REVIEW: Blank City; Nostalgic, Eye-opening, Timely…

REVIEW: Blank City; Nostalgic, Eye-opening, Timely…

Blank City is at once nostalgic, in its look back towards a time and place that was full of raw energy and desperate creativity; eye-opening, with its fantastic clips of experimental films that few people today have probably seen; and very timely, since it speaks directly to our current culture of artists, hipsters and struggling indie filmmakers scraping by in contemporary New York, a city very different from the one portrayed in this film, but […]

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2011 Poster Featuring Sexy Faye Dunaway 1970

The official poster of the 64th Cannes Film Festival was unveiled and it features a photo of Faye Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970.  Jerry Schatzberg is a filmmaker from New York who won the Palme d’Or in 1973 for Scarecrow. Faye Dunaway had the starring role in Schatzberg’s first film Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), which has been restored by Universal Pictures. The restored film will be distributed in France by Carlotta […]

2011 IIFA Award Nominations; Once Upon A Time Leads With 12 Nominations

2011 IIFA Award Nominations; Once Upon A Time Leads With 12 Nominations

The 2011 Micromax IIFA Awards, officially the 12th International Indian Film Academy Awards aka the Bollywood Oscars announced the films nominations.  Milan Luthria’s mafia gangster film, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, leads the field with 12 nomination, followed by Dabangg, an action film starring Salman Khan, with 11 nominations. The 2011 nominations BEST FILM Band Baaja Baaraat, Aditya Chopra – Yash Raj FilmsDabangg, Arbaaz Khan ProductionsMy Name Is Khan, Karan Johar – Dharma Productions; […]

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Adds Two More Films to Lineup

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Adds Two More Films to Lineup

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has added two more films to its feature lineup: a world premiere of Tony Kaye’s drama Detachment and a work-in-progress screening of Stephen C. Mitchell’s Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan, New York.

Garden State Film Festival 2011 Winners; Expecting Mary is Audience Choice

Garden State Film Festival 2011 Winners; Expecting Mary is Audience Choice

The ninth annual Garden State Film Festival, announced its 2011 winners at its awards dinner Sunday.  “Expecting Mary” was a big winner taking home both the Audience Choice award and the Bud Abbott Award for Feature-Length Comedy. The comedy-drama film directed by Dan Gordon and starring Elliott Gould and Linda Gray, tells the story of a pregnant young Mary, who has had all the trappings of an upscale life, but it’s only when she finds […]

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

A record-breaking audience of more than 78,000 people attended this year’s 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, but, there was no closing-night film. The screening of the scheduled film “Soul Surfer,” was cancelled after the print of the film was assumed lost when it never arrived at the festival. Although some ticket holders requested refunds, many were allowed to see other films including a last minute additional screening of the opening night film, “Hamill.” Awards were […]

Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH in Theatres, August 2011

Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH in Theatres, August 2011

The Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH, directed by Jim Whitaker was acquired and will be released by Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks. Oscilloscope will release REBIRTH in theatres in August 2011. SHOWTIME will broadcast REBIRTH on the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th. Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime Networks Inc. announced today their acquisition of the widely lauded Sundance Film Festival 2011 documentary, REBIRTH, directed by Jim Whitaker. The result of a filmmaking […]

3D documentary PINA to be released in US by Sundance Selects | Trailer

3D documentary PINA to be released in US by Sundance Selects | Trailer

The 3D documentary PINA which world-premiered at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival will be distributed in the US by Sundance Selects, a sister division to IFC Films. Directed by Wim Wenders’ (WINGS OF DESIRE, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB), PINA is an in-depth look into the work of iconic dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. Dancer Pina Bausch is legendary. As celebrated as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, she transformed the language of dance. Designed to ignite […]

2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival report another record-breaking year + Winners

2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival report another record-breaking year + Winners

The 17th San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) which ran March 9 – 13, 2011 announced that it had another outstanding year, surpassing income and attendance goals. Festival Director, Wendy Eidson, is delighted with the growth in ticket and pass sales, which topped last years sales by over 40%. “Early numbers are indicating that we have well surpassed our festival income goals, as well as having increased the number of attendees, both local and […]

2011 Fallbrook Film Festival Screens 71 Films; Military Films Make the Cut

2011 Fallbrook Film Festival Screens 71 Films; Military Films Make the Cut

The 2011 Fallbrook Film Festival will run April 8, 9 and 10 at the UltraStar Cinemas at River Village in Bonsall. “We have a wonderfully eclectic lineup of films in the festival this year. There truly is something of each ‘flavor.’ We have ethnic films, hip hop, thrillers, documentaries, sci-fi, family films, films about immigration, fantasies — you name it! And many of the filmmakers will be present for Q&As with the audience.” The festival […]

70th Annual Peabody Awards Winners

70th Annual Peabody Awards Winners

The recipients of the prestigious 70th Annual Peabody Awards were announced by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and two American Masters documentaries won Peabodys.  LennoNYC, a poignant, revelatory documentary about John Lennon’s life and work in his adopted home city, and Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia, an homage to the theatrical and film director by Martin Scorsese. Peabodys also went to William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible, an Art21 […]

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Selections

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Selections

The 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), scheduled to run five days May 18-22, 2011 in South Carolina, announced its 2011 Official Selections. With a lineup of over 70 films from 9 countries, the CIFF will expand from one to three venues.  The American Theater on King St. will serve as the hub where the majority of the films will be shown, Cinebarre will be screening multiple blocks, and the Hippodrome will be hosting […]

Whole Foods Market and Silverdocs Festival launch $50,000 Filmmaker Grant for ‘Green’ Films

Whole Foods Market and Silverdocs Festival launch $50,000 Filmmaker Grant for ‘Green’ Films

Whole Foods Market is really serious about its foray into film. The leading retailer of natural and organic foods and AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival, the nation’s leading documentary festival, announce the launch of a $50,000 grant program for filmmakers working in the green film genre. AUSTIN, Texas and WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Whole Foods Market, the leading retailer of natural and organic foods and AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival, the nation’s leading documentary festival, […]

RiverRun International Film Festival Adds 3 New Films to 2011 Lineup

RiverRun International Film Festival Adds 3 New Films to 2011 Lineup

RiverRun International Film Festival has added three feature films to its Festival lineup. The films, MISS REPRESENTATION, ANOTHER EARTH and THE TREE, will be shown as part of RiverRun’s Special Screenings. With the addition of these features, RiverRun will screen a total of 121 films. 2011 Film Additions MISS REPRESENTATION – USA / Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom / 89 min. – Filled with interviews with journalists, scholars and politicians like Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem and […]

[UPDATED] Filmmaker, Alan Arkin, to be honored at Florida Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary event

[UPDATED] Filmmaker, Alan Arkin, to be honored at Florida Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary event

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Alan Arkin, will be honored at the Florida Film Festival’s 20th anniversary event, “An Evening with Alan Arkin,” on April 15. The Oscar® winning, three-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker will receive the John M. Tiedtke Lifetime Achievement Award and the evening’s event will also include the 45th anniversary screening of The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!, the film that earned Arkin his first Oscar® nomination in 1966. Orlando, FL – […]

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets and all the Winners of 2011 Fort Myers Film Festival

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets and all the Winners of 2011 Fort Myers Film Festival

The Fort Myers Film Festival held March 24-27, 2011 announced its 2011 winners in the Documentary, Features, Shorts, Short Shorts, Strictly Local, Diverse/Latin and Faith & Inspirational categories. The winners: Documentary — “Fambul Tok,” by Sara Terry, in which victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together. Features — “Lunatics, Lovers and Poets,” directed by John Scoular and about a struggling novelist. Shorts — “Prayers for Peace,” a narrative stop-motion animation directed […]

2011 Method Fest CANCELLED

2011 Method Fest CANCELLED

In a message on their website, the Method Fest Independent Film Festival in Calabasas, California, announced that they are cancelling the 2011 festival. The festival which began 13 years ago in Pasadena and moved to Calabasas in 2000 gets its name from the naturalistic “method” style of acting used by many top performers including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman. The Method Fest Independent Film Festival announcement: The festival will continue, with the […]

“The First Grader” + All Winners of 2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival

“The First Grader” + All Winners of 2011 Palm Beach International Film Festival

The 16th Palm Beach International Film Festival held March 23 – 31, 2011, announced the festival jury winners and audience picks for best feature film, best documentary and best short film. The British film, ‘The First Grader’ took the top prize for best feature film, and ‘The Rescuers’ took the top prize for best documentary film. The PBIFF’s awards: Best feature film – “The First Grader” Directed by Justin Chadwick and starring Naomie Harris, Tony […]

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, […]