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Matteo Garrone speaks about the genesis of Reality

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The entire film cast of Reality, the film by Matteo Garrone presented this Friday in Competition, answered questions from the journalists. Matteo Garrone, about the genesis of Reality: "After Gomorrah, I was looking for a subject which would live up to the mark, with at least the same force, and which would be as surprising and as sound as Gomorrah, if not more. Little by little, I realised that I was heading for disaster. One day, I came across this small story which takes pl...

Award of Excellence for "El Amante del Padrino (The Godfather´s Lover)"

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The short film "El Amante del Padrino (The Godfather´s Lover)" has won an Award of Excellence at the prestigious The Accolade Competition during the fall 2011 edition. http://www.accoladecompetition.org/Excell.aspx  ...

Interview with War Artist George Gittoes about Bin Laden arrest

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WITH OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE LIVING IN PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN, George Gittoes sheds light on OBL, May 3, 2011 MUST READ! George Gittoes has over 20 years of experience living and traveling in Pakistan and currently lives in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Q: Sharon Abella: On our last interview on February 10, 2010, you mentioned that George Bush and President Obama said that, “Bin Laden was in Bajaur, but that everyone in Bajaur knows one another, and if Bin Laden were living there, they would...

Yakuza Weapon

Tak Sakaguchi holds free masterclass about directing action movie on Saturday 7th May 11.55 am at Terracotta Festival

Sicilian Film Festival, 6th Edition, Miami Beach Announces New Addition to its Film Lineup

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Filmfever has yet to end in Miami!  With theclosing of the Miami International FilmFestival, film buffs can continue feeding their passion for the ‘Big Screen’at the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival (SFF) on April 7 to 13, 2011 at the MiamiBeach Cinematheque, located at the HistoricCity Hall, 1130 Washington Avenue,Miami Beach, 33139.ArtisticDirector, Salvo Bitonti todayannounced the addition of the highly-acclaimed film, “Legend of the Bandit and the Champion.”  Loosely, based on a b...

Clint Eastwood is lying in his new 'J.Edgar Hoover" Movie

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Clint Eastwood is full of "horse dung" in his new movie about FBI director, J.Edgar Hoover" staring Leonardo DiCapprio! In my early position with the NCS in America, "The National Crime Syndicate", I worked closly with Meyer Lansky, boss of the old combination, as had my father, " The Honorable William A. Craft ESQ,  and future partner Paul A. DiCocco Sr! Like all young men on their way up in crime, I had to do my 5 years of low end work, in order to learn my tra...

"The Godfather´s Lover" (El Amante del Padrino) selected at the 33rd Big Muddy Film Festival

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"The Godfather´s Lover" was selected at the Big Muddy Film Festival (USA) and is going to have its screening at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on Saturday February 19th, 2011 in the evening. Here is the schedule:http://bigmuddyfilm.com/schedule...

The Sicilian Girl

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Next week The Sicilian Girl (2009) by director Marco Amenta starring Veronica D'Agostino and Gerard Jugnot will open in theaters in the U.S. The Sicilian Girl is a based on the true story of Rita Atria, a teenaged girl born into the Cosa Nostra who rebelled against the mafia as a witness in Italian courts to avange her father's death. It is a riveting dramatic thriller that has received international acclaim. I saw The Sicilian Girl in Palm Springs, California when Amenta screened h...

New York: Tribeca 2010 Documentaries

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Documentaries screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival tended to be superior to the feature films in its program an assessment not disputed by its creative director Geoff Gilmore.  In one of the seminars Gilmore admitted that the Sundance festival which he had directed before coming to New York experienced a similar discrepancy.  Similar to the US market position of foreign language films, documentaries play a minor role at the US box office. In the 2009 U.S. total box office of $10.6 billio...

New York: Tribeca 2010 Documentaries

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Documentaries screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival tended to be superior to the feature films in its program an assessment not disputed by its creative director Geoff Gilmore. In one of the seminars Gilmore admitted that the Sundance festival which he had directed before coming to New York experienced a similar discrepancy. Similar to the US market position of foreign language films, documentaries play a minor role at the US box office. In the 2009 U.S. total box office of $10.6 billion,...

Terracotta Festival organisers break the news of their Opening Film on twitchfilm.net.

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Jackie Chan's latest film, ‘Little Big Soldier', a period-action road-trip movie, will open the festival on 6th May 2010. The film by Ding Sheng is set during the time when China wasn't yet a country and was still comprised of seven warring states. Jackie Chan plays a reluctant conscript from one of these states and finds himself fortuitously capturing an enemy general, whom he planned to bring back to his home state to trade for discharge from army service. Other highlights from t...

The Godfather´s Lover - El Amante del Padrino

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Tomorrow is the day: South America premiere for "The Godfather´s Lover" at the Lebu International Film Festival (Chile)....

El Amante del Padrino - The Godfather´s Lover

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HeadlinerYoung man gets involved with sect leader.Storyline:The life of a young man changes, when he gets to know a Santería-priest, who serves a businessman and a prosecutor.SynopsisEdward gets involved with a sect, conducted by the “Godfather”, and he  becomes his lover. After a shoot-out he ends up in prison without having committed any crime. During an interview, Edward has the chance to remember his life with the sect leader, who served as a Palo Mayombe-priest for the influential bus...

Meet Indie Filmmaker: GANGSTER EXCHANGE

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Article by Anna Takayama     Director Dean Bajramovic gives us an enticing sneak peak into his recent ÉCU 2010 Non-European Dramatic Feature submission, GANGSTER EXCHANGE, a quirky and dynamic (and somewhat autobiographical) gangster comedy about a Japanese Yakuza member smuggling heroin…in a toilet. Anna Takayama get’s the gritty details.   Q: What is your film about? The film is an action comedy about a couple of gangsters, one Japanese, one Amer...

Hunted by Night

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HUNTED BY NIGHT                             The story takes place in the Florida Everglades.  Three men are hunting when an airplane drops bails of drugs on the ground where they are hunting.  The men must decide whether to be law-abiding citizens and report the drugs or take the drugs and sell them for millions of dollars.  Various opportunities present themselves to the hunters for them to leave the drugs behind and make o...

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. ...

Big Mike Craft Forms Progressive Universal Life Of N.Y. INC.

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Today,I am a we, in the Film Production Business. We are registered as a New York State Corporation and a Federal Production Company with the Government. I (We) shall be moving forward with a 2 part production in Saratoga, N.Y. We shall be offering stock, in a private offering ,here in New York State. A potential investor can touch his or her investment with us. The money is out in the open and not in some Mutual Fund. An investment in a film, is an investment in the Art World. The New York Sta...

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...

Big Mike Craft and Dinner avec Steve Allen

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It was the fall of 1975 and I was a little sick of running around for Mr. Lansky. He had forgiven me for having him set down by the Commission for trying to get me to kill Ex-President Nixon but if I was not protecteted by my friend in Chicago, I might have had to make other arrangements for Meyer. Meyer and my father had been friends, but I always remembered what happened to Meyer Lansky's best friend Benny Segal! So I always looked for a change, but there was never one change aga...

Big Mike Craft, and a few drinks with Frank Sinatra Sr. in the 70's

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I was very young when I met Frank Sinatra. I was out in Vegas in 1969 for the first time and would go out every 6 months or so. I went a lot after 1973 when I got rid of my business partner Tony. He was a pain with his constant complaining so we severed the partnership. It was in the Fall of 69 that I first met Mr. Sinatra. I was in the Desert Inn having a drink when someone told him I worked for Meyer Lansky. Moe Daliz did not want me to ever start up with people because all my ol...

Big Mike Craft and the Meyer Lansky Plot To Kill Trudeau of Canada and Castro of Cuba

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It was 1974 and Mr. Lansky was still pissed off at the World for not letting him buy it. I had been with Meyer since 1968, in my own world, in upstate N.Y. My mentor was my father, who worked for Meyer and Doc Farone, an old ally and bootlegger with Meyer. Doc was the first legitimate Molsen Beer Distributer in America. I learned in 68 that he had just used Molsen as a front to ship moonshine back into Canada. Doc would put me on errands with money to Ray Patriarca in Providence, R.I. and giv...

The Life and Times of Big Mike Craft (Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer)

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I have joined www.fest21.com today inorder to get my projects to the screen. I will tell my story in short form over the next few weeks, hoping to get some help. I am the last executive enforcer for a major syndicate Boss left. I have had to wait until all my partners were dead and my own beloved mother to pass inorder to tell the facts. I look forward to all your input and request help. I should be a household word by now for I had the contracts to kill Fidel Castro and Pierre Trudeau, plus e...

The Life and Times of Big Mike Craft (Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer)

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I have joined www.fest21.com today inorder to get my projects to the screen. I will tell my story in short form over the next few weeks, hoping to get some help. I am the last executive enforcer for a major syndicate Boss left. I have had to wait until all my partners were dead and my own beloved mother to pass inorder to tell the facts. I look forward to all your input and request help. I should be a household word by now for I had the contracts to kill Fidel Castro and Pierre Trudeau, plus e...

The Life and Times of Big Mike Craft (Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer)

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I have joined www.fest21.com today inorder to get my projects to the screen. I will tell my story in short form over the next few weeks, hoping to get some help. I am the last executive enforcer for a major syndicate Boss left. I have had to wait until all my partners were dead and my own beloved mother to pass inorder to tell the facts. I look forward to all your input and request help. I should be a household word by now for I had the contracts to kill Fidel Castro and Pierre Trudeau, plus e...

Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone: Festival Film of the year Nominee

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Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone Directed by: Matteo Garrone Written by: Roberto Saviano (book) Produced by: Domenico Procacci, Laura Paolucci Cast: Toni Servillo, Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino, Salvatore Ruocco, Gianfranco Imparato   Synopsis: Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the “System,” the Camorra. O...

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