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LA MISSION To Open San Francisco FF

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  San Francisco, April 18-------The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (23 April – 7 May) will open with local director Peter Bratt’s LA MISSION, a powerful story about the ties of family and responsibility set in the city’s Mexican-American community. The film, which stars Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander and Jeremy Ray Valdez, had its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was made, in part, with monies from the Scene in San Francisco financial rebate pro...

LA MISSION to open San Francisco FF

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The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (23 April – 7 May) will open with local director Peter Bratt’s LA MISSION, a powerful story about the ties of family and responsibility set in the city’s Mexican-American community. The film, which stars Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander and Jeremy Ray Valdez, had its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was made, in part, with monies from the Scene in San Francisco financial rebate program that the local film commission has ...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis": “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss. In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navon, played by Rona Lipa...

Interview with Film Director, Eran Riklis

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"Erev tov, Mr. Eran Riklis":   “The words that come to mind when one sees “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, which premiered this past week, and is currently playing at IFC, and  “Syrian Bride”, are courage, resiliency, and loss.   In “Lemon Tree”/”Etz Lemon”, the strong-willed Palestinian female lead, Salma Zidane, played by Hiam Abbass, from “The Visitor”, faces losing her inherited lemon orchard when an Israeli Defense Minister Navon and his wife, Mira Navo...

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“Jeffries got out his reporter’s notebook”… ”Jeffries glanced at Ari Safta. Gordon looked at Heath, Heath looked at Delfont, Delfont just shrugged. Safta had his own style. He was also the money and, as such, not to be argued with”… “their passion” was “Exclusive to Variety”…“Big means big”…“It’s Brian fucking DePalma directing”… Ari Safta said,  “It’s all about the mon

Big Mike Craft and The Saratoga, New York Film Festival

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Happy Easter to all of the www.fest21.com patrons and members. May the glory of Easter be with you all. I am writting this announcement to say that Frank Sinatra Jr., Wayne Newton and Dianna Ross have not gotten back to our booking agent, as of yet. A movie takes 90 days to set up completely, in UpState New York. If the Stars whoI wish to appear, don't get in touch with Tony Cee Associates soon, I will have to postpone the flick. I am setting up the Saratoga Film Festival now, and that is easy. ...

Portland Jewish Film Festival Programme

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17th Annual Jewish Film FestivalApril 16-26The NW Film Center and the Institute for Judaic Studies present the 17th annual Portland Jewish Film Festival. This year's films, while they express specific Jewish experiences, resonate beyond their cultural settings and speak to experiences and issues that confront our common humanity. 
This year's Festival is co-sponsored by the Jewish Review with individual program support from Cedar-Sinai, Neveh Shalom, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Port...

Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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The 7th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces the full schedule of films for the 2009 edition of the popular festival which runs April 21-26, including five feature films making their world premiere, five features making their U.S. premiere, and five features making their L.A. debut.Celebrating its 7th anniversary in a year where Indian cinema has come to the forefront both in the national and international consciousness, IFFLA has firmly established itself as the first an...

11th TDF: PRESS CONFERENCE ΤΑΚΙΝG ROOT: ΤΗΕ VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI – PERSONA NON GRATA – A BLOOMING BUSINESS (3/15/2009)

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11th TDF: PRESS CONFERENCE ΤΑΚΙΝG ROOT: ΤΗΕ VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI – PERSONA NON GRATA – A BLOOMING BUSINESS (3/15/2009) PRESS CONFERENCE ΤΑΚΙΝG ROOT: ΤΗΕ VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI – PERSONA NON GRATA – A BLOOMING BUSINESS On Sunday, March 15, at noon, the directors Alan Dater and Lisa Merton (Taking Root: The Vision Of Wangari Maathai), Fabio Wuytack (Persona Non Grata) and Ton van Zantvoort (A Blooming Business) g...

Tribeca Film Festival lines up 46 shorts

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its line-up of short films. The Festival received 2463 short film submissions this year, and 46 have been selected for participation to be presented in six thematic programs. Among the highlights is a short narrative written and directed by Tom Everett Scott, as well as a documentary narrated by Richard Gere. Directors making return visits to the Festival include Jason DaSilva, Br...

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 Program

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Aspen Film announced today its film selections that will be screening at Aspen Shortsfest 2009, April 1-5 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 2,500 entries were considered from more than 60 countries, and more than 60 short films were selected from 21 countries for this esteemed, five-day Oscar®-qualifying International Competition. In its 18th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world's premier international short film and video showcase...

Tribeca Film Festival line up announced

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its remaining out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections. The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 22 to May 3, 2009 in lower Manhattan and will feature not only film screenings, but also an array of free community events designed to share the Festival experience with as many New Y...

The mission to open San Francisco International Film Festival

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The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) will open with Peter Bratt's stirring second feature, La Mission, a compelling redemptive drama about the powerful ties of family and community. La Mission will screen at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 23 at the historic Castro Theatre. Peter Bratt, cast members Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez and many members of the film's local crew are expected to attend the lively hometown premiere and festivities. The celebra...

Berlinale 2009 Post Script

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Dieter Kosslick's comment that “Reality has actually surpassed fiction this year” fits rather well the 2009 edition of the Berlinale. Kosslick has directed the Berlinale since 2001 and helped to elevate it to rank with Cannes and Venice as one of three most important global film festivals. His take on the Berlinale as being political has often been criticized yet not detracted from the importance of the festival. The opening film THE INTERNATIONAL by Tom Twyker about the criminal activities...

Documentaries in Competition in San Francisco Fest

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The 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7) announced today its Documentaries in Competition for the prestigious Golden Gate Award. The International will award over $100,000 in total prizes this year. $60,000 will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,000) and Bay Area documentary feature ($15,000). The jury's selection of winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards on Wednesday, May 6.S...

Quartzite's Fall: A Wilderness Tale by Kristin Atwell

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Synopsis The destruction of a Class V+ white water rapid is investigated in QUARTZITE'S FALL: A WILDERNESS TALE. Federal agents arrest eight men for blowing up Quartzite Falls, the most dangerous rapid in Arizona's Salt River Canyon. As the story behind their crime unravels, their alibi -- to make a deadly place safer -- sparks debate about the meaning of wilderness. Director Kristin Atwell is an independent producer, editor and writer who trained with Academy Award-nominat...

Texas Black Film Festival Winners

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On Saturday February 7, 2009 at the Studio Movie Grill - Dallas, the Texas Black Film Festival presented awards to an impressive collection of films and filmmakers. Concluding three full days of screenings, workshops and community panels, the TBFF Awards Program reflected the spirit of social change sought to be achieved in these historic times. The big winner of the evening was the short historical narrative filmed in Ghana, "The Warrior Queen," directed by Hezekiah Lewis of Apple Valley, Calif...

Big Mike Craft at The Saratoga Race Track and Harness Track

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The summer in upstate New York is as nice as any place in the World. We call them August Nights. The day's at the track are usually hot and humid. The nights go down in the low 70's and high 60's. It  is a nice time of the year. The Polo matches are exciting and well run by Jim Rossi and Mike Bucci. I'm still waiting for their mystery Hotel to be built, but I like them both. When I show up at polo, I am treated as a gentleman. The food is always good and the Staff is wonderful. I like Polo an...

Yes Madam, Sir wins 2 docu prizes at Santa Barbara

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“Sure I enjoyed Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz talking the about their approaches to acting, but nothing had the emotional and inspiring impact of YES MADAM, SIR, a true story in which a woman named Kiran Bedi valiantly fights to reform India’s police service,” said Barney Brantingham of the Santa Barbara Independent, a veteran columnist who has covered the festival since its inception in 1985.Hot on the heels of 'Slumdog Millionaire' comes YES MADAM, SIR, the non-fiction feature film abou...

Revenue for the motion picture and video production and distribution industry increased 7 percent in 2007

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Revenue for the motion picture and video production and distribution industry increased 7 percent in 2007, reaching $66 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Revenue from Web search portals increased 25 percent for a total revenue of $12.1 billion, and their online advertising space grew 32.7 percent with total revenue of $8.7 billion. These new data come from the 2007 Service Annual Survey: Information Sector Services, a series of tables that is part of a larger survey that trac...

An Interview with Award-winning Famed Icon Randy Jones

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By Maria Esteves - January 28, 2009 Looking at life as art, actor-performing artist Randy Jones (RJ) is defined as an icon in popular culture.  RJ began performing on stage at the age of eight, is known as The Cowboy from the pop musical group Village People, has appeared in three biographical films, performed 22 interviews, 122 articles has been written about him, has taken 56 pictorials, and appeared on 24 magazines front cover. RJ has been honored with countless awards, given keys to ...

Global motion picture and video industrty revenue grew 7% in 2007

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Jan 29, 2009 Revenue for the motion picture and video production and distribution industry increased 7 percent in 2007, reaching $66 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Revenue from Web search portals increased 25 percent for a total revenue of $12.1 billion, and their online advertising space grew 32.7 percent with total revenue of $8.7 billion. These new data come from the 2007 Service Annual Survey: Information Sector Services, a series of tables that is part of a larger survey that...

Lake County Film Festival

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This festival is run by the owners and employees of Dog Ear Music and Movies, a video rental store with over 14,000 films. We like all types of film, but, have a particular weakness for World Cinema

Ajijic Festival Internacional De Cine

Celebrates the work of filmmakers in animations, commericals (first time this year), documentaries, short subjects, features and screenplays.

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An Interview with Award-winning Famed Icon Randy Jones

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Looking at life as art, actor-performing artist Randy Jones (RJ) is defined as an icon in popular culture.  RJ began performing on stage at the age of eight, is known as The Cowboy from the pop musical group Village People, has appeared in three biographical films, performed 22 interviews, 122 articles has been written about him, has taken 56 pictorials, and appeared on 24 magazines front cover. RJ has been honored with countless awards, given keys to several American cities, including a ...
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