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Dan Andrews Is Considering Further Restrictions ’Coz Officials “Simply Cannot Trace” 49 Cases

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has today asserted that further restrictions amid the current coronavirus outbreak are needed, despite not making any announcements in today’s press conference.

After what has been a record-breaking (not a good thing) week with 627 cases yesterday and 723 the day before, the number dropped significantly to 397 confirmed cases today. However, the challenge is far from over with a whopping 49 cases that authorities “simply cannot trace back.”

“49 doesn’t seem a very large number but I just say to all Victorians that 49 where you can’t be certain how they got it, that can mean there are many more than 49 out there that have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, they can be at the height of their infectivity, and be infecting other people unbeknownst to them,” Andrews said.

“That is the real challenge here. It is a silent enemy, it is a very cunning enemy as well. But particularly those community transmission cases are of greatest concern to us.”

Following the large number in untraceable cases, Andrews essentially said that the conversation of whether or not further restrictions are needed is currently underway.

“We are giving due consideration to a whole range of different options, when I am in a position to announce decisions I will do that,” he explained.

“That is why we find ourselves in a position to evaluate these things and we can’t rule out further steps being taken, they are being taken because that is what is necessary.”

Although the call for Victoria (or at least Melbourne/Mitchell Shire) has been ongoing for weeks now, Andrews explained that actually enforcing this is no easy task. Basically, a Stage 4 restriction as we’re expecting it, will almost-definitely have a detrimental impact on local businesses and individuals, which explains why the government is yet to pull the trigger.

“I’m trying to be as frank as I can be … There is a lot of work going on because this is not easy,” he said.

“If you take further steps you need to think it through properly and that changes to the rules will deliver the desired outcomes and that is a circuit breaker to try and pull this up.”

As you’d likely expect, shutting down a vast majority of the state has massive ramifications for the economy, which is already not in a good place.

“It is not a tap you can just turn on or off and they are not decisions that would be taken lightly because there are significant costs. Even minor changes have a significant cost,” Andrews said, before explaining that the numbers are reaching a point where there’s not really an alternative option.

“But the numbers are too high and there is a growing case for us to do more. What we may be doing now may not be enough when you consider that it has brought us stability.

The news comes after Nine News reported that Dan Andrews and Scott Morrison were on a call on Thursday night, in which they allegedly discussed the possibility of introducing tighter restrictions, much like what we saw in New Zealand.

It’s currently unclear what a further lockdown would entail specifically, so it’s not the time to start a fight in the toilet paper aisle of your local Coles or Woolies in an attempt to panic-buy the last roll of Kleenex.

At this point, we simply cannot stress this enough: stay home, wash your hands, wear your mask and get tested as soon as you show symptoms (however mild). This isn’t the time for conspiracy theories and trying to exercise your ~freedom~, it’s the time to buckle down and do the right thing.

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25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2020 Presented by FilmFreeway

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What makes something or someone cool is nearly impossible to articulate. It’s like what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about obscenity: “I know it when I see it.”

We can all agree that 2020 is not cool. In fact, it’s obscene. COVID-19-induced cancellations, postponements, and pivots have made this annual list much less fun to compile than it usually is. But we look forward to the festivals still scheduled for later this year — in some form or another — and for other festivals’ triumphant returns later — whenever it’s safe.

To compile this list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, our panelists scanned the globe for the fests with the most forward-thinking programming, unique locations, and well-executed events. Some have obviously made huge changes recently for the greater good. That’s one of the coolest things we can imagine.

2020 Panel of Cool

Ela Bittencourt is a critic, writer, and programmer with bylines in Film Comment, Harpers, Hyperallergic, Sight & Sound, The Hollywood Reporter, and Village Voice. She has over fifteen years of experience in arts management and philanthropy, and she consults for a number of festivals, including Giornate degli Autori / Venice Days.

Garrett Bradley works across narrative, documentary, and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture, and the history of film in the United State. Bradley received The Directing Award: U.S. Documentary at Sundance 2020 for Time.

Sky Hopinka is an artist from the Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians whose video, photo, and text work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, and looks at the ways language can be used to express culture through various types of documentary film, photography, and writing.

Eran Polishuk is an independent producer and promoter of films and film. He has worked with top festivals, distribution companies, and philanthropic organizations as well as film and education institutes. In January, Eran launched Chapter Two Films — a distribution and media strategy company dedicated to representing independent filmmakers.

Ryan Werner runs Cinetic Marketing, which promotes independent films. Its recent campaigns included Parasite, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Moonlight, Hereditary, Marriage Story, First Cow, American Factory, The Lighthouse, Cold War, O.J.: Made in America, and Free Solo. He is also a programmer-at-large for BAMCinematek in Brooklyn.

Athena Film Festival

Feb. 18-21, 2021 / New York City, NY

Known for its Athena List, this festival highlights three to five screenplays focused on female leaders that have yet to be produced. Its track record includes the Sundance-prize winning Clemency, RGB, and On the Basis of Sex, among many others. “The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College is one of the few film festivals dedicated to challenging and changing how our society views and values women leaders. It’s a space to embrace your badass lady-ness in all its glory,” panelist Eran Polishuk says. “There are networking events for filmmakers, an awards ceremony that draws high-profile people, and so many young people — because it all takes place in NYC on the campus of Barnard College.”

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(L-R) Gloria Steinem, Lorraine Toussaint, Effie T. Brown at the 2020 Athena Film Festival awards ceremony. Photo by Lars Niki / Getty Images

BAMCinemaFest

June 2021 / New York City, NY

BAMcinemaFest stands out in a crowded NYC scene as a premiere space for indie newcomers. Last year’s fest included screenings of Liza Mandelup’s social media doc Jawline, Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, and Jong Ougie Pak’s Sunrise/ Sunset. The fest was one of many sidetracked by COVID-19 this year, but count on director of film programming Ashley Clark and head of film programming Gina Duncan to lead the fest back. The two have “set a new standard for the curation of classic cinema both new and old,” says panelist Garrett Bradley.

Berkshire International Film Festival

June 3–6, 2021 / Great Barrington, MA

Panelist Ryan Werner describes Berkshire as a “well-programmed festival that mixes docs, foreign language, and American independent films,” and while the 15th iteration has been bumped to June 2021, there are plans for some drive-in screenings in late summer 2020 amidst the rolling green hills and idyllic villages of Western Massachusetts. In typical years, Werner notes, that BFF is “as much about the films as hanging out at places like the Red Lion Historic Inn, or getting pizza at Baba Louie’s.”

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Sept. 17 – Oct. 11, 2020 / Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom

This festival in the upper eastern reaches of England makes a strong effort “to include the town and the landscape and history into the programming,” says panelist Sky Hopinka, who calls it “a remarkable accomplishment” that aids with its “friendly and welcoming atmosphere.” In April, the fest added programmer Ana David, a veteran of IndieLisboa, Berlinale, and BFI London Film Festival. She says Berwick “strikes me as a gathering of like-minded film and moving image passionate practitioners.” Last year, Filipino master of contemporary slow cinema Lav Diaz flew 17 hours to attend a screening of his 2016 film A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery. If that level of commitment by one of our greatest living moviemakers isn’t a ringing endorsement, we’re not sure what is.

Coolest Film Festivals in the World

Photo by Erika Stevenson

Cinema South Film Festival

Sept. 14-17, 2020 / Sderot, Israel

“How magnificent this is,” Polishuk reminisces about the closing night screening at Cinema South, in which festival patrons sang and danced throughout a documentary about a Moroccan musician. Run by students and faculty of Sapir College’s School of Audio & Visual Arts, the festival has a reach far outside of Israel. Since its founding in 2002 its satellite programs have expanded in the U.S. and across Western Europe.

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Report: The Seahawks Cut A Rookie For Trying To Sneak A Woman Dressed In Team Gear Into The Hotel

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NFL teams have begun training camps around the country, steadily working their way into a return to football while also trying to thread the needle of doing so during a pandemic without seeing outbreaks among teams.

For this to work, teams must be diligent about testing, tracing, and having protocols in place to mitigate the risk for players. But most importantly, players have to do the right things when they are outside of the facility. Positive tests are inevitable, but the league and teams are hopeful they can isolate those cases and not lead to baseball-like team-wide shutdowns. Whether that’s possible outside of a bubble remains a point of contention, but the league is insistent on giving it a go and teams are taking their protocols very seriously.

Seahawks rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand learned exactly how serious all this is when he was cut this week for reportedly trying to sneak a woman into the team hotel disguised as a player by dressing her in team gear, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Given the situation, this is a serious issue and one teams and players have to call out, because the risk of transmission in a locker room is incredibly high and players bringing in someone from the outside isn’t just selfish, but threatens the entire start of the season. As such, a player without any tenure in the league is not going to get any sort of benefit of the doubt in a situation like this, and now, the undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State is out of a job before he even got a chance to try and secure his place in the league.

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Hear Daughters Singer Alexis Marshall’s Dramatic, Industrialized Debut Solo Song

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Like many of us, Daughters frontman Alexis Marshall has been struggling with mental health issues amid the ongoing global pandemic, the resulting lockdown and the otherwise apocalyptic milieu of our times. He’s been getting help — two weeks ago he emerged from a month-long stint in therapy — but his first-ever solo offering, “Nature in Three Movements,” still bristles and rattles with anxious energy and Einstürzende Neubauten-esque cacophony, boiling over as the musician’s inner turmoil comes to the fore. Though it’s a stand-alone single, the cut offers a taste of Marshall’s forthcoming debut album, which was recorded during the same sessions, with musical assistance from Jon Syverson (Daughters) and Evan Patterson (Jaye Jayle, Young Widows), and will be announced soon for an early 2021 release.

According to Marshall, the experience of making the solo material was “the painstaking process of creating and honoring, pretending to know and asking for aide, questioning and conquering, and the pale, unending anxiety nipping at the heel. This past life come current is at last the realized direction of many excruciating years beneath the wheel. The evaluation process has grown enjoyable, the evaluation process is, at last, its own reward and the hands involved have made me a better human being; without these hands, I would surely have crashed to burn. Thank you all.

“I cull the hammer. I wield the hammer. I eat, breathe, sleep, shit, fuck the hammer.”

For more from Marshall, watch his recent appearance on Saint Vitus Bar’s interview series “The Age of Quarantine”:

Video of Age of Quarantine: Daughters' Alexis Marshall

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