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"Keep Quiet": Tribeca Film Festival 2016

  What to do if you’re a raging anti-Semite and you discover your Jewish roots? As probed in the documentary Keep Quiet, it’s the stunner that Hungarian ultra-nationalist Csanád Szegedi began grappling with when his maternal grandparents were outed as Jews.  Keep Quiet opens by showing family snapshots in nostalgic black-and-white. Yet any stirring of sentimentality is quickly dashed with a caveat about what happens “when you base your story on a lie.&rdquo...

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2016 Isabel Santos Tribute at Havana Film Festival New York

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By Maria Esteves – April 12, 2016 The 17th Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY16) tribute to Cuba’s iconic actress ISABEL SANTOS commenced Monday, April 11, 6:00PM at the Instituto Cervantes New York. The premiere films VESTIDO DE NOVIA (His Wedding Dress), directed by Marilyn Solaya starring Isabel Santos and Santos directorial debut of EL CAMINO DE LA VIDA (The Path of Life) documentary short preceded the panel discussion The Actor And The Camera with actress/director Santos ...

Arohanui Film Festival calls for submissions!

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Submissions are now open for the 2nd Annual Arohanui Film Festival, to be held October 26 – 30, 2016 in Te Aroha, New Zealand. In it’s first year, AFF screened 20 films with a mix of national and international premieres, pairing feature films with short films. In 2016, Arohanui Film festival is aiming for a larger selection of films and more events for attendees.  Film programming gives priority to projects that have not been released in NZ, although the festival also runs a r...

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Film Review: Love Thy Nature

By Maria Esteves   LOVE THY NATURE is a compelling documentary about the need for humans to reconnect and rely on nature for Earth’s survival. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film closely examines the interconnection and interdependence of creation in its awe and splendor beauty, the current global environmental crisis, and the industrial and biological revolution. This documentary winner of 25 awards at film festival circuit included provocative interviews with Da...

Eye in the Sky, Review: Mor(t)al blows

Eye in the Sky, Review: Mor(t)al blows Collateral damage has been an emotion charged topic for debates world-wide, ever since the USA began bombing foreign locations, where, it believed, wanted persons were living, hiding or gathering. Along with its allies, notably the UK, the USA has been carrying out pre-emptive air-strikes for decades. Eye in the Sky (the title does not do full justice to its theme and thrust) is about the compunction experienced by a group of high-placed government offic...

"Weiner" Exposes Fallen Politico Anthony Weiner at New Directors/New Films

Narcissim? Masochism? Dreams of redemption?  Whatever may have motivated fallen congressman Anthony Weiner to let filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg make a documentary about his 2013 run for mayor of New York City, it’s hard not to ponder this mystery while watching Weiner. So when Kriegman asks his subject, "Why have you let me film this?" he also speaks for the head-scratching viewer. The question comes up the day after the Democratic mayoral primary, whi...

Yaelle Kayam's "Mountain": Grave Matters at New Directors/New Films

The setting of Yaelle Kayam’s Mountain is Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. This is where, according to Jewish and Christian scriptures, the Messiah will arrive on the Day of Judgment and resurrect the dead. This is also the unlikely spot where our heroine (Shani Klein) and her Yeshiva teacher husband, Reuven (Avshallom Pollack), are raising four young children in the Orthodox Jewish tradition. Tzvia – if that’s indeed her name – is herself a dense mass loom...

The Program, Review: Enhanced performances

The Program, Review: Enhanced performances First, there was a musician called Louis Armstrong. Then most of earth and all of moon heard about Neil Armstrong. Much later, we read and saw the exploits of cycling champion Lance Armstrong. Louis remains a musical great. Man-on-the-moon was an unimaginable theory that captured the hearts and minds of the whole world, but has now found its detractors, probably growing steadily in number, who claim the whole program (American spelling intended) was ...

45 Years, Review: 95 minutes of great cinema

45 Years, Review: 95 minutes of great cinema A tender and touching British film waits you in the shape of 45 Years. If you have had enough of mass destructive action, comic superheroes and animation, try this slice of life that challenges you to find artificiality in either the narrative or in the performances. No action at all, no heroes, no animation, very little comedy, a few dies of subtle humour, and the sex quotient is a lesson in bedroom manners. The film takes place across six days, ...

Facing Berlin The Feature Film

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Within ten days of the inauguration of American President John F. Kennedy, he delivers his first State of the Union Address to the world on Communism, the economy and his strategies to prepare the military for the Cold War on January 30, 1961. By June 4th, President Kennedy visits Vienna to meet with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in an attempt to resolve the West Berlin conflict that began during President Dwight Eisenhower's administration. Diplomatic relations further deteriorate and Pre...

Tara Mateik and Michelle Parkerson Attends Flaherty NYC

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By Maria Esteves – February 7, 2016 The Flaherty NYC Winter/Spring 2016 (FNYCWS16) Queer Transitions was held at Anthology Film Archives, New York, Tuesday, February 2, 7:00PM. In collaboration with The New School; co-presented by Women Make Movies; programmed by Lana Lin, associate professor, School of Media Studies, The New School; and Cauleen Smith, professor, Vermont College of Fine Arts; the six documentary shorts presentation included Michelle Parkerson’s Storme: Lady of t...

Astérix and Obélix-The Mansions of the Gods, Review: Caesar’s seizure

Astérix and Obélix-The Mansions of the Gods, Review: Caesar’s seizure Adventures of  French cartoon characters Asterix and Obelix, created by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations), were originally serialised in the magazine Pilote, in 1971, and translated into English in 1973. They have been made into films too. This is the first Asterix film animated in 3D, and was released in France on November 26, 2014, with DVD, VOD and Blu-ray versions ...

How to Win Enemies (Como Ganar Enemigos): NYJFF Review

By Maria Esteves – January 27, 2016 HOW TO WIN ENEMIES (COMO GANAR ENEMIGOS), is a heartfelt redemptive family comedy, crime mystery set in present day Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lucas Abadi (Martin Slipak) an aspiring crime novelist and attorney who works at his family law firm becomes a victim of a crime, is compelled to solve the mystery. The film begins with a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony scene, then the story cleverly unfolds returning back to the wedding reception scene and s...

25th Anniversary NY Jewish Film Festival How to Win Enemies Premiere

By Maria Esteves – January 25, 2016 The 25th Anniversary New York Jewish Film Festival 2016 (NYJFF16) N.Y. Premiere of HOW TO WIN ENEMIES (COMO GANAR ENEMIGOS), directed by Gabriel Lichtmann was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Thursday, January 21st followed by a Q&A session with director Lichtmann, moderated by digital marketing associate Alexander Hunt, Film Society of Lincoln Center. Questions posed to Lichtmann by Hunt included: The film's...

Call for Entries for Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 – Two Weeks Left to Final Submissions Deadline

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Late Submissions Deadline for Leeds Young Film Festival is Friday 29th January 2016 Made a film for a young audience? Or are at the start of your career in film yourself? Leeds Young Film Festival supports young and old, emerging or established, national and international filmmakers and hosts competitions both for short films BY young people, and for short and feature films FOR young people. Young independent filmmakers from the UK have the chance to win £500 worth of cash prize...

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  Submissions are open for the Norwich Film Festival. We have cash prizes, software prizes, an opportunity to have your film watched by those who work in the business & a chance to have your film screened in front of a live audience!  bit.ly/UIjp9V "@norwichfilmfest: Don't forget to submit you short films to the Norwich Film Festival! bit.ly/UIjp9V      ...

25th New York Jewish Film Festival Lineup

By Maria Esteves - January 9, 2016 The 25th Anniversary New York Jewish Film Festival will be held at the Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in Lincoln Center, New York, January 13-26, 2016. This year's silver jubilee presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will showcase over 30 prestigious independent films from around the globe including special presentations, anniversary screening by filmmaker Todd Solondz, musical events, panel discus...

Monster Hunt, Review: Happy hunting

Monster Hunt, Review: Happy hunting A project that took 10 years to make it to the screen, Monster Hunt rewards you with a good catch of lovable anthromorphic characters and oodles of humour, with numerous subtle messages of inclusion, anti-stereo-typing and tolerance, interwoven into rich tapestry. In medieval China, monsters ruled the land. Then humans fought an all-out war against them, in an attempt to seize the land. They outwitted the monsters and succeeded in driving them into the dar...

DOCNYC 2015 Review: Miss Sharon Jones!

By Maria Esteves – November 30, 2015 The triumphant music documentary MISS SHARON JONES! chronicles the life of American soul/funk singer Sharon Jones (Sharon Lafaye Jones). The film powerfully captures Sharon’s childhood, her career as lead singer with the Dap-Kings, her confrontation with pancreatic cancer, treatment and miraculous remission testimonial. Sharon’s successful music comeback with the band and album release Give The People What They Want was nominated 2015...

2015 DOC NYC Opening Night U.S. Premiere of Miss Sharon Jones!

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By Maria Esteves – November 27, 2015 The Sixth DOC NYC Festival Opening Night U.S. Premiere of MISS SHARON JONES! music documentary by two-time Academy award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, Lifetime Achievement recipient, 2015 DOC NYC, was held at SVA theater, New York, Thursday, November 12, 2015. A special Q&A discussion with director Kopple, Grammy Award nominee singer Miss Jones and the Dap-Kings band moderated by artistic director Thom Powers, DOC NYC, preceded the opening nigh...

Review: In Jackson Heights

By Maria Esteves – November 8, 2015 Jackson Heights, Queens, the multicultural capital of the world is truly the heart of New York City depicted by director Frederick Wiseman in his latest documentary IN JACKSON HEIGHTS. Set in present day and filmed Vérité, this compelling over 3 hour documentary explores the authentic multicultural and religious communities where people from all over the world come to visit and live because of its unique neighborhoods, businesses and b...

2016 British Urban Film Festival - call for submissions

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The 11th British Urban Film Festival has started its’ search for films and scripts in earnest with the countdown to the 2016 British Urban Film Festival already in full swing.   Submission Guidelines:   Scripts: must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 60. Drama/Documentary Films: must be no less than 40 minutes and no more than 120. Short Films must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 40. Stand-up sketch videos can only...

KOAN - A Film by Osvaldo Ponce & Karina Kracoff - Trailer (English Subtitles - 02'00'')

KOAN is born of the need to tell a luminous history. We believe in a Cinema of Peace where ”Everything Is Possible”. A KOAN in Zen tradition, is a problem that the teacher asks the students to check their progress. The students must withdraw from the rational thinking and increase their level of consciousness to sense what really is asking the teacher.  
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