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The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014

The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, announced its Narrative and Documentary feature film competition lineups as well as Jury members. The 2014 Festival will screen 22 feature films in competition. The full film program line-up, including out-of-competition special presentations, sneak previews of awards season contenders, and narrative, documentary and animated shorts, will be announced in September. “Our thoughts are with everyone in the...

'90 Days' (2014). Interview with Director Timothy Yeung

Toronto based filmmaker Timothy Yeung has wowed audiences worldwide with his breakthrough award-winning short film '90 Days' (2014). The film is a comment on the dark side of contemporary Hong Kong where many arrive with big dreams for a new life but end up finding only hardship and a fight for survival. '90 Days' is the length of time Li jan, a young female Chinese immigrant, has on her Hong Kong tourist visa to make a new life for herself. Sadly, during her quest and urgency ...

3rd Brasilia International Film Festival (BIFF) Features Guest Geraldine Chaplin

The 3rd edition of annual Brasilia International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place 28 August - 06 September, 2014. BIFF held its grand opening on Thursday 28 August with beloved screen legend Geraldine Chaplin gracing the festival with her presence; festival attendees say, "Geraldine truly shined". A large international cinema gala was held opening night for the reception of actress Geraldine Chaplin. During the duration of BIFF, the actress will be honored with an homage to her life ...

'One Armed Man' (2014). Interview with Director Tim Guinee

Actor/writer/director Tim Guinee, who has starred in Homeland, Revolution and The Good Wife recently made his directorial debut with short film One Armed Man (2014) by writer Horton Foote. The short film was the Grand Jury Winner for Best Short Film at the USA Film Festival and was a Grand Jury Nominee at SXSW, amongst others. The film was executive produced by Tim's close friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and is dedicated to his memory. One Armed Man is the story of CW Rowe, wealthiest man i...

'Aban +Khorshid'. Interview with producer Tommee May

It is hard to imagine that even today we live in a world full of hate and intolerance, especially in matters of love. While many still argue about the morality of homosexuality all over the world, some have become martyrs in places where same sex love is punishable by death. "Aban + Khorshid" tells the true story of two young men who were executed for being homosexual and merely for loving each other. Tommee May’s short film "Aban + Khorshid" screened at the Cannes Fi...

The Tide Keeper (2014). Interview with filmmaker Alyx Duncan.

“Who knows how to stem the tide except through dreams?” Stunning short film 'The Tide Keeper' (2014) by New Zealand newcomer Alyx Duncan is a mesmerizing metaphor of the concept of time through the movements of the tides. Have you ever felt the panicked sensation of time running out and you not accomplishing what you feel you need to do in the short time you have on this earth? Duncan's film emits the feeling of choking anxiety of lost time through breathtaking images ...

Homophonia (2014). Interview with filmmaker Jim Jermanok.

One of the very special films selected to screen at this year's prestigious Palm Springs International Short Film festival was New York filmmaker Jim Jermanok's film 'Homophonia' (2014), an ironic comedy about America's seemingly endless debate on gay marriage rights. This is certainly a topic every American holds an opinion about, and this film tackles it from an East Coast and down to earth humane perspective. I recently asked Jim to say a few words about his film: JIM: ...

Claude Lelouch's 'We Love You, You Bastard' Wins Audience Award at SBIFF Inaugural The Wave

Claude Lelouch's 'We Love You, You Bastard' Wins Audience Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival Inaugural The Wave Film Festival. July 15-19, 2015 - THE WAVE FESTIVAL - FRENCH CINEMA MICKEY DUZDEVICH NAMED THE WAVE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Santa Barbara, CA –SBIFF’s brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival” concluded on Sunday with Claude Lelouch's heartfelt family saga We Love You, You Bastard named as Audience Award winner. This ...

'The Last Impresario' by Grace Otto.

'The Last Impresario' (2013) by Grace Otto, about producer Michael White- "A feature documentary about the man who changed British culture, one show at a time." Everyone loves to hear about the who's who in the glamorous world of cinema, but few ever hear about the producers who work diligently, usually for years, behind the scenes to make the films; a bizarre fact as no movies would ever be made without the producer. If film is a child, then the producer would be its pa...

'A Truth in Silence' (2014). Interview with writer/producer Felipe Pina

  Based on true events, American writer/producer Felipe Pina's short film 'A Truth in Silence' (2014) takes a peak inside a mother's life who lived under domestic abuse for 17 years. The film participated at this year's Palm Springs International Shortfest film market and most recently chosen for official selection at the LA International Shortfest.   I interviewed Felipe about his film, which is inspired by his mother's life. Here is what he had to say: M...

'Time to Kill' @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

"Time to Kill" (2014) by director Justin Rettke 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 most recently screened at the prestigious 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.   Interview with Cindy Hong, Justin Rettke, and Christopher Wood on 'Time to Kill': ME: You are a producer of the film. How was it brought to you and what made you feel you wanted to he...

'MARACANÁ': The Football Legend' (2014) by Sebastián Bednarik

MARACANAZO: THE FOOTBALL LEGEND (MARACANÁ) They say that in Brazil the second most important thing to breathing is futebol (aka 'soccer'). 2014 sees the World Cup of soccer hosted in Brazil for the first time since 1950. It is easy to see by the contagious passion that all 32 competing teams display as they vie to the death in hopes of winning the cup, and the grand scale of work the Brazilians have put into pulling off a successful FIFA competition, just how important this spo...

SBIFF Reveals Inaugural 'The Wave' Film Festival Program Featuring French Cinema; July 16-20, 2014

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS INAUGURAL THE WAVE FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM FEATURING FRENCH CINEMA JULY 16-20 2014   Santa Barbara, CA –SBIFF’s brand new summer film showcase “The Wave Film Festival” announces its highly anticipated line up for the inaugural year. This first edition will focus solely on an eclectic mix of eleven brand new French films, sure to delight the hungry cinephiles of Santa Barbara. The five day festival begins Wednesday J...

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) (Brazil) by writer/director Toti Loureiro screened at the 20th Palm Springs International Shortfest. Made on a shoestring budget, the film wowed audiences for its gritty realism and naked truth about hard social life in Brazil's metropolis Sao Paolo. Paulo is a Paulista (native of Sao Paulo) who begins an affair with his maid, Maria. The two of them begin to feel growing emotions for each other as their intimacy intensifies but when Paolo ...

2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Festival Winners

Carry On Receives Best of the Festival Award Whisker Receives Future Filmmaker Award; Dragula, Showfolk and Bendik & the Monster Receive Audience Awards Joanna, 90 Days and Tyres Each Receive 2 Awards. PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 22, 2014) – Celebrating its 20th birthday, the 2014 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 22, 2014. 330 short films screened through...

Forums and Panels of 20th Edition Palm Springs Shortfest

Palm Springs Shortfest Forums and Panels. Master Classes with Ted Hope and Allison &Tiffany Anders; Representatives from Anonymous Content, CAA, CSA, ICM Partners, Karga Seven Pictures, Nickelodeon, Participant Media, Preferred Content, Sundance Film Festival, TNT, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International 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 o...

"The Palace That I Live In" at 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

Last year at the end of February, Aimée-Lee Curran (director), Mark Sims (producer) and Lâle Teoman (writer/actress) set out to make a short film entitled "The Palace That I Live In". They raised the funds for the film via the crowd funding platform Pozible and short on a rural property in Bathurst, Australia over four days, with three actors, nine crew, six dogs and a mouse. The film will held its world premiere today June 21st as a part of the Dreamscapes program. Pa...

"It's Okay" World Premier at 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

"It's Okay" World Premier at 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest. Running time: 14 mins 53 sec. TEASER: http://itsokayfilm.com/ Directed by Tamar Levine, the film is about a young couple struggling to break free of the restricted world they've created together. A married couple in their thirties struggles to break free of the restricted world they've created together as they reach a turning point in their relationship. Tensions between them ebb and flow as each p...

'One Armed Man' by Debut Director Tim Guinee at 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest.

Tim Guinee, who's starred in Homeland, Revolution and The Good Wife has made his directorial debut with a short film production of Horton Foote's One Armed Man. The short has received immense praise from the likes of Gus Van Sant, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Ed Harris, Edward Zwick, Richard Dreyfuss, Charlie Kaufman, Robert Duvall, Mandy Patinkin and more. All can be viewed at http://onearmedmanmovie.com. It was the Grand Jury Winner for Best Short Film at the USA Film Festival and was ...

'Aban +Khorshid' produced by Tommee May at Palm Springs International Shortfest

'Aban +Khorshid' produced by Tommee May- Saturday June 21st at 1:30pm in Palm Springs. Aban + Khorshid got 4th runner up and special jury mention in Seattle International Film Festival. “A beautifully filmed and tragic story, based on real life events, about freedoms here that carry the death penalty elsewhere."- 2014 Jury Statement from the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Just a bit shy of twenty minutes in length, Tommee May’s Aban + Khorshid left film...

The Woods Are Still Green (2014) @ 17th Shanghai International Film Festival.

DIE WÄLDER SIND NOCH GRÜN (The Woods Are Still Green) has been selected for the main competition section "The Golden Goblet Award" at Shanghai International Film Festival. World Premiere is on June 17th, 2014 in Shanghai. Screening - 13:30 at Hall 2 at Shanghai Film Art Center. The Press conference shall be hold afterwards at 15:30 at Hotel Crown Plaza Shanghai, 400 Pan Yu Road , Shanghai, SH 200052. http://www.woods-movie.com "We are very honored, that that out of...

New Artists Alliance Starts Production on Sci-Fi Thriller “400 DAYS”

New Artists Alliance (Cheap Thrills, Bad Milo) and XLrator Media (The Machine, CBGB) have just started production on the science fiction thriller, “400 DAYS” starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Caity Lotz (Arrow, The Pact), Ben Feldman (Mad Men), Tom Cavanagh (Ed, The Flash), Grant Bowler (Defiance) and Dane Cook. Written and directed by Matt Osterman (Ghost from the Machine), the psychological sci-fi centers on four astronauts who are sent on a simulated mission to a dista...

Palm Springs International Shortfest Line-up for 2014

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR 2014 Festival to Showcase Shorts Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taylor Kitsch, Rose McGowan, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Urie, and Starring Danny DeVito, Natalie Dormer, Ioan Gruffudd, Jenna Fischer, Ian Hart, Tony Hale, Rutger Hauer, Sally Hawkins, Oscar Isaac, Cheyenne Jackson, Sophia Loren, Nick Offerman, Sarah Paulson and Mark Strong. Palm Springs, CA (June 5, 2014) – The shorts are back in town at the 2014 Palm Springs Internati...

"Charlie's Country" (2014) at 67th Cannes Film Festival

"Charlie's Country" (2014) by Dutch/Australian director Rolf de Heer screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Australian actor David Gulpilil won the prize for Best Actor. “Charlie's Country” tells the story of 'Blackfella Charlie', an aboriginal man who is marginalized and discriminated against by domineering whites in his Australian village. The police are always on his back to forget his traditional ways- he is one of...

Palm Springs Shortfest Online Film Festival Line-Up for 2014

PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR 2014   Palm Springs, CA – The 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market announced the first 10 films chosen to represent the ShortFest Online Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, the select films will play on a special section of the festival website (www.psfilmfest.org/shortfest) starting today. Online voting for these films will open on June 10 and run through June 21, with the “Sho...
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