New Indie Film: “Young Islands” premieres in Evansville, IN

New Indie Film: “Young Islands” premieres in Evansville, IN

“Young Islands,” the first feature film by written and directed by Kevin Lee Chenault, and shot on a reported microbudget of about $2,000, will have its premiere today in Evansville, Indiana. The 87-minute, black-and-white film follows Corey, a high school student who returns from summer camp to a new relationship with parents who are divorcing after his father suffered a heart attack while pursuing an adulterous affair. His return also reveals unexpected strains in his […]

Czech film “Novel for Men” to Open 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival

Czech film “Novel for Men” to Open 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival

The 10th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF), is set for April 7-15, 2011 in Tiburon, California. TIFF will be showcasing over 140 films from 55 countries. The Opening Film is “Novel for Men” directed by Tomas Barina from Czech Republic. “Novel for Men” will be making its International Premiere. Novel for Men tells the story of three siblings – Cyril, Bruno and Aneta. The strong bond that formed among them after their parents’ tragic […]

Katie Holmes Stars in Short Film

Katie Holmes Stars in Short Film

Katie Holmes premiered her short film / ad called The Decision at Lavo in NYC on Monday night. Katie Holmes stars in “The Decision,” a short film in support of the new John Frieda® Precision Foam Colour. “The Decision” tells the story of Joan Hudson (Katie Holmes), a high-profile actress who makes the choice to leave her colourist and colour her own hair. After premiering in NYC, the film went live online. Click here to […]

Ozzy Osbourne going Indie?!

Ozzy Osbourne going Indie?!

“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” will debut at this year’s Tribeca Flim Festival. The film is a documentary about Ozzy’s life and times, and is said to be “an intimate documentary that delves deep into the life of music icon Ozzy Osbourne. A sober Ozzy has reached a point of clarity as he looks back on a lifetime of unparalleled success, misdiagnosed disease, unrelenting fear and a recurring dependency on drugs and alcohol. This is a […]

REVIEW: Elektra Luxx

REVIEW: Elektra Luxx

Elektra Luxx is Sebastian Guiterrez’s sequel to a previous film, Women In Trouble. Picking up a month after the events of the first film, the plot centers on the porn star Elektra, played by Carla Gugino, and her struggle to change her lifestyle after discovering she is pregnant.  One act of good will Elektra provides for society is teaching a sexual education class for women.  A flight attendant Cora, played by Marley Shelton, confronts Elektra […]

Win Win Is A Real Winner + Alex Shaffer

Win Win Is A Real Winner + Alex Shaffer

Director Tom McCarthy’s (Station Agent, The Visitor) latest feature film Win Win is a terrific little movie, which just opened Friday. It stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Bobby Cannavale. Much of the success Thomas McCarthy’s delightful and thoughtful new comedy Win Win has to be rightfully attributed to its very young and until now completely unknown young star, the seventeen-year old Alex Shaffer, who two weeks after being cast in the movie (about a […]

RIP: Actress Elizabeth Taylor

RIP: Actress Elizabeth Taylor

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, died earlier today, Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79. A spokeswoman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said Ms. Taylor died at 1:28 a.m. Pacific time. Her publicist, Sally Morrison, said the cause was complications of congestive heart failure. In a career of more than 70 years and more than 50 films, she won two Academy Awards as best actress, for her performances as a call girl in “Butterfield 8” […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series

Grandma, A Thousand Times

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced its lineup for the 2011 Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series. The component programs are “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations with acclaimed filmmakers, plus the premiere of five new documentary films and a one-of-a-kind videogame-film event.

‘Elmo’ to Open and ‘Conan O’Brien’ to Close 2011 Independent Film Festival of Boston + Lineup

‘Elmo’ to Open and ‘Conan O’Brien’ to Close 2011 Independent Film Festival of Boston + Lineup

The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston)revealed the films that will be screened at the 2011 festival, taking place April 27- May 4, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. “BEING ELMO” directed by Constance Marks will open the 9th annual festival on April 27th, making it the first time the festival will open with a documentary. The film follows Kevin Clash, from humble upbringings as he follows his dream to become a puppeteer and one day work […]

14 Filmmakers Selected for Film Independent new Documentary Lab

14 Filmmakers Selected for Film Independent new Documentary Lab

Film Independent has launched a new Documentary Lab with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating.  Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. The Documentary Lab Mentors include filmmakers Laura Gabbert (No Impact Man), Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden), Doug Pray (Art & Copy), AJ Schnack (Convention), Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco, and […]

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

Virginia Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

The Virginia Film Festival, will return to Charlottesville, Virginia, for its 24th year from November 3-6, 2011. The 2010 festival attracted more than 23,750 people and earned more than $90,158 in ticket sales. Both figures represent a 25% increase over the prior year. The festival featured 27 sellouts that ranged from sneak peeks at first-run features like the Academy-Award nominated Black Swan and 127 Hours to documentaries including the powerful Civil Rights era tale Freedom […]

New Indie Film: “Being From Another Planet” to Premiere in Michigan

New Indie Film: “Being From Another Planet” to Premiere in Michigan

“Being From Another Planet,” an independent film by The Coughing Dog Pictures that was shot primarily shot in Michigan cities of Marine City and Richmond will have its premiere on Friday night, March 25 in Marine City, Michigan. Written and directed by Joseph Parcell, the film is about a teen who was born on Mars because his parents are astronauts. When the crew returns to Earth, he is labeled the first legal extraterrestrial. Despite the […]

Chaz Bono Documentary ‘Becoming Chaz” to Premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network May 10

Chaz Bono Documentary ‘Becoming Chaz” to Premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network May 10

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, will air the world television premiere of the Chaz Bono documentary “Becoming Chaz,”at 8 p.m. May 10, 2011 Making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, “Becoming Chaz” is the story of Chaz Bono’s emotional and physical transition from a woman to a man, a journey of identity and self-discovery. Growing up, Chastity was a shy person who never felt comfortable in the spotlight as the only child of […]

Morgan Spurlock’s “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” to Open 2011 Hot Docs + Lineup

Morgan Spurlock’s “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” to Open 2011 Hot Docs + Lineup

The 2011 Hot Docs will open with the Canadian premiere of Morgan Spurlock’s POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD (USA, 90 min), a “doc-buster” financed entirely by product placement, marketing and advertising. The lineup includes the Special Presentations program, announced earlier, which includes 27 feature film selections. World premieres include Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir’s DOLPHIN BOY (Israel, 70 min), the inspiring tale of a boy being healed by dolphin-assisted therapy; Dylan Nelson […]

26 documentaries to screen in Special Presentations program at 2011 Hot Docs

26 documentaries to screen in Special Presentations program at 2011 Hot Docs

Hot Docs announced the 26 documentary features that will be a part of this year’s Special Presentations program, a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award-winners from the recent international festival circuit, and works by master filmmakers, and featuring some star subjects. These films will screen as part of the 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, running April 28 to May 8 in Toronto. Star subjects featured as part of the Special Presentations […]

Peach, Plum Pear Best in Show Winner + 9th Female Eye Film Festival Winners

Peach, Plum Pear Best in Show Winner + 9th Female Eye Film Festival Winners

The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) wrapped on Sunday March 20, 2011 with record-breaking attendance and success. Celebrating international women directors, the festival attracted notable talent from around the world including Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time, American Graffiti), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Anne Tait (Iron Road) and Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol and The Notorious Betty Page). The Female Eye is a competitive festival that presents various awards to […]

Screenwriter James V. Hart and Filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson will be in attendance at 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival

Screenwriter James V. Hart and Filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson will be in attendance at 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival

Screenwriter and Fort-Worth Native, James V. Hart and writer, actor and producer L.M. Kit Carson will both be in attendance at the upcoming Dallas International Film Festival scheduled to run March 31 – April 10, 2011. The DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Cadillac (March 31 – April 10, 2011) announced today that highly respected screenwriter and Fort-Worth Native, James V. Hart and talented and versatile writer, actor and producer L.M. Kit Carson will both […]

Matthew Barney to receive POV Award at 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

Matthew Barney to receive POV Award at 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 – May 5, 2011) will present the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award to multimedia artist Matthew Barney, perhaps best known for the five-part Cremaster film cycle. Established in 1997, the Persistence of Vision Award each year honors the achievement of a filmmaker whose main body of work is outside the realm of typical narrative feature filmmaking, crafting documentaries, short films, television, animated, experimental or multiplatform […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) unveiled the Tribeca (Online) Film Festival

2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) unveiled the Tribeca (Online) Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) unveiled the Tribeca (Online) Film Festival, which will allow US audiences to view feature and short films for free and worldwide audiences to engage with filmmakers and industry experts as TFF’s 10th edition runs concurrently in lower Manhattan from April 20 to May 1, 2011.

The multi-dimensional experience features five areas – Festival Streaming Room, Live From…, Tribeca Q&A, Filmmaker Feed, and the Future of Film blog.

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Wraps with Mathieu Amalric’s ‘On Tour’

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Wraps with Mathieu Amalric’s ‘On Tour’

‘On Tour’, about brassy American burlesque performers touring the French countryside, will close the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled for April 21 – May 5, 2011. French actor Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this sexy, wistful comedy, featuring burlesque performers from San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and New York Acclaimed French actor Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this unsentimental homage to the burlesque show and outsized female personalities barely contained […]

Screenwriter, Director Frank Pierson will receive Kanbar Award at 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

Screenwriter, Director Frank Pierson will receive Kanbar Award at 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

The San Francisco Film Society announced that Frank Pierson will be the recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 – May 5). The Kanbar Award acknowledges the crucial importance of a script in the production of an exceptional film and is named in honor of Maurice Kanbar, a longtime member of the board of directors of the Film Society, film commissioner and philanthropist […]

12 Films selected for 2011 Tribeca All Access program

12 Films selected for 2011 Tribeca All Access program

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced the 12 projects selected for Tribeca All Access (TAA) program.  Now in its eighth year, TAA was created to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. TAA will present the 12 projects throughout a five-day program taking place during the annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, held from April 20 – May 1, 2011.  This year, the program […]

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 15 films for 2011 Invited Program

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces 15 films for 2011 Invited Program

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival continues to add films to what is already an outstanding lineup of films. The full schedule of films will be announced later this week. World Premieres of “The Loving Story” and “A Good Man,” as well as the US Premiere of “Guilty Pleasures,” will join 15 other titles as part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s 2011 Invited Program, Festival officials announced.  The 18 films will screen outside […]