Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; “LA I Hate You” Wins Best Film

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; “LA I Hate You” Wins Best Film

The 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), South Carolina’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts, would like to announce and congratulate its 2011 Award Winners presented at the Awards Gala held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.   Golden Crescent Award-Golden Crescent Award for Best Film : “LA I Hate You” – Produced by Warren Ostergard Jury Awards– Best Feature: “Angel Camouflaged” – Written and Directed by Michael Givens– Best Short: […]

8th annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival Announces Lineup

8th annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival Announces Lineup

The lineup for the 8th annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival (DTH!) was announced today and includes 14 feature films from seven countries screening June 17–19 at the historic Tower Theatre. Salt Lake City, Utah’s only annual LBGT film festival, DTH! showcases the best international and domestic documentary and narrative LGBT films from film festivals around the world.  The festival opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 with the Utah premiere of BEGINNERS. […]

RIP: documentary filmmaker Bruce Ricker

RIP: documentary filmmaker Bruce Ricker

Bruce Ricker — a Cambridge, Massachusetts -based director and producer of documentaries whose best-known film, “The Last of the Blue Devils’’ (1979), is a jazz classic — died of pneumonia Friday in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. He was 68. Mr. Ricker specialized in documentaries about jazz, popular music, and film history. Read more in Boston Globe image via Boston Globe

RIP: Donald Krim, president of’ film distribution company, Kino International

RIP: Donald Krim, president of’ film distribution company, Kino International

Donald Krim, a film distributor, president of’ Kino International, a company founded in 1977 and acquired by Mr. Krim in 1978, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 65. Among the films imported by Kino as a result of Mr. Krim’s festival explorations were Percy Adlon’s “Zuckerbaby” (1985), Mitsuo Yanagimachi’s “Himatsuri” (1986) and Michel Khleifi’s “Wedding in Galilee” (1988). Mr. Krim also helped to introduce the work of such art-house stalwarts as […]

Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winners; Malick’s “Tree of Life” garners Palme D’Or

Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winners; Malick’s “Tree of Life” garners Palme D’Or

The mysteriously enigmatic U.S. director Terrence Malick took the Cannes film festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, Sunday evening,  for his film The Tree of Life-  about a family of sons dominated by a tyrannical father in Texas, and the origins and mysteries of life. The film stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and luminous newcomer Jessica Chastain. Shy as ever, Malick had one of the film’s co-producers, Bill Pohlad accept the award on his behalf. […]

IFC Midnight to release Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN in the U.S.

IFC Midnight to release Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN in the U.S.

IFC Midnight announced from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN in the U.S.. The directorial debut for Kurzel, with a screenplay by Shaun Grant, stars Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, and Louise Harris.  Arriving with much buzz after winning the Audience Award at the Adelaide Film Festival, the film was just awarded a special citation last night by the Critics’ Week jury. The film is also in […]

Poliss from 2011 Cannes Film Festival to be relased in the US

Poliss from 2011 Cannes Film Festival to be relased in the US

Sundance Selects announced from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company will release in the U.S.,  writer-director and actress Maiwenn’s POLISS.  The film, which made its world premiere in Competition at the festival, was produced by Alain Attal and co-written by actress Emmanuelle Bercot, who also co-stars in the film. The film also stars Karin Viard, Joeystarr, Marina Fois, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher, Frederic Pierrot, Arnaud Henriet, Naidra Ayadi and Jeremie Elkhaim. The film […]

Arirang and AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) tied to win Un Certain Regard prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Arirang and AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) tied to win Un Certain Regard prize at 2011 Cannes Film Festival

ARIRANG directed by KIM Ki-Duk and HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) by Andreas DRESEN tied to win the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In Arirang, director KIM Ki-Duk turned the cameras on himself as he is ‘playing 3 roles in 1.’ HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE (Stopped on track) by Andreas DRESEN is described as ‘A story about death that celebrates life.’ Forty-year-old healthy Frank has been diagnosed with […]

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 […]

REVIEW:The Big Uneasy .. worth seeing for a whole new perspective on the Hurricane Katrina disaster

REVIEW:The Big Uneasy .. worth seeing for a whole new perspective on the Hurricane Katrina disaster

There have been some important documentaries about Hurricane Katrina, including Spike Lee’s epic When the Levees Broke, and the very personal Trouble the Water, but Harry Shearer’s The Big Uneasy is worth seeing for a whole new perspective on the disaster, one that was far from “natural.” Shearer (an actor and comedian, as well as New Orleans resident) presents a wealth of data and evidence proving undoubtedly that it was the many engineering and design […]

3rd Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival will take place June 1-4, 2011 in LA – FREE admission | TRAILERS

3rd Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival will take place June 1-4, 2011 in LA – FREE admission | TRAILERS

Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival – a Festival dedicated to bringing independent vision and voices from Brazil to Los Angeles audiences will present a diverse selection of new independent films from Brazil.  All films are Los Angeles premieres, 10 features, including numerous co-productions (out of which 6 debut features are in competition for the Jury Prize) and 10 shorts will screen from Wednesday, June 1 though Saturday June 4.  Besides Portuguese – English, Spanish, French, Danish, and […]

‘Page One’ documentary to headline 2011 deadCENTER Opening Night

‘Page One’ documentary to headline 2011 deadCENTER Opening Night

Critically acclaimed documentary Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times will lead deadCENTER Opening Night film screenings beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, located at 415 Couch Dr. The 2011 deadCENTER Film Festival is June 8 – 12 at seven locations in downtown Oklahoma City. Click here for the most updated schedule. For 14 months, Director Andrew Rossi was given unprecedented access to the […]

Cannes Bars Lars von Trier for Strange Hitler Remarks | VIDEO

Cannes Bars Lars von Trier for Strange Hitler Remarks | VIDEO

After a screening of Lars von Trier’s latest film, “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling, a major uproar occurred over some very controversial (and most likely taken-VERY-out-of-context) statements that he made. Mr. von Trier, describing his use of the Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” in the film, was asked by a British journalist about his claim to have an interest in the Nazi aesthetic and his German roots. (Which he had apparently commented […]

Gen Art Film Festival Announces 2011 Lineup

Gen Art Film Festival Announces 2011 Lineup

Gen Art’s festival is back, and will run June 8 – 14, 2011; the festival will open with “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” the debut film from 35-year-old filmmaker Jonathan Sobol. Starring Scott Caan, J.K. Simmons, and Tricia Helfer, “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” is “the story of a hard living gambling father who has doomed his three sons to a horrible fate, and when his sons find out they don’t have much time left, […]

Tribeca Film to release French hit film ‘Romantics Anonymous’ in the US

Tribeca Film to release French hit film ‘Romantics Anonymous’ in the US

Tribeca Film will release in the US, Romantics Anonymous, a box-office hit in France that had its international premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Améris directed and co-wrote the film with Philippe Blasband. The film tells the story of Angélique Delange (Isabelle Carré, Private Fears in Public Places), an unemployed but gifted chocolate-maker with a lifelong case of uncontrollable shyness that prevents her from properly sharing her confectionary talents. Jean-René Van Den Hugde […]

Netflix Signs New Streaming Deal with Miramax

Netflix Signs New Streaming Deal with Miramax

Netflix and Miramax  announced this week a multi-year agreement under which Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch some of the world’s most loved and acclaimed motion pictures from the Miramax film library. It is the first time Miramax titles have become available through a digital subscription service. Beginning in June, Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch several hundred Miramax movies, with dozens of titles being […]

Long Awaited Terence Malick Film “Tree of Life” Gets Boo-ed at Cannes

Long Awaited Terence Malick Film “Tree of Life” Gets Boo-ed at Cannes

Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” probably the most highly anticipated film at the Cannes Film Festival, held multiple, invitation-only screenings on Monday at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, the largest theater available there. Audiences actually booed the film. (As the audiences in Cannes are notorious for doing when they are shocked, offended or simply bored to death.) It shocked Malick’s supporters so much, they gave the film a rather defensive standing ovation as the credits rolled.Malick […]

Academy Announces Winners for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

Academy Announces Winners for 2011 Student Academy Awards®

12 students from nine U.S. colleges and universities and three students from outside the U.S. have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.  The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The winners are (listed alphabetically […]

2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lineup Features 19 Films

2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival Lineup Features 19 Films

Now in its 22nd year, the 2011 Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York from June 16 to 30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Nineteen of the best human rights themed films from 12 countries will be screened, 17 of them New York premieres. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival program this year is organized around four themes: Truth, Justice and Accountability; Times of Conflict and Responses to […]

2011 Big Island Film Festival awards; Noah Wyle’s “Queen of the Lot,” wins Best Feature

2011 Big Island Film Festival awards; Noah Wyle’s “Queen of the Lot,” wins Best Feature

Twelve films received Golden Honu Awards at the 6th Annual Big Island Film Festival today. Best Feature went to “Queen of the Lot,” starring Tanna Frederick and Noah Wyle, written and directed by Henry Jaglom, produced by Rosemary Marks. Celebrity actresses Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) and Hilo’s own Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”) were present to receive special “No Ka Oi” awards from Big Island Film Festival Executive Director Leo Sears. Winners were selected […]

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 […]