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San Sebastian retrospective: ''American Way of Death: American Film Noir 1990-2010''

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San Sebastian retrospective: ''American Way of Death: American Film Noir 1990-2010''   The retrospective dedicated to American film noir will open at the 59th edition of the Festival with TEXAS KILLING FIELDS, a film to compete in the Official Selection at Venice Festival. This gripping thriller proves that the genre is fighting trim: set in the Texas bayous, the tale tracks two detectives pitted against mysterious unsolved murders all occurring in a haunti...

The Rural Route Film Festival kicks off

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The Rural Route Film Festival kicks off tonight (Aug 3) w/a free screening of David Lynch’s “The Straight Story”, and finishes up Sunday w/free beer at New York City’s largest green roof farm!  (See http://rooftopfilms.com for tickets for the limited-capacity green roof farm shows.)  And all weekend long, the core of festival screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image are free w/museum admission!  For the lowdown on ALL films & venues, see http://ruralroutefilms.com/2011...

Music Video Critique: Handsome Furs - "What About Us"

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Français German Here at ÉCU we haven’t shied away from bringing you awesome music videos that also tread that very thin (and much discussed) line between art and erotica. After ‘Baby Baby Baby’ and ‘Bombay’, a video that pushed the boundaries even further caught our eye: The new Handsome Furs video for  ‘What About Us’, directed by Scott Coffey. Warning: Extremely NSFW. Seriously, unless you work in the porn industry, or your boss is a liberal...

“It IS easy bein’ green…!”

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The Rural Route Film Festival Returns to Queens Aug 3-7, 2011, with screenings and personal appearances at Museum of the Moving Image, plus special events at Brooklyn Grange Farm & Socrates Sculpture ParkNew York, NY, July 20, 2011—Following a year+ tour around-the-world, the Rural Route Film Festival returns to form for a 7th annual edition. The whole of the festival takes place in the quaint-and-culturally-rich neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. Special Kickoff and Closing Night screenings wi...

7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI

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  7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI WITH INAUGURAL MAVERICK PRODUCERS AWARD   ”   Hollywood -The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) announced today that the 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival will kick off by honoring the award-winning production team of Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri with the inaugural HollyShorts Maverick Producer’s Award for their significant contrib...

TWO EYES STARING, interview with ELBERT VAN STRIEN

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 photo still from film TWO EYES STARING (2010) At this year’s ‘Ground Zero’ for fantasy ‘funtastic’ film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the frightful, fearsome, fanciful and freaking fantabulous film to open it with a big bang was the very much talked about new supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by the bold and brilliant Dutch director Elbert van Strien. And what a film to open with! If you have a taste for the paranormal and love a good ghost story, well this is one that will...

TWO EYES STARING, interview with ELBERT VAN STRIEN

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At this year’s ‘Ground Zero’ for fantasy ‘funtastic’ film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the frightful, fearsome, fanciful and freaking fantabulous film to open it with a big bang was the very much talked about new supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by the bold and brilliant Dutch director Elbert van Strien. And what a film to open with! If you have a taste for the paranormal and love a good ghost story, well this is one that will keep you quivering long after you’ve seen the ...

VISIONFEST 11 announces Independent Vision Award nominees

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CASSEROLE CLUB and THE ABSENCE lead the pack with 9 nominations apiece!VISIONFEST 11: The Other Festival (VF11), June 22-26, 2011, at Tribeca Cinemas (corner of Varick and Laight streets), announced its Independent Vision Award nominees, just moments after its opening night program wrapped up its post-screening Q&A to a capacity crowd in the Tribeca Lounge. The nominations, which have always been used by the festival’s jury to determine who would take home the VF statuettes, were made public f...

Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri to be honored at HollyShorts

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The organizers of HollyShorts (www.hollyshorts.com) announced today that the 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival will kick off by honoring the award-winning production team of Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri with the inaugural HollyShorts Maverick Producer’s Award for their significant contributions to indie filmmaking and their ground-breaking short film projects. The presentation will take place during the HollyShorts opening night celebration that will be held Thursday August 11 at th...

7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI

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7TH ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL TO HONOR ACCLAIMED PRODUCERS KEVIN CHINOY AND FRANCESCA SILVESTRI WITH INAUGURAL MAVERICK PRODUCERS AWARD Freestyle Production Team Set To Open Fest with Showcase of Top Projects and Industry Super Panel at Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome Thursday, August 11, 2011 Showcase to Include:  Kristen Kiwi Smith’s “The Spleendectomy,” starring Anna Faris, Jennifer Aniston and Andrea Bu...

Edinburgh festival kicks off this weeks with new vi

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The EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL kicks off this week, 15 – 26 Junehttp://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/ There’s a lot happening across the 12 days of the Festival, but we wanted to pick out a few highlights and events (some of which are connected with our partners and fellow travellers):• Nokia Short Weekender23 – 26 Junehttp://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/films?src=strandlink§ion=Nokia%2BShorts%2BWeekenderA selection of international shorts including drama, animation and documentary, incl...

Short-film auteurs dream big at Cannes

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It reportedly costs 95 euros ($135) for a short film to be considered for Cannes (AFP/File, Anne-Christine Poujoulat) By Robert MacPherson (AFP) CANNES, France — Jordan Bayne came to Cannes looking for distribution for her dramatic short "The Sea is All I Know", if not to catch a movie or two. Soon she realised that, for an independent film-maker, the real value of turning up at the world's biggest film festival lies in the networking possibilities -- and...

WorldFest-Houston Award winners

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WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Wraps Up 44th Season with 21 World Premieres! WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running International Film Festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 10-day run of film, fun and fanfare in its 44th annual independent film showcase with a 14% increase in overall audience attendance! Kicking off WorldFest’s Opening Night festivities on Friday, April 8, was the Texas premiere of Chad Waterhouse and Ankush Kholi’s poignant r...

HollyShorts Regular Deadline- April 15, 2011

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  HOLLYSHORTS REGULAR DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY APRIL 15!  The regular submission deadline for the 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival is this Friday, April 15!  HollyShorts takes place August 11-18, 2011 at various locations in Hollywoo...

Roof-olution – exceptional open-air screenings at the OFF Plus Camera festival!

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This year's OFF PLUS CAMERA not only consists of theatre screenings but also in the open-air! The audience will be able to experience the unforgettable film screenings on the rooftops of Kraków buildings. For five days, the festival audience will be able to watch films on the rooftops of buildings at Szczepańska, Szeroka and Senacka streets. The programme includes the controversial Casey Affleck's and Joaquin Phoenix's “I'm Still Here” (Discoveries section). It is a story of Phoen...

Demy, Noir and Chinese: Three cycles at next Sebastian International Film Festival

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 The programme of this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival include three cycles This year, the 59th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival, running from 16-24 September, returns to its tradition of programming three cycles. The usual retrospective dedicated to a classic filmmaker will be accompanied by another two thematic cycles. JACQUES DEMY In its 59th edition, San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a complete retrospective to...

Philadelphia CineFest Announces Film Lineup, Award Recognition and Festival Highlights

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Boasting a wide-ranging slate of documentaries, features and shorts guaranteed to appeal to film-lovers. The Philadelphia Cinema Alliance is excited to announce the full film lineup for CineFest 2011 - running Thursday, April 7 - Thursday, April 14 - along with opening night highlights, special award recognition to famed horror film director John Carpenter and the reintroduction of Action Asia. As previously announced, this year's festival lineup is bookended by comedic films lauded by atte...

NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  500 Let us toast to that! Since we like that number we will name this issue 500 bis if you do not mind? ...

TWO EYES STARING wins best film and screenplay at Fantasporto

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  The Psychological thriller TWO EYES STARING (original title: ZWART WATER) by Dutch writer/director Elbert van Strien has won the Grand Prix Best Film Award of the 31st edition of the International Film Festival of Porto 2011 (Fantasporto), and also the Award for Best Screenplay. "...the film "Two Eyes Staring" by Elbert van Strien is the Grand Prize Best Film Award Winner of Fantasporto 2011. The Dutch film that will be...

The Awards at Fantasporto conclude a fantastic week

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FANTASPORTO AWARDS 2011 The year 2011 proves to be a year of discoveries. The Dutch film "Two Eyes Staring" born of a conversation between director Elbert Van Strien and his therapist won the Grand Prix best Film Award of the 31st edition of International Film Festival of Porto, and also the Award for Best Screenplay. This is a sophisticated psychological thriller with shades of horror about how we deform the reality from what we see. With a surreal atmosphere, surrounded by seemingly normal, a ...

The Awards at Fantasporto conclude a fantastic week

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FANTASPORTO AWARDS 2011 The year 2011 proves to be a year of discoveries. The Dutch film "Two Eyes Staring" born of a conversation between director Elbert Van Strien and his therapist won the Grand Prix best Film Award of the 31st edition of International Film Festival of Porto, and also the Award for Best Screenplay. This is a sophisticated psychological thriller with shades of horror about how we deform the reality from what we see. With a surreal atmosphere, surrounde...

Pegase, a new Moroccan film got wings

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    Zineb: ‘Do you like living this way? ‘   Rihanna: ‘Yes. Because I can feel the ground. Not like me'   Then Rihanna begs to be left alone so she can ‘dream'.   When I met director Mohamed Mouftakir we were sitting next to each other in Dubai at the 7th Dubai film festival during the premier to another North African film. At the end of that film I asked Mohamed if he liked it. He said, ‘no' because it was to...

Berlinale 2011 coverage on fest21.com

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Below is the coverage from Berlin, headlines... My Berlin Top Ten Films At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a se...

LA Italia Film Fest

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Opening Night of Los Angeles Italia 2011 by Ron Gilbert The party has started with Italian friends and family for a celebration which on this occasion is the Los Angeles Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival. The festival director Pascal Vicedomini who is from Southern Italy really has a knack for combining Hollywood and Italy and today was the day to reminisce about the Legendary Oscar winning producer Dino De Laurentiis and honoring him in a way that was well deserved. The...

Berlinale Awards

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The Awards of the International Jury 2011 Golden Bear for Best Film Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi   Asghar Farhadi Silver Bear - The Jury Grand Prix A torinói ló (The Turin Horse) by Béla Tarr Silver Bear - Best Director Ulrich Köhler for Schlafkrankheit (Sleeping Sickness) Ulrich Köhler Silver Bear - Best Actress ...

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