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Filmmakers, industry mavens, film critics and local film buffs gathered last evening at the historic Backstage Productions Arts and Entertainment Complex in Kingston, NY for the awards ceremonies of the 10th edition of the Woodstock Film Festival. The film event closes today, celebrating 10 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world.Emceed by actor/director Giancarlo Esposito, the WFF Awards ceremony guests, pres...

Woodstock FF Award Winners

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  DON'T LET ME DROWN (Cruz Angeles, USA) Filmmakers, industry mavens, film critics and local film buffs gathered last evening at the historic Backstage Productions Arts and Entertainment Complex in Kingston, NY for the awards ceremonies of the 10th edition of the Woodstock Film Festival. The film event closes today, celebrating 10 years of exceptional independent film, panels, concerts, events and parties, with the best of the best in the indie film world. Emceed by actor/dire...

Astonishing Debuts At Woodstock FF

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  CHILDREN OF INVENTION    With a festival which prides itself as being “fiercely independent”, the Woodstock Film Festival, which concludes today, is committed to the discovery of new talents, both behind and in front of the screen. With budgets that are tight in the extreme, more often that not, the actors used are new to the screen and unknown to the public (I included myself in this). However, when a performance of great depth or realism is given by someone you do not know, my tende...

Music Films At Woodstock Film Festival

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  Woodstock is synonymous with music, so it makes perfect sense that one of the highlights of the Woodstock Film Festival is a series of highly anticipated music films. The films range from folk to rock to punk and everything in between, and are often accompanied with live music performances (another Woodstock staple). Festivities kick off Friday evening with a live music event featuring the “father of Ukulele hip hop”, rapper/songwriter Jon Braman, Jim & Liz Beloff, and...

Tucson Film & Music Festival Closing Night film Rock Prophecies

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Tucson Film & Music Festival Celebrates Closing Night at The Historic Rialto with Closing Night Film "Rock Prophecies" & TFMF After Dark: "Lost Dream"The 5th annual Tucson Film & Music Festival (TFMF) is pleased to announce its closing night festivities. The very special evening will take place at The Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson on Sunday, October 11, 2009. The evening commences at 7:30 pm with the TFMF Closing Night Film "Rock Prophecies" (AZ Premiere), John Chester's feature-length docum...

In Search of the Messiah

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Director: Tim Meara.
On the ribs of the oldest surviving Cello made around fifteen thirty eight its maker inscribed the words “Justice” and “Piety”, yet beneath its civilized surface the world of rare string instruments is a realm of undisclosed alliances, fierce rivalries and denigrating whispers; it’s history of fraud and fakery dates almost to the inception of the violin itself… The title of the documentary is inspired by the most perfectly preserved Stradivari violin in existence: The Messiah, which is displayed in a glass case at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and was donated with the condition that it must never be played again. This film explores a rare and exclusive world. Owning one of Stradivari’s instruments now equates to great power and influence in the Music World. These instruments are so valuable that they are well beyond the capability of even the most famous musicians to own. Yet they have the unique capacity to produce sound so intensely beautiful and powerful that 350 years after their creation they remain one of the only objects in our cultural history to be unrivalled by anything modern technology and science can produce. What right, if any, will musicians have to play these unique instruments in the future? The film follows the Brit award winning violinist Ruth Palmer as she circumnavigates the globe in search of an instrument to play, and we hear the magic of Stradivari in the hands of the world’s greatest musicians including: Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Heinrich Schiff, Natalie Clein and Steven Isserlis.

ENTRE NOS Wins North American Independents Competition

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor    ENTRE NOS, a hard-hitting and emotionally involving drama about the struggles of an illegal immigrant to make a life for herself and her children on the mean streets of New York City, was chosen as the Best Film in the North American Independents Competition of the 25th edition of FESTROIA: The Troia International Film Festival. The Festival, the oldest and largest in Portugal, ran from September 4 to 1...

Bill Mechanic will deliver IFTA Production Conference Keynote

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New Distribution Options and Reinvention on Agenda Prominent industry executive and producer Bill Mechanic will deliver the keynote address at the 11th Annual Independent Film & Television Alliance's (IFTA) Production Conference, which takes place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt announced today. Mechanic will be joined by other industry leaders at Century City's InterContinental Hotel to address the best ways to overcome difficult production...

A Focus On The Environment

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  THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE (Canada) by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor FESTROIA is set in the beautiful coastal city of Setubal, surrounded by water and mountains in the Sado region of Portugal. Its idyllic setting makes it a natural environment for a meditation of ecological issues and the Festival expresses its interest in a competition section entitled Man And His Environment.   This theme is expressed in the section in a combination of featur...

Estes Park Film Festival Opening Night Party & Film

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Join us at the Historic Park Theatre as we celebrate the opening of our 4th annual film festival! This is your chance to meet and mingle with the filmmakers, special guests, and other film enthusiasts. Tickets are $30 until September 10th and $35 starting September 11th. Reserve your spot at this event now and save! Our opening night film, (The Eclipse), will play immediately after the party at approx. 8:30 PM! (Food and Drinks will be provided by the Park Theatre) Visit http://epffopeningpart...

Canadian Films In The Spotlight at Toronto Fest

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The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His newest film CHLOE, starring Julianne Moore and Li...

Canadian Films In The Spotlight

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The 34th Toronto International Film Festival which opens on Thursday evening is a golden opportunity for Canadian filmmakers, producers and distributors to showcase their latest work for the international guests that will begin arriving. A stunning number of new Canadian films are making their debuts at the event. Most are World or North American Premieres. No Canadian survey is complete without a film from Canada's film laureate Atom Egoyan. His...

Festroia Film In Focus: ENTRE NOS

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor   It takes a tremendous amount of courage and insight to make a film that cuts so close to the bone, but in ENTRE NOS, an American Independent film screening at FESTROIA, the actress/writer/director Paola Mendoza delves into her own troubling past to create a universal story of perseverance and triumph.   Mendoza, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with Gloria La Monte, also stars as Mariana, a Colombian refuge...

The Eclipse makes its Colorado Premiere at the Estes Park Film Festival

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The Eclipse (Special Pre-Release Screening) – Fresh from its premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, “The Eclipse” is an exquisite and life-affirming atmospheric drama about the redemptive quality of love. In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts. Written & Directed by: Tony Award-nominated writer/director Conor McPherson / Starring Ciarán Hinds (Munich), Iben Hjejle (High Fidelity) & ...

North American Independents Competition at FESTROIA

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  LYMELIFE (Derek Martini, USA) by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Eight celebrated American and Canadian feature films by emerging filmmakers that were first showcased at such prestigious film events as Sundance, Tribeca, Rotterdam and Toronto, will compete in the North American Independents Competition of the 25th edition of FESTROIA: The Troia International Film Festival. The Festival, the oldest and largest in Portugal, runs from September 4 to 13 in the coas...

Find's Annual Filmakers panelists announced

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today the panelists for the fifth-annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held October 9-11 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles. Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum is a weekend conference, giving emerging filmmakers access to some of the most innovative names in independent filmmaking, as well as the most useful information available on how to get your movie ma...

Quentin Tarantino to receive excellence in film award from Santa Barbara

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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the fourth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to the legendary, Academy Award-winning writer/director/producer/actor Quentin Tarantino.  The black-tie Gala dinner, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 22.  "We are beyond excited to be able to honor a man who has tur...

Asian American Film Fest opens with Ivy Ho Directorial Debut CLAUSTROPHOBIA

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2009 Asian American Internal Film Festival Opens with Ivy Ho Directorial Debut CLAUSTROPHOBIAThe 32nd Asian American International Film Festival 2009 (AAIFF09) sponsored by Toyota, Opening Night New York premiere of CLAUSTROPHOBIA, written/directed by Ivy Ho, commenced Thursday, July 23, 6:45 pm, at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas. A special Q&A session with director Ho, moderated by senior program officer of cultural programs and performing arts La Frances Hui, Asia Society, preceded the festival...

Stars hit the Red Carpet & After Party in NY for the Intl Latino Film Fest Premiere of Peter Bratt's, LA MISSION

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By Maria Esteves - August 13, 2009       The 10th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented by HBO Opening Night New York Premiere of LA MISSION, written/directed by Peter Bratt, was held at the School for Visual Arts (SVA) theatre, Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 PM. 2009 NYILFF Opening Night red carpet arrivals included HBO vice president, acquisition & multicultural marketing Lucinda Martinez-Desir, festival founder/co-executive director Calixto Chinchilla, festival ...

2009 Asian American Internal Film Festival Opens with Ivy Ho Directorial Debut CLAUSTROPHOBIA

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By Maria Esteves - August 12, 2009 The 32nd Asian American International Film Festival 2009 (AAIFF09) sponsored by Toyota, Opening Night New York premiere of CLAUSTROPHOBIA, written/directed by Ivy Ho, commenced Thursday, July 23, 6:45 pm, at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas. A special Q&A session with director Ho, moderated by senior program officer of cultural programs and performing arts La Frances Hui, Asia Society, preceded the festivals Opening Night Gala Reception at BLVD. ...

Estes Park Film Festival Announces Official Selections

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World premiers, international films, and a special pre-release sneak preview on tap for the fourth annual event. Estes Park, CO August 9, 2009 -- Showcasing over 40 independent films from around the world, the 4th Annual Estes Park Film Festival will take place September 17-20 at the Historic Park Theatre in downtown Estes Park, Colorado. Built in 1913, the Park Theatre is the oldest operating movie theatre west of the Mississippi and is on the national register of historic places. This Septe...

Northern Lights: New Canadian Cinema at ERA

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Wroclaw, Poland-----Canada’s reputation often is overwhelmed by the sheer size and influence of its neighbor to the south. While Canadians may seem interchangeable with Americans to outsiders, the differences are particularly clear in the Canadian film industry, where active governmental subsidy systems have nurtured the careers of such film artists as David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Norman Jewison, Robert Lepage, and Guy Maddin, who is getting a career retrospective here. Kino Kanady: Cinema ...

Northern Lights: New Canadian Cinema

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   by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor  Wroclaw, Poland-----Canada’s reputation often is overwhelmed by the sheer size and influence of its neighbor to the south. While Canadians may seem interchangeable with Americans to outsiders, the differences are particularly clear in the Canadian film industry, where active governmental subsidy systems have nurtured the careers of such film artists as David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Norman Jewison, Robert Lepage, and Guy Maddin,...

4th Annual ITVFestival Panel Lineup and more

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Tickets and passes are on sale. If you don't buy them now, they'll be sold out soon. We have some fantastic programs and panels shaping up. Down below is our list of confirmed panelists... Important Dates... July 30th Opening Night Gala. Official invites are on their way, but in the meanwhile, you can rsvp at itvfestgala.eventbrite.com. There will be food and liquor and beer and music. July 31st First day of ITVFest!!! August 3rd, Web TV Day sponsored by Tubefilter Au...

THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL in LA: RED CARPET SCHEDULE + CELEBS

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“THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES FOR 8 DAYS OF 100 SCREENINGS, RED CARPET PREMIERES, PARTIES, PANELS AND AWARDS CEREMONY & A NEW FEST PRESIDENT, ABEL FERRARA, THE KING OF INDIE FILM!”Featuring the talents of Susan Sarandon; Taryn Manning; Walter Cronkite; Arthur Laurents; Topmodel Venantia Otto; DJ Qualls; Mercedes McNab; Poet Steven Vincent Benét; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Douglas Moore; Tony Randall (final performance, The Od...

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