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The 35th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients at a reception at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre Hotel today.AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN SHORT FILM The award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Vincent Biron for Les Fleurs de l'âge,which explores a summer day for a regular group of school kids. The jury remarked: “Director Vincent Biron manages to take a moment of an ordinary childhood summer and render unforgettable art from it. This gem of a film captured the j...

REMAINDERED on the Radio

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Here's an interview Lee Goldberg, writer/director of REMAINDERED, did with WKWC 90.3 FM  in Owensboro about REMAINDERED and TV writing/production in general.  It was a lot of fun to do. ...

Speakers for the October 2010 Filmmaker Forum announced

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  FILM INDEPENDENT'S 6TH ANNUAL FILMMAKER FORUM OCTOBER 29-31, 2010 Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today the panelists for the sixth annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held October 29-31 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles.  The opening night film, keynote speaker, and additional panelists will be announced shortly, as well as the recipient of the 2010 Sloan Produce...

Sofia Coppola Wins Her Lion In Venice

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  Sofia Coppola walked away with the top prize at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend, winning the Golden Lion for her new film SOMEWHERE. The film, which inexplicably did not make the cut at the Toronto or New York film festivals (festival envy?), stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning in a dramatic story of a father who tries to connect with his daughter after years of neglect. The fact that the dad is also a famous actor adds spice to this satire of Hollywood's self-obession and...

TIFF Film In Focus: BEGINNERS

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The courage to live one's truth....that is the potent theme of BEGINNERS, an emotional drama that had its world premiere on Saturday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. American director Mike Mills, who made an assured debut in 2005 with the festival hit THUMBSUCKER handily mixes comedy and tragedy and guides his cast of top flight actors to convincing and moving performances. Drawing on his own background as a graphic designer and artist who has exhibited extensively ...

Italian Cinema Bridges The Atlantic

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  PASSIONE (John Turturro, Italy) As the Venice International Film Festival enters its final weekend, the annual overlap between it and the Toronto International Film Festival, which opened this past Thursday, is most keenly felt. It is no secret that the two festivals are major rivals for world premieres and the attention of the world press. Venice's appeal is well, that's it is Venice...one of the world's most glamorous destinations. Toronto, a city that put the ugh in urban, is m...

67th Biennale Jury members

On the jury this year at 67th Biennale in 2010, the great writer/director Guillermo Arriaga   Check out my in-depth interview with him in Aruba!   http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/interview_with_guillermo_a...

Guillermo Arriaga Venice FF 2010 Jury member

On the jury this year at 67th Biennale in 2010, the great writer/director Guillermo Arriaga   Check out my in-depth interview with him in Aruba!   http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/interview_with_guillermo_arriaga  

EVERYTHING WILL HAPPEN BEFORE YOU DIE!

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In the midst of all the Venice Film Festival excitement, I'd like to bring your attention to some good old Americana Indie-style. If the title doesn't grab you enough, like it certainly does for me, then hopefully this in-depth interview with the filmmakers Dan Finkel, (Director/Writer/Producer) and Brian McGuire (Actor/Writer/Producer) for the new witty and spirited- che spiritoso!- American Indie film Everything Will Happen Before You Die (2010).     First, I...

NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 475: September 3, 2010 THE SUMMER WRAP NEWSLETTER Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter ...

Confronting The Shadows Of History

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  HENRY OF NAVARRE (Jo Baier, Germany/France/Spain)  It is always tempting to ascertain a link or a thematic accent in the programming of a film festival. Threads are there but creating a strong argument in that direction is always a bit of a false road. In truth, film festivals come together based on the films that are made available to them. However, as with an individual, each Festival has its own distinct personality and interests.  At the Montreal World Film Festival, ...

Facing East: Asian Films In Montreal

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  LOST LOVE MURDER (Shoji Kubota, Japan) The Montreal World Film Festival, which is now in its final weekend, has always been a bridge for Asian films coming to North America. Films from this part of the world resonate with Montreal audiences and juries. In the past ten years, the number of Asian films winning the Festival’s top prize is more consistent than at any other major film event. This year, this trans-ocean love affair continues.       ...

American Indies To Compete In Montreal

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  Premiering in the Competition section of the Montreal World Film Festival this week are two American independent productions from directors with long histories in the indie arena. TWELVE THIRTY is the fourth film from writer/director Jeff Lipsky, whose films have been major hits at film festivals worldwide. TWELVE THIRTY is drama about a family with adult children that is broken, and a self-centered young man who, in the span of a week, becomes entangled in each of their lives,...

2010 New York International Latino Film Festival Awards Photos

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By Maria Esteves - August 27, 2010 The 11th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) Awards presented by HBO honoring the best in filmmaking and emerging directors of Latino descent in 2010 was held at the SVA Theatre, Sunday, August 1, 7:00 PM. This year's film festival included 46 premieres, 33 features (domestic, international, cinedulce), 17 documentaries, 56 shorts; panel discussions; special presentations; workshops; free outdoor screenings; VIP receptions; and gala parties....

Louis Bélanger Returns To Montreal Spotlight

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  Celebrated Quebec writer/director Louis Bélanger makes a triumphant return to the Montreal World Film Festival, which opens this evening with the director's latest film ROUTE 132. The film is making its World Premiere in the Competition Section of the event. In this highly dramatic caper drama, two old friends and small-time crooks embark on a crime spree, but take an unexpected detour that could lead them down the road to redemption. The film, co-written by the director ...

11th NY Intl Latino Film Festival Opening Night Premiere of THE DRY LAND Red Carpet & After Party Photos

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By Maria Esteves - August 25, 2010 The 11th New York International Latino Film Festival 2010 (NYILFF10) presented by HBO Opening Night New York Premiere of THE DRY LAND, written/directed by Ryan Piers Williams, commenced Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 7:00 PM, at the School for Visual Arts (SVA) theatre. 2010 NYILFF Opening Night VIP Reception preceded the premiere film. 2010 NYILFF Opening Night red carpet arrivals included international filmmakers, producers, writers, actors, recording artists, i...

11th New York International Latino Film Festival Axe Twist Industry Lounge Photos

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By Maria Esteves - August 25, 2010 The 11th New York International Latino Film Festival 2010 (NYILFF10) Axe Twist Industry Lounge, was held at The Cell Theatre, New York, July 27-31, 12:00 -10:00 PM. Filmmakers, executives, sponsors, NYILFF badge attendees, and member of the press gathered daily to network, conduct interviews, and attend panel discussions. The lounge featured art exhibit by artist/illustrator Valerie Crosswhite, video game station, free Wi-Fi wireless internet access, compli...

Write and Direct Your First Feature Film

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FIVE NIGHTS TO KICK-START YOUR FILM CAREER  Being a writer/director in the film business ensures that your words and vision are translated to the screen exactly as you conceived them. But how do you take your ideas and characters and put them into action?  Raindance Canada is proud to offer an exclusive 5-night course starting September 27th, with Sean McConville, renowned Canadian writer & director of Deadline (2010) starring Brittany Murphy & Thora Birch.    ...

Coming Up Roses and Jayce Bartok

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  Today I have the smart, skilled, stylish and sometimes sleazy (only in films of course! ;-)) actor/writer/director/producer Jayce Bartok with us to share his film adventures, past, present and future.     ME: Jayce, how are you? Thanks for the interview. As you know, I'm super excited to hear about your latest film Coming Up Roses (2010) But first, can you speak to us about how you got into acting? Was it something you always knew you wanted to do? &nbs...

LARRY THOMAS, Let Them Eat Soup!

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I have the fantastic privilege to share my interview with the fabulous Larry Thomas, first class talented actor of TV and Film and the world famous Soup Nazi from the hit series Seinfeld. Read about Larry's latest projects as well as his experience being forever branded SOUP NAZI with the famous line: ‘NO SOUP FOR YOU!' When I asked Larry if he would do an interview with me, first he replied: ‘No interview for you!' LOL! But then he softened up and his the interview flowed like so...

'Break' out with Frank Krueger

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        On the go, go-getter actor Frank Krueger is here today to speak about his recent films The Pink Conspiracy (2007), Break (2008), Gerald (2010) and more!     ME: Hi Frank, thanks for talking with us. First, can you tell us about your film The Pink Conspiracy? Like a brief on what it's about and then your role in it?     FRANK: The Pink Conspiracy is a dark fun relationship comedy about a guy who disc...

Talking with Tim Seyfert

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  http://www.timetravelboyfriends.com   Talking with Tim, a fellow Californian working on film in London. He has a number of exciting film projects going down and tons more on the way. Watch out for this growing fish in the sea of international film circuits!   ME: Hi, Tim. Thanks for joining us. So awesome to talk to you. You're a fellow Californian working in London like me! So, can you tell us how you got into acting? TIM: Acting wasn't something I ini...

Portal to 'Red White and Blue'

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The internationally acclaimed and festival winning Red White and Blue (2010) isn't the patriotic film that you would expect from such a title...No, it's a story peppered with symbolism about deprivation, love, passion and gore. Red, White and Blue is a heart-palpitating thought-provoking thriller story about nymph-ess Erica and 'three lives bound together by blood'.  I had the fortunate opportunity to meet with producer Bob Portal to speak about his film Red White and Blue as well...

Claudio Masenza with Mr. and Mrs. Arriaga

It was Claudio Masenza who organized the first ever Aruba International Film Festival. It was a smashing success and we can all thank with praise to Claudio for making such a beautiful event possible. Grazie mille Claudio!!! Here is Claudio walking the red carpet with writer/director Guillermo Arriaga and his lovely wife.    see this one of a kind interview filmed in Aruba with Guillermo Arriag

Miguel Mas and Love Equation

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                                  Multi-talented Argentinian director/writer/producer Miguel Mas shares his thoughts and feelings of his recent film Love Equation (2009)   ME: Can you speak a little bit about Love Equation and what it is about?   MIGUEL: The film features an exce...

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