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SXSW: The Austin Film Barbeque

 Tuesday, February 5-------------On Super Tuesday, with 22 Presidential primaries unfolding on the same day, the Presidential nominees will be in place and the hint of a new chapter will be in the air. SXSW, the South By Southwest Conference and FilmFestival, decided to unveil its program on what could be a significant date in current American discourse and affairs. The Festival, based in the libertarian outpost in Texas (Austin), the Festival has seen its reputation rise rapidly in the past de...

All Eyes On Berlin

 Tuesday, February 5---------In the non-stop romp that is the international film festival circuit, the travelling nomads of the film industry, who have just unpacked their bags from stints in Palm Springs, Park City and Santa Barbara, are turning eastward towards the Berlin Film Festival, which opens on Thursday evening. After a tame Sundance and an Oscar season that ignored some of world cinema's best achievements (what, no 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS or PERSPEPOLIS or THE ORPHANAGE or THE EDGE...




Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival is back. Its 28th edition starts on the 25th February till 9th March at the Rivoli Theatre and the Sá da Bandeira Theatre, the main theatres of the 2008 event. The Opening Night is on the 25th with the awarded feature “No Country for Old Men” by Joel e Ethan Coen. Before the Coen’s film, an Homage to Max von Sydow in the presence of the artist and in the year of Ingmar Bergman’s death, for whom he was one of his favourite actors.The...


By Maria Esteves - January 28, 2008 The 36th Dance on Camera Festival (DCF) 2008, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association (DFA) was held at the Walter Reade Theater, New York, January 2-6, 11, 18 and 19. The 2008 DCF New York Premiere film of WATER FLOWING TOGETHER, directed by Gwendolen Cates held at Lincoln Center, New York State Theater, Tuesday, January 7, 6:30 p.m., included two screenings at the Walter Reade Theater, on Friday, January 11 and 18, 8:3...

Haugesund ferstival in the Fjord country of Western Norway

HAUGESUND, AUGUST 2003by Alex Deleon After two visits to Tromso (2002 and 2003) and two as well to the the Rouen Festival du Cinema Nordique in Northern France, I have been developing a taste for Nordic Cinema, so, based on these connections I applied for accreditation to the Haugesund ferstival in the Fjord country of Western Norway, which takes place in August, and was accepted -- probably because Signe Overgaard, a major figure of the Norwegian Film Institute knew me from these other No...


GDYNIA, SEPTEMBER 18, 2007ALEX DELEON FOR"KATYN FEVER” IN POLAND AS THE WAJDA VERSION OPENS GDYNIA FESTAndrej Wajda’s new film “KATYN” concerning the mass murder of Polish Prisoners of War perpetrated by the Russians in 1940 and for years either hushed up or cynically blamed on the Germans, is more than just another film by a famous director. It has become a “cause celebre” and a national event stirring up the collective Polish memory of this incredible Rus...

Danny Glover arrives in Thessaloniki

Danny Glover arrives in Thessaloniki November 23, 2007 The steady stream of Hollywood personalities continues with the arrival of Danny Glover on the Macedonian Littoral. The sixty-one year old Afro-American actor has appeared in over ninety films since his debut in 1979 as one of many background jailbirds in Don Siegel's "Escape From Alcatraz", which was a Clint Eastwood vehicle of the era. In the mid eighties he was a regular on the popular TV series "Hill Street Blues" a...

Thessaloniki: Tandem Master Class with Chris Cooper & David Strathairn

Thessaloniki: Tandem Master Class with Chris Cooper & David Strathairn November 22, 2007   Day number five of the fest opened with a One-Two punch tandem Master Class delivered by Oscar winner Chris Cooper and multiple award nominee Davis Strathairn, two of the best character actors currently active in American cinema. Both are here in Thessaloniki accompanying director John Sayles on his full-scale career retrospective, ongoing throughout the festival. Both actors have appeare...

Malkovich Day in Thessaloniki

Sunday, November 19:The sun is finally out and this is Malkovich Day in Thessaloniki.The press conference was also attended by Independent producer Russell Smith, who has produced a number of Malkovich films and is an old friend and cronie from way back in Illinois. (We were room-mates in college) -- Smith was actually the more interesting speaker and had great comments on the process of making independent films in Hollywood, the addiction and dangers of fame, (“it almost ruined Johnnie Depp...


THESSALONIKI FORTY-EIGHT THE GRAND OPENING WITH BALLOONS ON HIGH. By Alex Deleon for Barely recovered from the road fatigue suffered on an arduous 26 hour bus trip through six intervening countries down from Poland, 2000 Km. north of here and -- Whiz-Bang -- we're already three days into the festival. Friday, opening night, was a mighty gala with good vibes inside and outside of the stately cavernous OLYMPION theater, in spite of a heavy sprinkle from the skies above Πλ...

Thessaloniki Film Festival - Greece

THESSALONIKI 2007, TOP TO BOTTOM by Alex deleon, Cracow, November 14, 2007for<> PHOTO: John Sayles holding his Golden Alexander Aloft   PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS The 48th Installment of the Thessaloniki Film Festival will take place in Greece's Second City from November 16 - 25, 2007. Thessaloniki, also known by the shorter name of "Salonika" is next to Athens the largest city in Greece and, in many ways, a more cosmopolitan city in terms of non-G...

Santa Barbara Festival: 2008 Modern Master Award to Cate Blanchett

The Modern Master award is the highest honor from the SBIFF, and Cate Blanchett was on hand Saturday evening to receive it. Our own Melanie Waters spoke with Cate, as well as director, Todd Haynes, who presented the award.And if that wasn’t enough, we spoke with festival juror and “House of Sand & Fog” actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo and TV’s “House” star, Olivia Wilde. It was an amazing evening. After watching our coverage, we hope you’ll agree.

Santa Barbara Opening Night: “Definitely, Maybe”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Podcast Opening Night: “Definitely, Maybe” It poured buckets of rain down on Santa Barbara on Thursday, but that didn’t stop the thrill of opening night at the 23rd annual SBIFF! People were out in force to watch the world premiere of “Definitely, Maybe,” attend the gala, and maybe get a peek at their favorite celeb. If you couldn’t make it, don’t fret, we captured it all for you!

Santa Barbara Honoring Javier Bardem

Monday night was short and sweet on the red carpet. Although Woody Harrelson was scheduled to walk the red carpet, a miscalculation of traffic got him into Santa Barbara too late. Julie Ramos did manage to speak with honoree, Javier Bardem about his role in No Country for Old Men. January 30, 2008 Host: Julie Ramos

Honoring Ryan Gosling at Santa Barbara

Tuesday Ryan Gosling was awarded the first annual Independent Award by the SBIFF. On hand to present was the director of “Lars and the Real Girl,” Craig Gillespie. In addition to chatting with Gosling and Gillespie, Melanie had a quick chat with Roger Durling and “Summerhood” director, Jacob Medjuck.

Silard Somorjay at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

silard somorjay concert pianist with international musicians2008 Beijing Olympics China  Aug 08 2008 ...

Babelgum Improves Usability with Website Relaunch

Babelgum, the free to view global television online network today announced the launch of a new web interface to thousands of hours of high quality video. The fully searchable library is accessible via and is fully integrated with the Babelgum client software. When users find and select a video, the client software launches automatically to deliver the high quality, full screen experience of broadcast television. Developed as a direct result of user feedback, the integration of...

Sundance Final Wrap

 Monday, January 28----------The 2008 edition of the Sundance Film Festival is now history and a few assessments are now in order. First of all, griping aside, the Festival's venue, a ski resort high in the Wasatch Mountains, is severly limited in many respects. Not only is traffic a nightmare, accomodations scarce and ridiculously overpriced, and transportation between screening theaters rickety at best, the Festival lacks any credible center (other than a hotel lobby). With more than 50,000 v...