Jehane Noujaim's THE SQUARE won top honors with the Best Feature Award at 2013 (International Documentary Association) IDA Documentary Awards. The Square follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience. The Best Short Award,went to Josh Izenberg's SLOMO, an inspirational portrait of neurologist turned rollerblader, Dr. John Kitchin. IDA’s Career Achievement Award was presented to Academy Award– and Emmy Award-winning director, producer and writer Alex Gibney whose latest films include We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks and The Armstrong Lie.
After nearly shutting its doors nine years ago because of severe financial challenges, the Sedona International Film Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary from February 23 to March 2, 2014. Selections are underway for up to 160 films which will screen at the upcoming festival. Films that have already been accepted into the Festival include THE GIRL ON THE BICYCLE from Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook; Forrest Whitaker’s new film, REPENTANCES; BRIDEGROOM from writer-producer-director Linda Bloodworth Thomason and her husband, Harry; and the premiere of THESE STORIED STREETS from producer Thomas Morgan. Morgan also produced WAITING FOR MAMU, a documentary about what it means for a child to grow up in prison and the impact of Pushpa Basnet’s organization on those children.
MY PRAIRIE HOME, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary-musical about indie singer Rae Spoon, directed by Chelsea McMullan, will have its U.S. premiere in January 2014, at the Sundance Film Festival, as part of the festival’s World Cinema Documentary Competition.
The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the films and installations to be featured in the 2014 edition of New Frontier at the upcoming festival taking place January 16 to 26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. New Frontier champions films that expand, experiment with, and explode traditional storytelling. The 2014 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival will host the U.S. premiere of The Source (evolving) by renowned artist Doug Aitken. The Source (evolving) is a series of filmed conversations about creativity in the 21st Century in which Aitken conducts short candid conversations with groundbreaking pioneers in different artistic disciplines. The Festival will also include a Klip Collectives designed showcase of the Festival’s 30-year legacy as told through a pre-roll trailer showing 3D-mapped projections of clips from iconic Festival films on the façade of Park City’s legendary Egyptian Theatre. Featured film clips include Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Little Miss Sunshine and Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The Sundance Film Festival has added a new section for younger audiences called “Sundance Kids” to the 2014 festival. The inaugural “Sundance Kids” section features the World Premiere of the English-language version of the acclaimed ERNEST AND CELESTINE (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar) and the U.S. Premiere of ZIP & ZAP AND THE MARBLE GANG (Director: Oskar Santos), and will be part of the 2014 Festival, running from January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, anti-apartheid crusader who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule, and who after spending 27 years in a South African prison went on to serve as the country's first black President, died at his home in South Africa on Thursday, December 5, 2013. He was 95.
Sundance Film Festival announced the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences at the upcoming 2014 festival. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent filmmaking that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics.”
Arguably the most disappointing story I can relate to basketball wise, that of Lenny Cooke, is one marred by bad decision, misguidance, and maybe what I would call serendipity. The fortunate mistake in it all is the example that his experience has and can be for generations to come. A legendary NYC hardcourt story, at one time Lenny Cooke was defined by his talent level and beyond anything else the potential of what he could do for others. Knowing him personally, I can remember the attention he garnered walking into the room let alone putting the ball in the basket. Such a charismatic individual, admittedly so his goal was to appease never to self-reflect.
The National Board of Review has named HER the 2013 Best Film of the Year. “Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today,” said Annie Schulhof, NBR President. “In HER, he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way. It is an outstanding achievement that is sure to become a new classic.”
The National Board of Review honors diverse members of the film community at their annual Awards Gala, which also acts as a fundraiser for student grant philanthropy. Hosted by Lara Spencer, this year’s gala will take place on January 7, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
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