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Winners from the 2009 Vampire Film Festival

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The results are in for the 2009 International Vampire Film Festival are as follows: http://www.vampirefilmfestival.com/  "All of the films selected were exceptional in one way or another, but The Revenant stood out because it worked as pure vampire fiction and as a contemporary commentary on socially relevant issues.  Plus, it was funny."  Tim Cogshell, Programmer Vampire Film Festival Outstanding Vampire Feature: The Revenant (USA) Directed by Kerry Prior ...

Werner Herzog to be President of the Jury of the 60th Berlinale

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Werner Herzog, one of the most important filmmakers of Auteur Cinema, will be the President of the International Jury at the Berlinale 2010. As one of the most significant personalities of New German Cinema, he has influenced an entire generation of filmmakers. In his almost 50-year career, Herzog has made over 50 films, which include not only his well-known feature films, but an array of impressive documentary films as well. He has also made a name for himself as an opera director...

The Global Film Village: Julie Hebert’s TREE a moving and poetic World Premiere play at [Inside] the Ford

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by Marla Lewinphoto by Ed KriegerTree is a metaphor for the roots, branches, and leaves of a family. It seems both solid and enduring. TREE by Julie Hebert depicts three generations, divided by race, culture, time, and location.  Leo Price (Chuma Gault) is a divorced chef who is caring for an aging mother with dementia (Sloan Robinson) with the help of his college-age daughter, J.J. (Tessa Thompson). They connect when Didi Marcantel (Jacqueline Wright) a southern white woman barges into h...

Afi 2009 complete lineup of 67 features and 26 shorts

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.   The Weinstein Company's A SINGLE MAN has been selected as the AFI FEST Closing Night Gala presentation. A SINGLE MAN will make its US Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday, November 5, 2009.   Sony Pictures Classics' THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS has been selected as ...

AFI lineup of films includes Terry Gilliam Parnassus

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations. The Weinstein Company’s A SINGLE MAN has been selected as the AFI FEST Closing Night Gala presentation. A SINGLE MAN will make its US Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Sony Pictures Classics’ THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS has been selected as AFI ...

Complete AFI Festival Lineup Announced

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.The complete program line-up for AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is as follows:GALAS/TRIBUTESFANTASTIC MR. FOX (Opening Night Gala, North American Premiere) Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen ...

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...

The Bad Lieutenant: A bad movie or cult in the making?

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THE ONGOING publicity surrounding the insults being traded by Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara over whether “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” is a remake of Ferrara’s 1992 original or not, maybe of interest to the industry, and particularly to film critics, but is of little interest to movie-goers. Both versions tell the story of a drug-addled cop trying to solve a case of murder, but the interpretation is as different as chalk from cheese. Herzog, more highly thought of for his...

The Bad Lieutenant: A bad movie or cult in the making?

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THE ONGOING publicity surrounding the insults being traded by Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara over whether “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” is a remake of Ferrara’s 1992 original or not, maybe of interest to the industry, and particularly to film critics, but is of little interest to movie-goers. Both versions tell the story of a drug-addled cop trying to solve a case of murder, but the interpretation is as different as chalk from cheese. Herzog, more highly thou...

Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier/"An American Journey"/Photographer Robert Frank

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"An American Journey: Revisiting Robert Frank's 'The Americans'": Opens at "The Film Forum" on Wednesday, September 30.  SA: Question:  "Robert Frank is thought of as one of the greatest living masters of photography.  How did you decide to make a film about him?"Phillipe Seclier: Answer: "It's a long story.  I traveled to the USA in 1984, and learned a lot about American culture, theater, movies, paintings and American photography.  In 2005, I was lookin...

Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier

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Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier/"An American Journey"/Photographer Robert Frank"An American Journey: Revisiting Robert Frank's 'The Americans'": Opens at "The Film Forum" on Wednesday, September 30. SA: Question: "Robert Frank is thought of as one of the greatest living masters of photography. How did you decide to make a film about him?"Phillipe Seclier: Answer: "It's a long story. I traveled to the USA in 1984, and learned a lot about American culture, theater, movies...

Telluride Film Festival comes to a close

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Today marks the close of the 36th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Twenty-four feature films played in the Festival’s main program, not including three Sneak Previews added throughout the four-day event. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, September 4 and closed today, September 7, 2009. The following unannounced Sneak Previews screened at the 36th Telluride Film Festival:UP IN THE AIR ...

Telluride in action (September 4-7, 2009)

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Telluride Film Festival (September 4-7, 2009), presented by the National Film Preserve is proud to announce its 2009 Festival program. Twenty-four new feature films will play in the Festival's main program; eleven revivals including six programmed by 2009 Festival Guest Director Alexander Payne; twenty-nine short films; and ten documentaries will screen in the Backlot program.  Celebrating works from over twenty-five countries, Telluride Film Festival opens Friday, September 4 and runs throug...

Telluride Film Festival preview

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Telluride Film Festival (September 4-7, 2009), presented by the National Film Preserve is proud to announce its 2009 Festival program. Twenty-four new feature films will play in the Festival’s main program; eleven revivals including six programmed by 2009 Festival Guest Director Alexander Payne; twenty-nine short films; and ten documentaries will screen in the Backlot program. Celebrating works from over twenty-five countries, Telluride Film Festival opens Friday, September 4 and runs through...

Venezia 66Venezia Films in competition

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FATIH AKIN - SOUL KITCHEN Germany, 99' Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Uenel GIUSEPPE CAPOTONDI - LA DOPPIA ORA Italy, 95' Ksenia Rappoport, Filippo Timi, Giorgio Colangeli POU-SOI CHEANG - YI NGOI (ACCIDENT) China - Hong Kong, 89' Louis Koo, Richie Jen, Michelle Ye PATRICE CHÉREAU EAU - PERSÉCUTION France, 100' Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean Hugues Anglade, Alex Descas FRANCESCA COMENCINI - LO SPAZIO BIANCO Italy, 96' Margherita Buy, Guid...

The Vampire Trailer Contest Comes to the Web!

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Vampire Fest 2009 has a created a unique opportunity for aficionados of vampire cinema. We are allowing you, a member of the most discerning audience on earth, to help us select which films get into the festival in this special Audience Category. The Vampire Trailer Contest has premiered on our own YouTube channel. Please join us at our revamped site at www.vampirefilmfestival.com to watch and on our YouTube channel. The films connected to those trailers with the highest ratings and comments...

Creative Screenwriting announces the winners

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Creative Screenwriting is proud to announce the winners and finalists in our 2009 contest. Congratulations to everyone who is listed below on great screenplays.Thank you to everyone who entered - the new Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition is ending soon. The grand prize includes $20,000 cash and a chance to pitch A-list companies the day after you win! CLICK HERE TO ENTER.FEATURE SCRIPTSGRAND PRIZE WINNERWithout Consent - Roberta Rovner PieczenikSECOND PLACEBenazir - Muhammad Ali HasanTHI...

Obama On Film And On The Web

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor President Barack Obama is, if nothing else, very telegenic.....the camera simply loves him and cannot get enough. This fact plus his historic ascendancy in a mere two years from junior Senator to the top political leader of the world is an astounding one that will certainly be the stuff of legend in years to come. But for the moment, we are living that legend and the media fascination on and surrounding Obama is electric. Afte...

Bahamas BIFF Poster Description from the artist

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2009 BIFF Poster Description from the artistThe intention of this piece is to communicate a come one come all event. The uses of various species of fish are used to personify human beings of all races and genres of life. The female figure that leads that pack of fish is used to communicate a sense of eagerness and excitement but in a less aggressive way. Elegance and childishness is used as a vehicle to aid in communicating the brunt of the message. The rainbow, a new aesthetics being visited by...

Get bitten at Vampire Fest.

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Reel Energy Entertainment and the Vampire Film Series and Festival (aka Vampire Fest) is proud to announce that Bridget Morrow, author of two unique contributions to the vampire lexicon, the novels, Master and Alex, will be one of the guests of Vampire Fest 2009. Her first novel, Master, is the story of Lila, a young slave in the American South who is released from one type of bondage only to find another in the hands of her vampire lover, Alex. Master was published in 2004 and won the Los Ange...

Big Mike Craft to offer the Legend Ernest Borgnine, a role for the Saratoga, N.Y. Movie!

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One of the greatest actors of all times is Ernest Borgnine. He was the best heavy of his time. A man who is decended from Italian royality, and an academy award winner, is going to be welcomed to our film, if he so wishes.   His part can not be discussed now for negotiations have just started for Laila Ali, Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra Jr. and now Ernest Borgnine. I realize that Mr. Borgnine is 90 years old, but if he is willing, and his health is fine, he is welcome to join o...

University Of New Orleans Film Festival

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The UNO Film festival is open to all genres of films. Above all it is an opportunity for the independent filmmaker to have his/her work shown to a large audience within a rapidly growing filmmaking community.

Reel Identities: The New Orleans Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

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Reel Identites is commited to bringing the best of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered film to the great city of New Orleans! We try to present a diverse group of films in subject matter, length and appeal to different audiences.

New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival

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Created to support New Orleans’ social justice community, the festival welcomes fiction and documentaries, shorts or features, on many formats, from anywhere in the world. Films must deal with human rights or social justice.

Slamdance rejoices in independent music

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While best known for its annual film festival, Slamdance will now also serve as a year-round showcase for the discovery of new and emerging musical talent. To launch its celebratory 15th year anniversary, Slamdance is excited to bring the new element of independent music into the fold. The Slamdance Underground Music vs. Film Tour presented by OurStage and Dr. Martens kicks off in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve and will continue cross-country representing the annual film festival and its commitme...

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