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Nashville Film Festival Is Music to the Eyes

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The Nashville Film Festival turned 40 last year, and while "41" doesn't cut the same dash, the South's oldest film festival should keep crowds plenty fortified over its eight days. Running April 15-22 at Regal Green Hills Cinemas, NaFF 2010 has a lineup of 230 films. Adrien Grenier Naturally, music themes bloom brightly among these. Titles in the popular "Music Films/Music City" competition include several non-fiction films. There's The Bass Player, N...

If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival

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If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival Four thousand film festivals populate the globe. But more than many, the San Francisco International Film Festival may satisfy a collective hunch of what such a gathering should be. Perhaps age has something to do with it; at 53 years old, SFIFF, held this year from April 22 to May 6, 2010, is the oldest film festival in the Americas. The festival logo, inside the historic Castro TheatreThen there's the topography of San Francisco,...

"When You're Strange" Interview with film Director Tom DiCillo

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 Singer/Songwriter/Poet/Writer/Filmmaker and Director, the legendary lead vocalist for "The Doors", Mr. Jim Morrison, attended UCLA's film school in 1964/65.  Along with his student film, Jim also financed a 50 minute long experimental film shot on 35mm, in 1969 called, "HWY: An American Pastoral", which shows scenes of him swimming in leather pants, and hitchhiking in the desert.  Along with the help of Paul Ferrara and Frank Lisciandro, Jim also created a documentary on ...

Tallinn Black Nights FF Winner Finds Distribution

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  (UNTITLED), the satire of the New York art world directed by Jonathan Parker, has secured distribution by Swedish sales company Nonstop Enterrtainment as a result of its win in the North American Independents competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held this past December in Estonia. The film, which stars Adam Goldberg as an avant-garde musician who romances a gallerista who is involved with his successful painter brother, was one of ten American and Canadian films...

Documentary Deluge At New Directors New Films

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For the first time in memory (if my faulting memory serves me well and it increasingly does NOT), the New Directors New Films showcase opened last evening with a documenary feature. This annual rite of the Spring film season, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, was ushered in by BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, a fascinating look at the New York Times photographer and his love/hate obsession with the city he calls both his mu...

Ice Cube's Straight Outta L.A., will have its world premiere at Tribeca/ESPN Sports Festival

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I must confess I cannot wait to see that film.!, What a smart choice and programming from Tribeca. Let me share with you one of my dearest professionnal experiences as a film distribution (with Columbia at the time). When I was handling the world premiere in Cannes of Boyz'n the Hood, The film revealed both John Singleton as a director, and Ice Cube as an actor and received  2 Academy Award nominations. I was in charge of the distribution in France, and ran all the pro...

HONG KONG slasher DREAM HOME to Open Udine Fareast Film Festival 2010

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      23rd April to 1st May 2010 - Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” and the Visionario UDINE FAR EAST FILM 12 The Udine Festival is granted, for its launch on the 23rd April, the World Premiere of Dream Home, the highly anticipated slasher by Pang Ho-cheung! 15th March 2010 UDINE – The highly anticipated World Premiere of Dream Home by Pang Ho-cheung will be the film to open the late-night section of Far East Film 12, during the Festival’s o...

BUSKING THE SYSTEM

Director: Justin Morales.
We pass by them everyday on the subway. Sometimes we drop a dollar. Sometimes we stop and listen. But who are these anonymous musicians that play their hearts out day in and day out for little recognition? BUSKING THE SYSTEM is a documentary that explores the world of subway musicians living and performing in New York City. For in-depth perspective, BUSKING THE SYSTEM focuses in on the very different lives of several subway musicians in New York City. BTS follows three fresh faced musicians from Kansas City, MO, Seattle, WA and Cleveland, OH on their journey to see if they can make it in the New York subway and launch their career – will they discover success or be obscured in failure? Another musician already in New York is seen actually making a name for him self as a subway performer. There is also the familiar darker story of a man who plays strictly as a means for survival. From inspiring idealism to heartbreaking reality, BUSKING THE SYSTEM finally puts a spotlight on the musicians that make up the sounds of the underground.

DOCUMENTA MADRID features the figure of Alanis Obomsawin

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This year, DOCUMENTA 10 will be featuring the work of the internationally known filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin; a politicised filmwriter whose work has gone practically unseen in Spain. Alanis Obomsawin is a Canadian filmmaker, musician, educator and activist who will show a retrospective of her spirited film work in this years 7th edition of the film festival DOCUMENTA MADRID.“Oka Crisis” is one of her most emblematic films, it deals with a conflict between the Canadian city of Oka and the M...

Documenta Madrid highlights

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The 7th International Documentary Film Festival will be held from May 7th to May 16 For the second straight year, HRH the Princess of Asturias will be the Patroness of Honor for the International Documentary Festival of Madrid. In 2010, the competition will feature a new headquarters and sets up for good in Matadero Madrid. Documenta Madrid has set a new record in the number of submissions received, 1,153 films from 92 countries, and a significant number of Spanish productions, 233 entr...

Dani Strömbäck wins Nordic Film Music Prize in Göteborg

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Finnish composer/pianist/studio musician Dani Strömbäck was awarded the Nordic Film Music Prize at the Dragon Awards Gala in Göteborg on Saturday. He had composed the score to Claus Härö’s film Letters to Father Jacob. He describes his creative process in this particular case:   “First, I captured the feeling after reading the script. The first impression. I improvised and tried various melodies.”   After meeting with the director, he was given a lot of freedom to work. ...

The World will come to us in film at the 33rd Portland International Film Festival

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The 33rd Portland International Film Festival will unspool February 11-28, 2010   The Northwest Film Center announces the 33rd Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), its annual cinematic foray of thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining works from around the globe. Over the last 33 years, the Festival has screened diverse and innovative films for thousands of people from throughout the Northwest. This year's Festival will showcase 117 compelling new films, from three d...

Spike Jonze Premieres I'm Here in Sundance

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Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Jonze premieres his latest work - I'm Here, a 30-minute short film - today at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the first-ever Opening Night's Shorts Program at the festival. The film is a collaboration with ABSOLUT VODKA, and the partnership acknowledges the brand's position as a pioneering and culture-shaping brand. ABSOLUT has always stood out in the marketplace as a groundbreaking company that has been supporting artists for decades. Previous collaborations incl...

Spike Jonze Premieres I'm Here in Sundance

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Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Jonze premieres his latest work - I'm Here, a 30-minute short film - today at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the first-ever Opening Night's Shorts Program at the festival. The film is a collaboration with ABSOLUT VODKA, and the partnership acknowledges the brand's position as a pioneering and culture-shaping brand. ABSOLUT has always stood out in the marketplace as a groundbreaking company that has been supporting artists for decades. Previous collaborations incl...

Aruba will host a new international film festival

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It was announced today that the island nation of Aruba will host a new international film festival (the nation’s first), The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which will take place June 4-10, 2010. Details were unveiled at a press conference today by AIFF Founders and Producers Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira, along with the Festival’s Artistic Director Claudio Masenza, at the Radisson Hotel & Resort in Aruba’s Palm Beach.       ...

Aruba to host a new international film festival next june

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It was announced today that the island nation of Aruba will host a new international film festival (the nation’s first), The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which will take place June 4-10, 2010. Details were unveiled at a press conference today by AIFF Founders and Producers Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira, along with the Festival’s Artistic Director Claudio Masenza, at the Radisson Hotel & Resort in Aruba’s Palm Beach.Commented Minister of Tourism, Labor and Transporta...

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - January 14, 2010 The 14th Annual 2010 New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF10) commence February 4 - 11, 2010, at the Center for Jewish History. The festival sponsored by American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House (ASF) and Yeshiva University Museum, annually celebrates the rich, vibrant history, customs and culture in Sephardic Jewry cinema. This year's 20th Anniversary of the festival's inception honors NYSJFF founders Dr. Janice Ovadiah, Mr. Morrie Yohai, and I...

14th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - January 14, 2010 The 14th Annual 2010 New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF10) commence February 4 - 11, 2010, at the Center for Jewish History. The festival sponsored by American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House (ASF) and Yeshiva University Museum, annually celebrates the rich, vibrant history, customs and culture in Sephardic Jewry cinema.  This year's 20th Anniversary of the festival's inception honors NYSJFF founders Dr. Janice Ovadiah, Mr. Morrie ...

The DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival programme

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  Border Breaking and Provocation   The DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival programme includes many films that deliberately use provocation to expose something that would otherwise remain hidden. The festival programme also features films dealing with immigration and cultural borders, as well as the Winners & Bestsellers series comprising the most successful documentaries of the festival circuit. DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will take place on t...

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 ...

Ramon Rojas - Sueños de Chozas

Director: Maria Rosa Andreotti.
“I should be given the title of Summa Cum Laude bum”, states Ramon Rojas to camera in the first minutes of this documentary portrait shot in the streets of Buenos Aires by visual artist Maria Rosa Andreotti. Musician, street poet, bum by own choice, anarchist, Rojas is one of those urban characters so marginal to the system that is virtually invisible to a majority of society. “Ramón Rojas – Sueños de chozas” [“Ramón Rojas – Dreams of huts”] looks at the experience and outlook of a man whose culture is his haven and his value of survival. The documentary looks into Ramón’s paradoxes as well as at the decisions to which one may be driven, almost to the limit of losing the most intimate thing we have – the right to privacy, to fantasy and hence, to individual freedom, for all of which a home or a refuge is absolutely necessary. Re-discovered by Andreotti’s camera, Rojas is featured as an essential part of the current social and economic Argentine landscape.

Croatian Film on 15th Author Film Festival

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Jury of the 15. Author Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, lead by Russian film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, the chairman of the jury, Nadia Turnicev and Antonio Nuić-Croatian film director, in Belgrade Serbia awarded with Grand Prix Aleksandar Saša Petrović Award, for The Best Film of festival and 7,000 Euros prize, Croatian film “The Blacks”, directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević,” for the film that successfully combines minimalism and insight dept.”The film already awarded i...

Croatian Film on 15th Author Film Festival

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Jury of the 15. Author Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, lead by Russian film director Sergei Dvortsevoy, the chairman of the jury, Nadia Turnicev and Antonio Nuić-Croatian film director, in Belgrade Serbia awarded with Grand Prix Aleksandar Saša Petrović Award, for The Best Film of festival and 7,000 Euros prize, Croatian film “The Blacks”, directed by Zvonimir Jurić and Goran Dević,” for the film that successfully combines minimalism and insight dept.”The film alr...

“Bridging The Borders with 88 Keys (52 White and 36 Black) Interview with Israeli Musician, Idan Raichel

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“Bridging The Borders with 88 Keys (52 White and 36 Black)” Israeli pianist/keyboardist,composer, producer, and vocalist, Idan Raichel, dreams of uniting nations by building bridges made out of 88 Keys across to Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine with the hopes of allowing world musicians the freedom to unite, join forces, and perform together without conflict, mistrust, and political red tape, while respecting one another’s cultural diversifications. The musician places importance on the fa...

More days, bigger audience, more diffusion... more Amal

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The 7th edition of Amal ended last Saturday 31st October in the Teatro Principal with a closing ceremony in which the winners were awarded. The event was the highlight of nine days of cinema, dialogue and tolerance in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. The winners, many institutional representatives, authorities, members of the jury, directors and the media came together to celebrate Amal and to enjoy the concert of the French-Algerian musician Fayçal Salhi.     In the seven ...

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