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2010 Oscars: Been There, Done That Thanks to Golden Globes

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Well, after watching the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies last evening, I had the distinct feeling: who needs the Oscars? I've already seen the winning films, directors and actors and heard their acceptance speeches. The Oscar ceremony, which is not scheduled until six weeks from now, seems quite besides the point. Except for the fashion ("who are you wearing?" is the question of the moment), I am imagining that last night's Golden Globe winners will be simply re-doing their "best of" acceptance...

2010 Oscars: Been There, Done That

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  Well, after watching the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies last evening, I had the distinct feeling: who needs the Oscars? I've already seen the winning films, directors and actors and heard their acceptance speeches. The Oscar ceremony, which is not scheduled until six weeks from now, seems quite besides the point. Except for the fashion ("who are you wearing?" is the question of the moment), I am imagining that last night's Golden Globe winners will be simply re-doing their &...

The Global Film Village: Last Station Opens Palm Springs Film Festival 2010 Interviews

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by Marla Lewin Left to Right: Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren Photo taken by Stephan Rabold, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics I am at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and got to spend opening night interviewing the creative team responsible for this year’s opening night film. I had already seen The Last Station back in November in Los Angeles for the Tribute to Christopher Plummer so this was a wonderful opportunity to meet with these talented people...

BROKEN GLASS (Vidrio Roto)

Director: Gustavo Camelot.
Through seven bottles of cursed wine, we follow the journey of Valentina, a beautiful artist living in Berlin. With a sordid history of sexual and physical abuse, and having been caught in the arms of her female lover by her wealthy, overbearing mother, Val is forced to make a choice: to live a "normal" life, or be forever cut off - financially and emotionally. She concedes to her mother's ultimatum, and pursues a heterosexual relationship to appease her, only to catch her new boyfriend in bed with another man. Her inability to cope with her life triggers her repressed male alter-ego to emerge and take over…

Oscar Frontrunners: Iraq versus The Economy

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  While most people go to the movies to escape the avalanche of bad news that seeks to overwhelm us, two films with topical subjects are emerging as the frontrunners in the Best Picture Oscar race. THE HURT LOCKER, the much lauded Iraqi War drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and UP IN THE AIR, the Jason Reitman-helmed, George Clooney-starrer that has the economy and corporate layoffs as its background motif, are the most honored films of the year so far by a range of critics groups and ...

NEWSLETTER N° 447: January 6, 2010

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 447: January 6, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals every week. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned. _____________________________________________________ FESTIVAL...

Jeff Goldblum presents Paul Schrader with 2009 IFF Achievement in Film Award

By Maria Esteves - January 5, 2010

24th Israel Film Festival Opening Night Gala Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - January 5, 2010 The 24th Israel Film Festival (IFF) Opening Night Gala Awards, Screening, and Reception presented by IsraFest Foundation commenced on Saturday, December 5, 2009, 7:30 pm, at the SVA Theatre, New York. This year's 2009 IFF Award recipients were Israeli filmmaker Ranana Kol for Best Student Short Film UNTIL WE'LL FIND A PLACE, founder/president of Kino International Donald Krim for Visionary, writer/director Paul Schrader for Achievement in Film, and Academy A...

Writer/Director Michael Hoffman discusses his latest film The Last Station

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Writer/director Michael Hoffman has made a diverse bunch of movies, from the quirky comedy Soapdish to the romantic comedy One Fine Day to his take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now he has tackled the final days of Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, based on the novel by Jay Parini. It took Hoffman nearly two decades for the stars to align on the picture, which was originally to star Meryl Streep as Sofya Tolstoy and Anthony Hopkins as the Russian novelist during his final days w...

NEWSLETTER N° 446: December 23, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 446: December 23, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned. _____________________________________________________ FESTIVAL NEWS...

UP IN THE AIR Goes All The Way

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  How do you follow up an international success like JUNO?Well....writer/director Jason Reitman, who has only three feature films to his credit, is sailing into Oscar town with his latest serious satire, UP IN THE AIR. The George Clooney-starrer has already been named Best Picture of the Year by several critics groups and has now posted the biggest nomination record for this year's Golden Globe Awards (will Oscar gold be far behind????). UP IN THE AIR has scored six 2009 Golden G...

Vinyl

Director: Ashley Fairfield.
Zeke is an eighteen year old Sudanese refugee living with his parents and younger brother in a small housing commission flat. He has lost one of his younger brothers to the fighting which engulfed his country and his whole family struggles with their loss as well as their new life. Zeke feels like his violent past is determining his future but finds hope for the future through the power of music.

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

Bill Condon Elected President of Film Independent

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, elected new officers Bill Condon, Rodrigo Garcia, Alan Poul and Stephanie Allain to its Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from the film community who serve in a volunteer capacity, and make strategic decisions on the direction and vitality of the organization. Director/producer Bill Condon (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters) will serve as Presid...

The Global Film Village: 25TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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by Marla LewinFilm Independent announced nominations this morning for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Nominees for Best Feature include (500) Days Of Summer, Amreeka, Precious, Sin Nombre and The Last Station.  Taraji P. Henson and Matt Dillon also announced finalists for the Acura Someone to Watch Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award, and the Piaget Producers Award. A Serious Man was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ...

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...

Starz denver Film Festival Award Winners

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The 2009 Starz Denver Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday, November 22. Many thanks to all the filmmakers, speakers, volunteers, venues and sponsors who made the Festival such a success. Juried Award Winners:Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film - PROTECTOREmerging Filmmaker Award - THE VICIOUS KINDMaysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film - THE GOOD SOLDIERSpike Lee Student Filmmaker Award - GAINING GROUNDASIFA-Colorado Prize for the Best Animated Short Award - THE NECKTIEStarz...

Writing for the Genre World a WGA panel at the AFM

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Writing for the Genre World a WGA panel moderated by Mick Garris( creator/producer: Masters of Horror; writer/director/producer of Riding the Bullet, Fear Itself and many others. Larry Cohen writer; Phone Booth, I, the Jury and writer or director of numerous other genre favorites. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White co-writers of Boogeyman and Knowing. Stephen Susco writer: The Grudge 1 and The Grudge 2 and Red. Mick Garris began the panel at the AFM by stating that lately genre equates to horror....

The Global Film Village: Writing for the Genre World a WGA panel at the AFM

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by Marc Halperin   Stephen Susco, Mick Garris, Larry Cohen, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White photo by Marc Halperin    Writing for the Genre World a WGA panel moderated by Mick Garris( creator/producer: Masters of Horror; writer/director/producer of Riding the Bullet, Fear Itself and many others. Larry Cohen writer; Phone Booth, I, the Jury and writer or director of numerous other genre favorites. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White co-writers of Boogeyman and Knowi...

The Clearwater Film & Music Festival

The Clearwater Film Festival is evolving.

In 2010 we came out of the gate with a glowing presence, hosting 75 films, a dozen educational film panels, six beautiful parties and the initiation of The Wavecrest Award.

This year we are poised to do it again, bringing a stronger live music element with a multitude of stages at participating establishments on Clearwater Beach.  In addition to keeping our eyes open for great films, this summer we have our ears to the ground to locate the brightest musical talents seeking a spotlight.  At festival time we will present a ripe harvest with a bounty of entertainment with something for everyone.

Be part of it.

Opportunities are here for everyone, whether you are here to be one of our many outstanding artists, partake of the entertainment, or join us as a vendor.  We want you involved.

The Clearwater Film Festival is a platform built to showcase seasoned filmmakers and emerging artists who demonstrate the synergy of the actor, writer and director. When great talents work harmoniously the results may be beautiful, questionable or even shocking. When the talents of the actor, writer and director belong to the same person, the triple-threat filmmaker, those results are often extraordinary. It is here that we applaud those efforts. Quality film submissions of any length are welcome from all genres worldwide. You need not be a “triple-threat filmmaker” to participate, just show us what great teamwork can do, and bring your vision.

Submit online, print your film registration and ship along with two (2) DVDs and payment to The Clearwater Film Festival, 611 S. Fort Harrison Ave, Suite 383, Clearwater FL 33756 USA. Follow guidelines for pricing and include a personal check, money order, or international money order.

SUBMIT NOW! The Clearwater Film Festival debuts in Clearwater Florida on September 29 - Oct 3, 2010

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The Clearwater Film Festival debuts in Clearwater Florida on September 29 - Oct 3, 2010   The Clearwater Film Festival is a platform built to showcase seasoned filmmakers and emerging artists who demonstrate the synergy of the actor, writer and director. When great talents work harmoniously the results may be beautiful, questionable or even shocking. When the talents of the actor, writer and director belong to the same person, the triple-threat filmmaker, those results are ofte...

The New Home For International Cinema

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  With foreign-language films (with "dreaded" sub-titles) becoming more and more difficult to find theatrical distribution, the action has moved to the home screen for even films that have been major presences on the international film festival circuit. IFC Films, which still does do day-and-date simultaneous openings in theaters and on its on-demand television network, is increasingly showcasing films strictly on its IFC ON DEMAND service, available via cable and satellite tel...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmakers. THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM AFI Fest, Fort Lauderdale, Cairo Fest, Festival d'Arra...

The Global Film Village: Christopher Plummer, Canadian born and one of the world’s great actors

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by Marla Lewin Christopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus Photo taken by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Christopher Plummer not only stars as a mystic who sells his soul to the devil in Terry GIlliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,but he plays Leo Tolstoy in the Last Station by Michael Hoffman.  He has also just finished his memoirs called “In Spite of Himself”.   Scott Foundas from the LA weekly, had just read the book, and was prepared to ...

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