Rodney Ray’s ‘Flag of My Father’ in New Orleans film festival

Rodney Ray’s ‘Flag of My Father’ in New Orleans film festival

New Orleans local land surveyor Rodney Ray’s second major film, “Flag of My Father” featuring renowned actors William Devane and John Schneider, will be screened at the Big Easy International Film Festival in New Orleans. The  film, which was produced and shot in northeastern Louisiana, revolves around a U.S. military nurse who serves in Iraq and struggles to convince her older siblings to let her have the flag from her father’s casket. John Schneider plays […]

2011 Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Lineup Include Films About Strong Women

2011 Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Lineup Include Films About Strong Women

This year’s Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival opens today, Wednesday with Anita, an Argentine drama about an adult with Down syndrome lost in Buenos Aires after a terrorist attack; and ends December 12 with the Israeli film Jaffa, a film about how a family tragedy forces a young Jewish woman to reassess her interfaith romance with a Palestinian man. Stories about strong women drive the official lineup with films like Berlin ’36, a biography of […]

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

Nominations were announced this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right and Winter’s Bone. Please Give was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. 2011 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BEST […]

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund Announces Fourteen Projects For World Premiere At The 2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund Announces Fourteen Projects For World Premiere At The 2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival

The BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) announced its 2011 slate of new screen works which have received funding through the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) and will world premiere at the 2011 festival.  The list includes three fiction and four factual features, three cross platform works and four short films. Festival Director Katrina Sedgwick says, ‘Each of the Festival fund directors have previously created works that have delighted local and international audiences, and here […]

2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival Returns To 9-Day Schedule

2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival Returns To 9-Day Schedule

The Palm Beach International Film Festival returns for 16th year, but it’s returning to its nine-day schedule after reducing to a budget-cutting five days in 2010, reports the Palm Beach Daily News. The festival will be held March 23-March 31, 2011 at various venues throughout the county. It’s moved from its usual April dates to avoid conflicting with the new Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival and the Delray Beach Film Festival, the festival Executive […]

10 Animated Shorts and 10 Live Action Shorts Stay Alive in 2010 Oscar® Race

10 Animated Shorts and 10 Live Action Shorts Stay Alive in 2010 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films and 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three animated short films and seventy-six live action short films had originally qualified in the category. The 10 animated short films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, […]

2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards; ‘Winter’s Bone’ Wins Big

2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards; ‘Winter’s Bone’ Wins Big

Debra Granik’s ‘Winter’s Bone’ followed up a big win at the recent Stockholm International Film Festival and the winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, to take the top prize of Best Film in addition to Best Ensemble Performance Award at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony in New York City. The Gotham Independent Film Awards™ is one of the leading awards for independent film and the first major honors of the […]

R.I.P. – Filmmaker Irvin Kershner

R.I.P. – Filmmaker Irvin Kershner

Irvin Kershner, who directed the Star Wars sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” and the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” has died at age 87. Kershner died Saturday at his Los Angeles home following a 3½-year battle with lung cancer, said longtime friend and Hollywood publicist Dick Guttman. Read more.

Dole Loses In Court, And Has To Pay Filmmakers $200,000

Dole Loses In Court, And Has To Pay Filmmakers $200,000

A Los Angeles judge today ruled against the food company Dole, and awarded $200,000 in attorneys fees and costs as punishment for filing a defamation lawsuit against the filmmakers behind the documentary Bananas!*. Here is the press release from the filmmakers: Holding that the film Bananas!*, a “documentary on the topic of [Dole’s] treatment of its workers and use of pesticides” was an exercise of the “right of free speech,” a Los Angeles Superior Court […]

Academy Award ® Winner Alan Arkin to Receive Bahamas International Film Festival Career Achievement Award

Academy Award ® Winner Alan Arkin to Receive Bahamas International Film Festival Career Achievement Award

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced that Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin ( Little Miss Sunshine, ) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 1-5 in Nassau. Arkin will be on hand for the tribute, with the special award presentation coming from actress Abigail Breslin, who received an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress starring alongside Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine. BIFF’s Career Achievement […]

Kristin Scott Thomas’ “Sarah’s Key” To Kick Off 20111 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Kristin Scott Thomas’ “Sarah’s Key” To Kick Off 20111 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 27 – February 6, will open the 2011 Festival with the film SARAH’S KEY. Already receiving critical acclaim across the world, the French film will make its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara Festival’s opening night event. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas and is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, both of whom are scheduled to be in attendance. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre on […]

R.I.P. – Oscar-nominated director Mario Monicelli dies at 95, jumps from Rome hospital window

R.I.P. – Oscar-nominated director Mario Monicelli dies at 95, jumps from Rome hospital window

Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Mario Monicelli, considered one of the fathers of the Italian comedy of the 1940s-1960s, died Monday after jumping from a fifth-story hospital window, the hospital said. He was 95. Monicelli was being treated at Rome’s San Giovanni hospital for pancreatic problems and leaped to his death Monday night, said Anna Scoltore, who heads the hospital’s media office. She said he had been admitted a few days ago and that it appeared […]

James Franco and Anne Hathaway to Host Oscar® Show

James Franco and Anne Hathaway to Host Oscar® Show

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities. “James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen […]

R.I.P. – Actor Leslie Nielsen

R.I.P. – Actor Leslie Nielsen

Actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his family said as reported on CNN. Nielsen, 84, died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife and friends.

Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘The Princess Of Montpensier’ Will Be The Closing Film At The 41st International Film Festival Of India (IFFI)

Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘The Princess Of Montpensier’ Will Be The Closing Film At The 41st International Film Festival Of India (IFFI)

French director Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘The Princess of Montpensier’ will be the closing film at the 41st International Film festival of India (IFFI) on December 2nd. The film which competed at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival is a French period romance drama and focuses on a young woman who is forced into marriage while in love with another man. The ‘Ghost Writer’, directed by Roman Polanski, will be the mid-fest film.  

Thessaloniki International Film Festival To Open With Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”

Thessaloniki International Film Festival To Open With Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”

The 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival will open on December 3rd with Danny Boyle’s “127 hours”. Boyle’s follow-up to his Oscar winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” is based on the book by Aron Ralston and tells the heroic adventures of the young climber Aron Ralston played in the film by James Franco. Other films in the festival include 20 films to be screened in the Open Horizons section: The Hunter by Rafi Pitts (Shekarchi, Germany/Iran, 2010) […]

23rd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Winners

23rd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Winners

Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Position Among the Stars, the film that opened the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, won both the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary and the Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary. This is the first time ever at IDFA that a director has won the award for feature-length documentary twice: Retel Helmrich also won in 2004 with The Shape of the Moon. A Special Jury Award as given to directors Luc […]

Dubai International Film Festival to honor Actor Sean Penn with 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dubai International Film Festival to honor Actor Sean Penn with 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dubai International Film Festival named American film icon and international social and political activist Sean Penn as its Western honoree for 2010. Penn, whose career spans nearly three decades, more than 45 films and notable successes as producer, director, actor and screenwriter, will accept the DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival’s opening ceremony on December 12, 2010. “Sean Penn is without a doubt one of the finest talents of our generation, an outstanding […]

21st Stockholm International Film Festival Award Winners

21st Stockholm International Film Festival Award Winners

Winter’s Bone by Debra Granik was the big winner at the Stockholm International Film Festival Award taking the prizes for Best Film, Fipresci – The International Film Critics Prize for Best Film, and lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence, taking the best prize for Best Actress.

2nd Cheyenne International Film Festival Is Scheduled For May 20 – 22, 2011

2nd Cheyenne International Film Festival Is Scheduled For May 20 – 22, 2011

The 2nd Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF2) is scheduled for May 20 – 22, 2011 at the historic Atlas Theater in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. Set to make its big screen premiere is “Cordially, Georgia O’Keeffe“. The film chronicles a visit by artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her sister, Claudia, to Ward, Colorado in 1917. The two sisters boarded a train in Canyon, Texas and wound their way through New Mexico and Colorado eventually to Ward, a […]

IFC Films To Release in The US Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou”

IFC Films To Release in The US Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou”

In the wake of the moderate success of fashion films “Valentino The Last Emperor” and “The September Issue,” IFC Films announced that the company is acquiring the U.S. rights to Pierre Thorentton’s French documentary “Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou.” “Upon Yves Saint Laurent’s death, his life companion Pierre Berge decided to sell their private art collection, a sale considered to be “the auction of the century.’ Each object and art piece seemed to tell a […]

Rapper Ja Rule To Star In Christian Movie

Rapper Ja Rule To Star In Christian Movie

Rapper Ja Rule will reportedly be starring in faith-based movie called “I’m in Love with a Church Girl,” alongside Stephen Baldwin and Adrienne Bailon. According to Examiner, the film which was written by Pastor Galley Molina while in prison serving a five year sentence in 1996, tells the story of how he was at the top of a major drug operation in the mid 1990’s and miraculously turned his life around.  This is the debut […]

Peter Fonda to Accept Artivist Award at 7th Artivist Film Festival Awards

Peter Fonda to Accept Artivist Award at 7th Artivist Film Festival Awards

The Artivist Collective will announce the Artivist Award winners at the 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival. These awards honor those artists whose exemplary work in their community stands out as a shining example of one’s ability to change the world for the better. Actor Peter Fonda will accept the Artivist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Advocacy, Barbara Pyle will receive the award for Environmental Humanitarianism, and Avis Richards will receive the award for […]

Winners of the 47th Golden Horse Awards

Winners of the 47th Golden Horse Awards

The 47th Golden Horse Awards, Chinese Oscars, were recently presented in Taipei. When Love Comes by Chang Tso-chi, a drama centered on a teenage daughter in a dysfunctional family, was the big winner taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. The complete list of winners include: Best Feature Film When Love ComesChang Tso Chi Film Studio Best Documentary Hip-Hop StormProfessor Jean May Tsiang Foundation (CNEX) Best Short Film MagabahaiPatrick TU […]