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Touch of an Angel - Winner Spring, 2017

Metamora Films Festival is proud to award Touch of an Angel (Directed by Marek Pawlowski) best documentary film for the spring, 2017 season.  Congratulations! Director’s Comments:  The film presents completely unknown facts about the existence of a failed Bureau of Emigration of Jews to Palestine in Auschwitz town, run by Schoenker’s father. “Touch of an Angel”, took five years to p

Phullu, Review by Siraj Syed: Misleading title, taboo subject, tenacious treatment

Phullu, Review by Siraj Syed: Misleading title, taboo subject, tenacious treatment This is a good example of a film named after its lead character, with no regard for audiences’ perception of what it might stand for, and no clue about the storyline. The word is not a corruption of phool (flower), though it could well be an attempt to synthesise phool with ullu (owl; figuratively, a fool). We can go with the assumption that they intended to call him the flower fool, Phullu. Phullu is ab...

Barrage, Review by Siraj Syed: Exquisite ennui

Barrage, Review by Siraj Syed: Exquisite ennui Some exquisite nature photography cannot save this Luxembourg-Belgium-France co-production from recurring ennui. A wafer thin story about three generations of women, Barrage sticks to its theme, though it moves at snail’s pace. Previewed at a Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) screening for members of its film club, the film is in French language and has English sub-titles. Barrage in French means dam/block/barricade, not quite the Engli...

Animation Nights New York

Animation Nights New York March Shorts Recap Video Video credit: Katelyn Thomas

June Indie Night: #NYCIndieFF Celebrates Pride!

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#NYCIndieFF Celebrates Pride is a screening event that highlights some of the best storytelling by LGBTQ+ filmmakers and highlights complex characters in the community. Round out Pride Month with great indie films and your first drink included in the admission! Lineup includes: A Song for Your Mixtape Guao The Owls Chosen Family & more to be announced! Friday, June 30 at 8PM @ Producers Club 358 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 Price: $15.00, Buy your ti...

Submissions NOW open for 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival

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With our latest edition coming to a close, we are excited to announce this has been our greatest year yet! The NYC Independent Film Festival had 4,200 attendees over a week of screenings, events, panels, and parties. The 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival will be held May 7 - 13, 2018. The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gatherin...

BUFF 2017 British Urban Film Festival Cannes News Conference set for Friday 26 May

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Memo to all journalists, film critics, bloggers and other accredited attendees of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.   London, 21/05/2017 For immediate release: The British Urban Film Festival invites you to attend the BUFF 2017 Cannes Press Conference on Friday 26 May, 10.00am - 12noon, at the Hotel Amarante Cannes (Matisse Room). The address is 78, Boulevard Carnot, 06400 Cannes, France. Speaking at the press conference will be BUFF CEO and founder Emmanuel Anyi...

Hindi Medium, Review by Siraj Syed: Admission only to the affluent and fluent

Hindi Medium, Review by Siraj Syed: Admission only to the affluent and fluent If you want to get your child admitted in any one of the top five schools in New Delhi, you have to be affluent, fluent (in English) and live a life-style typified by Western influences. This is the premise of Hindi Medium, releasing this week in Mumbai cinemas. What happens if you have an intelligent daughter, are a couple that speaks Hindi, and have lots of money, not Westernised, and live in the crowded Chandni ...

The Sense of an Ending, Review by Siraj Syed: Sensible transition from novel to film

The Sense of an Ending, Review by Siraj Syed: Sensible transition from novel to film Many a times, tragic-romantic novels that get made into films tend to be laboured and over ‘textualised’. Not so the The Sense of an Ending. Indian director Ritesh Batra keeps this British film largely simple and lets his actors carry it forward, which works well. A simple story with a tragic and profound undercurrent of regret, the film does not have too much to offer, but gets its basics right. ...

On the Kindness of Strangers

There is another White House, an iconic apartment-house opened in  1936,and now a listed building, in bustling Marylebone, close to Regent's Park in the centre of London, and opposite the site of the Diorama, a fore-runner of cinema, which employed candle-light on huge paintings, with audiences literally moved around a flexible,arena-like space.Adjacent in Albany Street was another celebrated Victorian attraction, the Colosseum, constructed in the  1820s to house &qu...

Curtain up on Iron Curtain films!

Almost in defiance of the impending gloom of Brexit, London continues to host a plethora of European film events, national film-weeks and a variety of cultural cinematic gatherings, screenings and mini-festivals, sometimes on Embassy premises or in other non-cinema venues. Currently, on one of the capital's smartest streets in merry Marylebone, and more or less opposite the ever-busy  entrance to one of London's film-starriest hostelries, the Chiltern Firehouse, is a most unusua...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Bowling for Columbine (2002): Gun lobbies and gun hobbies

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Bowling for Columbine (2002): Gun lobbies and gun hobbies America has the highest rate of gun-related deaths and some critics of the gun culture refer to the gun lobby as gun nuts. Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) pegs this docu-feature as an investigative, analytical account of the Columbine school massacre and derives its title from the story that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold—the two students responsible for the Columbine High School massacre—...

Script session Festival Du Cannes

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Atlanticmedia are holding a script session at The Festival Du Cannes this season.  A daily course guarateed to bring out the best of your creative juices with a screenplay ready to roll hotly tipped from this academy awarding winning writer. pls contact Lindka for more information.   ...

Mantostaan, Review by Siraj Syed: Quadruple fiction, laboured narration

Mantostaan, Review by Siraj Syed: Quadruple fiction, laboured narration Mantostaan is a parallel compilation of four short stories by outstanding writer, late Saadat Hassan Manto. Manto was a short story writer who wrote in the Urdu language, in addition to being a film and radio scriptwriter, and a journalist. For a brief period in the late forties, he worked in the script department of the legendary studio, Bombay Talkies. Born in undivided India, he returned to what was now Pakistan, and d...

“The Promise”= A film about how ancient and modern worlds can coexist in order to make wines and people who make them happy ?

Interest in wine and wine making has always fascinated humanity since olden times. However, this fascination has taken a completely new turn in contemporary times especially in an international market governed by numerous socio-economic concerns. This is one reason why there is always room for news as well as ‘works of art’ about anything related to wine. One can quote China's acquisition of 100 Bordeaux chateaux as a recent example. It can be stated that Asia’s dominance...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Fahrenheit 9/11(2004): Burning topics

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Fahrenheit 9/11(2004): Burning topics Fahrenheit 9/11 was released on DVD and VHS videotape on October 5, 2004, which is when I must have acquired my copy. Within a few days, the film broke records for the highest-selling documentary ever. About two million copies were sold/rented on the first day. A companion book too was released, The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader, containing the complete screenplay, maker Michael Moore's sources, audience e-mails ...

Maatr (The Mother) uncensored, Review by Siraj Syed: She will kill at will

Maatr (The Mother) uncensored, Review by Siraj Syed: She will kill at will Lead actress Raveena Tandon told the media that, in Maatr, “We have just shown 10 percent of what a woman has to deal with when such a thing happens with her.” ‘Such a thing’ that she was referring to is gang rape. Sure enough, the film landed in trouble before the Central Board of Film Certification (CFBC), the Indian body that has to approve every film before it is released. I have had privile...

Félicité, Review by Siraj Syed: Cinema réalité

Félicité, Review by Siraj Syed: Cinema réalité Challenging forms and formats, genres and categories, Félicité agitates your mind by showing too much of some things and too little of other elements. It begins as an indictment of the colonial legacy in Congo but ends up becoming a slave to its repetitive shot-taking and sombre imagery. Too much is promised and just about much is delivered. Nevertheless, Félicité is going to be talked about...

IIFBoston 2017 Pre-fest: It Stays With You

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The tag line for Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 is “It Stays With You”.  In my case, that is certainly true.  You’ll see what I mean in a bit.  First, some back story. A year ago Sunday, I was in the latter stages of moving.  My then-landlord was… not the best at maintenance, to be charitable.  The house was near the beach, which meant you had to keep an eye on the wood weathering from the salt air.  The front door threshold had been...

There is still time to get in on the action at Tribeca

This year's Tribeca Film Festival is another a great opportunity to see some great films, join some exciting discussions about movies, and even to rub shoulder with some of your favorite celebrities. Photos © Mustafa Önder   The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. With strong roo...

INJURY TIME | Drama Short Film Released (shot on ARRI ALEXA)

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INJURY TIME traverses the dying minutes of a soccer manager’s desperate struggle to win The Game on his own terms. This gripping, high concept thriller is told in real-time in one continuous shot.   <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1-dQcTA5e-M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>   Jack Sheridan - Director Julie Byrne - Producer Jennifer Jones - Producer  ...

Postcards from Blighty

        Not only the not-so-very United Kingdom is facing crises of identity and culture-clashes currently, in the months apres-BREXIT and avant the various elections looming across Europe, but the cinema itself seems to be going thr...

Despair, Exclusive first-ever review, by Siraj Syed: Performances dispel the gloom in this psycho thriller

Despair, Exclusive first-ever review, by Siraj Syed: Performances dispel the gloom in this psycho thriller Being humane can cost you dear could be one take away from the indie psychological thriller, Despair. Disjointed families and obsession can kill, as had been demonstrated by so many films of yore, and this could have been one more for the record, had it not been for the other take away: sympathy and empathy are the cornerstones of love, and even if you have to pay a heavy price for nurtu...

LEDIS | Comedy Short Film (2016)

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Eva and Berenice live in Rome and fight every day with the chaos of the city, the precarious works and loves. Berenice has finally met Cristiano and seems happily in love. Eva however is plagued by men but can never find the right one.  Today is Sunday, and the LEDIS are coming back from a brunch, where EVA met the usually play boy who wanted to impress her, obviously without success. Berenice is convinced that it's the fault of Eve because she seriusly influenced from physical a...
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