OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires Three Documentaries

OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires Three Documentaries

After applying her Midas touch to the book publishing world with her book club, talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey is looking to do the same to the film world with a documentary club. OWN:Oprah Winfrey Network has announced it has acquired three films, “One Lucky Elephant,” “65_RedRoses” and “Most Valuable Players,” that will join the upcoming monthly documentary film club lineup “One Lucky Elephant” When Flora the elephant loses her zest for performing, circus producer, David […]

Australian Raid Targets Banned Gay Zombie Film

Australian Raid Targets Banned Gay Zombie Film

Canadian director Bruce LaBruce’s controversial gay porn horror film LA Zombie, which stars a French porn star as a schizophrenic homeless man who believes he is a cannibalistic ghoul,” and depicts homosexual sex, full-frontal male nudity, and necrophilia, was withdrawn from the Melbourne International Film Festival in July after it failed to get a pass from the Australian Film Classification Board. The film still had a public screening at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, but […]

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2011 dates announced!

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2011 dates announced!

CMJ Network, Inc. has announced the dates for its 2011 CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival. The festival will take place from Tuesday, October 18 to Saturday, October 22, 2011 in New York City. The annual festival, celebrating its 31st year, will once again be headquartered in downtown Manhattan with daytime events including panel sessions, exhibitors’ loft and registrant lounge, seminars and other special events source: CMJ

15 Animated Features Line Up for 2010 Oscar® Race

15 Animated Features Line Up for 2010 Oscar® Race

Fifteen features have been accepted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®. The 15 features are: “Alpha and Omega” “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” “Despicable Me” “The Dreams of Jinsha” “How to Train Your Dragon” “Idiots and Angels” “The Illusionist” “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” “Megamind” “My Dog Tulip” “Shrek Forever After” “Summer Wars” “Tangled” “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” “Toy […]

The Human Experience Doc Receives Local Catholic Help

The Human Experience Doc Receives Local Catholic Help

Documentary film “The Human Experience” produced by Grassroots Films of Brooklyn, New York, is getting some marketing help from some local Catholic organizations in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Six screenings of the film are planned for next week in Kalamazoo as part of a “Welcome Home for Christmas” campaign aimed at lapsed , said Steve Goffeney, executive director of the organization planning it, Newman’s Bookshoppe: The Catholic Information Center of Southwestern Michigan. The film that was named […]

Filmmaker Neil Truglio First Feature ‘We Are the Sea’

Filmmaker Neil Truglio First Feature ‘We Are the Sea’

It took seven years but Colorado filmmaker Neil Truglio, has written and directed his very first feature film, We Are the Sea. The film tells the story of Sean (Jeff Childress), a teacher who is struggling with conflict in his family and within himself. Sean’s mother (Laura Cuetara) is of no help as she is still dealing with the death of her husband. His ex-wife (Lauren Shealy) only reminds him of the distance he feels […]

Bollywood Film Guzaarish Upsets Medical Community

Bollywood Film Guzaarish Upsets Medical Community

The Indian medical community is upset with producers of the Bollywood film Guzaarish after posters were released showing the lead actress holding a cigarette. Doctors think it is sending a wrong message to the youth on smoking. The medics are also reportedly upset with BEST, which is a government entity, for allowing such posters to be displayed on their vehicles. “We are going to write a letter to BEST and request the filmmakers to remove […]

2010 edition of the Damascus International Film Festival Awards

2010 edition of the Damascus International Film Festival Awards

The Algerian film “The Outlaws” by  director Rachid Bouchareb won the Gold Award and the Best Arab Film Award at the 18th edition of Damascus International Film Festival. The Silver Award went to the Iranian film “Please Do Not Disturb”, directed by Mohsen Abdolvahab and the Bronze to the Syrian film “September Rain”, by director Abdellatif Abdelhamid. Turkish director Reha Irdem received the Mustafa al-Akkad Award for Direction for his film Cosmos. The Jury Award […]

Animal Kingdom And Mao’s Last Dancer Lead The Nominations For The 2010 Australia Inside Film Awards

Animal Kingdom And Mao’s Last Dancer Lead The Nominations For The 2010 Australia Inside Film Awards

In a Samson and Goliath tale, the gritty crime drama Animal Kingdom shares the lead in nominations with box-office hit Mao’s Last Dancer despite the latter pulling in almost three times the box office numbers making over $15 million locally. Both films are up for seven awards at the Australian Inside Film IF Awards ceremony in November. Animal Kingdom, which has received international critical acclaim and received the prestigious World Cinema Jury Prize at the […]

RIP: Director Luis Garcia Berlanga

RIP: Director Luis Garcia Berlanga

Director, Luis Garcia Berlanga of Spain, passed away on Saturday at his home in Madrid,  Spain’s film academy announced via the BBC. He was 89 years. Berlanga was best known for the 1952 satirical comedy Bienvenido, Mr Marshall! (Welcome, Mr Marshall!). He was nominated three times for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or award; and his film, Placido, was nominated in 1961 for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.  

Ethiopia’s First Contender For Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film With (Ateltu) “The Athlete’.

Ethiopia’s First Contender For Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film With (Ateltu) “The Athlete’.

Ethiopia has its first contender for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with (Ateltu) “The Athlete’. Co-directed by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, the low budget independent film is about Ethiopian barefoot marathon runner, Abeba Bikila who became the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal. Rasselas Lakew, who also wrote the screenplay, plays Abeba Bikila. Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by […]

San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists For 2010 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

San Francisco Film Society Announces Finalists For 2010 SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

The San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to […]