Kanye's rap rise, Watergate whistleblower Martha Mitchell among big fest subjects

What we saw at Sundance: ‘Speak No Evil,’ ‘The Nanny,’ ‘Fresh,’ more fest sensations

Plus: Aubrey Plaza as a criminal mastermind, overwhelming 'Palm Trees and Power Lines,' more features and shorts reviewed

What we saw at Sundance ’22, part 1: demented animation, Filipina country stars, more

Perfect pairings of our favorite features and shorts from this year's dazzling film fest (keep them in mind for later viewing)

Ficks’ Picks Epic List: Our favorite films of 2021 (or so)

A mega-countdown of recommended movies, videos, and even double features recently released

Indigenous cinema triumphs at Toronto International Film Festival

Legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin finally gets her due with a 19-movie tribute—plus 'Angakusajaujuq' and 'Night Raiders' make Fick's Picks

Denzel and Frances deliver ‘Macbeth’ — and other standouts from the New York Film Fest

In the third Ficks' Picks dispatch from the fest, Joel Coen delivers his first brother-less triumph with 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' and a Murakami adaption — surprisingly — sings

Body horror and existential spelunking at the New York Film Festival

In the second Ficks' Picks dispatch, demons and daddy issues roil 'Titane' while 'Il Buco [The Hole]' delivers without dialogue.

New York Film Fest kicks off with blasphemous lesbian nuns, protests

In the first Ficks' Picks dispatch from the fest, 'Joan of Arc' meets 'Xena: Warrior Princess' in Paul Verhoeven's 'Benedetta'

Experimental expressions: Ficks’ Picks for the 12th CROSSROADS Film Fest

SF Cinematheque's annual cornucopia of very independent short films showcases visions from around the world.

Nevermind the Oscars: Here’s Ficks’ Picks favorite flicks of 2020 (and beyond)

The overlooked, the underseen, and more: Unmissable gems to search out, from a very strange cinematic era