The three winners of the inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants

The three winners of the inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants

The San Francisco Film Society announced the three winners of the inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants. The Fund was created to support the postproduction of singular feature-length nonfiction film work that is distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. 2011 Winners Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, An American Promise, $25,000 In 1999, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson began documenting the experiences of two African American boys — their son […]

It’s Good To Be Short at The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

Last weekend in New York Vimooz visited the Fifteenth Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC, presented by BET Networks and sponsored by HBO and MoviePass. Urbanworld was founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, and is dedicated to redefining the multicultural roles in contemporary cinema. One of the spotlight films, Mario Van Peebles domestic drama “All Things Fall Apart,” which stars Fifty Cent as a rising college football star struck down by cancer (!), was a […]

The Black Power Mixtape-1967-1975- A Must-See Documentary

The Black Power Mixtape-1967-1975- A Must-See Documentary

Late ‘60s America was so multi-dimensional, so rife with various and extensive cultural and political facets, it’s difficult to get a true hold on what was really accomplished in that era, since the Civil Rights Movement of the early to mid 1960s. But a LOT surely was accomplished, just as much as so much was left bitterly undone. The “Black Power Movement” of that era, spearheaded by a young, brilliant freedom-rider named Stokley Carmichael, has […]

Morgan Spurlock rings NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Guinness World Record for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Morgan Spurlock rings NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Guinness World Record for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock visited the NASDAQ on Friday to ring the closing bell in celebration of his film, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, being officially recognized by Guinness World Records as holding the record for the Most Paid-For Product Placements in a Film.     He was joined by Amanda Mochan of Guinness who presented the certificate to Morgan, as well as multiple sponsors of his film, including POM Wonderful, […]

Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates

Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates

The Tribeca Film Festival announced that the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will be held April 18 – April 29, 2012 in New York City. For filmmakers, deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows: September 19, 2011 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN October 28, 2011 –      EARLY DEADLINE, FEATURES & SHORTS December 2, 2011 –    OFFICIAL DEADLINE, ALL FEATURES AND SHORTS January 11, 2012 –      LATE DEADLINE, AVAILABLE […]

Tribeca Film to release Edward Burns ‘Newlyweds’ later this year

Tribeca Film to release Edward Burns ‘Newlyweds’ later this year

Tribeca Film has acquired Newlyweds, actor/writer/director Edward Burns’ comedic relationship drama that had its world premiere as the Closing Night selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, and plans a late 2011 release date. Newlyweds is the 10th film written and directed by Burns. Shot in a fast paced 12 days exclusively in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, the film is a chronicle of modern marriage complete with the crackling humor and sharp insights into […]

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer to Produce 84th Academy Awards

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer to Produce 84th Academy Awards

Director, producer Brett Ratner, (“Horrible Bosses,” currently in release) and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row serve as a producer and as the telecast director. “I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak.  “He has […]

James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Academy Awards

James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Academy Awards

The  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12. The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding […]

Tom Sherak Re-elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Tom Sherak Re-elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Tom Sherak was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on August 2.  This will be his third consecutive one-year term in the office. Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios and prior to joining Revolution, Sherak held various positions at Twentieth Century Fox including senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment.  Sherak has been responsible for the launch, distribution and/or post-production of many blockbuster films including “Black Hawk […]

Argentinian film ‘Puzzle’ opens Friday, September 9 at the San Francisco Film Society’s new theatrical home,| New People Cinema

Argentinian film ‘Puzzle’ opens Friday, September 9 at the San Francisco Film Society’s new theatrical home,| New People Cinema

If you live in San Francisco, Puzzle, (Rompecabezas, Argentina/France 2010), Natalia Smirnoff’s delicate first feature which focuses on a marginalized woman in Latin American society, opens Friday, September 9 at the San Francisco Film Society’s new theatrical home, San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema (1746 Post Street). A middle-aged housewife, cherished by her husband and two sons but nevertheless taken for granted, discovers an aptitude for jigsaw puzzles in this beautifully modulated character […]

Animation Block Party 2011 Winners

Animation Block Party 2011 Winners

The eighth annual Animation Block Party held July 29-July 31, 2011 in Brooklyn at Rooftop Films and BAMcinématek announced the juried award winners from its lineup of 97 films. The Eagleman Stag from UK filmmaker Mike Please about a man’s obsession with his quickening perception of time, took the top prize ‘Best in Show. The complete list of 2011 Animation Block Party winners are: Best in Show: The Eagleman Stag – Mikey Please / United […]

Vimooz Speaks With the Director & Producer of “The Interrupters”

Vimooz Speaks With the Director & Producer of “The Interrupters”

Francesca McCaffery had the great pleasure of speaking with Steve James (Director) and Alex Kotlowitz (producer), who are the creative team who put together the riveting new documentary “The Interrupters,” about gang intervention specialists working the Chicago streets with the unique non-profit, CeaseFire. CeaseFire was founded by epidermologist Gary Slutkin. Slutkin, who battled the cholera and AIDs epidemic in Africa for years, believes that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases. This innovative […]

17th Sarajevo Film Festival Awards; Angelina Jolie Receives Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award

17th Sarajevo Film Festival Awards; Angelina Jolie Receives Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award

The 17th Sarajevo Film Festival wrapped up after it’s run from July 22nd thru 30th, 2011, and handed out awards for 2011. The big highlight of the festival was the presentation of the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award  to actress and humanitarian worker, Angelina Jolie along with Jafar Panahi and Emil Tedeschi. Jolie was in attendance to accept the award. COMPETITION PROGRAMME – FEATURE FILM The Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Film:BREATHING / ATMENDirector: […]

Damsels in Distress to close 68th Venice International Film Festival

Damsels in Distress to close 68th Venice International Film Festival

Damsels in Distress, the new comedy film from American director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco) is the Closing night film (Out of Competition) at the 68th Venice International Film Festival to run August 31 thru September 10, 2011. Damsels in Distress, written, produced and directed by Whit Stillman, stars Greta Gerwig, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Analeigh Tipton, Hugo Becker, Ryan Metcalf, and Billy Magnussen. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and produced […]

6th Annual Central Florida Film Festival, Labor Day Weekend in Ocoee, Florida

6th Annual Central Florida Film Festival, Labor Day Weekend in Ocoee, Florida

Labor Day weekend (September 2-5, 2011), the city of Ocoee, Florida, for the third consecutive year will host the Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO) at the West Orange 5 Cinemas (McGuire Avenue & RT #50).  This four day event is where new and veteran film makers alike showcase their work. CENFLO will screen more than seventy films from nine foreign countries and nineteen states during the Labor Day weekend.  Film attendees will see Indie feature films, shorts and documentaries. […]

Winners of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival; Nader and Simin, A Separation wins Best Film

Winners of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival; Nader and Simin, A Separation wins Best Film

The 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival last night announced its award-winners. Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi, was lauded by the International Jury as a “masterpiece” with “astonishing performances from the ensemble cast”. The Best South African Feature Film was awarded to Skoonheid (France/South Africa), directed by Oliver Hermanus. The jury commended the film as revealing a director on a “remarkable […]

Roman Polanski’s CARNAGE to make its North American Premiere as the Opening Night film for 2011 New York Film Festival

Roman Polanski’s CARNAGE to make its North American Premiere as the Opening Night film for 2011 New York Film Festival

Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’ will open the upcoming 49th New York Film Festival scheduled to run September 30 – October 16, 2011. Based on Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage”, the 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, ‘Carnage’ follows the events of an evening when two Brooklyn couples are brought together after their children are involved in a playground fight. Produced by Said Ben Said, the Sony Pictures Classics release stars Academy Award winners Jodie Foster, Kate […]

REVIEW: Vimooz Has Seen “The Future” & It’s Miranda July

REVIEW: Vimooz Has Seen “The Future” & It’s Miranda July

Miranda July follows up her lovely and deft first-time film (and 2005 Palm D’Or winner at Cannes) “Me, You and Everyone We Know” with “The Future,” opening today in limited release. The film strikingly asks these timeless questions: What happens to your soul if you fail to recognize your deepest longings? Will having a child change our lives/make me old/limit my possibilities forever? Can we live without ever having really lived at all, without truly […]

ESPN to Air 7 New Documentary Films in the Fall

ESPN to Air 7 New Documentary Films in the Fall

ESPN has announced the schedule for a slate of new documentary films that will begin airing Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD, and will be aired Tuesday nights throughout the fall. Films include Catching Hell, Renée, The Dotted Line, Unguarded, The Real Rocky, Charismatic and Roll Tide/War Eagle. The new slate will air as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m. – Catching Hell (Alex Gibney/Gary Cohen) *120 minutes Tuesday, Oct. 4, […]

Tribeca Film to release The Last Rites of Joe May, starring Dennis Farina

Tribeca Film to release The Last Rites of Joe May, starring Dennis Farina

The Last Rites of Joe May, written and directed by Joe Maggio which had its world premiere in competition at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, will be released in October on VOD and theatrically by Tribeca Film. In the spirit of classic 1970’s filmmaking, Joe May is the story of a sixty-something Chicagoan named Joe May (Dennis Farina, Get Shorty, Midnight Run, Snatch), a short-money hustler of Rolex knockoffs and bootleg DVDs. Joe returns home […]

Where Soldiers Come From documentary to open in New York on Friday, September 9

Where Soldiers Come From documentary to open in New York on Friday, September 9

Where Soldiers Come From, a documentary by Heather Courtney, and official selection at 2011 SXSW (Winner, Jury Award for Editing), the Los Angeles Film Festival, Silverdocs and many other film festivals will open in New York at the Village East Cinema on Friday, September 9, 2011.  The Los Angeles release (and other cities) will follow. From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM follows […]

Sienna Miller to star in belly dancing indie film

Sienna Miller to star in belly dancing indie film

Sienna Miller is headed to New Mexico to shoot an independent film. According to the AP, the film, Just Like a Woman, will be shot in and around Santa Fe, Lamy, Zia and Nambe pueblos and Jemez Springs. The film which also stars Golshifteh Farahani and is directed by Rachid Bouchareb, tells the story of a housewife and her belly dancing instructor who head to Las Vegas to enter a competition.

2011 Comic Con Independent Film Festival Winners

2011 Comic Con Independent Film Festival Winners

The little known Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival that runs alongside the larger Comic Con convention from July 21-24, announced its 2011 winners. The festival featured mainly short films and handed out 8 awards determined by judges Michael Gross, Eric Vespe, and Kevin Walsh. The complete list of winners for 2011 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Best Action Adventure FilmThe Debt Collector Best Animated FilmPaths of Hate Best Comics-Oriented Film:Secret Identity Best DocumentaryGahan Wilson: Born […]

Official Line-up of the 68th Venice Film Festival

Official Line-up of the 68th Venice Film Festival

The official line-up of the 68th Venice Film Festival was announced earlier today Thursday July 28th. The official selection of the festival includes the sections, Venezia 68 (In Competition), Out of Competition, Orizzonti and Controcampo Italiano, alongide a retrospective section and two autonomous sections (International Critics’ Week and Venice Days). The 68th Venice International Film Festival will take place from August 31st to September 10, 2011. In addition to George Clooney’s “The Ides of March”, […]