Pipe Dreams documentary about Keystone XL Pipeline Playing in LA

Pipe Dreams documentary about Keystone XL Pipeline Playing in LA

The new documentary, Pipe Dreams from Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated director Leslie Iwerks is playing at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater in LA, through November 24 at 7:30 pm daily. Narrated by actress/activist Daryl Hannah, the documentary tells the story of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the company TransCanada’s efforts to build a transportation system for tar sands through some of the most environmentally sensitive areas in the region (with a route crossing the Sandhills […]

Le Havre and Being Elmo are Centerpiece films of the 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival

Le Havre and Being Elmo are Centerpiece films of the 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival

The 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF) announced that its Centerpiece films will be the Valley premiere of “Le Havre” (Finland’s official entry for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film) by Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki and “Being Elmo – A Puppeteer’s Journey” by American documentary filmmaker Constance Marks. The films selected for the Centerpiece program are cinematic stories that capture the essence of humanity, power of expression and universality of cinema […]

International Film Festival Rotterdam announces first five films for 2012 Tiger Awards Competition

International Film Festival Rotterdam announces first five films for 2012 Tiger Awards Competition

The International Film Festival Rotterdam announces the first five films selected for its Tiger Awards Competition 2012. Polish-American co-production IT LOOKS PRETTY FROM A DISTANCE by Anka and Wilhelm Ankal ventures into the darker sides of country life. Midi Z’s RETURN TO BURMA is a rare contemporary fiction from the Southeast Asian country. Eduardo Nunes’ black and white, fairylike SOUTHWEST from Brazil has been supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. A FISH from South Korea […]

George Clooney to be honored at 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival

George Clooney to be honored at 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winner George Clooney with its prestigious Chairman’s Award for The Descendants and The Ides of March. “George Clooney brings new definition to the word ‘star,’” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “A consummate actor, director, producer and screenwriter, he’s demonstrated that no discipline within the film industry is beyond his reach.  In The Ides of March as an actor, director, producer and […]

Academy Awards $455,000 to US Film Festivals in 2012

Academy Awards $455,000 to US Film Festivals in 2012

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year.

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Final Deadline For Entries For 55th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Final Deadline For Entries For 55th San Francisco International Film Festival.

The San Francisco Film Society is now accepting submissions for the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival. Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. The final deadline for short films is Monday, December 5; and the final deadline for features is Monday, December 12. The Festival’s Golden Gate Awards include a juried award for Best Documentary Feature with a $20,000 prize; Best Bay Area Documentary Feature with a $15,000 prize; and awards totaling […]

15 Documentary Features make 2011 Oscar Shortlist

15 Documentary Features make 2011 Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “Battle for Brooklyn” (RUMER Inc.) “Bill Cunningham New York” (First Thought Films) “Buck” (Cedar Creek Productions) “Hell and Back Again” (Roast […]

Go See the Indie Comedy “Rid of Me”

Go See the Indie Comedy “Rid of Me”

by Francesca McCaffery RID OF ME, James Westby’s latest black comedy that follows Meris, (an awesome Katy O’Grady!) an awkward young woman trying too hard to perfect her marriage, amongst a new group of friends. RID OF ME follows Meris’ rejection from the cool crowd down a path towards truth and salvation which includes a job at a local candy shop, a group of punk friends, community gardening and a newfound love for Cambodian rock music! (Yes!) […]

Mamitas wins Best Film at Inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival

Mamitas wins Best Film at Inaugural Napa Valley Film Festival

Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced its Jury and Audience Awards for the inaugural film festival which ran November 9 – 13, 2011.

The coming-of-age film Mamitas, based on director Nicholas Ozeki’s award-winning short film of the same name took the top prize Best Narrative and the cash award of $10,000. In the film, cocky teenager and self-proclaimed Casanova Jordan Juarez thinks he knows everything about girls. But one day, while teaching his best friend how to pick up “hot mami chulas,” he learns just what it means to be a man who can truly connect with a woman.

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Bahamas International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Film Lineup

Bahamas International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Film Lineup

“The Rum Diary” starring BIFF’s 2009 Career Achievement tributee and Bahamian home owner, Johnny Depp, will open the 8th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) on Thursday, December 1st while sports dramedy “Breakaway” starring Rob Lowe will close the festival on Sunday, December 4th.

This year, the Festival, which takes place December 1-4, 2011 in Nassau, will showcase 68 films from 33 different countries, including 42 features of which several are international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Documentary; New Visions; First Look; and Short Film. Special sections include Caribbean and Environmental sidebars as well as a World Cinema showcase.

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Chinese non-fiction and work by Ai Weiwei to be screened at Film Festival Rotterdam

Chinese non-fiction and work by Ai Weiwei to be screened at Film Festival Rotterdam

Recent films by Chinese documentary makers and films by versatile artist Ai Weiwei will be screened during the 41st edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The films highlight hidden aspects of Chinese society in an intimate and surprising way. These films and Ai’s work will be shown in Hidden Histories, a themed program of the IFFR main Signals section. Signals: Hidden Histories What the films in Hidden Histories have in common is that their […]

Durban International Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates, and Call for Films

Durban International Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates, and Call for Films

The 33rd DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place from July 19 to 29, 2012, and will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focus on films from South African and Africa. Screenings will take place throughout Durban, South Africa,  including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers.  2012 will also see the return […]

REVIEW: Le Havre

REVIEW: Le Havre

Shot in the picturesque French port city of the same name, “Le Havre,” directed by Aki Kaurismaki, looks like it truly could have been created forty-five years ago. It’s an amazing and lovely film about community and solidarity, without any maudlin nostalgia to muck it up in the middle. It’s truly an original, and already feels like a dyed-in-the-wool classic.  {jathumbnail off}

WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT and the Complete List of Winners of 2011 AFI FEST

WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT and the Complete List of Winners of 2011 AFI FEST

AFI FEST 2011 announced the features and short films that took home this year’s Audience and Jury Awards. The audience voted the lesbian themed drama, WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT by first-time writer/director, Alexandra-Therese Keining the winner in the Breakthrough Section.

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Morgan Freeman to receive the Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes

Morgan Freeman to receive the Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes

Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes ceremony in January. The award is given every year by the HFPA for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Freeman won a best actor Golden Globe in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and was nominated three more times, for The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, for which he won an Oscar, and Invictus. The Cecil B. DeMille was first given in […]

Oliver Platt and Edie Falco to cohosts Gotham Independent Film Awards

Oliver Platt and Edie Falco to cohosts Gotham Independent Film Awards

Oliver Platt and Edie Falco will co-host the 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony scheduled to take place November 28th 2011 in New York. “We are absolutely thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s Gotham Awards,” Platt and Falco said in a joint statement. “We look forward to an evening that celebrates outstanding independent film-making, brave and bold voices against the backdrop of this incredible city.”

Billy Crystal is the new host of the Oscars

Billy Crystal is the new host of the Oscars

Billy Crystal will replace Eddie Murphy as the host of the 84th Academy Awards. The funny man announced in a tweet, “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.” This will mark Crystal’s ninth time as host. Only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations, with 19 ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. Crystal last hosted […]

Brian Grazer is the new producer of 84th Academy Awards

Brian Grazer is the new producer of 84th Academy Awards

Academy President Tom Sherak announced today that Academy Award®-winner Brian Grazer will be the replacement for Brett Ratner as the producer of the 84th Academy Awards. This will be the first time Grazer has produced the Oscar® telecast. “Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” said Sherak. “He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars®.” “I […]

Eddie Murphy Quits as Host of 84th Academy Awards

Eddie Murphy Quits as Host of 84th Academy Awards

One day after Brett Ratner, quit as producer of the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak. In the statement, Murphy said, “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support […]

Filmmakers behind Joe Frazier Film sad about his Passing

Filmmakers behind Joe Frazier Film sad about his Passing

Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier died at the age of 67 from liver cancer. The filmmakers behind the film, “Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears” issued a statement on their website, “It is with deep sadness that all of us involved with the film learned of Joe’s sad passing. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. We are truly grateful for the time Joe spent with us to share his story. We hope […]

Aaron Eckhart, James Marsden, Jay and Mark Duplass honored at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

Aaron Eckhart, James Marsden, Jay and Mark Duplass honored at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

 

The 14th annual Savannah Film Festival rounded out a full week of special screenings and award presentations by honoring Golden Globe-nominated actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight,” “Erin Brockovich”), actor James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men”) and the writing/directing brother team of Jay and Mark Duplass (“Cyrus,” “The Puffy Chair”) during the event’s closing weekend. {jathumbnail off}