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Nearly 1,000 people filled the James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami for the Gala Opening Night screening of Craig Lucas’ The Dying Gaul marking the opening of the 7th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Diva of Ceremonies, the legendary Bea Arthur, kicked off the festivities in a sumptuous black chiffon gown, joined on stage by pianist Billy Goldenberg. Ms. Arthur regaled the audience with a glimpse of her acclaimed one-woman show and brought the audience to their feet for three stan...

Beverly Hills Film Festival’s Quaint Air Premieres “House of D”

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Beverly Hills Film Festival’s Quaint Air Premieres “House of D” and “Mr. Dramatic” April 13-17 The Beverly Hills Film Festival opened last night with David Duchovny’s directorial debut, “House of D”, preceded by John Stalberg’s “Mr. Dramatic” Los Angeles premiere, starring Oliver Hudson and Amy Acker. After a red carpet ride with such stars as Carol Connors, “Rocky” lyricist; Peter Mark Richman of “Dynasty” and “The Naked Gun 21/2” Fame; television perso...

New York Independent returns to Manhattan

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NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MANHATTAN THIS SPRING!The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) returns to Manhattan for eight days of screenings, premieres, music performances, seminar panels and parties. Sister festivals, The New York International Music Festival (NYIMF) and New York International Art Festival (NYIAF) will also join NYIIFVF this spring. The festivities kick off on April 28th at 7 p.m. with an opening night p...

Cleveland fest attracted 43 000

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 29th CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)MARCH 10-20, 2005Attendance of 43,000 (almost a 10% increase over last year)Biggest Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday attendance ever.Biggest single attendance ever on Saturday, March 19th – 5,584 breaking the record of 5,281 on the second Saturday in 2001 (the 25th anniversary).28 sold-out screenings105 feature films80 short subjects 50 countries of origin65 visiting filmmakers and other guests from around the worldOver ...

Cleveland Fest is on, closing with silent auction & raffle

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The 29th CIFF will include a Silent Auction and Raffle that will be held for the entire eleven days of the festival. Silent Auction Items include movie memorabilia, intercontinental vacations, sports tickets, sailing and car racing adventures, artwork, wine and food. Film festival attendees can stop by the Silent Auction & Raffle table to register and then make a bid on the package(s). The website can be checked each morning for the current highest bid (www.clevelandfilm.org). Bidding on all a...

Bermuda Fest in action, opens with The Upside of Anger

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BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2005 LINEUP“THE UPSIDE OF ANGER” and “MAD HOT BALLROOM” OPEN and CLOSE MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM TO BE “FILMAKER IN FOCUS” Showcasing a film line-up as rich and eclectic as the culture of the island itself, the Bermuda International Film Festival will welcome visitors for the 8th annual Fest, March 18-24. . The Bermuda International Film Festival invites influences from around the world with films that will compete for Best Feature from the ...

Pierce Brosnam Malibu Fest honoree

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Pierce Brosnan to be 2005 Malibu Int’l Film Festival Honoree6th Malibu Int’l Film Festival presented by Paul MitchellThis April 14-18, the 6th annual Malibu Film Festival will showcase new independent films and filmmakers from around the world and honor Actor, Pierce Brosnan. The Viceroy & Maui and Sons generously throws the opening night industry party of the year on April 14th to celebrate the Malibu Film Festival presented by Paul Mitchell. A night of entertainment that will include a f...

Malibu festival line up

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2005 Malibu Int’l Film Festival To Honor Pierce Brosnan 6th Malibu Int’l Film Festival presented by Paul MitchellThe 6th Annual Malibu Film Festival, slated for April 14-18, will showcase new independent films and filmmakers from around the world and honor actor Pierce Brosnan. The Viceroy and Maui and Sons are generously hosting the opening night industry party of the year to celebrate the Malibu Film Festival, presented by Paul Mitchell. This night of entertainment will include a fashiona...

Films competing for Mar del Plata Festival Astor awards

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THE 20TH EDITION OF THE MAR DEL PLATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 10-20 2005Last year the festival organizers sought to give the event a closer identification with the city and decided to rename the awards Astor, in honour of Mar del Plata's most famous citizen. This year the emphasis is on image, so a new logo has been adopted. It combines two basic elements intended to represent our city and country internationally: the sea lion, a symbol of the city, is framed by moving ...

SUPER SIZE ME Gets Super Size Oscar Party

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SUPER SIZE ME the hit documentary by Morgan Spurlock is on it’s way to the Academy Awards with a Happy Meal Buzz. The box office delight from talented debut filmmaker Spurlock is nominated for Best Feature Documentary. This film captured the “Fast Food Generation” as Spurlock took his work on a serious path of self-destruction as a filmmaker. His goal was to eat only from the fast food chain food for a month. As a celebration to this highly regarded nomination a party will take place on O...

Super Size Me wins WGA 1st ever Docu Screenplay Award

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Super Size Me's Morgan Spurlock Wins WGA's First-Ever Documentary Screenplay Award LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, west and East have named Super Size Me, written by Morgan Spurlock, as the winner of the Guild's first-ever Documentary Screenplay Award for outstanding achievement in documentary writing for the screen during 2004. The newly-created award was presented by producer Brian Grazer at a SRO reception for over 400 nonfiction filmmakers held Tuesday, February 15, at the Roose...

comedy storms Slamdance: It’s snowing laughs in PC !

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COMEDY STORMS SLAMDANCE: It’s snowing laughs in Park City!Happily married in Park City, Salt Lake, Deer Valley and Provo Comedic tour de force John Leguizamo summed up the typical Park City experience perfectly. “I saw a lot of REALLY depressing movies and then went home.” In the digital era of documentary overload, one Independent voice is quietly laughing back from the grave. For the past 10 years Sundance an...

Parties In Park City or SWAGing in the Rockies

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Movie madness hits Park City at the Sundance Film Festival once a year and the town becomes the Hollywood Blvd of the Rockies in this eleven-day event. In most cases the city has year round residents of 7,400, but during the last two weeks in January it swells to over 50,000 visitors. For most intents and purposes people are here to immerse themselves with watching, reading, thinking, making, eating, and sleeping everything about films. Walking down Main Street you’ll see the “who’s wh...

Dallas KidFilm Festival ready to start

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The USA Film Festival announcesSCHEDULE OF EVENTS21st Annual KidFilm® Festival – January 22-23, 2005The USA Film Festival’s 21st annual KidFilm® Festival announces the schedule of events from the festival taking place Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, 2005 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.PROGRAMS LISTING Animation Extravaganza This year’s diverse showcase offers something for audiences of ALL AGES where many favorite books are brought to...

Hollywood, the Global Village: Festivals Feed a Love of Movies

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Ella Waldek, 74, and Ida Mae Martinez, 73, don't look much like movie stars. But as they answered questions and kibitzed for an audience at the historic Little Theater at the High Falls Film Festival here, it was clear that they were born to entertain. Ms. Waldek and Ms. Martinez are two real-life heroines of ''Lipstick and Dynamite the First Ladies of Wrestling,'' a crowd-pleaser directed by Ruth Leitman about the brash and lovable pioneers of women's wrestling in the 1940's and 50's. It may no...

Festivalgoer rookie experience in Livermore Valley

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Our First Film FestivalAs I sit here at my desk with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, I try to organize my thoughts on what has been one “Whirlwind” of a weekend. It has been unlike any I have ever had.After countless rejection letters, our short film “The Queen of Spades” had finally been accepted into a film festival. The festival is called the “6th Annual California Independent Film Festival located in Livermore Valley’s Wine Country. I must admit, I had never been to Livermore’s...

15th Stockholm International Film Festival Kicks Off

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It is hard to believe that the Stockholm International Film Festival, November 18-28, is already at year 15, and to celebrate, the festival will be showing some of the favorite films from past years and former recipients of the "Stockholm Bronze Horse" award. The horse evolved from the handpainted replicas from Dalecarlia in the heart of Sweden, a suitable icon given a somber spin by the festival. Past Bronze Horse winners include Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino (parts of ...

AFM Seminars and finance Conference program

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AFM Finance Conference at Fairmont Miramar HotelProgrammed by: Independent Film & Television AllianceFriday, 5 November 9am - 10:40am The Magic Behind the Deal Moderator: Lew Horwitz, President, Horwitz Entertainment Financial Services, Inc.Panelists: Mark Damon, Chairman & CEO, Mark Damon Productions Steve Fayne, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP Bob Hayward, COO, Summit Entertainment Howard Kaplan, COO, Morgan Creek International Trevor Short, CFO, Nu Image 11am - 12:40pm The Futur...

Vanity Fair, 5X2 and a few more reviews from London

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Alex Deleon,London Film Festival,November 1, 2004Today’s films:(1) “Vanity Fair” with Rees Witherspoon as the social climbing “mountaineer”, Becky Sharp with seamless English accent, in Napoleonic era England, via Thackeray – A lush high budget production by Mira Nair (of “Monsoon Rain”) – fantastic costumes, makeup, sets, horses, rich colour photography, good acting all around from a full cast of English stalwarts, Bob Hoskins, Gabriel Byrne, nearly the entire British “a Li...

Sundance to Telluride: a tale of 2 fest experiences

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Tale of Two Film Festivals: Telluride and SundanceI was in the lobby of a hotel in Telluride when the actress Laura Linney started singing and dancing to a song from the Broadway play Dreamgirls. Dylan Kidd, director of a film called P.S. starring Linney which premiered at Telluride, was in the lobby, too. Because Kidd may direct the film version of Dreamgirls, Linney was doing an impromptu, playful audition for a part. She received a smattering of applause from the hotel clerk and a small nu...

Detroit Docs line up of 100 documentaries

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Detroit Docs International Film Festival Is Celebrating Year 3! from November 11-14, 2004 Highlights include this year: Screening over 100 documentaries from all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Australia, Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Poland, and Japan Introducing three new venues; Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Arts & the Museum of New Art Welcoming 30+ filmmakers and visitors from out of town to attend the festival with their works Festival kicks off with ...

Cinemagic Dishes up Feast of Premieres for Youngsters

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With the programme launch of the Laganside Cinemagic World Screen Festival for Young People, which runs from the 25th November – 9th December, it is clear young people will be able to access some of the best world cinema, with 17 Northern Irish, Irish and UK premieres among the 70 international films being screened.Joan Burney, Chief Executive, Cinemagic discusses the line up:“With the assistance of a panel of 19 young consultants we have been sourcing and reviewing a diverse range of intern...

Shark Tale Takes over San Marco

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“San Marco!, San Marco!” call out the Venetian water boat drivers to this historic boat stop, but after 7 pm tonite no one with be allowed to enter the historic square to see the church and courtyard from the 12th century. A 21st century artefact: Dreamwork’s Shark Tale will be projected to 5000 ticket holders who kicked up a storm in getting the coveted seats that went like gondola rides in a matter of days. No cameras, no cell phones with cameras, no recording devices. Hundreds of secu...

The Syrian Bride top winner from Montreal Fest

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THE SYRIAN BRIDE IS TOP WINNER AT MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALThe Syrian Bride, an Israeli-French-German co-production, was the big winner at the Montreal World Film Festival, which concludes today after a 12 day run of more than 300 feature films from around the world.The Syrian Bride was awarded the Grand Prix des Ameriques, the Festival’s highest honor, as well as receiving the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, the Ecumenical Prize and the Air Canada People’s Choice Award.The film, di...

Montreal Fest: 20 films in world competition

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MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALWorld CompetitionDÍAS DE CAMPO (DÍAS DE CAMPO) (COMP) (World Premiere)Chile - France / 2004 / 35 mm / Colour / 89 min / Dir.: Raoul RuizIn a bar in Santiago, two old-timers converse over a few drinks. It seems that one of them is writing a novel. It is a weird discussion; they speak of themselves as if they were already dead. Don Federico, the would-be novelist, gathers matches in his wine glass. The ambience is eerie. Where are we? In the kingdom of the dead? Well...

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