Winter’s Bone Voted Best American Film by Danish Film Critics

Winter’s Bone Voted Best American Film by Danish Film Critics

Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” was voted Best Danish Film, and Winter’s Bone was voted Best American Film at the 65th Bodil Awards, presented Saturday 3 March 2012 by the Danish Film Critics’ Association. “A Funny Man” won 4 awards, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Best Danish FilmMelancholia – Lars von Trier Best ActorNikolaj Lie Kaas – A Funny Man Best ActressLene Maria Christensen – A Family Best Supporting ActorLars Ranthe – A Funny […]

South Korean film MY WAY to to be Centerpiece Gala at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival

South Korean film MY WAY to to be Centerpiece Gala at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas International Film Festival announced today that the South Korean epic, MY WAY (2011) will be featured in one of the coveted Centerpiece screening slots with director, Kang Je-Gyu in attendance.  The Closing Night festivities will be marked by a special cast and crew reunion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sci-Fi classic ROBOCOP, which was shot in Dallas.   DIFF also announced that the 2012 Festival will be dedicated to Cinemark’s Lee Roy […]

2012 Florida Film Festival Unveils Florida and Music Films

2012 Florida Film Festival Unveils Florida and Music Films

The 2012 Florida Film Festival unveiled the Florida Showcase and Music Sidebar programs earlier this week.  Film subjects include about a hurricane, ’70s sensation Paul Williams, songsmith Andrew Bird, Florida’s juvenile justice system, and legendary artist Paul Simon. This year’s Festival runs April 13-22, 2012 and is located in Central Florida. FLORIDA FEATURE FILM SHOWCASE: EYE OF THE HURRICANE / USA (Director: Jesse Wolfe) EAST COAST PREMIERESet in the majestic but dangerous Florida Everglades, EYE […]

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selected For Spotlight, Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selected For Spotlight, Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 in New York City. The Spotlight section screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries, and the Cinemania section features seven “thrilling narrative films.” The sixth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival […]

11 Finalists Announced for 2012 San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grants

11 Finalists Announced for 2012 San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grants

San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the 11 finalists for the seventh round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of up to $300,000, to be given to one or more feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time. Winners of the spring 2012 SFFS/KRF Grants will be announced in early May. Finalists Kat CandlerHellion, screenwritingHell-raising twelve-year-old […]

2012 Vail Film Festival to Showcase 58 Films

2012 Vail Film Festival to Showcase 58 Films

The 2012 Vail Film Festival announced the complete line-up of 2012 films, taking place March 29th – April 1st, 2012 in Vail, Colorado. This year’s festival will showcase 58 films from around the world, including 20 feature-length films (10 narrative features and 10 documentaries), and 38 shorts, adventure, student, and animated. The Vail Film Festival also announced the return of the “Cadillac Short Series” in Solaris Plaza, the only festival “venue” where the public is […]

The Inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho Announced its Film Lineup

The Inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho Announced its Film Lineup

The Sun Valley Film Festival, March 15-18, 2012, in Sun Valley, Idaho, announced its lineup of dramatic and documentary feature films, television series, web series, children’s programming and short films for the inaugural festival. “We’re thrilled about the opportunity to spotlight such an inspiring and innovative group of filmmakers in Sun Valley,” said Festival Director Sabina Dana Plasse. “Our lineup is indicative of the spirit and dedication that goes into this collaborative process. We’re looking […]

The Invisible War, Winner of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Award To Be Released in The Summer

The Invisible War, Winner of 2012 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Award To Be Released in The Summer

“The Invisible War”, winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s “U.S. Documentary Audience Award.” was just picked up for distribution by Cinedigm Entertainment Group and entertainment distributor New Video, with a summer theatrical release planned. “The Invisible War” marks the first acquisition under the partnership between the two companies. Described as .. An emotionally powerful investigative documentary, “The Invisible War” reveals the profound personal and social consequences of the rape epidemic in the U.S. military. […]

World Premiere of Jesse Owens to Open 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

World Premiere of Jesse Owens to Open 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced the World Premiere of Laurens Grant’s “Jesse Owens” as its 2012 Opening Night Film on Thursday, April 12. Produced and written by 2012 Full Frame Tribute honoree Stanley Nelson, the film centers on the African American track and field star, who triumphed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin amidst the rise of Nazi propaganda. Full Frame also announced its lineup of films around its 2012 Tribute honoring […]

14 Films Make Their UK Premieres at inaugural Sundance London festival

14 Films Make Their UK Premieres at inaugural Sundance London festival

Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the lineup of 14 narrative and documentary feature films that will make their UK premieres at the inaugural Sundance London festival, taking place at The O2 from 26-29 April. These films premiered in January at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – the premier independent film festival in the United States. In addition to film screenings, Sundance London will host live music performances and events […]

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Films Competing for 2012 New Directors Prize and Documentary Prizes

San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Films Competing for 2012 New Directors Prize and Documentary Prizes

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3) announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Awards for documentary features. The International will award $70,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 will be given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. The GGA documentary […]

ROBOT & FRANK to open 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

ROBOT & FRANK to open 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

Jake Schreier’s ROBOT & FRANK will open the 2012 Sarasota Film Festival on Friday, April 13th.  Frank Langella and Mr. Schreier will attend the festival’s Opening Night. Set in the near future, ROBOT & FRANK is the story of Frank (Frank Langella), a retired thief living alone and resigned to longing for the local librarian (Susan Sarandon). Concerned about his father’s health, Frank’s son brings him a new caretaker; a state of the art robot […]

2012 Full Frame Announces Films in ‘Family Affair’ Thematic Program

2012 Full Frame Announces Films in ‘Family Affair’ Thematic Program

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, held April 12-15, in Durham, N.C., announced the lineup for its 2012 Thematic Program, entitled “Family Affairs”. The program curated by filmmaker Ross McElwee features 10 selections that explore the delicate terrain along the fault line of family. The program features the work of 9 directors: Steven Ascher, Alan Berliner, Doug Block, Morgan Dews, Alfred Guzzetti, Jeanne Jordan, Ed Pincus, Lucia Small, and Marco Williams, who will attend the […]

CHIMPANZEE film to Open and DAVID About a Muslim Boy in Brooklyn to Close 2012 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

CHIMPANZEE film to Open and DAVID About a Muslim Boy in Brooklyn to Close 2012 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

The 2012 Tumbleweeds Film Festival kicks off on March 23 with a special screening of CHIMPANZEE, the new film from Disneynature and the award-winning filmmakers of Earth and closes with a screening of film festival favorite DAVID, a charming film that examines the complexities of life through the eyes of an 11-year old Muslim boy growing up in Brooklyn. The 2012 Tumbleweeds Film Festival runs March 23-25 and presents films from around the world for […]

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition Selections Plus Out-Of-Competition Viewpoints Titles

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative And Documentary Competition Selections Plus Out-Of-Competition Viewpoints Titles

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section—the program established last year that highlights personal stories in international and independent cinema. Forty-six of the 90 feature-length films were announced. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 at locations around New York City.

WORLD NARRATIVE AND DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION, AND VIEWPOINTS
World Narrative and Documentary Competition
This year, 12 narrative and 12 documentary features making their North American, International, or World Premieres will compete for combined cash prizes amounting to $180,000 and donated artwork from the Artists Awards program sponsored by Chanel, featuring renowned artists including Cindy Sherman, JR, Kara Walker and Stanley Whitney.
The complete list of films selected for the World Narrative Feature and World Documentary Competition is as follows:

World Narrative Feature Competition
Of the 12 films in Tribeca’s 2012 World Narrative Competition, half are international productions and half American. Though the balance is less a product of design than serendipity, it amply reflects the Tribeca Film Festival’s commitment to fostering dialogue between the global filmmaking community and U.S. audiences and auteurs. Borders figure prominently in this year’s slate—zealously patrolled by some characters and surreptitiously crossed by others—from the Unites States’ desert border with Mexico (The Girl) and ocean gulf from Cuba (Una Noche), to the ancestral lines separating a Turkish family’s feudal farmland from nearby nomadic peoples (Beyond the Hill). Films centering on specific geographic divisions are complemented by the ultimate universal theme of romantic connection, from the dizzying rush of first love (Jack and Diane) through a second chance at reuniting with an old flame (All In) to a woman whose life is rejuvenated by an unexpected relationship with a younger man (While We Were Here). The program is rounded out by a pair of claustrophobic character studies seamlessly incorporating elements of genre (Nancy, Please; First Winter) and a sunny portrait of the visitors coming to and from an Indonesian zoo (Postcards From the Zoo). Films in this section compete for the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

All In (La Suerte En Tus Manos), directed by Daniel Burman, written by Daniel Burman and Sergio Dubcovsky. (Argentina) – International Premiere. Professional poker player Uriel has been on a real hot streak—with the ladies—since his marriage fizzled out. But in between growing his online gambling business and helping to raise his kids, Uriel has rediscovered his old pre-marriage flame, Gloria…. Starring the great Valeria Bertuccelli (XXY) and Oscar®-winning songwriter Jorge Drexler, this romantic comedy from Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace) unfolds in the acclaimed director’s signature style: poignant, natural, and bitingly funny. In Spanish with subtitles.

Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardi), directed and written by Emin Alper. (Turkey, Greece) – North American Premiere. Faik, a proud old forester, is having trouble with nomads grazing their livestock on his land. For revenge, he and his hulking farm hand Mehmet snatch a goat to butcher for a family holiday, unwittingly sparking a dire blood feud. Debuting Turkish director Emin Alper creates an atmosphere of skin-crawling terror in this psychological drama by withholding, not showing, the escalating acts of violence that hurtle these feuding farmers toward a shocking confrontation. In Turkish with subtitles.

First Winter, directed and written by Benjamin Dickinson. (USA) – World Premiere. In this extraordinary debut feature, a blackout of apocalyptic proportions strands a group of Brooklyn hipsters in a remote country farmhouse with no heat and no electricity during the coldest winter on record. At first, it’s all sex and drugs and acoustic guitars. But as the days go on and the food supply dwindles, struggles of power, jealousy, and desire threaten the group’s ability to work together in order to survive.

The Girl, directed and written by David Riker. (USA, Mexico) – World Premiere. From the director of La Ciudad comes this moving drama about a single mother (Abbie Cornish) caught in emotional quicksand after losing her job and custody of her son. Desperate to earn cash for her custody battle, she makes the daring choice to help smuggle illegal immigrants over the border. A deep connection to a young Mexican girl will take her on a life-changing journey and force her to confront her past. In English, Spanish with subtitles.

Jack and Diane, directed and written by Bradley Rust Gray. (USA) – World Premiere. Tomboy Jack and bubbly Diane fall head over heels in love one hot summer in New York City. When Diane reveals she must leave the city for school in Europe, their budding love is tested. Weaving horror elements into a distinctive and fresh yet timeless and universal first-love story, TFF alum Bradley Rust Gray (The Exploding Girl) brings his unique vision to this idiosyncratic story of the joys and terrors of first love. A Magnolia Pictures release.

Nancy, Please, directed by Andrew Semans, written by Will Heinrich and Andrew Semans. (USA) – World Premiere. Paul’s life is good. He has a gig teaching literature at Yale, and he just moved in with his longtime girlfriend, finally shedding his casually sinister roommate, Nancy. There’s just one thing. Paul left an item of great importance at his old apartment, and Nancy doesn’t want to give it back.… Paul’s life is about to unravel. Debuting director Andrew Semans skillfully orchestrates a minor annoyance into an all-consuming obsession in this smart, stunning psychodrama.

Postcards From the Zoo (Kebun Binatang), directed by Edwin, written by Edwin, Daud Sumolang, and Titien Wattimena. (Indonesia) – North American Premiere. Acclaimed Chinese-Indonesian director Edwin (Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly) returns with a gorgeous, dreamlike fairy tale set inside Jakarta’s wondrous Ragunan Zoo. Abandoned in the zoo as a little girl and raised among the wild menagerie, Lana finally embarks outside the peculiar confines she has always known—and into the seedier side of Jakarta—when she falls in love with a charming magician. In Indonesian with subtitles.

Una Noche, directed and written by Lucy Mulloy. (UK, Cuba, USA) – North American Premiere. Fed up with catering to the privileged tourist class, Cuban teens Raul and Elio are tantalized by the promise of a new life in Miami. Accused of assaulting a foreigner, Raul has no choice but to flee, but Elio must decide whether his own escape is worth abandoning his beloved sister. Brimming with the nervous energy of Havana’s restless youth and evocative cinematography of the sun-bleached capital, Una Noche follows one sweltering day, full of hope and fraught with tensions, that burns to a shocking climax. In Spanish with subtitles.

Unit 7 (Grupo 7), directed by Alberto Rodriguez, written by Rafael Cobos and Alberto Rodriguez. (Spain) – International Premiere. Unit 7 is a semi-official police detail with a seemingly impossible mission: kick Seville’s most vicious drug trafficking ring out of town ahead of a major international expo. By any means necessary. As they slip outside the bounds of the law in the name of duty, two officers fueled by violence, lies, and ambition end up on opposing paths. Spanish superstar Mario Casas (Neon Flesh) stars in this adrenaline-pumping action thriller. In Spanish with subtitles.

War Witch (Rebelle), directed and written by Kim Nguyen. (Canada) – North American Premiere, Narrative. At 14, Komona has lived through horrors that eclipse any adult’s worst nightmares. In this mesmerizing, otherworldly drama, shot entirely in the Congo, she confides to the baby growing inside of her the harrowing story of her life since rebel warlords stormed her village. Fortified by eerily mystical powers and the warming friendship of an albino boy, the sensitive girl battles through this dire, war-ravaged world enchained as a child soldier. In French, Lingala with subtitles.

While We Were Here, directed and written by Kat Coiro. (USA) – World Premiere. Jane (Kate Bosworth) and her English husband travel to Naples hoping to reinvigorate their silently disintegrating marriage and escape a personal tragedy that hangs heavily between them. When Jane, facing writer’s block, takes a day trip to a beautiful island off the coast, she meets a young American man living a hermetic life on the island. As the two embark on an unlikely emotional affair, Jane faces some drastic changes in her life.

Yossi (Ha-Sippur Shel Yossi), directed by Eytan Fox, written by Itay Segal. (Israel) – World Premiere. Returning to the role that won him TFF’s Best Actor award in Eytan Fox’s Yossi & Jagger in 2003, Ohad Knoller is extraordinary as Yossi, a closeted gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv. A chance encounter with a group of soldiers ignites Yossi’s desire to live an open, fulfilling life. Written and directed with uncommon honesty and compassion by Fox, this is a deeply moving film about the power of second chances. In Hebrew with subtitles.

World Documentary Feature Competition
The 12 films of this year’s World Documentary Competition cover a wide range of aesthetics in American and international subjects. Beth Murphy’s The List challenges us with the moral obligation of the U.S. government as we pull out of our wars in the Middle East, while Nisha Pahuja’s The World Before Her weaves the complexity of possibilities for women in India in contrasting conservative and progressive veins. In the more personal documentaries, Denmark’s Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed bring us a beautiful, tragic romance in the complicated partnership of Ballroom Dancer, while from South Korea hails Seung-Jun Yi’s Planet of Snail, a tender portrait of an aspiring writer, who is deaf and blind, and his partner. Filmmakers push the documentary form in adventurous ways, from Israel’s Arnon Goldfinger with his mysterious, riveting Holocaust documentary The Flat, to Namir Abdel Messeeh’s The Virgin, the Copts and Me, a heartwarming, offbeat comedy shot in Egypt. Films in this section compete for Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director, and Best Editing.

Ballroom Dancer, directed and written by Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed. (Denmark) – North American Premiere. In 2000, Slavik Kryklyvyy became the World Latin American Dance Champion. Enduring success seemed assured, but instead Slavik’s career sputtered… until redemption seemed possible with his new partner and lover, Anna. But will Slavik’s unwavering ambition prove toxic to their romance? Subtly depicting the pair’s shifting relationship through gestures, glances, and the dance itself, Ballroom Dancer begins as a comeback story and evolves into a movingly intimate tragic romance. In Russian, English with subtitles.

Downeast, directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin. (USA) – World Premiere. Gouldsboro, Maine. Hit hard by the closure of the sardine canning factory, its laid-off residents—mostly 70-year-olds—just want to get back to work. So why is Italian immigrant Antonio Bussone having so much trouble getting federal funds to open a new lobster processing plant? Charged with the spirit of a generation that still gives it 110 percent, this poignant and poetic documentary sheds new light on the trying task of putting America back to work.

Fame High, directed and written by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. (USA) – World Premiere. Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated The Garden captures all the drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph among a group of struggling students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular senior graduation performance, this endearing coming-of-age documentary is a tribute to discovering your passion and deciding whether you have the talent to take it to the next level.

The Flat (Ha-dira), directed and written by Arnon Goldfinger. (Israel, Germany) – North American Premiere. At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints they left behind in a lifetime’s collection of documents to investigate long-buried family secrets and uncover the mystery of his grandparents’ painful past. In Hebrew, German, English with subtitles.

High Tech, Low Life, directed by Stephen Maing. (USA, China) – World Premiere. With the Chinese government employing 40,000 “internet police,” more than half a million websites are blocked in the country. Local TV stations only publicize “the good news.” The rising tide of censorship has aroused a wave of citizen reporters committed to investigating local news stories and crime scenes. This timely and probing documentary tracks rogue bloggers Zola and Tiger Temple as they risk political persecution to become China’s uncensored eyes and ears. In Mandarin with subtitles.

The List, directed by Beth Murphy. (USA) – World Premiere. After leading rebuilding teams in war-torn cities in Iraq, Kirk Johnson returned to America to establish and advocate for a growing number of Iraqi citizens now targeted by radical militias because they aided the U.S. in the reconstruction effort. TFF alum Beth Murphy (Beyond Belief) creates an affecting portrait of an unlikely but passionate humanitarian who has championed the cause of Iraqi refugees largely ignored by the U.S. government. In English, Arabic with subtitles.

Off Label, directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. (USA) – World Premiere. The term “off-label” refers to the use of pharmaceuticals in any way counter to their prescribed dosage and function. Weaving together the powerful, personal stories of misdiagnosed patients, professional guinea pigs, recreational drug users, and soldiers struggling with PTSD, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country) expose the breadth of off-label drug use and take us on an emotional road trip through an overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America.

Planet of Snail, directed by Seung-Jun Yi. (South Korea) – North American Premiere. Deaf and blind, Young-Chan lives in a quiet, isolated world in his small apartment. But when Soon-Ho, an empathetic woman compromised by a spinal disability, comes into his life, a unique love story begins. Poetic and gently paced, Planet of Snail brings to life the sensual world shared by this special couple, and illustrates that the greatest beauty can be found in the smallest and most unlikely love stories. In Korean with subtitles.

The Revisionaries, directed by Scott Thurman, written by Jawad Metni and Scott Thurman. (USA) – World Premiere. Once in a decade, the 15 members of the Texas State Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the textbook standards for five million schoolchildren. Led by Don McLeroy, a Young-Earth Creationist and Evangelical Christian, the panel implements standards that will ultimately go into effect in science and history textbooks for schoolchildren across the nation. The Revisionaries is a galvanizing peek behind the curtain at the politicization of education.

The Virgin, the Copts and Me (La Vierges, les Coptes et Moi), directed by Namir Abdel Messeeh, written by Namir Abdel Messeeh, Nathalie Najem, and Anne Paschetta. (France, Qatar) – North American Premiere. In his feature debut, French-Egyptian filmmaker Namir Abdel Messeeh sets out to investigate the phenomenon of supposedly miraculous Virgin Mary apparitions in Egypt’s Coptic Christian community. But when the secular director faces opposition from skittish producers and his Coptic family, Namir turns the camera on his wonderfully smart-alecky mother and reimagines his film as a touching, uniquely hilarious portrait of family and heritage. In Arabic, French with subtitles.

Wavumba, directed by Jeroen van Velzen, written by Jeroen van Velzen and Sara Kee. (Netherlands) – North American Premiere. Mysticism and color reign in this stunning documentary steeped in the fishermen lore of Kenya. Revisiting a childhood fairy tale of a spirit-filled island with the magic to either bless or curse a fisherman’s journey, Dutch filmmaker Jeroen van Velzen explores his memories via Masoud, a real-life legend of shark fishing. His glory days long gone, Masoud relives his youth through grandiose stories told with swaggering pride and heartbreaking nostalgia. In English, Swahili with subtitles.

The World Before Her, directed by Nisha Pahuja. (Canada) – World Premiere. Weaving together the seemingly opposing stories of the Miss India beauty pageant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, director Nisha Pahuja illuminates the situation of women across contemporary India, drawing surprising parallels in the way women are perceived and the opportunities that are afforded them in both modernizing and traditional cultures. The World Before Her is a riveting, thoughtful profile of the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition. In English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati with subtitles. {jathumbnail off}

 

Documentary Filmmaker Barbara Kopple to be honored at 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival

Documentary Filmmaker Barbara Kopple to be honored at 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 – May 3) will present the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award to veteran documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Kopple will be presented with the POV award Sunday, April 22, 3:30 pm at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, preceding the screening of her masterful landmark documentary Harlan County, USA (USA 1976). “Barbara Kopple is a pioneering documentarian who brings the highest level of craft to her work whether she […]

Grabbers from 2012 Sundance Film Festival is headed to theaters later this year

Grabbers from 2012 Sundance Film Festival is headed to theaters later this year

Another film from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is headed to theaters. IFC Midnight will release director later this year, Jon Wright’s comedy GRABBERS, starring Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, and Bronagh Gallagher. In GRABBERS, something sinister has come to the shores of Erin Island, unbeknownst to the quaint population of this sleepy fishing village restingsomewhere off the coast of Ireland. First, some fishermen go missing. Then there is the […]

2012 Atlanta Film Festival Line-Up Plus L!fe Happens to Open and The Cabin in the Woods to Close Festival

2012 Atlanta Film Festival Line-Up Plus L!fe Happens to Open and The Cabin in the Woods to Close Festival

The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) announced its 2012 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for this year’s festival, March 23-April 1 in Atlanta, GA. 

The Atlanta Film Festival will open with the feature film L!fe Happens, a film by director Kat Coiro.  L!fe Happens is a comedy about three Los Angelenos  and what happens when a one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy,  Co-writer Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”, She’s Out of My League) stars in the film along with Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson.  Director Kat Coiro and Krysten Ritter will be in attendance on opening night.  The Atlanta Film Festival closing night will take place on Saturday, March 31 and will feature The Cabin in the Woods, the highly anticipated horror film starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Kristen Connolly (The Happening, Revolutionary Road). 

The lineup consists of 29 Narrative Features, 26 Documentary Features and 9 Short Program Presentations with over 50 features/shorts with ties to Georgia.

The Narrative Feature Competition includes: A Little Bit Zombie, directed by Casey Walker; OK, Good directed by Daniel Martinico, That’s What She Said directed by Carrie Preston, and Welcome to Pine Hill, directed by Keith Miller.  The Pink Peach Feature Competition includes: Glitterboys and Ganglands, directed by Lauren Beukes; The Grove, directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson; and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads, directed by Michael Schiralli. The Documentary Feature Competition includes Brooklyn Castle, directed by Katie Dellamaggiore; Coal Rush, directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopa; Code 2600, directed by Jeremy Zerechak; Danland, directed by Alexandra Berger; Her Master’s Voice directed by Nina Conti; I Want My Name Back, directed by Roger Paradiso and Trash Dance, directed by Andrew Garrison.

The 2012 Atlanta Film Festival will feature:

OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT

L!fe Happens (USA)
Director: Kat Coiro
From director Kat Coiro comes L!FE HAPPENS, a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for the trio. With the help of her girlfriends, Kim must cope with single motherhood as she jumps back into the dating scene amid the fear that toting around a tot can be a dating ‘buzz-kill.’ Also featuring Jason Biggs, Seymour Cassel, Rhys Coiro, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston, Andrea Savage, Geoff Stults and Fallon Goodson, L!FE HAPPENS takes a look at single living, friendship and the joys of life’s curveballs.
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Justin Kirk
(Opening Night)

The Cabin in the Woods (USA)

Director: Drew Goddard
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.  If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins Bradley Witford
(Closing Night)  {jathumbnail off}

 

Gianni Di Gregorio’s Film The Salt of Life Will Charm Your Winter Blues Away

Gianni Di Gregorio’s Film The Salt of Life Will Charm Your Winter Blues Away

  By Francesca McCaffery “The Salt of Life” is a charming film by Italian actor and filmmaker Gianni Di Gregorio, who plays an aging man trying to come to grips with the fact that he feels like a “discarded engine on the side of the road.” Treated like with condescension by his wife, dealing with a petulant and spoiled daughter, and with an aging mother who treats him like a servant. Gianni (also the character […]

“Last Days Here” A Strange Little Documentary About Doing or Dying For Rock-n-Roll

“Last Days Here” A Strange Little Documentary About Doing or Dying For Rock-n-Roll

by Francesca McCaffery The new documentary “Last Days Here” (opening today March 2nd at the IFC Center in NYC) directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton, had so much crazy subtext going on, it could be a few tiny little films in itself: The film focuses on “underground heavy metal legend” Bobby Liebling, the singer- songwriter-guitarist for the ‘70s metal band Pentagram. According to some rabid fans, Pentagram was the best metal band from that […]

Sony Pictures Classics to Release High Profile Documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS from Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics to Release High Profile Documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS from Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics have acquired worldwide rights to Academy Award®nominated filmmaker Amy Berg’s (DELIVER US FROM EVIL) high profile documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.  WEST OF MEMPHIS is a powerful documentary that chronicles the new investigation surrounding the “West Memphis Three,” which ultimately broke the case open and led to the freedom of three innocent men: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. Beginning with […]

2012 Florida Film Festival Announces Narrative and Documentary Feature Films and Selects Renee as Opening Night Film

2012 Florida Film Festival Announces Narrative and Documentary Feature Films and Selects Renee as Opening Night Film

The 2012 Florida Film Festival, announced that a record-breaking 167 films were selected to screen at the festival, with 144 having their Florida premiere (or higher) at the Festival. This year’s Festival runs April 13-22, 2012 and is located in Central Florida. The Narrative and Documentary Feature Film selections for the 2012 Florida Film Festival American Independent Competition were announced. Among them, DeLand based director Sylvia Caminer unveils her documentary on pop star Rick Springfield. […]

The Five-Year Engagement Starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel to Open 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

The Five-Year Engagement Starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel to Open 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today announced that The Five-Year Engagement will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Director/writer/producer Nicholas Stoller and writer/star Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall reteam for the irreverent comedy, which also stars Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie. The premiere will take place on Wednesday, April 18, and the Festival will run through April 29. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, The Five-Year Engagement looks at what […]

1st inaugural Montclair Film Festival Official Poster

1st inaugural Montclair Film Festival Official Poster

The Montclair Film Festival has chosen Chris Gash’s submission as the winner of the poster contest for the 2012 Festival. Chris is a Visiting Specialist at Montclair State University in New Jersey. The 1st inaugural Montclair Film Festival is scheduled for May 1 thru 6, 2012 in Montclair, New Jersey.