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GreenHeroes Episode 4; The Tree of Life

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Director: John Prowse, John Bessai .
GreenHeroes are remarkable people who acted on their idea and heroically “ventured forth” to protect our planet. Through their stories, our goal is to inspire people to take action and green their everyday lives. In this episode we find GreenHeroes at the root of the earth’s problems helping find new ways to tackle deforestation, GMOs, mass food production and even poverty in Africa. We feature three women on their journeys to make a difference. Featuring: Tzeporah Berman, organizer of a series of protests that drew 10,000 supporters at the height of the Clayoquot Sound conflict in British Columbia.To achieve her goals, Tzeporah straddles the line between activism and corporate America. She works with corporations such as Staples and Dell to help them become more ecologically friendly. She also convinced Victoria’s Secret to print their catalogues on recycled paper. Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, the first environmentalist to be recognized with this honour. Wangari initiated the Green Belt movement in Kenya, a program in which groups of women were paid to plant trees, proving advantageous for both the environment and the women. The movement set off the United Nations One Billion Trees Campaign. Each year, the campaign aims to have one billion trees planted worldwide. Laura Reinsborough, a real pioneer for local food usage and a new mother, she founded an organization that does away with rotting fruit. Laura founded Not Far From The Tree, an organization that harvests fruit bearing plants around Toronto. A third of the bounty goes to the volunteers, a third goes to the owner of the tree and a third goes to local shelters, preventing thousands of pounds of fruit from going to waste.

Berlinale Awards

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The Awards of the International Jury 2011 Golden Bear for Best Film Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi   Asghar Farhadi Silver Bear - The Jury Grand Prix A torinói ló (The Turin Horse) by Béla Tarr Silver Bear - Best Director Ulrich Köhler for Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) Ulrich Köhler Silver Bear - Best Actress ...

It's Awards Time in Berlin

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The Awards of the International Jury 2011 Golden Bear for Best FilmJodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi Asghar Farhadi Silver Bear - The Jury Grand Prix A torinói ló (The Turin Horse) by Béla Tarr Silver Bear - Best Director Ulrich Köhler for Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) Ulrich Köhler Silver Bear - Best Actress to the actress-ensemble in Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Lei...

The Berlinale jury keeps an open seat for Jafar Panahi

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Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses in international cinema. In recent years she has also made her mark as a producer and director. The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini has played in more than 40 feature films and worked with such directors as Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, Peter Weir, Abel Ferrara, Peter Greenaway and David Lynch or John Schlesinger, with whom she filmed The Innocent in Berlin in 1992. She celeb...

Berlinale keeps a jury seat for Jafar Panahi

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Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses in international cinema. In recent years she has also made her mark as a producer and director. The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini has played in more than 40 feature films and worked with such directors as Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, Peter Weir, Abel Ferrara, Peter Greenaway and David Lynch or John Schlesinger, with whom she filmed The Innocent in Berlin in 1992. She celebrated he...

Wenders in competition for the Berlinale 2011 with Pina

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The first eight titles for the Competition programme of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. In addition to the opening film True Grit by Joel and Ethan Coen (which is screening out of competition, as announced in the press release on December 7, 2010) another seven productions and co-productions have been selected. They include films from Turkey, the Netherlands, Israel, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the USA.So far the following films have been selected:Biz...

FilmCan Student Film Making Contest Brings Community Together

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December 6th, the Victoria Film Festival (VFF) is holding its annual FilmCAN program. This is a filmmaking competition for middle school and high school students. This year the VFF has made the program available to students all over Vancouver Island (including the Gulf Islands), offering young filmmakers a great opportunity to connect with wider audiences and to screen their film at this important Film Festival. Deadline to submit online to Vimeo is December 15, 2010. Winners receive prizes, and...

The Long Hard Goodbye

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Director: David James Coe.
A scriptwriter lets his troubles creep onto the page of his latest Noir Thriller as he struggles to finish the film's final showdown between its detective and femme fatale.

Independent Film Week Swarms New York

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  Independent Film Week, a multi-layered program of screenings, conferences, co-production networking events and filmmaker pitch sessions has kicked off the New York film season with a vengeance. Under the auspices of the Independent Feature Project (IFP), the venerable filmmakers organization, this year's event involves both professionals and film buffs in a dizzying schedule of activities around the city of New York from September 19 to 23. The Independent Film Week kicked off w...

Toronto Film Festival Moves Downtown

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  The 2010 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the most important events of the film calendar, is readying for a major move to downtown Toronto from its previous digs in the swanky Yorkville section. The new action is set on Queen Street and King Street West, a vital area of theaters, restaurants, bars and, not coincidentally, the newly opened TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Festival's main hq and the site of the Festival's year-round programs. While this does repre...

Global Film Village: Dancing at Cannes Market

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 by Marla LewinFriday we went to see a film about the Canadian Royal Winnipeg Ballet School titled Tutu Much. We knew Vonnie Holmett from several film festivals a few years ago. We originally met at a speed dating PR session in Victoria.  This year we met her again at the Canadian pavilion. It is so exciting to see Vonnie here in Cannes with her ballet film screening.  Her film is a sensitive exploration of the development of young ballerinas during a six week summer course. This is a mak...

63rd Festival De Cannes Awards

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The official Jury of this 63rd Festival de Cannes, presided over by Tim Burton, revealed this evening the prizes winners during the closing Ceremony. Kristin Scott Thomas hosted Charlotte Gainsbourg on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best film among the 19 in Competition. Julie Bertuccelli’s closing film The Tree starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas et Morgana Davies, was screened at the end of the ceremony.   FEATURE FILMS IN COM...

Dancing at Cannes Market

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  Friday we went to see a film about the Canadian Royal Winnipeg Ballet School titled Tutu Much. We knew Vonnie Holmett from several film festivals a few years ago. We originally met at a speed dating PR session in Victoria.  This year we met her again at the Canadian pavilion. It is so exciting to see Vonnie here in Cannes with her ballet film screening.  Her film is a sensitive exploration of the development of young ballerinas during a six week summer course. This is a make ...

I'VE SEEN FILMS - International Film Festival

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  I'VE SEEN FILMS 2010 will run for ten days, from September 30 to October 9,  in the following venues located downtown Milan: Gnomo Milano Cinema, Centre Culturel Français, and the Royal Palace where the Gala Award Evening will take place on Friday, October 8.   To allow wider and wider viewership of our authors' works, one of I'VE SEEN FILMS initiatives is also the  Internet Contest, that will be launched by the end of May. In 2009, the selected works received a staggeri...

I'VE SEEN FILMS International Film Festival announces the International Jury

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I'VE SEEN FILMS, together with its founder Rutger Hauer, announced today that, while warmly welcoming back as members of the International Jury, Mrs. Miranda Richardson (Dance with a Stranger, Empire of the Sun, The Crying Game, Damage, Sleepy Hollow, The Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Young Victoria, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Mr. Anton Corbijn (U2: The Best of 1990-2000, Linear, Some YoYo Stuff, Control, The American), it can also count on an inte...

82nd Annual Academy Awards Winners

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By Maria Esteves - March 8, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) for outstanding film achievements of 2009, co-hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin was held at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California, Sunday, March 2, 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT). Live coverage of 2010 Oscar Awards were seen in the U.S. on ABC Television Network, on the internet, and in more than 200 countries worldwide. THE HURT LOCKER received the aw...

The Hurt Locker wins 6 Oscars

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"The Hurt Locker" (the Iraq War drama) won best picture and five other prizes at the Academy Awards, including best director for Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow is the first woman in the Oscars history to receive Best Director award. "It's the moment of a lifetime," she said. "I hope I'm the first of many," she said afterward backstage. "The Hurt Locker" won best picture in a year where there were 10 nominees instead of the usual five - an effort to include...

Kathryn Bigelow makes Oscars history with The Hurt Locker

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"The Hurt Locker" (the Iraq War drama) won best picture and five other prizes at the Academy Awards, including best director for Kathryn Bigelow.Bigelow is the first woman in the Oscars history to receive Best Director award."It's the moment of a lifetime," she said. "I hope I'm the first of many," she said afterward backstage. "The Hurt Locker" won best picture in a year where there were 10 nominees instead of the usual five - an effort to include more commercial, popular movies in the mix. Th...

And the winner is The Hurt Locker...

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For those of you who forgot...here is the list of the nominees... As for the winners, well, you will have to wait a bit more... Independent Spirit Awards had a Precious night, will it be The Hurt Locker's night? Will Avatar stay blue, cold or go Gold...? This is our bet anyway. Watch the 82nd Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 7 at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Best Picture "Avatar" James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers "The Blind Side" ...

The Global Film Village: Hurt Locker Triumphs at BAFTA Awards

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by Marla Lewin2010 BAFTA Awards Winners                                      photo (c) 2010 BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for 2010 (BAFTA) were announced tonight at London’s Royal Opera House. In his first formal act as President of BAFTA, Prince William presented Vanessa Redgrave with a British Academy Fellowship. HRH Prince William succeeds Lord Attenborough in the position. David Parfitt, Chair of BAFTA, said: “The Academy has had a long...

AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER Lead the 82nd Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - February 2, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. AVATAR, directed by James Cameron and THE HURT LOCKER, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Cameron's ex-wife) picked up nine Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achieve...

NEWSLETTER N° 451: February 3, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 451: February 3, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals every week. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned for Sundance, Berlin.... _______...

Oscar nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla Lewin Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories. Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Best motion picture of the year Avatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertai...

The Global Film Village: Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla LewinAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories.Nominations for the 82nd Academy AwardsBest motion picture of the yearAvatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, ProducersThe Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determ...

Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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    Yes, we all expected AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER to have good showings for this morning's Oscar nomination announcements (they are both tied at 9 nominations each) and we were not surprised when the names George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep were intoned at the 5:30am ceremony in Los Angeles. And yes, even the six nods for PRECIOUS (including well-deserved nominations for Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Flet...

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