Indie filmmaker Jonathan Parisen Charged in NY Train Incident

Indie filmmaker Jonathan Parisen Charged in NY Train Incident

Indie filmmaker Jonathan M. Parisen, 40, of East Orange, NJ, who wrote, produced and directed “Stairwell: Trapped in the World Trade Center” was charged Monday with trespassing and endangerment in New York City. According to published reports, an intoxicated Parisen jumped onto the Staten Island Railway tracks early Sunday to retrieve a lost shoe. When he struggled to get back up, good Samaritan Steven Santiago jumped on the tracks to help and was struck in […]

Lineup for Perspektive Deutsches Kino section at 2012 Berlinale is Complete

Lineup for Perspektive Deutsches Kino section at 2012 Berlinale is Complete

With 13 films, including three full-length documentaries and four full-length fictional films as well two sets of three medium-long films each, the programme of the 2012 Perspektive Deutsches Kino is complete . Section director Linda Söffker sums up the selection: “The GDR was colourful, adolescents are critical and good films end in our minds.” West Berliner Michael Schöbel and East Berliner Ronald Vietz launched Wildfremd Productions in 2011 so as to make a film such […]

Ten More World Premieres Added to 2012 Berlinale

Ten More World Premieres Added to 2012 Berlinale

An additional ten world premieres will be screening in the Competition programme of the Berlinale 2012. Directors Billy Bob Thornton, Christian Petzold, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Benedek Fliegauf, Hans-Christian Schmid, Matthias Glasner, Miguel Gomes, Alain Gomis, Ursula Meier and Spiros Stathoulopoulos will all be competing for this year’s Berlinale Bears. On the first weekend of the Festival, Angelina Jolie will be presenting her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, in the Haus […]

Cave of Forgotten Dreams and A Separation Among Winners of NY Film Critics Circle Awards

Cave of Forgotten Dreams and A Separation Among Winners of NY Film Critics Circle Awards

The Artist continues to dominate Awards season, taking home the Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Cave of Forgotten Dreams took home the award for Best Documentary, A Separation received the award for Best Foreign Film and J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call was honored with Best First Film award. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Picture The Artist Best Director Michel Hazanavicius The […]

Directors Guild of America Announces 5 Nominees for 2011 DGA Award

Directors Guild of America Announces 5 Nominees for 2011 DGA Award

The Directors Guild of America announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011. “The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium.  The fact that their prodigious talents have been recognized by their peers is the highest honor a director can achieve,” said DGA President Taylor Hackford.  “I offer my most sincere […]

SFFS Announces Call for Applications for Spring 2012 KRF Filmmaking Grants

SFFS Announces Call for Applications for Spring 2012 KRF Filmmaking Grants

The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announce the January 10 opening of the application period for the Spring 2012 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants. The grants are given twice a year to filmmakers for narrative feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. The grants also support films that have a significant […]

Jennifer Lawrence to JoinAcademy President Tom Sherak to Announce Oscar® Nominations

Jennifer Lawrence to JoinAcademy President Tom Sherak to Announce Oscar® Nominations

  Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence will join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak to announce the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards® on Tuesday, January 24. Sherak and Lawrence will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered. Nominations information for all […]

7 Films Remain in Competition in Makeup Category for 84th Academy Awards

7 Films Remain in Competition in Makeup Category for 84th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the name of the seven films that remain in competition in the Makeup category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Albert Nobbs” “Anonymous” “The Artist” “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” “Hugo” “The Iron Lady” On Saturday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts […]

Melancholia Voted Best Film of the Year by National Society of Film Critics

Melancholia Voted Best Film of the Year by National Society of Film Critics

“Melancholia”  was chosen as Best Picture of the Year 2011 by the National Society of Film Critics. Kristin Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s film, and Brad Pitt was named best actor for his work in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Albert Brooks won best supporting actor for his appearance in “Drive,” and Jessica Chastain was named best supporting actress for her work in three films: “The Tree […]

Special Flight Among Lineup for 9th Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto

Special Flight Among Lineup for 9th Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto

The 9th Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens on February 29, 2012 in Toronto Canada at TIFF Bell Lightbox with Fernand Melgar’s documentary Special Flight, a portrait of the legal limbo that faces thousands of detainees in Switzerland’s Frambois detention centre as refugees anxiously await confirmation of their requests for asylum. The festival is a co-presentation between TIFF and Human Rights Watch, and will run until March 9. Festival highlights include Jon Shenk’s The Island […]

Tropfest NY Film Festival is Looking For Short Films

Tropfest NY Film Festival is Looking For Short Films

Tropfest, which describes itself as the world’s largest short film festival, announced it is calling for entries for Tropfest New York, which will take place at Manhattan’s Bryant Park on June 23rd.  Filmmakers will have the opportunity to see their short film screened in front of a massive live and online audience, and judged by an industry and celebrity panel for a chance to win $20,000 cash and other prizes. Founded 20 years ago in […]

Russian hit film Hipsters Coming to New York

Russian hit film Hipsters Coming to New York

The hit Russian film, Hipsters, (Stilyagi) directed by Valery Todorovsky will open at Cinema Village in New York on February 24, 2012. Hipsters won four Nikas (Russian Oscar) for best film, production design, costumes and sound. The film has played in numerous North American film festivals including Toronto, Seattle, Chicago-winning Best Art Direction, and Washington D.C. Hipsters is a lavish, candy-colored musical set in Cold War Russia circa 1955. It tells the story of a […]

IFFR announces Spectrum 2012 line-up

IFFR announces Spectrum 2012 line-up

In its main section Spectrum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens films by experienced directors and maestros of artistic and experimental cinema. In total, Spectrum is made up of seventy-two features and documentaries from thirty-two countries, among which eight films supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The full Spectrum title list is available here.

Sixteen of the Spectrum films will be world premières, including those by Pat Holden (UK); Daniel Rosenfeld (Argentina); Garin Nugroho (Indonesia); Miike Takashi (Japan); Davide Manuli (Italy); Ian Olds & James Franco (USA); Lav Diaz (the Philippines) and Damien Odoul (France). The IFFR opens January 25 with the world premiere of Lucas Belvaux’ 38 TÉMOINS (38 WITNESSES, France).
Furthermore Spectrum includes international premieres of films by Cláudio Assis (Brazil), Kobayashi Masahiro (Japan), Roh Gyeong-Tae (South Korea) and Rick Alverson (USA) and European premieres of films by Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic), Alexandru Baciu & Radu Muntean (Romania).

World premières in Spectrum 2012
The following films, in alphabetical order by country of production, will have their world premières in the Spectrum programme section at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012. See the full premiere list below.

Argentina: CORNELIA AT HER MIRROR by Daniel Rosenfeld, a meticulous and stylish film based on the story by Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993). Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.

Austria: ROMAN DIARY by Michael Pilz, a meditative film featuring images of a park in Rome.

Brazil: RUA APERANA 52 by Júlio Bressane, a musical film about a street corner in Rio, edited together from old photos and the maker’s own films from the period 1957-2005.

Canada: LACAN PALESTINE by Mike Hoolboom, a found-footage essay on a complex country and its love-struck inhabitants.

Filippines: FLORENTINA HUBALDO, CTE by Lav Diaz, a philosophical, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film in which two workers leave the city in search of treasure.

France: LE RESTE DU MONDE by Damien Odoul (a film in which a family considers issues of identity and relationships, with Marie-Eve Nadeau, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Béart) and 38 TÉMOINS by Lucas Belvaux (the festival’s opening film, with Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia).

Great Britain: WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Pat Holden, a film about a family in Yorkshire tormented by an evil spirit, with Kate Ashfield and Steven Waddington.

Indonesia: THE BLINDFOLD by Garin Nugroho, a topical film that deals with religion in Indonesia, stressing that fundamentalism exists in every faith.

Italy: THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER by Davide Manuli, a post-modern Western with Vincent Gallo.

Japan: ACE ATTORNEY by Miike Takashi, a film adaptation of the Nintendo game about the legal battle between defence attorney Phoenix Wright (Narimiya Hiroki) and his rival, prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Saitoh Takumi).

The Netherlands: NICK by Fow Pyng Hu, a character study/road movie with Merijn de Jong and Marcel Hensema; PEACE VERSUS JUSTICE by Klaartje Quirijns, a documentary about Uganda and the relationship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague; and I’M STILL ALIVE by Peter van Houten, a documentary about a poor, elderly Polish woman who has lived in many countries, including the Netherlands.

United States: FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON’T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS) by Ian Olds & James Franco, a humorous psycho-thriller based on a new script written for existing footage shot by Franco during the shooting of television series General Hospital; A SHAPE OF ERROR by Abigail Child, imaginary home movies filmed in Rome, from the lives of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and her husband Percy. {jathumbnail off}

Trailer for 84th Academy Awards starring host Billy Crystal and Megan Fox

Trailer for 84th Academy Awards starring host Billy Crystal and Megan Fox

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has partnered with Funny Or Die to produce a trailer for the 84th Academy Awards. The trailer features host Billy Crystal and celebrity cameo appearances by Robin Williams, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox, William Fichtner and Vinnie Jones. “We wanted to try something a little bit different this year instead of a traditional, clip-based piece,” said Academy Chief Marketing Officer Christina Kounelias. “The trailer has a fun twist […]

Independent Lens to Premiere 3 New Documentaries on PBS for Black History Month

Independent Lens to Premiere 3 New Documentaries on PBS for Black History Month

“Independent Lens” will celebrate Black History Month, February 2012, on public television with premieres of three new documentaries. “Independent Lens’s” Black History Month program kicks off on February 2, 2012 with the premiere of “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock,” the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to get to know the mostly-forgotten civil rights activist Daisy Bates. Beautiful, glamorous, and articulate, Bates was fearless in her quest for justice, […]

The Artist and Starbuck Among Vancouver Film Critics Circle nominations

The Artist and Starbuck Among Vancouver Film Critics Circle nominations

The Artist topped the Vancouver Film Critics Circle nominations, receiving nods for best picture, best actor, best director and best screenplay. The Vancouver Film Critics Circle which highlights Canadian films, nominated Café de flore, Small Town Murder Songs and Starbuck for best Canadian film, and Daydream Nation, People of a Feather and Sisters& Brothers for best British Columbia film. The nominees for the 2012 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards: BEST CANADIAN FILM Café de flore […]

World Premiere of Period Drama Les Adieux à la reine to Open 2012 Berlin Fest

World Premiere of Period Drama Les Adieux à la reine to Open 2012 Berlin Fest

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 9, 2012 with the world premiere of the period drama Les Adieux à la reine (Farewell My Queen) starring as Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) and Virginie Ledoyen (Army of Crime). In a screen adaptation of Chantal Thomas’ prize-winning novel of the same name, French Director Benoît Jacquot (Tosca, Villa Amalia, Deep in the Woods, among others) portrays the first days […]

BAFTA to honor Martin Scorsese

BAFTA to honor Martin Scorsese

The 2012 BAFTA Film Awards Fellowship will be presented to Martin Scorsese at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony, on 12 February. Awarded annually by BAFTA, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. Christopher Lee received […]

10 Films Remain in the Running in Visual Effects Category for Oscar

10 Films Remain in the Running in Visual Effects Category for Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Captain America: The First Avenger” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” “Hugo” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” “Real Steel” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” […]

Director Peter Luisi to be honored with Independent Award at 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival

Director Peter Luisi to be honored with Independent Award at 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival

Swiss director and screenwriter, Peter Luisi, will be honored in person with the Film Society’s Independent Award at the Opening Night of the 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF). The Opening Night film is Mr. Luisi’s “The Sandman.” The Independent Award honors a spirited innovator who empowers independent filmmaking through impactful creativity, exemplary talent and steadfast leadership. Mr. Luisi was born in 1975 in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied film production in North Carolina and […]

Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2012 Heterodox Nominees

Cinema Eye Honors Announces 2012 Heterodox Nominees

The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking today announced the five nominees for its second annual Cinema Eye Heterodox Award, sponsored by Filmmaker Magazine. The 2012 Heterodox Award will be presented at the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking on January 11 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York. The Cinema Eye Heterodox Award honors a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. These films […]

20 More Films Added to 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

20 More Films Added to 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

20 films have been confirmed for the Panorama section of the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. The Panorama section with its Main Programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente series will screen some 50 films in all. Two works by European directors are opening the Panorama Special: Tony Gatlif is returning to Panorama with Indignados. Inspired by Stéphane Hessel’s bestseller “Time for Outrage!” this French film allows viewers, in both enacted scenes and real situations, to […]

The Artist, The Descendant Among Nominees for 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards

The Artist, The Descendant Among Nominees for 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards

The Artist, The Descendant, and Midnight In Paris were among the nominees for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards announced today by the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

All 2012 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Producers Guild will also award special honors to Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (The Stanley Kramer Award). The 2012 Producers Guild Awards co-chairs are Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim.

The theatrical motion picture nominees are:

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

THE ARTIST
Producer: Thomas Langmann

BRIDESMAIDS
Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend

THE DESCENDANTS
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin

THE HELP
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green

HUGO
Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese

THE IDES OF MARCH
Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

MONEYBALL
Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt

WAR HORSE
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

The Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg

CARS 2
Producer: Denise Ream

KUNG FU PANDA 2
Producer: Melissa Cobb

PUSS IN BOOTS
Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou

RANGO
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56 Films To Screen at 2012 Derby City Film Festival

56 Films To Screen at 2012 Derby City Film Festival

56 films have been selected to screen during the three day Derby City Film Festival held February 17th – 19th, 2012. The lineup includes 24 International films representing 16 countries as well as 8 World Premieres, 5 US Premieres, and 28 KY Premieres. Eight films were produced in the Bluegrass State and another 5 have ties to Kentucky.

Opening night includes two feature films shot in Kentucky. At 7:00 PM on February 17th  “Wid Winner and the Slipstream” will open the fest. “Winner”, which was directed by Kentucky native Alex O Gaynor, tells the story of two men who embark on a cross-country journey to face the past, change the future, and collect enough used-auto parts to build a time machine. The 8:00 PM film, “Sam Steele and the Crystal Chalice” is from New Albany filmmaker Tom Whitus and was shot in Downtown Louisville. The film stars Jacob Hays, Kevin Sorbo, Katherine McNamara & Dee Wallace. “Crystal Chalice” is the sequel to “Sam Steel and the Jr. Detective Agency” which screened at DCFF in 2010. The final film on Friday is the suspense film “Johnny’s Gone” from writer and actress LaDon Drummond. “Johnny’s Gone” tells the story of the unsettling but heartfelt relationship between Sarah and a two year-old she calls Johnny. Sarah hides a dark secret that will take them on a road trip across five states from California to Louisiana.

A full slate of workshops, panels, shorts, docs, and features also happen all day Saturday. Highlights include the world premieres of the feature films “Frames” & “Blind Turn”, Producer and Louisville native John Paul Rice’s latest film “Mother’s Red Dress”, the road trip documentary “Bailout”, four short film groups, and 2 International features, “Znikniecie” and “Meherjaan”. Saturday afternoon there will also be a Filmmaker Symposium and Awards Presentation at Clifton’s Pizza from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Saturday night features 3 more films with Kentucky roots. Louisville natives, and Ballard High graduates, Scooter Downey & Sean Elliot bring the feature “It’s in the Blood” to their hometown. Featuring Lance Henriksen, Elliot & Rose Sirna, “Blood”  tells the tale of a father and son who become stranded in the wild and must confront the horrors of their past to escape with their lives.  However, this wilderness is not what it seems, and as they deteriorate, so to does their concept of reality: horrifying creatures, ghostly apparitions, is it all in their heads, or could the truth be far more terrible? “It’s in the Blood” screens at 8:00 PM with the short film “Endless”.

At 10:00 PM on Saturday audiences will receive a double treat from Louisville filmmakers. First Kristofer Rommel premieres the short “Wireface: In the Beginning” starring Josh Loren, Cindy Maples & Joe Chrysler. “Wireface…” is a prequel film which details the slow decent into madness that turns a loving family man into the serial killer known as “Wireface”. Following the short is Matt Niehoff & Brian Cunningham’s feature film “Overtime”, which was shot in Louisville and features Al Snow, John Wells & Sebrina Siegel. “Overtime” follows two hitmen who find themselves caught up in a conspiracy they never imagined which includes alien zombies. Both films are included on one ticket.

Sunday February 19th features, among other films; the World Premiere of “Smells Like Community Spirit” from Cincinnati filmmaker Isaac Stambaugh, the controversial documentary “Israel vs. Israel” and “Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass” from Lexington filmmaker Michael Crisp.

The closing film of the festival will be the Edward Furlong film “Below Zero”, which will screen at 6:00 PM on Sunday. “Zero” follows screenwriter Jack “The Hack” (Furlong) who, facing writer’s block and a crucial deadline, decides to remove himself from all distractions by locking himself in the freezer of an abandoned slaughterhouse, where fiction and reality blur. Inspired by true events, method writer Signe Olynyk’s BELOW ZERO is a twisty story within a story, within a real-life story. The film also stars Kristin Booth and Michael Berryman. “Zero” was directed by Justin Thomas Ostensen who’s film “By the Wayside” screened at the inaugural DCFF in 2008.

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