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The Global Film Village: Hurt Locker Triumphs at BAFTA Awards

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by Marla Lewin2010 BAFTA Awards Winners                                      photo (c) 2010 BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for 2010 (BAFTA) were announced tonight at London’s Royal Opera House. In his first formal act as President of BAFTA, Prince William presented Vanessa Redgrave with a British Academy Fellowship. HRH Prince William succeeds Lord Attenborough in the position. David Parfitt, Chair of BAFTA, said: “The Academy has had a long...

The Global Film Village: Oliver Stone Talks about Wall Street 2 at the 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Oliver Stone  came to the 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival on Saturday February 13, for the West Coast premiere of his film South of the Border about the new left of center leaders in 7 countries in South America. He talked with David Poland of Movie City News about many topics mostly political. He also touched on his new fiction film Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. This clip below is about Wall Street. Future clips will touch on the other topics. ...

The Global Film Village: The 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival Wraps With Awards

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by Marla Lewin   Jeff Bridges CRAZY HEART Photo by Lorey Sebastian (c) Fox Searchlight 2009 The final day of the 25th festival was proclaimed Jeff Bridges day. It is a full day of films starring Jeff Bridges concluding with a screening of Crazy Heart for which he is nominated for a Best Actor nomination by the Academy. A tribute to the Santa Barbara native will cap the evening. At a Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort the winners of the 201...

The Global Film Village: Cruz, Penn and Winslet To Present Awards at 82nd Oscar Show

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Three of last year's Oscar winners will return according to tradition to present the awards to this year's winners. Kate Winslet has been nominated for six Academy Awards and took home an Oscar for her leading role in 2008’s The Reader. Sean Penn has been nominated five times for Actor in a Leading Role and twice took home an Oscar:  Mystic River(2003) and last year for  Harvey Milk in Milk. Penélope Cruz,Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona...

The Global Film Village: Sandra Bullock Honored at 2010 Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Friday night Sandra Bullock received the  25th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s  American Riviera Award presented by Forest Whitaker on behalf of Chopin Vodka.  The award was established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema.  Bullock has recently won the Golden Globe and SAG awards for Best Actress. The tribute was moderated by Pete Hammond, Film Critic for Box Office and a columnist for the LA Times-Envelope.   ...

The Global Film Village: James Cameron received the Modern Master Award at 2010 SBIFF

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James Cameron received the Lucky Brand™ Modern Master Award from Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.      ...

The Global Film Village: When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun Tibet Doc Premieres at Santa Barbara Film Festival

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by Marla LewinLhagyari Trichen Namgyal Wangchuk, the 18th descendent of Tibet's Great Dharma Kings.Seven years in the making, Director Dirk Simon's, documentary When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun will have its world premiere this weekend. Simon stated this morning, "I am thrilled to be able to present a film that showcases such musical talent as Philip Glass, Damien Rice and Thom Yorke, together with amazing cinematography and intriguing, groundbreaking story matter. This film has the...

The Global Film Village: Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland

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by Marla Lewin                    photo from "Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland"Just days after Dr. Conrad Murray surrendered to the Superior court in Los Angeles, where he was arraigned on one count of felony involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson there is  a new film being screened at  the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The world premiere of the feature documentary “Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Neverland”  by ...

The Global Film Village: You’ve Never Seen Oscar Like This

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by Marla Lewin You’ve Never Seen Oscar Like This: 82nd Academy AwardsThis year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences under the stewardship of  President Tom Sherak has dedicated their energies to ensure that the ratings slide that the Oscar telecast has suffered over the last several years comes to an end. They have increased the list of Best Picture nominees from five to ten to make sure that more popular films make it into the show. They have chosen two exceptionally popular comed...

The Global Film Village: Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla LewinAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories.Nominations for the 82nd Academy AwardsBest motion picture of the yearAvatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, ProducersThe Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determ...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Sundance Awards lead by WINTER’S BONE and RESTREPO

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 by Marla LewinJohn Cooper and David Hyde Pierce opened with a hilarious wrap act to get things started.Alfred P. Sloan Award for depicting Science in Film went to OBSELIDIA by Diane Bell who said she was worried about paying her rent for the next six months and now she knows where it is coming from.The World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Documentary Film goes to ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE Directors Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath are humbled: "we had a great purpose in making the film."...

The Global Film Village: Slamdance announces 2010 Award Winners

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by Marla Lewin 2010 marked the 16th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival, a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent. Slamdance was founded by independent filmmakers and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision. There are three competitive divisions at Slamdance: Grand Jury, Audience Awards and Special Sponsored Awards provided by Kodak and Dos Equis. The Slamdance Feature competitions is li...

The Global Film Village: Sundance 2010 Films Sold So Far

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by Marla Lewin   These are the high profile films that we know about so far and which ones have sold. Additional titles are listed that are expected to sell shortly. ...

The Global Film Village: Ray Bradbury’s Wisdom 2116

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  by Marc Halperin We went to see the new play written and produced by Ray Bradbury it has been many years since the play was first conceived for his friends Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester. We were very lucky and Ray was at the theatre to introduce the play. (video attached below) Times have changed, but people are still the same. We all grow up, the lucky ones fall in love and get old. It is a simple story and the reason Ray calls it Wisdom 2116 is to denote that...

The Global Film Village: Sundance 2010 Announces Jury Prizes for Short Films

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Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland won the 2010 Sundance Shorts International Prize photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival by Marla Lewin The 2010 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Park City, Utah. These award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by David Hyde Pierce on Satur...

The Global Film Village: Film Execs look at the state of Indie Distribution

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  by Marc Halperin The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, some  films are being bought and others are not. Understanding the reasons for these decisions is critical for independent filmmakers.  Film Independent recently produced a round table that focused on indie distribution. It’s an offshoot from their Filmmaker Forum, which was held over an entire weekend in early October. This discussion looked at the economics of distribution; traditional, DIY, and digital stra...

The Global Film Village: Afghan War Film Opens 2010 Sundance Film Festival

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by Marla Lewin Marla Lewin co-producer Life After War photo by Jimmy Malecki                           Back in 2002 we were in Park City at Sundance with Doug Pray of Scratch. It was four months after 9/11, and we had heard about what was going on in Afghanistan the previous night over dinner. At lunch the next day with Doug we began discussions about p...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Producers Guild of America Awards

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by Marla Lewin Sunday marked another milestone in this year’s awards  season as The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their winners in television and motion picture productions at their 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood Palladium. The Winners are listed in Bold in each category: Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:   AVATAR Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau DISTRICT 9 Produce...

the Global Film Village: SAG Awards Signal Front Runners in Several Oscar Categories

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      by Marla Lewin Sandra Bullock continued her remarkable year where she has dominated the box office and been declared the number one top grossing star in the movies today. Bullock has become a serious best-actress competitor in the past month, with her SAG win, a win last week at the Golden Globes and a tie with Meryl Streep in the Critics Choice Movie Awards. The stars seem to be aligning for this well liked actress who has quietly entertained a...

The Global Film Village: Leon Gast’s SMASH HIS CAMERA Showcases Notorious Paparazzo At Sundance Film Festival

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by Marla Lewin A controversial film will World Premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. SMASH HIS CAMERA, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Leon Gast (WHEN WE WERE KINGS) documents the life of Ron Galella, the self-proclaimed paparazzo superstar who pursued and made art of a celebrity world that despised him. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could ki...

The Global Film Village: Celebrity Tweetup for Haiti During Sundance Film Festival

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by Marla LewinIn response to the powerful earthquake that has devastated the island of Haiti, the “Tweet House” in Park City during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is offering a virtual and physical event called “The Celebrity Tweetup for Haiti”. The Tweetup will be held at The Tweet House, located at the SHOP Yoga Studio in Park City, Utah on Saturday, January 23rd from 5 to 7pm.Actor LeVar Burton, best known for his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation and co-host of the Tweetup sa...

The Global Film Village: Oscar nominations ballots due Saturday January 23

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  by Marla Lewin The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting members must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23. Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted. There are 5,777  voting members. PricewaterhouseCoopers will tabulate the ballots using the preferential voting system. This system is so convoluted that it makes Florida’s 2000 Butterfly ballot look simple. ...

The Global Film Village: Rose Kuo Lands At Santa Fe Film Festival with Michael Hare as Co-Executive Directors

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  by Marla Lewin The Santa Fe Film Festival has announced the selection of Michael Hare and Rose Kuo as Co-Executive Directors of the Festival succeeding Founder and Executive Director, Jon Bowman, whose retirement from the Festival was announced late last year. Commenting on the selections of Hare and Kuo, Tom Maguire, Sante Fe Film Festival Chairman of the Board, said “The Sante Fe Film Festival has enjoyed much success over the course of its ten year history and we are p...

The Global Film Village: Academy Announces Short List for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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 by Marla LewinNine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category.The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” (The Secret of Her Eyes) Juan Jose Campanella, director;Australia, “Samson & Delilah,” Warwick Thornton, director;Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,” Stephan Komand...

The Global Film Village: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wins Palm Springs Film Festival Audience Award

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by Marla Lewin Jan Stuart, Katherine Tulich and Jonas Holmberg photo by Marc Halperin The 21st Palm Springs Film Festival concludes today with its awards luncheon and wrap party tonight. The Palm Springs Film Festival Mercedes-Benz Audience Award  went to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which sold out its single screening during the first weekend. Film was the most buzzed about feature because of its early sell-out. Darryl MacDonald announced that the festival again b...

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Marla is a producer, playwright, screenwriter, publicist and now a journalist. She attends 12 to 20 film festivals per year. She has spoken on filmmaking at many festivals including Cannes and SXSW.

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