Oscar winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has quit as patron of the Swansea Bay Film Festival and her image has been removed from the festival’s website. This follows the resignation of actor Michael Sheen, who quit as vice president of the festival last month The festival has reportedly received lots of negative feedback from festival-goers including filmmaker Steve Rosen, who made a documentary about the festival, describing it as “unquestionably the worst event of its kind.” […]
The 13th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) returns to Miami-Dade County, Florida beginning April 21-May 1, 2011. The festival will feature more than 50 feature and short films from 15 countries with multiple screenings at the Colony Theater, Regal Cinemas South Beach, and Coral Gables Art Cinema. The 2011 Festival opens with the North American premiere presentation of KICK-OFF at the historic Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Florida. Written and directed by […]
Rentrak announced the top ten DVD sales and rentals for last week. Black Swan is still riding its Oscar buzz as it made both the DVD sales and rentals list. Rentrak Top 10 Selling DVDs* Rank | Film 1 Tron: Legacy 2 Tangled 3 Little Fockers 4 The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader 5 Black Swan 6 Tron 7 Yogi Bear 8 The Tourist 9 Skyline 10 Due Date *Week ended April […]
The 2011 Fallbrook Film Festival had 68 films in competition; four were nominated for best of show in each category; and the following films were announced as award winners at the festival’s Gala at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort on Sunday. For Best Documentary Feature: John Muir In the New World, directed by Catherine Tatge. Nearly a century after John Muir’s death, he is remembered in this beautiful film as California’s most beloved environmental […]
Six film projects, selected from this year’s pool of 121 applicants, will receive financial and creative support from the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) Sloan Filmmaker Fund. The projects will be awarded a total of $140,000 and will be recognized at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (April 20- May 1, 2011). The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund awards grants to narrative film projects that dramatize science and technology themes in film or that portray scientists, engineers, or […]
The 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) which will take place from May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan, announced its complete line-up of 25 feature films. The full line-up of features includes three previously announced films – Disney’s Do Dooni Chaar directed by Habib Faisal and starring Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh which makes its U.S. Premiere as the Opening Night selection of NYIFF, the U.S. Premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s Nauka Dubi […]
“The Bad Penny,” a feature-length drama directed by Todd Bellanca, starring Tom Arnold and Bai Ling, received the Golden Palm Award at the 11th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF) closing Gala Awards ceremony. The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film went to “The Chicago 8,” from writer/director Pinchas Perry, starring Danny Masterson, Gary Cole and Orlando Jones. The Jury Award for Best Feature Film went to “Polish Bar” from director Ben Berkowitz. […]
Clay Jeter’s JESS + MOSS was announced as the winner of the $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and Anne Buford‘s ELEVATE received the $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival. On receiving her award, Buford declared that the $25,000 would be donated back to the SEEDS ACADEMY, the one-of-a-kind boarding school in Senegal for basketball players.
Legendary actor, director and producer Peter Fonda presented the Target Filmmaker Awards to both the documentary and narrative feature winners.
The Narrative Feature competition jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Dave Boyle’s SURROGATE VALENTINE for Goh Nakamura’s acting and an Honorable Mention for Darragh Byrne’s PARKED. The documentary competition jury gave a Special Jury Prize to Joseph Mantegna’s NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN.
, director of American film classics such as “12 Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Verdict,” “Network” died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said the cause was lymphoma.
The 13th Wisconsin Film Festival wrapped five days of screening 211 movies, presenting more than 120 filmmakers and special guests at the nine downtown Madison and campus theaters that opened their doors to 35,858 audience members. The Argentinian film, Anita, was voted Audience Award for Best Narrative Film. In the film, Anita, an adult with Down Syndrome, must navigate the chaos that develops when a bomb explodes on a Buenos Aires street, separating her from […]
Oscar winning director Oliver Stone will receive the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled to run April 21 – May 5, 2011. The Founder’s Directing Award is presented each year to a master of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, visionary founder of the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1957. San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver […]
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the annual Academy Awards, voted on Thursday to establish a new executive structure for the organization, replacing retiring executive director Bruce Davis with former Film Independent head Dawn Hudson and long-time Academy executive Ric Robertson, who will become the organization’s CEO and COO respectively. Robertson will report to Hudson in the new leadership tandem. Academy president Tom Sherak said […]
The Kings Of Leon’s Pentecostal background is featured in a new documentary, which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The new film “”Talihina Sky” Kings of Leon” shows never-before-seen home video footage of brothers Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill surprisingly growing up in rural Tennessee and being the sons of a Pentecostal preacher. The documentary film features an interview with the Followills’ preacher dad, who admits he still struggles with […]
The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the HBO Fellowships of the inaugural TFI Documentary Fund. Three fellowships were awarded today, and will receive a total of $100,000 in fellowships and grants toward their documentary projects. TFI/HBO “Documentary Screen Test” Fellowship: awards $50,000 to emerging filmmakers in production of their first feature-length documentary along with a yearlong mentorship with an established filmmaker and a meeting with HBO Documentary Films. The recipient of the 2011 TFI/HBO […]
BLANK CITY opens today, April 6, in New York City. The film documents the No Wave film movement of the 70’s and 80’s in New York City where the likes of Steve Buscemi, Jim Jarmusch and John Waters got their start. BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of the motley crew of renegade filmmakers that emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous period of New York history. It’s a fascinating look at the way this […]
Blank City is at once nostalgic, in its look back towards a time and place that was full of raw energy and desperate creativity; eye-opening, with its fantastic clips of experimental films that few people today have probably seen; and very timely, since it speaks directly to our current culture of artists, hipsters and struggling indie filmmakers scraping by in contemporary New York, a city very different from the one portrayed in this film, but […]
The official poster of the 64th Cannes Film Festival was unveiled and it features a photo of Faye Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970. Jerry Schatzberg is a filmmaker from New York who won the Palme d’Or in 1973 for Scarecrow. Faye Dunaway had the starring role in Schatzberg’s first film Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), which has been restored by Universal Pictures. The restored film will be distributed in France by Carlotta […]
The 2011 Micromax IIFA Awards, officially the 12th International Indian Film Academy Awards aka the Bollywood Oscars announced the films nominations. Milan Luthria’s mafia gangster film, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, leads the field with 12 nomination, followed by Dabangg, an action film starring Salman Khan, with 11 nominations. The 2011 nominations BEST FILM Band Baaja Baaraat, Aditya Chopra – Yash Raj FilmsDabangg, Arbaaz Khan ProductionsMy Name Is Khan, Karan Johar – Dharma Productions; […]
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has added two more films to its feature lineup: a world premiere of Tony Kaye’s drama Detachment and a work-in-progress screening of Stephen C. Mitchell’s Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan, New York.
The ninth annual Garden State Film Festival, announced its 2011 winners at its awards dinner Sunday. “Expecting Mary” was a big winner taking home both the Audience Choice award and the Bud Abbott Award for Feature-Length Comedy. The comedy-drama film directed by Dan Gordon and starring Elliott Gould and Linda Gray, tells the story of a pregnant young Mary, who has had all the trappings of an upscale life, but it’s only when she finds […]
A record-breaking audience of more than 78,000 people attended this year’s 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, but, there was no closing-night film. The screening of the scheduled film “Soul Surfer,” was cancelled after the print of the film was assumed lost when it never arrived at the festival. Although some ticket holders requested refunds, many were allowed to see other films including a last minute additional screening of the opening night film, “Hamill.” Awards were […]
The Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH, directed by Jim Whitaker was acquired and will be released by Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks. Oscilloscope will release REBIRTH in theatres in August 2011. SHOWTIME will broadcast REBIRTH on the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th. Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks Inc. announced today their acquisition of the widely lauded Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH, directed by Jim Whitaker. The result of a filmmaking […]
The 3D documentary PINA which world-premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival will be distributed in the US by Sundance Selects, a sister division to IFC Films. Directed by Wim Wenders’ (WINGS OF DESIRE, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB), PINA is an in-depth look into the work of iconic dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. Dancer Pina Bausch is legendary. As celebrated as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, she transformed the language of dance. Designed to ignite […]
The 17th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) which ran March 9 – 13, 2011 announced that it had another outstanding year, surpassing income and attendance goals. Festival Director, Wendy Eidson, is delighted with the growth in ticket and pass sales, which topped last years sales by over 40%. “Early numbers are indicating that we have well surpassed our festival income goals, as well as having increased the number of attendees, both local and […]