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 […]

2012 IFFR presents 196 short films in Spectrum Shorts

2012 IFFR presents 196 short films in Spectrum Shorts

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected 196 short films from more than 3,500 submissions for its main programme Spectrum Shorts, which can be seen from Thursday 26 through Monday 30 January in LantarenVenster. This year, Spectrum Shorts encompasses no less than 42 world premières; many of these films that have been made by young filmmakers and video artists from all over the world. Short films can also be seen in the IFFR’s Tiger Awards […]

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray Hospitalized at Sundance Film Festival

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray Hospitalized at Sundance Film Festival

San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Bingham Ray reportedly suffered a stroke while at the Sundance Film Festival and remains hospitalized. In a press release, the SFFS says The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray has been hospitalized while attending the Sundance Film Festival. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bingham for a speedy and full recovery and our sympathies go out to his family and his many friends […]

Your Sister’s Sister to Open 2012 Seattle International Film Festival

Your Sister’s Sister to Open 2012 Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced Your Sister’s Sister as the opening film to be presented at the 2012 festival’s prestigious Opening Night Gala, Thursday, May 17, 2012. Your Sister’s Sister, written and directed by Seattle’s Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, is SIFF’s first opening selection locally produced and shot by a Seattle filmmaker. SIFF takes place May 17 through June 10. “I am thrilled beyond measure […]

Magnolia Pictures To Distribute THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES from Sundance Film Festival

Magnolia Pictures To Distribute THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES from Sundance Film Festival

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired North American distribution rights to THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, an outrageous, timely and moving film that premiered last night to a sold out crowd at the Eccles theater as this year’s opening night film at the Sundance film festival. Television and international rights are still available. From acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield (Thin, Kids + Money; named one of the top 25 most influential […]

Sony Pictures Classics goes SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN at Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics goes SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN at Sundance Film Festival

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the rights in North America to Malik Bendjelloul’s directorial debut, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN.  The film is produced by Simon Chinn of Red Box Films (PROJECT NIM, MAN ON WIRE) and executive produced by John Battsek of Passion Pictures (THE TILLMAN STORY, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER) in association with Canfield Pictures and The Documentary Company.  SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN had its world premiere last night as […]

TRIBE CALLED QUESTDocumentary and THE ARTIST Win 23rd Producers Guild of America Awards

TRIBE CALLED QUESTDocumentary and THE ARTIST Win 23rd Producers Guild of America Awards

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions, including the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. In addition to the competitive awards, the PGA honored several individuals with tribute awards including Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don […]

Becoming Chaz and Gun Hill Road Among 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

Becoming Chaz and Gun Hill Road Among 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

Gun Hill Road

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, announced the nominees for the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards. Nominees include Gun Hill Road, Pariah and Becoming Chaz.

The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in New York on March 24, Los Angeles on April 21, and San Francisco on June 2.

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Albert Nobbs
Beginners
J. Edgar

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
Circumstance
Gun Hill Road
Pariah
Tomboy
Weekend

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Becoming Chaz
The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Two Spirits
We Were Here
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The First Grader and Pariah Among 43rd NAACP Image Awards Nominees

The First Grader and Pariah Among 43rd NAACP Image Awards Nominees

The NAACP Image Awards, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts announced the nominees for the 43rd edition. Nominees include Pariah, The First Grader and A Separation. Winners will be announced during a live telecast on NBC Friday, February 17, 2012.

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
“The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
“Tower Heist” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy – “Tower Heist” (Universal Pictures)
Laurence Fishburne – “Contagion” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Laz Alonso – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Oliver Litondo – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Vin Diesel – “Fast Five” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Emma Stone – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Paula Patton – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Viola Davis – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Zoë Saldana – “Colombiana” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie – “The Adjustment Bureau” (Universal Pictures)
Charles Parnell – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Don Cheadle – “The Guard” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jeffrey Wright – “The Ides of March” (Columbia Pictures)
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Bryce Dallas Howard – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Cicely Tyson – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)
Kim Wayans – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Maya Rudolph – “Bridesmaids” (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“I Will Follow” (AFFRM)
“Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
“MOOZ-lum” (AFFRM)
“Pariah” (Focus Features)
“The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“A Separation” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Attack the Block” (Screen Gems)
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
“Le Havre” (Janus Films)
“Life, Above All” (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical or Television)
“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” (Submarine Deluxe)
“Sing Your Song” (HBO Documentary Films)
“The Rescuers” (Michael King Productions)
“Thunder Soul” (Roadside Attractions)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Arthur Harris – “Reed Between the Lines” – Let’s Talk About Ms. Helen’s Son Part 1 (BET)
Prentice Penny – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes….Beach Chairs (BET)
Vali Chandrasekaran – “30 Rock” – It’s Never Too Late For Now (NBC)
Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio – “Wizards of Waverly Place” – Wizards vs. Angels (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Cheo Hodari Coker – “SouthLAnd” – Punching Water (TNT)
Janine Sherman Barrois – “Criminal Minds” – The Bittersweet Science (CBS)
Lolis Eric Elie – “Treme” – Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues? (HBO)
Pam Veasey – “Ringer” – Oh Gawd, There’s Two of Them? (The CW)
Zoanne Clack – “Grey’s Anatomy” – I Will Survive (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Ann Peacock – “The First Grader” (National Geographic Entertainment)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Elizabeth Hunter, Arlene Gibbs – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Jay Chandrasekhar – “Happy Endings” – The Girl with the David Tattoo (ABC)
Kevin Hooks – “Drop Dead Diva” – Mother’s Day (Lifetime)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. – “Rules of Engagement” – The Set Up (CBS)
Miguel Arteta – “How to Make It in America” – Mofongo (HBO)
Salim Akil – “The Game” – Parachutes/Beach Chairs (BET)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Ernest Dickerson – “Treme” – Do Watcha Wanna (HBO)
Ken Whittingham – “Parenthood” – Opening Night (NBC)
Kevin Sullivan – “NCIS” – Tell-All (CBS)
Paris Barclay – “Sons of Anarchy” – Out (FX Network)
Seith Mann – “Dexter” – Get Gellar (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Theatrical or Television)
Alrick Brown – “Kinyarwanda” (AFFRM)
Angelina Jolie – “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (FilmDistrict)
Dee Rees – “Pariah” (Focus Features)
Salim Akil – “Jumping the Broom” (TriStar Pictures)
Tate Taylor – “The Help” (DreamWorks Pictures/Participant Media/Touchstone Pictures)   {jathumbnail off}

The Artist and A Separation Win at the 32nd London Film Critics Circle Awards

The Artist and A Separation Win at the 32nd London Film Critics Circle Awards

The Artist and A Separation were the big winners at the 32nd London Film Critics’ Circle Awards with each taking home three awards. Silent film THE ARTIST received Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year. Director Michel Hazanavicius and actor Jean Dujardin were both at the event to collect their awards. Asghar Farhadi’s Berlin winner A SEPARATION also took home three awards winning Foreign Language Film of the Year, […]