Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with director Alex Rotaru of Inspirational documentary ‘Shakespeare High’

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with director Alex Rotaru of Inspirational documentary ‘Shakespeare High’

Director: Alex Rotaru

The documentary film ‘Shakespeare High’ premieres at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie follows a diverse group of SoCal teens as they prepare for and compete in the 90th Drama Teachers Association of Southern California Shakespeare Festival.

Director Alex Rotaru’s portrait of promising and dedicated students and their teachers features interviews with DTASC alumni including Richard Dreyfuss, Val Kilmer, Mare Winningham, and executive producer Kevin Spacey. A galvanizing film that reminds us of the positive impact of performance education on impressionable youth, Shakespeare High offers a powerful message in support of the arts at a time when budget cuts facing many schools put the future of these curricula in peril.

VIMOOZ.com | Tribeca Film Festival Party at The Collective Lounge, Meatpacking District, New York

VIMOOZ.com | Tribeca Film Festival Party at The Collective Lounge, Meatpacking District, New York

Join VIMOOZ.com and the indie filmmakers and film executives in New York City for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at the super trendy The Collective Lounge for our 1st Annual Tribeca Film Festival Party. The event will take place in the Main Room of The Collective Lounge located at 1 […]

REVIEW: Underwater Love; ..the most obscurely sweet and original soft-core porn musical I have ever seen

REVIEW: Underwater Love; ..the most obscurely sweet and original soft-core porn musical I have ever seen

“Underwater Love,” (Onna No Kappa) a Japanese film directed by Shinji Imaoka, is the most obscurely sweet and original soft-core porn musical I have ever seen. Actually, come to think of it, this would be my first soft-core porn musical, and for what it was intended to be, I appreciated this film from beginning to end. The story itself merges Japanese fantasy with reality. It centers around Asuka, who is a thirty-something fish factory worker in a small Japanese village outside of Tokyo. She is engaged to her boss Taki, and seems to live a more than ordinary lifestyle with little variance or excitement. One day she sees a Kappa, a mythological water creature that is part human. It is her friend Aoki, who long ago drowned at the age of 17. He has mysteriously come back into her life as a tortoiseshell, beak faced creature. It is amusing to see this Kappa so accepted and integrated into normal human life. We also travel with him and Asuka to the fantastical world he inhabits as a mythological Kappa.

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with director Scott Rettberg and producer Megan Sleeper of ‘New York Says Thank You’

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with director Scott Rettberg and producer Megan Sleeper of ‘New York Says Thank You’

What is the film ‘New York Says Thank You’ all about?” New York Says Thank You is an epic story following the journey of New Yorkers whose lives were touched by September 11 as they travel the country helping communities rebuild after disasters. Along the way, they face their emotions and ultimately triumph over tragedy through an idea that evolved from a five-year-old New York City boy.

Interview with director Scott Rettberg and producer Megan Sleeper.

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with the 3 Directors of ‘The Swell Season’

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with the 3 Directors of ‘The Swell Season’

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglvoa Backstage

We recently met up with the 3 directors of ‘The Swell Season’ – Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis.

The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar® win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Mar’s on-screen romance became reality, a grueling two-year world tour threatens to fracture their fated bond. Gorgeously filmed in black and white, this music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame.

Interview with Directors: Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with Whitney Dow, Director of ‘When the Drum is Beating’

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with Whitney Dow, Director of ‘When the Drum is Beating’

Maestro Ulrick Pierre-Louis transcribes lost arrangements of the band’s songs

Coming on the heels of the announcement that popular singer-turned-politician Michel Martelly will be Haiti’s next president, the documentary ‘When the Drum is Beating’ could not be more timely. The documentary premieres at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

The 20-member band Septentrional has been making music for 62 years as Haiti’s most celebrated big band. This inspirational documentary charts the history of Haiti from its triumphant independence from French colonialism to 2010’s devastating earthquake—all set to the vibrant music of Haitian-Caribbean jazz fusion band Septentrional and punctuated with its members’ personal memories. Featuring a wealth of live rehearsal and performance footage, When the Drum Is Beating is a poignant and high-energy story of resilience.

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with Maggie Betts, Director of Documentary Film ‘The Carrier’

Tribeca Film Festival: Interview with Maggie Betts, Director of Documentary Film ‘The Carrier’

Director: Maggie Betts

The documentary film ‘The Carrier’ premiered last night at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. In the film, young mother Mutinta is a Zambian subsistence farmer in a polygamous marriage who has just learned she is HIV positive. Newly pregnant, Mutinta does everything she can to protect her unborn baby while navigating complicated family dynamics and village politics. Newcomer Maggie Betts sculpts a sensitive observational portrait of one woman’s struggle leading up to her newborn’s birth.

South Africa’s Durban International Film Festival’s to take place 21 July to 31 July 2011

South Africa’s Durban International Film Festival’s to take place 21 July to 31 July 2011

The Durban International Film Festival’s 32nd edition takes place from July 21 to July 31, 2011 and will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a focus on films from South Africa and Africa. Screenings take place throughout Durban, South Africa including township areas where cinemas […]

IFC Midnight picks up Saint on Eve of its Premiere at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

IFC Midnight picks up Saint on Eve of its Premiere at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

On the eve of its North American premiere in the Cinemania section at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, IFC Midnight acquired the U.S. distribution rights from sales and production outfit XYZ Films for director Dick Maas’ evil Santa film SAINT. Maas wrote the screenplay for the picture and produced with Tom de Mol. Starring Huub Stapel, Egbert-Jan Weeber, Caro Lenssen, Bert Luppes and Escha Tanihatu, the Dutch film will premiere tonight at 9:00pm at the AMC Loews Village 7.

Tribeca Film Festival – Interview with Director of ‘The Loving Story’ Documentary

Tribeca Film Festival – Interview with Director of ‘The Loving Story’ Documentary

Director: Nancy Buirski

 

The first film on the Tribeca Film Festival schedule today is the documentary ‘The Loving Story.’ Nancy Buirski’s moving, evocative documentary recounts the unknown love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple behind the 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. Drawing from a wealth of stunning archival footage, The Loving Story recreates a seminal moment in history in uncommon style, anchoring a timely message of marriage equality in a personal, human love story.

 

Elton John Kicks off Tribeca Film Festival with Free Live Concert | Video

Elton John Kicks off Tribeca Film Festival with Free Live Concert | Video

And it’s on. The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last night with the free outdoor screening of Cameron Crowe’s new documentary “The Union,” about the musical collaboration between Elton John and singer/songwriter Leon Russell.

Mark Cuban Selling Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures

Mark Cuban Selling Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures

Mark Cuban is reportedly exploring a possible sale of his movie theater group Landmark Theatres and independent film distributor Magnolia Pictures by putting them up for auction. In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, he emphasized that he still feels the companies are “a great business” and thatt he is “just […]

Magnolia Pictures Picks up Tribeca Film Festival Documentary ‘ Jiro Dreams of Sushi’

Magnolia Pictures Picks up Tribeca Film Festival Documentary ‘ Jiro Dreams of Sushi’

Magnolia Pictures announced they have acquired North American rights to JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, a documentary about the life and work of master sushi chef Jiro Ono. The directorial debut of David Gelb, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI had its world premiere at the Berlinale, and makes its North American premiere this Thursday, April 21st, at the Tribeca Film Festival. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release for the film later this year.

Florida Film Festival Award Winners 2011; HAMILL Voted Best Film by Audience

Florida Film Festival Award Winners 2011; HAMILL Voted Best Film by Audience

The 20th annual Florida Film Festival came to a close last weekend with an awards reception recognizing the best in American independent and foreign film. The jury and audience award-winners of the 2011 Florida Film Festival in the American Independent and International Feature Film, Documentary, and Short Film categories are […]

5 Hidden Gems at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

5 Hidden Gems at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Rid of Me

Tribeca kicks off today and there are so many films to pick from. Vimooz.com will introduce you tosome of the under-looked gems of the Tribeca Film Festival, going on April 21st to May 1st , 2011, in New York City. Please check out Francesca McCaffery’s picks for the Tribeca Film Festival this year so far…More great finds to come!

 

Zach Braff Talks About His New Indie Drama ‘ The High Cost Of Living’

Zach Braff Talks About His New Indie Drama ‘ The High Cost Of Living’

Vimooz.com’s own Francesca McCaffery  had the chance to sit down with  one of the most enigmatic, underrated actors in Hollywood-Zach Braff, who is promoting his intense new drama, “The High Cost of Living.”The film, which was shot in Montreal, and features the brilliant Canadian actors Isabel Blaise, along with the […]

RIP: ‘Restrepo’ Director and Producer, Tim Hetherington, Killed in Libya

RIP: ‘Restrepo’ Director and Producer, Tim Hetherington, Killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, the director and producer of the Oscar-nominated Afghan war documentary “Restrepo,” was killed while covering the Libyan conflict in the city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded, one fatally, when they came under fire. He was 40 years. Reports said they had […]

8th Animation Block Party to run July 29-31 in Brooklyn, NY

8th Animation Block Party to run July 29-31 in Brooklyn, NY

The eighth annual Animation Block Party will run July 29-31 at Rooftop Films and Bam Cinematek, only in Brooklyn, NY. Animation Block Party is the largest animation festival on the East Coast, dedicated to screening the world’s best professional, student and independent work of all genres. ABP 2011 opens on […]

Sicilian Film Festival, 6th Edition Closes With Record Attendance and Announces Award Winners

Sicilian Film Festival, 6th Edition Closes With Record Attendance and Announces Award Winners

The 6th edition of the Sicilian Film Festival (SFF) of Miami Beach closed Wednesday, April 13, 2011 with the traditional dinner held at ‘Villa Viscuso’ – Miami Beach residence of Emanuele Viscuso, SFF President. Reflecting the quality of films and events presented this year, festival administration reported record attendance. The […]

Whoopi Goldberg, Rainn Wilson, Michael Cera are Among the 38 on 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury

Whoopi Goldberg, Rainn Wilson, Michael Cera are Among the 38 on 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), announced its jurors – a diverse and talented group of 38 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers and screenwriters, celebrated actors, respected journalists and media pioneers. They will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28 hosted by Gideon Yago, which will be streamed live on TribecaFilm.com. The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.

Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.

575 Films in Competition for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

575 Films in Competition for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

52 entries from 32 countries, along with 523 entries from students representing 136 U.S. colleges and universities, are in competition for the 2011 Student Academy Awards.  The competition – now in its 38th year – will culminate in the awards presentation, which will include screenings of the winning films, on […]

Rooftop Films Summer Series Returns May 13th; Announces its May 2011 Lineup

Rooftop Films Summer Series Returns May 13th; Announces its May 2011 Lineup

Rooftop Films returns Friday, May 13th on the roof of the New Design High School in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, and continue with screenings throughout the city every weekend through August 20. This year’ series will feature over 50 shows: every weekend from May 13th – […]

2011 RiverRun International Film Festival Hands Out 22 Awards

2011 RiverRun International Film Festival Hands Out 22 Awards

Prior to the screening of the Festival’s closing night film, Potiche, the RiverRun International Film Festival honored its 2011 Jury and Audience Award winners by handing out 22 awards to outstanding features and shorts. Apichatpong Weerasethakul was honored with the first ever Peter Brunette Award for Best Director for Uncle […]

Lost in Buenos Aires to Premiere at Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

Lost in Buenos Aires to Premiere at Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

“Lost in Buenos Aires,” an independent documentary fiction film by Michael Solton and Carlos Asseph, will premiere at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, South Carolina on April 20th. Shot in both Hollywood and Buenos Aires with direct sound, no artificial lightning, and non-professional actors; “Lost in Buenos Aires,” a […]