2011 Albuquerque Film Festival to open with ‘Amigo’; Kicks Off Summer with Screening of The Cool School

2011 Albuquerque Film Festival to open with ‘Amigo’; Kicks Off Summer with Screening of The Cool School

Amigo, written and directed by John Sayles and starring Chris Cooper has been announced as the opening night film of the 3rd Albuquerque Film Festival scheduled for August 18st – 21st, 2011. AMIGO stars Joel Torre as Rafael Dacanay, a village mayor caught in the murderous cross-fire of the Philippine-American War in 1900. When U.S. troops garrison his village, Rafael comes under pressure to collaborate from the blood-and-guts Colonel Hardacre (Chris Cooper) as he tries […]

14th Shanghai International Film Festival announced its first batch of the competition films for Golden Goblet Award

14th Shanghai International Film Festival announced its first batch of the competition films for Golden Goblet Award

The 14th Shanghai International Film Festival announced its first batch of the competition films for its Golden Goblet Award on May 10th. The nine films in the shortlist come from Argentina, Italy, Japan, Germany, Turkey, and Russia. Among them, the latest work by British director Roland Joffe, a Golden Palm recipient in Cannes, and Japanese director SABU. The nine films are: “The Bones Tunnel” (Argentina) directed by Nacho Garassino “Ainom” (Italy) directed by Lorenzo Ceva […]

REVIEW: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls… succeeds in entertaining

REVIEW: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls… succeeds in entertaining

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is a new documentary directed by New Zealand filmmaker Leanne Pooley on two fascinating subjects—the performing duo Lynda and Jools Topp, twins who have become cultural and national icons in New Zealand over the past 25 years. As one interviewee says, a pair of yodeling lesbian twins doesn’t sound all that impressive on paper, but their act, which includes country music, comedy, and interaction with audience members, succeeds in entertaining […]

Taking Love On The Road, Director David Meiklejohn discusses his new documentary “My Heart Is An Idiot”

Taking Love On The Road, Director David Meiklejohn discusses his new documentary “My Heart Is An Idiot”

“My Heart Is An Idiot” is a new documentary about love that spans two years and over a hundred cities. The film captures the road-tripping lifestyle of Davy Rothbart (creator of “FOUND Magazine,” “This American Life” contributor, author of “The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas”) who looks for love in all the right places, and in all the wrong ways. The film climbs into the tour van, as Davy tours North America promoting his magazine […]

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” in theaters on December 23

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” in theaters on December 23

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which was also written by Jolie, will be released by FilmDistrict, in the US on Dec. 23. Graham King and his producing partner Tim Headington, together with Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict, announced today in Cannes that Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which was also written by Jolie, will be released by FilmDistrict, a subsidiary of GK Films, […]

Sundance Selects to release Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” from 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the US

Sundance Selects to release Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” from 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the US

Sundance Selects, sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, announced from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company will release Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” in the the US. The film, with a screenplay by Leigh, stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, and was produced by Jessica Brentnall. The film premiered this week in Competition at the festival. Lucy is a young university student possessed by a kind of […]

Documentary about punk rock fathers, The Other F Word, in theatres this Fall 2011

Documentary about punk rock fathers, The Other F Word, in theatres this Fall 2011

The documentary movie about punk rock fathers, The Other F Word, which asks the question ‘What happens when a generation’s ultimate anti-authoritarians — punk rockers — become society’s ultimate authorities — dads?‘ is headed to theaters and cable tv, reports The Hollywood Report. Oscilloscope Laboratories will release the film in Fall 2011 and Showtime plan to broadcast the film in 2012. Directed by Andrea Blaugrund Nevins, “The Other F Word ” premiered at the 2011 SXSW […]

Kings of Leon documentary ‘Talihina Sky’ to rock deadCENTER Film Festival kick-off celebration

Kings of Leon documentary ‘Talihina Sky’ to rock deadCENTER Film Festival kick-off celebration

The rock and roll documentary Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon will celebrate its Oklahoma premiere on Wednesday, June 8 as the inaugural film of the 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival. Talihina Sky is the story of Kings of Leon, whose strict Pentecostal upbringing in Oklahoma and Tennessee preceded their unlikely transformation into one of the biggest rock bands in the world. The free, outdoor screening begins at 9:30 p.m. at the 400 block […]

CANCELLED: 2011 Cairo International Film Festival

CANCELLED: 2011 Cairo International Film Festival

The Ministry of Culture has announced that it will cancel the Cairo International Film Festival this year due to upcoming elections, Gulf News reported. “The Ministry of Culture has decided to cancel the festival this year, which was due in late November, because of the current preparations for the parliamentary and presidential elections as well as due to the economic situation.” Emad Abu Ghazi, the Minister of Culture, denied that instability in Egypt was behind […]

LA Film Festival Announces Guillermo del Toro as Guest Director, as well as film selections for closing night, special screening

LA Film Festival Announces Guillermo del Toro as Guest Director, as well as film selections for closing night, special screening

The Los Angeles Film Festival, continue to get ready for the 2011 edition, announcing Guillermo del Toro as Guest Director, as well as film selections for closing night, a special screening, galas, conversations and more. In his role as Guest Director, del Toro will select a film to present at the Festival that has been an influence to him, followed by a conversation. Presented by Guillermo del Toro, FilmDistrict’s world premiere of Don’t Be Afraid […]

Rooftop Films to NY Premiere 3 films from 2011 South by Southwest

Rooftop Films to NY Premiere 3 films from 2011 South by Southwest

Rooftop Films is doing it different this year, announcing a special weekend of select films from the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, making their New York Premieres June 3-5 2011, as part of Rooftop Films 15th Annual Summer Series. The films making their New York Premieres as part of our South by Southwest Weekend are The Dish and the Spoon directed by Alison Bagnall and starring Greta Gerwig, No Matter What directed by Cherie […]

REVIEW: The Bully Projects from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

REVIEW: The Bully Projects from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Norwegian film “Turn me on, goddammit”

The themes of bullying, being bullied, and the horrific effects it can have on a child were displayed in full force at this year’s 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Director Lee Hirsch, who was himself bullied as a child, helms this poignant, thorough and very topical “Bully Project,” which takes you not only into the lives of children being ridiculed and teased at school, but, literally, onto the school bus right along with both the weak and the tormented. He also highlights two families who both suffered a devastating loss when their child killed themselves. (One middle-school age child, and one teen-ager).

2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival to Showcase New British Films as First Programme Details Unveiled

2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival to Showcase New British Films as First Programme Details Unveiled

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) revealed the first details of its 2011 program showcasing some of the best new British films . The program will include the world premiere of political thriller ‘Page Eight’ from twice Oscar-nominated David Hare (best known for the internationally acclaimed ‘The Hours’ and ‘The Reader’) – which stars Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis. Scottish director David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe) will also […]

Touch Football Comedy ‘Turkey Bowl’ from 2011 South By Southwest to be released in the Summer

Touch Football Comedy ‘Turkey Bowl’ from 2011 South By Southwest to be released in the Summer

Turkey Bowl, which world-premiered at 2011 South By Southwest is getting a planned Summer 2011 release in the US after being acquired by Tribeca Film. Written and directed by Kyle Smith in a breakout debut, Turkey Bowl is a real-time comedy set in Los Angeles. Every summer, Jon (Jon Schmidt) gathers 10 friends together in his adopted city to play the Turkey Bowl – bringing a piece of small-town tradition to the urban sprawl – […]

12th Jeonju International Film Festival Award Winners; “Jean Gentil” wins for best international film

12th Jeonju International Film Festival Award Winners; “Jean Gentil” wins for best international film

The South Korean film “Anyang, Paradise City”won the grand prize in the Korean feature films competition category at the 12th Jeonju International Film Festival.  Directed by Park Chan-kyong, the film portrays the past and present of the South Korean city of Anyang by integrating elements of documentary and feature film. Park is a younger brother of director Park Chan-wook, an award-winning director who captured the grand prix honors at Cannes in 2004 with “Oldboy.” The […]

2011 New York Indian Film Festival Announces Award Winners; Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony) wins Best Film

2011 New York Indian Film Festival Announces Award Winners; Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony) wins Best Film

The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival came to a close on May 8 with the Closing Night red carpet premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s powerful film Noukadubi which was attended by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Ambassador Prakash Shah, Consul General Prabhu Dayal, and many other notable celebrities. Noukadubi is a 1920s love story based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore. Following the premiere at Asia […]

Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Endings’ Wins Top Jury Prize

Newport Beach Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Endings’ Wins Top Jury Prize

Jonathan Sobol’s feature-length writing-directing debut ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Endings’ was the big winner at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival winning multiple awards including the top prize Jury Award for Best Feature Film. The film follows the three eldest sons (Scott Caan, Paul Costanzo and Jason Jones) of a career gambler (Harvey Keitel) and how they each respond to his death. Oren Kaplan’s “Hamill’ a true story based on the life of deaf UFC […]

Hot Docs 2011 Award Winners; Dragonslayer Wins Best International Feature

Hot Docs 2011 Award Winners; Dragonslayer Wins Best International Feature

‘Dragonslayer’ won Best International Feature and ‘Family Portrait in Black and White’ won Best Canadian Feature at the 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival. Nine awards and over $72,000 in cash prizes were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers, including awards for Festival films in competition and those recognizing emerging and established filmmakers. 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival Award Winners: Best Canadian Feature FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE (D: Julia Ivanova; P: Boris Ivanov, Mike […]

Donald Trump Gets ‘Trumped’ in New Documentary at Hot Docs Festival

Donald Trump Gets ‘Trumped’ in New Documentary at Hot Docs Festival

Donald Trump is making more news, this time with a new Scottish documentary coming out that paints a pretty negative picture of the tycoon. The film, You’ve Been Trumped, directed by the Scottish filmmaker Anthony Baxter, premiered at the Toronto Hot Docs Festival, which is still running. It follows the process of Trump trying to build a golf course in the lovely seaside village of Balmedie, Scotland, where the sport was reportedly born. He runs […]

Festival Winner “Lebanon, Pa” Now In Theaters

Festival Winner “Lebanon, Pa” Now In Theaters

It took three long years, but Philadelphia native Ben Hickernell debut his first full-length feature film partially shot in and named after Lebanon, Pennsylvania, named “Lebanon, Pa” at Great Escape theater at the Lebanon Valley Mall in Lebanon, Pennsylvania Hickernell wrote, directed and co-produced the film, and as reported by ldnews.com, stresses that the film is not about the town itself and is merely the setting for the story. Although some of the scenes were […]

RIP: Jackie Cooper, Film and Television Actor

RIP: Jackie Cooper, Film and Television Actor

Jackie Cooper, Emmy-winning director of “M*A*S*H” and other hits, plus known to moviegoers as Perry White, editor of The Daily Planet, in four “Superman” films died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 88. His agent, Ronnie Leif, said Mr. Cooper died in a hospital after a short illness. Read more in NY Times  

ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT – documentary film will open in NYC on June 8; and in LA on June 24

ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT – documentary film will open in NYC on June 8; and in LA on June 24

ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT, a documentary film directed by Lisa Leeman and produced by Cristina Colissimo and Jordana Jordana Glick-Franzheim will open at Film Forum in NYC on Wednesday, June 8 and at Laemmle Theaters in LA on Friday, June 24. Ten years in the making, this poignant, compelling saga of Flora the Circus Elephant has screened to enthusiastic audience and critical reception at numerous international film festivals, winning Best Editing Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. […]

90 Films Are KIDS FIRST! Best Award Winners

90 Films Are KIDS FIRST! Best Award Winners

Ninety-one short and feature films met KIDS FIRST!’s standards for combining excellence in filmmaking with pro-social benefits to be selected winners of the annual KIDS FIRST! Best Awards.  Tinkerbell, The Pups of Liberty and Paws and Whiskers; and How toTrain Your Dragon, Shrek: Forever After, Barbie and Wubbzy, were all celebrated as creative and innovative works and winners. 2010 KIDS FIRST! Best Winners     SERIES, AGES 2-5     Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!     Anchor Bay Entertainment […]

18th Chicago Underground Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night Films + Jury

18th Chicago Underground Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Night Films + Jury

The 18th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) will open with the World Premiere of Chicago filmmaker, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum, Jerzy Rose’s first feature, “Some Girls Never Learn,” a humorous, absurd romp through time and space, the underworld and the stratosphere. Closing Night will bring Jeff Krulik and John Heyn back to Chicago to share the cult favorite “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” as an opener for their brand new feature […]