Spirit Award-winner Patty Jenkins to direct Lifetime TV Project with Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and Demi Moore

Spirit Award-winner Patty Jenkins to direct Lifetime TV Project with Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and Demi Moore

Film Independent Spirit Award-winner Patty Jenkins (Monster) along with Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and Demi Moore have been signed to direct the Lifetime Original Movie Project Five, an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. The film’s fifth director will be announced in the coming weeks. Through its deeply interconnected story arc, Project Five will use humor and drama to focus on the effect that breast cancer and […]

RIP: Executive, Independent Producer, Joe Wizan

RIP: Executive, Independent Producer, Joe Wizan

Joe Wizan, a former head of 20th Century Fox‘s motion picture division and an independent producer of films such as “Jeremiah Johnson” and “… And Justice for All,” has died. He was 76. Among his credits as a producer or executive producer are “Junior Bonner,” “The Last American Hero,” “Audrey Rose” and “Along Came a Spider.” Click here to read more

AFI FEST officially announces its 2011 dates

AFI FEST officially announces its 2011 dates

AFI FEST, celebrating its 25th year in 2011, will take place November 3 through 10 in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The American Film Market (AFM), will be held November 2 through 9. Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short […]

Film Titles from 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Premiere via Video-on-Demand

Film Titles from 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to Premiere via Video-on-Demand

Four 2011 Tribeca Film Festival official selections THE BANG BANG CLUB, THE BLEEDING HOUSE, LAST NIGHT and NEDS, will be released nationwide via video-on-demand under the “Tribeca Film” banner simultaneously with the start of the Festival on April 20.  The “Tribeca Film” VOD category will also offer other festival circuit titles, including Dax Shepard’s BROTHER’S JUSTICE and THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, starring Zach Braff. Tribeca Film is the comprehensive distribution label from Tribeca Enterprises. […]

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Adds More Films and New Honorees

2011 DALLAS International Film Festival Adds More Films and New Honorees

The DALLAS International Film Festival scheduled for March 31 – April 10, 2011 have added two new Honorees to the slate of DALLAS Star Award recipients – writer, producer and director Scott Z. Burns (THE INFORMANT, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM) and posthumously to Texas legend and Academy-Award winner Horton Foote (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, TENDER MERCIES). Horton Foote and Scott Z. Burns join Ann-Margret and Steve James on the 2011 roster of DALLAS Star Award recipients […]

RiverRun has officially announced its 2011 Jurors; incl. True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher

RiverRun has officially announced its 2011 Jurors; incl. True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher

The RiverRun International Film Festival officially released today the full list of competition jurors for the 13th annual Festival returning to Winston-Salem April 8 -17. These jurors will be responsible for determining the best film in RiverRun’s competitive sections: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts and Animated Shorts. A number of jurors will also be presenting works in the non-competitive categories. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Narrative Features, will present her film, I Will Follow, […]

2011 San Francisco Women’s International Film Festival Features Films Directed by Women

2011 San Francisco Women’s International Film Festival Features Films Directed by Women

The 2011 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival runs April 6- April 10, 2011 at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco. The films in the festival represent the lives of women all over the globe and were directed and /or co-directed by women, including the opening night film from Uganda, Raymonde Provencher’s ‘riveting and jaw-dropping’ documentary, GRACE, MILLY, LUCY…CHILD SOLDIERS. The 7th Annual SFIWFF proudly opens with Raymonde Provencher’s riveting and jaw-dropping documentary, GRACE, MILLY, […]

Edward Burns’ Newlyweds is Closing Night Film for 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Edward Burns’ Newlyweds is Closing Night Film for 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) will close with the world premiere of Edward Burns’ Newlyweds on Saturday, April 30, at BMCC TPAC.

Newlyweds is the tenth film written and directed by Ed Burns and the sixth to premiere at TFF. Burns, who wrote, directed and stars in Newlyweds, has had a strong connection with TFF since its founding. Ash Wednesday world premiered as part of the inaugural TFF lineup in 2002, and Looking for Kitty, Purple Violets and Nice Guy Johnny have also been Festival premieres over subsequent years.

The Frontier Boys opens in Michigan Hometown

The Frontier Boys opens in Michigan Hometown

The independent film “The Frontier Boys” which won 2011 Best Feature Drama at the Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan, Italy, opens in its hometown Michigan this weekend. “We’ve taken ‘The Frontier Boys’ from Charlevoix to Milan, Italy to Hollywood, California, and I’m always thrilled to bring Michigan with me wherever we show the film,” said Director John Grooters. “The Frontier Boys is a Michigan movie through and through. It captures the essence of small […]

Indie Film ‘Detour’ Depicting Lesbian Life featured in LA Women’s Fest This Weekend

Indie Film ‘Detour’ Depicting Lesbian Life featured in LA Women’s Fest This Weekend

Patricia Richardson’s directorial debut, “Detour” will make its West Coast premiere this weekend at the “The Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival.”  The Women’s International Film Festival runs March 25 – March 31 and showcases narratives, documentaries, animation and student short films created by women filmmakers featuring diverse roles for women. Written and completely funded by Richardson, the  film depicts lesbian couples in every day life. DETOUR is a dramatic feature film about a 27 […]

Free Events at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Free Events at 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), is bringing back its free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 21-23), Family Festival Street Fair (April 30), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 30), and free panel series, “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper” and “Tribeca Talks: Industry” (April 23-30).

For the first time this year, Festival-goers, athletes and the general public will also have the opportunity to partake in the new NYFest (April 23), the city’s first Film and Entertainment Soccer Tournament

Disney good girl Vanessa Hudgen to play bad girl in indie film

Disney good girl Vanessa Hudgen to play bad girl in indie film

Vanessa Hudgen has signed on to join the cast of the independent film, A Virgin Mary, reports HollywoodLife.com. The film is described as a coming of age story about a teenage girl named Mary (played by Lily Collins) who makes a vow to have sex with her best guy friend (Carter Jenkins) if they’re still virgins by the time they are 18 years old. Vanessa will play Mary’s “slutty best friend” and Daryl Sabara (Spy […]

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 […]