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COL•COA 2011 Awards Deep in the Woods

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The Franco-American Cultural Fund announced today that Deep in the Woods (Au fond des bois) was awarded the LAFCA Critics Award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association jury at the 15th City of Lights, City of Angels French film festival. The film was written by Benoît Jacquot and Julien Boivent, and directed by Benoît Jacquot. The opening night film Service Entrance (Les Femmes du 6e étage), written by Philippe Le Guay and Jérôme Tonnerre and directed by Philippe Le Guay, walked away ...

The judges arrived in Sundance

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Sundance Institute announced members of five juries awarding prizes at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20-30, 2011. The juries are comprised of 23 individuals spanning the global arts community. Juror photos and extended biographies, in addition to the complete Festival lineup and schedule, are available at www.sundance.org/festival. All awards will be announced the evening of January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The Short Film Awards will als...

The Global Film Village: Julie Hebert’s TREE a moving and poetic World Premiere play at [Inside] the Ford

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by Marla Lewinphoto by Ed KriegerTree is a metaphor for the roots, branches, and leaves of a family. It seems both solid and enduring. TREE by Julie Hebert depicts three generations, divided by race, culture, time, and location.  Leo Price (Chuma Gault) is a divorced chef who is caring for an aging mother with dementia (Sloan Robinson) with the help of his college-age daughter, J.J. (Tessa Thompson). They connect when Didi Marcantel (Jacqueline Wright) a southern white woman barges into h...

The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming

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Former Film Society Mainstay Returns to Help Lead Vastly Expanded and Enriched Organization As it Enters New Era of Growth The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming, effective August 10, 2009.    Photo by Jesse Grant / WireImage   "We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executiv...

Rachel Rosen new director of programming at San Francisco Fest

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Former Film Society Mainstay Returns to Help Lead Vastly Expanded and Enriched Organization As it Enters New Era of GrowthThe San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Rachel Rosen as director of programming, effective August 10, 2009. "We're thrilled to welcome Rachel back to a leadership role in the organization after her extraordinarily successful tenure in Los Angeles," said Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director. "Her intelligence, flair for innovation and keen eye for exciti...

LA Shorts Fest '09 Announces Jury

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    LA Shorts Fest '09 has announced the jury for its thirteenth annual short film festival.   The jury is made up of a mixture of well known talent and industry executives, most of who are expected to be on hand to walk the red carpet on opening night, July 23.   Members of the LA Shorts Fest '09 jury are:   -        Julian McMahon, Golden Globe nominated Acto...

LA Shorts Fest '09 Announces Jury

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LA Shorts Fest '09 has announced the jury for its thirteenth annual short film festival. The jury is made up of a mixture of well known talent and industry executives, most of who are expected to be on hand to walk the red carpet on opening night, July 23. Members of the LA Shorts Fest '09 jury are: - Julian McMahon, Golden Globe nominated Actor (CHARMED, NIP/TUCK, FANTASTIC FOUR I&II...),- Jessalyn Gilsig, Actress (PRISON BREAK, NIP/TUCK, HEROES, and the upcoming GLEE, PROM NIGHT....

Skolimowski On Tour

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Skolimowski tours this year all major international film festivals in Eastern Europe and wider, visiting Belgrade International Film Festival FEST www.fest.rs with his "Four Nights With Anna" about obsessive-love drama. A filmmaker who already turned 70 has been absent from the filmmaking profession for almost two decades. But good reviews, and distinction pleasure of being Cannes' Directors' Fortnight opener last year, has opened the doors for him worldwide. His last two decades, he...

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival In Los Angeles

NYIIFVF is the only festival that focuses ONLY on independent films. This is the only festival that refunds entree fee if you are not accepted. You show your film in NY and LA.

Echos of Enlightenment by Daniel J. Coplan

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Synopsis A magical realism thriller about a wife’s search for her missing husband, Daniel. You see, every day, somewhere in America, a middle aged man leaves his home and his family, and never returns. Alternating between droll humor and the psychidelic, the film explores both angst and enlightenment, in a fascinating journey of breathtaking vision, mysticism, human passion, all ending with a remarkable discovery! Director Mr. Coplan started making movies when he was 14...

23rd Israel Film Festival Closing Night PANAVISION Awards

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By Maria Esteves - November 18, 2008 The 23rd Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York Closing Night Awards presented by Panavision and the IsraFest Foundation, acknowledging the best in filmmaking and emerging directors and producers of Israeli descent, was held at the Clearview Cinemas, Thursday, November 13, 7:30 PM. The awards were announced by founder/executive director Meir Fenigstein and Peter Brogna of PANAVISION.  2008 IFF Closing Night premiere sold out screening of THE SECRETS, ...

Full jury list for Sydney Festival new competition

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The full Jury for its inaugural Official Competition.  Australian actress Essie Davis and LA film writer and critic Scott Foundas will join Jury President Gillian Armstrong, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi and Iranian director/writer/producer Majid Majidi. Running 4-22 June, Sydney Film Festival has opened with the one of the Official Competition films, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky.  All 12 Competition films will have a Red Carpet Premiere over the first 12 nights of the festival.All Jury membe...

Full jury list for Sydney Festival new competition

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The full Jury for its inaugural Official Competition.  Australian actress Essie Davis and LA film writer and critic Scott Foundas will join Jury President Gillian Armstrong, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi and Iranian director/writer/producer Majid Majidi. Running 4-22 June, Sydney Film Festival has opened with the one of the Official Competition films, Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky.  All 12 Competition films will have a Red Carpet Premiere over the first 12 nights of the festival.All Jury membe...

Colcoa to open with Land of Shtis French BO sensation

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The Franco American Cultural Fund today announced the line-up for the12th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival that will run from April 14-20. The festival will feature 48 films, including 27 features, 20 shorts and a World Premiere of a restored masterpiece. Acclaimed French comedy « Welcome to the Land of Shtis, » which is shattering all box office records in France, will have its North American premiere at COL•COA on opening night, April 14, 2008. The new Dany...

AFI Tribute to Laura Linney: Lessons in passion and grace

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Tribute to Laura Linney: Lessons in passion and grace By MARC LEE for AFI online dailies Daily News Editor With speeches from Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ruffalo, an introduction by LA Weekly film critic and editor Scott Foundas and a wealth of stunning film clips, AFI FEST's tribute to Laura Linney brought the ArcLight audience to its feet more than once. Appearing at the AFI FEST Rooftop Village with fiance Marc Schauer, Linney had a brief moment of calm before having her portrait take...

IFFLA 2007 Announces Winners

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The 5th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles concluded on Sunday night at ArcLight Hollywood with the Los Angeles premiere of Rajnesh Domalpalli’s VANAJA, Best Debut Feature winner at the Berlin International Film Festival. At the post-screening Gala Reception at Level 3 in Hollywood, the Jury and Audience Choice Awards were announced.JURY AWARDSGRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST FEATUREVALLEY OF FLOWERS directed by Pan NalinSpecial mention for Debut Feature: VANAJA directed by Rajnesh DomalpalliJurors:...

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 5th edition

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The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will introduce a new film series this year, BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT to be presented by LA Weekly, highlighting some of the most popular Bollywood films, including the 20 year anniversary screening of Shekhar Kapur’s MR. INDIA, it was announced by Festival Director Christina Marouda. The 2007 Festival will also be introducing for the first time IFFLA EcoVision presented by e2e Analytix, a program that aims to spread ecological awareness and to celebra...

10 Years After "Smoke Signals," The Elusive Mainstream...

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The current plight of the Native American Film community was illustrated via mainstrean media in the April 11, 2007 edition of LA Weekly.  Written against the context of the 10th anniversary of the critical and commercial success of "Smoke Signals," author Matthew Fleischer, delves into the complex struggles facing today's Native Filmmakers. From the usual suspects of funding and distrubution to the complexities of substantive storytelling, there appears to be a new wave of filmma...

City of Lights, City of Angels will line up 20 premieres

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40 new films, including 20 features (all premieres) and 20 new shorts, will be shown at the 11th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA). Acclaimed Berlin Film Festival opening film, “La Vie En Rose,” writer-director Olivier Dahan’s masterful biopic of Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard and Gérard Depardieu, will open the showcase on Monday, April 16, 2007. Picturehouse will release the film on June 8th in New York and Los Angeles. The U.S. Premiere of “Michou D’Auber”...

Very Short Movies Awards at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

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Very Short Movies Founder and President Serge Polakoff and actress Linda Gray presented ten awards at the Second Annual Very Short Movies festival closing award presentation at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The awards were in the competitive categories of drama, comedy, animation, documentary, experimental and music video. The “New Frontier” Award was also selected for the top innovative work of the festival and two Audience Choice Awards were tallied and announced at the closing night...

Los Angeles Film Fest full line up

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FULL PROGRAM LINE-UPDirector of Programming Rachel Rosen joined Festival Director Rich Raddon in announcing the full program line-up for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16-26), including the Centerpiece Premiere, the Guest Director, the Artist in Residence, and the Closing Night Film. The Festival also announced that Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow, and Elijah Wood will serve as Honorary Festival Chairs for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival. “We are thrilled to be highlighting two films ...

Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books kicks off in LA

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The 2005 DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books kicks off its six-day festival of national and regional independent music acts and films beginning Monday.The performances are part of the fifth annual festival and convention, which celebrates creating, promoting, protecting and distributing independent film, music and books. The DIY Convention will be capped with two days of panels and workshops on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.Keynoting the conference portion ...

Monster Director: Profile on Patty Jenkins

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More women are working in the indie scene as witnessed by this year's Sundance festival. As proof, a staggering 56% of the documentary competition films this year were made by women. Sundance also scheduled a panel entitled "The Next Wave: Where Does Women's Film Go from Here". One of the festival films, Lesli Klainberg "In the Company of Woman," is a documentary about the contributions of women to independent film. In 1987 3% of the top 100 films were directed by women. Now the figure is at ...
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