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2011 My Sundance film festival

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This is an overview of my 2011 Sundance experience  For Europeans, heading to a remote mining town now ski resort and festival headquarters in Park City, Utah, tucked away in the Wasatch mountains outside of Salt Lake City, it's no simple journey. It entails careful planning several months in advance, serious budgetary calculation to secure a bed in those expensive shared- condos, and blocking extra time to your return schedule as flipping time zones wrecks havoc with your metabolism a...

W.C. FIELD's only grandaughter talks about his REAL persona on Leonard Lopate show

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My dear friend, Dr. Harriet Fields, a Social Affairs Officer for the government in Washington, has long dedicated herself in restoring the 'grumpy' image of her grandfather, W.C. FIELDS, who she says was a "very sweet and generous person". Enjoy the recent National Public Radio (NPR) interview recorded and broadcast last month in New York. http://www.wcfields.com/news/17-news/36-the-leonard-lopate-show.html. The W.C. Fields Exhibit is going beautifully. Now through August 21 at the Ne...

Sundance: this is the renewed rebellion

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“This is the renewed rebellion This is the recharged fight against the establishment of the expected- This is the rebirth of the battle for brave new ideas- This is Sundance, reminded- This is your call to join us” and  this was what appeared on every projection screen while you took your seat and stripped off  layers of weather proofing at the  (26th  Edition) of the Sundance Film Festival 2010. They announced that a fresh wind had blown through Park City, (bringing with ...

Boston Jewish Film Festival to explore themes of Home

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2009 Boston Jewish Film Festival: Family to Fables; Homeland to HomesickOpening November 4 and continuing through November 15, the 21st annual Boston Jewish Film Festival presents a wide range of films exploring themes of "home." These films survey families, faith, doctrinal sects, nationalities, immigration, and exile as facets of our powerful stories of "home.""Home is a word that acts like a Rorschach test," said Sara L. Rubin, artistic director. "Some of our images are intensely unique and p...

The Jury from Karlovy Vary

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Grand JuryThe Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - CompetitionClaudie Ossard, President of the Grand JuryThe career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an O...

French producer Claudie Ossard will preside the Karlovy VaryThe Grand Jury

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The Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - Competition Claudie Ossard, President of the Grand Jury The career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an Oscar nom...

Film In Focus: DEFAMATION

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor With the Washington DC area still reeling from last week's shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the heart of the nation's capital, a hot-button documentary explores the nature of anti-semitism in both the United States and overseas. Israeli director Yoav Shamir, whose incendiary films on the Israeli/Palestine conflict won major awards at Sundance, Berlin and other festivals, brings a somewhat light-heartened tone to DEFAMATION...

Oh Barack!

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Director: Celeste Friedman.
A promotional video for U. S. Senator Barack Obama from the State of Illinois in support of his candidacy for President of the United States. Opening with examples of our struggling times, over 60 stunning and stirring images, through the lenses of 40 photographers, take you from Seattle to Times Square, Main to Minnesota, Iowa to Iraq and beyond. Soundtrack written, produced and performed by singer-songwriter/composer Celeste Friedman. Produced by AmericansforHOPE.org. We are very honored by the generosity of our contributing photographers, their hearts, time and talent! Camilo Arenivar TJ Baker C.W. "Barney" Burgis Lauren Victoria Burke Jason Coleman Joe Crimmings Danny the Caveman Gene Dawydiak Tory Fink Getty Images Kris Godlewski Gregory Han Carl Harris Alexander Heilner Susan Jekarl Cecily Johnson Johnnie K. Greg Lawler Caitie Leary Tia Likely Hinda Majri Celi McDaniel Jason Melrath Leo and Mixtli Photography Erik Ose Alfred T. Palmer Darrell Porcello Adrian Revels Steve Rhodes Joann Edmonds-Rodgers Justin Russell Kristina S. Bob Scofield David Silver Troy Snow Colleen Sontheimer Scott Stillman U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- ACoE photographer Jim Gordon John Varady Luke Vargas

Chicago International Movies and Music Festival

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The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest) is finalizing the program for its upcoming inaugural festival, which will be held in the Chicago Cultural Center downtown and the new St. Paul Cultural Center in the city's Wicker Park neighborhood, March 5-8. Various galleries and music venues, including Th!nkArt Salon, Schuba's, and the Double Door, will also host screenings and nighttime events. This annual event will bring together movies and music, showcasing films with music at...

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boston jewish poster     GEN X SPEAKS WITH A NEW VOICE   A New Generation of Filmmakers Explores Jewish Identity 2008 Boston Jewish Film Festival   NEWTON, Massachusetts - October 2, 2008 - Opening November 5 and continuing through November 16, the 20th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival reveals a new era of directors - from Generation X. These directors e

Boston Jewish Film Fest reveals a new era of directors

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Opening November 5 and continuing through November 16, the 20th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival reveals a new era of directors – from Generation X. These directors explore age-old issues surrounding the worldwide Jewish community, from the Holocaust to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and offer surprising and fresh insights and angles.“Gen X had its childhood in the 1980’s, a time of relative peace and affluence. Gen X grew up with the Cold War drawing to a close, Israel raising it...

Palm Beach FF Honoree: Jason Reitman

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Jason Reitman, the 30-year-old film director who scored an Academy Award nomination for his second feature film, will be honored this evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival with the PBIFF Visionary Award. The honor will be given following a special screening of his hit comedy JUNO, which will be released on DVD tomorrow by Fox Home Video. Following the screening, Reitman will participate in an on-stage Conversation with National Public Radio host and film critic Peter Rainer. Rei...

Palm Beach FF Honoree: Jason Reitman

Monday, April 14-----Jason Reitman, the 30-year-old film director who scored an Academy Award nomination for his second feature film, will be honored this evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival with the PBIFF Visionary Award. The honor will be given following a special screening of his hit comedy JUNO, which will be released on DVD tomorrow by Fox Home Video. Following the screening, Reitman will participate in an on-stage Conversation with National Public Radio host and film crit...

Palm Beach FF Honoree: Jason Reitman

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Jason Reitman, the 30-year-old film director who scored an Academy Award nomination for his second feature film, will be honored this evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival with the PBIFF Visionary Award. The honor will be given following a special screening of his hit comedy JUNO, which will be released on DVD tomorrow by Fox Home Video. Following the screening, Reitman will participate in an on-stage Conversation with National Public Radio host and film critic Peter Rainer. Rei...

Demme Day At SILVERDOCS

Thursday, June 14---------Thursday is Demme Day at SILVERDOCS, with Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme being honored and screenings of both new and celebrated non-fiction works from the veteran director. Demme is one of the few Hollywood directors who is equally at home in fiction films and in the documentary arena. In a career that now spans four decades and includes nearly 50 feature films and television programs, nearly 25% of Demme's output has been in the non-fiction world, as either...

Miami Career Achievement Tribute to Luc Besson

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In honoring Luc Besson with this year’s Filmmaker Tribute, the Miami International Film Festival singles out a director who is uniquely recognized as both a European film auteur and a major Hollywood player (no small task). In his varied career, the films of Luc Besson have achieved both immense international popularity and an enduring cult appeal. The term “a Luc Besson film” summons up a very specific mental image—a kinetic, action-filled, frequently violent narrative, with a stylishly...

CAREER RETROSPECTIVE: THE DAVID LYNCH FILMOGRAPHY

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"Many of the things that you subconsciously use in painting you use in film." - David Lynch interview from documentary 'Pretty As a Picture' The canvas was slathered in rich black with oversized deep green blades of grass eminating upward from the bottom edge. David Lynch could imagine the sound of the wind as it caused the greenery to rustle and sway. He wanted to make the scene come to life for real. It was in that moment that he became a film director. And thirty years after reaching this...

Remembering Robert Altman At The Walter Reade Theater

Saturday/Sunday, November 25/26----Robert Altman, one of the most influential film directors of his generation, passed away earlier this week at Cedars of Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Rumors about Altman's declining health have been circulating since his announcement at last year's Academy Awards that he had received a heart transplant in the last few years. What the public and even close associates didn't know was that the iconic director had been diagnosed with cancer over a year ago, but ...

Boston Jewish Film Festival highlights

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Opening November 1 and continuing through November 12, The Boston Jewish Film Festival is the arbiter of film trends, especially for viewers in their 20s and 30s. The 18th annual Festival presents the most innovative film programs from around the world on Jewish themes. Films are accentuated by panel discussions; visits by directors, actors, and subjects; and musical events.The Festival is New England’s largest Jewish cultural event, with last year’s record-setting attendance of over 13,60...

Sarasota comes into its own

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The 8th Sarasota Film Festival concluded this past weekend, with a flurry of parties, special events and an impressive roster of Hollywood names receiving career tributes. The Festival, which has been growing in reputation in the past few years, has really come into its own this year as a major destination for filmmakers and film buffs. Kudos to longtime Executive Director Jody Kielbasa, who has been able to attract high level sponsors, patrons and honorees to the event, and to Tom Hall, the Fes...

This Divided State competes at Vancouver Fest

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The Vancouver International Film Festival announced the line-up for it's 24th annual outing. With the announcement came the news that the award winning documentary "This Divided State" would be included in the prestigious non-fiction competition. The festival runs from September 29th through October 14th and filmmakers Steven Greenstreet and Bryan Young will be on hand in Vancouver to represent the film during the fest's first week for it's international premiere. "This Divided State," which ...

San Francisco closed with 77 000 in attendance

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The 48th San Francisco International Film Festival concluded with a screening of the wickedly satirical Hollywood noir, THE DYING GAUL, directed by Craig Lucas and starring Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott and Peter Sarsgaard. For 15 days, thousands of filmgoers, filmmakers and film industry representatives attended screenings of 185 films from 48 countries in San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto. Attendance, compared to the 47th Festival, rose 5% to 77,000.The SKYY Prize, established in 1997 ...

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