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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

Beneath the Earth Film Festival

New York's Beneath the Earth Film Festival is a year-long search for independent films that serves as a catalyst for outstanding projects to reach a global audience. Four seasonal competitions are held throughout the year during which work of high production quality, clever writing and strong performances are offered the chance to be reviewed by authorities in the film world. The winners of each season then go on to compete for the culminating grand prize. All winners will receive recognition and exposure as well as a monetary prize.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to open with Disconnect

  Jason Bateman, Hope Davis and Haley Ramm in Henry-Alex Rubin's "DISCONNECT" Courtesy of LD Entertainment   The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24-February 3), presented by lynda.com, will open the 2013 Festival with the U.S.  Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård ...

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...

Interview with Amir Manor for 'Epilogue' (2012)

Interview with Amir Manor for ‘Epilogue’ (2012). Amir Manor is an Israeli director who has made four short films ('Pouring Sun', 2006; 'Reds', 2007; 'Ruin', 2008; 'Lands', 2008) and one feature film, ‘Epilogue’ (2012), which screened in the international competition at the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The film won four awards at TIFF: Special Jury Award for Originality and Innovation, Best Screenplay Award, Human Values...

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...

Mimesis: Shriekfest Film Festival official selection picked up by Anchor Bay Entertainment

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  Shriekfest Film Festival Director Denise Gossett updated us on official selection Mimesis. It has been picked up by Anchor Bay Entertainment. Dead Wait Productions announced today worldwide distribution for the award winning movie Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead. Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired all rights US and Canada and Meyers Media Group the rest of the world Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead is about a group of horror movie fans who become unwilling participants in a nigh...

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in U.S. and World Competitions, NEXT

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “Every great film starts with an idea, and it is a testament to artists that they continually find new ideas, new stories, new points of view and...

Sundance Juries

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 Sundance Institute announced today 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 22 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl, with feature film awards announced at a separate ceremony on January 26.   Members of the Alfred P. Sloan Jury will be announced in January. U.S. DOCUMENTARY JURY Liz Garbus Academy Award® nominated...

Daniel Day-Lewis to be honored with the Montecito Award at Santa Barbara Festival

   Photo credit: Nino Munez       DANIEL DAY-LEWIS TO RECEIVE MONTECITO AWARD  AT THE 28TH SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL     The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will be garnering two-time Academy Award® winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis with the prestigious Montecito Award at the 28th edition of the Festival on behalf of his inspirational performance in the title role of Lincoln, and as a ...

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...

Call For Entries! History Channel and NY TV Festival offer $10K

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History and the NYTVF awarding development deals for original unscripted, reality and doc TV programming.   Submit your casting tape and series concept for the opportunity to receive funding, win $10k and participate in pilot production with History.   The History Unscripted Development Pipeline History, home of factual entertainment hits including PAWN STARS and AMERICAN PICKERS, is collaborating with the NYTVF on a new initiative to give independent artists and production compan...

2013 Winter Film Awards Call For Entries

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New York, NY (December 3, 2012)- The Winter Film Awards submissions committee has announced a Call for Entries for the 2013 Festival. Submissions deadlines are as follows: Regular Deadline - January 1 2013, Late Deadline - January 20 2013, Extended Deadline - January 30 2013. Entrants will be notified of final decisions by February 1. Winter Film Awards is an organization which seeks to celebrate excellence and diversity in independent film, facilitate the production of new exciting colla...

New York International Short Film Festival

The NY Shorts Fest provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world. Created by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences accredited Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest.

We feel that short form cinema and its creators should have their own premiere film festival in New York deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators.

The 2nd NY Shorts Fest will be held in May 2013.

Submit to Maverick Movie Awards

           Maverick Movie Awards, Year 5 submit now. We’re Moviemakers Honoring Moviemakers with... 42 Maverick Awards and Up to 14 Nominations in 21 Categories   CATEGORIES Feature-length Movies (70-180 minutes) Short-length Movies (1-69 minutes) Student-made Movies (Features and Shorts) ...

This year’s Berlinale Retrospective is entitled “The Weimar Touch”

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Berlinale Retrospective 2013: “The Weimar Touch. The International Influence of Weimar Cinema after 1933”   This year’s Retrospective is entitled “The Weimar Touch” and is devoted to how cinema from the Weimar Republic influenced international filmmaking after 1933. It will focus on continuities, mutual effects and transformations in the films of German-speaking emigrants up into the 1950s.   Weimar cinema flourished not least because of the democr...

Once Again

Director: SANJAY ARORA.
Story inspired from teachings of Buddha. Raj Malhotra, a self centered company executive, takes life for granted and uses situations and people around him to his advantage. But life takes an unexpected turn, forcing him to accept the reality and this paves the way to a journey of transformation

Submit to Maverick Movie Awards

      Maverick Movie Awards, Year 5 submit now. We’re Moviemakers Honoring Moviemakers with... 42 Maverick Awards and Up to 14 Nominations in 21 Categories   CATEGORIES Feature-length Movies (70-180 minutes) Short-length Movies (1-69 minutes) Student-made Movies (Features and Shorts) FEATU...

The Maverick Movie Awards

5 Annual September 14, 2013 to September 15, 2013
    MISSION STATEMENT
The Maverick Movie Awards was founded by moviemakers who have been through the glorious highs and crushing lows of the international film festival circuit; from these shared experiences came the calling to create a real alternative to the nepotism, politics, and commercialism that defines far too many festivals and competitions.

Our goal is to help talented moviemakers achieve the recognition they deserve by awarding movies with unique style, exceptional craft, and the power to communicate.

By championing great movies – regardless of origin, genre, or budget – our hope is to re-ignite the spirit of the major film festivals and distribution pioneers by celebrating great cinema above glitz and glamour.



    MAVERICK MOVIE AWARDS SUMMARY
The Maverick Movie Awards exists to honor all facets of moviemaking form, function, style, and craft. A level playing-field where a movie’s lack or excess of a budget is immaterial, its absence or abundance of star power is inconsequential, and its humble or lofty origins are irrelevant, any and all independent, underground, student, and studio films are eligible to receive a Maverick Award.

Celebrating narratives, documentaries, experimental films, and the vast diversity of moving pictures expression, the MMA has recognized everything from big-budget pictures to low-budget indies, global issue documentaries, screwball comedies, computer-animated movies, action-horror flicks, video art, microcinema, music videos, webisodes, and everything in-between. Each movie’s successful execution of intent as a whole, on its own terms, is considered first and then the quality of its parts. So in addition to standard award categories like Best Picture and Best Director, the MMA prides itself on saluting oft overlooked disciplines, including stunts, special effects makeup, original music, and more.

Except for advertising and industrial work, all motion picture creators are encouraged to submit. As a cooperative of moviemakers honoring moviemakers with no theater or online screening events, the MMA will not jeopardize premiere status for any other competition or festival submission.



    MORE ABOUT US
The Maverick Movie Awards’ founders and judges are all entertainment industry insiders and outsiders (not mere academics, critics, fans, or dabblers) with backgrounds as varied as our work. In fact, everyone involved in the MMA’s judging process has been a collaborator on a theatrically-released movie, a television or video release, or a top-ten film fest official selection.

But we’re not telling you who we are. No siree! We must maintain our secret identities in order to preserve the integrity of our judging process. The self-interest we will cop to is the need to protect the careers we’ve built in the ‘small, small world’ known as the entertainment industry and a desire to avoid retaliation on the World Wide Web from those whose work we “fail” to recognize.

And if those aren’t good enough reasons for you then please consider that, unlike far too many film festivals and competitions, we are NOT doing this for our greater glory. We do what we do at the Maverick Movie Awards for our fellow moviemakers; these talented folks are the ones with the names to know.

The Maverick Movie Awards

New York 9th Sikh International Film Festival 2012, (SIFF)

With its program reduced to one day due to hurricane Sandy, the Sikh Art & Film Foundation presented 15 productions on November 3rd at the Asia society including several short films and documentaries which had their US or world premiere . In spite of New York’s transportation problems the late afternoon and evening screenings enjoyed a full house. Though India has a thriving domestic   and Diaspora film industry, comparatively few productions are made which are either aimed...

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...

Comedy Central Pilot Competition - Call for Entries! - Free to submit, win deal with the network

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Submit your comedy short pilot for the chance to win $7,500 and a deal with Comedy Central!   The New York Television Festival and Comedy Central are re-teaming in 2013 to offer aspiring TV writers, comedians and indie producers the opportunity to win $7,500 and a guaranteed development deal with Comedy Central! Comedy Central is looking for original voices and fun, fresh points of view that fit into the Comedy Central brand of comedy. The following scripted-comedy formats w...

Top Bollywood director Yash Chopra "the king of romance" passes away at eighty

by Alex Farba-Deleon     The dean of Indian film directors, Yash Chopra, passed away on October 21 at the age of eighty. Yash Chopra was not just another Bollywood director --he was one of the world's top craftsman of the seventh art although he always crafted his films to suit the taste of the Indian audience, which is the main reason he remains practically unknown in the West.   In Asia where Bollywood films are far better known than here Chopra was honored ...
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