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Crossing Bridges, Review: Country Roads, take me home

Crossing Bridges: Country Roads, take me to home, to Arunachal If you are likely to be moved to deep emotions and tears by the idea of a Mumbai-based IT professional rediscovering his remote countryside roots in North-East India, and making the life-defining move of permanent homecoming, you will most likely feel you have a seen a minor classic. On the other hand, if you distance yourself and assess the film on merit, you are more likely to feel that it is a well-intentioned film which draws ...

Channel 4 pick 'Driftwood' and 'Sunny Boy' to receive network TV premieres

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The British Urban Film Festival can announce today that ‘Driftwood’ & ‘Sunny Boy’ have become the first festival selections to broadcast on network television as part of Channel 4’s short film strand The Shooting Gallery - showcasing brand new films from some of the UK’s best new film-making talent. ‘Driftwood’ (directed by James Webber) was shown as part of last year’s BUFF shorts UK showcase at Oxford House in London’s Bethna...

CDFF Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Bring the Strange & Unusual to Ottawa Screens!

  What is Behind the Cellar Door...   Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) aims to be Ottawa's first showcase of speculative cinema while celebrating the creativity of the Ottawa film scene and spotlighting the city as a setting for the sinister and supernatural.   But we need your help.       What We Need & What You Get Festivals like this rely on the generosity of people like you.  ...

6th Annual TASTE AWARDS Promo Trailer

Trailer for the 6th Annual TASTE AWARDS in Hollywood    

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Jeff "The Giver" Bridges Remembers Robin Williams

Lois Lowry's science fiction novel The Giver, like the movie adaptation with Jeff Bridges in the title role, imagines a futuristic community bereft of memory and emotion. True to his character as the comrade charged with preserving human experience, Bridges mounted an impassioned remembrance of his fellow actor Robin Williams at the August 12th press conference for The Giver at New York's JW Marriott Essex House. The previous evening, Bridges had learned of the 63-year-old ac...

4,300+ Views on YouTube

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My trailer for Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MOE... has more than 4,300 views. I would like to see that go as high as possible. Please watch our trailer at the link below and pass this around to your friends.                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzGCL3Ys1Hg       Thank you for your support, Jim Hawk ...

"Web Junkie" Gets a Fix on Internet Addiction

  A Chinese teen broods behind a barred window in a somber institution. Plainly there's something awry. "I'm in a lot of pain," the boy sobs from his dark bunk bed. What did you do?" he's asked. "I used the internet," goes his zombied response. Xi Wang wasn't expecting a three-month lockdown in military barracks: his father had tricked him into thinking the 16-year-old insomniac had a doctor's appointment. We learn that Wang, or "...

Submission Deadline Approaches for Cellar Door Film Festival!

  The submission deadline for Ottawa's Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) approaches quickly! CDFF wants to remind filmmakers that the deadline to submit for the inaugural edition of the festival is August 15th.  2014 promises to be a strong year for Ottawa's first festival of speculative cinema. The CDFF team is very excited by the range of local, national, and international films that have been submitted thus far, so it encourages prospective filmmakers to sub...

4,000+ Views on YouTube

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My Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MOE trailer has more than 4,000 views on YouTube which is wonderful to me, but I would like to see how high the count can go. I would appreciate it if you would go to the link below to watch it and raise the count. Please spread the word as well. Thank you.            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzGCL3Ys1Hg ...

New York No Limits Film Series Feature Film Regular Deadline - 7/31

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NEW YORK NO LIMITS is seeking feature film submissions from the international community for consideration in its 2014 SUMMIT to be presented November 20th-22nd in New York City.  Feature Films must be at least 40 minutes in length. All genres and foriegn language films are welcome and strongly encouraged to submit.  Since 2011 NYNL has curated over 250 films from 25 different countries.  Our goal is to present the best in film from around the world.  To submit a film please...

"Wish I Was Here": Zach Braff's Hothouse State

Wish I Was Here is Zach Braff's first movie since he came out with Garden State a decade ago. You might say the actor-turned-director-writer-producer has grown sentimental in his late 30s. With his new effort, Braff has been guileless -- or manipulative -- enough to wear his heart on his sleeve. He aligns himself with a branch of family comedy that admits bodily functions and ethnic flourishes as grist for laughs, yet readily veers into pathos.  Part sitcom, part indie drama...

Cambodian supernatural drama, FREEDOM DEAL screens on the West Coast, USA at 'Music and Turmoil', San Francisco

The Camerado-produced supernatural Asian drama, 'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky', screened July 11th at the 1970: Music and Turmoil event in San Francisco, CA, USA accompanied by the film's director, US filmmaker, J "Jack RO" Rosette, who spent more than half a decade in Cambodia developing and researching the ongoing 'FREEDOM DEAL' project. Also attending was rock historian, Richie Unterberger, author of the definitive Velvet Undergrou...

Cine//B_7: Calling for submissions

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      Cine//B is calling for submission. This will be the 7th edition of the Festival, taking place during November at santiago de Chile. National and Internacional Competition. Feature Films, Short Films and Music Videos. Submission 100% online. No entry fee. Send your film using wetransfer, dropbox, vimeo, youtube, ftp or any othe platform. Easier, Faster, Cheaper. Entry Form: http://www.jotformpro.com/form/41830531980958 Deadline: 30.09.14 More info: ...

Cine//B_7: Calling for submissions

Cine//B is caling for submissions. Features and short films. Live Action, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Video Art or Music Videos. Submission 100% online. No fee. Deadline 30.09.14. More info: www.festivalcineb.com Entry Form: http://www.jotformpro.com/form/41830531980958

Cine//B_7: Calling for submissions

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El cine está en la nube. Festival Internacional Cine//B abre convocatoria para su séptima edición con nueva regla: solo recibirá películas en archivo. La convocatoria está abierta hasta el Martes 30 de Septiembre del 2014. El cine ha cambiado, así como sus ritos de exhibición y acceso. Y este es el punto de partida para los desafíos que año a año el Festival Cine//B asume para su convocatoria y programación. U...

Review of the film Wadjda

Wadjda A title that reminds us of the great Polish film-maker (Wajda), a subject that revolves around a bicycle (Italian master De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves comes to mind) and a director whose first name is the same as the name of a Middle-eastern city! The name Wadjda is pronounced Wajda or Wajida by most persons who live in the Indian sub-continent. Woman director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s debut feature, the first film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first ever made there by ...

10 Ways to Make Distributors Totally Hate Your Guts - by Elliott Grove

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We thought this was interesting! So we are sharing!     10 Ways to Make Distributors Totally Hate Your Guts by Elliot Grove   Here are 10 ways to really annoy distributors.   1) Make it nearly impossible for a distributor to see your film Let’s say a potential film buyer misses the one and only screening of&nbs...

Filmmaker and Director John Michaels gives Testimonial for James W. Hawk

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I met Filmmaker and Director John Michaels about a week ago and he gave me a testimonial for my work. Mr Michaels' testimonial states: "Jim is the most talented unknown I've ever met. His work is as close to perfect as it gets. Each frame is given so much thought that it is only a matter of time until we see his name on a commercial blockbuster.The biggest mistake you can make on your next project is by NOT hiring him." Here are Mr. Michaels film industry credits: ...

Theatrical Trailer for Ethan - director's cut is posted on filmfestival.com

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The theatrical trailer for  Ethan - director's cut has been posted on filmfestivals.com and can be viewed by going to the "Users Video" section which is located in the right hand column. ...

Grace of Monaco, Review

Grace of Monaco Where would you hope to find the Prince of Monaco, the Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, Charles de Gaulle, Robert McNamara (former US Defense Secretary), Maria Callas (legendary opera singer), Alfred Hitchcock and Aristotle Onassis (Greek business tycoon) on the same page? In a fictionalised biopic called Grace of Monaco. Perhaps too fictionalised, according to some. Writer Arash Amel (who earlier wrote The Expatriate, 2012), on being accused of taking too many liberties wi...

With You, Without You, Review

With You, Without You SriLankan writer-director Prasanna Vithanage again explores loneliness and helplessness in With You, Without You, a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella (The Meek One, 1876) adaptation, deftly projected to SriLanka of 136 years later. It is dark, mainly bleak and sad, offers some hope and escape along the way, but veers towards an inevitable ending. Buddhist pawn-broker Sarathsiri leads a dull and purely functional existence, operating a shop on the ground floor and living above ...

THE A-LIST HOLLYWOOD NEW DIRECTORS SHOWCASE

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The Directors Showcase is open to directors of all formats and styles, who have directed Commercials, Film, TV or New Media, after January 2013. Shortlisted entries will be showcased July 29, 2014 during festival.. The awards recognize new emerging directorial talent exceptional creative work, along with the ability to garner international exposure executed by commercial film directors who have recently launched their directorial careers. Entries must be under 5 minutes, you...

10th Annual Pare Lorentz International Film Festival - Call for Entrys now open.

The 10th Annual Pare Lorentz International Film Festival is now accepting submissions at:  https://filmfreeway.com/festival/PareLorentzInternationalFilmFestival       ...

The World Before Her, Review

The World Before Her Patient and painstaking are the two words that best describe the efforts of an Indian-Canadian documentary-maker and her Canadian backers in completing and releasing The World Before Her. It started rolling in 2008 and was completed in 2012. The next year, it was released in the US, and now, on 6 June 2104, it hits five Indian cities, on 17 cinema screens, coupled with a travelling campaign to increase awareness of women’s rights and female foeticide/infanticide (th...
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