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Valley of Angels 100 min. Action. Starring: Danny Trejo West Los Angeles - home of the young, rich and hip. It is also home to twenty-five year old Zachary "Zeus" Andrews. Transplanted from Chicago as a kid, Zeus never fit into the hip LA culture. As a way to make a living in his undesirable world, Zeus peddles drugs to wealthy kids. He desperately seeks the path on which his destiny lies - that is until he meets a girl who seems to transcend the shallow culture they inhabit. She gives...

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) returns to Los Angeles

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) today announced that they will return to Los Angeles for an exciting lineup of independent films and special events, taking place September 27 - October 4, 2007. NYIIFVF begins its celebrations along with The New York International Art Festival (NYIAF) with a film/art market and networking party at the Cabana Club. Film screenings will take place exclusively at the legendary Sunset Laemmle 5 Theatre in West Hollywood.Known ...

The New York Independent Festival (NYIIFVF) returns to LA

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) announced that they will return to Los Angeles for an exciting lineup of independent films and special events, taking place September 27 - October 4, 2007. NYIIFVF begins its celebrations along with The New York International Art Festival (NYIAF) with a film/art market and networking party at the Cabana Club. Film screenings will take place exclusively at the legendary Sunset Laemmle 5 Theatre in West Hollywood.Known as "th...

Jack Valenti "A Friend of the Fight" to be honoured at Aids Film Fest

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The New York AIDS Film Festival will dedicate the 2007 NY AIDS FILM FESTIVAL to the life of Mr. Jack Valenti. A supporter of the festival and 2004 Honoree, former President of the MPAA and head of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Valenti was a kind supporter of their work and the fest will celebrate his life. The Festival will open at the United Nations with a moment to honor the former Hollywood luminary and lobbyist, and will continue to give the Jack Valenti...

Michael Bay Interview: Transformers (by Robin Rowe)

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I thought this was a particularly good interview with Michael Bay and since Transformers premiered at the LA Film Festival, I wanted to include this interview in this blog.  Robin Rowe, a Los Angeles screenwriter and facilitator of weekly filmmaker events, asks Bay practical questions that I think a lot of filmmakers will appreciate.  Enjoy!  (Contact information for Robin is at the bottom of this email.) Michael Bay Interview: Transformersby Robin Rowe [More articles] Read Robin's Sci-...

MTV Movie Awards Bring Out Hollywood Elite

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Tuesday, June 5------The MTV Movie Awards are the Oscars for the cool, hip crowd.....and last night's ceremonies in Los Angeles were their typically outrageous and unconventional. Hollywood's elite definitely does show up for these awards----which give the films and performers instant "street cred". The Awards are voted online by the MTV crowd.....the 18-35 year olds who have the potential to create blockbusters and cult hits. The ceremonies were emceed by Sarah Silverman, the ...

Persians Versus Pirates At The MTV Movie Awards

 Thursday, May 24------Persians are battling Pirates for top honors at this year's MTV MOVIE AWARDS, which will be held in Los Angeles and broadcast live on June 3. Awards are determined by the audience, who still have another week to vote for their favorites. Simply log on to the website: www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards.Although this is hardly your mother's Oscar ceremonies (not much dignity and decorum here), the MTV MOVIE AWARDS has an international viewing audience that rivals the A...

Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards

  Monday, April 30------The Tribeca Film Institute announced the winners of the fourth Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards.  Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a program designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. At ceremonies held over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Center, the following winners were honored:NARRATIVE SECTION PRIZE: Ben Rekhi for his current screenplay WASTE, which tells the story ...

Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards

Monday, April 30------The Tribeca Film Institute today announced the winners of the fourth Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards.  Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a program designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. At ceremonies held over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Center, the following winners were announced:NARRATIVE SECTION PRIZE: Ben Rekhi for his current screenplay WASTE, which tells the st...

New Haven Underground Film Festival

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The New Haven Underground Film Festival Selection Committee has determined “round one” (of two) of its 2007 lineup. “We’ve been doing this long enough to see that things come in waves and, this year, of the hundreds of entries we received, the documentary standouts were about great Rock ‘n’ Roll and Hip Hop acts. So this year’s theme pretty much took care of itself,” said festival Co-Director, Michael Mongillo. “The Year of Rock” docs are: “Get Thrashed” (99 min.) traces ...

Meet the BIFF Jurors

Wednesday, March 21-----Acclaimed actors Carrie Fisher and Richard Dreyfuss are serving as the co-chairs of the Jury at the 2007 Bermuda International Film Festival. The Jury is charged with the duty of deciding the winning films in three categories: Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Award for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, and the M3 Wireless Bermuda Shorts Award.     Carrie Fisher is the actress/novelist/television personality daughter of singer/actress Debbie Reynolds and singer/actor...

Cinequest 17 Awards

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Sunday, March 11—Cinequest Co-founder Kathleen Powell presented the awards on the closing night of the festival.(Descriptions excerpted from the Cinequest program guide.)Director's AwardsGLOBAL VISION AWARD: to the filmmaker who defies convention and exhibits work of universal vision, making bold use of storytelling to create evocative cinema of the future.FRESH AIR/FRISS LEVEGÕ (Hungary)From its wry opening in a Hungarian Lonely Hearts ballroom dance to its daring ending, Ágnes Kocsis...

Heavy Line Up of shorts at The Miami Film Festival

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The 24th Annual Miami International Film Festival takes place March 2 - 11, 2007 112 Films—92 Features and 20 Shorts—Highlight 2007 FestivalIncluding 8 World Premieres, 31 International, North American& U.S. Premieres, and 47 East Coast Premieres The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC) announced today its Shorts Program comprised of twenty short films in three programs. The Shorts Program screens during the ten-day Festival March 2-11, 2007 at the ...

Santa Barbara closes 22nd edition with its awards

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The 22nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2007 festival competition at the Closing Night ceremonies, hosted by KTYD’s Julie Ramos. The festival, which ran from January 25th - February 4th, attracted more than 60,000 visitors to the area, bringing attendance to an all-time high. The esteemed jury for the 2007 SBIFF included: Jury Chair and film editor Dave Stein and filmmaker Candace Schermerhorn judged documentaries; actors Peter Riegert (“Anim...

Beauty in Trouble wins at Santa Barbara

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The 22nd Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2007 festival competition at the Closing Night ceremonies, hosted by KTYD’s Julie Ramos. The festival, which ran from January 25th - February 4th, attracted more than 60,000 visitors to the area, bringing attendance to an all-time high.The esteemed jury for the 2007 SBIFF included: Jury Chair and film editor Dave Stein and filmmaker Candace Schermerhorn judged documentaries; actors Peter Riegert (“Animal...

Sundance Opens On A Historical Note

Friday, January 19----And so we're off.....the Sundance Film Festival opened last evening with the world premiere of CHICAGO 10, an intoxicating mix of straight-ahead documentary, visionary animation and truthful recreation of one of the more shameful periods of recent American history. The trial of the Chicago 10, leaders of the anti-war protestors who had gathered in Chicago for the 1968 Democratic Party Convention to express their outrage with the Vietnam War, was a milestone clash between...

The Gay Edge At Sundance

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Tuesday, January 16-----As one of the world’s most cutting-edge film festivals, Sundance has been a welcoming environment for gay and lesbian filmmakers and their unique perspectives. Whether immersed in gay subject matter, or adding a particular gay spin to a genre film (hard to describe, but you know it when you see it), there is a definite gay edge at Sundance, evidenced by films with GLBT interest (that’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender for you sexual innocents) and a slew of in...

Here Are The Winners Of The Bitfilm Awards

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The worldwide Internet audience has decided in a public voting about the winners of the Bitfilm Awards. More than 750 films from 51 countries have applied for the prizes in seven categories. Here are the winners:T-COM 3D SPACE AWARD „Versus” by François Caffiaux, Romain Noel and Thomas Salas (France)ADOBE FX MIX AWARD„Travel Diary” by Keng-Ming Liu (Taiwan/United States)MTV FLASH AWARD„Blow” by Hermes Mangialardo (Italy)HAMBURG MACHINIMA AWARD„The Days After” by André Pesch (Ge...

Film In Focus: GRINGO WEDDING

Sunday, November 5----The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival presents the US Premiere of the US-Columbian co-production GRINGO WEDDING at a special screening on Sunday evening at 7:00pm at the Parker Playhouse. The film, which stars telenovella queen Ana Lucia Dominguez, is a romantic comedy about crossing borders and cultures to find love. Directed by Tas Salini, a local Fort Lauderdale filmmaker who teaches television and video production at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. ...

The Many Colors of Black Music

Hip Hop Artist Kazi Performs Saturday, October 21---As the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival, an event devoted to the relationship between film and music, moves into its final stanza, one of the relevatory aspects of the event has been the remarkably vibrant rainbow of contemporary black music. While rap, hip hop and rhythm and blues (or a mix of all of the above) is clearly the dominant trend, black artists continue to expand the form of jazz, reggae, singer-songwriter and rock musi...

London will rock you: highlight on music films in the fest

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MUSIC FILM HIGHLIGHTS IN THE FESTIVAL: World Premiere - SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN, Dir Stephen Kijak - Scott Walker went from jobbing bassist on Sunset Strip to iconic figure in Britain's 60s music scene, initially finding pop stardom with The Walker Brothers, then making a series of critically acclaimed and still treasured solo albums. Wilderness years and a brief Walker Brothers reunion followed, and he was on his way to being written off as a Radio 2 crooner, until some of the savvier memb...

Bitfilm Awards Nominees

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Here Are The Nominees For The Bitfilm Awards The Internet audience has decided in a public voting about the nominees for the Bitfi lm Awards. These are the fi ve fi lms in each category which will enter the second round of the Bitfi lm online voting:T-COM 3D SPACE AWARDElephants Dream by Bassam Kurdali (Netherlands)No Room For Gerold by Daniel Nocke (Germany)Supermoine by Bagnol Julien, Ho Sebastien and Landouzy Florian (France)The End by Maxime Leduc, Michel Samreth, Martin Ruyant (France)Versu...

London Festival celebrates the cutting edge in filmmaking

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The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival celebrates the cutting edge in artists’ filmmaking by dedicating a special event to Kenneth Anger, a legendary pioneer of independent cinema.The Festival’s Avant-Garde Weekend (28-30 October), will also celebrate the influential work of Jack Smith, another filmmaker distinguished for his uncompromising creative vision, and will welcome back James Benning (One Way Boogie Woogie/27 Years Later), attending the festival for the fifth time.Kenneth Anger’s...

Rotterdam Film Festival and Holland Festival to collaborate

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In a first-time collaboration, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Holland Festival will present a programme of some twenty fiction, documentary and short films, from June 8 to 11 in Amsterdam. The 59th Holland Festival (June 2 – 25, 2006) is the largest performing arts festival in the Netherlands. The new film section, curated by IFFR, includes the world première of BLACKWATER FEVER by Dutch film-maker Cyrus Frisch, the European premiere of UTOPIA SUITE by Canadian visual artis...

Tribeca preview: animated New York with Bill Plympton

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One of the highlights of this springs Tribeca Film Festival is sure to be the Animated New York program curated by Bill Plympton. When people think of New York City’s filmmakers most are unaware of the thriving, diverse independent animation community .Plympton's illustrations and cartoons have been printed in The New York Times and The Village Voice , as well as the magazines Vogue , Rolling Stone , Vanity Fair , Penthouse , and National Lampoon . His political cartoon strip "Plympton", ...

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