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The Film Independent Spirit Awards, also referred to as the "indie Oscars" has announced its nomination list today, giving added fuel to the awards season. Top nominees include FROZEN RIVER (Courtney Hunt), BALLAST (Lance Hammer) and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme). Other films competing for the Best Feature Award include THE WRESTLER (Darren Aronofsky) and WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt). FROZEN RIVER, which won the top prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, boasted six nomination...

HDFEST Film Festival- 2008 Festival at Sony Wonder Technology Lab

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2008 marks the ninth year for HDFEST, the historic digital cinema festival. Today, HDFEST announced the details of its upcoming annual New York event October 17th, 18th and 19th. HDFEST New York is the first of HDFEST's 2008 events. HDFEST screens shorts and features that have originated exclusively in High-Definition using High-Definition and HDV cameras and technology. To date, HDFEST events have taken place in numerous cities around the world, ranging from Sydney Australia, Seoul South Ko...

Hollywood Awards: 10 Actors to Watch

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"Variety," the authoritative entertainment industry publication, will present its annual "10 Actors to Watch" lineup of exciting new talents onstage at the Hollywood Awards(r) Gala Ceremony. The 10 actors, selected by a team of "Variety's" critics, editors and reporters, will be recognized at the prestigious Hollywood Awards(r) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 27. "We are very proud and honored to join 'Variety' in presenting 'Variety's '10 Actors to Watch' at the Hollywoo...

Festroia kicks off with starting out in the eveneing

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One of the most celebrated American Independent films of the past year has opened the American Independents Competition at Festroia: Troia International Film Festival last evening. STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, a character drama set in the literary world of New York City, features an award-winning performance by veteran stage and screen actor Frank Langella, who won the Best Actor prize from the Boston Film Critics last year. Langella's performance was critically hailed by major critics groups an...

STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING Opens American Independents Competition At Festroia

Sunday, June 8------One of the most celebrated American Independent films of the past year has opened the American Independents Competition at Festroia: Troia International Film Festival last evening. STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, a character drama set in the literary world of New York City, features an award-winning performance by veteran stage and screen actor Frank Langella, who won the Best Actor prize from the Boston Film Critics last year. Langella's performance was critically hailed by maj...

Israel Film Festival in LA to open with Avi Nesher’s The Secrets

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, will screen close to 60 Israeli features, documentaries and award-winning student films, including 13 U.S., West Coast and Los Angeles Premieres, in Los Angeles from June 12th – June 26th, 2008. In honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary, the Festival will host an unprecedented Retrospective of classic Israeli movies, including all seven Israeli films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, it...

Israel Film Festival in LA hosts Gala Awards Dinner

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The 23rd Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, will screen close to 60 Israeli features, documentaries and award-winning student films, including 13 U.S., West Coast and Los Angeles Premieres, in Los Angeles from June 12th – June 26th, 2008. In honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary, the Festival will host an unprecedented Retrospective of classic Israeli movies, including all seven Israeli films nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, it...

Nashville Film Festival Wraps

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Nashville Film Festival Wraps with Patricia Neal, William H. Macy, Al Gore, Vincent D'Onofrio, Big Kenny and More; Box Office Breaks Records While "Two Embraces," "Shake the Devil Off," "Cook County" and "Sons of Lwala" Win BigThe 39th Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) ended yesterday, smashing all previous attendance and ticket sales records after once again setting up shop for eight days at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas and spreading out throughout city with over 200 films and dozens of events. S...

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...

Sundance Film Festival announced its Jury members

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The 2008 Sundance Film Festival announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the Festival, which runs January 17-27, 2008 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The juries collectively are comprised of twenty-four individuals from the global film community, each of whom brings unique perspective and range of experience. Award-winning directors, screenwriters, actors and cinematographers in the Competition categories will be announced on the evening of January...

Sundance Film Festival juries announced

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The 2008 Sundance Film Festival announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the Festival, which runs January 17-27, 2008 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The juries collectively are comprised of twenty-four individuals from the global film community, each of whom brings unique perspective and range of experience. Award-winning directors, screenwriters, actors and cinematographers in the Competition categories will be announced on the evening of January...

Eclectic Weekend Mix At The Fort Lauderdale FF

 Friday, October 26----------Well into its second week, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival offers an eclectic mix of international films and homegrown indies.....something for all audience tastes, and hopefully stimulating enough to bring patrons back for more. Friday night is French night with two Gallic delights. The first, NAPOLEON AND ME, is actually a French/Italian co-production, which stars French superstar Daniel Auteuil as Napoleon and Italian hearthrob Ermanno Germano as ...

Ben Affleck directorila breakthrough saluted at Hollywood Awards

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The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, will take place on October 22, 2007, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Oscar(r)-winner Ben Affleck will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly will receive the "Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award," and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will receive the "Hollywood Producers of the Year Award."The "Hollywood Awards" wi...

Tromadance Fest announces Top Prizes

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The TromaDance Film Festival has awarded director Anna Biller its top prize for her feature film VIVA, which premiered at the 2007 festival in Park City, Utah. TromaDance Founder Lloyd Kaufman will present Ms. Biller with the Kodak Independent Spirit Award tonight at the New York premiere of her film at the Anthology Film Archives. The Kodak Independent Spirit Award is the only prize awarded at TromaDance. It is given to filmmakers who, through their art and dedication to truly independent ci...

IFC Entertainment Launches Independent Films on the iTunes Store

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All Independent Spirit Award Nominees Now Available on iTunesIFC Entertainment today announced that its independent theatrical catalog will now be available on the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com). Included in the announcement are all IFC's 2007 Independent Spirit Award nominees. This is the premier award for the independent film community and for the 2007 Spirit Award competition IFC Entertainment received the most Spirit Awards nominations of any one film company. "By making IFC films avai...

"Actor's Actor" Alan Arkin Honored At Lincoln Center

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Alan Arkin, one of the most respected actors of his generation, makes a rare appearance this evening at New York's Walter Reade Theater. The special evening includes a screening of Arkin's latest hit, the quirky indie comedy LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, followed by an onstage conversation between the actor and Kent Jones, Associate Director of Programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The evening will also feature clips from Arkin's remarkable career, which has now spanned four decades of supe...

"Actor's Actor" Alan Arkin Honored At Lincoln Center

Tuesday, December 19----Alan Arkin, one of the most respected actors of his generation, makes a rare appearance this evening at New York's Walter Reade Theater. The special evening includes a screening of Arkin's latest hit, the quirky indie comedy LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, followed by an onstage conversation between the actor and Kent Jones, Associate Director of Programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The evening will also feature clips from Arkin's remarkable career, which has now spa...

Film In Focus: THE ARCHITECT

Saturday/Sunday, October 21/22-----THE ARCHITECT is a sophisticated urban drama about a Chicago architect (played by Anthony LaPaglia) confronted by an outspoken female activist (Viola Davis) living in a dangerous housing project of his design. LaPaglia plays Leo Waters, an idealistic architect and patriarch of an affluent, suburban Chicago family. Viola Davis is Tonya Neeley, a pragmatic activist who is trying to keep her family together while living in one of the city’s most drug and crime...

The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival launches

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The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival will take place August 3 through 6 in the heart of downtown Fullerton with screenings and programs scheduled at the Plummer Auditorium, the Wilshire Auditorium and Fullerton College. Fullerton’s first film festival is presented by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation (FHTF) which is currently restoring the Fox Fullerton theatre to its original 1920s glory. “The Film Festival is all about summer fun, said Jon Wagner, FHTF execut...

Spotlight On American Indies At Troia FF

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Friday, June 9---One of the most consistently popular sections at the annual Troia International Film Festival is devoted to American Independents. This year, six films, most having their European premieres at the event, will compete for the Dolphin Award. The films are quite diverse in their genres, directorial styles and use of their regional base. In Anthony Ng’s 212, which had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, a diverse group of twenty-something New Yorkers grasp for...

Spotlight On American Indies At Troia FF

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One of the most consistently popular sections at the annual Troia International Film Festival is devoted to American Independents. This year, six films, most having their European premieres at the event, will compete for the Dolphin Award. The films are quite diverse in their genres, directorial styles and use of their regional base. In Anthony Ng’s 212, which had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, a diverse group of twenty-something New Yorkers grasp for love and intimacy ...

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...

Edward James Olmos and William H. Macy at Cinequest FF

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Academy Award-nominated actor/director Edward James Olmos will receive the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival, which opens on today in the city of San Jose, California. Nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his role as a tough-love principal of a Los Angeles inner city high school in the film STAND AND DELIVER (1988), Olmos has received many awards for his theater, film and television work.Olmos began as a rock musician, forming several “garage bands...
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