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At the Fork: A Film About Husbandry and Wife

Opinions vary as to whether we should eat meat. Between At the Fork director John Papola and his producer wife Lisa Versaci, these range fromyes, but to hell no. He’s an omnivore; she’s a vegan. That tension — and Papola’s gradual rethinking of food politics — peppers their new film about how animals are raised for our consumption.  It’s March 2015 when the couple sets out across America to find producers of pork, beef, chicken, egg...

IndieCork trailer 2014

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Director: Indiecork.

"Through the Pane" selected to RATMA Film Fest in the UK!

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"Through the Pane" has been accepted to the documentary section of the 2016 RATMA Film Festival in Keighley, UK for July 16th, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, "Through the Pane" is based on the memoir chapter of the director's father about his acceptance of her mother's death. Cinematography and editing/visual effects were provided by Imatge Barcelona's Pol Carrizo Vilarroig. An original score was composed by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info ...

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words | Review

By Maria Esteves – June 24, 2016 Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a compelling and passionate music documentary about the life of legendary genius Frank Zappa (1940-1993). The extraordinary black-and-white and color archival footage superbly assembled chronologically by director Thorsten Schütte includes the 1963 interview with popular talk show host Steve Allen, international media coverage of Zappa invitation to Prague and powerful onstage performances as ban...

istanbul international short film festival

Istanbul International Short Film Festival is the longest running and most experienced organization among the international short film festivals in Turkey.
 
Short film is a medium based on making best of limited time within the frame of cinema art and gives the directors the opportunity of expressing their talents in the most unique way. The In this perspective the Festival aims to support short film and to provide young filmmakers to present their work both on national and international platforms.
 
The Festival had been started by a group of young enthusiasts on national level and showcased only films produced in Turkey. In years it has attracted a big interest and became an international organization in 1988.
 
As an un-interrupted organization of 38 years, the Festival is a unique example of its kind.
 
The Festival is organized each November and through its one-week-course around 200 distinguished short films from Turkey and the world are screened to filmlovers. Experienced filmmakers, professionals share their experiences through Q&A's and workshops.
 
Until today, around 5400 short films have been screened, 1150 guests have attended the festival, 550 Q&A's and 33 workshops have been organized.
 
The international section consists of only film screenings; there is no competition within this section. Films are selected through a process of focused evaluation process from both the direct applications and also from the films provided by film centers of different countries. These films are being presented to the audience with Turkish subtitles in three different theaters where the directors are ready for an Q&A afterwards. 
 
Festival catalogues of each year provide an important reference for cinematic memory.
 
This organization is being run by an independent committee where Hilmi Etikan acts as the president and keeps it's respectable profile throughout the years.

 


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“Art Bastard”: The Agony and Ecstasy of Robert Cenedella

  You might not expect much tender concern for legitimacy in a film called Art Bastard. Its subject, artist Robert Cenedella, trumpets his rogue status with glee. But Victor Kanefsky’s empathic character study probes the soft underbelly beneath the swagger and exposes the scars of not belonging. Unless you’re a cold-blooded bastard, you’ll come away from this visceral portrait of sentiment, conscience and humor not only enthralled but ready to write your local muse...

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES Submissions for Films and Script Entries for SRFF2017 is now open!

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The SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches its 4th annual edition with an open for call for entries May 11. Following the hugely successful three past annual editions with a combines 157 films screened from 35 countries, the fourth edition is scheduled to take place March 13-19, 2017 at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and The School of Visual Arts Social Documentary Film Campus in New York City, with additional parallel venues for special events. Founded by Actor Filmmak...

"Through the Pane" selected to DocuTIFF!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to Tirana International Film Festival's DocuTIFF in Tirana, Albania for June 1-8, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his cosmic perspective when faced with the death of his wife of 62 years. The film has an original score by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, who just came off collaboration on the music for the Tom Hanks'-starrer "A Hologram for the...

Not Your Skin Trans Documentary Is Brym's New Film Project

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Brym's new documentary takes on a touchy subject We are all by now somewhat familiar with some of the more visible transgender personalities in our society. Who are they really and what does it mean to be transgender? Since her first feature film Butterflies (2009), director Ester Brym have not stopped and this will be her 4th documentary film. She is currently in production and raising money to finish the project by the end of this year. The film follows ordinary men and women wh...

BIFED 2016

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  BIFED 2016 Open for Submissions Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary The deadline for applications is 15 May 2016   The world is changing continuously, and while we witness growing problems there are also hopeful developments. BIFED a platform organized to nurture the hope is preparing for its third year.   Countdown has begun for Turkey&...

Film Review: Love Thy Nature

By Maria Esteves   LOVE THY NATURE is a compelling documentary about the need for humans to reconnect and rely on nature for Earth’s survival. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film closely examines the interconnection and interdependence of creation in its awe and splendor beauty, the current global environmental crisis, and the industrial and biological revolution. This documentary winner of 25 awards at film festival circuit included provocative interviews with Da...

"Through the Pane" to have Asian Premiere in Beijing!

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"Through the Pane" will have its Asian premiere in the documentary section of the Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, China April 16-23, 2016. The film is based on the memoir chapter written by director Dawn Westlake's father about the acceptance of his wife's death. Donald and Helen Gum Westlake were happily married for 62 years. "Through the Pane" won the Best International Director prize for Westlake in February at the film's premiere in the 38th an...

FilmMakers Global Movie Trailer Festival calling

  SUBMIT YOUR TRAILER, TEASER OR PRESENTATION! Regular Deadline: April 30th, 2016 Click to Submit: http://filmmakers.com/festival/trailer/entry.htm     ...

"Weiner" Exposes Fallen Politico Anthony Weiner at New Directors/New Films

Narcissim? Masochism? Dreams of redemption?  Whatever may have motivated fallen congressman Anthony Weiner to let filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg make a documentary about his 2013 run for mayor of New York City, it’s hard not to ponder this mystery while watching Weiner. So when Kriegman asks his subject, "Why have you let me film this?" he also speaks for the head-scratching viewer. The question comes up the day after the Democratic mayoral primary, whi...

"Through the Pane" accepted to Asterfest in Macedonia!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. is happy to announce the acceptance of "Through the Pane" to the 12th annual Asterfest in Strumica, Macedonia for May 27-31, 2016. The film is based on a personal memoir written by director Dawn Westlake's father. It was shot and edited in Wheaton, IL, USA by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. A score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the festival: http://www.asterfest.mk/ For more info on "Through the Pane&qu...

20th Jihlava IDFF - entry form for documentary films and experimental documentaries now open

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Submit your documentary films and experimental documentaries to the 20th Jihlava IDFF, a celebration of creative documentary cinema. We do not follow a traditional festival model nor do we adopt a routine, pragmatic approach to programme selection. Jihlava pays tribute to courage and risk-taking. The Jihlava IDFF is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. 5 days, 7 competition sections, 60 world premieres, 250 films in the programme and 38,000 visitors attending.  ...

LAMPEDUSA

Director: Peter Schreiner.

A woman, a man. The island of Lampedusa, where their escape routes intersect. Zakaria, in his late twenties, from Somalia, who has risked his life coming to the island on a small boat when fleeing civil war in his country. Giulia, in her mid-fifties, a tourist from Northern Italy, on the run from deep personal crises. Both have returned to the island. Giulia, recovered but facing a life-threatening illness, and Zakaria, as a journalist now living in Rome.

THE CHALLENGE documentary - Father of the Year Brings Light to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Surely all parents have a deep love for their children. Alex Smith has something even more, or perhaps he is just more capable of showing that love. On Friday at the Santa Barbara Film Fest I went to see THE CHALLENGE, a documentary directed by Peter Williams out of the UK. In the story, Alex Smith trains for and competes in an Ironman, an incredible feat. As if that's not enough for a story on its own, Smith is doing it with his son Harrison in tow, all to raise awareness for a fatal ver...

Water Front Festival of International Films Lavasa

An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

Lavasa is a highly visible tourist destination across the world and has to have a film technology & business culture that is not visible to the world in terms of being an ideal location. At the same time, Lavasa is already emerging as attractive destination for National and International film makers establishing credits of a number of high end films and advertisements which have been successfully shot in the mesmerizing hill city of Lavasa. A film festival in Lavasa could therefore help synergize all the advantageous opportunities and over a period of time, work as a catalyst to convert the city into a prime focus of global cinema – be in terms of viewing, making or celebrating.

The founders of Waterfront Festival of International Films, therefore decided to start a virtual festival that will evolve into a grand showcase of world independent cinema in the beautiful lake side city set in the bosom of spectacular lush green hills, where we would be able to showcase cinema from all over the world and celebrate the festivity. It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the opening of the city’s film festival, Waterfront Festival of International Film Festival Lavasa, which will be a virtual festival to honor the best of the world cinema creating a unique festivity cum creative platform beyond all the man made boundaries.An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

The only festival organized and presented by the senior citizen community at the famed Ashiana Utsav Lavasa set in picturesque Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, India, the Waterfront Festival of International Films and offers a flavorful palette of films that routinely attracts cineastes from all over the world. The first edition of the festival will feature more than 100 films and present juried  awards in a range of competitive categories -- including Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best International Film, and Best Short Film. 

Water Front Festival of International Films Lavasa

An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

Lavasa is a highly visible tourist destination across the world and has to have a film technology & business culture that is not visible to the world in terms of being an ideal location. At the same time, Lavasa is already emerging as attractive destination for National and International film makers establishing credits of a number of high end films and advertisements which have been successfully shot in the mesmerizing hill city of Lavasa. A film festival in Lavasa could therefore help synergize all the advantageous opportunities and over a period of time, work as a catalyst to convert the city into a prime focus of global cinema – be in terms of viewing, making or celebrating.

The founders of Waterfront Festival of International Films, therefore decided to start a virtual festival that will evolve into a grand showcase of world independent cinema in the beautiful lake side city set in the bosom of spectacular lush green hills, where we would be able to showcase cinema from all over the world and celebrate the festivity. It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the opening of the city’s film festival, Waterfront Festival of International Film Festival Lavasa, which will be a virtual festival to honor the best of the world cinema creating a unique festivity cum creative platform beyond all the man made boundaries.An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

The only festival organized and presented by the senior citizen community at the famed Ashiana Utsav Lavasa set in picturesque Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, India, the Waterfront Festival of International Films and offers a flavorful palette of films that routinely attracts cineastes from all over the world. The first edition of the festival will feature more than 100 films and present juried  awards in a range of competitive categories -- including Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best International Film, and Best Short Film. 

DocsBarcelona 2016

DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival


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6th DOC NYC Opening Night U.S. Premiere of Miss Sharon Jones! Photos

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By Maria Esteves The Sixth DOC NYC Festival Opening Night U.S. Premiere of MISS SHARON JONES! directed by Barbara Kopple, Lifetime Achievement recipient, 2015 DOC NYC, was held at SVA theater, New York, Thursday, November 12, 2015. A special Q&A discussion immediately followed with director Kopple, singer Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings band moderated by artistic director Thom Powers, DOC NYC. Presented by executive director Raphaela Neihausen, artistic director Thom Powers, director of ...

In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’ Oriya tribals demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest

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In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’, Kondh adivasis from Rayagada in Orissa simply but powerfully demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest, which is a rich source of nutrition for them. Screend at the ongoing 46th IFFI in Goa, the 30-minute documentary directed by Nandan and Kavita emphasises the need to preserve India’s forests from commercial exploitation, and is the latest attempt by the filmmakers to throw a light on the fragile state of India’s nation...

New York: Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2015

In this year’s 39th edition the Margaret Mead Film Festival selected for the October 22-25 run 31 long documentaries and 22 short films from 41 countries including those listed in co-productions.  The international character of the films reflects globalization more transparently in this year’s theme than in past editions. Certainly, traditional anthropological and ethnographic  films  are retained in the program showing the struggling persistence of local cultures ye...
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