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Interview with Flow Affair Filmmaker Wolfgang Busch

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By Maria Esteves – November 11, 2011 Art from the heart, Wolfgang Busch (WB) is producer, editor, promoter, director, and Award-winning documentarian who began his career as DJ and sound engineer. WB has promoted music artists at legendary NYC nightclubs, is board member, technical director, and volunteer coordinator to many organizations. He has received countless awards in many disciplines. In 1990, Busch television show “New York New Rock” aired weekly on Manhattan Neighborhood Netw...

11th annual Producers Lab filmmakers selected

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival has announced the filmmakers and projects selected for its 11th annual Producers Lab. Sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program takes place in Los Angeles and is designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into production in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment. Film Independent has also awarde...

20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival Opens Tomorrow (10/20/2011)

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20th Philadelphia Film Festival - Day 1 - 4 Picks I picked up my press pass for the 20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival tonight! Just to get you in the festival mood, here's the films I plan to see the first few days (Thursday, October 20th thru Sunday October 23rd). Of course, the festival runs till November 3rd, and I plan to be present throughout most of it; however, during the festival, I'll be posting on facebook and twitter each day ...

The Iris Prize Winners 2011

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And the winner is: ·       I Don’t Want To Go Back Alone  (directed by Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil) - Iris Prize And the other winners are:  ·        The Red Bike (directed by Andrew Steggall) – Best UK Short ·        August (directed by Eldar Rapaport)- Iris Prize Best Feature Award ·        Murray Bartlett (Troy in August) Best Actor in a Feature ·        Allison Lane (Candy in Going Down In La-La Land) Best Actress in a Feature A short film about ...

Philadelphia Film & Music Festival Blog Post

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Philadelphia Film + Music Festival Recap The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Film + Music Festival took place this past weekend (Sept 22-25, 2011) mostly in and around Northern Liberties and Fishtown areas (Venues: The Skybox @2424 Studios, Invincible Pictures Sound Stages, M Room, The El Bar, Penn's Landing, The Fire, Murph's Bar, Kung Fu Necktie, The Ukie Club, Girard Fest, Tracadero Theater, World Cafe Live, TLA on South Street, North Star Bar).  ...

Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene

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Monday, August 29, 2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene - Sean Durkin & Elizabeth Olsen Q & A Have you heard about Martha Marcy May Marlene? It's been a darling of this year's festival circuit -  The title gives the impression four women share top billing, but in actuality newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (cast only two weeks before shooting), is not only the subject of the multiple monikers, she hauntingly carries the full weight of this dark drama; along with some good, creepy ass...

Official presentation of San Sebastian Festival's 59th edition

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This morning, at the María Cristina Hotel, the latest edition of Zinemaldia was unveiled. José Luis Rebordinos, the Festival Director, and Joxean Fernández, member of the Festival Management Committee, announced the programme and activities scheduled for this year, the names of the juries corresponding to the different sections and the latest additions to the event.Festival will take place 16-24 Septembre.JURY MEMBERS AT THE 59TH EDITION OF THE SAN SEBASTIAN FESTIVALSección Oficial• GUILL...

2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival Opening Night Awards

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By Maria Esteves – August 29, 2011 The 2nd Annual New York City International Film Festival 2011 (NYCIFF11) Opening Night Jury Awards presented by Roberto Rizzo honored the best films of 2011 by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world at the Hudson theatre, Thursday, August 18, 8:00 PM. The award presenters were actor M. Macaluso, T. Iz, E. Thai, I. Yako, L. Kruse, and NYCIFF founder Roberto Rizzo. In 2010, NYCIFF was founded by Roberto Rizzo. His vision is to intro...

NYCIFF 2011: Interview with The Last Gamble Filmmaker Joe E. Goodavage

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By Maria Esteves – August 10, 2011 Turning life experiences about addiction into films to encourage others, Joe E. Goodavage (JEG) is an award-winning filmmaker defined by his passion to give people the opportunity to be their very best on the set. In 1996, Goodavage began his career in the film industry. In 2008, Goodavage became co-owner of Last Gamble Productions, LLC, in New York. He produced and directed over 75 commercials; his television shows The Sports Edge and Performing Arts ...

Interview with director Scud

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Scud Interview (Love Actually… Sucks!) Posted on June 25, 2011 by Le Anne Lindsay Q: When it comes to love, sex and relationships, What do you hope our QFest audience will take away from this film (Love Actually… Sucks!) ? Scud: I reckon many audiences may find sympathetic experience from their own love. To me the film is a vibration, a sign, an exclamation to what love is and means to our life, and the fact that passion is often very fateful, as the shopkeeper...

QFest Closes with Jury and Audience Awards,

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In a year that boasted 108 filmmakers, 7 World Premieres, and films from over 28 countries, the 17th edition of Philadelphia’s QFest came to a close on Monday, July 18 with a lineup of festival favorites, the hilarious film Going Down in La La Land from director Casper Andreas, a men’s bathing suit fashion show hosted by WMMR’s Pierre Robert, and the annual Audience and Jury Awards. And the winners are… 2011 QFest Jury Award Winners Best Short Film: (tie) The Queen and The K...

QFest Kicks Off 12 Days of LGBT Cinema with Time Traveling Filmmakers and Lesbian Aliens on Earth

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The 17th edition of Philadelphia's QFest opens  July 7 at 7:00pm with two Opening Night Features: The Philadelphia Premiere of Judas Kiss and the Sundance hit Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same! Judas Kiss tells the story of a washed-up filmmaker who travels back in time and meets his college-aged self. It features 2006 QFest Rising Star Charlie David and the 2011 QFest Rising Star Award recipient Sean Paul Lockhart. Judas Kiss screens at 7:15pm at the Ritz East Theatre 1. Imme...

Once Mars Is Colonized

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

Michael Kaplan and Me at AIFF 2011

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  Costume Designer Michael Kaplan My interview with Costume Designer Michael Kaplan Fantastic fashion figure, costume designer Michael Kaplan attended the 2011 Aruba International Film Festival for a 'Conversations With' panel session led by journalist Brandon Harris. He spoke at length to press and film aficionados about his illustrious career in Hollywood as costume designer for some of the most celebrated films of cinematic history. Before his ‘Conversations With...

Interview with Michael Kaplan!

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   Costume Designer Michael Kaplan My interview with Costume Designer Michael Kaplan Fantastic fashion figure, costume designer Michael Kaplan attended the 2011 Aruba International Film Festival for a 'Conversations With' panel session led by journalist Brandon Harris. He spoke at length to press and film aficionados about his illustrious career in Hollywood as costume designer for some of the most celebrated films of cinematic history. Before his ‘Conversations With...

The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance Announces Danger After Dark Film Festival!

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A festival within a festival, Danger After Dark runs concurrently with QFest to showcase the best in action and horror   Danger After Dark, the long-running genre festival programmed by Travis Crawford and presented by the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance returns this summer. Running concurrently with QFest, Nine stunning films will unreel at the Ritz East and Ritz Bourse. From the graphically gory and sexually explicit to the formally experimental and just plain indescribably str...

QFest Honors Sean Paul Lockhart

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On Friday, July 8, 9:30pm at the Ritz East Theatre 2 in Old City, Philadelphia, QFest will present Sean Paul Lockhart with the 2011 Rising Star Award.Sean Paul Lockhart began his career in the adult industry and quickly – under the name Brent Corrigan – became one of the gay adult world’s most popular actors and won many awards including GayVN’s for “Best Bottom” and “Web Performer of the Year.” Not content to work in this field alone, Sean has entered the mainstream world with r...

Aruba got talent

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Golden Globe Award-winning actress Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City” franchise, “Big Trouble in Little China” , “Meet Monica Velour”) , Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Manchurian Candidate”), BAFTA Film Award-winning Hollywood costume designer Michael Kaplan (”Blade Runner,” “Burlesque,” “Fight Club”) and Academy Award®-nominated director Milcho Manchevski (“Before the Rain,” “Mothers”) will be attending the 2nd An...

Aruba - AIFF Makes Artistic Statement connecting film and art

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It is perhaps a sign of a film festival’s “coming of age” when it dares to present films acclaimed in the world of art rather than merely at the box office. Such is the case with the Aruba International Film Festival’s invitation to three world renown directors of sophisticated, powerful art cinema and documentary creations. They all will participate in the AIFF Film Lab series, In Conversation With… Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme will discuss his latest films at ...

Jonathan Demme guest of second Aruba, along other prestigious line up

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It was announced today that Golden Globe Award-winning actress Kim Cattrall (“Sex in the City” franchise, “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Meet Monica Velour”), Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Manchurian Mandate”), BAFTA Film Award-winning Hollywood wardrobe designer Michael Kaplan (”Blade Runner,” “Burlesque,” “Fight Club”) and Academy Award®-nominated director Milcho Manchevski (“Before the Rain,” “Mothers”) will b...

Une fois Mars colonisée (Once Mars Is Colonized)

Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Once Mars is colonized, we must go to Alpha Centauri. - Ray Bradbury

ITN Distribution inc to honor CHIRON FILMS INC at the Cannes Film Festival

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ITN Distribution Inc. today announced that they will honor US/French Co-Production company Chiron Films, Inc. at a reception during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. ITN Distribution Inc will co-host the evening with its sister company, The New York International Film Festival at the Penthouse Terrance on the Croisette overlooking the Mediterranean on May 15th at 7pm. Talented filmmakers Etienne Goldet, Paul Harth and Cee French Harth will receive an Honorary Award to recognize their contri...

ITN Distribution inc to honor CHIRON FILMS INC at the Cannes Film Festival

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ITN Distribution Inc. today announced that they will honor US/French Co-Production company Chiron Films, Inc. at a reception during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. ITN Distribution Inc will co-host the evening with its sister company, The New York International Film Festival at the Penthouse Terrance on the Croisette overlooking the Mediterranean on May 15th at 7pm. Talented filmmakers Etienne Goldet, Paul Harth and Cee French Harth will receive an Honorary Award to recognize their contri...

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Director: Pierre Yves Clouin.
Being first is a job

Cinfest 2011 Closing Ceremonies

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Cinefest 2011 Closing Night I often find at the end of a film festival, some of the films I chose to see will unintentionally deal with the same topic on some level: Brother & Sister, Terri and Vampire all dealt with care for an elderly parent, two of which had Alzheimer's. Womb explored an Oedipal complex and Brother & Sister performed a staged version of Oedipus. If I thought about it longer, I'm sure I'd find more cross references. I enjoyed my movie date...
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