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"Paranoid park" de Gus Van Sant

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Lauréat de la Palme d’Or et du Prix de la mise en scène avec Elephant en 2003, le réalisateur Gus Van Sant nous revient cette année avec Paranoid Park, un long-métrage dans lequel les protagonistes sont de nouveau des adolescents. Dans cette adaptation du roman homonyme de Blake Nelson, il est question d’Alex, un jeune skateur de 16 ans, qui a tué accidentellement un agent de sécurité tout près du skatepark le plus malfamé de Portland, le Paranoid Park. Prenant la décision de ne r...

"Paranoid Park" by Gus Van Sant

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Winner of both the Golden Palm and Best Director awards in 2003 for Elephant, director Gus Van Sant returns this year with Paranoid Park, a feature-length film in which the characters are once again teenage boys. This adaptation of Blake Nelson's novel of the same name follows 16-year-old skateboarder Alex, who accidentally kills a security guard outside Paranoid Park, Portland's most infamous skateboarding locale. When he decides not to tell anyone, he takes on a crushing burden of guil...

Ischia Fest announces Oliver Stone award

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Directors Oliver Stone and Dario Argento will receive the 2007 Ischia Legend Award, the Global Film & Music Fest’s most prestigious prize. The fifth edition of the festival will take place on the “Green Island” from July 9th to 15th.The announcement was made at Cannes by Marco di Lello, the Regional Minister for Tourism and Culture of the Campania region, which supports this important summer Italian cinema event together with the Film Board of the Italian Ministry of Culture. “This e...

Pascal Vicedomini announces Ischia honours to Stone and Argento in a press conference in Cannes

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The press conference took place at Hilton , Jeremy Thomas in attendance.It was announced that Directors Oliver Stone and Dario Argento will receive the 2007 Ischia Legend Award, the Global Film & Music Fest’s most prestigious prize. The fifth edition of the festival will take place on the “Green Island” from July 9th to 15th.The announcement was made at Cannes by Marco di Lello, the Regional Minister for Tourism and Culture of the Campania region, which supports this important summer I...

Interview with Peter Scarlet, Tribeca FF Director

        Thursday, April 26-----As the Tribeca Film Festival opens its sixth edition, we are re-printing an interview with Festival Director Peter Scarlet from the Festival's own blog site:Can you paint a picture of the viewing process? SCARLET: The viewing process is a nonstop one, but programming is a lot more pro-active and a lot less passive than one might think. In essence my job involves a good deal of detective work, a nearly endless schedule of trav...

Interview with Peter Scarlett Tribeca Film Festival Director

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As the Tribeca Film Festival opens its sixth edition, we are re-printing an interview with Festival Director Peter Scarlet from the Festival's own blog site:Can you paint a picture of the viewing process? SCARLET: The viewing process is a nonstop one, but programming is a lot more pro-active and a lot less passive than one might think. In essence my job involves a good deal of detective work, a nearly endless schedule of traveling (sometimes to “fun” places, sometimes not)- both to other fes...

Sarasota Film Festival Movie Review: THE CAMDEN 28

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In August of 1971, discontent with the raging war in Vietnam was bleeding over into the streets of cities and towns across America.  Out of this chaos came the Camden 28, an anti-war protest group largely made up of conscientious objectors from the Catholic left.  They set out to break into a New Jersey draft board office and destroy as many records as they could.  This was their attempt to strike a fierce, practical blow to the system that set young men off to a foreign land to die.  Little...

Cine Las Americas Documentary Feature Film Competition

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The 10th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will host its Documentary Feature Film competition from April 20 – 22, 2007. Films in competition will screen at the Regal Metropolitan Theater (901 Little Texas Lane, near the intersection of IH 35 and Stassney) and The Hideout Theater (617 Congress Avenue).While the documentary form has established a place for itself with mainstream audiences, the works included in this section push the boundaries to the next level, exposing audiences ...

Grant to honor the life and work of "Occupation: Dreamland" filmmaker

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Two emerging filmmakers have been selected to receive the Garret Scott Documentary Development Grant. Created by family, friends and colleagues this year following the death of the young, innovative filmmaker Garrett Scott, the grant recognizes first-time filmmakers for their work in progress. Only thirty-seven at the time of his death in 2005, Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary films during his short career. His work examined how the forces of state power and economics impac...

Politics at New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival

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New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival 2007, 2/23 – 3/4There is a constant creation of new film festivals defined by regional, thematic, distribution (such as video ipods), or other parameters, propelled by a large supply of production and an ever increasing number of new film makers. This phenomenon is caused by expansion of film schools, access to low cost production equipment, and last not least public and corporate funding for film festivals. By now it is hard to ascertain how many fes...

Eight Dramatic Features In Competition

  Monday, March 19-----Eight dramatic features are competing for  the Jury Prizes at the 10th Bermuda International Film Festival, which began on Friday evening. The dramatic features are vying for the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Award, which includes a cash prize of $5,000. The festival’s competition slots in the Best Narrative Feature category are restricted to first- and second-time feature directors.FRESH VISIONS – COMPETITION FEATURESCASHBACK (United Kingdom, director: Sean Ellis)Startin...

Cinéma oriental, politique et sociétés

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Difficile de ne pas parler de politique lorsqu’on parle d’Orient !Le Festival du Film Oriental a choisi de projeter des films qui peuvent répondre aux interrogations que se posent les spectateurs sur cette région complexe. Des débats viendront approfondir la réflexion autour de ces films. Ainsi, des court-métrages libanais réalisés pendant le dernier conflit seront présentés en partenariat avec le Festival Ayam Beyrouth. Des courts métrages israéliens, comme West Bank Story, d’A...

New York Celebrates Arab and Asian Cinema

Tuesday, February 27----New York film buffs have the opportunity to experience the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia at the 2007 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival (NYASAFF), which began last weekend and continues through Sunday, March 4th. The Festival is a collaborative effort among several cultural and media organizations, including Alwan For The Arts, 3rd i NY, South Asian Women's Creative Collective and Downtown ...

Arabic / Asian highlights from New York Arab & South Asian Film Fest

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The 2007 New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival presented by Alwan for the Arts, opene in New York City Feb 23rd and runs through March 4th. Programmed by a diverse group of visual artists, political and cultural activists, writers and filmmakers, this year the Festival offers many ground breaking films and programs, unique cultural slants, as well as many cinematic “firsts”, which include:• First Saudi Arabian Feature film to be shown in US - Shadow of Silence, by Abdullah Al Muheisen...

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Tributes to Directors

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The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)TRIBUTES TO DIRECTORSThe 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, taking place within the context of the year-round activities of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will be holding three tributes to important documentary directors. Barbara Kopple, Jon Alpert and the couple Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar will honour the Festival with their presence. A representative se...

Juries award films from the Rotterdam Festival

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During the IFFR 2007 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 2, 2007 in Concert and Congress Centre ‘de Doelen’ in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to the Hubert Bals Fund supported Love Conquers All by Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia), The Unpolished (Die Unerzogenen) by Pia Marais (Germany) and, ex aequo, to Bog of Beasts (Baixio das bestas) by Claudio Assis (Brazil) and AFR by Morten Hartz Kaplers (D...

Market Report: Documentaries Finding Distribution

Saturday, January 20----CRAZY LOVE, a documentary feature competing in the US Documentary Film Competition ,is one of the first to be close to a distribution deal, according to trade website IndieWire. Magnolia Pictures, a division of 2929 Entertainment, is set to pick up distribution rights to the film, which had its world premiere here on Friday night. The film by Dan Klores, a film publicist-turned-director, documents the long romance between a New York socialite and a shark-like lawyer, ...

A Festival Dedicated to Illuminating the Word of God through Short Film

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The 168 Hour Film Project is a competition, in which films are based on a Bible verse and created in one week to premiere at the 168 Film Festival. Each film gives needed professional opportunities for cast and crew. The competition is in February, and the 5th Annual 168 Film Festival is March 23-24, 2007 at the famous Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.(PRWeb) January 19, 2007 -- John Ware, Founder and President of the 168 Hour Film Project (168) announced today that registration is open for the 5th ...

Göteborg International Film Festival Program reveiled

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The festival of 2007 offers 450 short, feature and documentary films, from a total of 65 countries, during ten days. The opening film will be Klaus Härö’s The New Man. It is also the first film screened in the Nordic competition. The closing film will be Leaps & Bounds by Petter Næss with Peter Stormare among the actors. This year The Göteborg International Film Festival focuses on five countries in two sections; Vietnam in ”Viewing Vietnam” - and Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in ...

Göteborg International Film Festival

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The festival of 2007 offers 450 short, feature and documentary films, from a total of 65 countries, during ten days. The opening film will be Klaus Härö’s The New Man. It is also the first film screened in the Nordic competition. The closing film will be Leaps & Bounds by Petter Næss with Peter Stormare among the actors. This year The Göteborg International Film Festival focuses on five countries in two sections; Vietnam in ”Viewing Vietnam” - and Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia in ”Under...

Iraqi Film Days during Göteborg International Film Festival

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On February 1-2 the Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden will host the Iraq Short Film Festival! Iraqi short films will be screened and the seminars Images of Iraq - Images from Iraq and The Current Situation of the Iraq Film Industry will take place at the Museum of World Culture in Göteborg. Among the participants are Nizar al Rawi, director of Iraq Short Film Festival and Mohamed Al Daradji, director of Ahlaam (Dreams), the Iraqi contribution to the Oscar for best foreign language...

Sundance Dramatic Film Competition

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Tuesday, December 26----The Sundance Film Festival will see sixteen World Premieres compete in the Festival's prestigious Independent Dramatic Feature Film Competition. It is further evidence of the Festival's critical role as a festival of discovery that all the films in this sixteen-film competition are world premieres, unseen by all but a few close associates and the Festival's programming committee. The anticipation is high, as are the stakes for film distributors in the weeks leading up to...

The Face Of Iraq At IDFA

Saturday, December 2-----It certainly makes logical sense that one of the world’s largest documentary film festivals would have a number of films that focused on the troubles in Iraq, but the sheer volume of them has been, at least for this journalist, an eye-opening and yet terribly difficult experience. IDFA has spared no one with some excellent and heart-rending films that continue to haunt. The films dealing with the Iraq war, at least the ones that I’ve seen, fall into two distinct ...

What Does God Look Like?

Wednesday, November 29----So, what does God look like to you?? That is the provocative question posed by filmmaker Nathan Lang, as he travelled the United States in a coast-to-coast adventure to examine the religious pulse of ordinary Americans. Going to seven different cities and constructing a studio box with hidden video cameras, Lang has assembled over 100 hours of candid footage that will eventually become the documentary feature film GOD IN THE BOX (great title, Nathan). Lang is in Amst...

Oscar Hopefuls At IDFA

Monday, November 27----Three of the fifteen documentary feature films selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as contenders for this year's Best Documentary Oscar are associated with the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA). The 79th Academy Awards will be given out on Sunday, February 27, 2007 in Los Angeles. SISTERS IN LAW, co-directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi, opened last year's Festival and also copped the prestigious IDFA Audi...
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