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SASSY PANTS (2012) premier at 27th SBIFF

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  SBIFF PRESS Saturday, January 28th, 2012, Santa Barbara International Film Festival held the premier of SASSY PANTS (2012) at the Metro Theatre. In attendance were stars: Haley Joel Osment, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Ashley Rickards (from MTV’s Awkward), Diedrich Bader (Drew Carey Show). Synopsis: A biting coming of age comedy, "Sassy Pants" follows recent homeschool grad BETHANY PRUITT as she struggles to break free from her smothering mom without any help from ...

Guest Speakers Announced for Film Independent's Directors Close-Up

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Film Independent's Directors Close-Up gives you access to go behind the scenes with prolific film directors and their collaborators. You'll learn about their creative process and discover answers to your questions along the way. Beginning February 8, every Wednesday night for five weeks will cover essential filmmaking topics. • The Storytellers: Writers and Directors • Sound Advice: Moving Beyond the Picture • The Independent Spirit: A Directors Roundtable • The Actors: Getting Great Pe...

Gotham Awards Nominees

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  The Gotham Awards, one of the first events of the awards season, have announced the nominees for their 21st edition. The big winners were THE DESCENDANTS (Alexander Payne) and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (Sean Durkin), which each led the pack with three nominations each. Films nominated in the top category of Best Feature include THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick), THE DESCENDANTS (Alexander Payne), BEGINNERS (Mike Mills), TAKE SHELTER (Jeff Nichols) and MEEK’S CUTOFF (Kelly Reichardt). I...

Gotham Awards Nominees

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The Gotham Awards, one of the first events of the awards season, have announced the nominees for their 21st edition. The big winners were THE DESCENDANTS (Alexander Payne) and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE (Sean Durkin), which each led the pack with three nominations each. Films nominated in the top category of Best Feature include THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick), THE DESCENDANTS (Alexander Payne), BEGINNERS (Mike Mills), TAKE SHELTER (Jeff Nichols) and MEEK’S CUTOFF (Kelly Reichardt). In a sur...

58th Sydney Film Festival – it’s a wrap!

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Sydneysiders braved one of the coldest winters in many years to make the 2011 Sydney Film Festival another resounding success. “Revenue targets were exceeded and total box office takings were higher than ever, despite reduced capacity due to renovations underway around the State Theatre, and having one day less in the Festival.” says CEO Leigh Small.Sold-out sessions increased to 72 in 2011 from 63 last year, and percentage capacity attendance increased significantly, resulting in nearly hal...

NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011

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Cate Blanchett movie to open Sydney Film Festival, by Eva Rinaldi - 8th June 2011

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Cate Blanchett's new thriller "Hanna" will open the Sydney Film Festival with the Academy Award winner gracing the red carpet. Directed by Joe Wright ("Atonement"), "Hanna" will bookend the festival with the closing night film, Mike Mills' "Beginners", starring Ewan McGregor. "Of course we're very excited to be opening with 'Hanna', the new film by Joe Wright, and to have Sydney Film Festival's patron Cate Blanchett on the red carpet for our o...

Aruba Festival reveals line up

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Program details for the 2nd Annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 10-16, 2011, were announced today. The Festival will showcase a diverse array of films from 13 different countries and feature several international premieres. The lineup was announced by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza along with Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira. Among the titles, the international premieres at AIFF include the Massimiliano Bruno directed Italian...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) with 265 screenings of 193 films from 48 countries, which were attended by 278 filmmakers and industry guests from 22 countries around the globe. "I had a hell of a good time!" exclaimed Frank Pierson, recipient of this year's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. "I enjoyed the informality of spirit and the professionalism of execution of the who...

Canadian Front Heading To New York City

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  When cold weather descends on New York City, our local meterologists generally lay the blame at the door of our massive neighbor to the north. They refer to a cold air mass as a "Canadian front" and when it is in the forecast, be prepared for your bones to chill. Well, another Canadian front is on the horizon, but this one is much more benign, in fact it is downright welcome. Canadian Front 2011 is the yearly showcase of new Canadian cinema that starts tomorrow at New ...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH MIKE MILLS’ BEGINNERS, APRIL 21 AT CASTRO THEATRE

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Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent Star in Personal Story of Coming Out and Starting Over   The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will open with Beginners (USA 2010), writer/director Mike Mills’ deeply personal and universal contemplation of chances and choices in life and love, which spotlights beautiful portrayals by Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent. Beginners will screen 7:00 pm, T...

NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011

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San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) will open with Beginners (USA 2010), by Mike Mills

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  Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent Star in Personal Story of Coming Out and Starting Over   The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) will open with Beginners (USA 2010), writer/director Mike Mills' deeply personal and universal contemplation of chances and choices in life and love, which spotlights beautiful portrayals by Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Mélanie Laurent. Beginners will screen 7:00 pm, Thursday, April...

SXSW reveals line up and gets ready for kick off

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2011 FEATURES LINEUP The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 11 - 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers.  "This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discove...

Sarasota Film Festival

SFF 2011Immerse yourself in 11 days of fantastic films and extraordinary events. With over 150 cinema screenings, celebrity guests, scintillating soirees and family fun, The Sarasota Film Festival returns for its 13th year of celebrating the finest in contemporary international and independent cinema.  From the Opening Night Extravaganza to our signature “Conversations With…” series to a celebration of women filmmakers and much more, plunge into the best of the fest that Variety Magazine called “The acme of regional film festivals.”

NEWSLETTER N° 477: September 20, 2010

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NEWSLETTER N° 476: September 13, 2010

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TIFF Film In Focus: BEGINNERS

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The courage to live one's truth....that is the potent theme of BEGINNERS, an emotional drama that had its world premiere on Saturday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. American director Mike Mills, who made an assured debut in 2005 with the festival hit THUMBSUCKER handily mixes comedy and tragedy and guides his cast of top flight actors to convincing and moving performances. Drawing on his own background as a graphic designer and artist who has exhibited extensively ...

The Who's Who Of Toronto

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  Woody Allen and Anthony Hopkins For you stargazers, here is a list of the films that feature top rank film directors and acting talents that are premiering this week at the Toronto International Film Festival (and the talent that is here): 127 HOURS (Danny Boyle, Director; James Franco, Actor) AMIGO (John Sayles, Director; Chris Cooper, Actor) ANOTHER YEAR (Mike Leigh, Director; Jim Broadbent, Actor) THE BANG BANG CLUB (Ryan Phillipe, Actor) BARNEY...

Stars Shine Brightly In Toronto

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  Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN  While film professionals are here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to buy and sell films in a still soft market, for the Toronto public the big attraction are the movie stars who will be walking the red carpet in the coming 10 days. Toronto is a bit star-crazy, with all the local television stations highlighting their TIFF coverage and promising viewers up-close-and-personal access with the movie stars who are huddling here. Ever...

One day to go Until Toronto Film Festival

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RABBIT HOLE (John Cameron Mitchell, USA) With just a month left until the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film event in North America and one of the premiere film summits of the year, the shape of the event is coming into closer view. With independent and international cinema showing some pulse at the box office after a disasterous two years, all eyes will be turning to Canada in the coming weeks for a crystal ball peak at what should be some of the big end-of-y...

Slamdance will celebrate 15th

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Emerging talent just isn’t confined to narrative and documentary feature films. As the Slamdance Film Festival celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2009, 86 short films in four different competition categories - documentary, narrative/experimental, animation and music video, which is a new classification this year - will be showcased and be eligible for a Grand Jury Award. All accepted entries have been selected to screen by the Shorts Programming Committee, which is comprised primarily of S...

Berlinale 2009: Academy Award-Winner Tilda Swinton will be Jury President

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The Scottish actress Tilda Swinton will be President of the International Jury at the Berlinale 2009. Tilda Swinton is one of the most prominent and versatile acting talents of her generation. She has received numerous international film awards for her exceptional work – most recently the 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Michael Clayton.   Also this year, she founded, co-curated and produced a film festival in her hometown of Nairn, Scotla...

Tilda Swinton: to be next Berlinale Jury President

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Berlinale 2009: Academy Award-Winner Tilda Swinton will be Jury President The Scottish actress Tilda Swinton will be President of the International Jury at the Berlinale 2009. Tilda Swinton is one of the most prominent and versatile acting talents of her generation. She has received numerous international film awards for her exceptional work – most recently the 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her role in Michael Clayton. Also this year, she founded, co-curated and produced ...

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...
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