Kentucky Filmmakers to Shine At 2012 Derby City Film Festival

Kentucky Filmmakers to Shine At 2012 Derby City Film Festival

A total of 56 films from 16 countries, including 24 International selections, will be screened at the upcoming Derby City Film Festival, February 17th – 19th, but this year films from current and former Kentucky residents are the one’s dominating the field. Of the films who’s filmmakers are from Kentucky, seven of them are feature films, four are shorts and one is a documentary. Another feature film “Sam Steel and the Crystal Chalice” is from […]

2012 One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival to focus on protests and unrest

2012 One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival to focus on protests and unrest

The 14th annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival has chosen a topical and compelling theme for this year’s event, which will focus on continuing protests and unrest in various parts of the world. One World’s films will show that, even though protest events from Bahrain to Greece to the USA have different means and goals, they all have one common element: committed young people who are demanding change in the established order […]

Documentary ‘A Life Ascending’ on DVD February 28

Documentary ‘A Life Ascending’ on DVD February 28

‘A Life Ascending’, from director Stephen Grynberg will be available on DVD February 28. More than 8 years after a tragic avalanche took the lives of 7 skiers exploring the Canadian Alps, Ptarmigan Films will release “A Life Ascending”,  a documentary following Ruedi Beglinger, the legendary mountain guide who led that fateful expedition.  Award-winning filmmaker Stephen Grynberg, himself a loyal, longtime client of Beglinger’s Selkirk Mountain Experience, intimately explores the unique lives of Beglinger and […]

Jean Dujardin of The Artist and Christopher Plummer of Beginners Amond 18th SAG Award Winners

Jean Dujardin of The Artist and Christopher Plummer of Beginners Amond 18th SAG Award Winners

Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2011 and honored with individual awards were Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer for performances in motion pictures

Dick Van Dyke presented Mary Tyler Moore with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 48th Annual Life Achievement Award, following a filmed tribute. Jessica Chastain introduced a film salute to SAG’s regional branches, spotlighting memorable moments created by actors who live and work across the nation. Meryl Streep introduced a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute to the actors we have lost in the past year.

The complete list of recipients of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows.

18th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® RECIPIENTS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JEAN DUJARDIN / George – “THE ARTIST” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark – “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal – “BEGINNERS” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson – “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
THE HELP (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote
VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD / Hilly Holbrook
ALLISON JANNEY / Charlotte Phelan
CHRIS LOWELL / Stuart Whitworth
AHNA O’REILLY / Elizabeth Leefolt
SISSY SPACEK / Missus Walters
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson
MARY STEENBURGEN / Elaine Stein
EMMA STONE / Skeeter Phelan
CICELY TYSON / Constantine Jefferson
MIKE VOGEL / Johnny Foote {jathumbnail off}

62nd Berlin International Film Festival Completes Competition With Addition of Chinese Film White Deer Plain

62nd Berlin International Film Festival Completes Competition With Addition of Chinese Film White Deer Plain

With Wang Quan’an’s Bai lu yuan (White Deer Plain) from the People’s Republic of China, the Competition of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival is now complete. 18 films will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears in the Berlinale Palast. A total of 23 films will be showing in the Competition programme. There will also be two special screenings in the Berlinale Palast. Bai lu yuan (White Deer Plain) People’s Republic of Chinaby […]

50 Films Including Opening Night Film Darling Companion to screen at 2012 Boulder International Film Festival

50 Films Including Opening Night Film Darling Companion to screen at 2012 Boulder International Film Festival

The 8th Annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place in Boulder, Colo., Feb. 16-19, and kicks off Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. with an Opening Night Red Carpet Gala and screening of Darling Companion, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics, directed by Lawrence Kasdan. Darling Companion tells the story of the bond between a woman and her dog, who she loves more than her husband. Kasdan and producer Anthony Bregman will be in attendance […]

Indie Film Below Zero To Close 2012 Derby City Film Festival

Indie Film Below Zero To Close 2012 Derby City Film Festival

The indie film “Below Zero,” will close the 2012 Derby City Film Festival.  The film is also a festival finalist for awards in the BEST FEATURE, BEST ACTOR (Edward Furlong), and BEST ACTRESS (Kristin Booth) categories. International indie sensation “Below Zero,” (www.belowzeromovie.com) starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, American History X, The Green Hornet), Michael Berryman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Hills Have Eyes, Scooby Doo, Weird Science), and Kristin Booth (Young People F*cking, […]

Actor Lance Henriksen to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2012 Derby City Film Festival

Actor Lance Henriksen to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at 2012 Derby City Film Festival

Legendary actor Lance Henriksen will be the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2012 Derby City Film Festival in February. Henriksen, who’s career spans 4+ decades and includes credits in nearly 200 films, television shows and video games, will be attending the festival in support of his role in the film “It’s in the Blood”. Henriksen is probably best known for his role as Bishop in the “Aliens” and “Aliens vs. Predator” films […]

GENERATOR, BIG IN VIETNAM, SPRINGTIME awarded Tiger Awards for Short Films at 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam

GENERATOR, BIG IN VIETNAM, SPRINGTIME awarded Tiger Awards for Short Films at 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam

Makino Takashi’s GENERATOR (Japan), Mati Diop’s BIG IN VIETNAM (France) and Jeroen Eijsinga’s SPRINGTIME (Netherlands) were awarded the three equal Tiger Awards for Short Films 2012. The jury gave a Special Jury Mention to Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen for her short film I’M LISA (Malaysia). The International Film Festival Rotterdam short film nominee for the European Film Awards 2012 is IM FREIEN (IN THE OPEN) by Albert Sackl (Austria). Tiger Awards Competition for Short FilmsThe […]

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist and Ames Marsh for Project Nim Win Directors Guild Of America Awards

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist and Ames Marsh for Project Nim Win Directors Guild Of America Awards

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2011, and the recipients of the Guild’s 2012 Career Achievement Awards were announced on Saturday night during the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Michel Hazanavicius won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Artist. The DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild and The House I Live In Win Top Awards at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Beasts of the Southern Wild and The House I Live In Win Top Awards at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

The Jury, Audience, NEXT and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival were presented at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah.

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival Awards presented last night were:

The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Charles Ferguson to:
The House I Live In / U.S.A. (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing?

The Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Justin Lin to:

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry.

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Nick Fraser to:

The Law in These Parts / Israel (Director: Ra’anan Alexandrowicz) — Israel’s 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories unfolds through provocative interviews with the system’s architects and historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population.

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented by Julia Ormond to:

Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se Fue a Los Cielos) / Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain (Director: Andrés Wood, Screenwriters: Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón, Andrés Wood) — A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes. Cast: Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Luis Machín, Gabriela Aguilera, Roberto Farías.

The Audience Award: U.S. Documentary, Presented by Acura, was presented by Mike Birbiglia to:

The Invisible War / U.S.A. (Director: Kirby Dick) — An investigative and powerfully emotional examination of the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, the institutions that cover up its existence and the profound personal and social consequences that arise from it.

The Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic, Presented by Acura, was presented by Mike Birbiglia to:

The Surrogate / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ben Lewin) — Mark O’Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist in an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood. Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy. {jathumbnail off}

Robot & Frank and Valley of Saints Win Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Robot & Frank and Valley of Saints Win Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

The winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, as well as the recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant and Lab Fellowship were announced at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prizes Robot & Frank, directed by Jake Schreier and written by Christopher Ford, and Valley of Saints, directed and written by Musa Syeed, have each been awarded the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and will […]

Getting Up and Bindlestiffs Wins 2012 Slamdance Film Festival Audience Awards

Getting Up and Bindlestiffs Wins 2012 Slamdance Film Festival Audience Awards

The 18th Annual Slamdance Film Festival announced the feature film and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Grand Jury, and Sponsored Award categories. The award winners were announced at the annual Closing Night Awards Ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn. AUDIENCE AWARDS Audience Award for Feature Documentary: GETTING UP by Caskey Ebeling Audience Award for Feature Narrative: BINDLESTIFFS by Andrew Edison GRAND JURY AWARDS – NARRATIVE Grand Jury Sparky Award for […]

27 Films Qualify for Best First Feature Award at 2012 Berlinale

27 Films Qualify for Best First Feature Award at 2012 Berlinale

Debut feature films from the sections Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and for the first time also debut films from the Perspektive Deutsches Kino will compete for the Best First Feature Award in 2012. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. The winners will be announced at the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on February 19. A three-person jury will decide […]

Special Screenings Added to 2012 Berlinale Forum Program

Special Screenings Added to 2012 Berlinale Forum Program

With the addition of a series of Special Screenings to the titles already announced, the program of the Berlinale Forum is now complete. In the documentary Lawinen der Erinnerung, Dominik Graf, one of Germany’s most influential film and television directors, puts together a portrait of another leading television personality in the form of author, director and producer Oliver Storz. In the process, his film also contributes to German television history and German history in general. […]

US Film Electrick Children to Open Generation 14plus competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

US Film Electrick Children to Open Generation 14plus competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival

The Generation 14plus competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival will open with the US directorial debut Electrick Children by Rebecca Thomas. The director and her leading actors Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Rory Culkin (Lymelife) and Billy Zane (Titanic) are expected on the red carpet for this world premiere on February 10. Garner plays a young Mormon who breaks out of her strict religious community and plunges herself into the nightlife of […]

Fishing Without Nets Wins Top Short Films Prize at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Fishing Without Nets Wins Top Short Films Prize at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

The jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah. The Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded to: FISHING WITHOUT NETS / U.S.A. (Director: Cutter Hodierne, Screenwriters: Cutter Hodierne, John Hibey) — A story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates themselves. Said the Short Film Jury of the film, “By approaching a story of epic […]

Panorama Lineup for 2012 Berlinale is Complete

Panorama Lineup for 2012 Berlinale is Complete

This year’s Panorama is presenting 53 feature films: 18 in the main programme, 15 in Panorama Special and 20 in Panorama Dokumente. Among the final films to be included in the Panorama is the US indie Cherry with Heather Graham, James Franco and Lili Taylor. It portrays a confident young woman who explores her own sexuality and has to deal with the prejudice of those around her. In The Convoy, Alexei Mizgirev presents an apocalyptic […]

Film Lineup of 6th Culinary Cinema of the 62nd Berlinale

Film Lineup of 6th Culinary Cinema of the 62nd Berlinale

“Trust in Taste” is the motto of the 6th Culinary Cinema of the 62nd Berlinale that will be held from February 12 to 17, 2012. Fifteen films about food and the environment will be presented in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. This year’s Culinary Cuisine includes a remarkable number of premieres. In Felipe Ugarte’s and Juantxo Sardon’s Mugaritz B.S.O., musician Felipe Ugarte translates delicious and visually pleasing culinary dishes made by Basque star chef Andoni Luis Aduriz from […]

7 Films Added to Competition program of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

7 Films Added to Competition program of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival

With seven more films, the Competition program of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival is nearing completion. To date it includes 22 films, of which 17 are vying for the Golden and Silver Bears. 18 films will celebrate their world premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2012. A special screening of Steven Soderbergh’s action thriller Haywire in the Berlinale Palast will supplement the programme. Like last year, the winner of the Golden Bear will […]

Berlinale Announces Short Film Lineup and Jury for 2012 Festival

Berlinale Announces Short Film Lineup and Jury for 2012 Festival

27 films from 22 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear Jury Prize, the DAAD Short Film Award and a short film nomination for the European Film Prize. German actress Sandra Hüller, Palestinian artist Emily Jacir as well as filmmaker David OReilly will be picking the winners in 2012: International Short Film Jury: Sandra Hüller (Germany)After ten years in the business, renowned and prize-winning actress of the screen and stage Sandra […]

Boyz n The Hood producer Stephanie Allain is New LA Film Festival Director

Boyz n The Hood producer Stephanie Allain is New LA Film Festival Director

  Film producer Stephanie Allain (John Singleton’s Boyz n The Hood, Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) is the new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, replacing Rebecca Yeldham, who recently decided to step down for personal reasons. Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the selection of accomplished film producer Stephanie Allain as its new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, starting immediately.  She succeeds […]

The Artist and A Separation Among Nominations for 84th Academy Awards

The Artist and A Separation Among Nominations for 84th Academy Awards

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced today and Michel Hazanavicius’s “The Artist” was one of the top films with 10 nominations. Other films receiving nominations include The Descendants for Best Picture and The Iranian film A Separation for Best Foreign Film. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012 and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET. Nominations […]

Film Exec Bingham Ray Died After Suffering Stroke at Sundance Film Festival

Film Exec Bingham Ray Died After Suffering Stroke at Sundance Film Festival

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 after suffering a stroke while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah’ The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. “The board of directors and staff of the Film Society are stunned and deeply saddened by the untimely […]