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INTERSECTION (2015) by Brendan Beachman @ Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015

INTERSECTION (2015) by Brendan Beachman held its world premiere @ Palm Springs International Shortfest 2015 Synopsis - Intersection is a short dark comedy about two road construction workers flagging for non-existent vehicles on a remote, desert intersection. The monotony of their day is smashed by the violent arrival of an object from the sky.   In a recent interview with Brendan, here is what he had to say about his film: What inspired you to make a film about two guys in the middle...

TIME TO KILL (2014) Available Online as of July 2015

"Time to Kill" (2014) by director Justin Rettke has just been released to the public on July 13, 2015. It is a short film about the long wait of a hitman as he spends all night inside his target's apartment anxiously anticipating his return home. The film held its world premier at the prestigious 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.   “Time To Kill is an award winning short that explores what a Hit Man does when all he has to kill is Time." For years, we&...

Interview With Iana Simeonov & Michael Winokur On SELLING ROSARIO (2015)

SELLING ROSARIO (2015) by Iana Simeonov & Michael Winokur @ Palm Springs International Shorfest. Synopsis: A family of migrant workers send their 12-year-old daughter and her outlaw cousin into the night on the promise of a stranger. Selling Rosario tells the story of a young girl growing up in a migrant labor camp and her parents' risky plan to get her out of an unsafe, squalid environment. They believe almost any place else would be better for her to grow up. We meet Rosario and her...

Interview With Dane Hansen For 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest.

  Dane Hansen's 'A NEW YOU' (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest Synopsis: "‘A New You’ is a short romantic comedy that calls in question the line between loyalty and love when the wingman, Jay, falls for the girl he is trying to pick up for his introverted friend."   In a recent interview with Dane about his film, here is what he had to say:   Were your characters inspired by real ones or are they each a part of your ...

Interview with Barbara Cigarroa for MARTA ROSA (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

      MARTA ROSA (2015), a short film by Barbara Cigarroa, won the Panavision Best North American Short and Best Student Live Action short 15 Minutes and Under prizes at Palm Springs International Shortfest.   Synopsis: Immediately following the death of her young child, Marta Rosa, a rural, Mexican woman, must struggle to persevere through both her own internal grief and the harsh realities of the external world around her.   ...

Interview With Director Michael Goode's THE ANSWERS (2015) @ Palm Springs Shortfest

Director Michael Goode's THE ANSWERS (2015), a film about every question you’ve had about your life in 8 minutes or less. Synopsis: A man wakes up in the afterlife -- alone in a pure white nowhere -- faced with an all-knowing light that shows the answers to all the questions he’s ever had about his life. Who stole his bike in 7th grade? How many people did he meet? Who was his perfect match? The answers ultimately reveal connections and missed opportunities that change th...

Interview with Writer/Director/Producer Dima Otvertchenko on O-STAR (2015)

O-STAR (2015) by Writer/Director/Producer Dima Otvertchenko. Good-natured country boy Rudy is 19 when he discovers that life on Earth may end this week. But the worst part's already happened: His girlfriend just dumped him. Now he has just a few days to discover what it ever meant to be in love in the first place. Told through fantastical music videos, 'O-Star' features a core cast of actor-singers performing 7 original pop-punk rock songs, hearkening back to 'American Id...

MINI SUPREME (2015) by Michael Phillis @ Palm Springs International Shortfest.

MINI SUPREME (2015) by Writer/Director Michael Phillis: SYNOPSIS: Jeremie has a hard time being a grown-up. When his childish behavior gets him fired from his stuffy corporate job, he hatches a plan to use immaturity to his advantage. Enlisting the aid of Dominika, his dour Russian landlady, Jeremie sews, preens, plucks, and bedazzles himself into “Jennie Jo,” a seven-year-old pageant princess with a (fictional) growth disorder. Disguised as mother and daughter, Dominika and ...

Interview With Director Amos Geva for THE TOUR GUIDE (2015) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

THE TOUR GUIDE (2015) by Amos Geva @ Palm Springs International Shortfest Synopsis: A look at the life and work of an Israeli immigrant to Germany who gives ‘Holocaust’ tours at key historical sites.   In an interview with Amos Geva about his film, here is what he had to say:   How did you meet Nirit, your tour guide? Can you tell the story of how you went about telling this story?   I met nirit while working on research for a film about...

Interview with Peter Pontikis for BOY RAZOR (2015) @ Palm Springs Short Film Festival

Synopsis: A bullied boy tries to get even with his tormentors by sticking a razorblade through a crack in a waterslide. When he realizes his revenge is out of proportion he starts a race against time to set things right.   In an interview with Peter during the festival, here is what he had to say:   What was the inspiration behind this story and was it based on an actual event? I'm really not sure that it was an actual event, but growing up I heard about something s...

2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest Festival Winners

Marta Rosa (USA/Mexico), Barbara Cigarroa "Carry On" Receives Best of the Festival Award "Submarine" Receives Future Filmmaker Award; "The Way of Tea", "Body Team 12" and "Bear Story" Receive Audience Awards; PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 21, 2015) – The 2015 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America, announced its Festival award winners on Sunday, June 21, 2015. 330 short ...

Palm Springs Shortfest Forums:

Jason Reitman Serves as Keynote Speaker; Representatives from Anonymous Content, The Black List, CAA, CSA, Fandor, ICM Partners, IndieGogo, Preferred Content, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many others The Palm Springs International ShortFest is best known for its award-winning film shorts, but each year the Festival also welcomes a long guest list of filmmakers and industry attendees for the ShortFest Forums’ Panels and Roundtables. Academy Award nominated director ...

Ash Brannon Writes and Directs China-US Co-Production Animation Film ROCK DOG (2015)

Actor EDDIE IZZARD (Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve), one of the leading voices of ROCK DOG, accompanied Academy® Award nominated writer-director ASH BRANNON (Surf’s Up, Toy Story 2) in Cannes to promote their new animated film ROCK DOG (2015). Film Origin: US/China Language: English Genre: Animation Running Time: 82 minutes Director: Ash Brannon Writer(s): Ash Brannon / Kurt Voelker Producers: Amber Wang, David B. Miller, Lou Rui Executive Pro...

2015 Palm Springs Shortest Kicks Off With Opening Night Films

WHO: Expected to attend Opening Night are: Director Adriano Valentini (The Age of Insecurity: Little Men), Director Alexis Van Stratum (Albertine), Director Michael Phillis and Producer Alexa Fraser-Herron, (Mini Supreme), Producer A.J. Kelly (Warning Labels). ShortFest Programming and Executive Director Darryl Macdonald, Forums Producer Helen du Toit, and filmmakers from around the world. WHAT: This year’s opening night screening titled “Make ‘Em Laugh” on Tuesday, Ju...

American Film Market (AFM) Launches New Initiatives For 2015

China Conference, Networking Receptions, Cinando Subscriptions Lead the New Programs LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2015) – The 2015 American Film Market (AFM) has unveiled several new initiatives ahead of this year’s event. These include the addition of two new conferences: The AFM China Conference and the AFM Festival Conference. Additionally, Carousel Cocktails will offer producers and filmmakers new networking opportunities and, for the first time, AFM and Cinando are providing all reg...

Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Line-Up For 2015

Festival to Showcase Shorts Directed by Katie Holmes, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tara Fitzgerald and Starring Troian Bellisario, John Cusack, Loretta Devine, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Patrick Fugit, Janeane Garofalo, Kat Graham, Richard E. Grant, Matt Groening, Jimmy Kimmel, Kate Mara, Rose McGowan, Sandra Oh, Jason Patric, Zachary Quinto, Amber Tamblyn, Danny Trejo, Rufus Wainwright and Kristen Wiig Palm Springs, CA, June 2015 – It’s time to put on your shorts for the 2015 Palm S...

DHEEPAN (2015) by Jacques Audiard; A Review.

Every year, Cannes Film Festival movie-goers try to predict what the Palm d'Or winner will be. There are always the audience favorites and big buzz films; but more often than not, it's the film least expected to win that rises to the top taking home the highly besought golden palm. This year, that film was DHEEPAN by renown French director Jacques Audiard. While Audiard was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2009, he took away his first Palm d'Or this year with DHEEPAN. The film ...

Jean-Michel Cousteau Speaks About Ocean Futures and ODYSSEA 3D at 68th Cannes Film Festival

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, was born May 6, 1938 and is a French explorer, environmentalist, teacher, and filmmaker. He has produced over 80 documentaries and now working on a number of international environmental initiatives including Ocean Futures and Ambassadors of the Environment. Cousteau appeared at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival to promote his nearly finished film ODYSSEA 3D, which reveals an up close and personal look at the under water world today and ...

Icelandic film RAMS wins top prize in Un Certain Regard

The Icelandic film Rams, by Grímur Hákonarson, has won the Prix Un Certain Regard, the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. This is the first time that an Icelandic feature film has won a prize at Cannes, so this is understandably a great honor for all involved in the making of the film and for the Icelandic film community in general. Rams is set in a remote Icelandic farming valley, where two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years ha...

Find Out How You Can Help Finish ORSON WELLES'S Last Film!

Photo credit to Lauren Faretta Filip Jan Rymsza, 37, is a Polish-born producer and filmmaker. He resides in Los Angeles, where he manages Royal Road Entertainment, an independent production company. During the 68th Cannes Film Festival, Filip announced the launch of an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the finishing of legendary filmmaker, Orson Welles' last and never before seen film, 'The Other Side of the Wind'. Since his death in 1985, Welles’ film was embroiled in ...

THE WATER DIVINER (2015) opens 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

The 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces THE WATER DIVINER as its Opening Night film. The screening of THE WATER DIVINER will take place on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 7:30pm at Lido Live (3459 Via Lido) followed by a gala reception at Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive). The 16th annual NBFF will run from April 23rd – April 30, 2015. The Festival will end its eight-day run with the World Premiere of NO STRANGER THAN LOVE on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:30p...

Undiscovered Artists Celebrated in ‘Know New Art’ Campaign for 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

Undiscovered Artists Celebrated in ‘Know New Art’ Campaign for 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival Advertising Agency RPA Teams with Biscuit Filmworks and Cut + Run to Create Striking Video https://youtu.be/T7ccijNdSpg To build interest and intrigue in the 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, taking place April 23–30, 2015, an integrated ad campaign, “Know New Art,” is designed to captivate and garner attention for the talented artists among us who hav...

2015 Sonoma Film Festival Winners

2015 SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS The Sonoma International Film Festival’s 18th edition came to a rousing close Sunday night following five spectacular days that featured a wide variety of films from around the world, infused with gourmet food and the best of local wines, serving up a bountiful cinematic feast. “We are already looking forward to our 19th. Our 18th reached a new high of films from around the world, filmmakers who will make a difference in our lives a...

Fourth Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Lineup

“Fourth Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Festival Lineup” • Clint Eastwood to Receive Lifetime Vision Award • Bruce Dern and Bill Paxton to Speak at Festival Coffee Talks • Signature Panels, Parties and Over 60 Films Fill the Weekend Sun Valley, ID-The Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank, announced its film lineup today. The Festival will honor Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood with its inaugural Lifetime Vision Award at the 4th annual Festival, ...

30th SBIFF Maltin Modern Master Award Honoring Michael Keaton

Saturday night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Arlington Theater was a treat for all in attendance. Michael Keaton, while being celebrated for his body of work, is a wonderfully animated storyteller, regaling the audience with in-depth tales of his experience as an actor. The evening began with a welcome by actress Andie MacDowell, his co-star from Multiplicity. Throughout the festivities videotaped congratulatory messages played from friends and co-stars Jeff Bridge...
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