The 13th San Francisco Documentary Film Festival (SF DocFest) will open on June 5th with Robert Greene’s new film THE ACTRESS, which follows Brandy Burre, an actress who gave up her role in HBO’s “The Wire” to start a family in upstate New York. After playing the role of wife and mother, Burre decided to re-enter the acting business. The film will play as part of a retrospective of Robert Greene’s earlier work.
After 2 weeks of films, the 16th SF IndieFest came to a close; and the festival announced the 2014 Award winning films and filmmakers. The audience voted LETS RUIN IT WITH BABIES directed by Kestrin Pantera as the Best Narrative Feature, and A WILL FOR THE WOODS directed by Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale and Brian Wilson as Best Documentary Feature. The Jury also selected A WILL FOR THE WOODS as Best Documentary Feature, but went with DOOMSDAYS for Best Narrative Feature.
Check out the trailer for the new documentary called THE FINAL MEMBER that will be released in April 2014. Paris has the Louvre. London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland—a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle—boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia.
Although Uganda's President Museveni claimed he was signing the country’s controversial anti-gay bill into law to fight liberal cultural imperialism by the West, the reality is that he may have actually signed the bill into law as a direct result of just the opposite: conservative cultural imperialism by America’s Christian Right. Possible? Academy Award-Winning Director Roger Ross Williams explores exactly that theory in his documentary GOD LOVES UGANDA at the American Documentary Film Festival which opens on Thursday, March 27th and continues through Monday, March 31st, 2014.
The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) unveiled its complete program for the thirteenth annual Festival, to be held in the heart of historic downtown Ashland, Oregon, April 3 to 7, 2014. The Festival will open with THE CASE AGAINST 8, is a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage.
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section which highlights unique, personal stories and diverse filmmakers in international and American independent cinema. Forty seven of the 87 feature-length films were announced as part of the 13th edition of the Festival, which will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City and open with the documentary film TIME IS ILLMATIC.
The Festival announced that DIOR AND I will screen as opening night for the World Documentary competition, GABRIEL will open the World Narrative competition, and SUMMER OF BLOOD will open the Viewpoints section. All three titles will have their world premiere on April 17.
San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected 15 finalists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants; more than $300,000 will be awarded to one or more narrative feature film projects at any stage of production. SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice annually to narrative films that will have significant economic or professional impact on the Bay Area filmmaking community. More than $2 million has been awarded since the launch of the Film Society's flagship grant program in 2009. Winners of the spring 2014 SFFS / KRF Grants will be announced in late April.
The trailer has been released for the 'stunning visual journey, WATERMARK from co-directors Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky. The film, an official selection at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival will open April 4th in NY and April 18th in Los Angeles. WATERMARK is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.
At the 86th Academy Awards held on Sunday night, he best documentary award went to 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, and Italy picked up it's 11th best foreign film Oscar for THE GREAT BEAUTY. The documentary short Oscar went to THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE, about 110-year-old Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz Sommer, who died just days before the ceremony.
The complete list of winners of 86th Academy Awards.
Guillaume Gallienne's ME, MYSELF AND MUM was the big winner at the 39th César Awards in Paris, taking home five awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adaptation, Best First Film and Best Editing. Adapted from his one-man stage show, Guillaume Gallienne shows what it’s like to grow up as a boy when everyone is convinced that you’re really a girl – or should have been. Playing both himself and his frosty grande dame mother, Gallienne traces his life from childhood in an aristocratic family through adventures in Spain, ill-fated stints at boarding school and a hair-raising spa visit to the present, when he comes out as… well, simply as his own uncategorisable self.
The complete list of winners of the 39th Cesar Awards:
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