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SANTA BARBARA FEST ON OUR RADAR  Interviews by Emmanuel Itier

Interview with Casey McGarry director of two shorts showing at SBIFF: “ELECTRIC LADY” et “VUJA DE”

Director: Casey McGarry  Two Shorts at the Santa Barbara film festival : ELECTRIC LADY – VUJA DE Q: Tell us about the genesis of these two docs?   Casey: For the last 6 years or so, I’ve been making SB themed short to medium-length documentaries for the film festival and there’s no better feeling than lifting up your local community using this particular medium. Finding an inspiring, unique and local story on an ordinary person who lives among us here i...



Interview - Tim Plester (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) for BACKYARD VILLAGE - Santa Barbara

BACKYARD VILLAGE   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With actor: Tim Plester ( ) Interview by Emmanuel ITIER for       Q: How did you get to play this interesting English man lost in the land of Island?   Tim: I met Marteinn Thorsson, the director of “Backyard Village”, a few years ago. Almost 10 years ago when I was in Iceland for a vacation. We had an amazing time and while we were...


GOODBYE BUTTERFLY Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik

GOODBYE BUTTERFLY   Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik by Emmanuel ITIER for    Q: How did this project come together?   Tyler: I had put together some financing for another project and it all fell apart. But I still had a third of that financing and I had to make a very low budget. I then decided to come up with this story of 3 people in a room. This is how our film was born and how it came to be. I was just t...


RECLAIM IDAHO @ Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021 interview with directors: Jim Kamoosi and Laura Wing-Kamoosi

RECLAIM IDAHO @ Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021 interview with directors: Jim Kamoosi and Laura Wing-Kamoosi Interview by Emmanuel Itier for Q: How did it come together and what was the idea behind this documentary?   Laura: Jim and I had done, mainly, lots of work in commercials and digital contents. We wanted to do something a little more serious. We knew Tim Faust, who is in the film, and we had been talking with him about finding some type of health care ...

INVISIBLE VALLEY: The team Interviewed - Opening night film at SBIFF

INVISIBLE VALLEY Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2021 Directors: Aaron Maurer and Producer: Zach McMillan   Interview by Emmanuel Itier         Q: Tell me how this project came together and what was the idea behind it?   Aaron: It came together as the request to show the world of migrant workers. We live in New York and, at first, we were not sure we could tell that story. But we felt we could look at the story of migrant workers in relat...

SBIFF announce this year’s panelists for the Industry Panel series

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is thrilled to announce this year’s panelists for the always riveting Industry Panel series.   “Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented. The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year’s slate is possibly the best ever!” comments Roger Durling, SBIFF’s Executive Director.   The Producers Panel brings together some of the indus...


SBIFF's Producers, Writers, and Women's Panels announced!

Producers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 11:00am Writers Panel - Saturday April 3rd @ 2:00pm Women's Panel - Thursday April 8th @ 2:00pm Panelists listed below! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS "Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented.  The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year's slate is possibly the best ever!" commented Roger Durling, SBIFF's Executive Director. We are thrilled to announce this...

Make your Thursday 4/1 Drive-in at SBIFF

CLICK HERE TO RSVP Reservations for Thursday April 1st at SBIFF's Drive-In Theatres are now open! The schedule is below and read all about the films on the SBIFF app and by clicking here. 8:30 AM - One-Way to Moscow 9:30 AM - Poppie Nongena 12:00 PM - By Your Side (À la folie) 1:00 PM - La Recua - The Mule Pack Train 3:30 PM - We Will Never Die 4:30 PM - The Forbidden Strings 7:00 PM - Run Woman Run 8:00 PM - The Cinderella Addiction Admission is 100% FREE. ...


Bill Murray to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award

BILL MURRAY  MALTIN MODERN MASTER AWARD FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 @ 6:00PM Join us for a 90+ minute online live-streamed conversation with the honoree about his entire career. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE! ...


SBIFF 2021 The Trailers playlist

Online component of thefestival will include all of the Celebrity Tributes, Panel Discussions, Filmmaker Q&As and over 100 films. Two high end beach side Drive-ins will include select films, all with FREE admission! (RSVP required 24 hours in advance of showtime.= Watch the trailers: ...
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Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam stepping down

Happy to share this letter from Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam To our Sundance community — After 10 deeply rewarding years, I have decided that it is the right time for me to step down as CEO of the Sundance Institute. Leading this incredible organization through a volatile era in media with the help of such a passionate and talented group of colleagues, artists, audiences, board members, partners, friends, and donors has been one of the greatest joys of my life. As I work...

punk-rock icon Iggy Pop joins cast of Blue Iguana directed by Jeremy LaLonde

photo credit - Rob Baker Ashton Producers William G. Santor, CEO of Productivity Media, and Nicholas Tabarrok, President of Darius Films, announced today that punk-rock icon Iggy Pop (Coffee and Cigarettes, Universal Pictures Cry-Baby) has joined the cast of the dark comedy Blue Iguana, currently filming in the Cayman Islands under the newly announced three-picture production deal between Productivity Media and Darius Films. Blue Iguana is directed by Canadian filmmaker and festival favorite ...

Highland Film Group hires CALEB WARD as Vice President of Acquisitions

HIGHLAND FILM GROUP HIRES CALEB WARD As Vice President of Acquisitions   Anita Levian, Promoted to Head of Business and Legal Affairs   Todd Olsson, President of International Sales; Laura Voros, EVP of Sales; Monique Green CFO; and Sebastien Aussal, Head of Marketing and Communications; expand their roles as the company grows the domestic distribution division – THE AVENUE   As Highland Film Group enters a period of growth and expansion the company has hired ...



Zero Gravity Doc: Meet the director Thomas Verrette

THOMAS VERRETTE is an award-winning writer, director, editor and producer. Most notably, he produced the FOX Sports docu-series, PHENOMS for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and also edited the episode THE GOALKEEPERS, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also created the promo campaigns for multiple seasons of the critically-acclaimed series KINGDOM, and has also directed promos for THE DAN PATRICK SHOW, THE RICH EISEN SHOW, and UNDENIABLE WITH JOE BUCK. Other featured work inc...


Zero Gravity Doc: Video Introduction by Astronaut Cady Coleman

Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman (born 14 December 1960) is an American chemist, a former United States Air Force colonel, and a retired NASA astronaut. She is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, and departed the International Space Station on 23 May 2011, as a crew member of Expedition 27 after logging 159 days in space. Coleman graduated from Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School, Fairfax, Virginia, in 1978;[1] in 1978–1979, she was an exchange stud...

Garbiñe Ortega leaves her role as artistic director of Punto de Vista for 4 years

Punto de Vista has come to the end of the stage led by Garbiñe Ortega, artistic director of the festival for the last four years. We would like to thank her for all the dedication, affection and effort she has put in over this time and wish her all the best for the future. Garbiñe's work at the helm of the festival has made an important mark that, added to those made by her predecessors, will form part of its history forever. Since it began in 2006, Punto de Vista has had fo...

Sorkin’s “BEING THE RICARDOS”: Kidman’s Lucy, Bardem’s Desi, J.K. Simmons, adds Alia Shawkat & more

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   As if penning and directing THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 to Oscar notice wasn't enough for Aaron Sorkin, his BEING THE RICARDOS from Amazon Studios promises quite a piquant punch bowl of comedic homage to Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz. This backgrounder of the "I Love Lucy" show is one to watch for, as Sorkin rounds out his considerable writing chops with JK Simmons in a turn here in the cast, and Amazon Studios ann...



Overview of the US business for the week of Monday, March 29th

On the first weekend of Spring, Universal's Nobody opened and took top spot on the box office charts, earning an estimated $6.7M  while playing at 2,460 theatres across North America. The R-Rated action thriller stars Bob Odenkirk, best known for his portrayal of lawyer Saul Goodman in the popular TV series Breaking Bad and its successful spin-off Better Call Saul.  Disney's animated family adventure Raya and the Last Dragon contributed another $3.5M to the weekend bo...



Earth Day Movie Night! Watch Yann Arthus-Bertrand 's newest film LEGACY

 Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz Presents the US Premiere of   LEGACY By Yann Arthus-Bertrand   online on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00pm   Accessible online in California. In French with English subtitles.   Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, is proud to present the US Premiere of long-time environmental activist, photographer, and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, and h...


Zero Robotics" is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Stat

"Zero Robotics" is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, on this website, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will ...

Zero Gravity Doc: The Synopsis

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station. Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.   Seen through the wondr...


OTT market: The rise of the niche OTT video platforms

  Sit back, relax and enjoy The Easter days are coming. That gives you a good moment to look back at what went well in the first 3 months of 2021 and what could be improved. And for those who want to use the coming days to find inspiration, we have listed the most read publications of the past month. Enjoy reading and happy Easter! We partnered with to offer their readers a free demo and a special discount in order to monetize your film content: start with ...


Aquarius Films and Anonymous Content Partner to produce ‘The Subjugate’

Aquarius Films and Anonymous Content Partner to produce ‘The Subjugate’ Dystopian sci-fi thriller series based on the acclaimed novel by Amanda Bridgeman   Sydney, Australia (March 31, 2021) – Leading independent production companies Aquarius Films and Anonymous Content have joined forces to produce the sci-fi crime thriller series The Subjugate based on the acclaimed novel of the same title written by Tin Duck Award-winner, Amanda Bridgeman, and published by Angry Rob...


UPROOTING ADDICTION proves opioid crisis still kills 130 a day in US

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What many remember about the past US Presidential administration is likely a trigger warning, but there's one area that got the attention it deserved: The Opioid Crisis. It's the other deadly epidemic that was killing 130 Americans a day prior to this Pandemic. It still is. Meet the Opioid Epidemic in America. But it's a worldwide crisis. First Run Features presents the Streaming Premiere of the new documentary Uprooting Addicti...


JAM 360 : ateliers de cocréation entre les professionnels du numérique et les industries culturelles présentés par la SODEC

La Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) s’associe à Xn Québec afin de soutenir la création de trois ateliers de cocréation JAM 360. Pour cette 6e édition du JAM 360, ce n’est pas un, mais trois événements de cocréation qui offriront aux industries culturelles l’occasion de concrétiser leur idée novatrice avec les principaux acteurs des indus...


Film sales support (fss): continuing successful booster for european films at overseas markets

  Golden Bear winner BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude (Heretic Outreach, Greece)   Following another FSS Open Call for Digital Promotion Campaigns and the ongoing call for Ready-to-use Digital Promotion Campaigns, EFP (European Film Promotion) has awarded a total of € 129,000 in grants for the promotion, marketing and visibility of 58 European films outside of Europe at the beginning of 2021. A further four films from Switzerland will receive a financial injection to...
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Dance Camera West’s virtual Fest dazzles now thru April on

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Recently someone said how many "steps" they took according to their FitBit or whatever, which reminds some of us how many hours we sit a bit. But never mind that, because Dance Camera West's Virtual Film Fest breaks out on Ovid TV today through April 30. This will move the needle on your fitness. How can you sit still watching the dance speak through the vocabulary of movement from dancers worldwide? It's awesome, and full dis...


African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) partners with Jackson Wild to deliver training program to build conservation awareness

AFRICAN CONSERVATION VOICES MEDIA LABS EQUIP AFRICAN VIDEOGRAPHERS WITH EXPERTISE AND ACCESS TO GRANTS FOR CONSERVATION STORYTELLING African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) partners with Jackson Wild to deliver training program to build conservation awareness and appreciation for conservation efforts on the continent  NAIROBI, KENYA/JACKSON HOLE, WY/WASHINGTON, D.C. (1 April 2021) – A new series of media workshops organized by AWF and Jackson Wild will provide hundreds of v...


The 54th WorldFest-Houston in just 22 days! Happy Easter Holiday from the team

    We wanted to give you a progress report on WorldFest 54! We are running slightly behind due to the Covid19 pandemic! We hope to complete all jury sessions in the next ten days! Because of Covid19 restrictions, we have had to cut back the 54th WorldFest-Houston to just 3 1/2 days, but we are premiering 39 new Feature films and around 90 Intl shorts. Remarkably, actual entry totals were UP this year, despite Covid19! This did mean a greater burden on our Intl Juries, however. T...

Zero Gravity great reviews from the Cinequest world Premiere : TOP 12 MOVIES...

"CINEQUEST 2021 - Top 12 Films To See"  Mercury News by  RANDY MYERS “Zero Gravity”: Campbell Middle School’s innovative Zero Robotics program gets thrust in the spotlight in director Thomas Verrette’s inspirational documentary, filmed primarily in the South Bay. Verrette takes a “Spellbound-”like approach, focusing primarily on three students, Makayla Engelder, Advik Gonugunta and Carol Gonzalez as they participate in ...

Nippon Connection Filmfestival goes hybrid! First program highlights June 1–6, 2021

Nippon Connection Filmfestival Goes Hybrid! First Program Highlights June 1–6, 2021 / online and (hopefully) in Frankfurt, Germany / more than 100 films from Japan / varied supporting program The 21st Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection is planned as a hybrid event and is scheduled for June 1 to 6, 2021. The event is expected to take place online and at a few selected venues in the city of Frankfurt am Main. On six days, the world’s largest festiva...

Green/environmental film festival LIVABLE PLANET FILM FEST Launching April 22-May 2

Livable Planet Film Festival presented by SF IndieFest April 22 - May 2, 2021 Presented virtually at San Francisco IndieFest is thrilled to announce the launch of the Livable Planet Film Festival, a new film festival kicking off on Earth Day 2021 that will bring 67 independent feature and short length films from around the world that focus on green and environmental issues in both fun and revealing ways. Hoping to fill the void lef...



30th Aspen Shortsfest taking place online April 6-11, 2021

ASPEN FILM EXPANDS THE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE FOR ITS 30TH SHORTSFEST     Earlier this month, Aspen Film revealed the more than 80 films to be screened as part of its 30th Aspen Shortsfest. Taking place April 6-11, 2021, the annual festival is one of only four Oscar®-qualifying festivals in the US strictly dedicated to short films. Shortsfest, which for the second year in a row is again being held virtually due to the pandemic, has expanded its technological offerings allowing for...


2021 SFFILM Festival Final Additions

World Premieres, Talks and Tributes, Live Performances, and a Film + Music Event Highlight the Final Additions to the Festival SFFILM announced today additional programming for the upcoming 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival (April 9-18), following last week’s lineup announcement. These additions include three new feature films, two of which are making their world premieres, free talks, a special tribute to Vanessa Kirby, a live drag show, and a unique screening accompa...


DOK.fest München 2021 will take place online in May

We celebrate documentary cinema! Our vision for DOK.fest München 2021 was a dual festival edition that would bring our programme to the big screen and, with an online counterpart, to your screen at home. But in view of the continuing uncertain development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to change our plans: The 36th DOK.fest München 2021 will once again take place online. We are extending the festival by one week until 23 May. 130 of the year's best internation...


Sheffield Doc/Fest Announces its 2021 Retrospective / Black British Cinema

In 2021 Sheffield Doc/Fest wants to spotlight and celebrate the history of Black British screen culture - a wide and diverse filmography that has been largely overlooked and undervalued in film discourse. We want to find connections between past and present, and to spark a conversation about how this filmography resonates with contemporary filmmakers and artists, and how it can inspire and inform the ways in which we conceive our own communities.   Doc/Fest is excited to announce that...


The Far East Film Festival in Udine launches its callout to young journalists

Seventh edition of FEFF Campus seeks 5 applicants from Europe and 5 from Asia. Selection of 10 candidates now open!   The Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, is again reaching out into the “virtual world” for the seventh edition of its FEFF Campus initiative in 2021 as it continues to connect young journalists (and Asian film fanatics) from across the globe.   While the global pandemic means we are still dreaming of the days when we can all be reun...


2021 ATOM Awards calling for entries!

  The ATOM Awards have established themselves as a mainstay of both the screen industry and education sectors after nearly forty years recognising film and media excellence. The ATOM Awards offer great opportunities for budding screen content creators to engage a vast audience and to have their work viewed by industry leaders and professionals. Winners and finalists enjoy significant opportunities to gain exposure, including in the National Screenings Tour, which runs throughout the follo...


A first look at the Spring 2021 Alberta Festival Lineup

The Calgary Underground Film Festival has announced a selection of films and live events playing the upcoming festival taking place online (April 23 – May 2) and drive-ins (June 3-5, 2021). All films and events are available to stream across Alberta. Today’s announcement includes two local features, music documentaries, and annual favourite events, which will be available to stream during the online portion of the festival. “We always love showcasing loca...


Nine different film festivals establish one creative network: Music Film Festival Network MFFN

We’re all in this together: nine festivals based in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK create the Music Film Festival Network (MFFN). The aim of this innovative network is to create an international film festival community and, thereby, achieve new and strong synergy effects. MFFN intends to provide an opportunity for the creative teams behind music film festivals to exchange experiences and best practices, experiment with new forms of collaboration, expand existing audi...

Marché du Film announces its "Pre-Cannes Screenings" dates

Sketch by Nesta Morgan The Festival de Cannes’ Marché du Film will take place as usual alongside the Festival in Cannes from 6 to 15 July 2021. The 4 days "Pre-Cannes Screenings" will be online from Tuesday May 25th to Friday May 28th, 2021.   They will run on the upgraded platform that will offer virtual booths for sales companies and screning rooms in streaming. Access to this platform will be strictly reserved to buyers already registere...


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Angie Lost Girls wins the Narrative Feature Grand Prize at SR Socially Relevant Festival New York

Yesss !Two prizes for Angie Lost Girls: BEST FILM and BEST ACTRESS (Jane Widdup)  Award Winners Announced at SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival 2021   -- The Narrative Feature Grand Prize goes to SRFF International Jury favorite Dustwun and Angie:Lost Girls (Ex-Aequo) -- The Boys Who Said NO! Judith Ehrlich's production on the resistance against the Vietnam War wins Best Documentary Feature. -- How We See Water wins The Vanya Exerjian - Empowering Women ...

Nailed it: WGA Awards Noms & Winners of the 2021 LA/NY Show

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You're going to feel like you are at the WGA Awards 2021 show right now. Because this is a live write-cast, or on the fly coverage. And it begins at 7 pm Eastern and 4 pm Pacific (California time here), the Writers Guild Awards held their virtual ceremony from New York and LA with some exciting reveals of the winners for WGA Awards 2021. And now it is live with a montage of writers saying they “wanted to be” architects, docto...

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6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 22-29, 2021

Calling: 11 January - May 11, 2021

«Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture» The 6th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 11th of May, 2021. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social subjects. «Beyond Borders» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( «Beyond Borders» includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes. Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-Political Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Greek Documentary, Best Special Award «Odyssey» and the Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship(EKOME). Please, find the application form and the participation terms here:

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
June 5-10, 2021


April 5, 2021 Regular Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 14-15, 2021




The third annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero

"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov


Homo Adorans, Homo Amans , Homo Economicus, Homo Faber, Homo Ludens,Homo Ridens : which one are you which one are they really?

ONLY HUMAN – Homo… stages six profiles in six sequencess  cleverly interwoven. One dramatic story in 6 episodes featuring desperate characters in their quest for survival and love, or redemption. The jobless graduate becomes a grave-digger, the grieving widow a nun, the priests gamble and gangsters rule the courts. Only the lonely child may find some affection when hope springs eternal.

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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.

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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez

USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.


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ANGIE: LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin


USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.

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Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.

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BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films


Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. 

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.


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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.


THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary
Canada 2018
 Sharkwater Extinction first peek

Rob Stewart''s Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them. This is his final film, he died in a diving accident while completing the film.



Revolution by Rob Stewart 

over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ..  

La 43e édition du Festival du Film de Femmes est lançée

À vous chers fidèles de notre festival, chers publics, je voudrais dire mon heureux sentiment de reconnaissance et mon bonheur de vous retrouver. Nous avons plus que jamais besoin de votre regard pour redonner vie aux films choisis, accompagnés et défendus, à travers nos sélections. Une manière de rendre aux films leur caractère d’œuvre.   À vos côtés, je voudrais remercier nos équipes, les r&...


Le festival Les Egaluantes suspendu à la réouverture des salles

Fin janvier, nous avions annoncé que nous nous adapterions à la situation sanitaire pour la tenue de cette 5ème édition des Egaluantes, le festival du cinéma normand. Nous devions nous retrouver les 23, 24 et 25 avril prochains. Aujourd’hui, face aux incertitudes nées de cette crise, nous devons nous résoudre à mettre cette édition entre parenthèses. La promesse que nous avions faite en novembre...


Découvrez le programme de la 10ème édition du Festival Le temps presse, en ligne, du 6 au 11 avril

FESTIVAL LE TEMPS PRESSE  LE PROGRAMME COMPLET DE LA 10ÈME ÉDITION EST DISPONIBLE       Heureusement, le cinéma ne s'arrête pas totalement et l'équipe du festival LE TEMPS PRESSE et de son volet professionnel CINEMA FOR CHANGE, font tout pour que la 10ème édition se déroule en ligne, le plus "normalement" po...


LOL : Qui rit, sort ! en exclusivité sur Amazon Prime Video en France et dans 240 pays et territoires dans le monde

 Amazon Prime Video annonce aujourd’hui que le comedy show Amazon Original LOL : Qui rit, sort ! sera lancé en exclusivité sur Prime Video en France et dans plus de 240 pays et territoires à travers le monde le 23 avril prochain. Animé par Philippe Lacheau (Babysitting, Nicky Larson), ce nouveau show de 6 épisodes verra s’affronter 10 comédiens et humoristes français avec pour seule règle : celui qui rit est é...


Dernier week-end pour le Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes

Le 30e Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes proposera 29 films pour la plupart inédits dans l'Hexagone (17 longs et 12 courts). 12 fictions, 4 documentaires et 6 courts concourent pour les 8 prix du Festival. Les films primés seront disponibles jusqu'au 11 avril sur Festival Scope. Si la situation sanitaire le permet, le Festival se prolongera en mai et juin à travers 3 week-ends de projections et de rencontres avec des réalisateurs et réa...


L'Arras Film Festival vous donne rendez-vous le 11 Avril à 19h30 pour un ciné-concert inédit

    La création d’un accompagnement musical pour le film THE WICKED DARLING de Tod Browning (USA, 1919) est le nouveau défi auquel s’est lancé l’Arras Film Festival en partenariat avec le Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental d’Arras. Onze élèves de 12 à 18 ans et le pianiste Jacques Cambra, artiste associé du festival, ont travaillé du 22 au 27 février pour créer cet ...


Bertrand par Thierry Frémaux

1. Bertrand Tavernier a été inhumé hier, à Sainte-Maxime, à l’issue d’une cérémonie privée. Il a choisi de partir au début du printemps pour que les belles journées de soleil qui arrivent nous aident à tenir le coup. "Bertrand a été inhumé hier" : j’ai du mal à m’habituer à cette phrase, à cette idée, à cette tristesse. ...


Souvenirs de Bertrand Tavernier par Martin Scorsese

Bertrand Tavernier à l'Institut Lumière (photo : Jean-Luc Mège)   Quand je l’ai prévenu de la disparition de Bertrand Tavernier, jeudi 25 mars, Martin Scorsese, Prix Lumière 2015, m’a dit être profondément touché. Quelques heures après, il nous a envoyé ce texte, que Télérama a traduit et publié. Nous le partageons à notre tour. Les deux cinéastes étaient am...


Hommage à Bertrand Tavernier

“Cher Vladimir François, bravo pour avoir réinterprété ces morceaux de Coulais”. Bertrand (Coeur de lion, de Comminges, de Labbey) "C’est ainsi que j’ai trouvé ce mail étrange de Bertrand Tavernier un matin sur mon ordinateur après avoir enregistré deux pièces pour l’album “Voyage à travers le cinéma Français”. Ces quelques mots résument bien le perso...


CineComedies en Région et au salon

CineComedies programme des comédies toute l’année sur l’ensemble du territoire des Hauts-de-France, dans les salles de cinéma mais aussi dans les circuits itinérants, à travers son programme CineComedies en Région.   En attendant la réouverture prochaine, et tant espérée, des salles, CineComedies vous propose une sélection de trois documentaires consacrés à la comédie a...

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Le Palmarès des 13e Rencontres Internationales Sciences et Cinémas

  CLÔTURE DE LA 13ÈME ÉDITION DES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES SCIENCES & CINÉMAS 19 AU 27 MARS 2021 La 13ème édition des Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas (RISC), c'est fini !   Cette 13ème édition se termine donc, après 9 jours intenses en programmation et échanges, et je souhaiterais conclure par des remerciements, avant l'annonce des lauréats, suivie du film de cl&...

Le Marché du Film du Festival de Cannes aura bien lieu en juillet et annonce des "Pré-Cannes screenings"

Sketch by Nesta Morgan Comme chaque année, le Marché du Film du Festival de Cannes aura lieu dans le cadre du Festival, à Cannes, du 6 au 15 juillet 2021 prochains. Comme le délai entre l’EFM de Berlin et le Marché de Cannes est exceptionnellement long, de nombreux vendeurs internationaux ont exprimé le besoin d’un rendez-vous intermédiaire au printemps leur permettant de pouvoir travailler et échanger en v...

Nostalgiques du Carlton? : le mobilier des suites du Carlton est mis en vente

Le Carlton Cannes a confié à Aguttes la vente du mobilier de ses suites iconiques et pièces de réception. Cette sélection issue du mythique hôtel 5 étoiles sera proposée à la vente du 10 au 26 mai 2021 sur la plateforme Aguttes Online. Inauguré en 1913 à l’initiative du grand-duc Michel, membre de la famille impériale des Romanov, dans l’objectif ...

Le Carlton en quelques dates

  1909 Début des travaux de construction du Carlton par Charles Dalmas. 1911 Henri Ruhl, célèbre hôtelier commanditaire, inaugure l’édifice monumental, un style néo-classique mâtiné d’esprit Belle Époque 1913 Une nouvelle aile est construite, financée elle aussi par le Grand-Duc Michel de Russie, fidèle client de l’hôtel. 1922 Première conférence au Carlto...

Hommage des Cesar à Malo Girod de l'Ain

Bel adieu rendu par l'académie au créateur de notre site, Malo Girod de l'Ain: co-fondateur de, rendu lors de l' hommage aux disparus du cinéma français 2021, sur la chanson  "Que reste-t-il de nos amours" interprétée par Benjamin Biolay.       ...
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VIDEO Bruno Chatelin et le CAS MARKETING du lancement de Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

Interview video de Bruno Chatelin pendant le Festival de Cannes (virtuel) 2020! L'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes que j adore raconter car c est l un des plus beaux contes de fées qu il ma été donné de rencontrer dans ma carière de distributeur de films! Une voie royale ouverte par Cannes qui a conduit le film et son réalisateur, John Singleton, jusqu 'aux Oscars... The Boyz'n The Hood launch in Cannes tol... 



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