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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Director: George Melford.
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K

Anna Sui Spring 2013 Collection

By Maria Esteves – September 17, 2012 The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Anna Sui Spring 2013, Runway Show commenced Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Theatre in Lincoln Center. Anna Sui Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear vintage collection of explosive prints and patterns honored nineteenth-century French legend Madeleine Castaing and 1970s punk. Her runway show included indigo denim dress with pearl beading, cream floral wreath print poplin dress, coral mixed prints dress, black and whi...

Naeem Khan Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

By Maria Esteves – September 15, 2012 The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Naeem Khan Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Show commenced Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the Theatre in Lincoln Center. Naeem Khan timeless evening and daywear collection of Moroccan art, geometric patterns, floral imagery, and blue wave prints included black and white rose print off-shoulder gown, nude tulle gown diamond medallion beading, black georgette gown with jet beaded bodice, coral lace metallic floral beaded...

Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2013 Collection

By Maria Esteves – September 14, 2012 The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) Spring 2013 Runway Show commenced Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Theatre in Lincoln Center. DVF’s Palazzo vibrant colors for Spring 2013 included graphic petals black silk jersey embellished dress and jumpsuit, crepe and chiffon gowns in blood orange and bright kiwi, nude silk embellished dress, firework crepe jacket and pant, white linen top and pant, jade crepe top with pin...

LACOSTE Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

By Maria Esteves – September 13, 2012 The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York LACOSTE Spring/Summer 2013 Runway Show commenced Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Theatre in Lincoln Center. In celebration of LACOSTE 80th Anniversary, creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista sportswear collection for men and women consisted of the legendary Rene Lacoste’s iconic blazer, polo dresses in crocodile-embossed white nappa leather, the Cathy bag, asymmetrical color blocks oversize t-shir...

Interview with Chasing Ice Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski

By Maria Esteves – December 7, 2012 As glaciers around the world are disappearing and sea level rising 60 percent faster than projected, the timing is right for a documentary on climate change. Jeff Orlowski’s CHASING ICE is truly one of the year’s best film! Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) team member Orlowski documented award winning American photographer James Balog 25 camera network project capturing the erosion of glaciers in Iceland, Greenland and Alaska from 2007 to 2012 in s...

Documentary Chasing Ice Opens in New York

By Maria Esteves – November 12, 2012 The New York Premiere of CHASING ICE, directed by Jeff Orlowski commenced Friday, November 9, at the Cinema Village. A special Q&A discussion with filmmaker Orlowski and National Geographic photographer James Balog, director, Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) immediately followed. Questions posed by the audience to director Orlowski and Balog included What was the budget for the making of the film, How did you pick the Glaciers, Do you have plans to show th...

New York Film Festival: 50th Anniversary

          Backed by the largest film society in the US which has now more than 7000 members and Lincoln Center’s supportive management the New York Film festival has emerged as the most important US film festival.  Over the last 25 years under Richard Pena’s direction few if any compromises in the main selection and side bars were made. Pena shifted the festival’s Eurocentric orientation and introduced cinema from Asia, Latin America, and Eu...

16th Arab Film Festival opens in LA

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by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com> The sixteenth edition of the Arab Film Festival (which travels to five cities in California) opened here on Friday, October 19 with a festive reception at the Screen writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. This is an intensive three day event which will screen as many films as can be squeezed into a long weekend. The opening night film was "Man Without a Cell Phone", a debut feature by Palestinian filmmaker Sameh Zoabi who has won various...

50th New York Film Festival Closing Night World Premiere of FLIGHT Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves – October 17, 2012   The 50th New York Film Festival 2012(NYFF50) Closing Night World Premiere of FLIGHT by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis commenced Sunday, October 14, 6:00 PM at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, red carpet arrivals included industry executives, festival directors, celebrity guests, cast and crew from FLIGHT (Brian Geraghty, Bruce Greenwood, Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jam...

Film Review: Flight in North American Theaters, November 2

By Maria Esteves – October 19, 2012 The 50th New York Film Festival 2012 (NYFF50) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center Closing Night World Premiere of FLIGHT, by Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis commenced Sunday, October 14, 6:30 PM at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New York. FLIGHT is compelling, heroic and a suspense thriller about a commercial airline pilot Captain Whitaker (Denzel Washington) with extraordinary skills who struggles with issues of c...

Farewell Richard Pena at NYFF50 Closing Night Gala

By Maria Esteves – October 19, 2012 An outpouring of farewells were expressed by executive director Rose Kuo, Film Society of Lincoln Center, directors of programming Robert Koehler (year round) and Kent Jones, New York Film Festival to Richard Peña, program director, Film Society of Lincoln Center and selection committee chair, New York Film Festival, during the 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF50) Closing Night Gala at Alice Tully Hall, New York, Sunday, October 14, 2012. Pe&nti...

NYFF50 Zemeckis’s Flight Press Conference Coverage

By Maria Esteves – October 15, 2012 The 50th New York Film Festival 2012 (NYFF50) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center Closing Night World Premiere press screening of FLIGHT, by Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Sunday, October 14, 9:00 AM. A live press conference immediately followed with director Zemeckis, screenwriter John Gatins, casts members John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood and Academy Award-winnin...

NYFF50 Zemeckis’s Flight Press Conference Coverage

By Maria Esteves – October 17, 2012 The 50th New York Film Festival 2012 (NYFF50) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center Closing Night World Premiere press screening of FLIGHT, by Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Sunday, October 14, 9:00 AM. A live press conference immediately followed with director Zemeckis, screenwriter John Gatins, casts members John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood and Academy Award-winnin...

New York: Richard Pena and the New York Film Festival

For the last 25 years as the program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Richard Pena has shaped the New York Film Festival upholding the standards of cutting edge cinema and opening new perspectives for film directors and the audience. By introducing new film making countries  to the critical film community  in New York and other major festivals he has shifted the festival’s  Eurocentric orientation to a global perspective presenting production...

Creative Industry Stars Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Festival: ‘A Shaded View on Fashion Film’ Hosted by the CENTRE PO

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Diane Pernet will welcome a host of iconic and inspirational figures from the creative industries as well as several exciting stars-in-the-making to the fifth anniversary edition of her festival, ‘A SHADED VIEW ON FASHION FILM’ (ASVOFF).  Actors, designers, filmmakers, artists, critics, entertainers, fashion photographers and celebrities will gather to celebrate ASVOFF's pioneering spirit, leadership and stamina as the world’s first and foremost film festival dedicated to ...

AFI announces Bernardo Bertolucci as Guest Artistic Director

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award®-winning director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. Last year’s Guest Artistic Director was Pedro Almodóvar, and David Lynch, an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, held the role in 2010. As Guest Artistic Director, Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at...

Interview with The New York Indian Film Festival executive director

Celebrating its 12th anniversary, the New York Indian Film Festival was the first festival  in the United States devoted to Indian films and has grown to be the  largest and most influential; helping to set up several other Indian Film festivals in the US. It is part of a comprehensive program in the arts offered by the New York based Indo-American Arts Council. As other specialty or niche festivals, the NYIFF has a unique programming profile devoted to features and documen...

Sandy Mandelberger, a dear colleague passed away.

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    Arthur “Sandy” Mandelberger: 1954 - 2012 Dear Sandy thank you for beeing with us, for so many years. It has been great to know you and fun too. We loved your dedication and professonalism. We already miss you dearly. The Indie community is sad. Rest in Peace. Bruno Chatelin - Managing Editor He battled cancer for nine years and asked that any donations be made to the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For information about...

Life of Pi World Premiere at 50th New York Film Festival Opening Night Gala

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By Maria Esteves - September 9, 2012 The 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF50) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center commence September 28-October 14, 2012 at Lincoln Center. This year’s festival celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with 32 films including the first honoree actress Nicole Kidman for her artistic contributions to film and a special restoration of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), directed by David Lean. The festival’s Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Premieres are L...

Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

New York Asian Film Festival 2012 at the Lincoln Center in NY

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  New York Asian Film Festival 2012             Organized by Subway Cinema in close cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Japan Society from June 29 – July 15, The Asian Film Festival has become the most important showcase for films from Asia featuring this year 57 films including 3 programs with short films. For the New York Times critic the NYAFF has become one of the city’s most indispensable film events. The countries represented ...

35th Asian American Intl Film Fest Opening Night Premiere Shanghai Calling Red Carpet & Gala Reception Photos

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By Maria Esteves –July 26, 2012   The 35th Asian American International Film Festival 2012 (aaiff12) Opening Night New York City Premiere of SHANGHAI CALLING, directed by Daniel Hsia commenced Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm, at Asia Society, New York. Co-presented by Asian CineVision (ACV) and Asia Society, Opening Night Gala Reception immediately followed a special Q&A session with director Daniel Hsia, producer Janet Yang, actress Gillian Rexach and actor Sean Gallagher moderated...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012

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Human Rights Watch, in cooperation with The Film Society of Lincoln Center, presented the 23rd edition of its film festival from June 14 – 18.  Headquartered in New York City the Human Rights Watch is a global non-governmental independent organization considered to be the leading force in   protecting human rights and identifying their violations. By shifting the focus of media and policy makers to violations and to the need for corrective actions HRW prepares the ground for effec...

Open Roads 2012: New Italian Cinema showcase

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New York:  Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, 2012 That foreign language films have hard time finding an audience in the United is no secrete unless they are programmed for a captive diaspora audience in specialty houses as is the case for most films for the Indian language speaking audience. After all as the L.A. Times reported recently the top five grossing foreign films did not generate more than $40 million in each of the last four years while films made in the US generated billions abr...
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