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Bezubaan Ishq, Review: Very little to say

Bezubaan Ishq, Review: Very little to say This silent, tongue-less (literal translation of the word Bezubaan; ishq means love) tale revolves around three middle-aged friends and their families. Mansukh Patel (Sachin Khedekar) is an NRI toy manufacturer residing with his British wife, Lisa (Alexandra Ashman) and daughter Rumjhum (Sneha Ullal) in London, UK. Though the Patels live in London, they haven't forgotten their Indian traditions and values. Mansukh's younger brother, Rashmikant...

38th Asian American Intl Film Fest Opens with My Voice, My Life

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By Maria Esteves - July 3, 2015 The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) will be held in New York July 23 - August 1. Presented by Asian Cinevision, AAIFF annually showcase the best independent cinema by Asian and Asian Americans along with panel discussions, special events, screenplay competition readings, gala receptions and after parties. This year's Opening, Centerpiece and Closing night Premieres are MY VOICE, MY LIFE, directed by Ruby Yang at Asia Society, N...

"Life Is Sacred": A Human Rights Watch Film Festival Premiere

When's the last time a film about a mayor got your pulse racing? For attendees of the recent Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the answer must be Life Is Sacred, Andreas Dalsgaard's portrait of Antanas Mockus. And before that, it was surely Dalsgaard's 2009 documentary Cities on Speed: Bogota Change. That too centered on heady, twinkle-eyed Mockus. The two-time mayor of Bogota is perhaps best summed up by the caped persona he playfully assumed...

"Palio": Horse Racing under the Tuscan Sun

Unicorn. Goose. Shell. Tower. If you haven't been to Siena, Italy, if you aren't up on the city's 17 districts, these four are a colorful start. All of Siena's ancient neighborhoods play a role in the local horse race called the Palio and in Cosima Spender's documentary of the same name.  Palio premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April, and the twice-yearly race is around the bend: first comes Palio della Madonna di Provenzano on July 2, fo...

Me, Review: Compulsive Disorder

Me, Review: Compulsive Disorder With names like Adil Amaan and Preeti Ganguly associated with it, Me could have been worth a watch. The former, who plays a central character, is an acting graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from a mid-70s batch and an acting teacher for years. Currently, he’s the Head of the Department of acting at the state run, prestigious, FTII. Preeti Ganguly, who is credited as co-writer, was Ashok Kumar’s daughter and an actor in he...

UVAA, Review: Yuvanile delinquents

UVAA, Review: Yuvanile delinquents It pains you when an apparently well-intentioned film, made with limited resources, pads it up with trivia and inconsequential trappings, thereby relegating the very issue it set out to highlight. UVAA is good example of undisciplined writing and inconsistent direction, which makes smart moves off and on, only to hit new lows regularly. The film is a tale of five teenage friends who are constantly up to mischief and pranks, sometimes of a serious nature, bu...

“Canadian Pakistani Music Videos (Pakistani Movie Edit)” Now Released

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“Canadian Pakistani Music Videos (Pakistani Movie Edit)” A New Addition to Pakistani Film, Music and Television Industry, now released in the USA  followed by new American-Canadian Movie and Music Album Releases.     OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:   http://www.wiredprnews.com/2015/06/15/canadian-pakistani-music-videos-pakistani-movie-edit-now-released_20150615312907.html   Official IMDB LISTING:   www.imdb.com/title/tt4713...

Open submissions to the Paris Art and Movie Awards

The PAMA will run sept 25-27th, 2015. The event will screen several blocks of shorts from all over the world, moreover from USA and France. Features and scripts are accepted too. 20 awards may be reward the best artists and filmmakers in a range of 10 categories. All categories can be found on the festival's website. All nominated movies, special events, french premiere and professional meetings will be held in the historical heart of Paris : Saint-Germain-des-Près. Out ...

Frat Dude Secret Gossip

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Frat Dude Secret Gossip   Due to extreme high volume of requests and curiosity of the general public this blog/article has to be published. The “Fratmen Fratpad Tributes” are more than 100s of songs and more than 1000 music videos given as a tribute to all the  Fratmen of Arizona. Kindly note the songs are not random and they are about actual people. The setting of the music videos is Arizona. All the other States such as California, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Chicago, Wisc...

Universal Film Festival Mission

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The mission of the Universal Film Festival is to create and provide a credible and accessible venue for aspiring and talented filmmakers. The Universal Film Festival offers a medium in which Independent Filmmakers may showcase their works nationally and internationally. www.universalfilmfestival.com ...

CamboFest, Cambodia now accepting submissions for 2016 Edition!

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CAMBOFEST, Cambodia Movie and Media festival - established in 2007/2550 - and the first internationally recognized movie event taking place in Cambodia since the end of the Khmer Rouge regime, is now accepting movie submissions for the 2016 (5th) edition. Special categories for this edition include: SUPERNATURAL and FANTASTIC SHOWCASE - Movies with a Supernatural or Fantastic Theme (all lengths considered) ONE MINUTE MOVIE BIOSPHERE (Eco-themed showcase) MICRO-MOVIE (Movies under :30 second...

Director Andrew Morgan Shows "The True Cost" of Fashion

So, what are you wearing? For anyone who has ever flirted using this line, the new documentary The True Cost  will explain how to get a really hot conversation going. As we see, the question aroused global citizens are asking is, Baby, what did it take to make what you're wearing? Directed by Andrew Morgan (After the End, Here for Now), the film pulls the panties off the fashion industry, exposing its disastrous human and environment impact around the world. Unsurprisingly, the p...

"The Farewell Party" Enters Laughing

You've got to hand it to Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit. Any filmmakers willing to have a laugh with euthanasia should be lauded for their nerve, and in The Farewell Party, which they jointly wrote and directed, the case is made for the right to jest with dignity. Still, there is much in the film that will gall opponents of mercy killing. The casting of iconic comedians offers a powerful assist in delivering bleak themes, especially for devotees of Israeli entertainment who read the marquee...

KCTV5 Interview 2014

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Cellar Door Film Festival Announces New Venues for 2015!

  2015 CDFF Venues Announced!   This year marks the second season for the Cellar Door Film Festival, and our festival team is thrilled to share the news about our chosen film screening locations. We look forward to welcoming our 2015 festival audiences to these exciting venues:     *OPENING NIGHT!*   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5th   The Mayfair Theatre - 1074 Bank St.   One of Ottawa’s last two neighbor...

Surkhaab, Review: Where are the feathers?

Surkhaab, Review: Where are the feathers? First things first: the title. It is an Urdu/Persian word, also part of Hindi, that means the ruddy sheldrake/shelduck bird. Literally translated, ‘surkh’ means red and ‘aab’ means water. There is a river in north-west Asia that is also called Surkhaab, which is easy to link to the meaning. The bird has rare type of feathers, and so, someone who has special qualities is said to be possessing 'surkhaab ke par' (surkhaab&...

Filmmaker Melissa Donovan Finds Hope in Ethiopia and "Zemene"

By its title alone, Zemene, Melissa Donovan's captivating documentary says there's something special about its name character. There is. Right away when we meet this Ethiopian 10 year old, her spark and lucidity pull us in. Zemenwork (Zemene) Tiget has an acute spinal curvature called kyphosis. Accompanied by her Uncle Menormelkam, she has come to city of Gondar seeking medical treatment that can keep her from death's door. No such luck -- yet. We discover Zemene at the s...

TFF 2015 | Code: Debugging the Gender Gap Review

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By Maria Esteves - May 17, 2015 The 14th Tribeca Film Festival World Premiere of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds commenced Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:00PM at Spring Studios, New York. A special panel discussion immediately followed with director Reynolds, chief learning officer Tamar Elkeles, Qualcomm, chief people officer Auguste Goldman, GoDaddy, and engineering director Jason Wong, Etsy, moderated by Adi Robertson, reporter, The Verge. CODE: Debugging the Gen...

Terror Film Festival 2015 Call For Entries is OPEN

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Terror Film Festival is a blood-chilling, alien-probing, super-thrilling online international film festival designed for filmmakers and screenwriters that runs every October! And our Call For Entries is now open! We are the only film festival in the world that offers the opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters to get major exposure by bringing the audience right to their film. Also, being online removes the shackles of venue limitations (which limits the amount of people who can s...

La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde Shows Off New Talent

  La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde Selections   Along the Riviera side's International Pavillion is a tent right next to Majestic Beach, that houses the French Institute's Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde, which has dedicated its practice to discovering young artists in the Southern international market. Every year, 10 directors along with their producers are scouted, and hosted at the Cannes Film Festival in this very booth. This year hosted many talented directors, all with...

"Peggy Guggenheim -- Art Addict": Interview with Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Christie's and its much-ballyhooed billion dollar week affirm that art addiction is on the rise. Peggy Guggenheim would approve. For a glimpse of the famed collector's habit, there's Lisa Immordino Vreeland's documentary Peggy Guggenheim — Art Addict. A few weeks back, when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, I spoke with Immordino Vreeland. The following link will draw up our chat: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1032/peggy_guggenheim_...

DP Robbie Ryan's Take on Shooting "Slow West"

For Slow West, debut director John Maclean tapped veteran cinematographer Robbie Ryan to make it a visual bonanza. I caught up with Ryan several weeks ago, when the film was screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Click below for his insights:  http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1037/cinematographer_robbie_ryan_on_shooting_slow_west   ...

Only 2 Days Left To Submit During Earlybird Submission Period: CampCultClassicsFest.com

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2 DAYS LEFT - EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2015 We've partnered with FilmFreeway as our only avenue for submissions. Filmmakers, submit to the Camp Cult Classics Fest if you have a campy, b-movie, silent film, blaxploitation film, classic film, monster, experimental, or the like.  All genres are welcome from documentaries to musicals, dramas to comedies, web series to shorts. Go to: http://www.CampCultClassicsFest.com for more details. In-between indie films, we will be screening c...

PLASTICS Trailer

An intimate look into a broken ex-detective's interrogation of the "plastic" serial killer.  A prostitute who killed 17 johns and  eluded capture by becoming a transgender.  
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