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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.

Bruno Chatelin handed out the Award for Best Film from the festival circuit to Michel Hazanavicius

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  The International Film Festival Summit Europe IFFS and filmfestivals.com  - fest21.com,  close observers of the festival circuit, have honored Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist with the “Festival Film of the Year Award”  which recognizes the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and the extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS)...  The award was handed by Bruno Ch...

Programme for London Feminist Film Festival 2012 announced!

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The programme for the first year of the London Feminist Film Festival has been announced! We'll be showing short and feature length films by women directors from around the world. Dates are 29 Nov - 2 Dec 2012. See here for the full programme: http://londonfemini stfilmfestival. com/programme/ Highlights include: Lesbiana: about lesbian feminism and women-only communes in the 1980s. Followed by our opening night party! Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years: about Audre Lorde's contributi...

Submissions 2013 Call For Entries...

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We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival are now open. The longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 67th edition. Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences the most innovative and exciting films from around the world. EIFF’s successful 2012 edition reaffirmed the Festival’s commitment to artistic exploration in narrative, documentary, experimental and animated...

14th Annual EROS Film Festival ready to kick

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 14th Annual EROS Film Festival - From Iran to Ganymede: Strange Encounters, Best Friends and Family Ties   Out Film CT, the organizer of Connecticut’s two annual LGBT film festivals, is pleased to announce the line-up for the 14th EROS Film Festival, which takes place Nov. 7 – 11 at Cinestudio, on the campus of Trinity College. The event is sponsored by EROS (Encouraging Respect Of all Sexualities), Trinity’s gay/straight student alliance, and showcases a broa...

Peter Fonda is Chairman of the 2012 jury in Stockholm Festival

    This year we welcome legendary actor Peter Fonda to the Stockholm International Film Festival. Peter Fonda will head this year’s jury of five and decide which will receive the prestigious Bronze Horse for Best Film.      This year’s jury members will hand out the festival’s heaviest prize, the 7. 3 kilo heavy Bronze Horse to the Best Film i the Stockholm XXIII Competition category. The jury also give out the Aluminium Horse in seven categories:...

2012 Nihilist Film Fest Returns to Echo Park Film Center

For the thirteenth year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation presents the Nihilist International Film Festival.  This year’s evening of films will be presented at the Echo Park Film Center.  The show will start at 8:00 pm on Friday, December 7. The festival includes two hours of short films from around the country and around the world.  The films range from troubling to hilarious, from profound to completely silly.  Pretty much, something for everyone (except children an...

The 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary Celebrates Opening

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 The 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film was officially opened on Monday. The Saxon State Minister of the Arts, Sabine von Schorlemer, and Leipzig Mayor Burkhard Jung welcomed 750 guests from around the world to the sold-out CineStar theater. Festival director Claas Danielsen delivered the opening address, in which he laid out urgent media policy goals.   Arts Minister Schorlemer praised the festival as a meeting place. “As a special art form t...

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” To Open Plus Camerimage Festival with “Side by Side”

PLUS CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, announced today the heads of the juries who will preside over the eight competition sections at the 20th anniversary edition of the festival taking place November 24th – Dec 1st.   It was also revealed that the Festival will hold the Polish premiere of the highly anticapted ‘Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee, with cinematography by Claudio Miranda, who will be in attenndence. The film will be p...

HMFF 2012 Australia Adiós Clichés - Hola Mexico Trailer

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Word from the Director It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Hola Mexico Film Festivalwebsite. HMFF is held every summer in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth) and in Los Angeles.   On this website you can find the film line up and the schedule for each city, watch our trailers and buy tickets.  You may also want to share your favourite films with your friends. The Hola Mexico Film Festival aims to bring you the best films ...

Chile in focus at the 36th Goteborg Film Festival

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Today we're revealing the festival's focus and announcing the first four films from the programme for 2013! For its 36th year, Göteborg International Film Festival has decided to spotlight Chilean film. 40 years after Pinochet's military coup d'état, Chile's film industry is once again blooming with a wave of young Chilean filmmakers finding success abroad.  During the military dictatorship, many people were persecuted and killed as a result of their political opinions. The o...

Russian Film Festival,in Bangkok

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Russian Film Festival, in Bangkok It seems to be an epidemic of Film Festivals , in Bangkok, this year ! The first-ever Indian Festival’s gone, and now, it’s the first-ever Russian Film festival. Soon, there will be the World Film Festival of Bangkok (16 Nov - 25 Nov). The Russians are celebrating their 150th Anniversary of relations with Thailand ,and what better way to celebrate, than through Cinema? The ‘ Russian W...

New competition of the Black Nights highlights feature debuts from Baltic Sea Region

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Feature debuts from the Baltic and Nordic countries compete in the the new Tridens Herring competition programme judged by an international jury, among others Kiki Sugino. Tridens Herring feature debut competition replaces the previous Baltic competition aiming to present young talent from around the Baltic Sea. „In the recent years many young and interesting film makers have emerged in the Baltic film industry, who are up to a comparison even in the context of very strong film countries....

Announcing the nominees to the Stockholm Feature Film Award 2012

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This year's three finalists for the 2nd edition of the Stockholm Feature Film Award have been selected. The winner will receive production support of more than five million SEK. - To highlight female directors and provide a platform is a concrete way of letting new talents reach their audiences. It is with great joy to see that both the business world, government and culture stand together behind a project so important, says Git Scheynius, Festival Director. Female directors who have made a ...

2012 AMERICAN FILM MARKET kicks off

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More Than 10% Increase in Buyers Expected, Including 120 New Buying Companies Industry Conversations Featuring Directors Sacha Gervasi and Victor Levin, “Harry Potter” Franchise Executive Producer Michael Barnathan, Producer Bonnie Curtis, Jonathan Silverman, Pamela Adlon and Many More Also Announced. The 2012 American Film Market (AFM®) will kick-off tomorrow with more than 120 new buying companies and a 10% increase in buyers, according to AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf. ...

THE RETURN OF JAMES BOND

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' Sky Fall ' - A 'Windfall' for James Bond James Bond is Back - and How! It is not a James Bond film, it is a Sam Mendes movie- and that makes all the difference. ' This is the end ' says the first line of the Opening Song in the film,and it is indeed, the end of Super-man Bond, who in this movie, is 'killed' in the very first fight sequence! 50 years after the Bond Series unleashed itself on the s...

New competition of the Black Nights highlights feature debuts from Baltic Sea Region

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Feature debuts from the Baltic and Nordic countries compete in the the new Tridens Herring competition programme judged by an international jury, among others Kiki Sugino. Tridens Herring feature debut competition replaces the previous Baltic competition aiming to present young talent from around the Baltic Sea. „In the recent years many young and interesting film makers have emerged in the Baltic film industry, who are up to a comparison even in the context of very strong film countries. ...

Qarantina, a work of art from a traumatized country, Iraq

 LA ARAB FILM FESTIVAL    ASAAD ABDUL MAJEED, THE HITMAN UPSTAIRS An Iraqi film, Qarantina, shot in Baghdad was by far the most powerful film shown at this years LA Arab Film Festival. Considering the war torn conditions still going on in Iraq even after the withdrawal of American forces, it is a wonder that somebody has actually been able to conceive and shoot a dramatic feature film there -- in the city of Baghdad no less.  The production company was Ger...

New York Film Festival: 50th Anniversary

          Backed by the largest film society in the US which has now more than 7000 members and Lincoln Center’s supportive management the New York Film festival has emerged as the most important US film festival.  Over the last 25 years under Richard Pena’s direction few if any compromises in the main selection and side bars were made. Pena shifted the festival’s Eurocentric orientation and introduced cinema from Asia, Latin America, and Eu...

Three Documentaries Nominated for the European Film Awards

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The European Film Academy proudly announces the nominations in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2012. A committee consisting of Nik Powell, director of the NFTS and deputy chairman of the EFA Board (UK), EFA Members Francine Brücher (Switzerland) and Despina Mouzaki (Greece), and the documentary experts Claas Danielsen (Germany), Ally Derks (the Netherlands), and Jacques Laurent (Belgium) has chosen the following three films for a nomination: HIVER NOMADE (Winter Nomads) Swi...

Two new arab films reviewed, "LUST", (Egypt) and "DEATH FOR SALE" (Morocco)

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by Alex Deleon LUST (Al Shooq) is an Egyptian film set in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, on the Mediterranean. However the part of the city we see is no tourist dream -- but a poverty stricken warren of side streets where the central figure, Umm Shooq, a charismatic possessed lady, and her two mod daughters live. When her youngest son falls seriously ill with a kidney condition and needs dialysis treatment --very expensive -- she is forced to beg on the streets to raise the money. When she...

Robert Pattinson comes to Sydney for The Twilight Saga; Premiere tonight

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  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn; Sydney, Australia red carpet premiere...         ROBERT PATTINSON COMES TO SYDNEY FOR THE TWILIGHT SAGA...   ROBERT PATTINSON TO TOUR SYDNEY FOR THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2</b>   HOYTS DISTRIBUTION is thrilled to announce that ROBERT PATTINSON, star of the upcoming release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2 will be coming to Australia to promote the final instalment in the globa...
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