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Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor in Santa Barbara, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 6th annual black-tie Gala dinner will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 13, 2011. “The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should ...

The Bind

Director: Michael Chrisoulakis.
Carmen, a corporate lawyer, is recovering from a horrific car accident. Housebound, she's determined to return to work -- but the more she tries to regain control of her life and put the past behind her, the more something in the house wants her to re-live that fateful event.

Toronto Film Festival Takes Shape

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For most of the planet, the official end of summer does not come until the autumn equinox on September 21. However, for people in the film industry, the Fall season begins in only a few weeks, with the beginning of the autumn film festival cycle. Kicking off (startingly early this year) in Montreal on August 18 with the Montreal World Film Festival and then dashing across the pond to the Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 28, and then back across to the Toronto Film Festival, ...

11 finalists for the fifth round of San Francisco Film Society/KRF Filmmaking Grants

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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the 11 finalists for the fifth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of more than $300,000, to be given to one or more feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. Additionally, the grants support films that have a significant economic or professional impact on th...

Cinema Q Film Festival - July 14th - 17th

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Opening Night Film:PHOTOS OF ANGIE7pm - Thursday, July 14th This haunting yet hopeful documentary tells the story of Angie Zapata, a transgender teen who was murdered in rural Greeley, Colorado in 2008. The film moves between the trial of her killer, Angie's brief life and self-discovery told through family and friends, and the fruition of national hate crime legislation with Angie's case very much in the foreground as it was the first time that a transgender murderer was successfully prosecut...

LionsGate new theatrical publicity team

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LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced a restructuring of its Theatrical Publicity department. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President of Theatrical Publicity Julie Fontaine, three months after she was hired by Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen to oversee all public relations and promotional initiatives for the film division. Under Fontaine, films on the theatrical release slate will be divided between two project teams, each led by...

12th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

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Nominations for the 12th ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS ® were released this morning. Highlights include the Summer 2011 Blockbuster category dominated by trailers for three Stephen Spielberg productions—“Cowboys and Aliens,” “Super 8” and “Transformers:Dark of the Moon”—up against “Pirates of the Caribbean 4”; the reels for the hits “Black Swan” vying for Best Thriller, “Hangover Part II” and “Bad Teacher” for Best Comedy, or “The Tillman Story” for Best Doc...

Absent Iranian wins Cannes directing prize

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  Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof (AFP/File, Rafa Rivas) AFP CANNES, France — Iranian dissident Mohammad Rasoulof won the Cannes prize for best director in the Un Certain Regard section Saturday but could not attend because of "Kafkaesque" authorities at home. Rasoulof's wife received the prize for "Be Omid e Didar" (Goodbye) on his behalf after mounting speculation about whether the director, who is appealing a lengthy jail sente...

Trailer for Midnight in Paris, opening the festival

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by Deborah Cole Woody Allen's latest European-inspired fairytale "Midnight in Paris" featuring French first lady Carla Bruni kicked off the Cannes festival Wednesday, drawing critics' cheers at an early preview.    Even before the light-hearted romantic comedy screened, the film generated major buzz when Bruni, who has a cameo, said she would not attend the premiere citing "personal reasons", stoking rampant media rumours that she is pregnant.    "Mi...

Entertainment Law for Filmmakers

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This 4-evening course covers entertainment law and legal issues that are critical to all filmmakers. From script to production to distribution, entertainment lawyer Jindra Rajwins gives you the legal framework to understand securing rights and trademarks, film funding and investor issues, the legalities of distribution deals, and strategies for negotiating the legal landscape for your film project. Packed with information, this is a must-have resource for any filmmaker who is serious about buil...

Woody Allen's Love Letter to Paris opens Cannes

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From left : French general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Fremaux, US actor Adrien Brody, the president of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob, US actor Owen Wilson, French actress Lea Seydoux, US director Woody Allen, French Culture Minister Fredferic Mitterrand, Canadian actress Rachel McAdams and British actor Michael Sheen pose on the red carpet before the opening ceremony and the screening of "Midnight in Paris" presented out-of- competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival...

Jafar Panahi et Mohammad Rasoulof en Sélection officielle à Cannes !

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Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, currently subject to legal proceedings in Iran which earned them a sentence of six years in prison and a 20-year employment ban, to which they have appealed, will be in Cannes with two films made in semi-clandestine conditions and which reached the festival in recent days.   « The reality of being alive and the dream of keeping cinema alive motivated us to go through the existing limitations in Iranian cinema » Jafar Panahi sai...

The 6th edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opens on May 5th

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2011 Film Selections Online Tickets Now Available!2011 Highlights 2011 Film Categories CONFLICTS and ISSUES TRADITION and IDENTITY HISTORY and LEGACY INSPIRATION CONFLICTS and ISSUES He's My Girl (La Folle Histoired'Amour de Simon Eskenazy) Los Angeles Premiere! Comedy/France/100 minutes/2009 Written & Directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann Starring Antoine de Caunes, Mehdi Dehbi and Elsa Zylberstein French with English subtitles Based on th...

Periferic (Outbound) by Bogdan George Apetri , an interview

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‘Periferic ‘is a dark story about a woman named Matilda (played by actress Ana Ularu) who has only 24 hours release from after two years in prison, after which she must return back to serve another three years. In that 24hours she plans to escape with money promised to her by her ex-boyfriend and to find her son, Toma. She visits her brother and her ex-boyfriend and then goes in search of her son, but just when everything appears like it's going to work out all goes terribly wrong, lea...

Sidney Lumet: One Of The Greats

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  We lost one of the greats this past week. Sidney Lumet, a national treasure and the quintessential New York filmmaker (sorry, Woody Allen) died last week at the age of 86. In a career that spanned over 50 years in both live television and the big screen, Lumet was nominated for the Best Director Oscar four times and has left an indelible filmography of titles that are distinguished by their social relevancy and strong caliber of acting. Lumet’s most famous films were shot in and were ...

13th Film Noir Festival in Hollywood

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The 13th Annual Film Noir festival, known affectionately as "Noir City", arrived at its usual venue, the fabled Egyptian theater on Hollywood Boulevard, on April 1st, settling in for a three week run until April 20. Here dedicated Noir fans and many merely curious drop-ins will be treated to a series of established classics of the genre and rarely seen new discoveries in a viewer friendly "double feature" format -- just like the old days -- two distinctive black and white features from Hollywoo...

One World 2011 winners

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The 13th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival presented awards to this year's winners Thursday night. The Best Film Award went to the Spanish doc 108 by Renate Costa. Jerzy Sladkowski's Vodka Factory earned the Grand Jury Special Mention. Filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi received the Best Director Award, along with the Vaclav Havel Jury Special Award. 18.03.2011 / festival news, for viewers, awards, czech docs, east european docs, East Silver author: jak print | ...

Tribeca Spotlight and Cinemania sections announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   "Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year," s...

JUST TALKING at 13th TDF

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  JUST TALKING 18/3 AT 13th tdf   The Just Talking section of the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival concluded on Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Excelsior Lounge of the Electra Palace Hotel. Participating in the discussion were directors Nikos Megrelis (Shooting vs. Shooting) Chronis Pechlivanidis (South Central Gospel), Athanasios Karanikolas (Khaima), Visa Koiso-Kanttila (Portrait of a Man), Jennifer Arnold (A Small Act), Lea Binzer (Pelican’s Watch), David Andre ...

JUST TALKING at 13th TDF

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    PRESS CONFERENCE- THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B. / PORTRAIT OF A MAN / A SMALL ACT / CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN On Friday, March 18, 2011, a Press Conference was held as part of the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. Present were the directors Carol Dysinger (Camp Victory, Afghanistan), Alexander Nanau (The World According to Ion B.) Visa Koiso-Kanttila (Portrait of a Man) and Jennifer Arnold (A Small Act). In her documentary Camp Victory, Afghanistan, director Carol Dysinger...

Rome Independent film awards launches 10th edition

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RIFF AWARDS 2011From March 18 to 25 at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila in Rome RIFF AWARDS 2011, March 18 - 25, at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila - this year, celebrates a decade of "independence" puts focus on Italian production and showcases the best foreign films.The festival will present some 150 works including national and international premiers confirming its reputation as the country s leading purveyor of independent film.For its 10th edition, the RIFF will host the third edition of the Forum "European...

Commentary - Win Win & Tom McCarthy Q & A

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TO READ POST WITH ACCOMPANYING PHOTOS VISIT TINSEL & TINE  Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) has once again written and directed a picture that’s been touted at the festivals; however, his newest film has enough mainstream appeal to be backed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Win Win is the story of an attorney, wrestling coach and most importantly, family man, Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) living in a middle class Jersey suburb trying to keep things going in these diffic...

Marisa Tomei to Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards®

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Oscar®-winning actress Marisa Tomei will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 12, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Tomei will present 11 awards to 23 individual recipients during the evening. Tomei won a Supporting Actress Academy Award® in 1992 for her performance in "My Cousin Vinny."  She has since received nominations in the category for her roles in "In the Bedroom" (2001) and ...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival highlights of 15th edition

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16 Documentaries and 5 Dramas; a Focus on the Power of the Mediawww.hrw.org/en/iff The 15th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 23 March to 1 April, 2011, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 16 documentaries and 5 dramas, from Belgium, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Guantanamo, Guatemala, Hebron, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Lebanon, Los Angeles, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, Yemen and Yugoslavia. Many of t...

Piecing Me Back Together (MATATAKI)

Director: Itsumichi Isomura.
Izumi lost her beloved boy friend Junichi by a traffic accident. She was also in the scene of the accident but cannot remember what happened because of shock. Day by day, Izumi is immersed in pain and sadness. To reclaim her memories, Izumi goes to a mental institution. There, Izumi meets the lawyer Makiko to help her make an inquiry into the accident. However, the deeper they dig up, the more mercilessly cruel facts they find …

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