47th Cinema Audio Society CAS Awards Honorees and Winners

47th Cinema Audio Society CAS Awards Honorees and Winners

The Cinema Audio Society consisting of Sound Mixers and Associates from the Film and Television Industries announced the 47th Annual CAS Awards honorees and winners. 47th Annual CAS Awards Honorees: Jeffrey S. Wexler, CAS The 2011 CAS Career Achievement Honoree. Taylor Hackford The 2011 CAS Filmmaker Award Honoree.   47th Annual CAS Awards Winners: Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for DVD Original Programming: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Production Mixer Michael Williamson, CAS Re-recording […]

61st Annual ACE Eddie Award Winners

61st Annual ACE Eddie Award Winners

American Cinema Editors (ACE)  announced the winners for the 61st Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television and documentaries. Christopher Nolan received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, while Career Achievement honors were bestowed on veteran film editors Michael Brown, A.C.E. and Michael Kahn, A.C.E. Director Joe Sargeant presented to Brown, with Steven Spielberg presenting to Kahn. BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC): The Social Network Angus Wall, A.C.E. […]

RIP: Walter Seltzer, Hollywood producer

RIP: Walter Seltzer, Hollywood producer

Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood producer who made seven films with Charlton Heston, has died. He was 96. Seltzer died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills, said Jennifer Fagen, a spokeswoman for the fund. Seltzer began his career as a publicity agent for actors such as Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable and Joan Crawford while working for MGM. He became a producer with Marlon Brando’s independent film company, making films […]

2011 Derby City Film Festival awards

2011 Derby City Film Festival awards

Louisville native Greg King and New Albany, Indiana filmmaker Ray Cart are among the winners of the top prizes at the 2011 Derby City Film Festival which was held February 18th through the 20th. Greg King and David Teague’s “Our House” took home Best Documentary and Cart’s “Queens of the Dead” won the Audience Choice award for favorite film. Cincinnati Filmmaker Michael Maney’s film “Meth” took home the award for Best Short Film and Actress […]

Legendary San Francisco Punk Rock Video Collective Target Video At The 2011 Sarasota Film Festival

Legendary San Francisco Punk Rock Video Collective Target Video At The 2011 Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF), April 7-17, 2011 in Sarasota, FL, and legendary San Francisco based punk rock video collective Target Video announced a collaboration today that will see the Sarasota Film Festival present a program of Target’s legendary performance videos.  Entitled Futility Is Resistance: Treasures From The Target Video Archive (1977-84), the program features three nights of Target’s seminal, rarely seen punk rock performances. Shot by members of Target Video between 1977 and 1984, these […]

2011 Oxford Film Festival Winners; Mississippi Innocence Voted Overall Audience Favorite

2011 Oxford Film Festival Winners; Mississippi Innocence Voted Overall Audience Favorite

The 2011 Oxford Film Festival came to a close last weekend, and Mississippi Innocence, the non-competition documentary by filmmaker Joe York, took home the top prize for overall audience favorite.  Two years in the making and produced with Tucker Carrington and the Mississippi Innocence Project at the UM School of Law, Mississippi Innocence tells the compelling story of Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, two men who combined spent over thirty years behind bars for crimes […]

The The Dam Short Film Festival 2011 Winners

The The Dam Short Film Festival 2011 Winners

The Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada just wrapped its 7th edition and announced the 2011 winners.  The festival The 2012 Dam Short Film Festival screened over 100 short films from all corners of the world with 38 film crews traveling to Boulder City. The next/upcoming – 2012 festival is scheduled for February 8-11, 2012. The 2011 Dam Short Film Festival Award Winners are:Audience Favorite – “Indestructible”Best Nevada Filmmaker – “Cowboy”Best Drama – […]

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2011 Add AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2011 Add AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura

Texas Frightmare Weekend announced AUDITION star Eihi Shiina and TOKYO GORE POLICE director and special effects artist Yoshihiro Nishimura are confirmed to attend this year’s edition of the popular horror and genre convention (April 29 – May 1). This will mark the first time that Shiina has made an appearance of this nature in the United States. They join other high profile recent additions including influential horror and genre author and filmmaker Clive Barker (HELLRAISER, […]

8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Competition Awards

The judges of the 8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival have announced this year’s award winning films in the four competitive categories: Best Feature, Big Sky Award, Best Short Film and Best Mini Doc (under 15 minutes). The awards were announced Thursday evening at a ceremony at The Loft in downtown Missoula. The Feature Category winner will receive $1000, while the films in the other three categories will receive a cash prize of $500, […]

Sedona Film Festival Slates 145 Films For 2011 Event; “Sedona, The Motion Picture” Will Premiere; Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise To Attend

Sedona Film Festival Slates 145 Films For 2011 Event; “Sedona, The Motion Picture” Will Premiere; Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise To Attend

With the strongest field of foreign films in its 17-year history and a diverse lineup of shorts, documentaries, animations and full-length features, the Sedona International Film Festival will screen 145 films – including “Sedona, The Motion Picture” – at three venues from Feb. 20-27. Comedian Jonathan Winters will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival — following a screening of a film featuring the renowned funny man, “Certifiably Jonathan” — in a presentation by […]

Sony Classics to distribute Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND

Sony Classics to distribute Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND

Sony Pictures Classics announced that they have acquired the rights in North America, Australia and New Zealand to Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND.  Academy Award(R) nominee Vera Farmiga also stars in the film, alongside Academy Award(R) nominee John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, and Joshua Leonard.  Carolyn S. Briggs and Tim Metcalfe penned the script based on Briggs’ memoir “This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost.” HIGHER GROUND was in US dramatic competition […]

Winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards

Winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards

The winners of the 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held at Dublin’s Convention Centre Saturday 12th February 2011.  Broadcasting live on Irish television, 37 IFTA Awards were announced in categories across feature film and television. Speaking about the event the winners of IFTA 2011, Áine Moriarty Chief Executive of the Irish Film & Television Academy said: “In what has been a wonderful night of celebration for the […]

RIP: David F. Friedman, Horror Film Pioneer, Dies at 87

RIP: David F. Friedman, Horror Film Pioneer, Dies at 87

David F. Friedman, a film producer who cheerfully and cheesily exploited an audience’s hunger for bare-breasted women and blood-dripping corpses in lucrative low-budget films like “Blood Feast” and “Ilsa: She-Wolf of the S.S.,” died on Monday in Anniston, Ala. He was 87. The cause was heart failure, said Mica Brook Everett, a relative who was also his caretaker. Mr. Friedman had lost his hearing and his eyesight about 10 years ago, she said. Part carnival […]

40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

40th New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3) Announces Lineup

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the full lineup for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 23 – April 3). Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, the film festival will screen 28 feature films (24 narrative, 4 documentary) representing 22 countries. The opening night feature is J.C. Chandor’s MARGIN CALL. Screening on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:00PM at MoMA, […]

Music Box Films to release Bobby Fischer Against the World Documentary Film

Music Box Films to release Bobby Fischer Against the World Documentary Film

Music Box Films announced that it has acquired all US Theatrical, DVD, and Digital Rights to Liz Garbus’ film Bobby Fischer Against the World which recently screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the prestigious Documentary Premieres Section. The deal was negotiated by David Koh & Stanley Buchthal of LM Media GmbH on behalf of the Director and Producers along with Ed Arentz & Bill Schopf of Music Box Films. HBO Documentary Films plans […]

IFC Midnight to release Jim Mickle’s Stake Land April 22nd

IFC Midnight to release Jim Mickle’s Stake Land April 22nd

IFC Midnight announced that the company is partnering with MPI Media Group and its subsidiary Dark Sky Films to release director Jim Mickle’s (MULBERRY STREET) STAKE LAND. The critically-acclaimed apocalyptic thriller was produced by Larry Fessenden, Peter Phok, Adam Folk, Brent Kunkle and Derek Curl.  STAKE LAND stars Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”), Danielle Harris (HATCHET II), Kelly McGillis (THE ACCUSED), Nick Damici, and Michael Cerveris (FRINGE). Damici and Mickle co-wrote the screenplay, which was the […]

Film Independent Selects 5 Emerging Filmmakers For 2011 Directors Lab

Film Independent Selects 5 Emerging Filmmakers For 2011 Directors Lab

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the filmmakers and film projects for its 10th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Kodak.  Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive nine-week program designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a […]

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Winners; The King’s Speech named Best Film

2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards Winners; The King’s Speech named Best Film

The King’s Speech was named Best Film at tonight’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Original Music, as well as a trio of performance awards for Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth, who wins the Leading Actor BAFTA for the second year running. Natalie Portman was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance […]

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival Opens Friday February 18th

Derby City Film Festival opens this Friday February 18th, 68 films to screen during the three day festival, including 25 international films and 20 from Kentucky filmmakers. The festival will open with a short film screening group from The Bob Rogers Group (BRG), a production company based in Louisville. The BRG film program of 8 short films will be free to attend and begin at 6:00 PM on February 18th. The official opening night film […]

Screen Media Films to release ‘FUBAR: Balls to the Wall’

Screen Media Films to release ‘FUBAR: Balls to the Wall’

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to FUBAR: BALLS TO THE WALL, Michael Dowse’s hilarious look into the lives of headbangers Dean and Terry that stars Paul J. Spence and David Lawrence, prior to its U.S. premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.  The deal was announced by the company’s President, Robert Baruc, who plans to release the film on VOD and home video on April 19, 2011. Headbanger relics, Terry (Dave Lawrence) […]

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions to Distribute Sundance Audience Award Winner ‘Circumstance’

Roadside Attractions will distribute Maryam Keshavarz’s CIRCUMSTANCE, which Participant Media acquired at the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of this year’s Sundance Audience Award, the film is set in contemporary Iran, where a wealthy family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. The film is targeted for a summer 2011 release. Directed by Maryam Keshavarz, the cast includes Nikohl Boosheri, Sarah Kazemy, Reza Sixo Safai, Soheil Parsa, Nasrin Pakkho, Sina […]

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Midnight Feature & Shorts

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced the features in the Midnighters and SXFantastic sections, as well as the complete short films lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival, which runs from March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 11, 2011 with Duncan Jones’ Source Code. In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over […]

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film acquires Janie Jones starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow

Tribeca Film has acquired all U.S. rights to Unified Pictures’ Janie Jones and will release the film theatrically in multiple U.S. markets, as well as on video-on-demand and other platforms in the summer of 2011. The authentic and charming rock ‘n’ roll road trip drama about a father and daughter finding their way to each other through music stars Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Alessandro Nivola (Coco Before Chanel), Academy Award® nominee […]

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

DALLAS International Film Festival Announces First Twelve Titles

The DALLAS International Film Festival announced today the first twelve films that will screen at this year’s fifth festival (March 31 – April 10) including four world premieres and one U.S. premiere.  The festival announced three films set for its Texas Competition, two films in its Family Friendly section and the first film selected for a brand new India Spotlight series. Films entered into the narrative feature and narrative documentary competition will once again have […]