Catherine Zeta Jones Quits As Patron of Swansea Bay Film Festival

Catherine Zeta Jones Quits As Patron of Swansea Bay Film Festival

Oscar winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has quit as patron of the Swansea Bay Film Festival and her image has been removed from the festival’s website. This follows the resignation of actor Michael Sheen, who quit as vice president of the festival last month The festival has reportedly received lots of negative feedback from festival-goers including filmmaker Steve Rosen, who made a documentary about the festival, describing it as “unquestionably the worst event of its kind.” […]

KICK-OFF to kick off the 13th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

KICK-OFF to kick off the 13th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

The 13th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) returns to Miami-Dade County, Florida beginning April 21-May 1, 2011. The festival will feature more than 50 feature and short films from 15 countries with multiple screenings at the Colony Theater, Regal Cinemas South Beach, and Coral Gables Art Cinema. The 2011 Festival opens with the North American premiere presentation of KICK-OFF at the historic Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Florida. Written and directed by […]

Black Swan makes top ten DVD sales and rentals lists

Black Swan makes top ten DVD sales and rentals lists

Rentrak announced the top ten DVD sales and rentals for last week. Black Swan is still riding its Oscar buzz as it made both the DVD sales and rentals list. Rentrak Top 10 Selling DVDs* Rank | Film                              1    Tron: Legacy                    2    Tangled                         3    Little Fockers                  4    The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader      5    Black Swan                     6    Tron                           7    Yogi Bear                      8    The Tourist                    9    Skyline                         10   Due Date  *Week ended April […]

Fallbrook Film Festival Announces 2011 Winners; Colin Heart Kay wins Best Film

Fallbrook Film Festival Announces 2011 Winners; Colin Heart Kay wins Best Film

The 2011 Fallbrook Film Festival had 68 films in competition; four were nominated for best of show in each category; and the following films were announced as award winners at the festival’s Gala at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort on Sunday. For Best Documentary Feature: John Muir In the New World, directed by Catherine Tatge. Nearly a century after John Muir’s death, he is remembered in this beautiful film as California’s most beloved environmental […]

Six Film Projects to receive $140,000 from Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund

Six Film Projects to receive $140,000 from Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund

Six film projects, selected from this year’s pool of 121 applicants, will receive financial and creative support from the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) Sloan Filmmaker Fund. The projects will be awarded a total of $140,000 and will be recognized at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (April 20- May 1, 2011). The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund awards grants to narrative film projects that dramatize science and technology themes in film or that portray scientists, engineers, or […]

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) Announces its Line-up of 25 Films

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) Announces its Line-up of 25 Films

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) which will take place from May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan, announced its complete line-up of 25 feature films. The full line-up of features includes three previously announced films – Disney’s Do Dooni Chaar directed by Habib Faisal and starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh which makes its U.S. Premiere as the Opening Night selection of NYIFF, the U.S. Premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s Nauka Dubi […]

11th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Award Winners; “The Bad Penny” Wins Golden Palm Award”

11th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Award Winners; “The Bad Penny” Wins Golden Palm Award”

“The Bad Penny,” a feature-length drama directed by Todd Bellanca, starring Tom Arnold and Bai Ling, received the Golden Palm Award at the 11th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) closing Gala Awards ceremony.  The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film went to “The Chicago 8,” from writer/director Pinchas Perry, starring Danny Masterson, Gary Cole and Orlando Jones.  The Jury Award for Best Feature Film went to “Polish Bar” from director Ben Berkowitz. […]

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Announces Award Winners; JESS + MOSS Wins Best Film

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Announces Award Winners; JESS + MOSS Wins Best Film

Clay Jeter’s JESS + MOSS

Clay Jeter’s JESS + MOSS was announced as the winner of the $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and Anne Buford‘s ELEVATE received the $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival. On receiving her award, Buford declared that the $25,000 would be donated back to the SEEDS ACADEMY, the one-of-a-kind boarding school in Senegal for basketball players.

Legendary actor, director and producer Peter Fonda presented the Target Filmmaker Awards to both the documentary and narrative feature winners.

The Narrative Feature competition jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Dave Boyle’s SURROGATE VALENTINE for Goh Nakamura’s acting and an Honorable Mention for Darragh Byrne’s PARKED.  The documentary competition jury gave a Special Jury Prize to Joseph Mantegna’s NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN.

RIP: Director, Sidney Lumet

RIP: Director, Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet, director of American film classics such as “12 Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Verdict,” “Network” died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said the cause was lymphoma.

13th Wisconsin Film Festival | Argentinian film, Anita voted Best Film

13th Wisconsin Film Festival | Argentinian film, Anita voted Best Film

The 13th Wisconsin Film Festival wrapped five days of screening 211 movies, presenting more than 120 filmmakers and special guests at the nine downtown Madison and campus theaters that opened their doors to 35,858 audience members. The Argentinian film, Anita, was voted Audience Award for Best Narrative Film. In the film, Anita, an adult with Down Syndrome, must navigate the chaos that develops when a bomb explodes on a Buenos Aires street, separating her from […]

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Honors Oliver Stone with Founder’s Directing Award

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Honors Oliver Stone with Founder’s Directing Award

Oscar winning director Oliver Stone will receive the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled to run April 21 – May 5, 2011. The Founder’s Directing Award is presented each year to a master of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, visionary founder of the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1957. San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver […]

Shakeup at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Shakeup at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the annual Academy Awards, voted on Thursday to establish a new executive structure for the organization, replacing retiring executive director Bruce Davis with former Film Independent head Dawn Hudson and long-time Academy executive Ric Robertson, who will become the organization’s CEO and COO respectively. Robertson will report to Hudson in the new leadership tandem. Academy president Tom Sherak said […]

Kings Of Leon’s Pentecostal Past To Premiere At Tribeca | Trailer

Kings Of Leon’s Pentecostal Past To Premiere At Tribeca | Trailer

The Kings Of Leon’s Pentecostal background is featured in a new documentary, which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The new film “”Talihina Sky” Kings of Leon” shows never-before-seen home video footage of brothers Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill surprisingly growing up in rural Tennessee and being the sons of a Pentecostal preacher. The documentary film features an interview with the Followills’ preacher dad, who admits he still struggles with […]

Tribeca Film Institute Picks 3 Documentary Projects for HBO Fellowships

Tribeca Film Institute Picks 3 Documentary Projects for HBO Fellowships

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the HBO Fellowships of the inaugural TFI Documentary Fund.  Three fellowships were awarded today,  and will receive a total of $100,000 in fellowships and grants toward their documentary projects. TFI/HBO “Documentary Screen Test” Fellowship: awards $50,000 to emerging filmmakers in production of their first feature-length documentary along with a yearlong mentorship with an established filmmaker and a meeting with HBO Documentary Films. The recipient of the 2011 TFI/HBO […]

BLANK CITY opens today, April 6, in New York City | Trailer

BLANK CITY opens today, April 6, in New York City | Trailer

BLANK CITY opens today, April 6, in New York City. The film documents the No Wave film movement of the 70’s and 80’s in New York City  where the likes of Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch and John Waters got their start. BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of the motley crew of renegade filmmakers that emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous period of New York history.  It’s a fascinating look at the way this […]

REVIEW: Blank City; Nostalgic, Eye-opening, Timely…

REVIEW: Blank City; Nostalgic, Eye-opening, Timely…

Blank City is at once nostalgic, in its look back towards a time and place that was full of raw energy and desperate creativity; eye-opening, with its fantastic clips of experimental films that few people today have probably seen; and very timely, since it speaks directly to our current culture of artists, hipsters and struggling indie filmmakers scraping by in contemporary New York, a city very different from the one portrayed in this film, but […]

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

The official poster of the 64th Cannes Film Festival was unveiled and it features a photo of Faye Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970.  Jerry Schatzberg is a filmmaker from New York who won the Palme d’Or in 1973 for Scarecrow. Faye Dunaway had the starring role in Schatzberg’s first film Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), which has been restored by Universal Pictures. The restored film will be distributed in France by Carlotta […]

2011 IIFA Award Nominations; Once Upon A Time Leads With 12 Nominations

2011 IIFA Award Nominations; Once Upon A Time Leads With 12 Nominations

The 2011 Micromax IIFA Awards, officially the 12th International Indian Film Academy Awards aka the Bollywood Oscars announced the films nominations.  Milan Luthria’s mafia gangster film, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, leads the field with 12 nomination, followed by Dabangg, an action film starring Salman Khan, with 11 nominations. The 2011 nominations BEST FILM Band Baaja Baaraat, Aditya Chopra – Yash Raj FilmsDabangg, Arbaaz Khan ProductionsMy Name Is Khan, Karan Johar – Dharma Productions; […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Adds Two More Films to Lineup

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Adds Two More Films to Lineup

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has added two more films to its feature lineup: a world premiere of Tony Kaye’s drama Detachment and a work-in-progress screening of Stephen C. Mitchell’s Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan, New York.

Garden State Film Festival 2011 Winners; Expecting Mary is Audience Choice

Garden State Film Festival 2011 Winners; Expecting Mary is Audience Choice

The ninth annual Garden State Film Festival, announced its 2011 winners at its awards dinner Sunday.  “Expecting Mary” was a big winner taking home both the Audience Choice award and the Bud Abbott Award for Feature-Length Comedy. The comedy-drama film directed by Dan Gordon and starring Elliott Gould and Linda Gray, tells the story of a pregnant young Mary, who has had all the trappings of an upscale life, but it’s only when she finds […]

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

A record-breaking audience of more than 78,000 people attended this year’s 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, but, there was no closing-night film. The screening of the scheduled film “Soul Surfer,” was cancelled after the print of the film was assumed lost when it never arrived at the festival. Although some ticket holders requested refunds, many were allowed to see other films including a last minute additional screening of the opening night film, “Hamill.” Awards were […]

Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH in Theatres, August 2011

Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH in Theatres, August 2011

The Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH, directed by Jim Whitaker was acquired and will be released by Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks. Oscilloscope will release REBIRTH in theatres in August 2011. SHOWTIME will broadcast REBIRTH on the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th. Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks Inc. announced today their acquisition of the widely lauded Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH, directed by Jim Whitaker. The result of a filmmaking […]

3D documentary PINA to be released in US by Sundance Selects | Trailer

3D documentary PINA to be released in US by Sundance Selects | Trailer

The 3D documentary PINA which world-premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival will be distributed in the US by Sundance Selects, a sister division to IFC Films. Directed by Wim Wenders’ (WINGS OF DESIRE, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB), PINA is an in-depth look into the work of iconic dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. Dancer Pina Bausch is legendary. As celebrated as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, she transformed the language of dance. Designed to ignite […]

2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival report another record-breaking year + Winners

2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival report another record-breaking year + Winners

The 17th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) which ran March 9 – 13, 2011 announced that it had another outstanding year, surpassing income and attendance goals. Festival Director, Wendy Eidson, is delighted with the growth in ticket and pass sales, which topped last years sales by over 40%. “Early numbers are indicating that we have well surpassed our festival income goals, as well as having increased the number of attendees, both local and […]