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Miguel Mas and Love Equation

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 exceptional story line of love counting issues of friends that are involved in such particular feeling: sensibilities and weaknesses of hu

The Pack...Mistake or Murder?

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  Writer/Director/Producer Alyssa Rallo Bennett of The Pack (2009) speaks about the film that is closest to her heart. The Pack raises the question of 2nd hand smoke and its fatal consequences. Being a hot debate, no doubt this film will raise questions and bring awareness to viewers worldwide. In a riveting scene of the film, a man throws a steak knife onto the table next to a 'pack' of cigarettes and at the top of his voice screams: 'Are you gonna tell me these are the same?' Well, ...

The Beginner is 'the end of the beginning'!

Ben Coccio (Zero Day, 2003) is the writer/director of the new tell it like it is coming of age/road movie, The Beginner (2010). I asked Ben to tell us about his new film The Beginner. Read interview below.   me: "So, Ben. I love the dollar bill! lol! Can you tell us about The Beginner? What do you want to say about American culture to the rest of the world through this film? B

'Around'... and around again...

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      Writer/Director/Producer/Editor David Spaltro shares his thoughts and vision about his film, Around (2008), which despite being two years old now, is coming 'around' again.   me: "David, can you please start by telling us about the symbolism around Around? And what it means to you?" David: "...Around is a very personal story, auto-biographical but not auto-biography and an all around love-letter and val...

Toronto FF Opens With Hockey Musical

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   Olivia Newton-John in SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL Toronto and hockey......a match made in maple leaf heaven. Add music and icon Olivia Newton-John to the mix and you've got the ingredients for a fun and campy film delight. Well, that delightful concoction, the first hockey musical that I've ever heard tell of, will be the Opening Night Gala for the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Festival hosts the world premiere of SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL by Canadian writ...

Devil's Town

  Welcome to Devil's Town (2009), the new international  award winning masterpiece film by writer/director Vladimir Paskaljevic. A new addition to sales company Film Planet Entertainment,  we promise to make sure the world will visit Davolja Varos, Devil's Town, with us. Vladimir kindly took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for me. Well, we are friends so I wo

Paulista, Quanto Dura Amor?

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          Paulista, Quanto Dura o Amor? (2009) by writer/director Roberto Moreira and actress Maria Clara Spinelli (winner of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival award for Best Actress) held its North American premier at the Palm Springs Film Festival in January, 2010. Both Roberto Moreira and Maria Spinelli attended for Q and A after screening. Roberto discussed that it was indeed a challenge to make a film that focuses o...

Director David Michod rules in Animal Kingdom

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I saw this Sundance 2010 Grand jury prize winner at the www.lafest.com and it rocked. The director David Michod and I met there and last week we had an in depth conversation to be posted in the next issue of www.independentfilmquarterly.net.The words that stick out in my mind are complexities and preparation. Everybody wants to make their movie so they get a camera and start shooting their script. Very different with this awesome feature film debut of this extremely talented writer /director. So...

Director David Michod's feature film debut Animal Kingdom raises the bar on crime dramas

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Director David Michod rules in Animal Kingdom  I saw this Sundance 2010 Grand jury prize winner at the www.lafest.com and it rocked. The directorDavid Michod and I met there and last week we had an in depth conversation tobe posted in the next issue of www.independentfilmquarterly.net.                                 &nb...

L'amour de Montparnasse

Director: Toby Lomas.
A sophisticated Parisian politician’s wife seeks to escape with the father of her unborn child from her routine and boring life in post WW|| Paris. She is forced to face reality when met with indecision and rejection by her allied airman lover on a dark Montparnasse station platform.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Awards

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  The Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced the winners in the six competition categories for feature films at an Awards Ceremony prior to the Closing Gala of the world premiere of THIRD STAR. The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill and Patrons Tilda Swinton and Seamus McGarvey on the penultimate day of the Festival at Cineworld. This year's winners are:   The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film, sponsored by t...

Patricia Clarkson speaks to fest21 on the Cairo Time red carpet from Aruba

He who hath not seen Cairo hath not seen the world. Her soil is gold; her Nile is a marvel; her women are like the black-eyed virgins of Paradise; her houses are palaces; and her air is soft, as sweet-smelling as aloe-wood, rejoicing the heart. And how can Cairo be otherwise, when she is the Mother of the World? --"A Thousand and One Nights" About Cairo Time starring Patricia Clarkson (Juliette)

SEBBE: An Intense Story of Adolesence

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  One of the revelations and big winners of the Zlin Film Festival, which concluded its 50th anniversary last week, was the Swedish/Finnish co-production SEBBE. The film, written and directed by Babak Najah, won the Golden Slipper Award in the International Competition for Feature Films for Youth category. The intensely dramatic film follows the emotional travails of a teenage boy named Sebastian, Sebbe for short, as he grows up much too fast while being bullied at school and deal...

First blog entry - Toby and Hettie make a movie

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Welcome to our blog for our films, but at the moment specifically for our latest film L'amour de Montparnasse.  It's our second major short film that we worked on together.  Toby as writer/director and myself as producer.  Our first film Alone about the Universe is 18 minutes and a sci-fi drama.  It was our first film that we sent off to festivals and at the time we were very new to the whole circuit so had no plan or strategy.  We picked up two international awards for best short and excel...

Provincetown International Film Festival Brings Warm Tides

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The year America's oldest art colony turned 100, it reckoned it couldn't start another century without a cinema fete. Thus was born the Provincetown International Film Festival. That was 1999, and now PIFF heads into its 12th edition June 16 to 20, 2010. The Festival will once again salute "new achievements in independent film…and the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors," as per its website. Not a peep about writers, which is the bailiwick of the N...

Zlin Film Festival At Midpoint

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 THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL (Scott Rosenbaum, USA) Well, the good news is that after several days of torrential rain showers, the sun is finally shining in Zlin as the Zlin Film Festival hits the halfway mark of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Despite the unusually cool weather, the atmosphere has been warm at this popular and important film event, the oldest devoted to films for the children and youth market (although adults are more than welcome).   The Fest...

Pointing East: Zlin Film Festival Opens

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JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME (1955, Karel Zeman) The eyes of the film industry are pointing east this week as the Zlin Film Festival kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations in the UNESCO heritage city in the Moravia district of eastern Czech Republic. A mix of filmmmakers, programmers, distributors, critics and journalists have come from Europe, North America, Asia and beyond to participate in this year's event, the largest devoted to children and youth cinema (with many ad...

American Rock N Roll Drama To Open Zlin Film Festival

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  THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL, an award-winning American Independent drama directed by Scott Rosenbaum and featuring a stellar cast that includes Peter Fonda, Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Lukas Haas, Kelly Lynch, Ruby Dee, Lauren Holly and Taryn Manning, will be the Opening Night Gala presentation of the Zlin Film Festival. The film, which is making its Eastern European Premiere at the Festival, kicks off the 50th anniversary celebrations on Monday evening, May 31, as one of Eur...

International Student Film Festival Hollywood

Hollywood is the capital city of the entertainment world. The International Student Film Festival Hollywood offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders, creating career development opportunities in their home countries as well as in the United States. The organization provides a unique venue for independent films by student filmmakers from around the world. The festival is open to students only. Participants must be undergraduate or graduate filmstudents. Students should be registered in elementary, junior high school, high school, college, university or private film schools. High school students will only compete with other high school students. Students of all ages and academic backgrounds are encouraged to join the event.

The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) with 293 screenings of 181 films from 46 countries, with 188 filmmakers and 104 industry guests from 23 countries in attendance and more than 75,000 filmgoers. The Festival sold out 92 screenings during its 15-day run, including five sellouts of the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre (An Evening with Roger Ebert & Friends, An Evening with Robert Duvall, world premiere of All About Evil, 20...

Twilight at the L.A. Film Festival turns Downtown into the new Uptown

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The L.A. Film Festival Directors have set the scene. And the Film Independent press conference today announced action. Downtown LA will be the stage for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, with red carpet events such as the World Premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse about to eclipse a lot of fine indie films but spotlight "a vibrant and burgeoning independent arts community in downtown Los Angeles".Over 16 years the L.A. Film Festival has shown itself worthy of its reputation as a world class ...

´Twilight´ turns Downtown into the new Uptown

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The L.A. Film Festival Directors have set the scene. And the Film Independent press conference announced action. Downtown LA will be the stage for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, with red carpet events such as the world premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse about to eclipse a lot of fine indie films but spotlight "a vibrant and burgeoning independent arts community in downtown Los Angeles".  ...

European Films Shine At Tribeca FF

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 Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin, Germany)    This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which is currently in the middle of its 12 day run in New York City, boasts a strong representation of both veteran and emerging European talents. As a whole, the Festival offers a tantalizing check of the pulse of current trends and styles in European filmmaking. How these films will fare in the US market is far from certain, but for the next week, European cinema rules in downtown New York.   The na...

European Films Shine At Tribeca FF

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This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which is currently in the middle of its 12 day run in New York City, boasts a strong representation of both veteran and emerging European talents. As a whole, the Festival offers a tantalizing check of the pulse of current trends and styles in European filmmaking. How these films will fare in the US market is far from certain, but for the next week, European cinema rules in downtown New York. The narratives on display from European talents take in all genre...

SPORK: Or How to Survive Cherry Hill Junior High (with Camp and Heart)

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Starting on April 30th, SPORK, a charming and quirky film about a 14-year old hermaphrodite navigating the trecherous social landscape of junior high school, will be available for download via Tribeca's Virtual Film Festival program (http://www.tribecafilm.com/virtual/).  Fans of underdog stories everywhere should definitely push the button on this one. From the moment one lays eyes on the frizzy-haired Spork in her trailer park home -- complete with 3D sunglasses, stuffed dog on wheels and fe...

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