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James W. Hawk becomes associate of United States Veteran's Artists Alliance (USVAA)

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James W. Hawk is excited and proud to announce that he has just become a colleague of the United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) in the categories of film, photography and literature. USVAA is located in Los Angeles at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro. USVAA is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization, founded in 2004 by military veterans and artists. USVAA provides opportunities for veterans in the arts. Here is the link to my colleague page:  http...

NYFF56 Closing Night Premiere At Eternity’s Gate Red Carpet Arrivals

By Maria Esteves – October 18, 2018 The 56th New York Film Festival Closing Night North American Premiere of AT ETERNITY’S GATE, by Academy Award nominated director Julian Schnabel commenced Friday, October 12, 2018 at Alice Tully Hall, New York. Red carpet arrivals included director Schnabel, actors Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, producer Jon Klik, writer Louise Kugelberg and actress Stella Schnabel. AT ETERNITY’S GATE in sele...

Oriental films by Anna Polibina-Polansky: 35 of them, predominantla in English and Frech, are now ready for viewing.

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Over 35 of oriental-based and occidental-oriented films by Anna Polibina-Polansky are now completely ready and wait for their viewers. Films last each from 10 up to 30 minutes, their scripts are poetic and feturing. The theme (subject, genre) greatly vary, from the Middle East to Japan, from Mediterrenean Europe up to the Far East. The Middle East countries have been visited by the author. The Far East culture is quite familiar for the dynasty of the author. This series of the lyric films is bas...

The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family, Web series by ALT Balaji

The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family, Web series by ALT Balaji After an accident during border duty, in which he suffers a foot injury, General Vikramjeet Ranaut settles down for a quiet and happy life with his wife Geeta, mother Premlata and mute son Mridul in his ancestral home in Coonoor. In his spare time, he trains some military cadets. When his estranged brother Samar and sister-in-law Sonali return after 8 years, things spiral out of control. Samar had fled both the home and the army...

Fryday, Review: Thank Devil, It’s Friday

Fryday, Review: Thank Devil, It’s Friday A water-purifier salesman has until Friday to make his first sale, or else face the sack. A ham actor has only the Friday to make his extra-marital catch, since his wife is away for just about a day. The twain meet at the actor’s home, where the married fan of the hero is about to give in to his seductive moves, and then all hell breaks loose. Umpteen Gujarati and English plays in Mumbai have tried and tested the formula, usually with succ...

Helicopter Eela, Review: No copter, too much of Eela

Helicopter Eela, Review: No copter, too much of Eela An intriguing title, the film has nothing to do with helicopters. It is the story of a domineering and stubborn mother who has a fixation about her only son’s welfare and whereabouts. Trouble is he is twentyish and the last thing he needs or likes is being mothered all the time. Designed to showcase the talent of actress Kajol, and co-produced by hubby, actor Ajay Devgn, Helicopter Eela begins on a bright note and then peters down to ...

Tumbbad, Review: Hastaar the Horrible and the Dough Dolls

Tumbbad, Review: Hastaar the Horrible and the Dough Dolls Tumbbad, named after the location where most of the action takes place, is a historical fantasy horror film, directed by debutant Rahi Anil Barve. Anand Gandhi, the director of Ship of Theseus, served as the creative director, co-writer and executive producer, with Adesh Prasad as co-director and co-writer. Tumbbad is jointly produced by lead actor Sohum Shah and Aanand L. Rai, among others. The film took six years to make and is path ...

Film Review: Restoring Tomorrow

By Maria Esteves – October 10, 2018 RESTORING TOMORROW is an awe-inspiring documentary that captures the history and the restoration of the WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE, the first Jewish temple in Los Angeles, CA, founded in 1860s. Known for celebrities who frequented attended temple from Warner Bros. Jack, Henry, and Albert to Ricardo Montalbán to Diana Ross, it’s breathtaking 100 feet high dome ceiling with Hebrew inscription leads me to imagine what will the reconstruction...

NYC 2 Paris - Paris Photos!

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Didn't make it to the Paris portion of our festival? Curious what went down?  Check out our gorgeous photos taken by photographer India Lange! You can view them on our Facebook or website. There's so many awesome shots of our brilliant filmmakers as well as our audience members having a great time!   To submit to the second annual festival visit: FilmFreeway ...

Review: I AM HERE - Fugitives escape to paradise but desire stays just out of reach

by Tom Llewellin A woman who has just murdered her husband walks into a parking garage, where she gives a strange man a couple of cigarettes. Now she’s on the ferry to a secluded Southeast Asian island, bundles of cash strapped to her body. The man straps the bills off, and they cast uneasy glances at each other. They sit on a white beach as waves lap the secluded shoreline, trying to to negotiate and renegotiate some level of intimacy. But it’s plain to see they are shaken by ...

Extremism, family conflict and betrayal collide in Meryam Joobeur's new film

Meryam Joobeur is a young Montreal-based filmmaker who has worked with Sasha Lane of American Honey fame, among others. Her new short film Brotherhood explores issues of cultural dislocation, family tension and sacrifice. It won the award for best Canadian short film at TIFF in September.  In Brotherhood, a family’s eldest son returns home from Syria to his Tunisian shepherd family, accompanied by his new wife - a young woman wearing a niqab, a garment in which only the eyes are vi...

Accepting Submissions: 2nd Annual NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival!

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We are now accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival!  Join us in this new exciting tradition! All happening October 11 - 20, 2019! What could be better than fall in NYC and Paris, watching your film along with other new and exciting films while meeting fans and filmmakers from around the world! CERTIFICATES FOR THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES, THE CERTIFICATES WILL BE GIVEN OUT AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY IN PARIS THIS YEAR. Best Narrative Feature...

1st Annual NYC 2 Paris International Festival Winners!

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We had 23 INCREDIBLE films from 8 different countries! Thank you to all the filmmakers who took part and the fans that attended! Without your support, none of this would be possible!  We are pleased to officially announce the 2018 winners!  (Note- the list of winners is also on our website) BEST SHORT FILM Alone by Antoine Laurens BEST DIRECTOR Jeremie Seguin (Sweetheart, Mon Poussin) BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM Nicolas Fabian (Alone) BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM ...

Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing - international premiere of Sabine Timoteo's debut film

(Still from "Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing". Courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Sabine Timoteo is a well-known actress in her native Switzerland. She also co-wrote the Philip Gröning film "Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot" (My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot), which premiered in competition at Berlinale this year. This time she wears the director's hat for an avant-garde film that starts ou...

International premiere at Oldenburg - "Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing"

(Still from "Don't Tell Me You Can't Sing". Courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Sabine Timoteo is a well-known actress in her native Switzerland. She also co-wrote the Philip Gröning film "Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot" (My Brother's Name is Robert and He is an Idiot), which premiered in competition at Berlinale this year. This time she wears the director's hat for an avant-garde film that starts ou...

Review of Petrus Cariry's poetic film The Boat (O Barco) - European premiere

  Still from "The Boat" (Photo courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "Almost nothing comes through the sea and almost nothing leaves." These lines begin Petrus Cariry's exquisite film "The Boat" (O Barco). Set in a far-flung fishing community in Brazil, the ferocious waves speak before any images even grace the screen. So begins this curious fable. Ana (Samya De Lavor), a mysterious woman washes ashore shortly bef...

The Boat (O Barco) review - European premiere of Petrus Cariry's lyrical film

Still from "The Boat" (Photo courtesy of Filmfest Oldenburg) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   "Almost nothing comes through the sea and almost nothing leaves." These lines begin Petrus Cariry's exquisite film "The Boat" (O Barco). Set in a far-flung fishing community in Brazil, the ferocious waves speak before any images even grace the screen. So begins this curious fable. Ana (Samya De Lavor), a mysterious woman washes ashore shortly before a bo...

Ishqeria, Review: Malaria, loveria and ishqeria—this ease or disease?

Ishqeria, Review: Malaria, loveria and ishqeria—this ease or disease? Some films have pleasing visuals, simple dialogue, nice songs, over the top characters and actors mis-matched to their roles. They seem to be a picnic for the makers, but offer little or no entertainment to the viewer. What is worse is that a film like Ishqeria is inordinately delayed, looking dated and jaded on release. Ishqeria is directed by Prerna Wadhawan and written by her, along with Radhika Anand. Perhaps the...

AND YET IT MOVES is a selection of the ROS Film Festival

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AND YET IT MOVES, one of my animation short films has been selected to screen at the ROS Film Festival in Elche, Spain. AND YET IT MOVES is about independent thinkers and how their revolutionary thoughts are accepted or more accurately stated, not accepted. The film follows the adult life of Galileo who stated that the Sun, not the Earth was at the center of our solar system and who died under house arrest for espousing this “falsehood.” At the same time that Galileo proposed his hyp...

Manto, Review: Man to man, rediscovering the Urdu writer, who died a pauper, at 42

Manto, Review: Man to man, rediscovering the Urdu writer, who died a pauper, at 42 Before the film, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) displayed categorises the language of the film as Hindi/Urdu. Saadat Hasan Manto wrote short stories and films in Urdu and there is some Hindi in the film, mainly spoken by others. Among the most controversial of Urdu writers, Manto has been the subject of rediscovery over the last decade or so for reasons unknown. Whatever the reasons, Nandita Das...

Where Are They Now: NYC Independent Film Festival Highlights

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The NYC Independent Film Festival has screened a slew of films that have gone on to be acquired, distributed, and nominated across a host of reputable platforms.   When the Ocean Met the Sky screened in 2015 was acquired by The Orchard for distribution. Three of our 2016 submissions also went on to do great things. A Beautiful Now was released on Netflix, A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky was screened at Sundance in 2017 during their "Midnight Short Films" category, and Mile End w...

III Smoking Barrels-Stories from Far East India, Review: Barrelful of empathy

III Smoking Barrels-Stories from Far East India, Review: Barrelful of empathy Roman three in the title refers to the fact that the film is an anthology of three stories, each exploring a different stage in life--a child involved in armed conflicts, a boy in drug peddling and a man entangled in elephant poaching. All three are set in the North-East of India where insurgency and underground movements thrive, aided in part by the fact that the Indian states of the region share borders with as ma...

Pakhi, Review: Bird watching strictly not recommended

Pakhi, Review: Bird watching strictly not recommended Pakhi, the title, is a variation of the word ‘pankhi’ or ‘panchhi’, meaning bird, in Hindi. It’s a good title, and, in the film, it is the name of the protagonist, who is forced into prostitution and lives the life of a caged bird. Good title. There is also an ‘interesting’ sound track, the kind that is rarely heard in Hindi films these days. Some of the sets and colour schemes are very much like g...

Part two of Festival happening this week! (Plus after party!)

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Hey filmmakers and movie fans! Don't forget there will be a WRAP UP PARTY on Friday night in Paris! ???????? After the last screening we will announce the winners of the festival and then all celebrate until the bar closes, around 2AM. It will be a good time for you to meet other filmmakers, movie geeks and have your picture taken by our official photographer! ???? Of course for those who can only make it on Thursday, we will also have a small celebration after the screenings...

Short Short Story Film Festival 2018 - call for entries

The Short Short Story Film Festival is a competitive international festival of films that tell a story in under six minutes in its 12th year.  There is no fee to submit. Click here for more information: http://www.mergingartsproductions.com/Film/SSS/Submissions.aspx ...
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