World Premiere of South African Director Jahmil XT Qubeka’s OF GOOD REPORT to Open 2013 Durban International Film Festival

World Premiere of South African Director Jahmil XT Qubeka’s OF GOOD REPORT to Open 2013 Durban International Film Festival

Mothusi Magano as Parker Sithole in OF GOOD REPORT

OF GOOD REPORT, from South African director Jahmil XT Qubeka, will have its World Premiere as the opening night film of the 34th Durban International Film Festival in South Africa on July 18. OF GOOD REPORT, which Qubeka describes as “a passionate homage to classic film noir”, tells the somber tale of a small-town high-school teacher with a penchant for young girls.

Nicole Gomez Fisher Talks About her Sold Out Film SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES at 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival

Nicole Gomez Fisher Talks About her Sold Out Film SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES at 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival

Nicole Gomez Fisher is the writer and director of SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES, an official selection of the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival.  SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES which had its World Premiere at the festival last weekend, continues to screen to sold out audiences for all of the film’s time slots. SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES is a comedy which captures one girl’s journey of self-discovery and the dynamics of her zany family. The film features an incredible Latino cast of established and rising talent including Gina Rodriguez and Ana Ortiz. 

THE MOO MAN Filmmakers Start Kickstarter Campaign to Self-Fund UK Release

THE MOO MAN Filmmakers Start Kickstarter Campaign to Self-Fund UK Release

Husband and wife filmmaking team Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to self-fund the UK cinema release this summer of their documentary THE MOO MAN, a surprise hit at film festivals including this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah and London. The Moo Man will also be playing at the Sheffield Doc/Fest on 12, 15 and 16 June.

MUSICWOOD Film to Tour Music Festivals Before Theatrical Release

MUSICWOOD Film to Tour Music Festivals Before Theatrical Release

MUSICWOOD, a feature documentary including special performances and interviews with Yo La Tengo, Steve Earle, The Antlers, Kaki King and Lambchop, will screen at music festivals across the US in advance of the film’s theatrical release.  The tour kicks off at Bonnaroo on June 15 before travelling to Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival and Newport Folk Festival, with additional dates to be added.   MUSICWOOD opens in Portland, Oregon on August 9 and Juneau, Alaska on August 23.  

Sarah Friedland Talks About her Vibrant New Documentary RINK at Brooklyn Film Festival

Sarah Friedland Talks About her Vibrant New Documentary RINK at Brooklyn Film Festival

New York filmmaker Sarah Friedland took a trip across the Hudson to make a documentary about the Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, located in Newark, New Jersey, one of the few remaining urban rinks of its kind. Now, one might think how interesting can a documentary about a roller rink be, but Sarah digs way deep, and after almost five years of hard work, she emerged with “RINK” a film thats tells more than a story about a roller rink, but a space transformed and its symbolic representation to those who use it. In the documentary “RINK,” two main characters emerge: Bonesaw, a tough talking, tattooed member of the Garden State Roller Derby Team; and Graylen, a deeply spiritual, Gospel Night skater. On the surface these two characters are different, both ideologically and in their social and racial backgrounds. However, the film reveals a shared past of violence and drug abuse from which the rink provides a much needed refuge. 

Sundance Selects to Release Roman Polanski’s VENUS IN FUR in US

Sundance Selects to Release Roman Polanski’s VENUS IN FUR in US

Sundance Selects will release Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski’s VENUS IN FUR in the US. With a screenplay by Polanski and David Ives, based on the critically acclaimed, Tony award winning stage play by Ives, the film stars Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric.  The film made its world premiere in Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Sundance Selects did not announce an official release date, but the film is expected to be released later this year.

Director Dan Eberle Talks About His New Film, CUT TO BLACK at the Brooklyn Film Festival

Director Dan Eberle Talks About His New Film, CUT TO BLACK at the Brooklyn Film Festival

Director Dan Eberle returns to the Brooklyn Film Festival for a second time, this time around with his new film “CUT TO BLACK” in which he again plays multiple roles – actor, director, writer, and producer. Eberle, who also lives in Brooklyn, New York was featured in the 2008 festival with his film, the critically acclaimed action thriller “THE LOCAL.” In his latest film CUT TO BLACK  which is shot in lavish black and white tones, and set against stark, gritty urban modernity, Eberle, plays Bill Ivers, a disgraced ex-cop, hired by a wealthy former friend to rid his estranged daughter Jessica of a stalker. We caught up with the super talented Eberle at the Brooklyn Film Festival to talk about CUT TO BLACK.

Justin Reichman Talks About His New Film “A WIFE ALONE” World Premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival

Justin Reichman Talks About His New Film “A WIFE ALONE” World Premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival

A WIFE ALONE, “a neo-noir thriller about an ill-fated marriage in the suburbs of upstate New York,” directed by Justin Reichman is having its World Premiere on Thursday June 6, at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival, in Brooklyn, New York City. We had the opportunity to catch up with the director, to talk about how he got into filmmaking , his new film A WIFE ALONE  and all about taking the ‘plunge.’ Justin Reichman should know a lot about taking the plunge, after all, he left a pretty stable job as a lab tech at an AIDS research facility on 21st street in New York City to pursue his dream. Now he’s back in New York, years later, to premiere his first major film.

PETUNIA, Comedy Film Starring Christine Lahti, Michael Urie To Open in NYC on June 28 | TRAILER

PETUNIA, Comedy Film Starring Christine Lahti, Michael Urie To Open in NYC on June 28 | TRAILER

PETUNIA, a new comedy film written and directed by Ash Christian (Fat Girls, Mangus!) and starring Oscar and Emmy award-winner Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope,  Running on Empty), Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (American Beauty, Ghost World), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), and Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), opens in NYC on June 28 at Cinema Village. PETUNIA is described as a film about a dysfunctional family unit on the verge of a nervous breakdown. This is the story of how they pick up the pieces.

SEE the TRAILER for Killer Whale Documentary “BLACKFISH”

SEE the TRAILER for Killer Whale Documentary “BLACKFISH”

Magnolia Pictures released a new trailer for the killer whale documentary “BLACKFISH” set to be released July 26, 2013.  CNN is expected to air the documentary sometime in the Fall 2013.  BLACKFISH tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity including the much publicized incident involving Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year-old female trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the muli-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Jeremy O’Keefe Talks About His New Film “SOMEWHERE SLOW” at Brooklyn Film Festival

Jeremy O’Keefe Talks About His New Film “SOMEWHERE SLOW” at Brooklyn Film Festival

Jeremy O’Keefe is the director of the new independent film SOMEWHERE SLOW, now playing at the Brooklyn Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York through Saturday, June 9, 2013. SOMEWHERE SLOW, also an Official Selection at Cinequest, Omaha Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and the Monadnock International Film Festival, is described by the Brooklyn Film Festival as “intimate, raw and funny,” and “a searing and complex portrait of Anna Thompson, a 40 year old skin care rep, coasting through an unfulfilled marriage and an estranged relationship with her family.”

ZAYTOUN, TWO LIVES, Documentary, TWA FLIGHT 800 Among 2013 Lineup for Stony Brook Film Festival

ZAYTOUN, TWO LIVES, Documentary, TWA FLIGHT 800 Among 2013 Lineup for Stony Brook Film Festival

ZAYTOUN

The 18th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival will screen a lineup of new independent features, documentaries and shorts for ten days from Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 27, 2103. Opening night features the East Coast premiere of ZAYTOUN, directed by Eran Riklis  (Lemon Tree), and closing night will feature the East Coast premiere of the Norwegian and German dramatic thriller, TWO LIVES, directed by Georg Maas, which takes place in Norway in 1990. 

REVIEW: Hey Bartender

REVIEW: Hey Bartender

by Chris McKittrick

Bartending is often seen as one of those “between” jobs – you know, the type of job you have as a stopover between one job and another.  While for most bartending consists of pulling tap handles and mixing happy hour well drinks, for others it is an art.  This is the premise of HEY BARTENDER, an engrossing documentary by director Douglas Tirola featuring some of the world’s best mixologists.

Russian Film “ATOMIC IVAN” and U.S. Film “NUCLEAR SAVAGE” Win Top Film Awards at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro’s Uranium Film Festival 2013

Russian Film “ATOMIC IVAN” and U.S. Film “NUCLEAR SAVAGE” Win Top Film Awards at Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro’s Uranium Film Festival 2013

After screening 52 documentaries and fiction movies from 19 countries, May 16 to May 26,  the 3rd International Uranium Film Festival of Rio Janeiro 2013 in the cinema of the Modern Art Museum (MAM) came to a close. Six films from six countries – Russia, India, USA, Estonia, Jordan and Germany – were honored with the Uranium Film Festival’s trophy, the Yellow Oscar. ATOMIC IVAN by Vasily Barkhatov from Russia won the Yellow Oscar 2013 for Best Feature Fiction Movie, and “NUCLEAR SAVAGE: THE ISLANDS OF SECRET PROJECT 4.1” by US-Filmmaker Adam Jonas won the Yellow Oscar 2013 for Best Feature Documentary.

Horror-Thriller JUG FACE Sets August 9th Release Date

Horror-Thriller JUG FACE Sets August 9th Release Date

JUG FACE, the horror-thriller written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle, will have a national theatrical roll out on August 9th via Modern Distributors. The film will have a pre-theatrical VOD roll out in the U.S. on July 8th, and is slated for a VOD release, day and date with theatrical, on August 9th.