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Oldenburg Film Festival honors Phedon Papamichael with a Retrospective

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Oldenburg Film Festival honors Award Winning Director and Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael with a Retrospective “I’d rather work on a good movie than a good-looking movie. I think if someone said ‘that was a good-looking movie’ I’d feel like I’d failed to do my job because they became conscious of it.” Phedan Papamichael   God Bless America This personal credo of one of modern cinemas greatest cinematographers resonates throughout his increasingly extraordinar...

Julie Delpy and Chris Rock Spark interview on 2 Days in New York

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by George Pimentel/Getty Images.   “I loved the script. I read it and I was like ‘Is Ethan Hawke dead? What’s going on?’ After I found out in real life Ethan wasn’t dead, I agreed to do the movie.“ –Chris Rock On Monday, writer-director-actor Julie Deply anxiously walked onto the stage of the Eccles Theatre to introduce her new film 2 Days in New York. "Sequels are sometimes better than originals. Like, 2010 was better than 2001," De...

Twenty Narrative Features To Compete At American Film Festival

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The AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (AFF), the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, has announced the American Independent Dramatic Features that will compete for an Audience Award, with a cash prize of USD$10,000 and a chance at Eastern European distribution. The program in the SPECTRUM section of the Festival is drawn from films that made strong impressions at such film festivals as Cannes, Sundance, South By ...

20 Independent Films competing at American Film Festival

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AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (AFF), the first film event in Eastern Europe solely devoted to the works of contemporary and classic American cinema, has announced the American Independent Dramatic Features that will compete for an Audience Award, with a cash prize of USD$10,000 and a chance at Eastern European distribution. The program in the SPECTRUM section of the Festival is drawn from films that made strong impressions at such film festivals as Cannes, Sundance, South By Southwest (SXSW), Tribeca, ...

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Award-Winners

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The nation's largest film festival concludes today with record-breaking box office numbers, the announcement of the Jury and Audience Award Winners, and the Closing Night Gala featuring Get Low.The 36th Seattle International Film Festival concludes a record-breaking year today, in spite of the downturn in summer movie-going nationwide, with the announcement of juried SIFF 2010 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, bringing to a close the largest and most highly attended fil...

Tallinn Black Nights FF Winner Finds Distribution

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  (UNTITLED), the satire of the New York art world directed by Jonathan Parker, has secured distribution by Swedish sales company Nonstop Enterrtainment as a result of its win in the North American Independents competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held this past December in Estonia. The film, which stars Adam Goldberg as an avant-garde musician who romances a gallerista who is involved with his successful painter brother, was one of ten American and Canadian films...

(UNTITLED) Wins North American Indie Prize

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  (UNTITLED), a sharp comedy about the New York art scene, was the winner at the inaugural North American Independents Competition at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The film, directed by Jonathan Parker and co-written by Parker and producer Catherine Di Napoli, was a major hit here in Tallinn, with capacity crowds attending sold-out screenings. The film, which had a theatrical release in the United States via Samuel Goldwyn Company, tells the tale of a fashionable ...

Stars Stretch Their Stuff at Woodstock FF

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  Uma Thurman in MOTHERHOOD At the Woodstock Film Festival, which today concludes its five-day marathon of film premieres, industry seminars, music concerts and groovy parties, film directors generally get all the attention. However, after my own personal marathon screenings, it is the performances of several standout actors that has made the biggest impression. Of course, for an independent filmmaker, casting is a critical part of the process.  Luckily, it has been par...

Stars Stretch Their Stuff at Woodstock FF

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At the Woodstock Film Festival, which today concludes its five-day marathon of film premieres, industry seminars, music concerts and groovy parties, film directors generally get all the attention. However, after my own personal marathon screenings, it is the performances of several standout actors that has made the biggest impression. Of course, for an independent filmmaker, casting is a critical part of the process. Luckily, it has been part of the appeal of independent cinema that name actors...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

SFIFF52 Lineup Announced

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The full schedule for the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, April 23-May 7, is now available at fest09.sffs.org. Keep an eye out for new films by masters like Claire Denis (35 Shots of Rum), John Boorman (The Tiger's Tail) and Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking); brilliant documentaries by Heddy Honigmann (Oblivion), Joe Berlinger (Crude) and Anne Aghion (My Neighbor, My Killer); and remarkable feature debuts from Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion), Aida Begic (Snow) an...

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 ...

Programme du festival vendredi 23 mai : Séances spéciales

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  SEANCES SPECIALES19.45 CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS (1h24)de Abel FerraraPrésentationRéalisé par : Abel FERRARA Pays : ETATS-UNIS Année : 2008 Durée : 84 minutes Equipe techniqueAbel FERRARA - Réalisation Hal WILLNER - Musique Chist ZOIS - Scénario et dialogues InterprètesVito ACCONCI Jamie BURKE R. CRUMB Giancarlo ESPOSITO Milos FORMAN Adam GOLDBERG Ethan HAWKE Gaby HOFFMANN Dennis HOPPER Grace JONES Bijou PHILLIPS Synopsis"Chelsea on the Rocks" évoque les artistes célèbres qui ...

The French/American Divide

 Friday, August 10--------The division between real life and fantasy is not so clear in the newly released comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS, written and directed by actress (now debut director) Julie Delpy. After years of working in both Hollywood and Paris, Delpy has been given the opportunity to direct her own project, one that draws on her real life confrontation with the French/American divide. That cultural, political and even psychological chasm has only grown in the last decade, as Americans and t...

Feature documentaries shine at Seattle Fest

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The 33rd edition of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) initiated its marathon 24 day run on Friday, May 25, with 18 films bursting out of the starting gates at six festival venues strategically located around the city from the landmark Space Needle to the University District (and a seventh across the lake in satellite city Bellevue). The opening event I chose to attend was "An Evening with Lisa Gerrard", hypnotic Australian song-bird/composer, introducing the screening of a mystico-...

Actors Behind The Camera At Tribeca FF

 Thursday, May 3--------Sometimes a Festival, certainly one that has the scope of the Tribeca Film Festival, comes out with unexpected themes that have not necessarily been planned or anticipated. Such a mini-trend in this year's program are films that are directed by people who are mainly known for their acting work. Following in the footsteps of Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Penny Marshall, Al Pacino, Sydney Pollock, Paul Mazursky and many, many others, actors are finding ...

Actors Behind The Camera

 Thursday, May 3--------Sometimes a Festival, certainly one that has the scope of the Tribeca Film Festival, comes out with unexpected themes that have not necessarily been planned or anticipated. Such a mini-trend in this year's program are films that are directed by people who are mainly known for their acting work. Following in the footsteps of Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Penny Marshall, Al Pacino, Sydney Pollock, Paul Mazursky and many, many others, actors are finding ...

Market News: Hot Films Selling

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Tuesday, February 13----Actress-turned-director Julie Delpy's TWO DAYS IN PARIS, which had its world premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival a few days ago, has been purchased for North American rights. The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have announced the joint acquisition of the film, which they are planning to release in the US and Canada this coming summer. TWO DAYS IN PARIS is a romantic comedy about a French woman photographe...

American Indies tango in Buenos Aires

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AMERICAN INDIES TANGO IN BUENOS AIRESBy Sandy Mandelberger, Special Events EditorThe 7th edition of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) is in full swing, and among the 300 plus films is a heady mix of American independent talents. Known as the Sundance of South America, the Festival is devoted to showcasing quirky, individualistic cinema from Europe, Asia, Latin America and, increasingly, the US.While the focus on indie cinema makes the Sundance reference an e...
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