10 Films To Take Top Honors at 2011 Artivist Film Festival

10 Films To Take Top Honors at 2011 Artivist Film Festival

The 2011 Artivist Film Festival announced its 2011 film awards in five categories: Human Rights, Children’s Advocacy, Environmental Preservation, Animal Advocacy and Artivist Spirit. The awards will be presented to the filmmakers at the Closing Night Awards Program of the 2011 Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, August 18-20. In a first-of-its-kind program for film festivals, all ten films will be showcased in a series of preview screenings in six U.S. cities, July 8-10: Atlanta, […]

Award-Winning documentary film Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football to open exclusively at select AMC Theatres

Award-Winning documentary film Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football to open exclusively at select AMC Theatres

The award-winning documentary film, Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, has a release date; the film about high school football and Arab-Americans living in post 9-11 America will open exclusively at select AMC Theatres in 11 cities on Sept. 9, 2011. The 11 cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Dearborn, Mich., Dallas, Houston, Orange County, Calif., Los Angeles, New York, N.Y., Brunswick, N.J., San Jose, Calif., San Francisco, and in the Greater Washington D.C. region, including Gaithersburg, Md., and […]

Great Date Movie! Delhi Belly-opening today

Great Date Movie! Delhi Belly-opening today

“Delhi Belly” is the hilarious, raunchy and new Bollywood Movie from director Abhinay Deo, starring international dream guy Imran Khan, along with Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur playing his hapless yet sweet roommates. In an almost old Hollywood twist of mistaken identity, and strange, missing bag of something mysterious (Drugs? Money? What?), “Delhi Belly” is really so much fun, like a sweeter, more Eastern version of a deft Judd Apatow film. This is also […]

Azazel Jacobs’ New Film “Terri” Will Win Your Heart

Azazel Jacobs’ New Film “Terri” Will Win Your Heart

“Terri,” the new film by Azazel Jacobs (“Momma’s Man”) starring John C. Reilly and newcomer Jacob Wysocki, is a wholly new and refreshing coming-of-age film. Wysocki plays the lead character Terri Thompson in “Terri” ( a pretty astonishing star turn), an overweight high school student who is abandoned by his parents to his mentally flagging Uncle James (Creed Bratton of “The Office,” doing a complete and memorable 180 from anything we’ve seen him in) in […]

Paladin takes “The Whale,” narrated by Ryan Reynolds

Paladin takes “The Whale,” narrated by Ryan Reynolds

THE WHALE, a new documentary about a lonely young killer whale who causes upheaval in a small town and amazement around the world when he tries to make friends with humans, will be released theatrically by Paladin, it was announced by company president, Mark Urman. THE WHALE was directed by noted journalist Michael Parfit and veteran producer-cinematographer Suzanne Chisholm, who encountered the young orca whale, nicknamed Luna, at the height of his celebrity and spent […]

Azazel Jacobs Talks About Directing His New Film “Terri” – Opening Today

Azazel Jacobs Talks About Directing His New Film “Terri” – Opening Today

  Hello! Azazel, you’re in town (in NYC) for the BAM Festival?Yeah! It feels really nice. It’s the best way to kind of kind of home. You know, I live in Los Angeles now- so, to come home to New York, where my folks and friends are, where I was raised, and to have a film that’s being well received, it’s been really important to me. And it’s summer here! Everyone is so curious about […]

New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival to run July 21-28

New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival to run July 21-28

Coming on the heels of Gay Pride weekend is the announcement that NewFest, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival is coming to locations across New York city, July 21-28. The festival will open and close at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and will be headquartered throughout the week at Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Cinema Village. Special satellite screenings will be held at The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, […]

Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso is Guest Director for 2011 Telluride Film Festival

Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso is Guest Director for 2011 Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival announced that Caetano Veloso will be the Guest Director of this year’s festival which will run September 2-5, 2011. Caetano Veloso began his professional music career in 1965 in Sao Paulo and has made more than 30 studio albums to date.  But with over 100 film and television credits, Veloso is no stranger to the big and small screen. In 2002, Veloso received worldwide recognition for his performance of “Cucurrucucú Paloma” (“Cucurrucucu […]

Russian Film ‘Silent Souls’ to open Sept. 16 in NYC; Releases Controversial Picture

Russian Film ‘Silent Souls’ to open Sept. 16 in NYC; Releases Controversial Picture

Silent Souls, a film by Russian director, Aleksei Fedorchenko, and an offficial Selection at 2010 New York, Toronto and Venice film festivals, will open at Angelika Film Center in New York on Friday, September 16, and at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles at the end of September. Other cities will follow. When Miron’s beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye to her according to the rituals […]

2011 Frozen Film Festival to feature films on beat-boxing, porn, global warming, animation, and more..

2011 Frozen Film Festival to feature films on beat-boxing, porn, global warming, animation, and more..

The 5th Frozen Film Festival returns for its annual two day run – July 8th-9th at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, California showcasing 50 new films.  Films include: Beatbox – The Fifth Element Of Hip Hop, examines the art form of “beatbox” and how it’s aided the expansion of hip hop music. The Bellman Equation, a search to solve the mysterious equation of mathematician Richard Bellman. Color Me Obsessed, the first documentary on the […]

The 32nd Durban International Film Festival Full Program Announced

The 32nd Durban International Film Festival Full Program Announced

The 32nd Durban International Film Festival kicks off on July 21st with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher.  Set during the last days of apartheid, the Durban-shot film tells the story of a group of South African township youngsters who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. There is drama, romance, rivalry, and tragedy in this convincing fulfillment of local filmmaking […]

False Evacuation at LA Film Festival’s Closing Night Screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”- Starring Katie Holmes

False Evacuation at LA Film Festival’s Closing Night Screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”- Starring Katie Holmes

Guests at the LA Film Festival’s Closing Night Screening of co-writer/producer’s Guillermo del Toro’s new thriller “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, were scared by more than just the film itself: Festival-goers actually had to actually leave the screening briefly (during a pivotal point on the horror film!) after wailing alarms and a recording told them that it was an “emergency,” and they had to evacuate immediately. Del Toro […]

Dabangg (Fearless) is big winner at 12th International India Film Academy

Dabangg (Fearless) is big winner at 12th International India Film Academy

Dabangg (Fearless) was the big winner at the 12th International India Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony held in Toronto, Canada on Saturday night. The Hollywood Reported, reported that Dabangg won for best film and took home three of the four major music awards: best male playback singer for Rahat Ali Fateh Khan for the song “Tere mast mast do nain,” best music director shared by Sajid Wajid and Lalit Pandit, and the best female playback […]

Silverdocs Announces 2011 Award Winners; Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL

Silverdocs Announces 2011 Award Winners; Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL

OUR SCHOOL directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coco-Cozma

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners, culminating the weeklong festival activities that included the screening of 108 films representing 52 countries, a free outdoor screening, live performances and a five-day professional documentary conference.  The Festival hosted 27,000 attendees, including more than 1,500 filmmakers, film and television executives and media professionals celebrating the art and business of documentary filmmaking.

This year’s Sterling Award for Best US Feature goes to OUR SCHOOL directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coco-Cozma.  Shot over the course of four years, the film follows the attempt to integrate isolated rural Roma (or gypsy) children into the mainstream school system of Romania.  Focusing on seven-year-old Alin, 12-year-old Beni and 16-year-old Dana, this fascinating film takes an unflinching look at the challenges of a longstanding tradition of prejudice.  The prize is accompanied by a $5,000 cash award.

Winners Announced For 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

Winners Announced For 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, which ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2011 Festival. The Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival and went to Stéphane Lafleur for the North American Premiere of Familiar Ground.  The Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to Beverly Kopf […]

2nd Edmonds International Film Festival CANCELLED

2nd Edmonds International Film Festival CANCELLED

EdmondsPatch is reporting that the Edmonds International Film Festival in Edmonds, Washington, will not be returning for a second year, in what director Trevor Greenfield said was largely due to a lack of sponsor support. “There were things that were outside of our control,” said Greenfield, a filmmaker, writer and editor who created the festival along with his father, filmmaker Fred Greenfield. “It’s a tough economy, and ultimately it comes down to the sponsorships we […]

2011 Shanghai International Film Festival announces Golden Goblet winners

2011 Shanghai International Film Festival announces Golden Goblet winners

Shanghai’s 14th International Film Festival (SIFF) wrapped yesterday and announced the 2011 winners of the Golden Goblet Award. The Chinese movie “Mr. Tree” and “The Young Man Sings Folk Song in the Opposite Door” were the biggest winners “Mr. Tree” received awards for Jury Grand Prix and Best Director; and  “The Young Man Sings Folk Song in the Opposite Door” grabbed three awards for Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Music. Award for Best Feature […]

2011 Provincetown International Film Festival award winners

2011 Provincetown International Film Festival award winners

The 2011 Provincetown International Film Festival which ran June 15th thru 19th, announced its award winners on Sunday night.  Prizes were given to the following films: DIRTY GIRL (directed by Abe Sylvia) won the HBO Audience Award Best Narrative Feature.  **US Premiere at PIFF**   BUCK (directed by Cindy Meehl) won the HBO Audience Award Best Documentary Feature   HELLO CALLER (directed by Andrew Putschoegl) won the HBO Audience Award Best Short Film 27 (directed […]

KLITSCHKO, boxing documentary from 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Opens in NYC on October 21

KLITSCHKO, boxing documentary from 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Opens in NYC on October 21

KLITSCHKO, a documentary directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt, which had its World Premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open in New York at Cinema Village on Friday, October 21, and in Los Angeles at the end of October.  Many other cities will follow. Corinth Releasing is proud to present the US Theatrical premiere of KLITSCHKO, a documentary directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt.   KLITSCHKO had its World Premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to critical […]

2011 Seattle International Film Festival Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards

2011 Seattle International Film Festival Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival, wrapped on June 12th after a 25-day run with the announcement of the SIFF 2011 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards. The Indian film ‘Gandu’ directed by “Q” Kaushik Mukherjee took the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Dierctor. ‘Gandu’ is described as film about A poor young man in Kolkata befriends a Bruce Lee-obsessed rickshaw driver and begins a strange descent into a world of drugs […]

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Extend Invitations to 178 New Membes

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Extend Invitations to 178 New Membes

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy’s roster of members. “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Tom Sherak.  “Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the […]

Otelo Burning is opening film for 2011 Durban International Film Festival

Otelo Burning is opening film for 2011 Durban International Film Festival

The 32nd edition Durban International Film Festival’s taking place from July 21 to 31, 2011, opens with the World Premiere of a film shot in Durban – Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher. Beginning in the late 1980s, the story is set around youngsters from Lamontville township who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. Surfing facilitates the shaping of a new culture and lifestyle for them, and this […]

2011 Staten Island Film Festival; Lovinder Singh Gill’s “Stalemate” Wins Best Picture

2011 Staten Island Film Festival; Lovinder Singh Gill’s “Stalemate” Wins Best Picture

The 2011 Staten Island Film Festival finally came to an end and held its closing award ceremonies, and the the big winner was Lovinder Singh Gill’s “Stalemate” which won the award for Best Picture. “StaleMate” is a story about how we are 100% sure that we want something and then, in a split second, we realize we never wanted it in the first place.  Kayleigh has finally found the perfect man; unfortunately, he comes in […]

Academy Shakes Up Best Picture Rules Again

Academy Shakes Up Best Picture Rules Again

The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday (6/14) to add a new twist to the 2011 Best Picture competition, and a new element of surprise to its annual nominations announcement.  The Board voted to institute a system that will now produce anywhere between five and 10 nominees in the category.  That number won’t be announced until the Best Picture nominees themselves are revealed at the January nominations announcement. […]