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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival line up

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The 2004 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival will be held at the recently-restored Roxy Theater in downtown Missoula February 20-25, 2004. The festival will showcase 75 non-fiction films from all styles, formats and production dates, from the most innovative and timely new films to classics and rare historic works. "We are honored to show some of the best non-fiction films from around the world," said festival director Doug Hawes-Davis. "With over 500 entries, it was no easy task to choose this ye...

Carandiru set to open Mar del Plata

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The MAR DEL PLATA FESTIVAL's 19th. Edition will take place between March 11 to 20.Hector Babenco’s powerful prison drama CARANDIRU, Brazil’s entry for the Academy Awards next year, will open the Festival, with Pupi Avati’s IL CUORE ALTROVO (Heart is Everywhere) set as the Closing Night Gala. Both directors will attend the Festival.Carandiru was unveiled at last Cannes and will screen at Sundance achieving with mar del Plata opening a very respectable festival circuit.First established in 1...

Chicagoans of the year: Jose `Pepe' Vargas

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Chicagoans of the year: Jose `Pepe' VargasOver the last two decades, Jose "Pepe" Vargas has been quietly building his legacy as a film festival director and Chicago cultural leader. Not only will the soft-spoken Colombian native celebrate the 20th birthday of the Chicago Latino Film Festival in 2004 -- but this year Vargas started planning a $50 million fundraising campaign for a new home for the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, currently housed in modest offices at Columbia Coll...

Phoenix Fest looking for Pulp Fiction

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PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH HARKINS FOR LARGEST FILM FEST DEBUTPhoenix Film Festival will showcase their opening and closing film ceremonies at this year’s Festival in Arizona’s largest movie screen, the Harkins Cine Capri. Harkins Theatres, leader in Phoenix independent film releases, is now the exclusive venue for the 2004 Phoenix Film Festival (PFF) and a proud supporter of the Phoenix Film Foundation!Festival executive director Chris LaMonth says, “The chance to partner with a ...

The Panels

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The Authors Circle: Process and Perspective in the Literary ArtsSaturday, January 173:00 p.m.Yarrow Hotel TheatreIn film circles, most discussions of literature tend to centre on notions about adaptation. But we’ve invited a group of authors to share their thoughts on process. Where does personality in writing come from? How do they maintain an ongoing experience of the world? To whom do they show their work and when? What are the things they can’t write about and why?How have films changed...

Bush in 30 seconds contest award winner

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“CHILD’S PAY” AD BY CHARLIE FISHER WINS MOVEON.ORG VOTER FUND’S “BUSH IN 30 SECONDS” TV AD CONTESTWait till you see them on Fox news, courtesy of Georges Soros.“If Parents Acted Like Bush” is Funniest;“Bring It On” Wins Youth Category;“What I Been Up To” is Best AnimationA 30-second TV ad that focuses on George W. Bush’s trillion-dollar debtlegacy to America’s children is the winner in the MoveOn.org Voter Fund’s nationwide search for the best spot to tell the truth...

Sony Tropfest 2004 in Sydney, Melbourne...

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HOOK UP FOR SONY TROPFEST 2004! The largest of short film festivals is on its way, so grab a picnic blanket, “HOOK” up with some good friends and prepare to be amused, surprised and entertained at Sony Tropfest, Sunday 22 February 2004. This summer will see the return of Australia’s largest short film festival to audiences nationwide. Get hooked on the drama, the entertainment and the hilarity of the short films created specifically for Australia’s unadulterated viewing pleasure! All sho...

Premiere and opening

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Riding Giants will open Sundance festivities in Park City, January 15thA documentary by Stacy Peralta (the skateboarder-turned-filmmaker who won the director's prize at Sundance 2001 for the extreme-sports documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys). Screenwriters - Stacy Peralta and Sam George. The first docu to open Sundance ever."Watching a 90-foot wave coming across the screen at the Eccles is something I can hardly wait for, myself," said festival director Geoffrey Gilmore. "It's perfect for us for...

More fun from the Music Café

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the lineup for this year’s Sundance Film Festival Music Café, located in PLAN B, The Nightclub, 268 “upper” Main St. in Park City. From January 16-24, the Music Café showcases emerging and established bands, and solo artists — in both daytime and nighttime performances — and provides an opportunity for musicians, composers, filmmakers, and festivalgoers to meet, share ideas, and collaborate in a relaxed environment. An opening reception on Friday, January 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. k...

Premiere and opening

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Riding Giants will open Sundance festivities in Park City, January 15thA documentary by Stacy Peralta (the skateboarder-turned-filmmaker who won the director's prize at Sundance 2001 for the extreme-sports documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys). Screenwriters - Stacy Peralta and Sam George. The first docu to open Sundance ever."Watching a 90-foot wave coming across the screen at the Eccles is something I can hardly wait for, myself," said festival director Geoffrey Gilmore. "It's perfect for us for an...

Bangkok Fest director describes his mission

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Interview with Craig Prater Executive Director Bangkok International Film FestivalWhat is your biggest challenge this year Craig?The biggest challenges for the film festival are certainly the management of two different staffs: - The event coordination staff with the Tourism Authority of Thailand; - The administration and creative staff of Film Festival Management. Although the TAT speak beautiful English, we are faced with concerns of understanding and communication. And then the obvious chal...

Cartoons Galore!

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The competition programme of the 12th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart is completeLong days and long nights at the Bosch Areal: over the last two weeks three different selection committees have got together to select the films for the four competition series from the promising number of film entries submitted to the Festival. The people responsible for the programme, managing director Gabriele Röthemeyer and curator Ulrich Wegenast, were assisted by experts such as Stefan Eling...

A revival of cambodian cinema?

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On Saturday, 17th January 2004, Pannasastra University of Cambodia will be hosting a day long conference entitled “Cinema Cambodia: Remembering the Past and Moving Toward the Future”. The Conference will cap a week long celebration of Cambodian cinema on the PUC campus. Organized and sponsored by the University’s newly opened Faculty of Communications and Media Arts in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and UNESCO, the Conference will bring together Cambodian and foreign film direct...

John Casavetes' Shadows back to light at Rotterdam

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Legendary first version of Cassavetes' SHADOWS screened in RotterdamThe legendary 'lost' first version of John Cassavetes' ground-breaking first feature SHADOWS (1959) will receive its first screening in over forty five years (presented by its finder Professor Ray Carney) as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2004's 'Cinema Regained' programme. In 1960, Jonas Mekas described this first version of SHADOWS as 'the most frontier-breaking American feature film in at least a decade.' (...

Vesoul fest on asia

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Strong presence of China and the Near East at 10th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemafrom 10th to 17th February 2004From 10th to 17th February 2004, faithful to its vocation, the 10th edition of Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema will once more reflect the Asian vast continent’s cultural pluralism, through films coming from the entire geographical Asia. Celebrating the Year of China in France, almost one third of the 67 films selected this year is dedicated to C...

PGA nominees: cold, samurai, Lord and master, Mystic, seabiscuit

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15th Annual Event to be Held Saturday, January 17th The Producers Guild of America announced the nominated motion picture and television productions and honorees for the 2004 Producers Guild Awards, taking place on Saturday, January 17th at the Century Plaza Hotel. The nominees are:Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion PicturesCold Mountain (Miramax Films)Sydney PollackWilliam HorbergAlbert Berger & Ron YerxaThe Last Samurai (Warner Bros.)Marshall Herskovitz & Edward ...

American Splendor favorite from LA film crtics

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LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ANNOUNCE 2003 AWARD WINNERS"American Splendor" was voted Best Picture of the Year, it was announced by Jean Oppenheimer, President of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was "Lost in Translation".LAFCA's 29th annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Monday, January 26 at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles.Other award winners are:DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"Runner-up: Clint Eastwood: "Mystic R...

Frank Black (Pixies founder) solo keynotes at TIY

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FRANK BLACK TO KEYNOTE 2004 DIY CONVENTIONThe fourth annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books has announced that its Feb. 5-7 event will be keynoted by alternative music pioneer Frank Black.The three-day gathering will be held in Hollywood at the Barnsdall Art Park and the Derby nightclub, offering panels, workshops and showcases focused on independent musicians, authors, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. From the beginning of his career as a founding member of the seminal Boston...

The best view rocks from the Backseat!

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Backseat Film Festival 2004 Announces Premiere Feature Film ScheduleThe Rock and Roll Film Festival is coming to Philadelphia! The complete lineup for the 2004 Backseat Film Festival (BFF) in Philadelphia, January 23-25th 2004 at the Triangle Theater (1220 N. Lawrence Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122). The three day festival will consist of seven 3-hour Rock and Roll film programs. Each screening block has a theme and will showcase one of seven feature films, as well as an accompanying shorts prog...

Houston Worldfest about validating excellence!

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The 37th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival The 37th Annual WorldFest-Houston will be held April 16-25, 2004 - it will screen 60 new Indie Feature Films and 100 new Award Winning Short Films and Videos. WorldFest offers Awards, honors and competition for Shorts, Features, Film & Video Production, TV Commercials, TV Productions, Student Films, Music Videos, Experimental, New Media, Print and Radio. More than $25,000 in cash grants, equipment, services, and Kodak Raw Sto...

New Frisco Fest opening with Vertigo

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Golden Gate Entertainment, Inc. has launched Golden Gate Film Festival which is an organization that is dedicated to celebrate, showcase and promote quality independent films, American cinema and World cinema from around the globe. Founded by James Nguyen, Golden Gate Film Festival 2004 will be held on February 6-8, 2004 in San Francisco, California. "The responses from filmmakers, film fans and the local San Francisco community have been great! I am so excited and happy to be associated with ...

New Orleans media experience awards

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WINNERS OF THE INAUGURAL NEW ORLEANS MEDIA EXPERIENCE ANNOUNCEDWinning Films include Abby Singer, Sounds Of Memphis, and Genital Warts: The MusicalWinners of the film and music video competitions were honored with the Fleur De Lis Award on Friday, October 31, 2003 at the first annual New Orleans Media Experience ("The Experience"). Over 100 short, animated, documentary and feature films were screened at the inaugural Experience, the first-of-its kind convergence festival celebrating the best of...

The Slamdance program

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"The Slamdance 2004 Film Festival has invited 19 feature films to compete at our tenth annual festival," Peter Baxter, Slamdance President/Co-Founder, announced today. Eleven of the Competition Features screening this year are fictional narratives and eight are documentaries. In addition to the 19 feature length films, 13 of which are premieres, Slamdance will also screen 21 short films in competition. Special Screenings, films screening out of competition and festival events will be announced a...

Life Goes On and Westender, the winners of Bruxelles

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The Annual Program Without Frontiers announces the results of the Festivaldu Cinéma de Bruxelles: Life Goes On , by Mark Cairns, won the Special Prizeto the Best Documentary Film and Westender, by Brock Morse, won the SpecialPrize to the Best Fiction Film.Voices by Elli Ventouras, was awarded in Integral Realization; Sex Marriage& Children by Fred Parker, Screenplay; The Art of the Critic by Dom Shaw,Direction, Ono Niha by Henry Twinch, Edition, The Show by Cruz Angeles, ArtDirection, and Tagga...

Oscar fundraising event at the Castro Theatre

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OSCAR® FEVER STRIKES THE CASTROCure can be found by attending The Academy Gala on Sunday, February 29, 2004.The 76th Annual Academy Awards® Telecast Presented Live On The Castro Theatre Big-Screen Lights! Camera! Action! The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern California is proud to announce that their 3rd annual Oscar® night fundraising event, The Academy Gala, will be presented for the very first time at its new home in the festive heart of San Francisco at the legendary Castro Theat...
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