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The Global Film Village: Behind the scenes with James Bond

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by Marc Halperin The USC School of Cinematic Arts and
Visions and Voices and The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative in conjunction with Danjaq and Eon Productions presented a special program taking us behind the scenes of the world’s most well known secret agent on the 6 through the 8th of November,  2009. Nine of the popular films were shown during three days and two panel discussions were presented with stars and members of the production team. This was a tribute to th...

SUPER COW

Director: Lucienne Lanaz.
La vache, die Kuh, the cow, fermer la porte, die Türe zu, close the door. You certainly have never seen cows that way before.

Hommage To Akira Kurosawa

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  On any poll where the greatest directors who ever lived is compiled, the name of Japansese director Akira Kurosawa is certain to show up in the top three slots. More loved outside of his homeland (as are many film artists) and acknowledged by film scholars as a true visual artist, the oeuvre of this cinematic giant is the focus of a 4-week festival to be held at the Film Forum, New York's great arthouse treasure. The 28-film festival celebrating the centennial of director Akira...

The Global Film Village: Roy E. Disney Dies at 79

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  Hollywood and the world mourns the loss of Roy E. Disney who during his time with the Company that his uncle and father founded has always strived to keep the legacy alive and build for the future.The following is the official Disney Company release. ROY E. DISNEY, KEY FIGURE IN REVITALIZING THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND DISNEY'S ANIMATION LEGACY, DIES AT AGE 79       (c) the Walt Disney Co.   MULTI-FACETED FORMER DISNEY VICE CHAIRMAN WAS A LE...

A personal perspective of “HavoK” from writer/producer David A. Guest for Garner Alan Productions.

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In April 2007, I was barely 19 and contemplating my options for the future. One of them was college…then the tragedy at Virginia Tech happened. It seemed to be the only story in the news for several weeks. Then, it just faded away…that stuck in my brain.”   Havok Poster2008 was a pivotal year in the life of writer/producer, David A. Guest. In addition to forming Garner Alan Productions with partner G. Garner Sweet, David co-wrote four original screenplays (©CIN; ©The Gamble; ©The Pai...

DARK FILM

Director: Craig Ford.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the shooting of Horror Bill was just like any other film shoot. Attention seeking actors, power mad Assistant directors, dodgy equipment. But when the actors start to die in a series of unusual ‘accidents’ we discover there are more sinister things going on here. Who is the Director? Why have only the Assistant Director and the deranged Production assistant met him? What’s really killing off the cast? Are they really accidents? How come the special effects look so good on this small budget horror? The answers to these questions all point to one sinister conclusion….One too terrible to mention here! All we can tell you is that Horror Bill is a very ‘Dark Film’!

IFI French Film Festival opens tonight and special Festival guests announced

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The IFI French Film Festival opens today with a stirring mix of a first look at the best new French films and a look at some classic films from the past. The opening gala screening of Micmacs is completely sold out but there are still tickets for many films in the Festival including Séraphine, winner of seven César awards; Bellamy, featuring Gérard Depardieu and a stunning new documentary on Henri-George Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece Inferno and much more. Round Da Way; (27th and...

The Manic Mind of Tim Burton At MoMA

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    In what has to be a first, the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York is  devoting considerable museum space to a working Hollywood filmmaker. Just opening this weekend is Tim Burton, a major retrospective exploring the full scale of Tim Burton’s career, both as a director and concept artist for live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. On view through April 26, 2010, the exhibition brings together over 700 examples ...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tendency is to pay very close attenti...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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  CHILDREN OF INVENTION    With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tende...

GIORNATE CINEMA MUTO 2009

Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, XXVIII ed.: 3-10 October 2009 Von Stroheim´s MERRY WIDOW perks interest for GIORNATE opening THE MERRY WIDOW (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, US 1925) is the opening night film at the 2009 Giornate de Cinema Muto 200, The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, di

The Danaides' Barrel

Director: David GUIRAUD.
In the desert, a man is buried to his neck in the sand. One does not know anything about him. A young woman, naked under red veils, walks away without paying any attention to him. After getting out of his sand cradle, he will head for the horizon to meet his object of desire.

2 producers found guilty of conspiring to bribe a former Thai government official

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A pair of Beverly Hills film producers have been found guilty of conspiring to bribe a former Thai government official to obtain contracts that provided for, among other things, control of the annual Bangkok International Film Festival, the Justice Department said Monday.A jury in California on Friday found Gerald Green, 77, and Patricia Green, 52, guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A jury also found substantive violations under the FCPA, a hi...

Von Stroheim´s MERRY WIDOW perks interest for GIORNATE opening

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THE MERRY WIDOW (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, US 1925) is the opening night film at the 2009 Giornate de Cinema Muto 200, The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, directed by the genius Erich von Stroheim. Immediately I realized that my “one” piano + singer accompaniment wasn’t at all enough to serve this brilliant film. I started a serious quest to develop a score for the...

The Merry Widow

THE MERRY WIDOW is the opening film ofthe 2006 Giornate de Cinema Muto. Comments on The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, directed by the genius Erich von Stroheim. Immediately I realized that my “one” piano + singer accompaniment wasn’t at all enough to serve this brilliant film. I start

Zurich Festival To Present a Special Roman Polanski Retrospective

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It was announced today that the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present Oscar® winner Roman Polanski with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life’s work as a film director. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht.Roman Polanski is regarded as one of the most unconventional filmmakers of our time and will receive the Golden Eye Award on Sunday, September 27th, as part of ZFF’s ongoing “A Tribute To...” series during the 5th ...

Asian American Film Fest opens with Ivy Ho Directorial Debut CLAUSTROPHOBIA

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2009 Asian American Internal Film Festival Opens with Ivy Ho Directorial Debut CLAUSTROPHOBIAThe 32nd Asian American International Film Festival 2009 (AAIFF09) sponsored by Toyota, Opening Night New York premiere of CLAUSTROPHOBIA, written/directed by Ivy Ho, commenced Thursday, July 23, 6:45 pm, at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas. A special Q&A session with director Ho, moderated by senior program officer of cultural programs and performing arts La Frances Hui, Asia Society, preceded the festival...

2009 Asian American Internal Film Festival Opens with Ivy Ho Directorial Debut CLAUSTROPHOBIA

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By Maria Esteves - August 12, 2009 The 32nd Asian American International Film Festival 2009 (AAIFF09) sponsored by Toyota, Opening Night New York premiere of CLAUSTROPHOBIA, written/directed by Ivy Ho, commenced Thursday, July 23, 6:45 pm, at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas. A special Q&A session with director Ho, moderated by senior program officer of cultural programs and performing arts La Frances Hui, Asia Society, preceded the festivals Opening Night Gala Reception at BLVD. ...

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Director: PRATEEQUE OJHA.
The filmmaker is making a film on a real life incident from history and literature about a character called the Bhawal Sannyasi based on the book called the Princely Imposter. He is in the preprodcution stage when he gets the bad new that he can't shoot in the location he had selected during the recee stage, so his assistant advises him to compromise by shooting in available cheap village locales, which threatens to change his plot, but he has to go ahead with the shoot,so he does, sacrificing his relationship with a girl who is being pressurized by her parents to marry an architect, in the process. What happens to the lives of both the film maker and his protagonist unfolds in the film.

Encounters South African Documentary Festival Awards

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The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is proud to announce the Winners of this year’s Audience Award. The Best South African Documentary winner is:Fokofpolisiekar “forgive them for they know not what they do” directed by Bryan Little.And the Best International Documentary winner is:RIP: A remix manifesto directed by Brett Gaylor (Canada)Fokofpolisiekar received the highest votes overall.The audience award referee Professor Tim Dunne, Head of Department of Statisti...

Learning Red with REDucation at LA center studios

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REDucation, the first RED sanctioned, immersive production and post production training focusing on the RED camera, takes place later this month at LA Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles. REDucation LA debuts the first of four REDucation events slated for 2009. Other Los Angeles dates include; October 12-18, November 9-15, and December 4-10. Kristin Petrovich, President of HD EXPO-Createasphere, the operating sponsor for REDucation, noted that, “For the past four years, we have included R...

I'm Alfredo Torrisi

Director: Giuseppe Scavo.
The freelance reporter Alfredo Torrisi is exploring a war zone with his assistant. When Alfredo is in front of his camera for his report , he steps on a mine and gets trapped on it. Alfredo asks to his assistant to go search help. When Alfredo is alone, he looks at the camera and realizes that it’s shooting…

 

Tengu

Director: Roger Walch.
David (Ted Taylor) comes to Japan for one week to study traditional legends. He is supposed to meet Professor Ozawa, a leading expert in the field. But when he arrives, he gets picked up by Ozawa's two female assistants, Sanae (Mimori Sento) and Manami (Sakiko Ikegami). They bring him to a traditional guest-house and accompany him during his stay. A strange man in the bath house (Kan Mikami) tells David about the local Tengu legend. Tengu are a class of well known monster-spirits with a long nose and a red face who live in the Japanese forests and mountains. David is immediately fascinated. But the more he finds out about the Tengu, the more he is drawn into his own past-life. As a matter of fact some Tengu legends can be connected to shipwrecked foreigners who were forced to live in hiding in the Japanese mountains during Japan's Sakoku (closed country) era (1637 - 1853). Ultimately, "Tengu" is the story of a Westerner who becomes the origin of a famous Japanese legend.

TWO EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES TO JOIN THE CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL TEAM

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FESTIVAL DIRECTOR AND FESTIVAL COORDINATOR REQUIRED Cornwall Film Festival is a vibrant Festival focusing on Cornish filmmaking, offering local and national premieres, master classes, workshops, discussions and parties for everyone from the enthusiast to the professional. The Festival runs from 12th - 15th November 2009 across two venues offering the opportunity to see Cornish Filmmaking at it's best.The Festival requires a Director and a Festival Coordinator to organise the 2009 Cornwall Film ...

A Peak at the Cannes 2009 Short Film Corner : Spotlight on PELIN AYTEMIZ

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HELEN's FILMS AND FESTIVALS   Pelin is an unlikely new candidate for Hollywood. I met her in ERZERUM on a four-hour bus trip back to KARS, where she was helping to run the Hospitality Service of the Festival on Wheels in Eastern Turkey. Although she had several projects up her sleeves, she was promoting and selling pre-fab housing throughout Turkey in order to please her father at that time ! But when she came throu...

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