RIP: Executive, Independent Producer, Joe Wizan

RIP: Executive, Independent Producer, Joe Wizan

Joe Wizan, a former head of 20th Century Fox‘s motion picture division and an independent producer of films such as “Jeremiah Johnson” and “… And Justice for All,” has died. He was 76. Among his credits as a producer or executive producer are “Junior Bonner,” “The Last American Hero,” “Audrey […]

AFI FEST officially announces its 2011 dates

AFI FEST officially announces its 2011 dates

AFI FEST, celebrating its 25th year in 2011, will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The American Film […]

Film Titles from 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Premiere via Video-on-Demand

Film Titles from 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Premiere via Video-on-Demand

Four 2011 Tribeca Film Festival official selections THE BANG BANG CLUB, THE BLEEDING HOUSE, LAST NIGHT and NEDS, will be released nationwide via video-on-demand under the “Tribeca Film” banner simultaneously with the start of the Festival on April 20.  The “Tribeca Film” VOD category will also offer other festival circuit […]

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Adds More Films and New Honorees

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Adds More Films and New Honorees

The DALLAS International Film Festival scheduled for March 31 – April 10, 2011 have added two new Honorees to the slate of DALLAS Star Award recipients – writer, producer and director Scott Z. Burns (THE INFORMANT, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM) and posthumously to Texas legend and Academy-Award winner Horton Foote (TO […]

RiverRun has officially announced its 2011 Jurors; incl. True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher

RiverRun has officially announced its 2011 Jurors; incl. True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher

The RiverRun International Film Festival officially released today the full list of competition jurors for the 13th annual Festival returning to Winston-Salem April 8 -17. These jurors will be responsible for determining the best film in RiverRun’s competitive sections: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts and Animated Shorts. […]

Edward Burns’ Newlyweds is Closing Night Film for 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Edward Burns’ Newlyweds is Closing Night Film for 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) will close with the world premiere of Edward Burns’ Newlyweds on Saturday, April 30, at BMCC TPAC.

Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Ed Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. Burns, who wrote, directed and stars in Newlyweds, has had a strong connection with TFF since its founding. Ash Wednesday world premiered as part of the inaugural TFF lineup in 2002, and Looking for Kitty, Purple Violets and Nice Guy Johnny have also been Festival premieres over subsequent years.

The Frontier Boys opens in Michigan Hometown

The Frontier Boys opens in Michigan Hometown

The independent film “The Frontier Boys” which won 2011 Best Feature Drama at the Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan, Italy, opens in its hometown Michigan this weekend. “We’ve taken ‘The Frontier Boys’ from Charlevoix to Milan, Italy to Hollywood, California, and I’m always thrilled to bring Michigan with me […]

Indie Film ‘Detour’ Depicting Lesbian Life featured in LA Women’s Fest This Weekend

Indie Film ‘Detour’ Depicting Lesbian Life featured in LA Women’s Fest This Weekend

Patricia Richardson’s directorial debut, “Detour” will make its West Coast premiere this weekend at the “The Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival.”  The Women’s International Film Festival runs March 25 – March 31 and showcases narratives, documentaries, animation and student short films created by women filmmakers featuring diverse roles for […]

Free Events at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Free Events at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), is bringing back its free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 21-23), Family Festival Street Fair (April 30), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 30), and free panel series, “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” and “Tribeca Talks: Industry” (April 23-30).

For the first time this year, Festival-goers, athletes and the general public will also have the opportunity to partake in the new NYFest (April 23), the city’s first Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament

Disney good girl Vanessa Hudgen to play bad girl in indie film

Disney good girl Vanessa Hudgen to play bad girl in indie film

Vanessa Hudgen has signed on to join the cast of the independent film, A Virgin Mary, reports HollywoodLife.com. The film is described as a coming of age story about a teenage girl named Mary (played by Lily Collins) who makes a vow to have sex with her best guy friend […]

New Indie Film: “Young Islands” premieres in Evansville, IN

New Indie Film: “Young Islands” premieres in Evansville, IN

“Young Islands,” the first feature film by written and directed by Kevin Lee Chenault, and shot on a reported microbudget of about $2,000, will have its premiere today in Evansville, Indiana. The 87-minute, black-and-white film follows Corey, a high school student who returns from summer camp to a new relationship […]

Czech film “Novel for Men” to Open 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival

Czech film “Novel for Men” to Open 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival

The 10th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF), is set for April 7-15, 2011 in Tiburon, California. TIFF will be showcasing over 140 films from 55 countries. The Opening Film is “Novel for Men” directed by Tomas Barina from Czech Republic. “Novel for Men” will be making its International Premiere. […]

Katie Holmes Stars in Short Film

Katie Holmes Stars in Short Film

Katie Holmes premiered her short film / ad called The Decision at Lavo in NYC on Monday night. Katie Holmes stars in “The Decision,” a short film in support of the new John Frieda® Precision Foam Colour. “The Decision” tells the story of Joan Hudson (Katie Holmes), a high-profile actress […]

Ozzy Osbourne going Indie?!

Ozzy Osbourne going Indie?!

“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” will debut at this year’s Tribeca Flim Festival. The film is a documentary about Ozzy’s life and times, and is said to be “an intimate documentary that delves deep into the life of music icon Ozzy Osbourne. A sober Ozzy has reached a point of clarity […]

REVIEW: Elektra Luxx

REVIEW: Elektra Luxx

Elektra Luxx is Sebastian Guiterrez’s sequel to a previous film, Women In Trouble. Picking up a month after the events of the first film, the plot centers on the porn star Elektra, played by Carla Gugino, and her struggle to change her lifestyle after discovering she is pregnant.  One act […]

Win Win Is A Real Winner + Alex Shaffer

Win Win Is A Real Winner + Alex Shaffer

Director Tom McCarthy’s (Station Agent, The Visitor) latest feature film Win Win is a terrific little movie, which just opened Friday. It stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Bobby Cannavale. Much of the success Thomas McCarthy’s delightful and thoughtful new comedy Win Win has to be rightfully attributed to its […]

RIP: Actress Elizabeth Taylor

RIP: Actress Elizabeth Taylor

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, died earlier today, Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79. A spokeswoman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said Ms. Taylor died at 1:28 a.m. Pacific time. Her publicist, Sally Morrison, said the cause was complications of congestive heart failure. In a career of more than […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series

Grandma, A Thousand Times

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced its lineup for the 2011 Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series. The component programs are “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations with acclaimed filmmakers, plus the premiere of five new documentary films and a one-of-a-kind videogame-film event.

14 Filmmakers Selected for Film Independent new Documentary Lab

14 Filmmakers Selected for Film Independent new Documentary Lab

Film Independent has launched a new Documentary Lab with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating.  Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. The Documentary Lab Mentors include filmmakers Laura […]

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

The Virginia Film Festival, will return to Charlottesville, Virginia, for its 24th year from November 3-6, 2011. The 2010 festival attracted more than 23,750 people and earned more than $90,158 in ticket sales. Both figures represent a 25% increase over the prior year. The festival featured 27 sellouts that ranged […]