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Israel Horovitz Gets with "My Old Lady"

With 70 stage plays under his belt, Israel Horovitz is no stranger to the human condition. His debut effort in writing and directing a film, My Old Lady, shows that his dramatic flair isn't limited to theater. Adapted from his 2002 play of the same name, this three-character chamber piece unfolds in Paris, where many of Horovitz's plays have been produced and where he frequently cultivates his garden. The paradise around which My Old Lady's action is centered is at once found ...

"The Green Prince": A Conversation with Former Operative Mosab Hassan Yousef and Director Nadav Schirman

There are spies who come in from the cold and others who swap one kind of heat for another. One such fevered soul is Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas honcho Sheikh Hassan Yousef who spied for Israel’s Shin Bet for more than a decade. Yousef's unlikely tale supplied the grist for his bestselling memoir Son of Hamas, and now it has inspired the documentary thriller The Green Prince. Directed by Nadav Schirman (The Champagne Spy, In the Darkroom), this stranger-than-fiction ac...

Shriekfest 2014 Lineup Announced -- Tickets on Sale Now!

2014 Schedule: 42 FILMS * 4 DAYS/NIGHTS OCTOBER 2-5TH, 2014 SHRIEKFEST INTERNATIONAL HORROR/SCI FI FILM FESTIVAL is thrilled to announce the full, expanded schedule for the FOURTEENTH annual horror film festival, returning to Raleigh Studios Chaplin theatres, October 2-5th, 2014.  Festival Director Denise Gossett says  "We are so honored to once again be at the same location we've been at for all 14 years!  That says a lot about a location's qua...

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Review: ...and a Dame Who Kills

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Review: …and a Dame Who Kills Comics icon Frank Miller and director Robert Rodriguez return nine years after their first trip to Sin City, a four-story compendium outing that had Quentin Tarantino as guest director and Frank Miller in a cameo, as a priest. It was a highly unlikely partnership. Their association began when Miller got a call from Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids 1 and 2, Desperado). Rodriguez made him a simple offer: Come to Texas for a day. If yo...

Life of Crime, Review: Black comedy with grey areas

Life of Crime: Black comedy with grey areas Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch has been adapted for the screen as Life of Crime by director Daniel Schechter. It is not in the same league as Jackie Brown or Get Shorty. Attempted as a black comedy, it is not black enough (one lead actor being black notwithstanding) nor is it comic enough (some lines and situations are admittedly funny). In the late 70s, the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) is kidnappe...

Cine//B_7 Deadline for submission coming soon

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    Cine//B_7 is calling for submissions! Shorts Films and Features Film for the International Competition. Any genre, any running time. Submission 100% online & free. Share us your film through vimeo, youtube, wetransfer, google drive, dropbox, or other media file share. Entry form: http://www.jotformpro.com/form/41830531980958 + info: www.festivalcineb.com ...

Silent Ones by Ricky Rijneke selected for Toronto Indie Film Festival 2014

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Silent Ones by Ricky Rijneke selected for Toronto Independent Film Festival 2014 The Dutch feature film Silent Ones has been selected for the Toronto Independent Film Festival. The festival held from 3 to 16 September has selected 20 feature films. The Toronto Independent Film Festival, aka the Toronto Indie, is a separate festival from the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs at the same time. The Toronto Indie is Toronto's film festival for truly independent films. Silent One...

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...
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