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"I Am" from Tom Shadyac takes Grand Prize at 2nd New Media Film Festival SF Bay Area

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Seasoned newscaster, consumer editor, and 20+ year investigative reporter Tom Vacar of KTVU-Fox-Channel 2, an Ohio native and alum of Cleveland State, moderated the first panel discussion (New Media: The Who, What, Why and How?) that included other Cleveland, Ohio panelists Traci Nickerson (Greenhouse Studios-Burbank, CA) and Academy of Art University teacher, prolific screenplay writer, and esteemed book author James Dalessandro .  Vacar offered some valuable insights and threw out some hard...

Sidewalk Film Festival 2010 Documentary Features Line-up

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Sidewalk Film Festival is proud to announce the 2010 Documentary Features Line-up. Sidewalk Film Festival will take place September 24th, 25th and 26th in Downtown Birmingham. Tickets are on-sale now at www.sidewalkfest.com. In Competition: (listed in alphabetical order by title)American Jihadist (Saturday, Sept. 26th – 2:45pm – Alabama Theatre Studio) Filmmaker – Mark Claywell *scheduled to attend American Jihadist profiles the enigmatic Isa Abdullah Ali, aka Clevin Raphael Holt, a self-d...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Producers Guild of America Awards

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by Marla Lewin Sunday marked another milestone in this year’s awards  season as The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their winners in television and motion picture productions at their 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood Palladium. The Winners are listed in Bold in each category: Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:   AVATAR Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau DISTRICT 9 Produce...

The Year Of The Black Director?

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  In the 81 year history of the Academy Awards, nearly 500 films have been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Up until now, not a single film that was directed by a black filmmaker has been included on that list. However, this year, with the critical and popular success of the urban indie drama PRECIOUS, that ignoble record could be history. PRECIOUS, directed by Lee Daniels, has undergone a fascinating journey to become the "it" film of the indie film season.....a jo...

The 2010 Buff New Year's Message (from Buff Enterprises)

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Film buffs will continue to be spoiled in 2010 as the awards season continues in full swing with the long awaited release of ‘Precious’ at the end of January. Produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, Precious (Based on the novel 'Push’ by Sapphire) is set in Harlem in 1987 and is the powerful and disturbing story of an obese teenage black girl whose life is a living hell. Pregnant for the second time by her father and bullied and abused both emotionally and physically by her mother, she ...

Mariah Carey to be honoured at Palm Springs Fest

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The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Mariah Carey with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Lionsgate's Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010. Festival chairman Haro...

Oscar, Meet Precious

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  Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tide surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screened to great acclaim in Cannes, Toronto and New York, opened theatrically in the United States this past weekend…..and broke box office records for its per-screen performance. Logging in an astonishing $100,00...

“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” Opens in Select Theaters, November 6, 2009

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By Maria Esteves - October 21, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, was held at the new state of the art Alice Tully Hall, September 25 - October 11, 2009. A special press screening of  "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE," preceded the press conference with director Lee Daniels moderated by NYFF selection committee Melissa Anderson, at the Walter Reade Theater, on Thursday, October 1, 1:00 PM. PRECIOUS,...

Complete AFI Festival Lineup Announced

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.The complete program line-up for AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is as follows:GALAS/TRIBUTESFANTASTIC MR. FOX (Opening Night Gala, North American Premiere) Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen ...

AmericaFree.tv Launches First Annual Virtual Film Festival

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AmericaFree.tv, LLC (AFTV) www.americafree.tv, a leading Internet streaming Television and Movie broadcaster, today announces its first online independent virtual film festival with a call for submissions from filmmakers of all genres.  The festival, one of the first "all virtual" film fests, will honor films with awards, exposure to the AmericaFree.TV audience, and a $2,000 grand prize. AmericaFree.TV will present the Grand Prize winner with a physical screening in Los Angele...

AmericaFree.tv Launches First Annual Virtual Film Festival

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AmericaFree.tv, LLC (AFTV) www.americafree.tv,a leading Internet streaming Television and Movie broadcaster, today announces its first online independent virtual film festival with a call for submissions from filmmakers of all genres. The festival, one of the first “all virtual” film fests, will honor films with awards, exposure to the AmericaFree.TV audience, and a $2,000 grand prize. AmericaFree.TV will present the Grand Prize winner with a physical screening in Los Angeles to meet Academ...

Bollywood at Toronto

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Mainstream Indian entertainment films from Bombay, which means the flashy three hour song and dance extravaganzas which have come to be know by the somewhat patronizing appellation "Bollywood" -- as opposed to the "serious art" films from India which had been making the festival rounds until now, are suddenly beginning to surface at major international film festivals, the latest instance being Toronto 2009.  At the 34th  instalment of this mega-festival (for that is e...

Bollywood at Toronto

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Mainstream Indian entertainment films from Bombay, which means the flashy three hour song and dance extravaganzas which have come to be know by the somewhat patronizing appellation “Bollywood” -- as opposed to the “serious art” films from India which had been making the festival rounds until now, are suddenly beginning to surface at major international film festivals, the latest instance being Toronto 2009. At the 34th instalment of this mega-festival (for that is exactly what Toronto ...

Actress Michelle Marshall - Oprah Winfrey's SNL Parody ( Comedy)

Michelle Marshall is an actress/comedian  this is a bit of Michelle as Oprah Winfrey impersonator , SNL parody

Who is the Maverick champion? Cinequest answers

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Cinequest Embodies the True Maverick SpiritOfficial Response to Samuel A. Maverick Family's Indignation at the McCain/Palin Political Usurpation of the Theme "Maverick"Oct 09, 2008 A film institute dedicated to championing independent-minded artists and innovators from around the globe, Cinequest continues to manifest the vision and theme it’s served for eighteen years: “Empowering the Maverick”. Cinequest uses the medium of film to unearth stories considered too controversial, unlock new ...

Meaningful Documentaries at DIFF 2007

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With 200 films from 77 different countries the Durban International Film Festival offers an unparalleled opportunity to enrich our understanding of the state of the contemporary world. This is particularly evident in the issue-based documentary programme. 55 film strong, the programme encompasses themes such as slavery; racism; gender struggles; the conflict in Palestine and Israel; South African social and political matters; the urban underground; the different faces and impacts of consumerism;...

"Actor's Actor" Alan Arkin Honored At Lincoln Center

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Alan Arkin, one of the most respected actors of his generation, makes a rare appearance this evening at New York's Walter Reade Theater. The special evening includes a screening of Arkin's latest hit, the quirky indie comedy LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, followed by an onstage conversation between the actor and Kent Jones, Associate Director of Programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The evening will also feature clips from Arkin's remarkable career, which has now spanned four decades of supe...

"Actor's Actor" Alan Arkin Honored At Lincoln Center

Tuesday, December 19----Alan Arkin, one of the most respected actors of his generation, makes a rare appearance this evening at New York's Walter Reade Theater. The special evening includes a screening of Arkin's latest hit, the quirky indie comedy LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, followed by an onstage conversation between the actor and Kent Jones, Associate Director of Programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The evening will also feature clips from Arkin's remarkable career, which has now spa...

tickets for The Good Shepherd, the next film by Bob de Niro

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On Dec. 12, you can be among the first to see TFF co-founder Robert De Niro's return to the director's chair, The Good Shepherd (in theaters Dec. 22). Then on Dec. 16, you can win tickets to bring your kids to a special screening of the new adaptation of Charlotte's Web. Be among the first to see TFF co-founder Robert De Niro's return to the director's chair, The Good Shepherd. The film tells the story of Edward Wilson and the secret history behind the formation of the CIA. The film has an all-...

Nashville Fest (36th) wrap up

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Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) president Alan Brewer announces the completion of the most successful festival in its 36 year history, breaking a record with a 14% increase in attendance over the prior year. The third longest running festival in the U.S., with the winning feature awarded the opportunity for Academy Award consideration, NaFF ’05 kicked off its opening night with the John Singleton produced “Hustle & Flow” and the Paul Reiser/Peter Falk film “The Thing About My Folks.” ...

New York Independent returns to Manhattan

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NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MANHATTAN THIS SPRING!The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) returns to Manhattan for eight days of screenings, premieres, music performances, seminar panels and parties. Sister festivals, The New York International Music Festival (NYIMF) and New York International Art Festival (NYIAF) will also join NYIIFVF this spring. The festivities kick off on April 28th at 7 p.m. with an opening night p...

Artivist Festival opens with Truddel

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The 2nd Annual Artivist Film Festival will open with "T R U D E L L" (about the legendary Native American activist and musician John Trudelland) the opening Short: "H O P E" Wed. April 20th at the classic Egyptian Theatre - HollywoodWednesday, April 20, 2005 is “Artivist Day,” proclaimed by the City of Los Angeles, and will inaugurate the 2nd Annual Artivist Film Festival – 5 days of activist cinema raising awareness for International Human Rights, Children’s Advocacy, Environmental Pre...

Kate Winslet’s Eternal Star Shines on Santa Barbara

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Kate Winslet’s Eternal Star Shines on Santa BarbaraOn Tuesday night, the 20th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented Academy Award nominee Kate Winslet with the Sapphire Inspired Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year.Winslet was chosen based on her exceptional performances in 2004 as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in “Finding Neverland” and Clementine Kruczynski, the uninhibited girlfriend of Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” for which she recei...
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