Neil Diamond’s Reel Injun wins Gemini award for best documentary

Neil Diamond’s Reel Injun wins Gemini award for best documentary

The documentary Reel Injun, by Canadian filmmaker Neil Diamond, won the Canada Award for best documentary at the first of two 2010 Gemini Awards Industry Galas. Diamond’s documentary “Reel Injun,” an examination of Hollywood’s treatment of Native Americans through the years, also airs as a PBS “Independent Lens” selection. In it, he draws on many of the films from Hollywood antiquity he watched while coming of age in “Reel Injun” basically covers a century of […]

‘Box Elder’ Headed to Video On Demand

‘Box Elder’ Headed to Video On Demand

“Box Elder,” a movie about “dudes being dudes” and highlighting Columbia college is headed to video-on-demand, which is an excellent thing for an independent film. Starting Monday, the film will be available for at least 90 days on cable and satellite Video On Demand throughout the U.S. and Canada. The number of people who view the film during its 90-day trial will determine how long it will remain available on cable and satellite Video On […]

Actress Annette Bening To Be Honored At Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Actress Annette Bening To Be Honored At Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening, who has received critical acclaim this year for her performances in The Kids Are All Right and Mother and Child, will be honored with the American Riviera Award at the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). I fell in love with Annette Bening the moment I saw her on Broadway in Coastal Disturbances in 1987, commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “It was one of those ‘a star […]

2010 Tokyo International Film Festival Award Winners

2010 Tokyo International Film Festival Award Winners

“Intimate Grammar” was the big winner at the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival. Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix was given to Intimate Grammar directed by Nir Bergman. Sarah’s Key directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner received double Awards; Award for Best Director and Audience Award, and POST CARD directed by Kaneto Shindo was awarded the Special Jury Prize! The complete list of winners include:

Independent Lens Programs From PBS and “The Parking Lot Movie” Now on iTunes

Independent Lens Programs From PBS and “The Parking Lot Movie” Now on iTunes

Select programming from the PBS Emmy® Award-winning weekly documentary series “Independent Lens” are nowl be available for purchase on iTunes. “The Parking Lot Movie,” directed by Meghan Eckman, will be the first film available from the 2010 Fall season of Independent Lens for purchase. Droll and quirky, “The Parking Lot Movie” — a brainy Slacker for the post-new millennium — follows a unique rite of passage as a select group of over-educated attendants use their […]

Weinsteins Partners with Icon on film Financing and Production Fund

Weinsteins Partners with Icon on film Financing and Production Fund

This probably won’t help the majority of true independent films, but The Weinstein Company announced on Monday that they are partnering with Icon UK Group to launch a new film finance and production fund to buy or produce films with budgets between $5 million and $20 million. The Weinstein Co., run by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, will handle U.S. distribution, while Icon UK will handle distribution in Britain. Other territories would be split between […]

The Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations And Jury For 13th Edition

The Moët British Independent Film Awards Announce Nominations And Jury For 13th Edition

The nominations and jury members for the thirteenth annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today, Monday 1st November at St Martins Lane, London by Jared Harris. Joint Directors, The Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson said: “This year’s nominations truly reflect the scope of independent filmmaking in the UK and regardless of budget each category showcases the wealth and variety of talent committed to making quality British films.” […]

Protesters At Rome Film Festival Opening Night

Protesters At Rome Film Festival Opening Night

The opening ceremony of the Rome Film Festival was marred by a protest over the Italian government’s drastic cuts to funds for cultural events, with some 800 people storming the red carpet. Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes, whose film “Last Night,” opened the festival, were whisked into the theater alongside the rest of the film’s cast, surrounded by bodyguards. The film, which also casts “Avatar” star Sam Worthington and French actor Guillaume Canet, opened the […]

Savannah Film Festival Presents Miles Teller With the ‘Discovery Award’ October 31

Savannah Film Festival Presents Miles Teller With the ‘Discovery Award’ October 31

The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by SCAD, presented Miles Teller with the  “Discovery Award” on October 31. Teller admitted to being humbled by the honor. “This is my first film award – my very first one,” he said upon accepting the award. “The Discovery Award has a certain amount of pressure to it,” he quipped. “I have to live up to the expectation and also prove that SCAD made the right choice.” Teller, […]

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

George Hickenlooper, director of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Dogtown, Mayor of Sunset Strip and Factory Girl, died suddenly in Denver on Saturday at the age of 47. Hickenlooper was in Denver to promote his latest film, Casino Jack, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival will be devoted to director George Hickenlooper, the Denver Film Society announced Saturday night.   source: Deadbolt  

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Screenwriter Will Rokos, who earned an Academy Award nomination for “Monster’s Ball” was in critical but stable condition after he was clipped in the head by a train while leaning over a subway platform in New York City.  The NY Post reports, that cops said Rokos was waiting for a train Saturday afternoon when he leaned over to peer down the tunnel. The train barreled into the station striking Rokos in the head. The impact […]

The 4th Annual Other Israel Film Festival in New York Announces Films And Special Events

The 4th Annual Other Israel Film Festival in New York Announces Films And Special Events

The 4th Annual Other Israel Film Festival will take place from November 11th – November 21st.  Since its establishment, The Other Israel Film Festival showcases the diversity of Israeli life with award-winning films and open discussions on the margins of Israeli society that is rarely seen by the mainstream, let alone presented to American audiences. Among those are the country’s Arab population (Christian, Muslim, Bedouin and Druze) that makes up 20% of Israel’s population, as […]

The 2010 ISFF Awards Announced!

The 2010 ISFF Awards Announced!

The 2010 jury, consisting of Carl Zimmer, Valerie Weiss and Randy Olson, have selected “An Eyeful of Sound” as the winner of the Nature Scientific Merit Award. The Nature Scientific Merit Award is awarded to a short film that exemplifies science in narrative filmmaking in a compelling, credible and inspiring manner. People’s Choice Award – $1,000 The audience of the 3rd Annual Imagine Science Film Festival has selected “Marius Borodine”as the winner of the Nature […]

BFI London Film Festival Announces 2010 Awards Winners

The 54th BFI London Film Festival announced its winners at the high profile awards ceremony held at London’s LSO St Luke’s. The five awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.

BEST FILM: HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER, directed by Alexei Popogrebsky
Celebrating the most original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking in the Festival, the Best Film award, presented in partnership with American Express, has been judged by an international jury chaired by actress Patricia Clarkson alongside fellow jurors including Gabriel Byrne. The award for Best Film was presented by Patricia Clarkson to Alexei Popogrebsky for HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER.

Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Winners

Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Winners

Hawi won Best Arab Film and Balls picked up the award for Best Arab Filmmaker in recognition for its screenplay at the second Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) which came to a dramatic end at the Closing Night Gala and open-air concert by superstar Ragheb Alama along the Arabian Gulf at Katara Cultural Village. The First Grader and Grandma, A Thousand Times won the Audience Awards for Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Film. The […]

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Adam Chanzit, The 15th Stone Is Winner Of 2011 Djerassi Residency Award / Sffs Screenwriting Fellowship

Adam Chanzit, The 15th Stone Is Winner Of 2011 Djerassi Residency Award / Sffs Screenwriting Fellowship

The San Francisco Film Society, in partnership with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, announced the winner and honorable mention of the 2011 Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship given annually to encourage the career of an emerging or established screenwriter. The fellowship is part of the Film Society’s suite of filmmaker services designed to foster creativity and further the careers of independent filmmakers. Adam Chanzit was selected for his project The 15th Stone. Christy […]

SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE Opens At IFC Center In NYC On Wednesday, December 8

SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE Opens At IFC Center In NYC On Wednesday, December 8

Ripple Effect Films and Argot Pictures  present the US Theatrical release of SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE, a documentary by Michelle Esrick.  Official selection at SXSW, Mill Valley, Maui and numerous other festivals, SAINT MISBEHAVIN’ will open in San Francisco and Bay Area on Friday, December 3, and at the IFC Center in New York on Wednesday, December 8.  Other cities will follow. SAINT MISBEHAVIN’ reveals the true story of cultural phenomenon Wavy Gravy – a man whose commitment […]

V I S I O N From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen To Open In The US

V I S I O N From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen To Open In The US

Zeitgeist Films presents the US theatrical release of VISION, a film by Margaretha von Trotta. Official Selection – Telluride and Toronto film festivals, VISION will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle theaters on November 12.  A national release will follow. Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. In VISION – From the […]

Kim Basinger To Narrate A Smithsonian Channel Documentary

Kim Basinger To Narrate A Smithsonian Channel Documentary

Kim Basinger will narrate a Smithsonian Channel documentary on the rare blue Hope Diamond, thought to be the world’s most valuable gem. The special marks the 50th anniversary of the diamond’s donation to the National Museum of Natural History by Harry Winston, its last private owner. “Mystery of the Hope Diamond” will premiere Nov. 21.   Read more

See Kanye West’s Short Film “Runaway” VIDEO

See Kanye West’s Short Film “Runaway” VIDEO

Kanye finally premiered his short film “Runaway”. The 35 minute film, written by Hype Williams and directed by Kanye, showcases nine songs from Kanye’s upcoming album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Matt Damon To Narrate Lance Armstrong Documentary

Matt Damon To Narrate Lance Armstrong Documentary

Matt Damon has been confirmed as being involved in a Lance Armstrong documentary due for release next year, with the American actor set to narrate the Alex Gibney-made film. The project, which is mainly based around Armstrong’s 2009 comeback to the Tour de France, will presumably be launched before the 2011 Tour in order to capitalise on media attention. Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/6078/Matt-Damon-confirmed-for-Lance-Armstrong-documentary-release-date-in-2011.aspx#ixzz13PKb7ClP