REVIEW: KALIFORNIA

REVIEW: KALIFORNIA

by Kelsey Straight

Laura Mahlberg’s illustration of an old man who starts walking towards California from his caravan entire countries away (in Russia!) is a new take on the classic road movie, except here our protagonist is fifty years past coming-of-age and still in pursuit of better prospects in the west. One could say that the film has come a few decades after its genre’s peak, and the main character coincides with that reality. Visually stunning cinematography offers an array of sensations to the film, and despite a slow-going pace and essentially meek protagonist, audiences will revel in the look and the stories in the eyes of this character, a man full from his years and still searching for more.

REVIEW: Silvi (Maybe Love)

REVIEW: Silvi (Maybe Love)

 

by Christopher McKittrick

During a routine, 47 year-old Silvia (Lina Wendel) is told by her husband that he is moving out. Silvia knew their passionless marriage was essentially over anyway, but it still comes as a shock.  With little to call her own and never being with anyone besides her husband, Silvia begins her search for love, because, as she tells someone else, “Actually, everyone wants someone to hold…someone who loves and comforts you. If that’s not happening… something inside withers away. You become a lone warrior.”

Short Film “Curse Of The Sunset Starlet” And Director Lori Precious Getting Early Buzz

Short Film “Curse Of The Sunset Starlet” And Director Lori Precious Getting Early Buzz

Curse of the Sunset Starlet is a short film directed and co-written (with Steve Erickso, novelist and Los Angeles Magazine film critic) by Lori Precious.   Ms. Precious is an up and coming female filmmaker a rarity in the industry.  The film is generating lots of buzz after multiple nominations – Best Short, Best Short Screenplay and Best Producer – at the Madrid International Film Festival July 1-7, 2013.  It has been accepted into the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival April 25 – May 2, 2013, and The Tupelo Film Festival May 15-19, 2013.

REVIEW: Free Fall (Freier Fall)

REVIEW: Free Fall (Freier Fall)

by Angela Ramsay

In Free Fall (Freier Fall) the director, Stephan Lacant, takes us on a journey with this electrifying German film about police officer, Marc (Hanno Koffler), whose life appears to spin out of control after falling for his fellow co-worker.

At first, we are introduced to Marc who is self-assured and a typical male, and a police officer.  Marc lives with his pregnant girlfriend Bettina (Katharina Schuttler), and they appear to have a genuine loving relationship. The story takes a turn and becomes really sizzling when Marc attends a training course and meets a new colleague named Kay (Max Riemelt).  Why is it sizzling?  Because Kay is another guy (male).

Cannes Selects The The Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury for the 2013 Festival

Cannes Selects The The Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury for the 2013 Festival

The Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury were revealed for the 66th Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival), taking place May 15 – 26, 2013. The members of the jury include Jane CAMPION, President – Film director/New Zealand; Maji-da ABDI Actress, director, producer/Ethiopia; Nicoletta BRASCHI Actress, producer/Italy; Nandita DAS Actress, director/India; and Semih KAPLANOĞLU Director, writer, producer/Turkey.

AN INTRODUCTION TO: Damon Terry, Up-and-Coming Filmmaker

AN INTRODUCTION TO: Damon Terry, Up-and-Coming Filmmaker

by DeVon Hyman

It is an age old conclusion that experience is the best teacher. A hands on tool when applied can be the greatest conduit to redemption, and maturation.  An a youngster, Indy filmmaker Damon Terry;’s life was marred by much trial and tribulation. At his own doing, he became a young man on his way to being a statistic for all intents and purposes. Stereotypically, and similar to many others reared in the environment which spawned his upbringing. Ultimately landing in prison, Terry used the time to reflect and rectify. Overhauling not only his perspective, but his goals in life he was ready for his second chance at freedom, and opportunity. When it came, he hit the grown running; inspired by a restored faith in a highpower, whom he praises at every moment, Damon Terry was moved by a calling to literature and eventually script-writing. A passion was born, a career iniated, and the rest, is the subject for documentation. Often compared to others whose platform of the gospel, has brought upon exponential success, Damon Terry seeks to follow in that path, yet in a uniquely refreshing manner which adds to the intrigue of this brothers existence. I present to you, the life and times of Independent filmmaker Damon Terry. 

Kon-Tiki Raft Visits New York City

Kon-Tiki Raft Visits New York City

The raft from the upcoming Weinstein Company (TWC) film, KON-TIKI, arrived in New York City last week where it remains until Monday, April 22nd.  

The vessel is a replica of the balsawood raft sailed in the renowned 1947 “Kon-Tiki” voyage, upon which the film is based, and its arrival in New York was in advance of KON-TIKI’s theatrical release, which TWC has set for Friday, April 26th.

Cannes Film Festival Reveals 2013 Official Selections, Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola to Open Un Certain Regard

Cannes Film Festival Reveals 2013 Official Selections, Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola to Open Un Certain Regard

The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola

The Official Selections were revealed for the 66th Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival), taking place May 15 – 26, 2013. The Festival also announced that Thomas Vinterberg, Danish director, scriptwriter and producer, will be this year’s President of the Jury for Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes Official Selection; and The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola, with Emma Watson in the title role, Taïssa Farmiga, Leslie Mann and Kirsten Dunst, will open Un Certain Regard on Thursday 16 May.

13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival to Feature “100 Years of Indian Cinema” Series

13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival to Feature “100 Years of Indian Cinema” Series

Baavra Mann Directed by Jaideep Varma

The 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the lineup for their “100 Years of Indian Cinema” series to mark the global celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema – since filmmaker D.G Phalke released his first feature film RAJA HARISHCHANDRA on May 3, 1913. 

The lineup includes three rarely seen masterpieces from different time periods, as well as two world-premiere documentaries that explore different facets of Indian filmmaking.

NYIFF runs from April 30 – May 4 across New York City. NYIFF’s “100 Years” series will screen exclusively at Tribeca Cinemas. The following are the films featured in the 2013 New York Indian Film Festival “100 Years” series:

Miss Lovely and Beyond All Boundaries Take Top Awards at 2013 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Miss Lovely and Beyond All Boundaries Take Top Awards at 2013 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

The 11th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) wrapped on Sunday evening (April 14) with a red carpet and gala fete that included the Los Angeles premiere of Deepa Mehta’s MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN, and the presentation of the festival’s Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards.

Ashim Ahluwalia’s MISS LOVELY took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, with an honorable mention for SHIP OF THESEUS directed by Anand Gandhi. The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary went to Sushrut Jain for BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES, and for Best Short to UNRAVEL directed by Meghna Gupta, with an honorable mention for TATPASCHAT directed by Vasudev Keluskar.

Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goré, The Story of Lovers Rock and Filling The Gap From African Disapora Fest to Run in Harlem Theatre April 19 – 25

Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goré, The Story of Lovers Rock and Filling The Gap From African Disapora Fest to Run in Harlem Theatre April 19 – 25

Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goré

Three popular titles that premiered in the African Diaspora International Film Festival will have a run at the newly opened three screen movie theatre, MIST CINEMA in Harlem. The 3 films – Youssou N’Dour: Return to Goré, The Story of Lovers Rock and Filling The Gap will screen from April 19 to April 25, 2013.

9 Short Films and 18 Student Films Selected for 2013 Cannes Film Festival

9 Short Films and 18 Student Films Selected for 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Nine films will compete in 2013 for the Short Film Palme d’or,  at the 66th Festival de Cannes. For the first time, a Palestinian film will take part in the Short Films Competition.  

In the Cinéfondation Selection, 18 films (14 fiction films and 4 animated films) were selected from 277 film schools from all around the world. The Cinéfondation Selection features films from film students from a diversity of film schools, with a third of the schools being selected for the first time and one country – Chile – which has never previously been selected.

Documenta Madrid Unveils First Titles of 2013 Festival incl Oscar Nominated “The Gatekeepers”

Documenta Madrid Unveils First Titles of 2013 Festival incl Oscar Nominated “The Gatekeepers”

The Gatekeepers

The 10th International Festival of Documentary Cinema DOCUMENTA MADRID unveiled the first titles of the Official Selections for 2013, and will open May 5, 2013. with the controversial Oscar nominated documentary “The Gatekeepers”, featuring the Shin Bet, the Israeli domestic secret service agency. Directed by Dror Moreh, the film shows for the first time the inside operations of the agency, through the testimonies of six of its former directors. 

Maryland Film Festival Adds 12 More Films to 2013 Lineup incl. Here Comes The Devil, 16 Acres

Maryland Film Festival Adds 12 More Films to 2013 Lineup incl. Here Comes The Devil, 16 Acres

 

Maryland Film Festival taking place May 8-12, 2013, in downtown Baltimore added twelve more films to their 2013 film lineup, bringing the total number of feature films revealed so far to 36.

The films announced today includes work from Finland, Mexico, Austria, and Israel, and such titles as Zach Clark’s holiday-themed, darkly comic White Reindeer;Alex Winter’s riveting look at the rise and fall of Napster, Downloaded; Jessica Oreck’s experiential documentary about a family of reindeer herders, Aatsinki; and Calvin Reeder’s surreal, horror-tinged mindbender about a mysterious loner, The Rambler.

Today’s announced features for Maryland Film Festival 2013 are: 

Rooftop Films Returns for 2013, Kicks off with Short Films and “Frances Ha”

Rooftop Films Returns for 2013, Kicks off with Short Films and “Frances Ha”

Frances Ha

Rooftop Films is back for the 17th Annual Summer Series, with this year’s edition kicking off on Friday, May 10th with a screening of what the festival describes as “some of the greatest new short films from all around the world”. On Saturday, May 11th, Rooftop will present a special sneak preview screening of “Frances Ha,” directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig,

Some highlights from this year’s Summer Series include New York premieres, sneak previews, and more:

5 Documentaries to Watch at 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

5 Documentaries to Watch at 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

by Morgan Davies

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in downtown Manhattan this week, and while movies with big stars like The English Teacher (with Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane) and Almost Christmas (with Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd) may get most of the attention from the press, many of the festival’s best films are likely to be less-seen documentaries. Here are five to look out for.

Love Is All You Need Starring Pierce Brosnan, Opens in NY on May 3rd

Love Is All You Need Starring Pierce Brosnan, Opens in NY on May 3rd

Love Is All You Need diirected by Oscar Winner Susanne Bier opens May 3, 2013 at Lincoln Plaza and Landmark Sunshine Cinemas in NY

The film, an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 and Venice International Film Festival 2012, stars Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Molly Blixt Egelind, Sebastian Jessen, Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia, Christiane Schaumburg-Müller, Micky Skeel Hansen.