Music Box Films to release the French film, ‘The Conquest’ in the US

Music Box Films to release the French film, ‘The Conquest’ in the US

Music Box Films will release in the US, the French film THE CONQUEST, directed by Xavier Durringer, a political drama about the political ascendency of the current French president Nicolas Sarkozy.  Based entirely on public documents and first person accounts, THE CONQUEST is the story of seemingly unstoppable ambition, riddled with backstage maneuverings, fits of anger and vicious confrontations with political rivals and loved ones alike. In short, the story of a man who gains […]

9 Films to Receive $150,000 in Documentary Finishing Funds from Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

9 Films to Receive $150,000 in Documentary Finishing Funds from Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and Gucci announced the 2011 recipients selected for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The Fund, now in its fourth year, provides finishing finances, year-round support and guidance to domestic and international documentary filmmakers with feature-length films highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world. A jury consisting of Jessica Alba, Amir Bar-Lev, Wendy Ettinger, Frida Giannini, Edward Norton, and Mariane Pearl, selected 9 projects from 450 submissions […]

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival to premiere on video-on-demand (VOD) beginning June 23, 2011

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival to premiere on video-on-demand (VOD) beginning June 23, 2011

Tribeca Film and ESPN have partnered to present the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival which will premiere on video-on-demand (VOD) beginning June 23, 2011, through August 25, 2011.   The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival On Demand lineup of titles cover a wide spectrum of sports, including: CATCHING HELL, from director Alex Gibney, about baseball’s most famous scapegoats; TURKEY BOWL, a narrative feature about a group of friends that get together every year for the time,-honored tradition of […]

New York Asian Film Festival 10th Anniversary Line-up

New York Asian Film Festival 10th Anniversary Line-up

The New York Asian Film Festival celebrates its tenth birthday and returns to the Lincoln Center July 1 – 14, 2011, and Japan Society July 7 – 10, 2011. MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY will be featured as the official opening night film, and THE YELLOW SEA as the official closing night film. Other highlights, or presents as the festival calls them includes: A Takashi Miike World Premiere! The long-awaited animated epic based on Osamu Tezuka¹s […]

REVIEW: Mike Mills Wonderful New Film “Beginners” stars Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent-and must be seen immediately!

REVIEW: Mike Mills Wonderful New Film “Beginners” stars Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent-and must be seen immediately!

There are a certain few films that you know from the first few frames that something essential and true is being conjure. Mike Mills wonderful new film “Beginners,” starring Ewan MacGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent, opens this week. Ewan MacGregor plays Oliver Fields, a sweet illustrator in his late thirties who quickly and quietly falls head over heels for French actress Anna (Melanie Laurent of “Inglorious Basterds”) while she is shacked up at the […]

Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” to be released in the US in the winter

Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” to be released in the US in the winter

Bela Tarr’s apocalyptic masterpiece “The Turin Horse,” will be released in theaters in the US this winter, by Cinema Guild. On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver of a hansom cab is having trouble with a stubborn horse. Despite all his urging, the horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his […]

RIP: Leonard Kastle, Writer and Director of “The Honeymoon Killers”

RIP: Leonard Kastle, Writer and Director of “The Honeymoon Killers”

One-hit writer and director, Leonard Kastle, of his first and only film, “The Honeymoon Killers,” reportedly died May 18 at his home in Westerlo, N.Y., after a brief illness, said Tina Sisson, a friend. He was 82. “The Honeymoon Killers,” released in 1970, is described as a “grimly realistic, low-budget, black-and-white crime drama about a lowlife lothario and his overweight nurse lover whose partnership in conning lonely women leads to murder.” “The Honeymoon Killers” was […]

2011 Kiev International Film Festival is postponed to Fall

2011 Kiev International Film Festival is postponed to Fall

According to an update on their website, due to economic reasons, the Kiev International Film Festival in Kiev, Ukraine, which was previously planned for June 15-20, 2011, is postponed to September 20-25, 2011. Kiev International Film Festival, which was previously planned for 15-20 June, 2011, is postponed to 20-25 September, 2011. Due to economic crisis most of sponsors cut off their budgets, and the support from the state could not be received for this period. […]

2011 Humboldt Film Festival Winners; ‘Swing” takes Best of the Fest and Best Animated Film Prizes

2011 Humboldt Film Festival Winners; ‘Swing” takes Best of the Fest and Best Animated Film Prizes

The Humboldt Film Festival, described as the the’ world’s oldest student-run film festival’ ..’bringing independent and alternative short films to Humboldt county for forty-three years’ recently wrapped an announced it’s 2011 winners. Swing, directed by Yen-Ting Kuo, took the top prize Best of the Fest, in addition to Best Animated Film at the 44th edition. SWING is about how living people influence the perspectives of people on the brink of death. If there was choice […]

2011 Berkshire International Film Festival to kick off June 2nd; Lineup to feature some 70 films

2011 Berkshire International Film Festival to kick off June 2nd; Lineup to feature some 70 films

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will run from June 2rd through June 5th, 2011 in Great Barrington and June 3rd through June 5th in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The film festival will feature some 70 US and international independent feature films, documentaries, and shorts. In addition, BIFF will host Q&A sessions with filmmakers, a special screening of Pittsfield native, Kent Jones and his latest film on Elia Kazan written and directed with Martin Scorcese, and the […]

Actress Jane Seymour ‘beyond sorry and appalled’ for Schwarzenegger comment

Actress Jane Seymour ‘beyond sorry and appalled’ for Schwarzenegger comment

Actress Jane Seymour reportedly said to CNN at the red carpet premiere of her new IFC movie “Love Marriage Wedding” on May 17 that she believed “there will be lots of information coming people’s way…I heard about two more [out of wedlock kids] somebody else knows about. I even met someone who knows him well.” Yesterday on “The View” Friday, Seymour regretted her remarks, saying, “I’m so beyond sorry and appalled that I found myself […]

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2011 Film Lineup

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its full slate of competition films for the Festival AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Competition SlateSterling U.S. Feature Competition BETTER THIS WORLD / USA, 2011, 97 minutes (Director: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega) — When two Midland, Texas, activists make Molotov cocktails at the 2008 Republican Convention, a dramatic story unfolds, with multiple domestic terrorism charges, an entrapment defense and a surprising FBI informant.  The film sets in high […]

John Malkovich & Otar Iosseliani to receive CineMerit Award at 2011 Munich Film Festival

John Malkovich & Otar Iosseliani to receive CineMerit Award at 2011 Munich Film Festival

This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN aka Munich Film Festival honors Georgian writer-director Otar Iosseliani and American acting icon John Malkovich with the CineMerit Award. Every year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN presents the CineMerit Award, sponsored by German carmaker Audi, to outstanding personalities in the international film community for extraordinary contributions to motion pictures as an art form. Festival Director Andreas Ströhl: “Otar Iosseliani is the unsurpassed master of the melancholy comedy, and John Malkovich has always been in […]

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

2011 AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its opening, closing and centerpiece films for the Festival, taking place June 20-26, 2011 in the Washington, D.C. area. The Festival will open its ninth annual edition on June 20, 2011 with THE SWELL SEASON.  Directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis, THE SWELL SEASON follows musical artists Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who captivated audiences and earned an Academy Award for their musical collaboration in the […]

2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival Announces Lineup; Kim Cattrall’s “Meet Monica Velour” to open the festival

2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival Announces Lineup; Kim Cattrall’s “Meet Monica Velour” to open the festival

The 2nd Annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 10-16, 2011, announced its lineup, which included a diverse array of films from 13 different countries and feature several international premieres. Among the titles, the international premieres at AIFF include the Massimiliano Bruno directed Italian comedy “Nessuno mi puo giudicare” (English title “Nobody Can Judge Me”); American drama “Meet Monica Velour,” written and directed by Keith Bearden; the Mario Van Peebles directed drama […]

2011 Cannes Film Festival entry WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN to be released in the US, Winter 2011

2011 Cannes Film Festival entry WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN to be released in the US, Winter 2011

Oscilloscope Laboratories, the film production and distribution company owned by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys, will release in the US, the 2011 Cannes Film Festival competition entry WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, from director Lynne Ramsay (RATCATCHER and MORVERN CALLAR).  Oscilloscope will release WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN theatrically this Winter, accompanied by an awards campaign. A suspenseful and psychologically gripping exploration into a parent dealing with her child doing the unthinkable, WE […]

Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey to open 2011 LA Film Festival

Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey to open 2011 LA Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival announced the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s Bernie as the opening night film for the 2011 Festival. Richard Linklater’s Bernie will kick off the Festival on June 16 at Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 L.A. LIVE.  The film is written by Skip Hollandsworth and Linklater, stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.  Black plays Bernie, the beloved mortician in a small Texas town.  MacLaine is the town’s richest, meanest widow, […]

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; “LA I Hate You” Wins Best Film

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; “LA I Hate You” Wins Best Film

The 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), South Carolina’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts, would like to announce and congratulate its 2011 Award Winners presented at the Awards Gala held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.   Golden Crescent Award-Golden Crescent Award for Best Film : “LA I Hate You” – Produced by Warren Ostergard Jury Awards– Best Feature: “Angel Camouflaged” – Written and Directed by Michael Givens– Best Short: […]

8th annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival Announces Lineup

8th annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival Announces Lineup

The lineup for the 8th annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival (DTH!) was announced today and includes 14 feature films from seven countries screening June 17–19 at the historic Tower Theatre. Salt Lake City, Utah’s only annual LBGT film festival, DTH! showcases the best international and domestic documentary and narrative LGBT films from film festivals around the world.  The festival opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 with the Utah premiere of BEGINNERS. […]

RIP: documentary filmmaker Bruce Ricker

RIP: documentary filmmaker Bruce Ricker

Bruce Ricker — a Cambridge, Massachusetts -based director and producer of documentaries whose best-known film, “The Last of the Blue Devils’’ (1979), is a jazz classic — died of pneumonia Friday in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. He was 68. Mr. Ricker specialized in documentaries about jazz, popular music, and film history. Read more in Boston Globe image via Boston Globe

RIP: Donald Krim, president of’ film distribution company, Kino International

RIP: Donald Krim, president of’ film distribution company, Kino International

Donald Krim, a film distributor, president of’ Kino International, a company founded in 1977 and acquired by Mr. Krim in 1978, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 65. Among the films imported by Kino as a result of Mr. Krim’s festival explorations were Percy Adlon’s “Zuckerbaby” (1985), Mitsuo Yanagimachi’s “Himatsuri” (1986) and Michel Khleifi’s “Wedding in Galilee” (1988). Mr. Krim also helped to introduce the work of such art-house stalwarts as […]

Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winners; Malick’s “Tree of Life” garners Palme D’Or

Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winners; Malick’s “Tree of Life” garners Palme D’Or

The mysteriously enigmatic U.S. director Terrence Malick took the Cannes film festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, Sunday evening,  for his film The Tree of Life-  about a family of sons dominated by a tyrannical father in Texas, and the origins and mysteries of life. The film stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and luminous newcomer Jessica Chastain. Shy as ever, Malick had one of the film’s co-producers, Bill Pohlad accept the award on his behalf. […]

IFC Midnight to release Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN in the U.S.

IFC Midnight to release Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN in the U.S.

IFC Midnight announced from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s psychological thriller SNOWTOWN in the U.S.. The directorial debut for Kurzel, with a screenplay by Shaun Grant, stars Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, and Louise Harris.  Arriving with much buzz after winning the Audience Award at the Adelaide Film Festival, the film was just awarded a special citation last night by the Critics’ Week jury. The film is also in […]

Poliss from 2011 Cannes Film Festival to be relased in the US

Poliss from 2011 Cannes Film Festival to be relased in the US

Sundance Selects announced from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company will release in the U.S.,  writer-director and actress Maiwenn’s POLISS.  The film, which made its world premiere in Competition at the festival, was produced by Alain Attal and co-written by actress Emmanuelle Bercot, who also co-stars in the film. The film also stars Karin Viard, Joeystarr, Marina Fois, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher, Frederic Pierrot, Arnaud Henriet, Naidra Ayadi and Jeremie Elkhaim. The film […]