Winners of the 1st Gold Coast International Film Festival

Winners of the 1st Gold Coast International Film Festival

The first annual Gold Coast International Film Festival in North Hempstead, Long Island, New york wrapped and held its first awards ceremony Sunday night at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point reports Port Washington Patch. Keirda Bahruth’s “Bob And The Monster” won the New York Post 2011 Gold Coast International Film Festival Trailer Contest and the audience award for best documentary film.  The film is a documentary chronicling the life of charismatic singer/songwriter Bob […]

Elton John Documentary ‘The Union’ to debut on HBO in Jan. 2012

Elton John Documentary ‘The Union’ to debut on HBO in Jan. 2012

The Elton John documentary film, THE UNION, had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, will debut on HBO in Jan. 2012. Directed by Cameron Crowe (“Almost Famous,” “Jerry Maguire”), THE UNION takes an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell, produced by award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett.  Never before filmed in his composing […]

Award Winning Documentary, One Lucky Elephant, Opens in NY on Wednesday, June 8

Award Winning Documentary, One Lucky Elephant, Opens in NY on Wednesday, June 8

One Lucky Elephant, a documentary film directed by Lisa Leeman and produced by Cristina Colissimo and Jordana Jordana Glick-Franzheim, will open at Film Forum in New York on Wednesday, June 8 and at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on Friday, June 24.  Ten years in the making, this poignant, compelling saga of Flora the Circus Elephant has screened to enthusiastic audience and critical reception at numerous international film festivals, winning Best Editing Award at the […]

2011 MTV Movie Awards Winners

2011 MTV Movie Awards Winners

The offbeat 2011 MTV Movie Awards went down on Sunday night and the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was the big winner taking home a total of five golden popcorn awards including “BEST MOVIE,” “BEST FEMALE” and “BEST MALE PERFORMANCE,” “BEST KISS” and “BEST FIGHT.” Actress Reese Witherspoon was honored with this year’s “MTV Generation Award” and took the opportunity to send a not-too subtle message to some fellow female celebrities. “I know it’s cool to […]

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Erykah Badu and composer Daniele Luppi are Artists in Residence for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Erykah Badu and composer Daniele Luppi are Artists in Residence for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival announced Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Erykah Badu and composer Daniele Luppi as Artists in Residence, as well as a conversation with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, stars of the Festival’s opening night film Bernie.  Screen Gems’ Attack the Block and Lionsgate’s The Devil’s Double have also been added to the Galas section.   As an Artist in Residence, Erykah Badu will present a screening of Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying, […]

58th Sydney Film Festival Official Lineup; June 8-19, 2011

58th Sydney Film Festival Official Lineup; June 8-19, 2011

The full 12 day film festival program for the 58th Sydney Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, June 8-19, 2011 encompasses 161 titles: 75 features, 39 documentaries, 34 short films, 13 retrospective titles, 10 World premieres, 86 Australian premieres, 42 countries, 47 languages and 29 Australian productions (1 retrospective, 6 features, 10 documentaries, 12 short films). OPENING NIGHT GALAThe Australian premiere of espionage thriller Hanna – directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and starring Saoirse Ronan, […]

Mountainfilm in Telluride 2011 Winners; Happy Wins Student Award and Audience Award

Mountainfilm in Telluride 2011 Winners; Happy Wins Student Award and Audience Award

Mountainfilm in Telluride, one of America’s longest-running film festivals, wrapped its Memorial Day weekend run, May 27 – 30, 2011 and announced its film awards at the Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony. The documentary ‘Happy” was the big winner, taking home the Student Award and the Audience Award. ‘Happy’ is described as a documentary infused with wisdom and warmth and abounds with life lessons. Filmed in more than fourteen countries, the film takes you around […]

2011 Little Rock Film Festival Winners; The Interrupters Wins Audience Award

2011 Little Rock Film Festival Winners; The Interrupters Wins Audience Award

The 5th annual Little Rock Film Festival came to an end on Sunday, after screening more than more than 100 films to a record audience of over 25,000 attendees.  The comedy “Natural Selection” won Best Narrative Film and ‘Marathon Boy’ won Best Documentary; but it was the documentary “The Interrupters” which took home the Audience Award. The winners: Best Music Video Matt and Todd Wolfe, Pillow Fight Best World Short The Man who Knew How […]

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF) 2011 Winners; The Gruffalo is voted TELUS Audience Choice Award

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF) 2011 Winners; The Gruffalo is voted TELUS Audience Choice Award

Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival aka CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF), announced the winners of the Festival’s 2011 awards. Nine awards and over $90,000 in cash and prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers. This festival,now in its 17th year, is very important as it is one of only four Canadian festivals accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, WSFF Canadian award winners are eligible for Genie Awards, […]

Tiffany Shlain’s award-winning documentary CONNECTED to be released in the Fall

Tiffany Shlain’s award-winning documentary CONNECTED to be released in the Fall

Tiffany Shlain’s award-winning documentary CONNECTED which premiered in the Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival will be released this fall by Paladin. CONNECTED will open in San Francisco in September, and expand to other major markets, including New York and Los Angeles, throughout the fall. With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, CONNECTED, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time—the […]

Music Box Films to release the French film, ‘The Conquest’ in the US

Music Box Films to release the French film, ‘The Conquest’ in the US

Music Box Films will release in the US, the French film THE CONQUEST, directed by Xavier Durringer, a political drama about the political ascendency of the current French president Nicolas Sarkozy.  Based entirely on public documents and first person accounts, THE CONQUEST is the story of seemingly unstoppable ambition, riddled with backstage maneuverings, fits of anger and vicious confrontations with political rivals and loved ones alike. In short, the story of a man who gains […]

9 Films to Receive $150,000 in Documentary Finishing Funds from Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

9 Films to Receive $150,000 in Documentary Finishing Funds from Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Gucci announced the 2011 recipients selected for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The Fund, now in its fourth year, provides finishing finances, year-round support and guidance to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length films highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world. A jury consisting of Jessica Alba, Amir Bar-Lev, Wendy Ettinger, Frida Giannini, Edward Norton, and Mariane Pearl, selected 9 projects from 450 submissions […]

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival to premiere on video-on-demand (VOD) beginning June 23, 2011

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival to premiere on video-on-demand (VOD) beginning June 23, 2011

Tribeca Film and ESPN have partnered to present the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival which will premiere on video-on-demand (VOD) beginning June 23, 2011, through August 25, 2011.   The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand lineup of titles cover a wide spectrum of sports, including: CATCHING HELL, from director Alex Gibney, about baseball’s most famous scapegoats; TURKEY BOWL, a narrative feature about a group of friends that get together every year for the time,-honored tradition of […]

New York Asian Film Festival 10th Anniversary Line-up

New York Asian Film Festival 10th Anniversary Line-up

The New York Asian Film Festival celebrates its tenth birthday and returns to the Lincoln Center July 1 – 14, 2011, and Japan Society July 7 – 10, 2011. MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY will be featured as the official opening night film, and THE YELLOW SEA as the official closing night film. Other highlights, or presents as the festival calls them includes: A Takashi Miike World Premiere! The long-awaited animated epic based on Osamu Tezuka¹s […]

REVIEW: Mike Mills Wonderful New Film “Beginners” stars Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent-and must be seen immediately!

REVIEW: Mike Mills Wonderful New Film “Beginners” stars Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent-and must be seen immediately!

There are a certain few films that you know from the first few frames that something essential and true is being conjure. Mike Mills wonderful new film “Beginners,” starring Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent, opens this week. Ewan MacGregor plays Oliver Fields, a sweet illustrator in his late thirties who quickly and quietly falls head over heels for French actress Anna (Melanie Laurent of “Inglorious Basterds”) while she is shacked up at the […]

Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” to be released in the US in the winter

Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” to be released in the US in the winter

Bela Tarr’s apocalyptic masterpiece “The Turin Horse,” will be released in theaters in the US this winter, by Cinema Guild. On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver of a hansom cab is having trouble with a stubborn horse. Despite all his urging, the horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his […]

RIP: Leonard Kastle, Writer and Director of “The Honeymoon Killers”

RIP: Leonard Kastle, Writer and Director of “The Honeymoon Killers”

One-hit writer and director, Leonard Kastle, of his first and only film, “The Honeymoon Killers,” reportedly died May 18 at his home in Westerlo, N.Y., after a brief illness, said Tina Sisson, a friend. He was 82. “The Honeymoon Killers,” released in 1970, is described as a “grimly realistic, low-budget, black-and-white crime drama about a lowlife lothario and his overweight nurse lover whose partnership in conning lonely women leads to murder.” “The Honeymoon Killers” was […]

2011 Kiev International Film Festival is postponed to Fall

2011 Kiev International Film Festival is postponed to Fall

According to an update on their website, due to economic reasons, the Kiev International Film Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, which was previously planned for June 15-20, 2011, is postponed to September 20-25, 2011. Kiev International Film Festival, which was previously planned for 15-20 June, 2011, is postponed to 20-25 September, 2011. Due to economic crisis most of sponsors cut off their budgets, and the support from the state could not be received for this period. […]

2011 Humboldt Film Festival Winners; ‘Swing” takes Best of the Fest and Best Animated Film Prizes

2011 Humboldt Film Festival Winners; ‘Swing” takes Best of the Fest and Best Animated Film Prizes

The Humboldt Film Festival, described as the the’ world’s oldest student-run film festival’ ..’bringing independent and alternative short films to Humboldt county for forty-three years’ recently wrapped an announced it’s 2011 winners. Swing, directed by Yen-Ting Kuo, took the top prize Best of the Fest, in addition to Best Animated Film at the 44th edition. SWING is about how living people influence the perspectives of people on the brink of death. If there was choice […]

2011 Berkshire International Film Festival to kick off June 2nd; Lineup to feature some 70 films

2011 Berkshire International Film Festival to kick off June 2nd; Lineup to feature some 70 films

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will run from June 2rd through June 5th, 2011 in Great Barrington and June 3rd through June 5th in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The film festival will feature some 70 US and international independent feature films, documentaries, and shorts. In addition, BIFF will host Q&A sessions with filmmakers, a special screening of Pittsfield native, Kent Jones and his latest film on Elia Kazan written and directed with Martin Scorcese, and the […]

Actress Jane Seymour ‘beyond sorry and appalled’ for Schwarzenegger comment

Actress Jane Seymour ‘beyond sorry and appalled’ for Schwarzenegger comment

Actress Jane Seymour reportedly said to CNN at the red carpet premiere of her new IFC movie “Love Marriage Wedding” on May 17 that she believed “there will be lots of information coming people’s way…I heard about two more [out of wedlock kids] somebody else knows about. I even met someone who knows him well.” Yesterday on “The View” Friday, Seymour regretted her remarks, saying, “I’m so beyond sorry and appalled that I found myself […]

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its full slate of competition films for the Festival AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Competition SlateSterling U.S. Feature Competition BETTER THIS WORLD / USA, 2011, 97 minutes (Director: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega) — When two Midland, Texas, activists make Molotov cocktails at the 2008 Republican Convention, a dramatic story unfolds, with multiple domestic terrorism charges, an entrapment defense and a surprising FBI informant.  The film sets in high […]

John Malkovich & Otar Iosseliani to receive CineMerit Award at 2011 Munich Film Festival

John Malkovich & Otar Iosseliani to receive CineMerit Award at 2011 Munich Film Festival

This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN aka Munich Film Festival honors Georgian writer-director Otar Iosseliani and American acting icon John Malkovich with the CineMerit Award. Every year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN presents the CineMerit Award, sponsored by German carmaker Audi, to outstanding personalities in the international film community for extraordinary contributions to motion pictures as an art form. Festival Director Andreas Ströhl: “Otar Iosseliani is the unsurpassed master of the melancholy comedy, and John Malkovich has always been in […]

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films for the Festival, taking place June 20-26, 2011 in the Washington, D.C. area. The Festival will open its ninth annual edition on June 20, 2011 with THE SWELL SEASON.  Directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis, THE SWELL SEASON follows musical artists Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who captivated audiences and earned an Academy Award for their musical collaboration in the […]