11 Nonfiction Short Film Finalists for 2012 Cinema Eye Honors

11 Nonfiction Short Film Finalists for 2012 Cinema Eye Honors

Eleven films from six countries have been named as finalists for the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.  This is the second year that Cinema Eye has presented an award for Nonfiction Short Filmmaking.  Last year the award went to The Poodle Trainer, directed by Vance Malone. 2012 Cinema Eye Honors Short Film Finalists: Bathing Micky (MICKY BADER) (Sweden/Denmark)Directed by Frida Kempff Diary (United Kingdom)Directed by Tim Hetherington Guanape Sur […]

Award winning film, Vegucated, kicks off Fall Tour in NY

Award winning film, Vegucated, kicks off Fall Tour in NY

  The new documentary Vegucated, recently awarded “Best Documentary Feature” at the 2011 Toronto Independent Film Festival is going on the road.   The tour kicks off tonight in New York City with the U.S. premiere at the at the SVA Theatre, then to Midwest Premiere at the Show Me Justice Film Festival, on Saturday, October 15th, at University of Central Missouri. Other cities follow. Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New […]

Actress Famke Janssen’s Directorial Debut ‘Bringing Up Bobby’ Gets a Theatrical Distribution Deal

Actress Famke Janssen’s Directorial Debut ‘Bringing Up Bobby’ Gets a Theatrical Distribution Deal

  monterey media has acquired North American rights to actress Famke Janssen’s writing and directorial debut, “Bringing Up Bobby” with a late 2011 theatrical release date planned. “Bringing Up Bobby ” stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers), Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Sleepless in Seattle, The Grudge) and Marcia Cross (star of “Desperate Housewives”). The film premiered recently at the Deauville American Film Festival and will have its US premiere at The Savannah Film Festival […]

Hollywood Film Festival to honor George Clooney

Hollywood Film Festival to honor George Clooney

The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, will honor Oscar winner George Clooney with the “Hollywood Actor Award” for his critically acclaimed performance in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” “George Clooney delivered a flawless and passionate performance in Alexander Payne’s human drama, ‘The Descendants.’ Clooney continues to shine as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. We’re delighted to honor him at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards,” said Mr. Carlos de Abreu, Hollywood Film […]

Gotham Screen International Film Festival Moves To A New Home for 2011

Gotham Screen International Film Festival Moves To A New Home for 2011

This year’s Annual Gotham Screen International Film Festival (GSIFF) moves to a new home — NY’s QUAD Cinema. GSIFF. This year’s festival showcases more than 10 ‘cutting-edge’ features, documentaries and three programs of short films from independent, first- or second-time directors as well as international releases making their East Coast or US debut. This year’s Festival is highlighted by the World Premiere of Henry Miller’s OCCUPANT; the World Premiere of Dana Packard’s, 40 WEST, starring […]

International Film Festival Rotterdam appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

International Film Festival Rotterdam appoints Bianca Taal as programmer for 2012 edition

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has appointed Bianca Taal as programmer for its upcoming edition. Bianca will oversee the 2012 selection of feature length films from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Iran and the Arab world. She is also a member of the CineMart Selection Committee. After finishing her Film and Television Studies at the University of Utrecht, Bianca Taal started working with the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2001 as a staff member of the Hubert […]

Reeling 2011: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Releases the Film Lineup

Reeling 2011: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Releases the Film Lineup

Opening Night , The Wise Kids

Reeling 2011: The 30th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival, running November 3-12, kicks off its 10-day festival with the Opening Night Gala presentation of The Wise Kids by Chicago-based filmmaker Stephen Cone, to be held at the Music Box Theatre on Thursday, November 3. The Wise Kids is a coming-of-age drama set in the South, featuring a “brilliant cast of young actors” (Variety). The film has garnered Best Feature awards at Outfest and Newfest (the Los Angeles and New York gay film festivals).

Reeling closes on Saturday, November 12, at the Portage Theater with dual closing night selections: Lorene Machado’s Margaret Cho performance film, Cho Dependent(6:00 pm) and Casper Andreas’ satire on “making it” in Hollywood, Going Down in La-La Land (9:30 pm).

Documentaries take center stage this year with three centerpiece films. On Saturday, November 5, Reeling presents Wish Me Away, about country music sensation Chely Wright’s struggle and fears around publicly coming out. The film has already won best documentary awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Frameline (San Francisco’s gay film festival). Fresh from its New York Film Festival world premiere, Vito is about activist and author of The Celluloid Closet, Vito Russo. The film screens on Monday, November 7 (on the anniversary of Russo’s death from AIDS). Sundance documentary We Were Here is a moving look back at the onset of the HIV epidemic 30 years ago at its epicenter, San Francisco, screening on Sunday, November 6.

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37 films nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards

37 films nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) announced that 37 films from 19 countries and areas have been nominated in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Films from the Islamic Republic of Iran, People’s Republic of China, Turkey and India will vie for the Best Feature Film Award.  Best Feature Film nominees in the 2011 APSAs are Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation, Islamic Republic of Iran), Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly, People’s Republic […]

Iran Sentences Actress to 90 lashes For Appearing in Film

Iran Sentences Actress to 90 lashes For Appearing in Film

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes for her starring role in Australian film My Tehran for Sale. Although the exact charges are not clear, Vafamehr do appear with a shaved head and no headscarf in the film, which also explores cultural oppression in Iran and taboos such as drug use, all no-no’s under Iranian tough laws. Shot in secret in Iran with a local crew in […]

Real Steel and Human Centipede 2 Are This Week’s Box-Office Champs

Real Steel and Human Centipede 2 Are This Week’s Box-Office Champs

“Real Steel” was literally a tough one to beat at the box office, with the action film starring Hugh Jackman, beating the competition to take the number 1 spot with a decent $27.3 million.  George Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March,”was a distant second with $10.4 million. 1. “Real Steel” (Disney/DreamWorks): $27.3 million. 2. “The Ides of March” (Sony/Cross Creek): $10.4 million. 3. “Dolphin Tale” (Warner Bros./Alcon): $9.2 million. 4. “Moneyball” (Sony): $7.5 million. […]

Peter Fonda and Tim Robbins Gulf Oil Spill Doc ‘The Big Fix’ to Open New Orleans Film Fest

Peter Fonda and Tim Robbins Gulf Oil Spill Doc ‘The Big Fix’ to Open New Orleans Film Fest

The Big Fix, from The Sundance Award Winning Filmmakers behind the movie FUEL, will have its North American premiere as the Opening night Film of the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival on Friday, October 14th, 2011. Directed by Louisiana native Josh Tickell and produced and co-directed by his wife and filmmaking partner Rebecca Harrell Tickell, The Big Fix is described as ‘part daring journalism, archival investigation and eco-horror story.’ Through interviews with scientists, government […]

Steve McQueen Sexually Charged New Film ‘Shame” to close 2011 Leeds International Film Festival

Steve McQueen Sexually Charged New Film ‘Shame” to close 2011 Leeds International Film Festival

The 25th Leeds International Film Festival runs November 3 – November 20, 2011, today announced that Steve MQueen’s Shame will screen at the Closing Gala on Friday 18th November, and also released it full Official Selection program. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender, Shame follows Brendan (Fassbender) who plans his life around relentless sexual encounters until a visit from his wayward sister forces him to reassess his priorities. The festival will kick off […]

Director Oliver Stone, Larry Flynt And Sissy Spacek headed to 2011 Virginia Film Festival

Director Oliver Stone, Larry Flynt And Sissy Spacek headed to 2011 Virginia Film Festival

Opening Night Film – The Descendants starring George Clooney

The Virginia Film Festival is returning for its 24th year from November 3-6, 2011, with a lineup of more than 100 films and a long list of special guests set to bring some serious star power to Charlottesville.

This year the Virginia Film Festival will welcome an outstanding array of special guests including director Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek and her husband, the acclaimed art director Jack Fisk,  and rising star Mia Wasikowska, who starred as Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and won raves for her performance in The Kids Are All Right. Wasikowska will be appearing along with director Rodrigo Garcia and the film’s producers, U.Va. graduate Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis, to discuss the new film Albert Nobbs, which stars Glenn Close.

Publishing magnate Larry Flynt, will return to Charlottesville to present a 15th Anniversary screening of his Academy Award-nominated film The People vs. Larry Flynt, and participate in a special discussion presented by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

Other guests include actress and comedian Rachael Harris, noted film historian and television personality Ben Mankiewicz, host of Turner Classic Movies on TNT, noted producer and U.Va. alumnus Paul Junger Witt, who will be presenting his latest film, A Better Life; celebrated family farmer, author and activist Joel Salatin (appearing with the film Farmageddon) and colorful chef and school food reformer Tony Geraci (appearing with the film Cafeteria Man). {jathumbnail off}

Tucson Film & Music Festival Kicks off Today

Tucson Film & Music Festival Kicks off Today

Better Than Something: Jay Reatard

The 7th Tucson Film & Music Festival (TFMF) opens up today October 6 and runs through Monday, October 10, 2011.

The Southwest Premiere of Better Than Something: Jay Reatard is the opening event. Directed by Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz, the film is described as Tirelessly devoting his entire life to music, Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known as Jay Reatard, has become a garage rock icon, having created a massive discography spread out over dozens of singles, EPs, and full-length albums. A relentless live performer, Jay toured the world with dozens of bands including The Pixies, Spoon, Beck and many more. A devoted – and oftentimes notorious – fixture in his hometown of Memphis, Jay celebrated and continued the city’s long-standing history of American music. In BETTER THAN SOMETHING, filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz present an intimate portrait, captured just months before Jay’s untimely passing, which brings us incredibly close to Jay and his complicated punk-rock world.

The festival’s 2011 film lineup include a list of documentary films including Bloodied But Unbowed,Kumaré, Barbershop Punk, Color Me Obsessed: A film about The Replacements, Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st  Century and The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi. Narrative features include the Southwest Premiere of the indie comedy Pleasant People and the Arizona Premiere of Take Me Home directed by and starring Sam Jaeger of NBC’s Parenthood. Short films, music videos and live music performances are also part of the exciting program slate. {jathumbnail off}

 

55th BFI London Film Festival Release Shortlist for 2011 Festival Awards

55th BFI London Film Festival Release Shortlist for 2011 Festival Awards

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Lynne Ramsay

The 55th BFI London Film Festival announced the shortlists and juries for the 2011 Festival Awards, which will take place at LSO St Luke’s on 26 October.

At this year’s ceremony, the BFI will bestow its highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, on Canadian filmmaker David Cronenber and British actor Ralph Fiennes. {jathumbnail off}

The Deep Blue Sea to close the 2011 BFI London Film Festival

The Deep Blue Sea to close the 2011 BFI London Film Festival

The 55th BFI London Film Festival will close on Thursday 27 October with the UK premiere of Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea. Set in post-war Britain, this deeply moving story is an adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s classic play. Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of high court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). To the shock of those around her, she walks out of […]

Fernando Meirelles’s 360 to open the 2011 BFI London Film Festival

Fernando Meirelles’s 360 to open the 2011 BFI London Film Festival

The 55th BFI London Film Festival will open on Wednesday 12 October with the European premiere of 360.

Directed by Fernando Meirelles and with an original screenplay by acclaimed writer Peter Morgan,the film stars Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

360 is a modern and stylish kaleidoscope of interconnected love and relationships linking characters from different cities and countries in a vivid, suspenseful and moving tale of contemporary romantic life. Starting in Vienna, the film weaves through Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single, mesmerising narrative. {jathumbnail off}

Arpa Film Festival Award Winning Comedy My Uncle Rafael Gets A Theatrical Release Deal

Arpa Film Festival Award Winning Comedy My Uncle Rafael Gets A Theatrical Release Deal

Following its successful showing at the Arpa International Film Festival where it garnered three major awards, producers of indie comedy “My Uncle Rafael” have officially announced finalizing an agreement for a North American theatrical release. Slater Brothers Entertainment handle the domestic release which is expected to hit theaters in early 2012. Hailed as as the first American comedy in history with an Armenian lead character, “My Uncle Rafael” follows an old Armenian Uncle who gets […]

Inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival Winners

Inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival Winners

The Palo Alto International Film Festival (PAIFF) wrapped up after its inagural four day run, September 29 thru October 2, 2011,  with the presentation of the Sallie Gardner awards, including the presentation of the Audience Award to Jennifer Siebel Newson’s documentary “Miss Representation.” The inaugural awards gala featured the presentations of the following awards: Christie Audience Award was presented to Jennifer Siebel Newsom for her documentary “Miss Representation.” Muybridge Award for the Advancement of Art […]

2nd DOC NYC Runs November 2 thru 10 Opens With Premiere of Werner Herzog Into the Abyss

2nd DOC NYC Runs November 2 thru 10 Opens With Premiere of Werner Herzog Into the Abyss

Into the Abyss by director Werner Herzog

New York’s documentary film festival, DOC NYC, returns for its second year to Greenwich Village, running from November 2-10, 2011. The festival will showcase 107 events, including screenings of 52 feature-length films and 40 shorts as well as 15 doc-related panel discussions. All events will take place at IFC Center, New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and NYU’s Kimmel Center.

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Amy Rich Selected As Winner of 2012 Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship

Amy Rich Selected As Winner of 2012 Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship

Amy Rich was announced today as the winner of the 2012 Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship for her project The Insect Princess. The Insect Princess is a feature-length, fantasy-infused family drama set in rural Yorkshire about Romilly, a lonely little girl who discovers she can communicate with insects. While she quickly accepts this odd turn of events, those around her don’t, so she learns to hide the relationship with her new friends. […]

Crazy Wisdom to open in NY on November 25 and LA on December 2

Crazy Wisdom to open in NY on November 25 and LA on December 2

Crazy Wisdom, a documentary by Johanna Demetrakas will open at the Rubin Museum in New York on Friday, November 25 (for a full week run), and at a Laemmle theater in Los Angeles on Friday, December 2. Crazy Wisdom Productions is proud to announce the US Theatrical release of CRAZY WISDOM, a documentary by Johanna Demetrakas.  After sell out screenings at the Maui, Santa Barbara and Boulder film festivals, the film will open at the […]

2011 Milwaukee Film Festival Award Winners

2011 Milwaukee Film Festival Award Winners

The 3rd Annual Milwaukee Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, October 2nd, and handed out its awards to the top films. The Danish film Nothing’s All Bad took the top prize for fiction films and the documentary Somewhere Between by Linda Goldstein Knowlton took the top prize for documentary films. And the winners are: The Cream City Cinema award for local filmmaking was given to the short film “Don’t Go,” by Michael Hawkins-Burgos. […]

The Dolphin Beats The Lion at the Box Office and Jeff Nichols Take Shelter Wins

The Dolphin Beats The Lion at the Box Office and Jeff Nichols Take Shelter Wins

The dolphin as in Warner Brothers’ 3D family film ‘Dolphin Tale’ beat the lion as in the recycled Disney ‘Lion King’ to win this week’s box office race.  After debuting with $19.2 million last weekend, Dolphin Tale dropped just 27 percent to $14.2 million, followed by Brad Pitt’s baseball drama Moneyball with $12.5 million, and The Lion King 3D with $11.1 million. 1. Dolphin Tale – $14.2 mil2. Moneyball – $12.5 mil3. The Lion King […]