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XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin Germany 2009, May 7-10, Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall)

XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin Germany & USA 2009 May 7-10 Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) John-F.-Kennedy-Platz 10825 Berlin-Schöneberg "A COMPLEXION CHANGE – International & Intercultural Diplomacy" A tribute to: Chancellor Willy Brandt "The future will not be mastered by those who dwell on the past." Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &quo

Lydia Lunch Launches Music Series

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor The avant-gardist Lydia Lunch, whose varied career has ranged from punk music to indie film acting, will kick off the music events of the Festival at a special concert following the Opening Night Gala screening of THE WHITE RIBBON, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner by Austrian auteur Michael Haneke.   Lunch has been called “one of the most influential performers of the age” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper....

Few days left to catch Encounters

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11th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival2-19 July 2009, Nu Metro V&A Waterfront, www.encounters.co.zaJust four days are left before the 11th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will draw to a close after a marathon run of 17 days in Cape Town. Although the final count is not in yet, the festival has experienced multiple sold out screenings during stormy Cape Town weather. Full houses give an indication of audience’s preferences – a combination ...

" Hawaii A Voice for Sovereignty" won audience award at Maui Film Festival

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Catherine Bauknights' documentary " Hawaii A Voice for Sovereignty"  won the Audience award for Best Hawai'i film at the 2009 Maui Film Festival. The festival was held from June 17-21, 2009 and is considered Hawaii's answer to Sundance. "Hawaii A Voice for Sovereignty" has joined the alumni of Maui Film Festival winners such as Departures the Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign=2 0Language Film , (500) Days of Summer starring Zooey Deschanel 2009 Maui Film Festival Nova Aw...

2009 SILVERDOCS Award Winners

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Coming to a climax after a week full of screening premieres, information sessions, special events and networking parties, the 2009 SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival, co-presented by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel, announced its award winners this past weekend, spreading the wealth amongst a diverse group of documentary titles. This year, the Festival screened over 120 films representing 58 countries and incl...

2009 SILVERDOCS Award Winners

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Coming to a climax after a week full of screening premieres, information sessions, special events and networking parties, the 2009 SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival, co-presented by the American Film Institute and The Discovery Channel, announced its award winners this past weekend, spreading the wealth amongst a diverse group of documentary titles. This year, the Festival screened over 120 films representing 58 countries and included more than 1000 filmmaker and media professional attendees ...

European Views At New York Gay Film Festival

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New York audiences interested in a uniquely gay European point of view have several films to sample at the NewFest, New York's key gay and lesbian film festival event. The Festival obviously values this European perspective, having chosen a UK film as its Opening Night attraction. MR. RIGHT, written and directed by Jacqui Morris, was an audience pleaser as it unfolded its interlocking stories of a group of gay men and their "fag hag" compatriot in the gay-centric Soho neighborhood of London. In ...

European Views At New York Gay Film Festival

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor New York audiences interested in a uniquely gay European point of view have several films to sample at the NewFest, New York's key gay and lesbian film festival event. The Festival obviously values this European perspective, having chosen a UK film as its Opening Night attraction. MR. RIGHT, written and directed by Jacqui Morris, was an audience pleaser as it unfolded its interlocking stories of a group of gay men and their &...

Take a french break at Sacramento French Film Festival

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8th Sacramento French Film Festival  : June 19-21 & 27-28, 2009 - Crest Theatre www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org TAKE A FRENCH VACATION WITHOUT LEAVING SACRAMENTO !!! With the Sacramento French Film Festival you can walk around the French capital (PARIS, on Opening night) and relax in a campground on the Atlantic coast (CAMPING). You can travel to a fantasy world (BEAUTY and the BEAST) and uncover the grim current reality of illegal immigration (WELCOME, on closing night). ...

Interview with the LA Jewish Film Fest Director

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Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlightStephanie RONNET: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background?Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre. But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opp...

Hilary Helstein -- Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in the spotlight

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Stephanie RONNET:  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background? Hilary HELSTEIN: I’m originally from New York with a background in theatre.  But my passion for theater, film and the arts quickly turned me to documentary filmmaking. My own film As Seen Through These Eyes, narrated by Maya Angelou has been screened internationally and garnered 8 awards to date. It has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to participate in many film festivals and meet hugely talented people...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

Oh Barack!

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Director: Celeste Friedman.
A promotional video for U. S. Senator Barack Obama from the State of Illinois in support of his candidacy for President of the United States. Opening with examples of our struggling times, over 60 stunning and stirring images, through the lenses of 40 photographers, take you from Seattle to Times Square, Main to Minnesota, Iowa to Iraq and beyond. Soundtrack written, produced and performed by singer-songwriter/composer Celeste Friedman. Produced by AmericansforHOPE.org. We are very honored by the generosity of our contributing photographers, their hearts, time and talent! Camilo Arenivar TJ Baker C.W. "Barney" Burgis Lauren Victoria Burke Jason Coleman Joe Crimmings Danny the Caveman Gene Dawydiak Tory Fink Getty Images Kris Godlewski Gregory Han Carl Harris Alexander Heilner Susan Jekarl Cecily Johnson Johnnie K. Greg Lawler Caitie Leary Tia Likely Hinda Majri Celi McDaniel Jason Melrath Leo and Mixtli Photography Erik Ose Alfred T. Palmer Darrell Porcello Adrian Revels Steve Rhodes Joann Edmonds-Rodgers Justin Russell Kristina S. Bob Scofield David Silver Troy Snow Colleen Sontheimer Scott Stillman U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- ACoE photographer Jim Gordon John Varady Luke Vargas

Burning down the house... intervieww with the team

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Interview with Mandy Stein, Marky Ramone, and Bob Gruen, "Burning Down the House: Story of CBGB"The happy and proud director, Mandy Stein, dedicated "Burning Down The House: The Story of CBGB" to her mother, and manager of "The Ramones", Linda Stein, as she stated, "it would have been her birthday today". (Linda was murdered October 30, 2007 in her home)Interview with Mandy Stein:Sharon Abella: Where did your footage come from? Mandy Stein: "All different places, but Amos Poe, I'd always kno...

Interview with Mandy Stein, Marky Ramone, and Bob Gruen, "Burning Down the House: Story of CBGB"

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The happy and proud director, Mandy Stein, dedicated "Burning Down The House: The Story of CBGB" to her mother, and manager of "The Ramones", Linda Stein, as she stated, "it would have been her birthday today".   (Linda was murdered October 30, 2007 in her home)_________________Interview with Mandy Stein:Sharon Abella: Where did your footage come from?  Mandy Stein:  "All different places, but Amos Poe, I'd always known about his footage, which is beautiful,...

CineVegas has announced the complete lineup

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CineVegas has announced the complete lineup for its 11th Annual Festival, including Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad as the closing night film, it was announced today by Trevor Groth, Artistic Director. In addition to the opening night film, Saint John of Las Vegas, and eight “Jackpot Premieres” which were earlier announced, the 2009 Festival will offer a selection of documentaries in the “Pioneer Documentaries” section; “Diamond Discoveries” the best new independent fil...

Sarasota Film Festival awards

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The 11th Sarasota Film Festival presented its awards at the Filmmaker Tribute event held at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday evening, April 4. Actor Stanley Tucci served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and introduced the presentations. SFF Board President, Mark P. Famiglio, made introductory remarks before Tucci introduced the competition winners.The Sarasota Film Festival, in partnership with the companies Film Movement and First Run Features, presented our very first feature ...

“Mick Rock/Iggy Pop Raw Power Redux” Premieres at the 2009 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival

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By Maria Esteves - April 7, 2009 The 2009 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (NYIIFVF) rockumentary short film MICK ROCK/IGGY POP RAW POWER REDUX, produced/directed by Dean Holtermann premiered at the Village East Cinema, March 24, 8:00 pm. Actors, artists, directors, producers, and celebrity guests attended the screening. The premiere after party with special guest DJ iconic rock photographer Mick Rock was held at the Bowery Electric, NY. MICK ROCK/IGGY POP RA...

Big Mike Craft's given Permission to Film on New York Government Land

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The New York State Parks Department has given it's interm approval to shoot many scenes in Historic Saratoga Gidium Putnam Park. Big Mike Craft, acting as Producer, with the help of Tony Cee Associates has been in negotiations for 4 weeks. It was pre-mature to announce the news in Fest21.com. Now with the preliminary dialogue over, Mike hopes to sign the deal within a few weeks. If the Deal is an open contract deal, which means that there can be multiple uses for the very posh resort grounds sur...

NY Independent Film & Video Fest homage to Lloyd Kaufman

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New Yorkers in need of an affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) has announced their slate of films and red carpet premieres. NYIIFVF runs from March 19 26 in Manhattan and will showcase features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party takes place at BLVD (199 Bowery) from 6-10pm. Film screenings begin March 20 on 2 screens at City Cinemas ...

NY Independent Film & Video Fest homage to Lloyd Kaufman

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New Yorkers in need of an affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) has announced their slate of films and red carpet premieres. NYIIFVF runs from March 19 26 in Manhattan and will showcase features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party takes place at BLVD (199 Bowery) from 6-10pm. Film screenings begin March 20 on 2 screens at City Cinemas ...

11th TDF - OPENING OF VASIA PELEGRATI'S EXHIBITION (3/14/2009)

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11th TDF - OPENING OF VASIA PELEGRATI'S EXHIBITION (3/14/2009) OPENING OF VASIA PELEGRATI’S EXHIBITION “MALAWI – THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA” On Saturday, March 14th the opening of Vasia Pelegrati’s photography exhibition “Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa” took place in a particularly warm atmosphere. The exhibition is a sidebar event of the 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century. Dimitri Eipide...

Tribeca Film Festival line up announced

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its remaining out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections. The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 22 to May 3, 2009 in lower Manhattan and will feature not only film screenings, but also an array of free community events designed to share the Festival experience with as many New Y...

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival Programming/Schedule

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March 5 to 8  L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is a 3 day long festival oeffering comedy, comedies, shorts...and party. Check the attached program and watch the dailies on fest21.com   THURSDAY, MARCH 5 5 - 7 p.m.                   Welcome Reception                                    Downtown Independent Theater   7 - 8 p.m.                   Celebrity Shorts ...

"Idiots and Angels" by Bill Plympton wins Fantasporto Fantastic competition,

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The winners of FANTASPORTO 2009 with homages to WIM WENDERS, PAUL SCHRADER and JOSÉ FONSECA E COSTA              With a selection that was praised by juries, audiences and critics, the 29th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival announced its awards. The films "Idiots and Angels" by Bill Plympton (USA), "Moscow, Belgium" by Christophe Van Rompaey (Bel), two directors well known of the festival, together with the  South Corean Phil-sung Yim, the dire...
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