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The Global Film Village: The WGA Just Add Pictures by Marla Lewin

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 During the WGA strike last year there was an expansion of discussion among members and a desire to enhance the earning potential of the membership through greater ongoing communication. This is one of the first of the series of panel discussions which will explore various genres with writers and industry executives at the top of their game. The Saturday July 11, 2009 panel was about the huge comic book to film genre. The topic was turning screenplays into comic books to enhance their salabilit...

The Anti-Blockbuster: European Films On American Screens

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor Summer is the traditional time at movie multiplexes for blockbuster films from the Hollywood studios that tend to focus more on explosions and special effects than effective storylines. While there is no denying the box office clout of such films as TRANSFORMERS, TERMINATOR SALVATION and WOLVERINE, there are some less deafening art films that are also being released on American screens. Call it counter-programming, a strategy of offering a breather ...

Demi Moore debut short at LA Shorts Fest

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Courteney Cox is joining Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith to open and attend LA Shorts Fest '09 red carpet, on July 23rd with 'The Monday Before Thanksgiving' which she wrote, directed and acted in. The short movie is part of Glamour Magazine's "Reel Moments Project. 'The Monday Before Thanksgiving' is Courteney Cox' first directing project. Demi Moore first short movie as a director 'Streak', starring Brittany Snow and Rumer Willis, will make its Los Angeles premiere on July 24, at L...

Zero Film Festival FAQ

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I'm a zero budget filmmaker who went out and shot a film that was completely original, and I broke all the rules along the way. I've been submitting to all the big festivals and two months later get a Dear John. Should I risk another 40 green ones on your festival? Answer: Dear Filmmaker, Zero Film Festival was designed for YOU. If this is a zero budget film festival, then you know we're broke, why are you charging us submission fees!?? Answer: It's our goal to make sure every selected ...

Andrei Tarkovsky In The New York Spotlight

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There are few filmmakers more controversial or more "difficult" for mainstream audiences to appreciate than the Russian existential master Andrei Tarkovsky. His films are indeed an acquired taste, but for those willing to take the complex cinematic journeys, there are many rewards to be had. A Tarkovsky fan is indeed a Tarkovsky fanatic, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York provides both devoted fans and those new to this important oeuvre a rare opportunity to sample the master's h...

Andrei Tarkovsky In The New York Spotlight

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor There are few filmmakers more controversial or more "difficult" for mainstream audiences to appreciate than the Russian existential master Andrei Tarkovsky. His films are indeed an acquired taste, but for those willing to take the complex cinematic journeys, there are many rewards to be had. A Tarkovsky fan is indeed a Tarkovsky fanatic, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York provide...

The Global Film Village: Sitting in the speak easy of the Stella Adler Theatre by Marla Lewin

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 Last night was the closing of the month long 17th annual nationwide Young Playwrights Festival, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The Festival is an opportunity for teenage playwrights to have their work produced, directed and acted out by professional actors from the the Hollywood community. Twelve winning plays were chosen by a panel of theatre professionals from plays submitted by teenaged playwrights, aged 15 -19 from across the United States. Playwrights were then assigned a ...

Sitting in the speak easy of the Stella Adler Theatre

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Last night was the closing of the month long 17th annual nationwide Young Playwrights Festival, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The Festival is an opportunity for teenage playwrights to have their work produced, directed and acted out by professional actors from the the Hollywood community. Twelve winning plays were chosen by a panel of theatre professionals from plays submitted by teenaged playwrights, aged 15 -19 from across the United States. Playwrights were then assigned a wri...

The Global Film Village: Hal Ashby's "Lookin to Get Out" finally gets out on DVD today by Marla Lewin

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 Burt Young told me how excited he was to finally see Hal's version.  Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out" screened last night at the UCLA Billy WIlder Theatre We saw this film at CineVegas, where we met writer Al Swartz, along with his co-writer Jon Voight.  When I saw Jon, Sunday at the LA film festival award brunch, he invited us to see the film again last night at the UCLA Billy Wilder Theatre. During his introduction Jon announced that he wanted to sit in Billy Wilder's s...

Hal Ashby's "Lookin to Get Out" finally gets out on DVD

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Burt Young told me how excited he was to finally see Hal's version. Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out" screened last night at the UCLA Billy WIlder TheatreWe saw this film at CineVegas, where we met writer Al Swartz, along with his co-writer Jon Voight. When I saw Jon, Sunday at the LA film festival award brunch, he invited us to see the film again last night at the UCLA Billy Wilder Theatre. During his introduction Jon announced that he wanted to sit in Billy Wilder's seat. Billy used to watch a...

" 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...

LAFF Awards

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Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival award winners at a special event, presented by Target. The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times, ran from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28. “One of our goals at Film Independent is to help filmmakers build an audience for their work, and the Los Angeles Film Festival does just that,” said Film I...

LA Shorts Fest will screen Scarlett Jo's "These Vagabonds"

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Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith will open and attend LA Shorts Fest 09, which will be earlier, this year, from July 23 to July 31, 2009.LA Shorts Fest '09 will premiere on opening night:- Golden Globe nominated Scarlett Johansson's directorial debut: THESE VAGABOND SHOES, starring Kevin Bacon, shot in black and white by 'Capote' and 'Lars and the Real Girl' cinematographer, Adam Kimmel,- THE SPLEENECTOMY, starring Anna Farris by writer and first-time director Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith, wr...

Film Selection for Karlovy Vary 2009 Festival

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The Karlovy Vary IFF (July 3 - 11, 2009) presents over 220 feature films from all over the world every year. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, most of the films are screened in the Czech Republic each year for the first time, many of them in their world, international or European premiere as well. This year again, the audience will have chance to see interesting retrospectives and focuses apart from the traditional program sections. Official Selection - Competition ...

Film Selection for Karlovy Vary 2009

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The Karlovy Vary IFF (July 3 - 11, 2009) presents over 220 feature films from all over the world every year. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, most of the films are screened in the Czech Republic each year for the first time, many of them in their world, international or European premiere as well. This year again, the audience will have chance to see interesting retrospectives and focuses apart from the traditional program sections.Official Selection - CompetitionThe exceptiona...

CineVegas 2009 dailies report

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Cinevegas is set off the Las Vegas strip at the Palms Hotel and Brenden Theatre complex. Parties were held at the Playboy Club, the Rain Night club, the Venetian and Mandalay Bay Hotels. The festival closed with a street party and Drive-In showing of a 1950's movie "classic" that recently served as the inspiration of Monsters versus Aliens. There is a casino level suite where filmmakers and industry meet for a once a day feed, and a cocktail hour. There has been much said and written about a pa...

Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Smith Open LA Shorts Fest '09

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Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith will open and attend LA Shorts Fest 09, which will be earlier, this year, from July 23 to July 31, 2009.LA Shorts Fest '09 will premiere on opening night:- Golden Globe nominated Scarlett Johansson's directorial debut: THESE VAGABOND SHOES, starring Kevin Bacon, shot in black and white by 'Capote' and 'Lars and the Real Girl' cinematographer, Adam Kimmel,- THE SPLEENECTOMY, starring Anna Farris by writer and first-time director Kirsten 'Kiwi' Smith, wr...

The Global Film Village: CineVegas 2009 by Marla Lewin

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Dennis Hopper in the CineVegas Lounge   Cinevegas is set off the Las Vegas strip at the Palms Hotel and Brenden Theatre complex. Parties were held at the Playboy Club, the Rain Night club, the Venetian and Mandalay Bay Hotels.  The festival closed with a street party and Drive-In showing of a 1950's movie "classic" that recently served as the inspiration of Monsters versus Aliens. There is a casino level suite where filmmakers and industry meet for...

Film In Focus: DEFAMATION

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor With the Washington DC area still reeling from last week's shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the heart of the nation's capital, a hot-button documentary explores the nature of anti-semitism in both the United States and overseas. Israeli director Yoav Shamir, whose incendiary films on the Israeli/Palestine conflict won major awards at Sundance, Berlin and other festivals, brings a somewhat light-heartened tone to DEFAMATION...

The line-up for Piazza Grande in Locarno

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The line-up for the official selection in Competition is now shaping up, and several world premières have already been confirmed. Amongst them, a French-Swiss coproduction, Complices, the eagerly anticipated first feature film by Swiss director Frédéric Mermoud, who won critical acclaim for his earlier short films (Rachel, L’escalier). Starring Emmanuelle Devos (Wild Grass, Kings and Queen) and Gilbert Melki (Côte d’Azur, Changing Times), Complices revisits the genre film by combining a ...

Balkan Film Days

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Sponsored over a weekend last May 30 and 31st by the Federation of Balkan American Associations, these no frill film days were organized primarily for members of ethnic communities from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Herzegovina, and other countries from former Yugoslavia. Screening took place at the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College with a program curated by the author who teaches media research at the college. In keeping with the public service objective, admission to all screenings was fr...

Balkan Film Days

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Sponsored over a weekend last May 30 and 31st by the Federation of Balkan American Associations, these no frill film days were organized primarily for members of ethnic communities from Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Herzegovina, and other countries from former Yugoslavia. Screening took place at the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College with a program curated by the author who teaches media research at the college. In keeping with the public service objective, admission to all screenings was free. Wit...

The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival

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"Dear Friend of The Silent Film Festival,We are thrilled to announce the lineup for The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, taking place at the Castro Theatre on July 10-12. Tickets are on sale now for the foremost celebration of silent cinema in the Americas!In the space of a mere three days audiences will have the chance to experience the breathtaking vitality and depth of the silent era with 12 programs of classic films and rediscoveries—complete with live musical accompaniment ...

NYIIFVF Award Winner Gianmarco Galassi Briefly Talks about Italian Cinema & Meeting Abel Ferrara

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NYIIFVF Award Winner Gianmarco Galassi Briefly Talks about Italian Cinema & Meeting Abel Ferrara By Anoo Cottoor <br> IFQ: Tell me how you got started in your career as a filmmaker. <br>Gianmarco Galassi: I've always loved cinema since I was a child. I started studying acting at school, but then I understood that I wanted to make movies. I said to myself, “Let’s try, I want to do it, nothing is impossible.” And I started to shoot my short movi...

#What It’s Like to Chill with the Most Ruthless Men in the World Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic: Confessions of a Female War

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## #What It’s Like to Chill with the Most Ruthless Men in the World Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic: Confessions of a Female War Crimes Investigator Retrospectively, it was all so simple, natural and matter of fact being on a boat restaurant in Belgrade, sitting with, laughing, drinking a two hundred bottle of wine and chatting about war and peace while Ratko Mladic held my hand.  Mladic,  a man considered the world’s most ruthless war criminal since Adolf Hitler, still at larg...

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