Seattle International Film Festival Announces Galas, Tributes, Special Events for 2011

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Galas, Tributes, Special Events for 2011

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival announced the galas, tribute events and special presentations for this year’s Festival. The 25 day event, which runs from May 19 through June 12, will feature 441 films (257 features, 184 shorts) – including 96 feature and short premieres and a Festival record 74 countries represented – with screenings at venues throughout Seattle, Renton, Everett and Kirkland. “This year’s Festival will feature one of the largest and most diverse […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Winners; She Monkeys, Bombay Beach Win Top Jury Awards

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Winners; She Monkeys, Bombay Beach Win Top Jury Awards

Pamela and Benny Parrish in Bombay Beach

The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony hosted at the W Union Square in New York City. The Festival runs through May 1, 2011 including screenings of all winning films.

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Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés, (The Beloved) to close 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés, (The Beloved) to close 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Christophe Honoré’s film, Les Bien-aimés,  (The Beloved), will be close the 64th Cannes Film Festival, on Sunday May 22, 2011, following the award ceremony. This represents, Honiore’s 2nd time participating in the Cannes Film Festival, the First time in Competition with Les chansons d’amour. This time Christophe Honore will be accompanied by his faithful musician Alex Beaupin and the film’s actors: Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroiani, Milos Forman, Louis Garrel, Michel Delpech and Paul […]

Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2011 Award Winners and Grantees for Programs

Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2011 Award Winners and Grantees for Programs

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced several program award winners and grantees at the TFI Awards Luncheon at Riverpark NYC during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, totaling $125,000 in funds. During the TFI Awards Ceremony at Riverpark NYC in Manhattan, the following Tribeca All Access Creative Promise winners were announced: TAA Creative Promise Award for DocumentaryGideon’s Army Every day, more and more people are arrested, handcuffed, shoved into a squad car, and booked. Weeks […]

A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Announces Theatrical Release Dates

A Tribe Called Quest Documentary Announces Theatrical Release Dates

Michael Rapaport’s documentary on hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest, “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” will first open July 8 in New York City and Los Angeles and then on to  another 32 cities reports Billboard. “Beats, Rhymes & Life” will play San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., on its second week, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Atlanta beginning July 22.  The screening run wraps on August 12 […]

Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler and Black Swan, to chair International Jury for 2011 Venice International Film Festival

Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler and Black Swan, to chair International Jury for 2011 Venice International Film Festival

Oscar nominated American director, producer and screenwriter Darren Aronofsky (director/screenwriter  of the opening film of the 67th Venice Film Festival, Black Swan, and winner of the 2008 Golden Lion for The Wrestler) will be the president of the International Jury for the Competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31 – September 10 2011). The International Jury will award the Golden Lion and the other official prizes. Darren Aronofsky recently directed Black Swan, […]

EARTHWORK, the true story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd opens in NY on April 29 and LA on May 20

EARTHWORK, the true story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd opens in NY on April 29 and LA on May 20

EARTHWORK, a film by Chris Ordal, and winner over 20 film festival awards, will open in New York at Angelika Film Center on April 29 and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall on May 20. EARTHWORK is the true story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd (played by Oscar nominee and Spirit Award Winner for “Winter’s Bone” John Hawkes, in his first starring role), told through a single episode of his life.   In 1994, […]

Tribeca Film Festival: One-on-One with “Treatment” Co-Directors and Star Steven Schardt and Sean Nelson

Tribeca Film Festival: One-on-One with “Treatment” Co-Directors and Star Steven Schardt and Sean Nelson

What if you are a struggling screenwriter that needs a real break? What if your favorite A-list star just checked into rehab, and you decide all you need to do to pitch him your movie is get yourself duly check-in there? Sean Nelson and Steven Schardt co-direct Treatment, this sweetly wry and generationally pitch-perfect tale of friendship, creative delusion and celebrity obsession. Starring Josh Leonard, Sean Nelson, Ross Partridge, Jessica Makinson and Brie Larson, from a script conceived by Schardt and written by Nelson, Vimooz.com had the luck to sit down the film’s two directors (and writer/star!) – Steven Schardt and Sean Nelson. You can see the film at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival this week on Friday, April 29th at the AMC Loews Village at 4 pm. {jathumbnail off}

SING YOUR SONG, Harry Belafonte new documentary, will close 2011 Maryland Film Festival

SING YOUR SONG, Harry Belafonte new documentary, will close 2011 Maryland Film Festival

SING YOUR SONG, the new documentary about the life of actor/activist/singer Harry Belafonte, will close 2011 Maryland Film Festival, on May 8. Wonderfully archived, and told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style, and musical panache, Susanne Rostock’s inspiring biographical documentary, Sing Your Song, surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, inspired by Paul Robeson, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his […]

Documentary on world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters opens in NYC on May 13

Documentary on world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters opens in NYC on May 13

The Topp Twins: Untouchable a documentary by Leanne Pooley opens in NYC at Cinema Village on May 13, 2011.  Winner of numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary at New York’s NewFest 2010, Freedom Award at 2010 Outfest,  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, whose political activism and unique brand […]

Filmmaker Zhu Rikun Flees Chinese Capital After Cancellation of Film Festival

Filmmaker Zhu Rikun Flees Chinese Capital After Cancellation of Film Festival

After announcing that the 8th Beijing Independent Documentary Film Festival has been cancelled, the festival’s artistic director, Zhu Rikun, has reportedly resigned from the festival’s foundation, closed his production house, Fanhall Studio, and fled the Chinese capital. Zhu Rikun has worked on many independent Chinese documentaries including “Karamay” (2010), in which director Xu Xin carries out a forensic examination of a fire that broke out in the far western Chinese province of Xinjiang in 1994. […]

2011 SOHO International Film Festival Winners; “Tanzania: A Friendship Journey” Wins both Best World Showcase and Best Documentary awards

2011 SOHO International Film Festival Winners; “Tanzania: A Friendship Journey” Wins both Best World Showcase and Best Documentary awards

The 2011 SOHO International Film Festival wrapped up in New York City last Friday, April 22nd, 2011 with its award ceremony.   One of the highlights of the ceremony was the presentation of the very first NYC ICON AWARD to legendary character actor, Frank Vincent (“Raging Bull”, “Goodfellas”, “Sopranos”) honoring a New York film artist who has achieved a high degree of creative excellence over the years.

Newport Beach Film Festival announced its 2011 Action Sports Film Series

Newport Beach Film Festival announced its 2011 Action Sports Film Series

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced its 2011 Action Sports Film Series (ASFS), that will take place during the week of the Newport Beach Film Festival (April 28 – May 5, 2011) in Orange County, CA.

The NBFF Action Sports Film Series will spotlight 23 films from around the world. The Action Sports Film Series will celebrate athletes pushing the limits in some of the world’s most challenging and spectacular outdoor playgrounds and give filmgoers an opportunity to experience breathtaking cinematography, cultural journeys, in-depth portrayals and compelling stories that explore the physical, emotional, historical and spiritual realms of surfing, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, stand up paddle boarding, cycling and motocross.

2011 Newport Beach Film Festival to Close with A Beginner’s Guide to Endings starring Harvey Keitel

2011 Newport Beach Film Festival to Close with A Beginner’s Guide to Endings starring Harvey Keitel

The 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will end its eight-day run with A Beginner’s Guide to Endings on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Written and directed by Jonathan Sobol, A Beginner’s Guide to Endings follows three brothers as they set off to rectify a lifetime of mistakes after learning they only have a few days left to live.  Duke White (Harvey Keitel) has not been an ideal father to his five boys. An inveterate gambler […]

Protesters Shut down Bollywood Movie Set Over Use of Foreign Dancers

Protesters Shut down Bollywood Movie Set Over Use of Foreign Dancers

Production on the set of the Bollywood action movie “Bbuddha” starring Amitabh Bachchan was brought to a screeching halt, in Mumbai on Tuesday after a political party protested against the use of foreign dancers. Members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) reportedly barged onto the set, and told the crew to stop filming, claiming that 40 overseas artists were performing without valid work permits. Although foreign performers are often used in Hindi-language Bollywood for the […]

Dates Announced for 84th Academy Awards(R)

Dates Announced for 84th Academy Awards(R)

The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, Academy President Tom Sherak announced yesterday. The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  A 90-minute red carpet show will immediately precede the ceremony broadcast. Key dates currently scheduled are: Thursday, December 1, 2011: Official Screen Credits forms dueTuesday, December 27, 2011: Nominations ballots […]

Tribeca Film Festival: One on One with Mateo Gil, director of western, “Blackthorn”

Tribeca Film Festival: One on One with Mateo Gil, director of western, “Blackthorn”

The Tribeca Film Festival’s lineup describes Mateo Gil’s blazing new western, “Blackthorn” as about “…the final years in the life of legendary bandit Butch Cassidy, which are shrouded in mystery, from his rumored death in a Bolivian military standoff, to his escape from South America to die quietly on a Nevada ranch the 1930s. In Mateo Gil’s intimate and adventurous Western, a re-imagined and aged Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) is living under the assumed name James Blackthorn, in a secluded village in Bolivia, 20 years after his disappearance in 1908. Surviving humbly off the land, and finding occasional comforts with a local woman, Yana (Magaly Solier, The Milk of Sorrow), he longs to end his personal exile and return to the US to see his family. Reluctantly joining forces with a Spanish mine robber (Eduardo Noriega) who promises him a cut of the loot, Blackthorn sets out on one final adventure… and discovers he’s not the only one harboring a deep secret.”  Stephen Rea also gives a sensational performance as an ex-Pinkerton cop, who never quite got over having never brought Butch and Sundance to custody.

The film has an incredible depth and quiet beauty, and Sam Shepherd  gives the performance of his career. {jathumbnail off}

Incendies, a Box Office Winner in Limited Release

Incendies, a Box Office Winner in Limited Release

Rio was the the box office winner last weekend – both domestically and internationally; with Tyler Perry, Madea’s Big Happy Family coming in at second place. Holdouts including the documentary African Cats, Soul Surfer, and Insidious performed well enough to remain in the top 10. However, it was the Academy Award nominee for best foreign film, Incendies that scored the best theater average of the weekend with an estimated $54,582 from three theaters in New […]

The Weinstein Company picks up 2011 Tribeca Film Festival documentary THE BULLY PROJECT

The Weinstein Company picks up 2011 Tribeca Film Festival documentary THE BULLY PROJECT

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired THE BULLY PROJECT, the new documentary from Emmy and Sundance award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch (AMANDLA! A REVOLUTION IN FOUR PART HARMONY) that premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 23.

THE BULLY PROJECT is directed by Lee Hirsch, produced by Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen, and written by Lowen and Hirsch. Cindy Waitt is the executive producer. {jathumbnail off}

5 Foreign Finalists Selected for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

5 Foreign Finalists Selected for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

Five finalists, selected from 52 entries from 32 countries, will advance in the Foreign Student Film category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.  Up to three winners, to be selected from this group, will be brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award® winners for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, […]

Filmmaker Alma Har’el discusses her gorgeous and groundbreaking new documentary “Bombay Beach”

Filmmaker Alma Har’el discusses her gorgeous and groundbreaking new documentary “Bombay Beach”

Beirut Frontman Zach Condon, Filmmaker Alam Har’el, and Bombay Beach heart and star Benny. PHOTO BY Kristianna Smith

I met with the amazing, charismatic and riveting documentary director Alma Har’el, to discuss her first film, the documentary “Bombay Beach,” which is shaping up to be the surprise runaway hit of the Tribeca Film Festival. Shot on a $600 consumer camcorder (using 35 mm lenses), Har’el discusses her background in photography, music videos,  video/concert imagery, and PSAs, how she secured three Bob Dylan songs, and her obsessive love for the band Beirut, whose music comprises most of her magical soundtrack. {jathumbnail off}

Documentary Highlights of 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Documentary Highlights of 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Being overwhelmed at Tribeca is not unusual; there is a huge amount of cinema to choose from. Vimooz is here to help! Here are some films that we find to be highlights of the fest, either hidden gems we’ve mentioned, films generating a buzz, or films that are simply not to be missed. These are some documentary feature highlights, put into general categories to give an idea of what kinds of films they are. Of course, many of these films crossover into different categories, and could be included in any or all of them, as complex as they are. But when delving through the many choices Tribeca offers, it helps to have an idea of what subject a film fits into.