Film Festivals

2011 New York Indian Film Festival Announces Award Winners; Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony) wins Best Film

2011 New York Indian Film Festival Announces Award Winners; Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony) wins Best Film

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival came to a close on May 8 with the Closing Night red carpet premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s powerful film Noukadubi which was attended by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Ambassador Prakash Shah, Consul General Prabhu Dayal, and many other notable celebrities. Noukadubi is a 1920s love story based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore. Following the premiere at Asia […]

Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Endings’ Wins Top Jury Prize

Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Endings’ Wins Top Jury Prize

Jonathan Sobol’s feature-length writing-directing debut ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Endings’ was the big winner at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival winning multiple awards including the top prize Jury Award for Best Feature Film. The film follows the three eldest sons (Scott Caan, Paul Costanzo and Jason Jones) of a career gambler (Harvey Keitel) and how they each respond to his death. Oren Kaplan’s “Hamill’ a true story based on the life of deaf UFC […]

Hot Docs 2011 Award Winners; Dragonslayer Wins Best International Feature

Hot Docs 2011 Award Winners; Dragonslayer Wins Best International Feature

‘Dragonslayer’ won Best International Feature and ‘Family Portrait in Black and White’ won Best Canadian Feature at the 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival. Nine awards and over $72,000 in cash prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers. 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival Award Winners: Best Canadian Feature FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE (D: Julia Ivanova; P: Boris Ivanov, Mike […]

18th Chicago Underground Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night Films + Jury

18th Chicago Underground Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night Films + Jury

The 18th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) will open with the World Premiere of Chicago filmmaker, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum, Jerzy Rose’s first feature, “Some Girls Never Learn,” a humorous, absurd romp through time and space, the underworld and the stratosphere. Closing Night will bring Jeff Krulik and John Heyn back to Chicago to share the cult favorite “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” as an opener for their brand new feature […]

‘The House of Suh’ and ‘Living In Seduced Circumstances’ Took Top Jury Honors at 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

‘The House of Suh’ and ‘Living In Seduced Circumstances’ Took Top Jury Honors at 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

The 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival celebrated the closing night of their 27th Anniversary edition on Thursday night with the screening of the Taiwanese romantic comedy “LOVE IN DISGUISE” by Leehom Wang and the announcement of this year’s jury prizes. Filmmaker Ian Gamazon took home both the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction Film and Outstanding Director award for his film “LIVING IN SEDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES,” while actors Eric Mabius, Fernando Noriega, Will Yun […]

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Wraps; Announces More Awards

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Wraps; Announces More Awards

54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 – May 5) with 265 screenings of 193 films from 48 countries came to close on Thursday. Eleven films were in juried competition for the 15th annual $15,000 New Directors Award which was given to director Park Jung-bumʼs The Journals of Musan (South Korea). The Salesman by Sébastien Pilote (Canada) was awarded the FIPRESCI prize. The jury described it as “a first feature with a precise sense […]

63 films from Hawaii and around the world at 2011 Big Island Film Festival

63 films from Hawaii and around the world at 2011 Big Island Film Festival

Hawaii stars including celebrity honorees Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), and Kristina Anapau (Black Swan) will help celebrate independent narrative filmmaking at the 6th Annual Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) running May 11-15, 2011 event at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani. BIFF 2011 will showcase 63 independent narrative films from 7 countries, 10 of them filmed in Hawaii, including:-All Collected Things, looking back at a love story. Michael Tanji […]

11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Kicks Off.. runs through Sunday, May 8

11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival Kicks Off.. runs through Sunday, May 8

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday night, May 4, with the Opening Night celebration which featured the U.S. Premiere of the Delhi-set comedy “Do Dooni Chaar,” Disney’s first live-action Hindi film. The star-studded red carpet premiere, held at Manhattan’s prestigious Paris Theater, was attended by special guests Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh Kapoor along with writer/director Habib Faisal. Also attending the premiere were Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Aditya Bhattacharya, […]

37th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to cancel Al Pacino event

37th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to cancel Al Pacino event

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will cancel the rare Al Pacino appearance, Pacino: One Night Only, the website seattle.broadwayworld.com reports. The cancellation is due to this week’s announcement that Pacino has been nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actor for his critically acclaimed performance on Broadway in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Due to the conflict with the Tony Award Ceremony STG and Al Pacino announce a cancellation of his appearance at […]

2011 Staten Island Film Festival Announces Free Admission and Nominees

2011 Staten Island Film Festival Announces Free Admission and Nominees

The 2011 Staten Island Film Festival continues to make big announcements as the days get closer to the festival run scheduled for June 8 – 12, 2011 reports silive.com. For the first time, the festival will feature free admission at the door for screenings. Most of the screening will be shown at the St. George Theatre and at the Music and Veterans Halls at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. The Children’s Film Series […]

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Award Winners; ‘Crime After Crime’ wins top documentary award

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Award Winners; ‘Crime After Crime’ wins top documentary award

Yoav Potash’s documentary film, ‘Crime After Crime’, won the top Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival. The documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her, received a $25,000 cash prize. The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival ran April 21 – May 5, 2011 at […]

2011 Los Angeles Film Festival announces the first round of US and international selections

2011 Los Angeles Film Festival announces the first round of US and international selections

You Hurt My Feelings

The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries.  Returning to downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. LIVE, the Festival will run from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26.

The festival announced the first round of official US and international selections.

10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Attendance Numbers

10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Attendance Numbers

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) numbers are in, and they reveal that more than 430,000 people attended screenings, panels, talks and free community events – including the opening night world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s The Union, the Tribeca Drive-In series, Street Fair and Family Festival, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation awards, and NYFest – during  the Festival’s 10th edition. Of all the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Facts, Figures and anecdotes, the most interesting […]

Maryland Film Festival 2011 Feature Local Docs THE LEARNING and CAFETERIA MAN

Maryland Film Festival 2011 Feature Local Docs THE LEARNING and CAFETERIA MAN

Maryland Film Festival 2011 opens tomorrow, and among the many documentaries screening are two honing in on fascinating stories within the Baltimore school system. Imelda director Ramona Diaz’s THE LEARNING documents a year in the lives of four Filipino women recruited to work as teachers in the Baltimore school system; Richard Chisolm’s CAFETERIA MAN follows Tony Geraci as he attempts to revamp Baltimore’s school lunch program with an emphasis on fresh, healthy, local, and even student-grown […]

Twins Cities Film Fest Announces 2011 dates

Twins Cities Film Fest Announces 2011 dates

The 2nd annual Twin Cities Film Fest will be held September 20 to 25, 2011 at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON at the West End. This year’s festival will feature 35 to 40 films ranging from Minnesota-made features to studio and independent films. Submissions are now being accepted.

London Independent Film Festival Announces 2011 Awards; Being Sold Wins Grand Prize

London Independent Film Festival Announces 2011 Awards; Being Sold Wins Grand Prize

Director Phil Hawkins took the Grand Prize at the 8th London Independent Film Festival his feature film Being Sold. The dark comedy tells the story of a man who puts himself up for online auction and attracts a storm of media attention. Hawkins, whose debut feature The Butterfly Tattoo met with critical success in 2009, scooped the prize which includes a £50k post-production deal with LIFF sponsor Prime Focus London. Being Sold, which was shot […]

The US Premiere of Battle For Brooklyn to open 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival

The US Premiere of Battle For Brooklyn to open 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival

The US Premiere of Battle For Brooklyn, a controversial look at the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn will be the opening film event of 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival on June 3rd at Brooklyn Heights Cinemas at 8pm. The film will be also shown as a part of the Rooftop Films Summer Series on June 9th in Fort Greene Park. Prior to both Brooklyn screenings, the documentary will have its world premiere at the Toronto HotDocs […]

The Audience Votes “Give Up Tomorrow” Best Film of 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The Audience Votes “Give Up Tomorrow” Best Film of 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

And the votes are in. The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced the documentary film ‘Give Up Tomorrow’ as the winner of the Heineken Audience Award. The film’s director, Michael Collins, will receive a cash prize of $25,000.

Give Up Tomorrow which also received a Special Jury Mention in the World Documentary Competition at this year’s TFF reportedly played to rapturous response and standing ovations.  The film was also supported by the Tribeca Film Institute’s Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, and the filmmaker is an alumnus of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program. {jathumbnail off}

2011 Tribeca Film Festival: One on One with director Eva Mulvad of The Good Life

2011 Tribeca Film Festival: One on One with director Eva Mulvad of The Good Life

The Good Life (Det lette liv)

The Good Life premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Eva Mulvad, the film documents “How do you cope with being broke after having lived a life of luxury and privilege? This is the fundamental question facing spoiled Anne Mette and her mother, a once-rich family now living off a small pension and struggling to adapt to their new situation in a coastal Portuguese hamlet. A Grey Gardens for the current financial era, The Good Life is a character study at turns touching and frustrating, but ultimately poignant.

Interview with director Eva Mulvad of “The Good Life” {jathumbnail off}

 

One-One with the Filmmakers & Stars of taut legal drama “Puncture”

One-One with the Filmmakers & Stars of taut legal drama “Puncture”

The film “Puncture” is a smart, wonderfully grown-up and wound tight courtroom drama-slash-political thriller, driven in part by a tour de force performance from Chris Evans playing hot-shot and hot-headed, drug-addled attorney Mark Weiss. The film also boasts the steady, balancing hand of co-director and co-star Mark Kassan. Mark co-directs with his brother Adam. (They formerly brought the unusual and beautifully well-acted “Bernard and Doris,” starring Susan Sarandon, to HBO recently.)

I sat down with Chris Evans, the brothers Kassan, and the lovely Vinessa Shaw, who plays the film’s heart beat and literal face of the movie’s subject- the terrifying fact that front-care and ER healthcare workers were once infected by AIDs and Hepatitis C on a daily basis  by accidental needle stabs. When an engineer develops a non-reusable needle that is literally “accident-proof,” the movie heats up as law partners Paul Danziger (Mark Kassan) and Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) take on the case to battle the largest manufacturer of plastic needles in the world. Billed as a “David & Goliath legal drama,” the film world premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. {jathumbnail off}

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Galas, Tributes, Special Events for 2011

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Galas, Tributes, Special Events for 2011

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival announced the galas, tribute events and special presentations for this year’s Festival. The 25 day event, which runs from May 19 through June 12, will feature 441 films (257 features, 184 shorts) – including 96 feature and short premieres and a Festival record 74 countries represented – with screenings at venues throughout Seattle, Renton, Everett and Kirkland. “This year’s Festival will feature one of the largest and most diverse […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Winners; She Monkeys, Bombay Beach Win Top Jury Awards

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Winners; She Monkeys, Bombay Beach Win Top Jury Awards

Pamela and Benny Parrish in Bombay Beach

The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony hosted at the W Union Square in New York City. The Festival runs through May 1, 2011 including screenings of all winning films.

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Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés, (The Beloved) to close 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés, (The Beloved) to close 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés,  (The Beloved), will be close the 64th Cannes Film Festival, on Sunday May 22, 2011, following the award ceremony. This represents, Honiore’s 2nd time participating in the Cannes Film Festival, the First time in Competition with Les chansons d’amour. This time Christophe Honore will be accompanied by his faithful musician Alex Beaupin and the film’s actors: Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroiani, Milos Forman, Louis Garrel, Michel Delpech and Paul […]

Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler and Black Swan, to chair International Jury for 2011 Venice International Film Festival

Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler and Black Swan, to chair International Jury for 2011 Venice International Film Festival

Oscar nominated American director, producer and screenwriter Darren Aronofsky (director/screenwriter  of the opening film of the 67th Venice Film Festival, Black Swan, and winner of the 2008 Golden Lion for The Wrestler) will be the president of the International Jury for the Competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31 – September 10 2011). The International Jury will award the Golden Lion and the other official prizes. Darren Aronofsky recently directed Black Swan, […]