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Film Forum: An Embrace of European Cinema

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  How fortunate are we film-crazy New Yorkers to have such a cinematic treasure as the Film Forum in our midst. The three-screen arthouse complex in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan has been an indispensable New York institution for over 40 years. As the only remaining independent not-for-profit arthouse theater (in a city that used to be pocketed with them), the Film Forum presents an enviable mix of the classic and the obscure, the heralded and the newly discovered. The le...

Films from Sundance 2011 on demand

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Sundance Selects, the theatrical and video-on-demand film label, today announced the second partnership with the not-for-profit Sundance Institute for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (January 20th - 30th, Park City, UT). As part of the "Direct from the Sundance Film Festival" initiative, five films being screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival will simultaneously be available nationwide, on-demand, through Sundance Selects. The films include four world premieres recently acquired by Sundanc...

HAM & THE PIPER

Director: mark norfolk.
Set in London, Burt, an elderly man discovers that his beloved wife of twenty five years is dying and begins to question whether his culture has been surpressed during his long marriage. He lapses into a psychological conflict with his own sub-conscience as he wrestles with the concept of whether black people have been cursed as quoted in the bible. As his mind descends into madness we soon discover what might make an ordinary man do the extraordinary.

My Personal Top Ten List

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  Jesse Eisenberg in THE SOCIAL NETWORK  As a media junkie (guilty as charged), I cannot help but be inundated this time of the year with all manner of critics pontificating on their "top ten" favorites of the year in the worlds of film, theater, music, art, fashion, politics, etc. While in the past, anxious readers waited with breath that is baited for what the New York Times writers and other major critics singled out as the year's best cultural attractions, the in...

NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 489: December 18, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This newsletter reaches 83 000 film professionnals...

Funny With A Dose of Acid: Blake Edwards

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  Blake Edwards, the American director whose comedic films were always presented with a dose of acid, passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday. In a career of highs and lows, Edwards carved a particular niche as a funny man with a dark underside and a dramatist who sometimes injected humor into dark tales of desperation. His 1961 film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, a huge success despite the smoothing out of the edges of its bohemian party girl Holy Gollightly, is a true classic of American...

Virtual Pitchfest MADE A MOVIE!

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VIRTUAL PITCHFEST MADE A MOVIE!!!   Virtual Pitchfest SPONSORS the Philadelphia Screenplay Fest - Your Online Contest.  Offering awards to our top 5 winners!  Visit www.ScreenplayFest.com for more information.  Visit www.VirtualPitchfest.com to apply for Online, guaranteed response pitches to BIG TIME HOLLYWOOD PLAYERS! "Raspberry Magic" was recently financed and produced via www.Virt...

Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere

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Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere with Film Independent -   It's hard to believe that over ten years have passed since Sofia Coppola burst onto the scene with her 1999 indie hit The Virgin Suicides.  Now the Academy Award and Spirit Award-winning writer/director is back with Somewhere. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, depicts the story of Johnny Marco, a H...

Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere

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Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere with Film Independent - It's hard to believe that over ten years have passed since Sofia Coppola burst onto the scene with her 1999 indie hit The Virgin Suicides. Now the Academy Award and Spirit Award-winning writer/director is back with Somewhere. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, depicts the story of Johnny Marco, a Hollywood superstar, living i...

Golden Globe Snubs And Surprises

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  The "usual suspects" were evident at the announcement of the 2011 Golden Globe Awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Both the historical biopic THE KING'S SPEECH and the zeitgeist drama THE SOCIAL NETWORK received the most nominations, with such celebrated films as BLACK SWAN, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, INCEPTION, BLUE VALENTINE and THE FIGHTER making strong showings. THE KING'S SPEECH has to be considered the current frontrunner, capping seven nominations...

On 'Son of Babylon'

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‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin.   This is a story not of war, however, but of the broken family and a lost civilization. I...

On 'Son of Babylon'

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‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin.  This is a story not of war, however, but of the broken family and a lost civilization. It is a dark road movie followin...

Interview on 'Son of Babylon'

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‘SON OF BABYLON' (2010) is a fiction film based on reality about three weeks following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the Iraq War. Writer/director Mohamed Al-Daradji spent seven years on this poetic masterpiece that touches on the timely and hypersensitive subject of the Iraq War and the country now trying to pick itself up from devastation and ruin. This is a story not of war, however, but of the broken family and a lost civilization. It is a dark road movie following a ...

Submit your film or screenplay to the Nantucket Film Festival today!

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The Nantucket Film Festival is accepting film and screenplay submissions for its 16th edition, to be held June 22-26, 2011. Unique in its dedication to supporting and promoting the art of screenwriting, the Nantucket Film Festival has been a standout on the festival circuit, screening imaginative films with an eye for great storytelling. The films shown at NFF are comprised of independent, studio-produced, foreign, documentary, animation, and short works in every genre. All film s...

Film Independent producers lab selection

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14 FILMMAKERS & 9 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FILM INDEPENDENT’S 2010 PRODUCERS LABFilm Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped its 10th annual Producers Lab earlier this week with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Sponsored by Technicolor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program took place in Los Angeles and was designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into...

Romain Gavras

Writer/director Romain Gavras at the Electra Palace in Thessaloniki after our interview on his film 'Our Day Will Come' (2010) which screened last night December 08 here in Thessaloniki. Romain's film opened to controversy in Toronto. He speaks about his road movie about 'going somewhere and yet nowhere' 

Roman Polanski Is Big Winner At European Film Awards

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  It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski…..house arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation “God Of Carnage”. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs with a sixtuplet win at the European Film Awards, held this evening in the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn.    “The Ghost Writer”, Polanski’s adapta...

Ghost Writer wins big at The EFA 2010

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It has been quite a year for director Roman Polanski…..house arrest in Switzerland, Silver Bear at the Berlinale, legal victory and return to his adopted home of Paris, and film adaptation of the international theatre sensation “God Of Carnage”. Now, Polanski caps a year full of ups and downs with a sixtuplet win at the European Film Awards, held this evening in the Nokia Concert Hall in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn. “The Ghost Writer”, Polanski’s adaptation of the Thomas Ha...

MPA APSA Film Fund announces $100,000 in script development grants for Asia Pacific film-makers

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BANGKOK ~ Four script development grants totalling $US100,000 to filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region were announced at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia on Thursday. (02 December 2010) The grants are the first to be offered by the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a new initiative of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) which is available exclusively to APSA Academy members. Four filmmakers will each receive $US25,0...

"Aftershock" Wins Best Feature Film at APSA Awards

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China, Korea, Turkey, Israel, Australia, Iran and India win awards BANGKOK ~ Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced on Thursday (02 December) evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic ...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock), from the People’s Republic of China, has won the Best Feature Film Award at the 4th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), announced this evening at a stunning ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Chinese actor Chen Daoming received the Best Performance by an Actor award for the same film, which is the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office. President of the International Jury for APSA 2010, Academy-Award winning p...

Independent Spirit Awards nominees for Best Feature 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right , Winter's Bone

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone. Please Give was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given...

Nicole Kidman to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award in Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 -February 6, 2011, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the historic Arlington Theatre.The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path - taking artistic risks and making a significa...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members presided by Puttnam

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards has unveiled the International Jury members who will join previously announced President, Lord David Puttnam, for the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, on December 2. Lord David Puttnam, Academy Award winner and producer of Chariots of Fire, The Mission and The Killing Fields, has assembled a Jury of highly experienced industry professionals from across the globe. They are: ...

Terry Gilliam introducing the Imaginarium at AFI

Writer/Director Terry Gilliam introduces THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS at AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi on November 2, 2009 in Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles.

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