2011 Berkshire International Film Festival to kick off June 2nd; Lineup to feature some 70 films

2011 Berkshire International Film Festival to kick off June 2nd; Lineup to feature some 70 films

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will run from June 2rd through June 5th, 2011 in Great Barrington and June 3rd through June 5th in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The film festival will feature some 70 US and international independent feature films, documentaries, and shorts. In addition, BIFF will host Q&A sessions with filmmakers, a special screening of Pittsfield native, Kent Jones and his latest film on Elia Kazan written and directed with Martin Scorcese, and the […]

Actress Jane Seymour ‘beyond sorry and appalled’ for Schwarzenegger comment

Actress Jane Seymour ‘beyond sorry and appalled’ for Schwarzenegger comment

Actress Jane Seymour reportedly said to CNN at the red carpet premiere of her new IFC movie “Love Marriage Wedding” on May 17 that she believed “there will be lots of information coming people’s way…I heard about two more [out of wedlock kids] somebody else knows about. I even met someone who knows him well.” Yesterday on “The View” Friday, Seymour regretted her remarks, saying, “I’m so beyond sorry and appalled that I found myself […]

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its full slate of competition films for the Festival AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Competition SlateSterling U.S. Feature Competition BETTER THIS WORLD / USA, 2011, 97 minutes (Director: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega) — When two Midland, Texas, activists make Molotov cocktails at the 2008 Republican Convention, a dramatic story unfolds, with multiple domestic terrorism charges, an entrapment defense and a surprising FBI informant.  The film sets in high […]

John Malkovich & Otar Iosseliani to receive CineMerit Award at 2011 Munich Film Festival

John Malkovich & Otar Iosseliani to receive CineMerit Award at 2011 Munich Film Festival

This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN aka Munich Film Festival honors Georgian writer-director Otar Iosseliani and American acting icon John Malkovich with the CineMerit Award. Every year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN presents the CineMerit Award, sponsored by German carmaker Audi, to outstanding personalities in the international film community for extraordinary contributions to motion pictures as an art form. Festival Director Andreas Ströhl: “Otar Iosseliani is the unsurpassed master of the melancholy comedy, and John Malkovich has always been in […]

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films for the Festival, taking place June 20-26, 2011 in the Washington, D.C. area. The Festival will open its ninth annual edition on June 20, 2011 with THE SWELL SEASON.  Directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis, THE SWELL SEASON follows musical artists Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who captivated audiences and earned an Academy Award for their musical collaboration in the […]

2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival Announces Lineup; Kim Cattrall’s “Meet Monica Velour” to open the festival

2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival Announces Lineup; Kim Cattrall’s “Meet Monica Velour” to open the festival

The 2nd Annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 10-16, 2011, announced its lineup, which included a diverse array of films from 13 different countries and feature several international premieres. Among the titles, the international premieres at AIFF include the Massimiliano Bruno directed Italian comedy “Nessuno mi puo giudicare” (English title “Nobody Can Judge Me”); American drama “Meet Monica Velour,” written and directed by Keith Bearden; the Mario Van Peebles directed drama […]

2011 Cannes Film Festival entry WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN to be released in the US, Winter 2011

2011 Cannes Film Festival entry WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN to be released in the US, Winter 2011

Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film production and distribution company owned by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, will release in the US, the 2011 Cannes Film Festival competition entry WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, from director Lynne Ramsay (RATCATCHER and MORVERN CALLAR).  Oscilloscope will release WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN theatrically this Winter, accompanied by an awards campaign. A suspenseful and psychologically gripping exploration into a parent dealing with her child doing the unthinkable, WE […]

Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey to open 2011 LA Film Festival

Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey to open 2011 LA Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival announced the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s Bernie as the opening night film for the 2011 Festival. Richard Linklater’s Bernie will kick off the Festival on June 16 at Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 L.A. LIVE.  The film is written by Skip Hollandsworth and Linklater, stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.  Black plays Bernie, the beloved mortician in a small Texas town.  MacLaine is the town’s richest, meanest widow, […]

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 […]