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  BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA "Argo" "Django Unchained" "Life of Pi" "Lincoln" "Zero Dark Thirty" BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" "Les Miserables" "Moonrise Kingdom" "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" "Silver Linings Playbook"     BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty" M...

Found Objects (trailer)

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The trailer for Ron de Cana Productions' 2012 film, "Found Objects", has just been launched. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm3bWZEJ5BU&list=UUZX_4bVlNcS97wDb85Zp4wg&index=1&feature=plcp The film is 11 mins. 38 seconds, and stars Jo-Anne Krupa, multiple Emmy Award-winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci (from Lena Dunham's 2012 Sundance Film Fest Award winner "Nobody Walks"), Dawn Westlake & Derek Graf. Brandon Bondehagen was DP/Editor; 1st AC was Ezra...

TIFF Deal on UK release of Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY

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Independent Distribution have struck a deal with Fandango Portobello to co-release Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY in the UK, which screens tonight as part of the official selection at The Toronto International Film Festival.  Luc Roeg, CEO of Independent made the announcement today.  The deal was negotiated between Roeg and Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello. Leading the project will be newly appointed Heads of Distribution, Sarah Townsend and Stef...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Lena Dunham

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This week we’re spotlighting Lena Dunham, a New York filmmaker who has made her debut into mainstream cinema with her indie comedy “Tiny Furniture”. (Image of Lena Dunham in the TV series “Girls”) Lena Dunham seems to be the girl that everyone is talking about at the minute. She has recently released the critically acclaimed series “Girls”, which has hit the roof in popularity and gained fans worldwide.  The show is about a group of twenty-something year old girls wh...

INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL SCHECHTER (Director/Co-Writer, Supporting Characters at Tribeca 2012 Festival)

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  Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Daniel Schechter, the director and co-writer of SUPPORTING CHARACTERS, a low-budget indie that's set to become a darling of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, which pleases due to its skillful, often unexpected writing and the deft comic timing of its cast, tells the story of two best friends, both film editors, who must repair a film that's not playing well in test screenings. In the process of working on the post-production of the film, b...

INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL SCHECHTER (Director/Co-Writer, Supporting Characters at Tribeca 2012 Festival)

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  Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Daniel Schechter, the director and co-writer of SUPPORTING CHARACTERS, a low-budget indie that's set to become a darling of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, which pleases due to its skillful, often unexpected writing and the deft comic timing of its cast, tells the story of two best friends, both film editors, who must repair a film that's not playing well in test screenings. In the process of working on the post-production of the fi...

Inaugural Sundance London unveils program of 14 films that premiered in Park City

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  Sundance Institute and The O2 announced today the programme of 14 narrative and documentary feature films that will make their UK premieres at the inaugural Sundance London festival, taking place at The O2 from 26-29 April. These films premiered in January at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah – the premier independent film festival in the United States.  “I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films,” said Robert ...

2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Video Announcement

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The Spirit Awards celebrates artist-driven filmmaking and recognizes the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers.                                     2012 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED - $115,000 in grants to be awarded to filmmakers - LOS ANGELES (Novembe...

2012 Sundance Film Festival competition films

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Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival. Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute remarked, "We are, and always have been, a festival about the filmmakers. So w...

Film Independent Spirit Awards announced

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Descendants and The Artist.Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ense...

52nd TIFF: Sara Driver Press Conference

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SARA DRIVER at TIFF AWARDS CEREMONY TIFF PRESS RELEASE 52nd TIFF: Sara Driver Press Conference (11/10/2011)SARA DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE American director, scriptwriter and producer Sara Driver gave a press conference on Thursday, November 10, at Warehouse C, in the framework of the Thessaloniki 52nd International Film Festival. Present at the panel was TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. The TIFF is hosting a tribute to the work of Sara Driver, who is the Jim Jarmusch’s partner in both filmm...

French Femme Directors Take Center Stage

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  THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Catherine Breillat) Kathryn Bigelow may have broken through the glass ceiling with her historic Best Director Oscar win last year for THE HURT LOCKER, but the door was not pushed wide open for women directors in the American film industry. Despite strong work by such American indie stalwarts as Lisa Cholodenko (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) and Nicole Holofcener (PLEASE GIVE), and the emergence of a number of debut directors (chief among them Debra Granik with WIN...

2011 FILM INDEPEDENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS WINNERS

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 by Marla LewinFilm Independent which sponsors the Independent Spirit Awards which honor the independent filmmaker gave its awards today.Best Feature                                                   Fox SearchlightBlack Swan                                                      Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver Best Director             ...

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...

Independence days at Thessaloniki ID 10@51st TIFF

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Independence Days, the Festival’s main side-section programmed by Lefteris Adamidis, includes (as previously announced on April 16th) the Retrospective to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and is completed by the section’s core lineup, ID-10, which identifies this year’s political, aesthetic, and thematic landscape of worldwide independent production. ID–10 As in previous years, a strong Latin-American presence apparent in this year’s art house and independent cinematic crop is rep...

Philadelphia Film Festival Coverage

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TO VIEW WITH IMAGES AND LINKS TO FILM TRAILERS VISIT TINSEL & TINE   So I’m going to start from last night’s Stewart Bradley fundraiser at the Sumo Lounge at RAW  and work my way backward to Saturday, with quick commentary, so that I can catch up with all my recent activity at the festival. This fan pictured with Bradley is not indicative of the crowd, which was mostly very young. Which is super to see a younger set supporting PFS. But I’m starting to feel ve...

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, ...

BAMcineFEST Grows in Brooklyn

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BAMcinemaFEST is back for year two at Brooklyn's BAMcinématek, where its slate of New York premieres stands to fuel its rep as a local Cape Canaveral of independent films. The June 9–20, 2010 spectacle is challenging lazy Manhattanites like me to rethink our scout pledge, "I'll never leave the island for culture." P.T. Barnum paraded 21 elephants across the Brooklyn Bridge, so an hour subway ride shouldn't be such an ordeal.  Especially not when it comes to attractions...

Sarasota Film Festival Brings Gems to the Gold Coast

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Sarasota, Florida is considered ground zero for the recent real estate crash. But any darkness that prevails during April 9-18, 2010 will envelope the inky cinemas where the 12th annual Sarasota Film Festival will unfold. Bookended by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s The Extra Man and James Franco’s Saturday Night, the Gold Coast cotillion spans 168 films. Thirty countries are represented, yielding what director of programming Holly Herrick tallies as the Festival's most diverse li...
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