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24th Israel Film Festival in New York Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - November 23, 2009 The 24th Israel Film Festival 2009 in New York (NYIFF09) will be held at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23 St.), December 5 - 13, 2009. The festival presented by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., in association with the Consulate General of Israel in New York, annually showcase the largest of Israeli cinema. This year's festival lineup includes over 28 Israeli Academy Award winning and nominee features, documentaries, and student shorts, along with panel discussions...

Eyal Silvan's Top Ten List

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    Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan has been asked by IDFA to program a personal Top Ten List of his favorite films for this year's event. Sivan is in Amsterdam for the premiere of his latest film Jaffa, The Orange Clockwork, which screens in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentaries. During the festival, Sivan will also present a masterclass in which he will explain his choices for his list.   Eyal Sivan grew up in Jerusalem and worked as a photograp...

The 11th IFF Bratislava announces its line up

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  The program part ‘Competitions' will bring two novelties during this year`s festival. Besides the Competition of Feature Films the festival will also offer Competition of Documentary Films and Competition of Short Films. The aim of the festival is to fill up the empty space in Slovak distribution, to present the best of the international documentary works, and also give space to young talents. The 11th IFF Bratislava enriches its program by two competitive sections - Competit...

Israel Film Festival ready to open

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The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States will open on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and continue through December 13 at the SVA Theater (333 W. 23rd St.).   Opening night will find celebrated actor Elliott Gould on hand to receive the 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tremendous achievements and body of work.  This Academy Award® Nominee has over 200 film and television credits to his name, and is easily re...

Get bitten at Vampire Fest: the Blood Has Spilled - the 2009 International Vampire Film Festival Line-Up

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The Vampire Film Festival (Vampire Fest) is finally coming home!  "After two years in Los Angeles we wanted to permanently move the festival to the city most connected to the vampire myth - New Orleans.  This glorious city is a place of mystical allure, the city where Anne Rice rethought the myth of the vampire. With its Gothic architecture, above the ground graves, voodoo and colorful history, New Orleans is the perfect location to celebrate the vampire myth and build the foundation fo...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tendency is to pay very close attenti...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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  CHILDREN OF INVENTION    With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tende...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Voice of Jerusalem

Director: Ofer naim.
Those who remember Jerusalem in its splendor have called it the city of gold. It is a city remembered for its glorious past but with no future. Instead of dealing with the present, people remain involved in the past. This is what stands in the way of Jerusalem’s survival. What happened to “Jerusalem of Gold”? Is there any hope or solution to the problems surrounding Jerusalem? Which of the three religions should have the right to control Jerusalem? Should Jerusalem be the capital city? Maybe all that is happening in Jerusalem stems from the ”Jerusalem Syndrome” that causes one to lose touch with reality and ones stability. Did Israel and Jerusalem’s leaders suffer from this syndrome as well? This movie tries to answer many of these questions talking to a number of people from various walks of life in this unique city and through the many songs sung longingly about this city, over time.

An Appreciation of the Real: Documentaries at ENH

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      by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor   When the film history of our era is written for future scholars to examine, one of the interesting aspects will be the flowering of non-fiction film. Documentaries, once relegated to television or educational settings, have broken through to the theatrical box office. While not every film can be “Fahrenheit 911” (which topped $200 million at the box office) documentaries have been faring we...

An Interview with Jewish Marine Comedian Dave Rosner

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Marine Comedian Dave Rosner (DR) is an observant Jew who has performed comedy in clubs and synagogues in the United States, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, and Iraq. DR began in the entertainment industry at the age of eight, is known as the only Jewish Marine Comedian. He is member of the Friars Club who produced the Friars Club show "Tell it to the Marines." He hosted and produced "The Dave Rosner Comedy Rooms" in New York. He was recently on stand-up comedy tour with "Comics Ready to Entertain," i...

An Interview with Jewish Marine Comedian Dave Rosner

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By Maria Esteves - July 24, 2009 Marine Comedian Dave Rosner (DR) is an observant Jew who has performed comedy in clubs and synagogues in the United States, Australia, Canada, Kuwait, and Iraq. DR began in the entertainment industry at the age of eight, is known as the only Jewish Marine Comedian. He is member of the Friars Club who produced the Friars Club show "Tell it to the Marines." He hosted and produced "The Dave Rosner Comedy Rooms" in New York. He was recently on ...

Un Certain Regard: "Eyes Wide Open" by Haim Tabakman

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Selected to participate in the Cinéfondation program in 2003 and 2004 with short films Free Loaders and The Poet’s Home, Haim Tabakman is presenting his first feature film in Un Certain Regard, Eyes Wide Open, which is also in the running for the Caméra d’Or award. The Israeli director delved into the religious world and touched upon the taboo of homosexuality. Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem’s community, is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father ...

The 24th Israel Film Festival lineup

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CELEBRATING THE BEST OF ISRAELI CINEMA June 3 – 18, 2009 The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, announced today its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 movies, including award winning features, documentaries and student films, the Festival runs from June 3rd – June 18th, 2009 in Los Angeles. The gala Opening Night festivities will include the West Coast premiere of Lost Islands, the highest grossing and most hon...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis": “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss. In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navon, played by Rona Lipa...

QDoc : queer film festival devoted exclusively to documentaries

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“One of the top 10 LGBT Film Festivals in the US” Jenni Olson, planetout.com“It was likely the first time I experienced such a heightened communal emotional connection with other sexual minorities—perhaps in my life.”Stephen Marc Beaudoin, JustOutThe nation's only queer film festival devoted exclusively to documentaries returns to Portland for it's third year May 28-31. Opening the festival is the award winning film, City of Borders, a hopeful look at intermingling between lesbians and...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis":   “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and  “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss.   In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navo...

Portland Jewish Film Festival Programme

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17th Annual Jewish Film FestivalApril 16-26The NW Film Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies present the 17th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival. This year's films, while they express specific Jewish experiences, resonate beyond their cultural settings and speak to experiences and issues that confront our common humanity. 
This year's Festival is co-sponsored by the Jewish Review with individual program support from Cedar-Sinai, Neveh Shalom, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Port...

Sneaky Snake: Lost In The Holy Land to screen at NYIIFVF

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One wouldn't expect a harmless sock-puppet snake to challenge the stormy topic of circumcision in the world's holiest city, Jerusalem.  But that's just what happens in the hilarious short film, "Sneaky Snake: Lost In The Holy Land."  The six-minute film's germination began in a cab ride after filmmakers and piano bar entertainers George Sanders and Shawn Curran toured Jerusalem.  "We'd never been to Israel, and Jerusalem was mind-blowing," says Sanders. "We...

Sneaky Snake: Lost In The Holy Land to screen at NYIIFVF

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Multi Award-winning Short Film to Be Screened At The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, March 23rd.Hilarious and cleverly scripted - Stuart Alson (Independent Film Quarterly) One wouldn't expect a harmless sock-puppet snake to challenge the stormy topic of circumcision in the world's holiest city, Jerusalem. But that's just what happens in the hilarious short film, "Sneaky Snake: Lost In The Holy Land." The six-minute film's germination began in a cab ride after filmma...

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 Program

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Aspen Film announced today its film selections that will be screening at Aspen Shortsfest 2009, April 1-5 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 2,500 entries were considered from more than 60 countries, and more than 60 short films were selected from 21 countries for this esteemed, five-day Oscar®-qualifying International Competition. In its 18th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world's premier international short film and video showcase...

Documentaries in Competition in San Francisco Fest

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The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) announced today its Documentaries in Competition for the prestigious Golden Gate Award. The International will award over $100,000 in total prizes this year. $60,000 will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,000) and Bay Area documentary feature ($15,000). The jury's selection of winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on Wednesday, May 6.S...

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