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Thelma Schoonmaker: Film editor of "Shutter Island" talks about "The Red Shoes"

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Thelma Schoonmaker is a film editor who has worked side by side with Martin Scorsese, on "Raging Bull", "The Aviator", and "The Departed".  She has been nominated for six Academy Awards, and has won three for best editing.She was married to Michael Powell, who directed many classic films, including, one of Scorsese's influencial favorites, "The Red Shoes". Please read her discussion on "The Red Shoes", and film restoration and preservation:TS: ...

My Name is Khan to premier at berlin

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The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise. MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it toplines the most popular Bombay star of all, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), 44, who has reigned as "The King of Bollywood" for some fifteen years, reunited on screen for the first time in eight years with extremely popular actress Kajol, 35, wi...

Interview with Jeff Bridges

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Actor in "The Last Picture Show", "The Fabulous Baker Boys", "The Big Lebowski", "Fisher King", "Tucker",  "Seabiscuit", and most recently, "Crazy Heart".                Q: "What point did you enter the project, 'Crazy Heart'?"  A: "Gee, I do my best to try to avoid going to work, because I know what it entails. If anything, it means I have to be away from home.  My wife, Sue, told me recently ...

An Interview with Jeff Bridges

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Actor in "The Last Picture Show", "The Fabulous Baker Boys", "The Big Lebowski", "Fisher King", "Tucker", "Seabiscuit", and most recently, "Crazy Heart". Q: "What point did you enter the project, 'Crazy Heart'?" A: "Gee, I do my best to try to avoid going to work, because I know what it entails. If anything, it means I have to be away from home. My wife, Sue, told me recently that out of the last fourteen months, I've been gone eleven. Now that's tough. Another reason I don't like to engag...

Green Lifestyle Film Festival

The next  Green Lifestyle Film Festival ( GLFF), which is an international, non profit event , will be held at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA   from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st March 2010.

All submissions must be made by the 31st December 2009.On Friday, 19th March 2010, we begin with a Press Conference ( by invitation only)  at 3pm, and then we open to the public at 5pm with a Green Carpet followed by a reception featuring top living foods gourmet green chefs, then into the theatre with Q&A with the film makers after watching trailers of their films. Live music, live food demos, entertainers on the outdoors stage, lots of prizes and dancing, booths to inspire creative and evolutionary choices, abound in the Free Outdoors Arena all weekend long as the films are being shown in the theatre . This all culminates with a Gala Awards Dinner & Ceremony on Sunday night , the 21st March,  in Hollywood. Please see our website for details:http://www.greenlifestylefilmfestival.com Phone 310-854-2078/310-928-7689

The Bel Air Film Festival has announced it's International Jury Documentary Winner.

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The second annual Bel Air Film Festival has announced it's International Jury Documentary Winner. The festival held 35 film screenings along with packed theaters, and 4 red carpet events November 13th-17th. The festival's opening night was held at UCLA's James Bridges Theater where honorees Louis Gossett Jr. received a "Lifetime Achievement Award," Taryn Manning was honored for her work in Film and Fashion with the festival's "Film Fashion Visionary" award, and Vivica A. Fox ...

The Global Film Village: Francis Ford Coppola at the Torino Film Festival

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by Marla Lewin Francis Ford Coppola at Torino Film Festival photo by Marc Halperin     Another in our series on the Future of Cinema.   We were attending the Torino Film Lab and I had the opportunity to interview Francis Ford Coppola. I mentioned we are working on a series about the Future of Cinema, and Francis said he has his own theory, but it would take some time to explain and would use up all of our time. He doesn’t think ...

Miami Shorts: Festival in action

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The Miami Short Film Festival (MsFF) has unveiled a sneak peek of the program for its 8th annual edition, scheduled for November 13th - 22nd, announcing a special focus on the environment. "Back To The Roots" is MsFF's slogan for 2009, as the Festival adds a new prize category for Best Environmental Short Film and replaces its Opening Night Gala red carpet with a "green" carpet. "The first films ever made were short films," MsFF Founder and Director William Vel...

Soundtrack programme 09 scores again

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"The exploding role of music in the soundtrack of our digital lives means a festival like this is crucial." These are the words of Slumdog Millionaire Oscar winning Director Danny Boyle who showcased his much acclaimed Mumbai spectacular at last year's first Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival. The programme for this year's Soundtrack (Nov 18-22 soundtrackfilmfestival.com) was announced this week with another strong playlist of live music performances, exclusive screenin...

Ninth Hungarian Film Fest of LA Kicks Off with "Chameleon"

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          Hungarian films lined up at an annual Los Angeles film festival for already the ninth time in order to remind Hollywood of its Hungarian roots. Bunyik Entertainment presented a Krisztina Goda film, "Chameleon", the official Hungarian foreign-language submission for the 82nd Academy Awards on the opening night of this year's festival at Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica, on November 5.  The famous Hungarian-American filmma...

An Interview with Hungarian Film Director, Krisztina Goda - by Brigitta Bokor

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by Brigitta Bokor November 5, 2009 will mark the opening night of the 9th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The audience at the Laemmle's Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica has the honor to watch the Hungarian Oscar-entry, "Chameleon" by Krisztina Goda. The film is also in competition for the 67th Golden Globe Awards. This is an interview with the director of the film. 1) What is your directorial vision? I don't think I have one; I would rather skip th...

An Interview with Hungarian Film Director, Krisztina Goda

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by Brigitta Bokor November 5, 2009 will mark the opening night of the 9th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The audience at the Laemmle's Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica has the honor to watch the Hungarian Oscar-entry, "Chameleon" by Krisztina Goda. The film is also in competition for the 67th Golden Globe Awards. This is an interview with the director of the film. 1) What is your directorial vision? I don't think I have one; I would rather skip this question. 2) Where do you draw inspirat...

AmericaFree.tv Launches First Annual Virtual Film Festival

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AmericaFree.tv, LLC (AFTV) www.americafree.tv, a leading Internet streaming Television and Movie broadcaster, today announces its first online independent virtual film festival with a call for submissions from filmmakers of all genres.  The festival, one of the first "all virtual" film fests, will honor films with awards, exposure to the AmericaFree.TV audience, and a $2,000 grand prize. AmericaFree.TV will present the Grand Prize winner with a physical screening in Los Angele...

AmericaFree.tv Launches First Annual Virtual Film Festival

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AmericaFree.tv, LLC (AFTV) www.americafree.tv,a leading Internet streaming Television and Movie broadcaster, today announces its first online independent virtual film festival with a call for submissions from filmmakers of all genres. The festival, one of the first “all virtual” film fests, will honor films with awards, exposure to the AmericaFree.TV audience, and a $2,000 grand prize. AmericaFree.TV will present the Grand Prize winner with a physical screening in Los Angeles to meet Academ...

Strasbourg International Film Festival Awards

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Feature Film Awards 2009Best Picture Aspettando Il Sole/Waiting for the Sun (Italy)Best Director Aspettando Il Sole/Waiting for the Sun ~ Ago Panini (Italy)Best Script Baghdad Texas ~ Shaneye Ferrell, David H. Hickey, Al No'mani (USA)Best Actor The Vicious Kind ~ Adam Scott (USA)Best Actress Der Mond und Andere Liebhaber/The Moon and Other Lovers ~ Katharina Thalbach (Germany, Turkey/Germany)Best Supporting Actor Boppin' At The Glue Factory ~ Conrad Roberts (USA)Best Supporting Actress Anywhere,...

Film Independent announces participants for screenwriters lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the screenwriters and film projects selected for its 10th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West. Taking place in Los Angeles from August 17 until September 16, the Screenwriters Lab is an intensive five-week incubator designed to help writers improve their craft, and take their current scripts to the next level in a nurturing, yet ch...

CHAMELEON

Director: Krisztina GODA.

 

Gábor is an office cleaner. Wearing overalls and a baseball hat, he seems insignificant. Working on the night shift, Gábor rarely has any contact with his employers, yet he learns everything about them by thoroughly analyzing their garbage. Since he is almost invisible, nobody suspects that Gábor is, in fact, a con man who carefully chooses his victims by the trash they leave behind. His targets are mostly disillusioned, lonely women. In a few months he destroys all their romantic illusions by taking all their savings. Having an unusually high IQ and an ability to assume various personalities, Gábor is an expert in manipulation. When he gets a job at a psychologist's office, Gábor meets Hanna, an injured dancer who happens to be the daughter of a millionaire. Insecure and vulnerable, Hanna seems to be the perfect victim. Gábor pretends to be a doctor who can cure her body and her soul, an irresistible offer for a desperate woman. Everything goes according to plan until Gábor falls in love with Hanna and has to make a hard decision between her and the money.

The Global Film Village: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Bastille Day in LA by Marla Lewin

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   Filmmakers, Press, Government officials, and lovers of all things french were there. The American and French national anthems were sung to celebrate both liberation and independence.  The French Consul General David Martinon spoke in English and then in French.  "We are proud to be living in here in Los Angeles even when it was difficult at times recently. But the Americans and French, have always gotten along, we have fought together side by side never against each other. ...

The Global Film Village: Hal Ashby's "Lookin to Get Out" finally gets out on DVD today by Marla Lewin

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 Burt Young told me how excited he was to finally see Hal's version.  Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out" screened last night at the UCLA Billy WIlder Theatre We saw this film at CineVegas, where we met writer Al Swartz, along with his co-writer Jon Voight.  When I saw Jon, Sunday at the LA film festival award brunch, he invited us to see the film again last night at the UCLA Billy Wilder Theatre. During his introduction Jon announced that he wanted to sit in Billy Wilder's s...

Hal Ashby's "Lookin to Get Out" finally gets out on DVD

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Burt Young told me how excited he was to finally see Hal's version. Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out" screened last night at the UCLA Billy WIlder TheatreWe saw this film at CineVegas, where we met writer Al Swartz, along with his co-writer Jon Voight. When I saw Jon, Sunday at the LA film festival award brunch, he invited us to see the film again last night at the UCLA Billy Wilder Theatre. During his introduction Jon announced that he wanted to sit in Billy Wilder's seat. Billy used to watch a...

The LA Film Festival wrap report

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This was my first year covering the LA Film Festival. I first remember going to some screenings in past years when it was held at the Sunset 5 in Hollywood, and later some parties and mixers in Westwood and at the W Hotel. After Cannes, June is also a busy month for film festivals around the world. This year, there was a greater focus on international film at the Festival. I spoke with new Executive Program Director Rebecca Yeldham at the award brunch, and shared how we enjoyed meeting many o...

The Global Film Village: LA Film Festival Wraps with Awards by Marla Lewin

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 This was my first year covering the LA Film Festival.  I first remember going to some screenings in past years when it was held at the Sunset 5 in Hollywood, and later some parties and mixers in Westwood and at the W Hotel.  After Cannes, June is also a busy month for film festivals around the world.  This year, there was a greater focus on international film at the Festival. I spoke with new Executive Program Director Rebecca Yeldham at the award brunch, and shared how we enjoyed meeti...

"Brüno" overshadows Jacko's Star - From Los Angeles by Stephanie Ronnet

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Sometimes Hollywood lives up to its legend. Years ago, I was producing 2 entertainment weekly shows in L.A, and multi-talented French icon Thierry Lhermitte, was promoting "An Indian in the City" -- which went through an "extreme (re)make-over" by Disney later on... As we asked him if he pictured himself pursuing a career in Hollywood, he replied "No way, it's like the Cannes Film Festival 365 days a year!".However, recently, the recession hit, and what reached an a...

Brüno's Premiere overshadows Jacko's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Sometimes Hollywood lives up to its legend. Years ago, I was producing 2 entertainment weekly shows in L.A, and multi-talented French icon Thierry Lhermitte, was promoting "An Indian in the City" -- which went through an "extreme (re)make-over" by Disney later on... As we asked him if he pictured himself pursuing a career in Hollywood, he replied "No way, it's like the Cannes Film Festival 365 days a year!".However, recently, the recession hit, and what reached an all time high in Hollywood, was...

Tribute to Penelope Spheeris

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will honor director Penelope Spheeris who will be in attendance on Friday, June 26 at the Egyptian Theatre.

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