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Rome Film Fest: Starting At The Top

Logo of CINEMA: Rome Film Fest Most festivals, in their debut year, have a modest agenda and try to keep expectations at a low pitch. Not so CINEMA: Rome Film Fest, which is approaching its inaugural session with the velocity of an unstoppable train. It has always seemed curious to Americans why some of Europe’s largest cities have not had a major film festival attached to them. Why, we wonder, did it take decades for Paris, the most cinephile of cities, to launch its own film event? Why are...

Sean Connery To Be Honored At Rome Film Fest

The inaugural Cinema: Rome Film Fest, which will be held in the Italian capitol from 13 to 21 October, is shaping up to become a major European festival destination this Fall. The details of the event are just beginning to take shape, with an ambitious program of serious arthouse premieres, industry networking opportunities and a substantial sprinkling of Hollywood stardust. Sure to be one of the highlights of the event will be atribute to veteran actor Sean Connery , who will be the first r...

Sean Connery

A Diverse Showcase Of International Cinema

MOOLADE The Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, which debuts on September 14th, will feature a showcase of 15 international films from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Festival, in its first outing, will be focused on a diverse international program that mixes the works of established film auteurs with the debut films of rising young talents, to offer an exciting panorama of exceptional films from around the globe. The respected film auteurs in the program include veter...

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SILVERDOCS Announces Jury and Audience Awards

Monday, June 19---The 4th annual SILVERDOCS:AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival ended its six-day event with the announcements of Jury and Audience prizes in a number of diverse categories. The Festival, which had a significant breakthrough this year, in terms of content, celebrity attendance (Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Al Gore, Thomas L. Friedman, Will Shortz and others) and audience response has more than reinforced its claim as the premiere documentary film festival in North Ameri...

Trailer of Zidane, a portrait of the 21st Century

Film directed by Philippe PARRENO, Douglas GORDON This is a portrait on film, in action and in real time, of one of the greatest players in the history of soccer, Zinédine Zidane. Seventeen synchronized cameras were used, mixing super 35mm and High Definition, each focusing solely on Zinédine Zidane from the first kick of the ball to the final whistle. This 360 degree perspective along with a sound universe that recreates the environment of the crowd allows us to enter into a multidimensional space leading the spectator to experience the sensations, the psychology and the body of a moving athlete.

The Costly Price of the Iraq War

Saturday, June 17----As the US Congress debated this week on the future of the war in Iraq, four documentaries presented at the SILVERDOCS AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival provide a more in-depth understanding of the cost of this bloody conflict to the American economy, the American morale and America’s standing in the world. While the Bush Administration offers platitudes of bringing Western style democracy to the Middle East, the true politics of that region are “petro politics...

The New Frontiers of Digital Distribution

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Friday, June 16----The new frontiers in distribution of documentary films has been a running theme at the SILVERDOCS International Documentary Conference. While other topics such as film financing, working with non-profits and foundations, and producing for public television are rather evergreen and non-changing from years past, the arena of distribution is on fire, with a number of panels pointing to incredible new opportunities for documentary filmmakers to reach wider audiences. On Thursday ...
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