2011 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners

2011 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award Winners

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The 12th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival which began Wednesday, Sept. 21st, will close Sunday September 25th, 2011, held its Maverick Awards Ceremony last night at the historic Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

A special Tribute to Gary Winick was included in the ceremony, to honor the filmmaker and pioneering producer who passed away in February of this year from brain cancer at the age of 49.{jathumbnail off}

Kevin Smith’s SMoviola, Presents the cult hit THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 2011 NY Film Festival

Kevin Smith’s SMoviola, Presents the cult hit THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION at 2011 NY Film Festival

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The next presentation of Kevin Smith’s SMoviola will take place during the upcoming New York Film Festival with a celebration of the cult hit THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION featuring the film’s star Peter Weller, John Lithgow and additional guests. The festival also released the lineup of filmmakers set for NYFF’s celebrated HBO Films® Directors Dialogues and the complete lineup of films for the 15th edition of the film festival’s Views From the Avant-Garde series.

Returning to the Film Society after a special screening of VALLEY GIRL during the launch of the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Kevin Smith’s SMoviola will now be a continuing series of appearances by the popular filmmaker and film personality during which he will take a look at a classic, and personally beloved film, with the filmmakers and stars of the film.

Directed by W.D. Richter, THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION (1984) stars Peter Weller as an adventurer/surgeon/rock star who leads a band of men known as the Hong Kong Cavaliers versus nefarious alien invaders from the 8th dimension. Featuring a formidable cast including Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd as well as Russian comic Yakov Smirnoff and musician Billy Vera, the film was a made-to-order cult hit from its debut onward. The film will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30PM with Smith leading a discussion about the film with Weller, Lithgow and others following the screening.{jathumbnail off}

2011 New York Film Festival Shorts Programs Lineup; Oliver Stone’s SALVADOR to replace “Untold History of the United States”

2011 New York Film Festival Shorts Programs Lineup; Oliver Stone’s SALVADOR to replace “Untold History of the United States”

Oliver Stone

The 2011 New York Film Festival announced two short films programs as well as late-breaking updates for the Oliver Stone presentation and the Masterworks screening of BEN HUR.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Oliver Stone’s “Untold History of the United States” will no longer screen at the 2011 New York Film Festival. However, Oliver Stone will still be appearing at NYFF to present a 25th Anniversary screening of SALVADOR, a film that burst onto the American film scene with a force that immediately established Stone as an artist to be reckoned with. {jathumbnail off}

Special anniversary screenings, documentary presentations and events to take place at 2011 NY Film Festival

Special anniversary screenings, documentary presentations and events to take place at 2011 NY Film Festival

The 49th New York Film Festival will offer an ‘unprecedented’ selection of programs, led by the first-ever premiere screening of a new ending to Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY including footage from the events surrounding the recent celebrated release of the West Memphis Three. PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY is an HBO Documentary Films production set to premiere on the network in 2012.

Oliver Stone will offer a special sneak preview of his new documentary project, The Untold History of the United States. Produced as a 10-part miniseries for Showtime (where it will premiere in 2012), NYFF will present this special sneak preview of Untold History’s first three chapters, which focus on the events leading up to America’s entrance into World War II, the war itself, and the unjustly forgotten figure of former U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace.{jathumbnail off}

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS is Closing Night Gala Selection for 2011 NY Film Festival and Main-Slate of 27 Features

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS is Closing Night Gala Selection for 2011 NY Film Festival and Main-Slate of 27 Features

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS

Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS will be the Closing Night Gala selection for the 49th New York Film Festival (September 30-October 16). NYFF also released the main slate of 27 feature films as well as a return to the festival stage of audience favorite, On Cinema (previously titled The Cinema Inside Me), featuring an in-depth, illustrated conversation with Alexander Payne.

In his first film since the Oscar-winning SIDEWAYS, writer-director Alexander Payne once again proves himself a master of the kind of smart, sharp, deeply felt comedy that was once the hallmark of Billy Wilder and Jean Renoir. Based on the bestselling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, THE DESCENDANTS stars George Clooney as ‘Matt King’, the heir of a prominent Hawaiian land-owning family whose life is turned upside-down when his wife is critically injured in a boating accident. Accustomed to being “the back-up parent,” King suddenly finds himself center stage in the lives of his two young daughters (excellent newcomers Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller), while at the same time being forced to decide the fate of a vast plot of unspoiled land his family has owned since the 1860s. Rooted in Clooney’s beautifully understated performance, Payne’s film is an uncommonly perceptive portrait of marriage, family and community, suffused with humor and tragedy and wrapped in a warm human glow.{jathumbnail off}

David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD and Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE Added As Special Gala Presentations at 2011 New York Film Festival

David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD and Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE Added As Special Gala Presentations at 2011 New York Film Festival

David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method

Two Galas will join the Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night Galas for the upcoming 49th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16) with David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD set to screen on Wednesday, October 5 and Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN on Wednesday, October 12.

Scheduled at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, October 5 will be David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD.  Adapted by Christopher Hampton from his play The Talking Cure, the film chronicles the ever-shifting relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Basking at first in Freud’s approval and encouragement, Jung increasingly questions his theories and methods. At the heart of their dispute is their rival approaches to the beautiful yet deeply unbalanced Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly), who eventually draws each man under her spell. Produced by Jeremy Thomas, the Sony Pictures Classics release also stars Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gordon. The film is set for a November 23 release.{jathumbnail off}

Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN is Centerpiece Gala selection for 2011 New York Film Festival

Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN is Centerpiece Gala selection for 2011 New York Film Festival

Simon Curtis’ MY WEEK WITH MARILYN will make its World Premiere as the Centerpiece Gala selection, screening at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday, October 9 for the upcoming 49th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16).

Based on Colin Clark’s diaries, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, is set in the early summer of 1956, when a 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL. It was the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).
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New York Film Festival Review: The Lonliest Planet

New York Film Festival Review: The Lonliest Planet

A critical fave at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, Julia Loktev’s follow-up to her 2006 “Day Night Day Night,” “Lonliest Planet” starts hunky Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal as Alex and the fresh faced, confident Nica (Hani Furstenberg)- a couple playfully back-packing through the Caucasus mountains together in Georgia (formerly part of Russia) , led by their wary guide Dato (local, hired guide Bidzina Gujabidze.)

Young, sexy and in love, these two appear to be cozying into a very happy, hipster future together. Until the middle of their trek, when the trio is casually ambushed by two peasants. No t to give the story away, this seemingly quiet yet very impactful event stretches the limits of their relationship, as it comes apart as gently as a tissue thrown away after a good cry before our very eyes. {jathumbnail off}

New York Fim Festival Review: Melancholia

New York Fim Festival Review: Melancholia

Lars von Trier was banned from Cannes this year, after a ridiculously off-handed remark about “understanding Hitler” blew up to epic proportions.

“Melancholia,” the latest film in the bratty bad boy’s ever-expanding oeuvre, is truly epic in its own right.

The film opens with a bolt of sound that is Wagner and a truly mesmerizing and lush montage of gorgeous set pieces, which play themselves out later in the film. From there, we dive jumpily right into the wedding day of Kristin Dunst’s Justine, who is marrying an aw-shucks guy who still can’t believe his great luck (Alexander Skarsgard) and is contending with simmering guests and relatives -sharky but cordial boss Stellan Skarsgard, hilariously pissed off wedding planner Udo Kier, truly viperous mom Charlotte Rampling, exasperatingly careless and adorable dad John Hurt, had-it-up-to-here brother-in-law John played by Kiefer Sutherland, (neatly carrying the film on his back at one point,) and ready to explode, and weary, martyrish sis Claire, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg. Justine is also battling, we see as the day wares thin to evening, severe manic depression. {jathumbnail off}

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival Lineup of Films; October 21 – 23 in San Francisco

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival Lineup of Films; October 21 – 23 in San Francisco

The second NY/SF International Children’s Film Festival, a three-day celebration of diverse, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining films for kids and teens ages 3-18 and their families, will run October 21 – 23 at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema and the Premier Theater, Letterman Digital Arts Center. “The inaugural Children’s Film Festival in 2010 was such a great success and a testament to the demand for — and appreciation of — high quality […]

2011 Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees

2011 Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grantees

Rooftop Films announced the recipients of the 2011 Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grants. Grants were made to two feature films and five short films. The 2011 grantees are: ROOFTOP FILMS & EDGEWORX POST-PRODUCTION GRANT:AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS (David Lowery) ROOFTOP FILMS & EASTERN EFFECTS EQUIPMENT GRANT:OBVIOUS CHILD (Gillian Robespierre) ROOFTOP FILMS & ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION SHORT FILM GRANT FOR WOMEN:A LIGHT IN THE NIGHT (Sarah Daggar-Nickson) ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS’ FUND SHORT FILM GRANTS:MAN ON MARS (Anna Farrell)TSUNAMI […]

The three winners of the inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants

The three winners of the inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants

The San Francisco Film Society announced the three winners of the inaugural SFFS Documentary Film Fund grants. The Fund was created to support the postproduction of singular feature-length nonfiction film work that is distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. 2011 Winners Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, An American Promise, $25,000 In 1999, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson began documenting the experiences of two African American boys — their son […]

It’s Good To Be Short at The 15th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival

Last weekend in New York Vimooz visited the Fifteenth Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC, presented by BET Networks and sponsored by HBO and MoviePass. Urbanworld was founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, and is dedicated to redefining the multicultural roles in contemporary cinema. One of the spotlight films, Mario Van Peebles domestic drama “All Things Fall Apart,” which stars Fifty Cent as a rising college football star struck down by cancer (!), was a […]

The Black Power Mixtape-1967-1975- A Must-See Documentary

The Black Power Mixtape-1967-1975- A Must-See Documentary

Late ‘60s America was so multi-dimensional, so rife with various and extensive cultural and political facets, it’s difficult to get a true hold on what was really accomplished in that era, since the Civil Rights Movement of the early to mid 1960s. But a LOT surely was accomplished, just as much as so much was left bitterly undone. The “Black Power Movement” of that era, spearheaded by a young, brilliant freedom-rider named Stokley Carmichael, has […]

Morgan Spurlock rings NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Guinness World Record for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Morgan Spurlock rings NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Guinness World Record for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock visited the NASDAQ on Friday to ring the closing bell in celebration of his film, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, being officially recognized by Guinness World Records as holding the record for the Most Paid-For Product Placements in a Film.     He was joined by Amanda Mochan of Guinness who presented the certificate to Morgan, as well as multiple sponsors of his film, including POM Wonderful, […]

Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates

Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2012 Dates

The Tribeca Film Festival announced that the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will be held April 18 – April 29, 2012 in New York City. For filmmakers, deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows: September 19, 2011 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN October 28, 2011 –      EARLY DEADLINE, FEATURES & SHORTS December 2, 2011 –    OFFICIAL DEADLINE, ALL FEATURES AND SHORTS January 11, 2012 –      LATE DEADLINE, AVAILABLE […]

Tribeca Film to release Edward Burns ‘Newlyweds’ later this year

Tribeca Film to release Edward Burns ‘Newlyweds’ later this year

Tribeca Film has acquired Newlyweds, actor/writer/director Edward Burns’ comedic relationship drama that had its world premiere as the Closing Night selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, and plans a late 2011 release date. Newlyweds is the 10th film written and directed by Burns. Shot in a fast paced 12 days exclusively in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, the film is a chronicle of modern marriage complete with the crackling humor and sharp insights into […]

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer to Produce 84th Academy Awards

Brett Ratner and Don Mischer to Produce 84th Academy Awards

Director, producer Brett Ratner, (“Horrible Bosses,” currently in release) and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row serve as a producer and as the telecast director. “I was so impressed with Brett when I met with him to discuss the Oscar show,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak.  “He has […]

James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Academy Awards

James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Academy Awards

The  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12. The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to an individual for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding […]

Tom Sherak Re-elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Tom Sherak Re-elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Tom Sherak was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on August 2.  This will be his third consecutive one-year term in the office. Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios and prior to joining Revolution, Sherak held various positions at Twentieth Century Fox including senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment.  Sherak has been responsible for the launch, distribution and/or post-production of many blockbuster films including “Black Hawk […]

Argentinian film ‘Puzzle’ opens Friday, September 9 at the San Francisco Film Society’s new theatrical home,| New People Cinema

Argentinian film ‘Puzzle’ opens Friday, September 9 at the San Francisco Film Society’s new theatrical home,| New People Cinema

If you live in San Francisco, Puzzle, (Rompecabezas, Argentina/France 2010), Natalia Smirnoff’s delicate first feature which focuses on a marginalized woman in Latin American society, opens Friday, September 9 at the San Francisco Film Society’s new theatrical home, San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema (1746 Post Street). A middle-aged housewife, cherished by her husband and two sons but nevertheless taken for granted, discovers an aptitude for jigsaw puzzles in this beautifully modulated character […]

Animation Block Party 2011 Winners

Animation Block Party 2011 Winners

The eighth annual Animation Block Party held July 29-July 31, 2011 in Brooklyn at Rooftop Films and BAMcinématek announced the juried award winners from its lineup of 97 films. The Eagleman Stag from UK filmmaker Mike Please about a man’s obsession with his quickening perception of time, took the top prize ‘Best in Show. The complete list of 2011 Animation Block Party winners are: Best in Show: The Eagleman Stag – Mikey Please / United […]

Vimooz Speaks With the Director & Producer of “The Interrupters”

Vimooz Speaks With the Director & Producer of “The Interrupters”

Francesca McCaffery had the great pleasure of speaking with Steve James (Director) and Alex Kotlowitz (producer), who are the creative team who put together the riveting new documentary “The Interrupters,” about gang intervention specialists working the Chicago streets with the unique non-profit, CeaseFire. CeaseFire was founded by epidermologist Gary Slutkin. Slutkin, who battled the cholera and AIDs epidemic in Africa for years, believes that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases. This innovative […]

17th Sarajevo Film Festival Awards; Angelina Jolie Receives Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award

17th Sarajevo Film Festival Awards; Angelina Jolie Receives Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award

The 17th Sarajevo Film Festival wrapped up after it’s run from July 22nd thru 30th, 2011, and handed out awards for 2011. The big highlight of the festival was the presentation of the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award  to actress and humanitarian worker, Angelina Jolie along with Jafar Panahi and Emil Tedeschi. Jolie was in attendance to accept the award. COMPETITION PROGRAMME – FEATURE FILM The Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Film:BREATHING / ATMENDirector: […]