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Non-Bollywood Indian Film, "PRASAD" Preemed at Market in Berlin

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by Alex Deleon-Sinha Although little known ourtside of the Indian Sub-Continent itself there are several so-called "regional" film industries in India  each of which produces as many or more feature films a year in the regional languages as are produced in the Hindi mainstream industry of Bombay (Whence the brand name known to the world as "Bolly-wood"). Of course, Bombay has now been officially rechristened Mumbai, but this doesn't change anything cinematically ...

A Tax on Bunny Rabbits

Director: Nathaniel Akin.
A short film featuring the elegant simplicity of typewriter style text animation. Birds, Bunnies, Robots. A small solution to a large problem.

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...

Twin Rivers Multimedia Festival Kicks Off Friday, May 27!

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Presented by Courtyard Gallery, the 17th Annual Twin Rivers Media Festival schedule is as follows: Friday, May 27 - 7:30-10:00 pm - Festival kickoff, hors d'oeuvres & featured Animation, Dramas & Documentaries. Saturday, May 28 - Noon-4 pm - Animation, Experimental, Narratives & Drama Sunday, May 29 - Noon-4 pm - Documentaries 2011 Official Selections and past favorite films will be shown throughout the weekend in the Phil Mechanic Studios upstairs. 109 Roberts St., Ri...

Twin Rivers Multimedia Festival Kicks Off Friday, May 27!

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Presented by Courtyard Gallery, the 17th Annual Twin Rivers Media Festival schedule is as follows: Friday, May 27 - 7:30-10:00 pm - Festival kickoff, hors d'oeuvres & featured Animation, Dramas & Documentaries. Saturday, May 28 - Noon-4 pm - Animation, Experimental, Narratives & Drama Sunday, May 29 - Noon-4 pm - Documentaries 2011 Official Selections and past favorite films will be shown throughout the weekend in the Phil Mechanic Studios upstairs. 109 Roberts St., River ...

Twin Rivers looking for Outdoor Theme films, scripts & journalistic writing

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Special recognition will be given to films, scripts and written articles with outdoor themes, in any category, whether it creates awareness about an environmental plight or gives us a glimpse into the beauty or harshness, or what-have-you, of the natural world. First deadline is coming up so get you entries in the mail by this Friday! Twin Rivers Media Festival is presented by Courtyard Gallery in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Official Selections and past favorites wi...

Call for Film Entries deadline at Twin Rivers quickly approaching!

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17th Annual Twin Rivers Media Festival Accepting entries in Animation, Short Drama, Experimental, Feature, Documentary, Outdoor, Commercial, Audio and Scriptwriting. Official Selections and past favorites will be shown at the Courtyard Gallery at the Phil Mechanic Studios and other Asheville, NC venues May 27- 29, 2011. Scriptwriting Division results will be announced in September of each year. Films must be submitted on DVD and have been completed in the last 3 years. The 2011 entry dea...

Twin Rivers Media Festival will take place in the River Arts District

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"When Life Gives You Lemons" by Lee Chambers: Previous Film Festival Award Winner   The Courtyard Gallery is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Twin Rivers Media Festival, which moved to Asheville, North Carolina six years ago. This year, films will be shown at venues down in the fast-growing River Arts District, with the main venue at the Phil Mechanic Studios. Submission deadline is April 15th (postmarked), but you have until April 29th (received) with late fee, an...

Says Mr. Jeremiah Sayys

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  Independent Filmmaker Jeremiah Sayys (www.imdb.com/name/nm1770266/), who made is directorial debut with the psychological horror film "Of Silence" (www.ofsilencefilm.com) due to begin hitting film festivals next year, is being linked to many projects that's being developed by his independent production company, WorldsLastHero Productions. Sayys' next project seems to be the werewolf film "WULF", but with many rumors floating around and misinformation being spread, S...

Greek Film Attenberg wins Silver

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Cutting edge Greek film 'Attenberg' wins Silver Alexander at TIFF 2010  Attenberg (2010) Greek film by Athina Rachel Tsangari Summary: "Marina has grown up with her architect father in a small industrial community, almost cut off from the reality of the rest of the world. With the exception of her bizarre friendship with Bella and the companionship she shares with her ill father, Marina observes human behaviors from afar, almost with repugnance. Her guides in this world of humans are...

Films in competition at 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival on December 07, 2010

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 December 07, 2010 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival presented films in competition: 1) Zephyr (2010) Turkish film by director Belma Bas.  Summary: "Zephyr, a strong-minded and somewhat peculiar 11-year-old girl, lives with her grandparents in their home in the countryside. She has no father and her activist mother is absent for long periods of time, imbuing Zephyr's outlook on life with an enduring sense of loss, a skewed sense of the future and a rebellious, almost cruel streak. When...

Honoring European Icon Bruno Ganz

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   Bruno Ganz in WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders) Veteran Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, best known for his role as Adolf Hitler in the biopic "The Downfall", will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's European Film Awards, to be held for the first time in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Ganz was born in Zürich to a Swiss mechanic father and a northern Italian mother. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an actor and found his first success in live thea...

Schafhaus (casa de ovejas)

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Director: Alberto Masliah.
ERNESTO (36) arrives at Trelew, Argentina, from Germany, where he had been living since he was three years old. His grandparents had taken him to Germany after his parents disappeared during the military dictatorship. Now, Ernesto has returned for the first time to his native country to take charge of the negotiations his grandfather had been conducting with an Argentine wool company, until his recent death. When Ernesto arrives at the airport, memories of his last moments with his parents come flooding back. These disorganized and incomprehensible flashbacks affect him to the point of causing him to faint. Once in the hotel room, he goes to the scheduled meeting. There he meets MR. OSCAR QUIROGA, one of his grandfather’s oldest friends. He gives him a picture in which Quiroga himself appears with Ernesto’s grandparents and father, then a little boy. This is the first photograph he has ever seen of his father, because his grandparents, afraid of hurting him, had concealed his parents’ past in Argentina from him. In the picture he can also see a country house that he had never heard of before and which belonged to his grandparents called “Schafhaus.” The following day, Ernesto is supposed to come back to Germany, but he can’t take his flight due to a pilots’ strike. With the excuse of selecting the wool bales he has bought, Ernesto rents a car and drives south to the Patagonia, but his real goal is to find the place shown in the picture. In the car he finds a children’s book telling the story of a little sheep called Anita who travels back home. Unknowingly, Anita’s story will lead him to his goal. On the way, Ernesto has an accident and seeks help at a nearby gas station. There he meets FLOR, the owner, and ÉRICA who lives in a motor-home near the gas station. Erica is a divorced anthropologist and mother of MARTÍN, a teenager. Because of his accident, Ernesto is forced to live with them, and little by little he begins to open up, and tells them his story. As Ernesto and Martín feel so closely identified with each other, they soon become friends. With Érica, instead, tension begins to build up, due to the mutual attraction they gradually start to feel. This brings Ernesto into trouble with GERARDO, the town’s mechanic and Érica’s boyfriend. During his stay in the town, Ernesto puts his wool selection meetings to good use –he does everything he can to try to find “Schafhaus.” Later on, he runs into a mysterious MAPUCHE OLD LADY who deeply moves him when she calls him by his father’s name. Ernesto sees in her the chance to find what he is looking for, but everybody persuades him to forget all about it, as they say the woman is mentally deranged. Having finished his negotiations, and without any hope of finding the place, Ernesto starts planning to go back to Germany. But one day, to his surprise, he notices the children’s story found in the car mentions the place he has been looking for and therefore could be the key to “Schafhaus.” So Ernesto decides to pay a visit to the story writer, GEORGINA, without suspecting she was a good friend of his mother’s. This knowledge shakes Ernesto’s whole existence. It’s only then when he is able to reconstruct his memories of the last moments he shared with his parents. Georgina, who has been in touch with Ernesto’s grandfather for the last thirty years, gives him the keys to “Schafhaus.” In the end, Ernesto goes to the place he has been looking for. It is there, in his grandparents’ country house, the place where his father grew up, where Ernesto finally reconstructs his own story.

Israel Fest film slate

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Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this much acclaimed Israeli showcase that celebrates a quarter-century of Israeli cinema in the United States, and today the film festival announced its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 titles, including award winning features, do...

Everybody Should Have A Second Chance

Director: Mehmet Emrah ERKANI.
Atif drives a taxi for a living.And bets on horse races,dogs and hangs around looking for easy money. Mahir who is an old friend of Atif, comes from the military service with bad memories. Mahir is a mechanic and works for Munir.Munir is like a father to him. Atif insists on learning what happened in the military duty. Mahir keeps silent. He wants his life back.

Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, cinema Iceland

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  Interview with Olaf de Fleur Johannesson, the grand Icelandic director of Polite People (2010) and City State (2011). Olaf speaks in depth about both films and being a filmmaker far north, in Iceland.   ME: First, can you speak about how you got into writing and directing and producing for film?   OLAF: I was depressed, probably because I always take life much more seriously than needed. Out of that depression came a longing to create something and film...

Glamrock City aka Art et Décès Cast and Crew Credits

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The Characters                                   SOPHIE Sophie works in Paris as a taxi driver. She is a very sensitive and naive character, perhaps too much for the modern world. She falls in love with Maria. One night, Sophie takes a customer in her taxi, he tries to kiss her, she kills him accidentally. In ...

24th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN MIAMI STARTS FEBRUARY 17, 2010 AT THE INTRACOASTAL THEATER IN NORTH MIAMI BEACH

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CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OF ISRAELI CINEMA  February 17-25, 2010 at Sunrise Cinemas Intracoastal Mall  Opening Night Honors Presented To  Yehoram Gaon 2010 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award The Peres Center for Peace 2010 IFF Humanitarian Award Shaul Rikman 2010 IFF Founder’s Award David Keinan ~ Akiva Segal ~ Ron Reshef 2010 IFF Community Leadership Award Opening Night Film: A MATTER OF SIZE Nominated for 14 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy) Cl...

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 24th Israel Film Festival

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The saga of early Israeli cinema is the saga of selfless heroes building a nation, both onscreen and off. Glimpse these mythical creatures in A History of Israeli Cinema, a look back at the country’s 70 plus years of moviemaking. Raphaël Nadjari’s two-part documentary will have its American premiere at the Israel Film Festival (December 5-13 in New York), which has overlapped with 24 of those years.As if to underscore how far the national film culture has come from since its birth, 2009 IFF...

24th Israel Film Festival in New York Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - November 23, 2009 The 24th Israel Film Festival 2009 in New York (NYIFF09) will be held at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23 St.), December 5 - 13, 2009. The festival presented by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., in association with the Consulate General of Israel in New York, annually showcase the largest of Israeli cinema. This year's festival lineup includes over 28 Israeli Academy Award winning and nominee features, documentaries, and student shorts, along with panel discussions...

Israel Film Festival ready to open

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The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States will open on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and continue through December 13 at the SVA Theater (333 W. 23rd St.).   Opening night will find celebrated actor Elliott Gould on hand to receive the 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tremendous achievements and body of work.  This Academy Award® Nominee has over 200 film and television credits to his name, and is easily re...

Bill Mechanic: don't ignore the warning signs!

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Bill Mechanic, President/CEO of Pandemonium LLC and former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, (my boss when I was running Fox distribution in France)delivered the keynote speech at the annual Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference in Santa Monica. here below is a transcript ofhis keynotesHe addressed the current state and the future of the independent film business and offered a number of observations about his experiences at FOX and Disney."I was asked to address yo...

Bill Mechanic: don't ignore the warning signs!

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Bill Mechanic, President/CEO of Pandemonium LLC and former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, (my boss when I was running Fox distribution in France) delivered the keynote speech at the annual Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference in Santa Monica. here below is a transcript of his keynotes. He addressed the current state and the future of the independent film business and offered a number of observations about his experiences at FOX and Disney. ...
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