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BLACK BOX 2.0, the second edition of the first international art, film and technology festival in Seattle set for

  Aktionsart is proud to announce BLACK BOX 2.0, the second edition of the first international art, film and technology festival in Seattle. The festival takes place May 6 - June 7, 2015, during the Seattle International Film Festival. It is organized independently by Aktionsart, a new art and technology nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest. Programming is nomadic and antidisciplinary, presenting contemporary artists who expand the language of cinema. The festival is focused on ...

HAFF announces winner Professional Award Dutch animation & nominations Grand Prix

At the festive opening of HAFF the winner of the Professional Award was presented and the nominees for the Grand Prix of Dutch Animation were revealed. Professional Award for Dutch animation The Professional Award for Dutch animation was awarded to The Black Room by Robbie Cornelissen & Kees Went. The expert jury, consisting of Marieke van Middelkoop (filmmaker, NL), Menno de Nooijer (performer and filmmaker, NL) and Serge Onnen (filmmaker, NL), said this about the film: ‘...

Men In Black Director To Adapt Doco About Houdini-Like Escape Artist

The filmmaker of such blockbuster movies Men in Black, Get Shorty and Addams Family, Barry Sonnenfeld will direct and produce a film adaptation of the documentary  An Honest Liar. Now the question is who will be playing the charismatic James "The Amazing" Randi? Johnny Depp is our guess. See press links below. Variety The Hollywood Reporter   With HBO's true crime documentary The Jinx making headlines last week, we recognize today when documentary films are mixed with...

New York: Burma themed films – Retrospective of Midi Z

The New York Asia Society presented from March 6 – 13  Homecoming Myanmar, the first US screening of the films by Midi Z, a Burmese-Taiwanese film maker. Under the military dictatorship the once vibrant Burmese film industry was destroyed and is now slowly recovering; overcoming the obstacles of having no film infra-structure and competing with pirated films. Midi Z was born in 1982 in Myanmar to ethnic Chinese parentage and raised there. He left at the age of 16 for Taiwan where h...

Scorsese's Polish Film Series Comes to the U.K.

Over a year since it made its debut at New York's Lincoln Center last February, Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, a traveling exhibition comprising 21 feature films, has screened at over 30 venues from coast to coast across North America. The series includes works by legendary directors such as Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and others, which have never previously been showcased on such a grand scale.   Havi...

Harvey Keitel Joins Cast of Jon Cassar's Rio Heat

Harvey Keitel will appear in the first season of Rio Heat opposite Victor Webster as Hubert Humbolt. Hubert is a mysterious figure, an ex-CIA operator who now owns the largest private investigation company in the world. He opens his Rio branch (enlisting our heroes to run it) as well as continuing to do contract work for his government cronies. Jon Cassar the Emmy-winning 24 producer/director will executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the action/comedy series. Rio Heat will be shot e...

Richard Gere will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night and Onstage Tribute at the Castro Theatre

  Photo by Myrna Suarez  The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Richard Gere, one of American cinema's screen legends, will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 -  May 7). The award will be presented to Gere at Film Society Awards Night, Monday, April 27, at The Armory.   The Film Society and its year-round exhibition, education and f...

Annapolis Film Festival Presents Exciting Slate of Panels

The Annapolis Film Festival, running for four days from March 26th to 29th, is presenting several panels of interest to filmmakers. Friday Panels at the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel, 174 West Street The Art of the Pitch Friday, March 27, 10am-11am   “The Pitch” is one of the most and anxiety-inducing aspects of filmmaking.  Hear inside tips on how to sell an idea to the right people in a short period of time and how to put together elements that deliver a green li...

Changes at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

“New Creators Award” for serial dramas by newcomers. Film producer Nico Hofmann is supporting the search for sponsors for the prize.   With a worldwide reputation as a forum for the discovery of new directorial talent in arthouse cinema, the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg is establishing a new competition for creative, intelligent serial dramas by highly talented newcomers. “What the young writer-directors...

Vail Film Festival Announces DAWN WALL Screening with Q&A

  Festival to screen never-before-seen footage of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s historic free climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in Yosemite The 12th annual Vail Film Festival takes place March 26 – 29, 2015, in one of the United States’ premier ski destinations, Vail, Colorado, and is pleased to announce that climber Kevin Jorgeson will be in attendance to screen never-before-seen footage of his recent epic climb of El Capitan&...