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The Global Film Village: FILM INDEPENDENT AWARDS SLOAN PRODUCERS GRANT

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By Marla Lewin 9 PROJECTS FOR 2009 PRODUCERS LAB FILMMAKERS ALSO SELECTED BY FILM INDEPENDENT LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2009) — Last night at a special reception concluding the 2009 edition of Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum, Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s Director of Talent Development, awarded Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather its 3rd annual Sloan Producers Grant for their feature film project Future Weather.  Deller and Fairweather will receive a $25,000 production grant, and p...

American Casino a documentary by Leslie Cockburn

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"American Casino" a documentary by Leslie CockburnDirected by level headed Leslie Cockburn, this documentary discusses the subprime mortgage crisis, where 300 mortgage companies have gone out of business since 2006, and the American dream turned nightmare, with up close interviews from people on both sides of the spectrum, Michael Greenberger, Director of Trading, Jeff Greene, a real estate mogul who shorted subprime, an anonymous ex-employee from Bear Sterns who discusses CDO's, or Collateraliz...

Tribeca Red Carpet for Spike Lee's, "Kobe Doing Work"

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Sharon Abella: Are you excited to be at the film festival?ANTONIO PIERCE: Linebacker for the New York Giants: "Yes. I was here a couple of years ago for the movie about Cesar Chavez, I don't remember the name, maybe it was titled that, I'm not sure."SA: Are you a big Kobe fan?AP: "I am. Big Kobe fan. I admire the way he plays, the way he goes about his business on and off the court, and honestly, being directed by Spike Lee is very huge! You can't put two better people together to work toget...

Hamptons Fest Screenwriters’ Lab

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The Hamptons International Film Festival will host its 9th annual Screenwriters’ Lab cosponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation this April 3 – 5 in East Hampton, NY. Over the course of one long weekend, emerging screenwriters will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one each day with established screenwriting mentors who will advise them on how to develop their scripts and move their projects closer to production. Within this supportive environment, the screenwriters are encouraged to tak...

Tribeca Talks Series

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival today announced the line-up for its two discussion programs – the Tribeca Talks Series and “Behind the Screens: Films and Conversations about Truth, Clarity and Responsibility,” sponsored by iShares Exchange Traded Funds. The Tribeca Talks Series includes “Tribeca Talks Panels,” “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks Special Events,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry” and “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper hosted by Barnes & Noble.” The 2009 ...

20th Anniversay of "Do The Right Thing"

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Writer, Director, and Actor, Mr Spike Lee, known for his revolutionary work that have left audiences worldwide  to think critically, and who epitomizes the definition of the words "social change',  was awarded last night at "Walter Reed Cinema" at "Lincoln Center" by "Image Nation". Spike reflected back on his education, and paid homage to his classmates from  "Howard" and "NYU Film School", admitting that "Do the Right Thing" ...

Ang Lee will preside over the jury of the Venice Film Festival.

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Ang Lee is a two-time Golden Lion winner -- in 2005 for "Brokeback Mountain," and in 2007 for "Lust, Caution" -- Lee. Lee, who was born in Taiwan and trained at NYU Film School, is in post on the comedy "Taking Woodstock," based on the memoir about the leadup to the 1969 Woodstock concert by author Elliot Tiber. While fest organizers declined to confirm whether "Woodstock" -- slated by Focus Features for an Aug.14 U.S. release date -- will unspool at the Lido, a Venice bow in an out-of-competit...

The Dubai Film Market: Interview with the Director Ziad Yaghi

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As noted in our February 4th write up, setting up the first regional film market is part of a comprehensive strategy by the Emirate of Dubai to create a sophisticated media infrastructure. It includes dating Dubai media city for electronic and print media with 1300 mostly foreign companies; Dubai Internet City; the International Media Production Zone; Dubai Studio City housing the biggest and technologically most advanced studio facility in the Middle East; and the five year old Dubai Internatio...

Echos of Enlightenment by Daniel J. Coplan

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Synopsis A magical realism thriller about a wife’s search for her missing husband, Daniel. You see, every day, somewhere in America, a middle aged man leaves his home and his family, and never returns. Alternating between droll humor and the psychidelic, the film explores both angst and enlightenment, in a fascinating journey of breathtaking vision, mysticism, human passion, all ending with a remarkable discovery! Director Mr. Coplan started making movies when he was 14...

8 Emerging Directors to Receive Film Independent Fellowship and Support Services-

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and film projects selected for its 8th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company. Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week incubator designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmakin...

Interview with Film Producer, Jon Kilik

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Sharon Abella met with Jon Kilik, producer of Babel...Q- As a film producer you have worked on a myriad of projects working most closely with famous Directors, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Julian Schnabel. Tell us how you met and what it is/was like working with each one.A- "I met Spike Lee through a mutual friend in 1988. He had just made one film, "She's Gotta Have It". He was looking for a producer to work with on a new script. The project was "Do The Right Thing...

An Interview with Award-winning Filmmaker Greg Pak

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As Mars space exploration matures and the ability for people to be able to travel to the moon becomes a reality, the premiere of "Robot Stories" (based on four stories about love, death and family through experiences with robots) impeccable timing is simply superb! Award-winning writer/director Greg Pak was interviewed by Maria Esteves on January 12, 2004. ME:  Did you become an established writer/director through the International Film Fest Community? GP: The film festiv...

International Film School Meeting at San Sebastian

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  The Jury of the VI International Film School Meeting, consisting of students from schools in the United States, Poland, Colombia, Spain, Cuba, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom and Israel, and chaired by director Amos Gitai, has unanimously decided to grant the following awards:  aiTe Award for the film: "LE BAL DES SUSPENDUS" by Azzam El Mehdi. ESAV-ÉCOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS VISUELS. (MOROCCO). The aiTe Award (Association of Spanish Audiovisual Technical...

International Film School Meeting awards from Donostia

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The Jury of the VI International Film School Meeting, consisting of students from schools in the United States, Poland, Colombia, Spain, Cuba, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom and Israel, and chaired by director Amos Gitai, has unanimously decided to grant the following awards: aiTe Award for the film: "LE BAL DES SUSPENDUS" by Azzam El Mehdi. ESAV-ÉCOLE SUPÉRIEURE DES ARTS VISUELS. (MOROCCO). The aiTe Award (Association of Spanish Audiovisual Technical Industries) carries a prize of €6,...

4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles

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Four films from the Haydenfilms 2007 and 2008 Online Film Festivals will be screened during the 4th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival from Aug. 7 through 10, 2008 and during September. They include last year’s grand prize winner, “The Boot of War,” and two of the four finalists, “Blindness” and “Forgotten Souls,” as well as “Little Wings,” which is entered in this year’s festival. (A synopsis of each film follows.)Hayden Craddolph, president and founder of Haydenfilms LLC, sai...

31st Asian American International Film Festival Closing Awards Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves - July 21, 2008 The 31st Annual 2008 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF08) Closing Awards Ceremony was held at Asia Society, New York, Saturday, July 19, 2008, 9:00 pm. AAIFF08 Closing Night New York Premiere of PING PONG PLAYA, directed by Jessica Yu preceded the awards ceremony. The award acknowledges the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Asian descent. The awards were announced by AAIFF08 juror Jimmy Tsai, co-producer/screenwriter/actor, PING PONG...

Key Speakers from Future of Cinema Salon Series in Cannes

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List of panelist/Cannes MingleTalk Distribution and Blockbuster panel: May 20 and May 21stOur esteemed panelists included (for the MingleTalk Distribution) Colleen Nystedt: founder of movieset http://www.movieset.com/ MovieSetTM founder, Colleen Nystedt, has an extensive background in film production, finance, business affairs and creative development. Nystedt has produced or supervised production on numerous feature films and TV movies for Universal Pictures, Paramount, MGM, CBS, NBC, ABC, USA...

Elliot V. Kotek: Moving Pictures Editor

Elliot V. Kotek: Moving Pictures Editor In addition to his position as Editor in Chief, Moving PicturesMagazine, Mr. Kotek is also the US Entertainment Correspondent for ABC Radio, broadcast weekly to 1 million listeners. Elliot has contributed stories and interviews to dozens of publications on the film industry, including exclusive interviews with over forty Oscar winners. Mr. Kotek is also an accomplished actor

Panelists from Future of Cinema Salon Series in Cannes

  List of panelist/MingleTalk Distribution and Blockbuster panel: May 20, 3pm and May 21st 10-12 amEsteemed panelists includeColleen Nystedt: founder of movieset  http://www.movieset.com/MovieSetTM founder, Colleen Nystedt, has an extensive background in film production, finance, business affairs and creative development. Nystedt has produced or supervised production on numerous feature films and TV movies for Universal Pictures, Paramount, MGM, CBS, NBC, ABC, USA, Showtime and Lifetime Networ...

The team that made Hats Off

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           "Grace is… You dance as you walk through life. If you don't dance, you cannot aspire. You do not lift up from this earth." - Mimi WeddellActress-Model-Mother-Independent Thinker-Free Spirit Mimi Weddell is extraordinary by anyone's account. A striking beauty who speaks with authority and passion on any number of topics, Mimi, cigarette holder in hand, strikes a pose the moment the camera is on her. The Gra...

"Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves" Filmmaker Showcase

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The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents: the 15th Annual Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves: See Their Images… Hear Their Stories… Saturday, March 29, 2008 starting at 2:00 p.m. A Filmmaker Showcase and Discussion at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue (650 Bronson Ave.), Hollywood, CA (Melrose & Van Ness / across from Paramount Studios) Chaplin Screening Room (Reception to follow). To RSVP – 310.284.3170. The cost is only $10.00 and parking is $4.00 or st...

Everything you need to know on next Tribeac

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In its third and final feature film announcement, the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, today released the line-up for its Spotlight, Showcase and Restored/Rediscovered sections along with its Special Events for the seventh annual Festival. The Festival will take place April 23 – May 4, 2008 in Lower Manhattan. “Our Spotlight section presents a group of films already acquired for U.S. distribution but not yet released, including hotly-anticipated new titles by Jos...

Slamdance jury members

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Slamdance jury members for 2008 have been selected and are as follows:Since 1983, Skizz Cyzyk has made more than 50 short films and videos, many having won awards and screened at festivals all over the world. He is the Founder/Festival Director for MicroCineFest, the Programming Manager for the Maryland Film Festival, an advisory board member/juror for Alabama's Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, served ten years as technical supervisor/projectionist for the Atlanta Film Festival, and on juries a...

Slamdance jury members

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Slamdance jury members for 2008 have been selected and are as follows:Since 1983, Skizz Cyzyk has made more than 50 short films and videos, many having won awards and screened at festivals all over the world. He is the Founder/Festival Director for MicroCineFest, the Programming Manager for the Maryland Film Festival, an advisory board member/juror for Alabama's Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, served ten years as technical supervisor/projectionist for the Atlanta Film Festival, and on juries a...

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...

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