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Year 11 Comes to a Close!
With fantastic weather, outstanding attendance numbers by both fans and filmmakers, and a programming lineup of 114 unique short films, The Dam Short Film Festival finished its 11th season in great form. Over three hundred people packed the historic Boulder Theatre for the Best of the Fest Award Screening, and everyone had a great time at the Filmmaker Meet-n-Greet, 11th Dam Mixer, and the Post Awards Party!
At The Dam Short Film Festival, the audience chooses the ...
"Heads Rest" (Repose têtes) by Pierre Yves Clouin, selected in 2015 Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, Il, USA
Whiplash, Review: ‘Cymbalic decapitation’
On the heels of Birdman comes Whiplash, another, much bigger ode to jazz drumming. Confined to four lead actors—a student, his teacher, his father and his girl-friend—Whiplash builds its own legend around itself, not dissimilar to the way in which sports and war films push their protagonists to the brink, before they can reap the fruits of hard labour and either vanquish the enemy or win encomiums for themselves.
Badlapur—Don’t Miss the Beginning, Review: Some things are missing
Funny line for a name. It is okay as a tag-line, but to make it part of the name? Did somebody object to the title Badlapur, and was the tag-line merged into the title to overcome that objection? Last December, a film titled Badlapur Boys was released in India, so there sure is some confusion. That one took its name from a fictional village in North India, and was about the game of kabaddi. Here, the name comes fro...
Where does The Ballad of the Weeping Spring take place? The question hovers over Benny Toraty's Wild East fable, which may unfold in yesteryear's Levant, or perhaps just in fantasyland. Either way, music forms its center.
So it's only fitting that Mark Eliyahu's soulful, nostalgic composing uses the "maqam" system of musical modes: "maqam" means "place" in Arabic. In the Eastern classical tradition, modal scales are used to influence one's spi...
I Am Offended, Review: Defending the right to offend
It’s all about an idea, says director Jaideep Varma, about film-making. Seeing the timing of his film’s release, one can add another doctrine: It’s all about timing. I Am Offended, a feature length documentary about humour and intolerance, was released on Being Human/You Tube in February 2015, bang in the middle of the ongoing AIB Roast (more on that below) controversy which has polarised the Indian entertainment industry....
Why You Should Make a DIY Film That Matters
Love, Rosie-Review: Love, for Rosie, is not rosy
When a film is full of tender and emotional moments but peppers itself with half-a-dozen comic interludes, it ends up confusing your sentiments. You ask yourself whether the characters deserve sympathy or should be laughed at. Considering the swings in the narrative, you begin to feel that the writers cannot be serious. So, why do they bring in grim, sad events so strongly? In its defence, Love, Rosie is a bit like life, of the fact-is-stranger...
Roy, Review: ROYters’ block, alias ‘balle t balle t’
Papa Anupam Kher thinks it is something to do with a woman. Son Arjun Rampal calls it writers’ block. Both are right. Grewal Senior was referring to writer-director Kabir Grewal’s predicament in the film, while Rampal was explaining to the viewers why this film was going nowhere! Casanova Grewal has fallen in love with a documentary film-maker named Ayesha Aamir, from London, while shooting his film Guns III in...
You've seen Sebastiaõ Salgado's photographs. A gold miners' strife in his native Brazil, genocide in Rwanda, war in Yugoslavia, famine in Ethiopia and incinerated oilfields in Kuwait -- his imagery across four decades and a hundred countries is iconic. But you may not be so familiar with the photographer. The Salt of the Earth, directed by Wim Wenders together with Sebastiaõ's son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, gives you that chance. Take it.
Wild Card, Review: Raw Deal
Based on the novel Heat, by William Goldman (now 84, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, Dreamcatcher), who also wrote the screenplay, Wild Card is a lukewarm a remake of the 1986 movie, starring Burt Reynolds.
Las Vegas bodyguard Nick Wild (Jason Statham), who insists on being called a “chaperone”, has a gambling problem, drinks a lot and wants badly to get away for a long holiday. He figures he...
Greg Reitman, Film Director, Producer & Actor
Greg Reitman is the founder of Blue Water Entertainment, Inc., an independent production company focusing on environmentally conscious entertainment. Widely regarded as Hollywood’s “Green Producer,” Greg produced the 2008 SUNDANCE Audience Award-winning feature documentary “FUEL.” He wrote, produced, and directed the feature documentary “HOLLYWOOD’S MAGICAL ISLAND- CATALINA” (PBS) and returns back...
By Maria Esteves – February 2, 2015
The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Closing Night N.Y. Premiere of Felix and Meira (Félix et Meira), directed by Maxime Giroux was held at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, Thursday, January 29th. The Q&A session immediately followed with director Giroux and actor Luzer Twersky moderated by Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media, Jewish Museum and Coordinator, New York Jewish Film Festival. Festival me...
NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE MAIREAD MAGUIRE
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence. The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, musi...
By Maria Esteves – February 1, 2015
The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Closing Night New York Premiere of Felix and Meira (Félix et Meira), directed by Maxime Giroux was held at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, Thursday, January 29th. Q&A session immediately followed with director Giroux and actor Luzer Twersky moderated by Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media, Jewish Museum and Coordinator, New York Jewish Film Festival.
Felix and M...
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36th Moscow International Film Festival June 19th – June 28th 2014
Nominated for “Golden St George” (Official Competition)
35th Durban International Film Festival July 17th – July 27th 2014
North American Premiere
38th Montreal World Film Festival August 25th – September 1st 2014
Focus on World Cinema Section (Official Selection)
"Beti and Amare" is a historical science-fiction film set in 1936 Ethiopia.
Beti, a young Ethiopian girl has escaped Mussolini's troops and found refuge in the peaceful south of Ethiopia. As the Italians march ever closer Beti has to battle hunger, thirst, and the unwelcome sexual advances of the local militia. When the situation threatens to escalate towards the unthinkable, a spaceship cracks through the clouds... its cargo... love.
This micro-budget gem i...
Indiewire - "His landscape sequences are elegiac, suggesting a film that cost far more than $14,000" (How Do Indie Filmmakers Survive in Russia?,David D'Arcy)
Twitchfilm - "Siege may be some sort of outsider savant"(Durban 2014 Review: BETI AND AMARE Is A Bizarre Ethiopian Oddity, Todd Brown)
Mahala - "The film is a triumph against meagre resources" (BETI AND AMARE | DIFF 2014, Kavish Chetty)
German Films- “...
Wacth "Beti and Amare" at LA PAFF
If your protagonist has to keep pressing her case in a dingy courtroom for five years, the world of your movie can get pretty claustrophobic. It's an acceptable risk of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, which unfolds within court chambers and a waiting room till virtually the last frame. How else to show what the titular character (Ronit Elkabetz) goes through to obtain a divorce in Israel's Orthodox Chief Rabbinate?
Directors Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz give viewers an authentic tast...
Don't go see Timbuktu expecting revival of Kismet. Abderrahmane Sissako's latest film offers a somewhat more subdued portrait of Mali's spiritual and intellectual capital, one where music is banned. So are soccer, cigarettes, laughter and unveiled women, among other prohibitions being slapped on local citizens in 2012, as mujahideen spread their brand of Sharia to the West African nation's northern tier.
We first meet these zealots barreling across the desert in a pick...
Dolly Ki Doli (Dolly’s bridal palanquin), Review: The Milky Way
Dolly Ki Doli is about a cheat called Dolly, and her support gang of confidence tricksters. Their modus operandi is that Dolly’s so-called brother Raju identifies prospects, then Dolly and the gang lures these eligible bachelors into falling in love with Dolly, leading on to marriage. On the wedding night, Dolly serves drug-laced milk to the groom and his immediate family, ensuring they fall into deep slumber, and the...