‘Page One’ documentary to headline 2011 deadCENTER Opening Night

‘Page One’ documentary to headline 2011 deadCENTER Opening Night

Critically acclaimed documentary Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times will lead deadCENTER Opening Night film screenings beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, located at 415 Couch Dr. The 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival is June 8 – 12 at seven locations in downtown Oklahoma City. Click here for the most updated schedule. For 14 months, Director Andrew Rossi was given unprecedented access to the […]

Cannes Bars Lars von Trier for Strange Hitler Remarks | VIDEO

Cannes Bars Lars von Trier for Strange Hitler Remarks | VIDEO

After a screening of Lars von Trier’s latest film, “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling, a major uproar occurred over some very controversial (and most likely taken-VERY-out-of-context) statements that he made. Mr. von Trier, describing his use of the Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” in the film, was asked by a British journalist about his claim to have an interest in the Nazi aesthetic and his German roots. (Which he had apparently commented […]

Gen Art Film Festival Announces 2011 Lineup

Gen Art Film Festival Announces 2011 Lineup

Gen Art’s festival is back, and will run June 8 – 14, 2011; the festival will open with “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” the debut film from 35-year-old filmmaker Jonathan Sobol. Starring Scott Caan, J.K. Simmons, and Tricia Helfer, “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” is “the story of a hard living gambling father who has doomed his three sons to a horrible fate, and when his sons find out they don’t have much time left, […]

Tribeca Film to release French hit film ‘Romantics Anonymous’ in the US

Tribeca Film to release French hit film ‘Romantics Anonymous’ in the US

Tribeca Film will release in the US, Romantics Anonymous, a box-office hit in France that had its international premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Améris directed and co-wrote the film with Philippe Blasband. The film tells the story of Angélique Delange (Isabelle Carré, Private Fears in Public Places), an unemployed but gifted chocolate-maker with a lifelong case of uncontrollable shyness that prevents her from properly sharing her confectionary talents. Jean-René Van Den Hugde […]

Netflix Signs New Streaming Deal with Miramax

Netflix Signs New Streaming Deal with Miramax

Netflix and Miramax  announced this week a multi-year agreement under which Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch some of the world’s most loved and acclaimed motion pictures from the Miramax film library. It is the first time Miramax titles have become available through a digital subscription service. Beginning in June, Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch several hundred Miramax movies, with dozens of titles being […]

Long Awaited Terence Malick Film “Tree of Life” Gets Boo-ed at Cannes

Long Awaited Terence Malick Film “Tree of Life” Gets Boo-ed at Cannes

Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” probably the most highly anticipated film at the Cannes Film Festival, held multiple, invitation-only screenings on Monday at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, the largest theater available there. Audiences actually booed the film. (As the audiences in Cannes are notorious for doing when they are shocked, offended or simply bored to death.) It shocked Malick’s supporters so much, they gave the film a rather defensive standing ovation as the credits rolled.Malick […]

Academy Announces Winners for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

Academy Announces Winners for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

12 students from nine U.S. colleges and universities and three students from outside the U.S. have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.  The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The winners are (listed alphabetically […]

2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lineup Features 19 Films

2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lineup Features 19 Films

Now in its 22nd year, the 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York from June 16 to 30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Nineteen of the best human rights themed films from 12 countries will be screened, 17 of them New York premieres. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival program this year is organized around four themes: Truth, Justice and Accountability; Times of Conflict and Responses to […]

2011 Big Island Film Festival awards; Noah Wyle’s “Queen of the Lot,” wins Best Feature

2011 Big Island Film Festival awards; Noah Wyle’s “Queen of the Lot,” wins Best Feature

Twelve films received Golden Honu Awards at the 6th Annual Big Island Film Festival today. Best Feature went to “Queen of the Lot,” starring Tanna Frederick and Noah Wyle, written and directed by Henry Jaglom, produced by Rosemary Marks. Celebrity actresses Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) and Hilo’s own Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”) were present to receive special “No Ka Oi” awards from Big Island Film Festival Executive Director Leo Sears. Winners were selected […]

2011 Albuquerque Film Festival to open with ‘Amigo’; Kicks Off Summer with Screening of The Cool School

2011 Albuquerque Film Festival to open with ‘Amigo’; Kicks Off Summer with Screening of The Cool School

Amigo, written and directed by John Sayles and starring Chris Cooper has been announced as the opening night film of the 3rd Albuquerque Film Festival scheduled for August 18st – 21st, 2011. AMIGO stars Joel Torre as Rafael Dacanay, a village mayor caught in the murderous cross-fire of the Philippine-American War in 1900. When U.S. troops garrison his village, Rafael comes under pressure to collaborate from the blood-and-guts Colonel Hardacre (Chris Cooper) as he tries […]

14th Shanghai International Film Festival announced its first batch of the competition films for Golden Goblet Award

14th Shanghai International Film Festival announced its first batch of the competition films for Golden Goblet Award

The 14th Shanghai International Film Festival announced its first batch of the competition films for its Golden Goblet Award on May 10th. The nine films in the shortlist come from Argentina, Italy, Japan, Germany, Turkey, and Russia. Among them, the latest work by British director Roland Joffe, a Golden Palm recipient in Cannes, and Japanese director SABU. The nine films are: “The Bones Tunnel” (Argentina) directed by Nacho Garassino “Ainom” (Italy) directed by Lorenzo Ceva […]

REVIEW: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls… succeeds in entertaining

REVIEW: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls… succeeds in entertaining

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is a new documentary directed by New Zealand filmmaker Leanne Pooley on two fascinating subjects—the performing duo Lynda and Jools Topp, twins who have become cultural and national icons in New Zealand over the past 25 years. As one interviewee says, a pair of yodeling lesbian twins doesn’t sound all that impressive on paper, but their act, which includes country music, comedy, and interaction with audience members, succeeds in entertaining […]

Taking Love On The Road, Director David Meiklejohn discusses his new documentary “My Heart Is An Idiot”

Taking Love On The Road, Director David Meiklejohn discusses his new documentary “My Heart Is An Idiot”

“My Heart Is An Idiot” is a new documentary about love that spans two years and over a hundred cities. The film captures the road-tripping lifestyle of Davy Rothbart (creator of “FOUND Magazine,” “This American Life” contributor, author of “The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas”) who looks for love in all the right places, and in all the wrong ways. The film climbs into the tour van, as Davy tours North America promoting his magazine […]

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” in theaters on December 23

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” in theaters on December 23

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which was also written by Jolie, will be released by FilmDistrict, in the US on Dec. 23. Graham King and his producing partner Tim Headington, together with Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict, announced today in Cannes that Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which was also written by Jolie, will be released by FilmDistrict, a subsidiary of GK Films, […]

Sundance Selects to release Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” from 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the US

Sundance Selects to release Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” from 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the US

Sundance Selects, sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, announced from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company will release Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” in the the US. The film, with a screenplay by Leigh, stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, and was produced by Jessica Brentnall. The film premiered this week in Competition at the festival. Lucy is a young university student possessed by a kind of […]

Documentary about punk rock fathers, The Other F Word, in theatres this Fall 2011

Documentary about punk rock fathers, The Other F Word, in theatres this Fall 2011

The documentary movie about punk rock fathers, The Other F Word, which asks the question ‘What happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society’s ultimate authorities — dads?‘ is headed to theaters and cable tv, reports The Hollywood Report. Oscilloscope Laboratories will release the film in Fall 2011 and Showtime plan to broadcast the film in 2012. Directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins, “The Other F Word ” premiered at the 2011 SXSW […]

Kings of Leon documentary ‘Talihina Sky’ to rock deadCENTER Film Festival kick-off celebration

Kings of Leon documentary ‘Talihina Sky’ to rock deadCENTER Film Festival kick-off celebration

The rock and roll documentary Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon will celebrate its Oklahoma premiere on Wednesday, June 8 as the inaugural film of the 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival. Talihina Sky is the story of Kings of Leon, whose strict Pentecostal upbringing in Oklahoma and Tennessee preceded their unlikely transformation into one of the biggest rock bands in the world. The free, outdoor screening begins at 9:30 p.m. at the 400 block […]

CANCELLED: 2011 Cairo International Film Festival

CANCELLED: 2011 Cairo International Film Festival

The Ministry of Culture has announced that it will cancel the Cairo International Film Festival this year due to upcoming elections, Gulf News reported. “The Ministry of Culture has decided to cancel the festival this year, which was due in late November, because of the current preparations for the parliamentary and presidential elections as well as due to the economic situation.” Emad Abu Ghazi, the Minister of Culture, denied that instability in Egypt was behind […]

LA Film Festival Announces Guillermo del Toro as Guest Director, as well as film selections for closing night, special screening

LA Film Festival Announces Guillermo del Toro as Guest Director, as well as film selections for closing night, special screening

The Los Angeles Film Festival, continue to get ready for the 2011 edition, announcing Guillermo del Toro as Guest Director, as well as film selections for closing night, a special screening, galas, conversations and more. In his role as Guest Director, del Toro will select a film to present at the Festival that has been an influence to him, followed by a conversation. Presented by Guillermo del Toro, FilmDistrict’s world premiere of Don’t Be Afraid […]

Rooftop Films to NY Premiere 3 films from 2011 South by Southwest

Rooftop Films to NY Premiere 3 films from 2011 South by Southwest

Rooftop Films is doing it different this year, announcing a special weekend of select films from the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, making their New York Premieres June 3-5 2011, as part of Rooftop Films 15th Annual Summer Series. The films making their New York Premieres as part of our South by Southwest Weekend are The Dish and the Spoon directed by Alison Bagnall and starring Greta Gerwig, No Matter What directed by Cherie […]

REVIEW: The Bully Projects from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

REVIEW: The Bully Projects from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Norwegian film “Turn me on, goddammit”

The themes of bullying, being bullied, and the horrific effects it can have on a child were displayed in full force at this year’s 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Director Lee Hirsch, who was himself bullied as a child, helms this poignant, thorough and very topical “Bully Project,” which takes you not only into the lives of children being ridiculed and teased at school, but, literally, onto the school bus right along with both the weak and the tormented. He also highlights two families who both suffered a devastating loss when their child killed themselves. (One middle-school age child, and one teen-ager).

2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival to Showcase New British Films as First Programme Details Unveiled

2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival to Showcase New British Films as First Programme Details Unveiled

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) revealed the first details of its 2011 program showcasing some of the best new British films . The program will include the world premiere of political thriller ‘Page Eight’ from twice Oscar-nominated David Hare (best known for the internationally acclaimed ‘The Hours’ and ‘The Reader’) – which stars Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis. Scottish director David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe) will also […]

Touch Football Comedy ‘Turkey Bowl’ from 2011 South By Southwest to be released in the Summer

Touch Football Comedy ‘Turkey Bowl’ from 2011 South By Southwest to be released in the Summer

Turkey Bowl, which world-premiered at 2011 South By Southwest is getting a planned Summer 2011 release in the US after being acquired by Tribeca Film. Written and directed by Kyle Smith in a breakout debut, Turkey Bowl is a real-time comedy set in Los Angeles. Every summer, Jon (Jon Schmidt) gathers 10 friends together in his adopted city to play the Turkey Bowl – bringing a piece of small-town tradition to the urban sprawl – […]

12th Jeonju International Film Festival Award Winners; “Jean Gentil” wins for best international film

12th Jeonju International Film Festival Award Winners; “Jean Gentil” wins for best international film

The South Korean film “Anyang, Paradise City”won the grand prize in the Korean feature films competition category at the 12th Jeonju International Film Festival.  Directed by Park Chan-kyong, the film portrays the past and present of the South Korean city of Anyang by integrating elements of documentary and feature film. Park is a younger brother of director Park Chan-wook, an award-winning director who captured the grand prix honors at Cannes in 2004 with “Oldboy.” The […]