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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Director: George Melford.
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K

FIPRESCI Awards at the festivals of Mar del Plata, Carthage, Athens, Taipei, Gijón

Mar del Plata (Argentina, Festival Internacional de Cine, November 17-25, 2012). Prize: "The Towrope" (La sirga) by William Vega (first feature) (Colombia, México, France, 2012), presented in the Latin American Competition. Jury: Ziva Emersic, Slovenia ("Radio and TV Slovenija"), Rodrigo Portales, Peru ("El Peruano"), Nazareno Brega, Argentina ("Terra Argentina"). Print Source: Cineplex - Elba McAllister, Diagonal 79 Bis N° 29C - 24, Bogot&aac...

Montreal World Film Festival launched with Million Dollar Crocodile...and 212 feature films

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  212 feature films (110 world or international premieres)  16 medium length films (12 world or international premieres)  144 short films (94 world or international premieres)  60 films in the Canadian Student Film Festival   A Chinese film “Million Dollar Crocodile” for the opening                              ...

Review of official selection film "Lawless"

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    I saw "Lawless" last night at La Licorne theatre in Cannes La Boca. Directed by John Hillcoat, "Lawless" is an official selection film in the Cannes Film Festival. While the film was captivating and kept you turning your head in fear, and disgust, throughout, it left you feeling little for it and thinking nothing of it. Lawless is based on the Bondurant brothers, who lived in Franklin Country, Virginia during the Depression. The Bondurant...

After The Battle: a Film Review

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    Xan Brooks from The Guardian says, "Veteran director Yousry Nasrallah makes a melodrama out of a crisis in After The Battle, a film hewn from the headlines of the Egyptian revolution that crash-lands in the Cannes competition on the basis of its urgent topicality, a heart-on-sleeve narrative, and not a whole lot else. Try as I might, I can't see it troubling the judges."A producer from the Short Film Corner at the 65th Cannes Film Festival said that it was a g...

Tribeca Film Institute's Interactive Day on April 23

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Tribeca Film Institute's Interactive Day on April 23 to Feature Thought Leaders from Across Media, Technology and Education; Slate Features Keynote from Bartunde Thurson and Speakers from The New York Times, IDEO, Games for Change, Plus Interactive Case Study of HBO's Game of Thrones Tribeca (Online) Film Festival Expands Future of Film Blog Into Live Lunch Series at 92Y Tribeca With Guests Including Paranormal Activity Producer Jason Blum, Tumblr Founder David Karp, College Humor F...

Journalist, Hermann Djoumessi, gives his impression about the festival:

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HERMANN DJOUMESSI, a journalist for Vingt Paris and The Guardian, swung by the social media counter to give us his thoughts about the festival.    "I really enjoyed how filmmaker friendly the festival is. You can actually touch them," Djoumessi cheerily comments. This is Djoumessi's second festival. He loves the feeling that surrounds the event. The ability to watch films and then immediately after talk to the director is phenomenal and is a pleasurable experience to ...

The Hunger Games Sydney Premiere And Review

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The Hunger Games enjoyed it's Sydney, Australia premiere tonight, and let me tell you...this film rocks. Don't confuse it with 'Twilight' - it's tons better, or about 2 stars better if you follow. Movie and entertainment critics around the global have been all very positive - most unusual. The movie is based upon Suzanne Collins' trilogy of books. Led by rising movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Australia's Liam Hemsworth, the flick is about a...

Nanni Moretti - a Retrospective in London

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ITALIAN CINEMA LONDON is proud to present a retrospective of the film director Nanni Moretti, from 12 - 15 April 2012 at Riverside Studios.This retrospective is a long-overdue tribute to one of the most originalpersonalities of Italian cinema - don't miss it!The programme showcases a selection of the best films by the Italian filmdirector. Highlights include The Son's Room, winner of the Palme d'Or in2001, Dear Diary, a confessional journey into the self and The Caiman,inspired by anti-Berlusco...

ENCOUNTERS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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ENCOUNTERS SHORT FILM AND ANIMATION FESTIVAL (18 – 23 SEPTEMBER) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2012     Calling all filmmakers and animators from across the world, submissions are now open for the Encounters 18th Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol UK. Submit your short film or animation by Wednesday 6th June, for a chance to win a prestigious award and an opportunity to showcase your talent on an international stage.  ‘The cinematic Trojan horse…smugg...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival preview

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The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, the Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA. Many of the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and some by panel discussions with experts and film subjects....

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...

International Jury for SHOOTING STARS 2012 confirmed

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The 2012 jury for SHOOTING STARS - Europe's Best Young Actors - has now been finalised. The Danish actor Thure Lindhardt (Flame & Citron), the Dutch director Marleen Gorris (Within the Whirlwind), the Romanian producer Ada Solomon (Renovation), the German casting director Simone Bär (Inglourious Basterds) and the British film journalist Matt Mueller (Total Film) will be selecting Europe's ten best acting talents at the beginning of December for European Film Promotion's (EFP) SHOOTING STARS...

Viennale 2011 wrapped with an attendance close to 100 000

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Coming to an end with today's screening of the closing film The Ides of March by George Clooney, the Viennale 2011 continues on its path of success. With an attendance of 96,700 at the 2011 festival as compared to last year's 96,300, the Viennale saw a slight increase in the number of visitors, less so than in previous years but at the same time an important and wonderful confirmation of the Viennale's steadily growing popularity. The festival's overall attendance figures also rose slightly fr...

Encounters International Film Festival

WEDNESDAY 16 – SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER17TH ENCOUNTERS BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The big thinking short film festival (The Guardian)

Bristol’s big celebration of short film returns this November, showcasing the best animation and live action talent from around the world. This year the five day festival will feature special programmes from Bristol to Brazil; a series of focused symposiums on future ideas and future trends with industry specialists; an animation profile with Studio AKA, the creators behind the Loyds TSB campaigns; 3D and RED Camera workshops plus much more. With free events and stellar guests including Francine Stock, presenter of Radio Four’s The Film Programme presented by The Festival of Ideas, there’s something for everyone this year at Encounters Film Festival. The full festival programme, delegate registration and online ticket sales will be available from 4 October. For more information visit www.encounters-festival.org.uk. Find us on Facebook and Twitter @EncountersSFF #ENC2011

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

Encounters Bristol International Film Festival is the umbrella festival for Animated Encounters and Brief Encounters which together presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for new and established international short and animation film talent. Encounters is the longest running competitive short film festival in the country, and is now the leading UK gateway to the world’s most prestigious short film awards including Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, Cartoon d’Or and the European Film Awards. Encounters seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop and progress the next generation of UK film and animation talent. The 2011 festival takes place in Bristol, UK, between 16 – 20 November. The festival is funded by the BFI, Bristol City Council and South West Screen.Encounters Festivals Ltd operates as an independent company and is a registered charity.

TICKETS:

General Prices (unless otherwise stated). Tickets will be available on sale from 4 October 2011.Screenings before 16:00 £5/£4 conc.Screenings after 16:00 £7/5.50 conc.Panels & Masterclasses £6/5 conc.Delegate Passes are also available from www.encounters-festival.org.uk

VENUES:

To book tickets in person, or by phone, contact the venue:Brief Encounters: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX. Tel: 0117 929 7501Animated Encounters: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA. Tel: 0117 917 2300. All venues are fully accessible.

Paul Watson in Durban

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Paul Watson at Durban International Film Festival Time Magazine called him one of the 20 environmental heroes of the 20th century.  The Guardian mentioned him as one of 50 people who could save the planet. These are some of the numerous accolades bestowed on Paul Watson which also include honorary citizenships, environmental, animal rights and human rights awards.He has also been denied visas, banned in certain places, and arrested on numerous occasions for his provocative activism....

2nd Eko International Film Festival opens in Lagos

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The 2nd Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) opened Saturday morning in Lagos with the Nigerian premiere of Faruk Lasaki’s romantic thriller “Changing Faces” at the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island. The feature of 92 minutes is on the psychological trauma of an illicit affair caused by the transference of spirits through sex. Many people came for the opening day graced by top Nigerian entertainment journalists including Shaibu Husseini of The Guardian who was later ...

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS 2011

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Silver Princess Statuette (replica of the original "The Palace" statue of Ilijana, daughter of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edingburg) The voices of this year's directors show more clearly than ever that people from all nations are bonded by the same love, loss and laughter. Whether from Africa, Asia, America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or the Middle East we are one in our needs and emotions. Perhaps in the 21st century the hand written note has been replaced by th...

Biography of filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, in focus at Aruba 2nd AIFF

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Milcho Manchevski a film director and screenwriter from Macedonia.wrote and directed the feature films "Before the Rain" (1994), "Dust'" (2001), "Shadows" (2007) and "Mothers" (2011).   "Before the Rain" (1994) won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austr...

Re:Definition, a co-commision by CREATE and the Barbican

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RE:DEFINITION Featuring Headliner KANO Thursday 7 July, Hackney Empire On Thursday 7 July, as part of the CREATE11 festival, Hackney Empire will host the third Re:Definition showcase headlined by east London rap star KANO, who recently finished touring with Damon Albarn’s GORILLAZ. Re:Definition, a co-commision by CREATE and the Barbican, is presented by the Stratford based organisation Urban Development. It unites world-class acts with emerging talent from east London, blurring...

Un Certain Regard 2011 presented its awards

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Un Certain Regard 2011 presented 21 films directed by 22 directors hailing from 19 different countries. Two of the works were first films. Presided over by Emir KUSTURICA (Director, actor and musician - Serbia), the Jury was comprised of: Elodie BOUCHEZ (Actress - France), Peter BRADSHAW (Critic-The Guardian - United Kingdom), Geoffrey GILMORE (Chief Creative Officer-Tribeca Enterprises - USA), Daniela MICHEL (Director of the Morelia Festival - Mexico). PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD Ex-æ...

NEWSLETTER N° 507: May 6, 2011

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The Jury Un Certain Regard is now completed

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The Jury Un Certain Regard welcomes: Emir KUSTURICA, President - director, actor & musician (Serbia) Elodie BOUCHEZ, actress (France) Peter BRADSHAW, critic, The Guardian (United Kingdom) Geoffrey GILMORE, Chief Creative Office Tribeca Enterprises (USA) Daniela MICHEL, Director of the Morelia Festival (Mexico)   ...

'Spanish Dracula' in Krakow with live soundtrack performance by Gary Lucas, what a privilege

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  Gary Lucas delivered another great performance of His Spanish Dracula soundtrack at the Off Plus Camera Festival. A rock club (King Lizard) held a private party with festival guests discovering the amazing work of Gary who played his guitar live soundtrack with the screening of the film. Gary at the Lizard King The project's premiere took place during the 31st Havana Film Festival, where it was named a spectacular hit. It was also presented during t...

Istanbul Film Festival opens tomorrow celebrates 30 year anniversary

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BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content. Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A  wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...
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