Film Exec Bingham Ray Died After Suffering Stroke at Sundance Film Festival

Film Exec Bingham Ray Died After Suffering Stroke at Sundance Film Festival

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 after suffering a stroke while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah’ The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. “The board of directors and staff of the Film Society are stunned and deeply saddened by the untimely […]

2012 IFFR presents 196 short films in Spectrum Shorts

2012 IFFR presents 196 short films in Spectrum Shorts

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected 196 short films from more than 3,500 submissions for its main programme Spectrum Shorts, which can be seen from Thursday 26 through Monday 30 January in LantarenVenster. This year, Spectrum Shorts encompasses no less than 42 world premières; many of these films that have been made by young filmmakers and video artists from all over the world. Short films can also be seen in the IFFR’s Tiger Awards […]

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray Hospitalized at Sundance Film Festival

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray Hospitalized at Sundance Film Festival

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray reportedly suffered a stroke while at the Sundance Film Festival and remains hospitalized. In a press release, the SFFS says The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray has been hospitalized while attending the Sundance Film Festival. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bingham for a speedy and full recovery and our sympathies go out to his family and his many friends […]

Your Sister’s Sister to Open 2012 Seattle International Film Festival

Your Sister’s Sister to Open 2012 Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced Your Sister’s Sister as the opening film to be presented at the 2012 festival’s prestigious Opening Night Gala, Thursday, May 17, 2012. Your Sister’s Sister, written and directed by Seattle’s Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, is SIFF’s first opening selection locally produced and shot by a Seattle filmmaker. SIFF takes place May 17 through June 10. “I am thrilled beyond measure […]

Magnolia Pictures To Distribute THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES from Sundance Film Festival

Magnolia Pictures To Distribute THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES from Sundance Film Festival

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired North American distribution rights to THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, an outrageous, timely and moving film that premiered last night to a sold out crowd at the Eccles theater as this year’s opening night film at the Sundance film festival. Television and international rights are still available. From acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield (Thin, Kids + Money; named one of the top 25 most influential […]

Sony Pictures Classics goes SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN at Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics goes SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN at Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the rights in North America to Malik Bendjelloul’s directorial debut, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN.  The film is produced by Simon Chinn of Red Box Films (PROJECT NIM, MAN ON WIRE) and executive produced by John Battsek of Passion Pictures (THE TILLMAN STORY, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER) in association with Canfield Pictures and The Documentary Company.  SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN had its world premiere last night as […]

TRIBE CALLED QUESTDocumentary and THE ARTIST Win 23rd Producers Guild of America Awards

TRIBE CALLED QUESTDocumentary and THE ARTIST Win 23rd Producers Guild of America Awards

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions, including the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. In addition to the competitive awards, the PGA honored several individuals with tribute awards including Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don […]

Becoming Chaz and Gun Hill Road Among 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

Becoming Chaz and Gun Hill Road Among 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

Gun Hill Road

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, announced the nominees for the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards. Nominees include Gun Hill Road, Pariah and Becoming Chaz.

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in New York on March 24, Los Angeles on April 21, and San Francisco on June 2.

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Albert Nobbs
Beginners
J. Edgar

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
Circumstance
Gun Hill Road
Pariah
Tomboy
Weekend

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Becoming Chaz
The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Two Spirits
We Were Here
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The First Grader and Pariah Among 43rd NAACP Image Awards Nominees

The First Grader and Pariah Among 43rd NAACP Image Awards Nominees

The NAACP Image Awards, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts announced the nominees for the 43rd edition. Nominees include Pariah, The First Grader and A Separation. Winners will be announced during a live telecast on NBC Friday, February 17, 2012.

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
“The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
“Tower Heist” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy – “Tower Heist” (Universal Pictures)
Laurence Fishburne – “Contagion” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Laz Alonso – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Oliver Litondo – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Vin Diesel – “Fast Five” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Emma Stone – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Paula Patton – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Viola Davis – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Zoë Saldana – “Colombiana” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie – “The Adjustment Bureau” (Universal Pictures)
Charles Parnell – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Don Cheadle – “The Guard” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jeffrey Wright – “The Ides of March” (Columbia Pictures)
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Bryce Dallas Howard – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Cicely Tyson – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Kim Wayans – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Maya Rudolph – “Bridesmaids” (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“I Will Follow” (AFFRM)
“Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
“MOOZ-lum” (AFFRM)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“A Separation” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Attack the Block” (Screen Gems)
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
“Le Havre” (Janus Films)
“Life, Above All” (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)
“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” (Submarine Deluxe)
“Sing Your Song” (HBO Documentary Films)
“The Rescuers” (Michael King Productions)
“Thunder Soul” (Roadside Attractions)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Arthur Harris – “Reed Between the Lines” – Let’s Talk About Ms. Helen’s Son Part 1 (BET)
Prentice Penny – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes….Beach Chairs (BET)
Vali Chandrasekaran – “30 Rock” – It’s Never Too Late For Now (NBC)
Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio – “Wizards of Waverly Place” – Wizards vs. Angels (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – Punching Water (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrois – “Criminal Minds” – The Bittersweet Science (CBS)
Lolis Eric Elie – “Treme” – Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)
Pam Veasey – “Ringer” – Oh Gawd, There’s Two of Them? (The CW)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – I Will Survive (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Ann Peacock – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Jay Chandrasekhar – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Kevin Hooks – “Drop Dead Diva” – Mother’s Day (Lifetime)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. – “Rules of Engagement” – The Set Up (CBS)
Miguel Arteta – “How to Make It in America” – Mofongo (HBO)
Salim Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes/Beach Chairs (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson – “Treme” – Do Watcha Wanna (HBO)
Ken Whittingham – “Parenthood” – Opening Night (NBC)
Kevin Sullivan – “NCIS” – Tell-All (CBS)
Paris Barclay – “Sons of Anarchy” – Out (FX Network)
Seith Mann – “Dexter” – Get Gellar (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Angelina Jolie – “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Salim Akil – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)   {jathumbnail off}

The Artist and A Separation Win at the 32nd London Film Critics Circle Awards

The Artist and A Separation Win at the 32nd London Film Critics Circle Awards

The Artist and A Separation were the big winners at the 32nd London Film Critics’ Circle Awards with each taking home three awards. Silent film THE ARTIST received Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year. Director Michel Hazanavicius and actor Jean Dujardin were both at the event to collect their awards. Asghar Farhadi’s Berlin winner A SEPARATION also took home three awards winning Foreign Language Film of the Year, […]

The Artist and Melancholia Among 14th Costume Designers Guild Award nominees

The Artist and Melancholia Among 14th Costume Designers Guild Award nominees

The 14th Costume Designers Guild Award nominees were announced and films making the list included The Descendants, Melancholia and The Artist. The Costume Designers Guild Award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

NOMINEES OF THE 14TH ANNUAL COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS

Excellence in Contemporary Film:
“Bridesmaids” – Leesa Evans and Christine Wada
“The Descendants” – Wendy Chuck
“Drive” – Erin Benach
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – Trish Summerville
“Melancholia” – Manon Rasmussen

Excellence in Period Film:
“The Artist” – Mark Bridges
“Jane Eyre ” – Michael O’Connor
“The Help” – Sharen Davis
“Hugo” – Sandy Powell
“W.E.” – Arianne Phillips

Excellence in Fantasy Film:
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2” – Jany Temime
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – Penny Rose
“Red Riding Hood” – Cindy Evans
“Thor” – Alexandra Byrne
“X-Men: First Class” – Sammy Sheldon  {jathumbnail off}

Italian actor and director Nanni Moretti to be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes

Italian actor and director Nanni Moretti to be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes

Nanni Moretti will be President of the Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes to be held from May 16 to 27, 2012. Accepting the invitation, the Italian actor and director said: “This is a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the jury of the most prestigious festival of cinematography in the world, a festival that is held in a country where film has always been treated with interest and […]

42nd Berlinale Unveils Films in Main Program

42nd Berlinale Unveils Films in Main Program

The 42nd Berlinale Forum will be showing 38 films in its main program, including 26 world premieres and 8 international premieres. Ann-Kristin Reyels’ film Formentera follows a young couple on holiday who run into the ’68 ideals of their parents’ generation and come to realise the extent to which their own ideas about life diverge from one another. Sleepless Knights by Stefan Butzmühlen and Cristina Diz is also set in Spain, telling a story of […]

20 Documentary Films Added to Berlin Film Fest

20 Documentary Films Added to Berlin Film Fest

The documentary lineup is almost complete for the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.  On February 10, 2012, the Panorama Dokumente will open with The Reluctant Revolutionary by British director Sean McAllister. The film is about a Yemenite tourist guide who slowly abandons his professional distance towards the political “spring” in his country. His experiences with a customer, one of the last tourists in these turbulent times, politicize him. Panorama Dokumente Anak-Anak Srikandi (Children of Srikandi) […]

Young Adult Join More Films Added to 2012 Berlin Film Fest

Young Adult Join More Films Added to 2012 Berlin Film Fest

Twelve more films have been confirmed for this year’s Berlinale Special programme. Besides Werner Herzog’s documentary film series Death Row and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In The Land Of Blood And Honey, these films include the documentaries Althawra… Khabar (Reporting … A Revolution) by Bassam Mortada, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry by Alison Klayman, Hijos de las Nubes by Alvaro Longoria, Anton Corbijn Inside Out by Klaartje Quirijns as well as Chris Kenneally’s Side by Side, […]

Cuabn Animated Film Chico & Rita Gets a US Release Date

Cuabn Animated Film Chico & Rita Gets a US Release Date

Chico & Rita, the new animated film from Oscar-winner Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and internationally-renowned illustrator/designer Javier Mariscal will be finally released in the US. The film which won the Best Animated Feature at both the Goya Awards and European Film Awards, will open February 10, 2012 at the Angelika Film in New York City with hopefully more cities to follow. In Chico & Rita, a gifted songwriter and beautiful singer chase their dreams – […]

My Week with Marilyn Among 2012 American Cinema Editors Nominees

My Week with Marilyn Among 2012 American Cinema Editors Nominees

The American Cinema Editors revealed their 2012 nominees, with the winners to be revealed in a ceremony February 18. Nominees include The Descendants, My Week with Marilyn and The Artist. BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)The DescendantsKevin Tent, A.C.E.The Girl with the Dragon TattooAngus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter, A.C.E.HugoThelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.MoneyballChristopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.War HorseMichael Kahn, A.C.E. BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)The ArtistAnne-Sophie Bion & Michel HazanaviciusBridesmaidsWilliam Kerr & Michael L. SaleMidnight in ParisAlisa […]

9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar

9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar

And then they were nine. Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau, director;Denmark, “Superclásico,” Ole Christian Madsen, director;Germany, “Pina,” Wim Wenders, director;Iran, “A Separation,” Asghar Farhadi, director;Israel, “Footnote,” Joseph Cedar, director;Morocco, “Omar Killed Me,” […]

HBO to Release Documentary Me @THE Zoo from 2012 Sundance Film Festival

HBO to Release Documentary Me @THE Zoo from 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Just before its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in the U.S. Documentary Competition, HBO Documentary Films has acquired the feature documentary ME @THE ZOO. Directed by Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch, ME @THE ZOO is an in-depth exploration of the new phenomenon of internet celebrity. Focusing on the story of Chris Crocker, the video blogger who exploded into the international spotlight after his infamous “Leave Britney Alone” YouTube declaration, ME @THE ZOO explores […]

Miami International Film Festival Announces Official Premiere Lineups

Miami International Film Festival Announces Official Premiere Lineups

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced its official lineup of red carpet Olympia Theater galas, parties, education seminars and international film premieres that will make up the Festival’s showcase of more than 100 films from 35 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 2-11, 2012.

On Friday, March 2nd, the Festival commences with its Opening Night Film, the World Premiere of Tom Gustafson’s musical tour-de-force Mariachi Gringo. The drama stars Shawn Ashmore (“Iceman” in X-Men) as a young man from Kansas who falls in love with the mariachi lifestyle, and travels to Guadalajara to prove that anything is possible. Ashmore and co-stars Academy Award nominee (Babel) Adriana Barraza and Mexican starlet Martha Higareda are expected to attend the premiere. 

The Festival’s Awards Night takes place on Saturday, March 10th before the screening of the U.S. Premiere of Chinese Take-Away. Winner of three Argentinean Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, director Sebastián Borensztein’s touching fish out of water comedy stars Argentine superstar Ricardo Darín as a shopkeeper who takes in an illegal immigrant desperate to find his extended family. Darín, who starred in the 2010 Academy Award-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes, and Borensztein are expected to attend the premiere.

7 WORLD PREMIERE FEATURES

Born & Raised (USA); La Casa Del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles (USA/Ecuador); The Diary of Preston Plummer (USA); Hombre y Tierra (USA); Mariachi Gringo (Mexico/USA); The Porcelain Horse (Mejor no hablar (de ciertas cosas)) (Ecuador); Underground Hip-Hop in China (China/USA)

4 WORLD PREMIERE SHORTS

The Beach Chronicles AGX (USA); Beyond Assignment (USA); Cell Phone Zombies (Cel zombies) (Ecuador); Shift (USA)

5 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES

180 Seconds (180 segundos)(Colombia); Baracoa: Where Cuba Began (Baracoa: 500 Años Despues) (Spain); Ben Lee: Catch My Disease (Australia);  Speechless (Sin palabras) (Colombia); Zoo (Zoológico) (Chile)

10 NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES

Annalisa (Il Paese Delle Spose Infelici) (Italy);Choked (South Korea); Code Blue (The Netherlands); A Cube of Sugar (Ye Habeh Gand) (Iran);  I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips (Eu Receberia As Piores Notícias De Seus Lindos Lábios) (Brazil); In The Name of The Girl (En el nombre de la hija) (Ecuador); Motherland or Death (Patria o Muerte) (Russia); Pescador (Ecuador/ Colombia); Promising The Moon (Das Blaue Vom Himmel) (Germany); Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (Un Giorno Questo Dolore Ti  Sará Utile)  (Italy/USA)

10 U.S. PREMIERES

Chinese Take-Away (Un cuento chino) (Argentina/Spain); The Cat Vanishes (El gato desaparece) (Argentina); Distance (Distancia) (Guatemala); The Fifth Commandment (El quinto mandamiento) (Mexico); Heleno (Brazil); The Sleeping Voice (La voz dorminda) (Spain); Porfirio (Colombia/Spain/Uruguay/Argentina/France); The Strawberry Tree (El arbol de las fresas) (Canada); UFO In Her Eyes (Germany/China); Vaquero (Argentina) {jathumbnail off}

 

More Films Added to 2012 Miami International Film Festival

More Films Added to 2012 Miami International Film Festival

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced a new category for its upcoming 29th edition, March 2 -11, 2012 –  the  Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition.

In this newly created category, six films from first-time feature filmmakers from Spain, Portugal and/or Latin America will compete for a $5,000 USD cash prize.

The finalists for the competition were selected by MIFF programmers from films already submitted to the 2012 Festival.

2012 MIFF Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition films:

Las Acacias (Argentina/Spain, directed by Pablo Giorgelli): Already a winner of major prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (Camera d’Or for Best First Film) and the Latin Horizons prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Giorgelli’s road movie unfolds along the highway linking Asunción to Buenos Aires, which trucker Rubén is accustomed to traveling solo. This time, however, he’s got a passenger, Jacinta, and a road full of revelations on the horizon.  East Coast Premiere

Expiration Date (Fecha de caducidad) (Mexico, directed by Kenya Márquez): After the tragic loss of her son, Ramona (Ana Ofelia Murguía) becomes convinced local handyman Genaro (Damián Alcázar) is responsible for the death. Becoming increasingly obsessed and paranoid, she enlists the help of neighbor to avenge his death. East Coast Premiere

Vaquero (Argentina, directed by Juan Minujín): Actor-turned-filmmaker Minujín’s profoundly revealing film follows mid-level Buenos Aires actor Julian Lamaz on a darkly comic quest for a leading role in a Hollywood movie. Through an amusing voice-over, the actor endures endless patronizing advice from fellow actors, casting agents and even his family. Minujín’s experience in the Buenos Aires film and theatre community gives the narrative multiple layers of self-referential resonance. U.S. Premiere

The Student (El estudiante) (Argentina, directed by Santiago Mitre): College student Roque (Esteban Lamothe) navigates the murky world of university politics, while seducing assistant professor and activist (Romina Paula), in Santiago Mitre’s briskly paced debut. A microcosm for the world at large, the film brilliantly exposes the backroom dealings and negotiations of student politics. Florida Premiere

Speechless (Sin palabras) (Colombia, directed by Ana Sofía Osorio Ruiz and Diego Bustamante): After helping a disoriented Chinese immigrant find her way, Raul (Javier Ortíz) can’t help but fall slowly in love with the exotic beauty. Osorio Ruiz and Bustamante prove the language of the heart is the most universal of all in this touching romance.  International Premiere

Distancia (Guatemala, directed by Sergio Ramírez): Tomás Choc travels 150 kilometers to be reunited with his only daughter, kidnapped 20 years ago during the Guatemalan civil war. In order to keep his memories of her alive, Tomas has kept a journal of his daily struggles, which he plans to give her when they meet in Ramirez’s heart wrenching drama. U.S. Premiere

Additionally, the Festival confirms the return of the University of Miami Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film. The established category showcases short films from developing international directors competing for a $2,500 cash prize. The 2011 winner in this category was Chilean short film Blokes (Blockes) by Marialy Rivas.

Some of the short films already confirmed to compete in MIFF 2012 include: {jathumbnail off}

The Samaritan starring Samuel L Jackson Added to 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Samaritan starring Samuel L Jackson Added to 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival which takes place January 26 through February 5, announced the addition of the World Premiere of THE SAMARITAN, starring Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson, to the program as a Gala Presentation. The red carpet Gala event will take place on Sunday, January 29, at 7pm at the Lobero Theatre. Produced by Andras Hamori and directed by David Weaver from a screenplay by Weaver and Elan Mastai, The […]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Unveils its 2012 Lineup

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Unveils its 2012 Lineup

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced its line-up for 2012. The Festival begins Thursday, January 26 and continues through Sunday, February 5, 2012. “Our program this year reflects invigorating change,” remarks SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “When I joined SBIFF ten years ago, I set out to bring the festival’s program and its sidebars to reflect the city of Santa Barbara as a city, and its community. This year we’ve taken that concept […]

Demián Bichir of A Better Life Among Performers to be Honored by SBIFF with 2012 Virtuosos Award

Demián Bichir of A Better Life Among Performers to be Honored by SBIFF with 2012 Virtuosos Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers with The 2012 Virtuosos Award. The actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are: Demián Bichir for his earnest portrayal as Carlos, a virtuous father struggling to provide for his son in A Better Life; Rooney Mara for her dark and provocative performance as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Melissa McCarthy […]