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.
Sundance Film Festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary, unveiled the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2014 festival taking place, January 16 to 26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected from 4,057 feature-length films submissions.
Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “That the Festival has evolved and grown as it has over the past 30 years is a credit to both our audiences and our artists, who continue to find ways to take risks and open our minds to the power of story. This year's films and artists promise to do the same.”
Toronto International Film Festival announced Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival feature film selections for 2013, and Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival short film selections for 2013 that will screen in the 13th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. The 10-day festival runs January 3 to 12, 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The New York Film Critics Circle voted AMERICAN HUSTLE directed by David O. Russell as the Best Feature Film of 2013. AMERICAN HUSTLE also won the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence. Steve McQueen snagged Best Director for 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION won the award for Best First Film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 86th Oscars . One hundred forty-seven films had originally qualified in the category.
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
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