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'Blumenthal' (2012) at 28th SBIFF. Interview with Seth Fischer.

Writer, Director, Actor Seth Fischer’s film ‘Blumenthal’ (2012) held its North American premier this month at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Set in NY, the story starts with the death of playwright Harold Blumenthal (Brian Cox) who dies from a heart attack while laughing at his own joke. His brother, Saul, has a hard time coming to terms with Harold’s death, which results in a domino effect on his immediate family where each of them –Saul, his...

'The Orator' ('O Le Tulafale', 2011) at the 63rd Berlinale, 2013

Tusi Tamasese's film ‘The Orator’ ('O Le Tulafale', 2011) made film history as the first ever to come from the Samoan Islands. It held its world premier at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in 2011, and most recently screened at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in the NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema section in 2013.   Saili is a small man with a big heart who lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her daughter Litia. Sadly however, t...

STORM SURFERS 3D (2012) World Premier at 28th SBIFF

Recently the 3D documentary film 'STORM SURFERS' (2012) made its World Premier at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film is about two best friends, surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll, who brave some of the most dangerous of Mother Nature's elements, monstrous waves, in search of Australia's largest and most threatening. Narrated by Australian actress Toni Collette with stunning cinematography and edge-of-your-seat suspense, this documentary is sure...

STORM SURFERS 3D (2012) at 63rd Berlinale.

Recently the 3D documentary film 'STORM SURFERS' (2012) made its World Premier at the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The film is about two best friends, surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll, who brave some of the most dangerous of Mother Nature's elements, monstrous waves, in search of Australia's largest and most threatening. Narrated by Australian actress Toni Collette with stunning cinematography and edge-of-your-seat suspense, this documentary is sure...

LOOKING BACK: Berlinale 2012... Golden Bear Winner 'Caesar Must Die' (2012); Interview with producer Grazia Volpi.

Winner of last year’s Golden Bear Award for Best Film in Berlin 2012 was the Italian film ‘Cesare Deve Morire’ (Caesar Must Die, 2012). Directed by art-house filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars and Kaos), the film is set in the Rebibbia prison in Rome and tells the story about a group of prisoners (from murderers to mafia) who love Shakespeare so much that they perform the play ‘Julius Caesar’ from within their jail ce...

LOOKING BACK: Berlinale 2012... Golden Bear Winner 'Caesar Must Die' (2012), Interview with producer Grazia Volpi.

Winner of last year’s Golden Bear Award for Best Film in Berlin 2012 was the Italian film ‘Cesare Deve Morire’ (Caesar Must Die, 2012). Directed by art-house filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars and Kaos), the film is set in the Rebibbia prison in Rome and tells the story about a group of prisoners (from murderers to mafia) who love Shakespeare so much that they perform the play ‘Julius Caesar’ from within their jail ce...

'Caesar Must Die' at 28th SBIFF

Winner of last year’s Golden Bear Award for Best Film in Berlin 2012 was the Italian film ‘Cesare Deve Morire’ (Caesar Must Die, 2012). Directed by art-house filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre Padrone, Night of the Shooting Stars and Kaos), the film is set in the Rebibbia prison in Rome and tells the story about a group of prisoners (from murderers to mafia) who love Shakespeare so much that they perform the play ‘Julius Caesar’ from within their jail ce...

The "Trouble" with Daniel Day-Lewis? It's the Socks, His Genius, That Hairdo

by Quendrith Johnson   Since Daniel Day-Lewis, of late portraying "Lincoln," declined to speak to reporters last week on the red carpet while he was in town to accept the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, it seems only fair to give him a bit of the "treatment" as the Irish would say. The title card would have read: 'Tonight, Daniel Day-Lewis will be playing Himself: Socialist Shoemaker from Wicklow, Ireland, Province of Leinster.&#...

'A Trip' (2011) at 24th PSIFF, 2013. Interview with producer Ales Pavlin

   A TRIP (2011) producer Ales Pavlin The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda and producer Ales Pavlin most recently traveled to the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival (TIFF). This year it was chosen by the country of Slovenian as the nation's Oscar submission. It is the first feature film (of what promises to be many) for both writer/director Nejc and producer Ales.  I interviewed Producer Ales Pavlin in Skopje, Macedonia and...

'Beyond the Hills' (2012) at 24th PSIFF

  Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is a prolific filmmaker with each of his feature films having held premiers at the Cannes Film Festival. His first feature ‘Occident’ (2002) screened in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. He later won the Palme d’Or for his film ‘Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days’ (2007). His most recent film ‘Beyond the Hills’ (2012) was nominated for the Palme d’Or and won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress...

News Paper article on Filmmaker

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When social meets spiritual By Monami Ghosh,On 1-01-2013  http://portal.thebengalpost.com/index.php/index/newsdetails/When-social-meets-spiritual-336429681356953112  62  13  0     Filmmaking is a way of life for engineer-turned-director Robin Das. Having made documentary films for a number of years and having won the Bengali Film Journalists’ Award(BFJA) for his documentary, Lovers’...

Interview with Wael Omar on 'In Search of Oil and Sand'.

  Writer/Director/Producer Wael Omar is an avant-garde filmmaker in the true sense, standing at the frontlines of battle in the midst of Egypt’s ongoing political revolution. After receiving an MA in Film Arts, Wael began his filmmaking career making documentary shorts (‘The Countdown’, 2006; ‘Democracy 76, State of Emergency’, 2006; ‘Getting Back’, 2007) and most recently completed his first doc feature with co-director Philippe Dib ‘In Se...

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...

THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program Berlin, William Greaves & Audrey Henningham

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The Distinguished Filmmaker William Greaves, who was an invited guest to the Berlin Film Festival and Actress-Painter, Audrey Henningham. Both were kind enough to accept an invitation to appear on THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program Berlin, during their Berlin visit. Production & Direction: Fountainhead Tanz Theatre Berlin Only when Lions have historians, will hunters cease being heroes. African Proverb. ...

THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program Berlin, A.Prettyman, D. Diene-UNESCO

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Prof. Alfred Prettyman, Dr. Doudou Diene-UNESCO-The Slave Route Project, Ode to Carnell - Mr Magic Feet - Lyons, Guests,Tap & Tray, Cinema, A Man Without Limits, Featuring Carnell Lyons, Teaching & Performing. "I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won't if I don't...Oscar Brown Jr Only when Lions have Historians, will hunters cease being heroes. African Proverb Production & Direction: Fountainhead Tanz Theatre, Black International Cinema Berlin, Footprin...

THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program Berlin

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Conversation with Gregor, Free Mumia, Act-In gegen die Todesstrafe, Against the Death Death Penalty, Black International Cinema Berlin, Fountainhead Tanz Theatre Berlin, Footprints in the Sand? Exhibition, A HUMAN EXPERIENCE/EINE MENSCHLICHE ERFAHRUNG Free Mumia, Conversation with Gregor, Human Rights Wall Of Respect Berlin ...

THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program Berlin, Kaveh Ghahremany-IRAN-Filmmaker

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A Conversation with the filmmaker, Kaveh Ghahremany, Islamic Republic of Iran,during the XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin 2009. Rathaus Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany Moderator: Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith ...

THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program Berlin Germany-Mona Agbaje- Swaziland

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"Raising Consciousness" - Mona Agbaje-Swaziland - "Many Hopes, No Fears" Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre Production & Direction: Television Presentation: Cinema, State of Affairs, Arts Calendar. Black International Cinema Berlin 1988, Steinplatz Cinema Berlin, Germany ...

Check the video interviews of the filmmakers from BIFF 212

                        We will be posting plenty of video interviews of the winners , as well as breath taking ambiance segments. Be patient and return next week on trhe site for more.  ...

Interview with Ole Christian Madsen on 'Superclassico' (2012)

‘Superclassico’ (2011) by Danish director Ole Christian Madsen was one of the best films I’ve seen of 2011. A relentlessly bittersweet romantic comedy set in Buenos Aires, Christian (played by Anders Berthelsen) is a middle-aged Danish wine seller whose wife leaves him for a younger man. Christian’s wife, Anna (Paprika Steen), is a soccer agent working in Buenos Aires who is tired of her routine married life with Christian and opts for an exciting existence with her Lat...

Interview with Ole Christian Madsen on 'Superclassico' (2012)

‘Superclassico’ (2011) by Danish director Ole Christian Madsen was one of the best films I’ve seen of 2011. A relentlessly bittersweet romantic comedy set in Buenos Aires, Christian (played by Anders Berthelsen) is a middle-aged Danish wine seller whose wife leaves him for a younger man. Christian’s wife, Anna (Paprika Steen), is a soccer agent working in Buenos Aires who is tired of her routine married life with Christian and opts for an exciting existence with her Lat...

Interview with Amir Manor for 'Epilogue' (2012)

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  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 ...

Interview with Amir Manor for 'Epilogue' (2012)

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  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 Film Festival. The film won four awards at TIFF: Special Jury Award for Originality and Innovation - Bronze Alexander, Best Screenplay Award, Human Values Award and the Fischer Audien...

Interview with director Cristian Mungiu

Interview with director Cristian Mungiu   Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is a prolific filmmaker with each of his feature films having held premiers at the Cannes Film Festival. His first feature ‘Occident’ (2002) screened in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. He later won the Palme d’Or for his film ‘Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days’ (2007). His most recent film ‘Beyond the Hills’ (2012) was nominated for the Palme d’Or and won aw...

Interview with Egyptian director Wael Omar ('In Search of Oil and Sand', 2012)

  Writer/Director/Producer Wael Omar is an avant-garde filmmaker in the true sense, standing at the frontlines of battle in the midst of Egypt’s ongoing political revolution. After receiving an MA in Film Arts, Wael began his filmmaking career making documentary shorts (‘The Countdown’, 2006; ‘Democracy 76, State of Emergency’, 2006; ‘Getting Back’, 2007) and most recently completed his first doc feature with co-director Philippe Dib ‘In Se...
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