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A Look at the 2012 Tony Awards from a Film Blogger/Seatfiller's Perspective

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There's always some glitter of Tinseltown on Broadway; however, the 66th Annual American Theater Wing's Tony Awards had a really important film tie-in. You probably think I'm referring to: The win for Death of a Salesman produced by Scott Rudin, directed by Mike Nichols, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, who brought along current girlfriend and Spiderman (2012 movie) co-star Emma Stone. Or Once, totally sweeping the Tonys as a Broadway musical! Which firs...

Tribute To Jacques Tati at Belgrade’s Author Film Festival

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Belgrade’s Author Film Festival hosted Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon and gave a couple of screenings of The Fairy (La Fee) to a festival audience, including the screening of their previous film Rumba. The actually amazing Belgian based filmmaking trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy are back with their second (actually third) old school approach film The Fairy (La Fee). Even if the film is firmly grounded in dedication to the artwork of Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, authors here g...

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

Fantastic Iceland scenery... RIFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

Fantastic Iceland scenery... RIFF 2011photo by Vanessa McMahon 

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

Film press at RIFF take tours around the scenic island to cover the spectacular location of this unique film festival. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

Film press at RIFF take tours around the scenic island to cover the spectacular location of this unique film festival. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

press at RIFF 2011

Film press at RIFF take tours around the scenic island to cover the spectacular location of this unique film festival. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

The Pipe at RIFF 2011

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THE PIPE! When director Risteard O'Domhnaill (aka Richie O'Donnell) accepted his award for the RIFF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD in Reykjavik on October 01, 2011, Richie stood up confidently in front of hundreds thanking the RIFF jury and voters for his 'puffin statue of aluminum'. He had the whole crowd in stitches with his witty humor and singsong/rolling Irish accent. The film has held a successful run as yet, festival hopping for over a year now with a sweet final triumph at RIFF. While Richie is a g...

Director of RIFF, Hrönn Marinósdóttir

Director of RIFF, Hrönn Marinósdóttir, thanks everyone for a successful festival and all her guests for being there. She announced the dates for the 9th annual RIFF, 2012. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

THE PIPE at 2011 RIFF

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THE PIPE!  When director Risteard O'Domhnaill (aka Richie O'Donnell) accepted his award for the RIFF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD in Reykjavik on October 01, 2011, Richie stood up confidently in front of hundreds thanking the RIFF jury and voters for his 'puffin statue of aluminum'. He had the whole crowd in stitches with his witty humor and singsong/rolling Irish accent. The film has held a successful run as yet, festival hopping for over a year now with a sweet final triumph at RIFF...

The Winners of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival 2011

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In front of a dedicated vampire crowd, we have announced this year's winners of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival in Ljutomer, Slovenia. Without further ado, let us list them: VICIOUS CAT International jury consisting of Dinko Tucaković, Phillip Bergson and Lars Nilsen has decided that Vicious Cat (Best Feature Film award) goes to: THE LAST CIRCUS /BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA Spain/France; 2010 Directed by: Alex de la Iglesia Genre: comedy The award was taken by acto...

Solex Ahoy

Director: Elisabeth Esselink.
Solex Ahoy The Sound Map of the Netherlands During the course of the summer of 2008, Bart van Poppel and Elisabeth Esselink trekked the numerous rivers, lakes and waterways covering the twelve provinces of the Netherlands by an old motor boat. In each province a different cast of musicians were invited to climb aboard and purely a l'improviste, create a homage to the Dutch landscape. On returning to her home base in Amsterdam, Esselink took the resulting material full of noises, moods, voices and rhythms back to her studio where she set about processing the recordings into twelve separate sound-image compositions, one for each province. Solex Ahoy, or better still, The Sound Map of the Netherlands is a reflection of the perilous route. A homage to the Dutch waterways.

BROKEN GLASS (Vidrio Roto)

Director: Gustavo Camelot.
Through seven bottles of cursed wine, we follow the journey of Valentina, a beautiful artist living in Berlin. With a sordid history of sexual and physical abuse, and having been caught in the arms of her female lover by her wealthy, overbearing mother, Val is forced to make a choice: to live a "normal" life, or be forever cut off - financially and emotionally. She concedes to her mother's ultimatum, and pursues a heterosexual relationship to appease her, only to catch her new boyfriend in bed with another man. Her inability to cope with her life triggers her repressed male alter-ego to emerge and take over…

Meet Indie Filmmaker: AFTER THE WATER THE CLOUDS

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    Having recently won “Best Art Film” at the Monaco International Film Festival, we asked director Carmen Rozestraten to elaborate on the inspiration behind her submission to ÉCU 2010, “After The Water The Clouds.” By Lindsay Mayer     Q: I love the opening shot in this film. How did you get the idea for it?   The opening shot? The original title was “Dreams Of Sleepy Feet”… I love water. I also love feet…. I tried to use the fee...

The Global Film Village: Julie and THE ROYAL FAMILY

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by Marla LewinFriday night I saw The Royal Family on Broadway. It was all one would imagine of a grand old dynasty, like the Barrymores.  A family with an entourage, men falling in love with their own images, women unable to embrace love for fear of missing an opportunity for a good part. Shakespeare said “all the world is a stage”, and still today everyone likes to take a peek at the lives of those who actually get paid to act. The play is about the drama the characters create in their o...

Roma Independent Film Festival (RIFF): The Mission

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The Roma Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is Rome 's first independent and international film festival. Its aim is to unite enthusiasm for films and filmmaking among young filmmakers with the realities of film production and distribution. The main aims of the Association are: To create better international distribution opportunities for independent films excluded from the major distributors To create a lively and mutually beneficial point of contact between new or underrepresen...

The Global Film Village: A “Once In A Lifetime” Backstage interview with Ed Asner of Pixar’s “UP”

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by Marla Lewin Ed Asner was born the same year as the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman play, Once In A Lifetime, was written 1929. Ed has been a regular performer for the LA Theatre Works readings of great plays since its inception in 1985. The first live reading of this play back then had guests Steven Spielberg and Barry Diller in the audience. The producer explained that their technique and equipment for that performance had not been as good as they would have liked so they had always wanted...

NY Fest Richard Pena presents Eccentricities of a Blond hair girl

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To help you get an insider's tip on this year's NYFF lineup we have a series of videos featuring Richard Peña (Film Society program director and NYFF selection committee chairman) introducing the films and explaining why they're worth seeing. Here we have Richard talking about Manoel de Oliveira's Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl, which played this Saturday, Sep. 26 Eccentricities of a Blond Click to the view:...

2009 Obie Awards Honors Stephen Sondheim

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By: Maria Esteves - May 23, 2009 The 54th Annual Village Voice OBIE Awards ceremony honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater achievements of 2008-2009, co-hosted by Martha Plimpton and Daniel Breaker commenced at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 18, 2009. The OBIES were web cast live on Paltalk.com. The 54th OBIES honored music composer/lyricist Stephen Sondeim with the Music and Lyrics Award for "Road Show," directed by John Doyle, played ...

After 40 Years “HAIR” Reopens on Broadway

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By Maria Esteves - March 30, 2009 The Broadway revival of "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," presented by The Public Theater, directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, opens at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York, Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 pm. "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," is powerful, electrifying, with one emotional crescendo after another, includes interactive audience participation. The historical musical captures a...

The Broadway revival of "HAIR

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The Broadway revival of "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," presented by The Public Theater, directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, opens at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York, Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 pm. "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," is powerful, electrifying, with one emotional crescendo after another, includes interactive audience participation. The historical musical captures a tumultuous time during 1960-1970 when teenagers known as the H...

Film In Focus: EVERY LITTLE STEP

 Monday, September 8------OK, true confessions time.....I have been a lifelong musical theater enthusiast and even a bit of a "Broadway baby", so a documentary that charts the birth and revival of a landmark piece of musical theater is right up my show biz alley. In the delightful and surprisingly emotional documentary Every Little Step,  co-directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo have preserved the genesis and historical significance of the landmark musical A Chorus Line. The mus...

Film in focus from Toronto: Every little step

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OK, true confessions time.....I have been a lifelong musical theater enthusiast and even a bit of a "Broadway baby", so a documentary that charts the birth and revival of a landmark piece of musical theater is right up my show biz alley.In the delightful and surprisingly emotional documentary Every Little Step, co-directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo have preserved the genesis and historical significance of the landmark musical A Chorus Line. The musical was a milestone when it premiered i...

AGAINST THE WIND feature film starring American Music Award winner Randy Jones, Coming in 2008

By Maria Esteves - July 8, 2008  AGAINST THE WIND feature film (currently in production) written/produced/directed by Brad Batchelor starring American Music Award winner Randy Jones, world-renowned Village People Cowboy, released by Flying Scotsman Productions, Inc., opens in 2008.  Randy Jones stars as "Pharaoh" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" produced at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, in Fairfield, Iowa, July 2008. His ne...

62nd Annual 2008 Antoinette Perry Tony Award Winners

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By Maria Esteves - June 18, 2008 The 62nd Annual 2008 Antoinette Perry Tony Awards ceremony honoring the best of Broadway theatre productions, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing was held at the Radio City Music Hall, New York, Sunday, June 15, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. 2008 Tony Awards hosted by Whoopi Goldberg were broadcast live on CBS Television Network. Special performances included Cry-Baby, Grease, Gypsy, In The Heights, Passing Strange, South Pacific, Sunday in the Pa...
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