2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Announces Special Guests and Program

2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Announces Special Guests and Program

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) announced its slate of films and events for the 17th annual Festival scheduled to take place in San Luis Obispo County, California, from Wednesday, March 9 to Sunday, March 13, 2011. This year, the Festival kicks off with a Sneak Preview event at the brand-new Galaxy Theatres in Atascadero, on Saturday, March 5th. Not only will the theatre be open to Festival attendees for the first time […]

IFC Midnight to Release Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals’ Comedy “The Catechism Cataclysm”

IFC Midnight to Release Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals’ Comedy “The Catechism Cataclysm”

IFC Midnight announced that the company is acquiring North American distribution rights to director Todd Rohal’s comedy THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM. The company also acquired television and digital rights for the picture in France, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, East-Central Europe, Turkey, and Greece. The film, which was also written by Rohal, stars Steve Little (EASTBOUND & DOWN), Robert Longstreet (SEPTIEN), and Wally Dalton (THE OFF HOURS). Longstreet also executive produced the project, and David Gordon Green, Megan […]

REVIEW: The Desert of Forbidden Art

REVIEW: The Desert of Forbidden Art

The Desert of Forbidden Art is a fascinating documentary by Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope, exploring an unknown art world made up of amazing artists whose work was condemned in their lifetimes largely because of Stalin’s regime, and consequently not recognized until recently. The film centers on the story of how one man, Igor Savitsky (whose narration is voiced by Sir Ben Kinglsey), made it his life’s goal to collect the work of Russian artists […]

10th Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative and Documentary Competition Selections, and New Viewpoints Section

10th Tribeca Film Festival Announces World Narrative and Documentary Competition Selections, and New Viewpoints Section

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®,  announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and the first edition of the new section—Viewpoints. Forty-four of the 88 feature-length films were announced. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.

DALLAS International Film Festival Annnounces Honoree, Centerpieces, Target Competition line up

DALLAS International Film Festival Annnounces Honoree, Centerpieces, Target Competition line up

The DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Cadillac announced that award-winning actress Ann-Margret will be honored with the DALLAS Star Award at the upcoming festival (March 31 – April 10, 2011). BEAUTIFUL BOY and SOUL SURFER and the world premiere of OK BUCKAROOS will be featured in the coveted Centerpiece screening slots. Fourteen films will vie for the unrestricted $25,000 Target cash prize in both the Target Documentary Feature and Narrative Feature Competitions. In Shawn […]

Ten films to Compete for Top Honors at the 11th Annual Phoenix Film Festival

Ten films to Compete for Top Honors at the 11th Annual Phoenix Film Festival

The 11th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, presented by Cox and Starz, takes place from March 31, 2011 through April 7, 2011 at Harkins Scottsdale 101. Ten films are set to compete for multiple honors, including Best Picture, in the festival’s Competition Feature Films Awards. Ten films to contend for top honors at the 11th Annual Phoenix Film Festival The dramatic comedy A Little Help stars Jenna Fischer (NBC’s The Office), Chris O’Donnell (Mad Love), Kim […]

61st Berlin International Film Festival Sells 300,000 Tickets + Announces 2012 Dates

61st Berlin International Film Festival Sells 300,000 Tickets + Announces 2012 Dates

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival came to a close with the award ceremony on February 19, 2011, and the numbers are in, revealing roughly 300,000 tickets were sold during the eleven-day festival. Additionally, nearly 20,000 accredited visitors from 116 countries attended the festival, including approximately 3,900 representatives of the press. Now the Berlinale looks forward to welcoming guests and visitors to the Berlinale in 2012. The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will be held […]

Gasparilla International Film Festival + Global Lens 2011 Brings Independent Foreign Films to Tampa

Gasparilla International Film Festival + Global Lens 2011 Brings Independent Foreign Films to Tampa

The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) will once again collaborate with Global Film Initiative and the Tampa Museum of Art to bring the best independent foreign films to the Tampa Bay area. Global Lens 2011 is a prestigious series of films, which supports unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works of independent filmmakers from all over the globe. The following films will be shown on the second Friday of every month: March 4 – “Dooman River” […]

Gasparilla International Film Festival to honor M. Emmet Walsh and Tom Berenger in 2011

Gasparilla International Film Festival to honor M. Emmet Walsh and Tom Berenger in 2011

Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) will recognize M. Emmet Walsh and Tom Berenger for their commitment, talent and outstanding achievements. Both Walsh and Berenger will be in attendance to accept their awards during the 5th annual GIFF being held March 24 – 27 in Tampa. Tom Berenger, known for his memorable roles in “Platoon,” “Major League” and more recently, “Inception,” will be honored with the Career Achievement Award. Berenger is an acclaimed actor, writer and […]

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Documentaries in Golden Gate Awards Competition

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Announces Documentaries in Golden Gate Awards Competition

The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 – May 5) today announced its Documentaries in Competition for the esteemed Golden Gate Awards. The International will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. Sixty thousand dollars will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,000) and Bay Area documentary feature ($15,000). Winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards, Wednesday, May 4. Official Selections 2011 […]

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Announces 11 Films in New Directors Competition

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Announces 11 Films in New Directors Competition

The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 – May 5) will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. The New Directors Prize of $15,000 is given to a narrative first feature that exhibits a unique artistic sensibility and deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Seventeen countries contributed to the production of the 11 films in this year’s competition. An independent jury will select the New Directors […]

REVIEW: Desert Flower – True Story of Somalian Supermodel Waris Dirie

REVIEW: Desert Flower – True Story of Somalian Supermodel Waris Dirie

Sherry Hormann’s film Desert Flower is the true story of the life of supermodel Waris Dirie, and a very important one to be told. The film is based on her autobiography and brings us through the amazing journey from her life in Somalia as a child to her shift into modeling stardom in London and eventual women’s rights activism. The execution of this story, however, is less than impressive. It follows pretty conventional modes of […]

2011 Nashville Film Festival Announces Feature Films in Competition

2011 Nashville Film Festival Announces Feature Films in Competition

Major award winners from both the 2010 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals will headline the World Cinema and competition lineups for the 2011 Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) presented by Nissan when it takes place April 14-21 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas in Nashville, Tennessee. Winner of the Palm d’Or at Cannes, Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” a natural, free-wheeling, pensive and dryly funny film combining Buddhist […]

Indie Memphis announces dates for 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival

Indie Memphis announces dates for 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival

Indie Memphis will hold its 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival this year from November 3 to November 6, 2011. Screenings and events will once again take place in the heart of Midtown Memphis at the new Playhouse on the Square, Malco Theatre’s Studio on the Square, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The Indie Memphis Film Festival, which was named one of MovieMaker magazine’s  “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009, drew a record-setting […]

2011 Fargo Film Festival Best-in-Show Awards

2011 Fargo Film Festival Best-in-Show Awards

The Fargo Film Festival named David Filipi as the recipient of the Ted M. Larson Award. Filipi will accept the award on Saturday, March 5 during the closing session of the Fargo Film Festival. The 2011 Fargo Film Festival also announced the best-in-show awards. Best Picture – “The Butterfly Circus” Best Director – Vitaly Vorobjev for “I Shall Remember” Best Actress – Alexandra Chalupa in “An Affair with Dolls” Best Actor – John Hawkes in […]

Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck, documentary about Willie Nelson, to close 2011 SXSW

Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck, documentary about Willie Nelson, to close 2011 SXSW

Billy Bob Thornton’s The King of Luck, a documentary about Willie Nelson, was announced as the Closing Night Film of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival, scheduled to be screened on Saturday, March 19,.  SXSW also announced additional features and shorts for the 2011 event, including a work-in-progress screening of Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, starring (and co-written by) Kristen Wiig and produced by Judd Apatow, Umshini Wam, a short film from Harmony Korine […]

‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’ documentary to open in NY on May 13

‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’ documentary to open in NY on May 13

‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’  a documentary by Leanne Pooley will open in New York at Cinema Village on May 13. Winner of numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary at New York’s NewFest 2010 and the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009  ‘The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls’ tells the story of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp. Argot Pictures is proud to present the US theatrical release of  ‘The […]

First Santa Catalina Film Festival scheduled for May 6-8 2011, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island

First Santa Catalina Film Festival scheduled for May 6-8 2011, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island

The inaugural Santa Catalina Film Festival will be held May 6-8, 2011, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island.  The Santa Catalina Film Festival (SCFF) is a three day festival celebrating independent film with screenings all weekend in addition to discussion panels with top film industry executives. Guests in attendance to include actor and environmental advocate, ED BEGLEY, Jr. who joins Multi-platinum Grammy Award-winners ALL-4-ONE, Emmy-winner and Grammy-nominated WAYNE BRADY, along with the cast of Disney’s Wizards […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with the World Premiere of Cameron Crowe’s The Union

2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Open with the World Premiere of Cameron Crowe’s The Union

Elton John and Leon Russell from the The Union. photo credit: Joseph Guay

The world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union will open the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. A performance by the film’s subject – Elton John – will follow the free, outdoor screening to kick off the Festival’s 10th edition and thank the New York City community for its ongoing support. The Union will premiere on Wednesday, April 20 at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 20 through May 1, 2011.

RIP: Producer, Director Gary Winick

RIP: Producer, Director Gary Winick

Gary Winick, a pioneering producer and director of independent digital films who found mainstream success with such movies as “13 Going on 30” and “Letters to Juliet,” has died. He was 49. Winick, who was diagnosed with brain cancer about two years ago, died Sunday at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, said Niels Mueller, a longtime collaborator. When Winick went to the Sundance Film Festival in 2002, he didn’t even have an […]

One World uses “Empty Chair” to draw attention to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

One World uses “Empty Chair” to draw attention to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo

One World International Film Festival running in Prague from March 8 to 17, 2011 will use an “Empty Chair” to draw attention to imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.  The Chinese dissident had been sentenced to 11 years in jail. During the One World festival viewers will come across an empty chair with the poster ofLiu in screening halls. In 2009, People in Need gave its Homo Homini award to the Chinese intellectual and […]

Tribeca Film to Distribute 26 Films in 2011, Doubling 2010 Slate

Tribeca Film to Distribute 26 Films in 2011, Doubling 2010 Slate

Tribeca Enterprises announced that Tribeca Film will expand to commercially release 26 films over the next year, more than double the number of titles released in 2010. The comprehensive distribution label for independent film also announced that it acquired U.S. rights to nine new titles to be released across multiple platforms. The curated selection of films includes many genres and features stars including Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo and Zoe Kravitz and filmmakers such as Peter […]

Melissa Leo Drops the F-Bomb at the Oscars | Video

Melissa Leo Drops the F-Bomb at the Oscars | Video

Dirty mouth. Actress Melissa Leo dropped the F-bomb while accepting the Oscar forr Best Supporting Actress at the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Making up her acceptance speech as she spoke, the actress said, “Yeah, I am kind of speechless,… when I watched Kate two years ago, it looked so f***ing easy.” Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway had the best come-back, “Wow, I thought the ‘F’ stood for ‘The Fighter.’ It’s the young and […]

83rd annual Academy Awards Winners; The King’s Speech Rules

83rd annual Academy Awards Winners; The King’s Speech Rules

“The King’s Speech” was the ‘King’ at the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, winning four Oscars: including Best Picture, Directing for director Tom Hooper, Writing – Original Screenplay for David Seidler and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Colin Firth. And as expected Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in “Black Swan,” while Christian Bale  and his co-star Melissa Leo took the Oscars […]