Sarah Palin documentary to air on Reelz Channel in March

Sarah Palin documentary to air on Reelz Channel in March

It basically bombed at the Box Office but Sarah Palin documentary movie “The Undefeated” is getting a second life and will make its network television premiere on REELZ on Sunday, March 11 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. “The Undefeated” chronicles the rise from obscurity to national prominence of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Starting during the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989 when Palin worked a commercial fishing boat she owned with her blue-collar husband, “The […]

Louisville filmmakers, IT’S IN THE BLOOD, wins multiple awards at the Derby City Film Festival

Louisville filmmakers, IT’S IN THE BLOOD, wins multiple awards at the Derby City Film Festival

Louisville natives Scooter Downey and Sean Elliot’s film It’s in the Blood was a big winner at the 2012 Derby City Film Festival.  The film which had its Kentucky premier at the film festival in Louisville, KY was awarded Best Picture, Audience Choice Award, Grand Jury Prize, and Elliot was awarded Best Actor (October).  Lead actor. Lance Henriksen (Russell) received a Lifetime Achievement Award in front of an audience of nearly 500. Directed by Scooter […]

Tropfest Las Vegas to run June 1 thru June 3

Tropfest Las Vegas to run June 1 thru June 3

Tropfest and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are teaming up for Tropfest Las Vegas.  The weekend-long event, which celebrates the short film festival’s 20th Anniversary will also feature indie spirited emerging musical performances, film-themed anniversary events and will culminate with a Tropfest “All-Star” competition featuring the best Tropfest films from the past 20 years.  Over the past two decades, dozens of successful directors, writers, actors and others got their start at Tropfest.  Festival alumni include: […]

The Descendants and Better This World Win WGA Awards

The Descendants and Better This World Win WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced the winners for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2011. Among the winners, The Descendants won the award for Adapted Screenplay and Better This World won the award for Documentary Screenplay. MOTION PICTURE WINNERS ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY  Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics ADAPTED SCREENPLAY  The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon […]

The Descendants, The Artist and Freedom Riders Among Winners of 62nd Annual ACE Eddie awards

The Descendants, The Artist and Freedom Riders Among Winners of 62nd Annual ACE Eddie awards

ACE, the AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS, an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950, presented the 62nd ACE Eddie awards. The Artist and The Descendants won the awards for Best Edited Feature Films and Freedom Riders won the award for Best Edited Documentary. The winners of the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie awards are: Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)The DescendantsKevin Tent, ACE Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical)The ArtistAnne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius Best […]

Happy New Year and Awaken the Dragon Win at 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival

Happy New Year and Awaken the Dragon Win at 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival

New York filmmaker K. Lorrel Manning’s Happy New Year won the Best Feature Film award at the 6th Beaufort International Film Festival in Beaufort, South Carolina. In Happy New Year, Sgt. Cole Lewis, mentally and physically scarred by his time served in Iraq and Afghanistan, finds humanity, compassion and friendship in a group of similarly injured veterans in the psychiatric ward at a remote Veterans Hospital. Through humor and pathos, Lewis becomes a ray of […]

High Ground and Monsieur Lazhar Win Top Awards at 2012 Boulder International Film Festival

High Ground and Monsieur Lazhar Win Top Awards at 2012 Boulder International Film Festival

High Ground directed by Michael Brown won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Boulder International Film Festival. High Gound tells the story of 11 U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq whose road to recovery takes them to one of the guardians of Everest—the 20,075-foot Himalayan peak known as Lobuche. The Academy Award nominated film, Monsieur Lazhar, directed by Phillippe Faiardeau won the award for Best Feature. Everyone has had some tough days in grade school, […]

Pariah and Sing Your Song Win at 43rd NAACP Image Awards

Pariah and Sing Your Song Win at 43rd NAACP Image Awards

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards was held over the weekend and Pariah triumphed over I Will Follow, Kinyarwanda, MOOZ-lum and The First Grader to win the award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Other award winners include Sing Your Song won the award for Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television) and In the Land of Blood and Honey won the award for Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture. Winners of the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards for Motion Pictures […]

Adopt Films to release in the US ‘Barbara’ Winner of Silver Bear for Best Director at 2012 Berlin Film Festival

Adopt Films to release in the US ‘Barbara’ Winner of Silver Bear for Best Director at 2012 Berlin Film Festival

Adopt Films has acquired for release in the U.S., Christian Petzold’s “Barbara,” only hours before it was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the just-concluded 2012 Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival). Adopt Films plans to release the film theatrically in December and will mount an Academy Award campaign for Petzold and his lead actors. Set in East Berlin in 1980 “Barbara” is the riveting and compassionate story of the eponymous pediatric surgeon whose […]

Italian Documentary Caesar Must Die Wins Golden Bear at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Italian Documentary Caesar Must Die Wins Golden Bear at 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

The Italian film, Caesar Must Die, (Cesare deve morire) by directors Paolo & Vittorio Taviani was awarded the top prize, the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

Filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani spent six months following rehearsals for the stage production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; their film demonstrates how the universality of Shakespeare’s language helps the actors to understand their roles and immerse themselves in the bard’s interplay of friendship and betrayal, power, dishonesty and violence. This documentary does not dwell on the crimes these men have committed in their ‘real’ lives; rather, it draws parallels between this classical drama and the world of today, describes the commitment displayed by all those involved and shows how their personal hopes and fears also flow into the performance.

All the awards – official and independent juries – of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival  {jathumbnail off}

Awards to Return for 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Awards to Return for 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival, announced today that this year’s edition of the Festival will see the return of major awards. Three awards including Best International Feature Film by an Emerging Director, Best Performance in a British Feature Film and The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature will all be available for 2012. In previous years The Michael Powell Award honored the best British feature film selected from the British Gala […]

My Week With Marilyn Expanding to 600 theaters

My Week With Marilyn Expanding to 600 theaters

In the wake of two Academy Award® Nominations for Michelle Williams, Best Actress, and Kenneth Branagh, Best Supporting Actor, the Weinstein Company announced today that they are expanding MY WEEK WITH MARILYN into 600 theaters nationwide. MY WEEK WITH MARILYN is currently in select theaters and will be expanding on February 24th.   In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in […]

Dates Announced for 2012 British Independent Film Awards

Dates Announced for 2012 British Independent Film Awards

The Moët British Independent Film Awards announced today that this year’s awards will be held on Sunday December 9th 2012. At the Moët BIFA’s Tyrannosaur also won the coveted Best British Independent Film, with Lynne Ramsay taking home Best Director for We Need to Talk About Kevin, Olivia Colman Best Actress for Tyrannosaur and Michael Fassbender Best Actor for Shame. Vanessa Redgrave won Best Supporting Actress for Coriolanus and Michael Smiley Best Supporting Actor for […]

2012 Derby City Film Festival opens today

2012 Derby City Film Festival opens today

The 4th Annual Derby City Film Festival opens today Friday, February 17th and will screen 56 films through Sunday the 19th. The lineup includes 24 International films representing 16 countries as well as 8 World Premieres, 5 US Premieres, and 28 KY Premieres. Eight films were produced in the Bluegrass State and another 5 have ties to Kentucky. Legendary actor Lance Henriksen will be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday evening before the […]

New Panel and Film Titles Announced for 2012 SXSW

New Panel and Film Titles Announced for 2012 SXSW

New Panel and Film Titles Announced have been added to the 2012 South by Southwest festival, joining the74 world premieres, 17 North American premieres and 11 US premieres in the full lineup.

NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT

Blue Like Jazz

Director: Steve Taylor | Screenwriters: Donald Miller, Steve Taylor, Ben Pearson
A Texas college student flees the hypocrisy of his religious upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at ‘the most godless campus in America.’ Based on the New York Times bestseller by Donald Miller.
Cast: Marshall Allman, Claire Holt, Tania Raymonde, Justin Welborn, Eric Lange
(World Premiere)

Nature Calls

Director & Screenwriter Todd Rohal
Polar-opposite brothers Randy (Oswalt) and Kirk (Knoxville) never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk’s son’s sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, Patrice O’Neal, Darrell Hammond
(World Premiere)

EMERGING VISIONS

King Kelly

Director: Andrew Neel | Screenwriters: Mike Roberts
Made entirely from camera-phone footage, King Kelly is a sensational journey into hedonistic American youth culture and the YouTube generation.
Cast: Louisa Krause, Libby Woodbridge, Roderick Hill, Will Brill, Patrick Murney
(World Premiere)

Low & Clear

Directors: Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen
Two formerly close friends reunite for a fly-fishing trip and struggle to understand how much they’ve each changed – and how these changes now threaten the friendship.
(World Premiere)

24 BEATS PER SECOND

Lost and Sound (UK)
Director: Lindsey Dryden
Music may be an essential part of being human – but what if you lost the ability to hear it? A dancer, a pianist and a music critic attempt to re-discover music after deafness, with astonishing results.
(World Premiere)

Searching for Sugar Man (Sweden, UK)

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
The true story of the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered and finally became the legend he deserved to be. A story of hope, inspiration and the power of music.

Shut Up and Play the Hits

Directors: Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern
The final days of LCD Soundsystem.

SXGLOBAL

GLOBAL HOME (Germany)

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Director Eva Stotz visited interesting people all over the world whom she found through online-host-networks and emerged for a limited time in their every-day-life.
(World Premiere)

The Will (Denmark)

Director: Christian Sønderby Jepsen
Henrik dreams of a new beginning. But when Henrik’s grandfather dies, leaving behind a fortune of millions, old skeletons come to light.
(North American Premiere)

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

Chasing Ice

Director: Jeff Orlowski
Photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change, but he discovers undeniable evidence. Balog reveals hauntingly beautiful, time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers, while delivering hope to our carbon-powered planet.

Compliance

Director & Screenwriter: Craig Zobel
When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unscathed. Based on true events.
Cast: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp, Phil Ettinger, Ashlie Atkinson, James McCaffrey

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

Director & Screenwriter: Philippe Falardeau
The story of an Algerian immigrant substitute teacher who brings emotional stability to a Montreal middle school class shaken by the tragic death of their well-liked teacher.
Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Emilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart

Safety Not Guaranteed

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Screenwriter: Derek Connolly
A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel.
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Sleepwalk With Me

Director: Mike Birbiglia | Screenwriters: Mike Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Joe Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
An aspiring comedian reluctant to confront his fears of love, honesty, and growing up; a budding standup comedian has both a hilarious and intense struggle with sleepwalking.
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti  {jathumbnail off}

Lima native Gregory Pitts’ Karma to open 2012 Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival

Lima native Gregory Pitts’ Karma to open 2012 Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival

The 2012 Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival will officially open with Karma, an avant-garde film written and produced by Lima native Gregory Pitts. “I am blown away by how striking this film is,” says Executive Director Len Archibald. “It is the perfect film to re-introduce Gregory Pitts to the Lima public, as well as make a bold statement about the diversity of films we intend to screen at the Festival.” Karma is a film that […]

2012 Dallas International Film Festival Announces First Fifteen Titles

2012 Dallas International Film Festival Announces First Fifteen Titles

The 2012 Dallas International Film Festival announced the first fifteen films chosen to screen at the festival scheduled to run April 12 – 22, 2012. The lineup includes two world premieres and nine Texas premieres. Legendary animator, director, author and illustrator Glen Keane, best known for his work on Disney classics such as ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, TARZAN, THE LITTLE MERMAID and TANGLED, was named this year’s honoree for the Texas Avery Animation Award […]

4th Amazigh Film Festival in Los Angeles April 21 to 22

4th Amazigh Film Festival in Los Angeles April 21 to 22

The fourth Amazigh Film Festival returns to Los Angeles, Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, 2012, with documentaries, films, art, music and food of indigenous North Africa, the Berber and Tuareg cultures of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, the Canary Islands, Egypt and the Sahara desert. In keeping with the Moroccan theme selected for this year, the event will open with a montage of photos of Chechaouen, Northern Morocco city of the Rif Mountains, created […]

New Poster and Trailer for BELOW ZERO Closing Night Film of 2012 Derby City Film Festival

New Poster and Trailer for BELOW ZERO Closing Night Film of 2012 Derby City Film Festival

New Poster and trailer have been released for BELOW ZERO, the closing film of the 2012 Derby City Film Festival. The film will be also screening at the following festivals in the coming months: Derby City Film Festival (Louisville, Kentucky), 6pm Feb 19th Garden State Film Festival (New Jersey), March 24 Indie Horror Film Festival (Chicago), March 24 International Horror & Sci Fi / Phoenix Film Fest (Phoenix), TBA Dead By Dawn (Edinburgh, Scotland), TBA […]

Tribeca Film to release Keanu Reeves film Side by Side

Tribeca Film to release Keanu Reeves film Side by Side

Tribeca Film will release Side by Side, a film described as a provocative and illuminating journey through the technical and aesthetic implications of the transition from traditional film to digital technology. Produced and presented by Keanu Reeves and directed by Chris Kenneally, Reeves takes you on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. A summer release is planned for the film, which is having its world premiere at […]

The Artist wins seven BAFTAs at Orange British Academy Film Awards

The Artist wins seven BAFTAs at Orange British Academy Film Awards

The Artist was named Best Film at Orange British Academy Film Awards. The film also won six other awards: Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA. Other acting awards included Meryl Streep for Leading Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady  and Christopher Plummer for Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners. Outstanding British Film […]

It’s In The Blood to have Kentucky premiere at 2012 Derby City Film Festival

It’s In The Blood to have Kentucky premiere at 2012 Derby City Film Festival

Louisville natives Scooter Downey and Sean Elliot will have the Kentucky premiere of their film It’s In The Blood, a character-driven horror story starring veteran character actor Lance Henriksen, at the 2012 Derby City Film Festival. The public premiere at the festival is 8:00 PM February 18th at the Clifton Center in Louisville. The festival runs February 17th-19th.  It’s In The Blood has been nominated for best picture, and Lance Henriksen and Sean Elliot are […]

Documentary RAISING RENEE to Premiere on HBO 2 on February 22

Documentary RAISING RENEE to Premiere on HBO 2 on February 22

The documentary RAISING RENEE will premiere on HBO 2 on February 22.  The documentary is a touching look at two sisters, Renee, who is is a mentally disabled 43-year old named Renee who functions at the level of a third grader and her sister Beverly, a painter who vows to their mother that she will care for Renee.   Filmed over the course of six years, the film takes a look at the lives of Renee […]

Tribeca Film to release Jenna Fischer’s The Giant Mechanical Man in the Spring

Tribeca Film to release Jenna Fischer’s The Giant Mechanical Man in the Spring

Tribeca Film will release in the Spring, The Giant Mechanical Man, a character-driven, romantic comedy written and directed by Lee Kirk. Produced by and starring Jenna Fischer (The Office) the film features a cast that includes Chris Messina (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Topher Grace (Too Big to Fail), Malin Akerman (Watchmen, Rock of Ages), Rich Sommer (Mad Men), Lucy Punch (Dinner for Schmucks) and Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show). The Giant Mechanical Man is a […]