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Film Independent's annual Directors Close-Up series

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  Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the program for its 10th annual Directors Close-Up series, taking place February 2 - March 2, 2011 at The Landmark - West Los Angeles.   Writer/Directors James Gray (Two Lovers) and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Los Angeles Film Festival Artistic Director David Ansen will be moderators.  Series panelists include writer/directors Lisa...

Independent Spirit Awards nominees for Best Feature 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right , Winter's Bone

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone. Please Give was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given...

Project: Involve has3 3 filmmaker speakers selected

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Mark Romanek, Scott Frank, Michael Elliot, and Adriene Bowles Among Program Mentors & Guest Speakers -Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has selected 33 filmmakers for its annual diversity mentorship program, Project:Involve. The signature program is dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. Writer/directors M...

Film Independent’s 9th Annual Directors Lab calling

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   Film Independent's 9th Annual Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week incubator designed to help directors who are prepping their feature films, and is sponsored by Kodak.         Taking place in Los Angeles during the winter, the Lab assists directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment.             ...

Film Independent’s 9th Annual Directors Lab calling

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Film Independent’s 9th Annual Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week incubator designed to help directors who are prepping their feature films, and is sponsored by Kodak. Taking place in Los Angeles during the winter, the Lab assists directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment. To apply, please visit: http://filmindependent.org/fellowships/filmmake...

Sista’s Are Doin’ It For Themselves

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The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) presents: the 16th Annual Sista’s Are Doin’ It For Themselves: See Their Images… Hear Their Stories… Saturday, March 28, 2009 starting at 6:00 p.m. Moderated by Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker of award winning documentary THIS IS THE LIFE. The Filmmaker Showcase and Discussion will occur at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue (650 Bronson Ave.), Hollywood, CA (Melrose & Van Ness / across from Paramount Studios) Chaplin Screening Room ...

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...

"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...

London Festival Finishes with a Flourish

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Tonight, The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival rounded off a record-breaking year with THE DARJEELING LIMITED. This year’s 51st Festival hosted 185 feature films and 133 short films from 43 countries, 412 screenings and 515 visiting international filmmakers, over 1000 industry professionals including a record 191 buyers and sellers, and the highest ever audience attendance. International glamour on the red carpet featured throughout the Festival’s 16 days. Wes Anderson was joined by Jason ...

African-American Film Marketplace and Short Film Showcase

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The Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center presents The 14th Annual African-American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase October 18 – October 21, 2007Thursday October 18th 7:30 p.m.Paramount Studios5555 Melrose Hollywood A Great Day In Black Hollywood ~ Honoring Black Women Directors hosted by Julie Dash Daughters of the Dust and William Allen Young honoring: Neema Barnette, Charlie Jordan Brookins, Mattie Caruthers, Janice Cooke, Julie Dash, Erma Elzy-Jones, Shirley Jo...

London Film Festival unveils line up

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The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival’s full programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Jason Schwartzma...

A Conversation With Don Cheadle

 Monday, July 9--------The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts a special preview screening of TALK TO ME tomorrow evening at the Walter Reade Theater, with star Don Cheadle as its special guest. The film, directed by Kasi Lemmons, is the true story of "Petey" Greene, who became an iconic radio personality known for his championing of black soul music and frank political rants. TALK TO ME opens this Friday via distributor Focus Features. During the 1960s at radio station WOL-AM in W...

Filmmaker Lisa Murray covers LA Fest on her fest21.com blog

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Experience the Los Angeles Film Festival through the eyes of Lisa Murray as she captures the entire experience on her blog and for FilmFestivals.com. The festival launched Thursday, June 21, and will conclude with a Closing Night Gala on Sunday, July 1. Murray will be attending the galas and events and will upload pictures and video as well as interviews with filmmakers and festival-goers."I am doing this blog for the girl or guy in a small town who may not have the resources to attend a festiva...

LA Film Festival: Opening Night Gala! 6/21/07

If last night is any indication of what is to come for me over the next 10 days, I am VERY excited! This is my first time at the LA Film Festival and I have to say, this festival is top notch!                   I came straight from work (in Hollywood) to the first night of the festival. There were very clear signs for parking and friendly staff guiding the cars. (They had me at "clear signs&...

Lisa Murray at the LA Film Festival

LA FILM FESTIVAL OPENING FILM & GALA!!! If the first night is any indication of what is to come over the next 10 days, I am VERY excited! I had a blast! The screening was the premiere of the film "Talk To Me" which stars Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji Henson, Vondie Curtis Hall, Cedric the Entertainer and Martin Sheen. (Directed by Kasi Lemmons.) It was so packed at the Mann Village Theatre t

Los Angeles Film Festival full line up

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Film Independent announced the full program line-up for the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, July 1), including the Opening Night and Closing Night films.As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28 at a special event sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will pre...

Pan African Film and Arts Festival will honor legendary activist and associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

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PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2007 HONOREES PAFF Night of Tribute to Honor Ambassador Andrew Young, Regina Young, Blair Underwood, St. Clair Bourne, and Hon. Herb J. Wesson The 15th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival will honor legendary activist and associate of to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ambassador Andrew Young with the coveted PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual Night of Tribute. Other distinguished honorees include documentary filmmaker St. Clair Bo...

PAFF Presents Over 160 Films

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The 14th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) today announced the 2006 roster for official feature, documentary and short film selections, as well as special screenings, panels and workshops. The twelve-day event will be held on February 9-20, 2006 in Los Angeles. The PAFF, which will screen 160 films this year, including 64 documentaries, 54 short films, and 47 feature films. PAFF is America’s largest Black history month event and is an official event of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio ...

Pan African Film and Arts Festival to honor Louis Gossett Jr

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PAFF ( February 9-20, 2006 ) Night of Tribute to Honor Louis Gossett Jr., Jim Brown, Hill Harper, Kimberly Elise and The Honorable Mervyn M. Dymally The 14th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival will honor legendary actor LOUIS GOSSETT JR. with the coveted PAFF Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual Night of Tribute. Other distinguished honorees include JIM BROWN (Pioneer Award), HILL HARPER (Canada Lee Award), KIMBERLY ELISE (Beah Richards Awards), and the Honorable MERVYN M. DYMAL...

Tsotsi to open 14th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Fest

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PAN AFRICAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVALLargest U.S. Black History Month Event Set for February 9-20 South Africa’s official nomination for the 78th Annual Academy Awards® in the foreign language film category, TSOTSI, has been selected as the opening night film for the 14th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival. The star-studded event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 9th at the Directors Guild of America with principal cast and filmmakers in attendance. The evening will be hosted b...

Pan African Film and Arts Fest announces new dates in LA

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PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2005 DATES FOR THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CELEBRATIONNations Largest Black History Month Event Returns to Magic Johnson Theaters in Los Angeles February 10-21 to Showcase the Best in Independent Black CinemaThe Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) announced the dates for PAFF's Thirteenth Annual Celebration. The PAFF will be held Thursday, February 10 through Monday, February 21 at the Magic Johnson Theatres, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and throughout Los Angele...

The Panels

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The Authors Circle: Process and Perspective in the Literary ArtsSaturday, January 173:00 p.m.Yarrow Hotel TheatreIn film circles, most discussions of literature tend to centre on notions about adaptation. But we’ve invited a group of authors to share their thoughts on process. Where does personality in writing come from? How do they maintain an ongoing experience of the world? To whom do they show their work and when? What are the things they can’t write about and why?How have films changed...
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