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Sante Fe on the rise

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As recently as four years ago, the New Mexico film festival marketplace featured a slug fest between the long running Taos Talking Picture Festival (TTPIX) and the upstart Santa Fe Film Festival (SFFF). Both possessed a unique niche, mountain town settings, and devoted audiences. For indie film festival freaks in the area, life was good. Alas, things never stay the same for long in this volatile business.Locals were stunned at the news last month that the nine year old Taos Talking Picture Festi...

Slamdance Primed to Ski Into Park City

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Slamdance Primed to Ski Into Park City The President and Co-Founder of Slamdance, Peter Baxter, announced the titles selected for the 10th annual Festival, as a raucous crowd cheered and applauded the filmmakers in attendance.  Martini glasses and shots of blue tequila were raised in their honor as more than 200 people listened to a blend of spun and contemporary dance music while dining on tasty appetizers provided by the Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega, Los Angeles, Ca host of this fa...

Slamdance lines up of 19 (first) features

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Slamdance will screen 19 feature films 7 documentaries and 21 shortsFEATURE FILMS SCREENING IN COMPETITION: DEAR PILLOW - (USA, 85 min., Narrative, 2003). WORLD PREMIERE A 17-year-old supermarket bag boy finds a mentor in a porno magazine writer and soon he is enmeshed in some very adult situations. Directed by Bryan Poyser. www.dearpillow.com GOLDFISH GAME - (Belgium, 105 min., Narrative, 2002) US PREMIERE In this modern day fable about an extended family that comes together at a castle in the ...

Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers"

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Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers" aptly describes the programming team, which is largely comprised of alumni filmmakers. The Slamdance Film Festival serves as a showcase for the discovery of emerging film talent. Slamdance's mission is to support and nurture innovative artists. The organization's goals for the future are to strengthen its year-round organization and evolve the Slamdance brand into new ventures that will support emerging filmmakers. Special screenings have show...

LOTR trilogy extended edition screening with cast in NY

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PETER JACKSON AND CAST MEMBERS INTRODUCING SPECIAL SCREENING OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY Unique Special Extended Editions To Be Screened Together As One EventOn January 10-11, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and New Line Cinema will present a weekend-long screening series of the Special Extended Editions of the first two films in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, followed by the third and final film, The Return of the King, at Lincoln Center. This will be the first time th...

Ben Kingsley in House of Sand and Fog at Licoln center

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AN EVENING WITH SIR BEN KINGSLEY with a screening of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG on Thursday, December 18 at 6:30pm Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents AN EVENING WITH SIR BEN KINGSLEY on Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 6:30 pm at the Walter Reade Theater. This special event will include a preview screening of House of Sand and Fog (Dreamworks) followed by a conversation with Sir Ben Kingsley and the Film Society’s Kent Jones. Academy Award®...

Big City Dick from R. Peterson shows up in Slamdance.

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Welcome to Richard's World, the land of "Big City Dick", Vibe Ball, Singing Elephant Trunks, Ziv Music, and The Feel-Wider Tie. And say Hello to Richard Peterson, the composer of multi-layered, plush-sounding 60's pop with four-part trumpet harmonies; the lyricist who wrote, "In a Country & Western song, the 'Don't Walk' blinks too long."; the bold architect of the ever-changing "Personality Skyline"; the dogged street musician with the photographic memory who insists on "No Canadian Coins"; a m...

Audience's choice for "Indigo" debut in Santa Fe

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How good does a movie have to be to be “relevant?” Is it the implied message, or the delivery system, the power of the story itself that makes or breaks it. The obvious answer, of course, is the story. No story, no characters that are interesting and relatable, then no relevance. Or so it goes.It’s a tried and true formula, be it from the biggest of studios to the tiniest of indie films shot on the run, but I witnessed an interesting twist on the premise this past week-end at the Santa Fe ...

Line up for Sundance peaks?

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Sundance, Park city, Salt Lake City Opening Night Riding Giants will open Sundance festivities in Park City, January 15th A 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 somethi...

Good Bye Lenin wins 4 at EFA

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THE WINNERS OF THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2003 were announced December 6 in a celebration of European film uniting filmmakers, film fans and film students from across Europe for the 16th European Film Awards at Berlin's Arena. Absolute favorite in view of massive european box office success for a german film Good Bye Lenin took 4 home, much to the surprise of the director and Main actor Daniel Bruehl.4 awards include best eurpean film, best director, best actor, best actress.(What's missing Lenin?...

Ingmar Bergman's Saraband premieres on Swedish TV

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It wasn’t shown first at Cannes or Venice this year, instead Saraband , Ingmar Bergman’s latest film made for television, premiered on SVT1 - Sveriges Television on December 1. Television is where the film will stay, as Bergman refuses to allow it to be shown in movie theaters in Sweden. The reason why Saraband was not part of the lineup at Venice allegedly was because Bergman was unhappy with the technical quality of the HDTV but he claims it was never meant for the movie theater. ...

Indian Film Fest in Florence

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River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFrom December 10-14, 2003 the third edition of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only European film festival entirely dedicated to cinema both from and about India, will arrive in Florence. The festival is organized by Luca Marziali and Selvaggia Velo of bdjMEDIA.Screenings will take place at the Spazio Uno Cinema in Via del Sole, 10, Florence - Italy. PRESS RELEASE N.3River to River. Florence Indian Film FestivalFrom December 10-1...

HBF funds half a million € for non-western projects

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The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films and feature length creative documentaries by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to fulfillment. The HBF provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realize their projects. In its Fall 2003 Selection Round, Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of the International Film Festival Rotterdam grants a total of Euro 467,000 to twenty-eight non-Western film-maker...

Rotterdam focus on Rome - Italy

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’Once We Were Birds: Romani Cinema’ is one of the thematic sidebars within the festival (alongside ’Homefront USA’ and ’Power : Play’). It will be devoted to films by and about the Roma and thus continues a tradition in the festival of celebrating the voices and the riches of unsung cultures. A large selection of features, shorts and documentaries will include films by Romani directors featuring Romani actors and the majority of them in the Romani language. Very rarely seen clas...

Next Kim Ki-Duk selected for next Cinemart (Rotterdam)

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Forty-seven film projects have been selected for the 21st CineMart, the first and largest co-production market worldwide, to be held January 25 - 29, 2004 as part of the 33rd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.CineMart director Ido Abram: "With this promising line up of film projects by established film-makers as well as projects by new talents from all continents, we are looking forward to a very strong 21st CineMart. We feel that this selection connects extremely well with th...

7 days, 7 nights wins top prize in Nantes

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Fiction film sectionOrisel Gaspar, one of the lead actresses of Siete dias, siete noches (Seven Days, Seven Nights), had written a song especially for the closing ceremony of the Festival of the 3 continents in Nantes, western France. She definitely put her whole heart in her voice when she sung her moving lyrics after Cuban director Joel Cano received the Montgolfière d’Or for the film in which she co-stars. The movie, which depicts a week in the lives of three very strong women in Cuba, i...

Asheville winners announced

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After nearly two years of planning, organizers estimate over 8,000 tickets were sold throughout the four day event.A sell-out crowd of 400 gathered at Blue Ridge Motion Pictures Saturday night for the Asheville Film Festival’s awards program during the Charles Schwab Spotlight celebration. After screening more than 50 films throughout the weekend, festival attendees anxiously awaited the announcement of winners from the documentary, feature, short and student film categories. Event organizer,...

Figgis Cold Creek River

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Cold Creek Manor" was born when screenwriter and executive producer Richard Jefferies was writing "Tron 2.0" for Walt Disney Pictures. Over dinner with the studio's top creative executives one night, Jefferies mentioned an idea that he had been toying with for several years. It was a thriller about a family that moves from the city to the country, where they buy a great old fixer-upper house. But their dream turns into a nightmare when the home's former owner shows up and a mystery unravels. ...

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Figgis

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Untitled Document The Future's Bright, The Future's Figgis Despite the imminent release of Cold Creek Manor,a thriller he made for Touchstone, Mike Figgis spent last week promoting artistic autonomy and experimentation. Returning to the very cinema in Newcastle where he was first infected with the film bug, Figgis performed - yes performed - an enthralling remix of his real-time, split-screen LA story Timecode. The performance was the final act of the city...

Fipresci awards in Thessaloniki and Manheim-Heidelberg

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At the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (Germany, November 20-29, 2003) The Prize of the International Critics has been awarded to "The Arm of Jesus" (De arm van Jezus) by André van der Hout (The Netherlands) "For its visually and intellectually multilayered and also humorous and musical representation of an existential search." Special mention: "Saturday" (Sábado) by Matías Bize (Chile) "For its innova...

Seven days, seven nights wins top prize at the Festival of the 3 Continents in Nantes

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Fiction film sectionOrisel Gaspar, one of the lead actresses of Siete dias, siete noches (Seven Days, Seven Nights), had written a song especially for the closing ceremony of the Festival of the 3 continents in Nantes, western France. She definitely put her whole heart in her voice when she sung her moving lyrics after Cuban director Joel Cano received the Montgolfière d’Or for the film in which she co-stars. The movie, which depicts a week in the lives of three very strong women in Cuba, i...

Salford Fest flies

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The first ever Salford Film Festival drew to a close with crowds flocking to see the premiere of Oscar-tipped Salford short, Talking With Angels. Two screenings had to be hastily arranged at the 500 seat theatre at Red Cinema, in Salford Quays, as the 15 minute feature, starring 12 year old Stephen Buckley and a host of residents from the city's Langworthy Estate, proved incredibly popular. At the premiere - a highlight of the Salford Film Festival - messages of support were read out from an ar...

The treaty: a successful short on the circuit

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THE TREATY was honored as the BEST SHORT FILM at the 2003 Midwest Entertainment Industry Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The MEIC is the nation's FIRST non-profit entertainment industry conference. The conference is an annual convergence of national entertainment industry personnel representing a wide spectrum of companies and services within the entertainment industry, and artists from the worlds of film, music, game development, and publishing. THE TREATY also made its international debut...

Plastic Tree wins in Mannheim-Heidelberg

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Main Award Mannheim-Heidelberg, Best Fiction Feature Film goes to Plastic TreeRainer Werner Fassbinder AwardMatias Bize for "Sábado"Special Award of the JuryDaniel Lind Lagerlöf for "Miffo"Special Mentions of the International JuryRyuichi Hiroki for "Vibrator"Blanca Lewin in "Sábado"Best Short FilmAndrus Tuisk for "Perebisnes"Audience Award of Mannheim-HeidelbergGoran Rebic for "Donau, Dunaj, Duna, Dunav, Dunarea"Prize of the FIPRESCI-JuryAndre van der Hout for "De Arm van Jezus"Prize for the...

D Event : IFCT 2003 kicks off

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The International Festival of Cinema and Technology launches its second annual event taking place in Manhattan December 6th-10th. The event will showcase a wide variety of independent cinema including dramas, comedies, documentaries, features, experimental films and animations. The "Technology" in the festival's name occurs both in the content of the festival, which tends to focus on themes of technology or feature unique creation techniques, as well as in the method of showcasing content at th...
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