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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

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...

Canadian Surf Film Festival salutes winners

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The Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) celebrated the Jury’s selections and best box office sales yet at last night’s Closing Awards and party in Halifax. Prizes went to a local Nova Scotian kite surfer, an American short film about river surfing, and two Norwegian survivalists/surfers, amongst others. The Festival experienced its best ever box office sales and is already looking to up the ante for next year.   “We couldn’t be happier with this year’s Festiva...

Creative Industry Stars Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Festival: ‘A Shaded View on Fashion Film’ Hosted by the CENTRE PO

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Diane Pernet will welcome a host of iconic and inspirational figures from the creative industries as well as several exciting stars-in-the-making to the fifth anniversary edition of her festival, ‘A SHADED VIEW ON FASHION FILM’ (ASVOFF).  Actors, designers, filmmakers, artists, critics, entertainers, fashion photographers and celebrities will gather to celebrate ASVOFF's pioneering spirit, leadership and stamina as the world’s first and foremost film festival dedicated to ...

Hawaii International Film Festival highlights

The 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani will take place October 11-21 in Honolulu. The festival, in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, will showcase six films--four features and two documentary shorts--as part of the New American Filmmakers (NAF) program.     The NAF program, previously called American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile, continues to highlight the creative enterprises of talented foreign-born writers, directors, producers,...

15th RIDM: First films announced

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The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is pleased to pre-announce several films on this year’s program, giving a sneak peek at what promises to be an exciting anniversary edition. One hundred domestic and foreign films will be screened during the 15th RIDM, from November 7 to 18 at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma Excentris, the Grande Bibliothèque and Concordia University.   FROM TORONTO TO MONTREAL A number of not-to-be-missed films at this year’s RIDM ...

Interview with Vilamor Actor Rubén Riós

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By Maria Esteves – September 3, 2012 Rubén Riós (RR) is a Spanish actor in film and television who lives in Galicia, Spain. A person who never set limits began his passion for acting at age seven after performing in a school play. Riós first TV soap opera role Libro de Familia (2005) and feature film Pradolongo (2007) was a success. He stars in a TV soap opera Matalobos. In the U.S., Riós is a prominent actor through the New York City International Film Festival. His latest film ...

Spike Lee winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 2012 award in Venice

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American filmmaker Spike Lee is the winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival   The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre announce that the great American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival, dedicated a personality who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema.   The Direc...

The good, the bad and the ugly

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Day 2 of DIFF was a day of extremes. It was wonderful to see all the film fans studying their guides - some of the guides visibly well-read. I watched three films today and they are very diverse. Chicken with plums (Poulet aux prunes) premiered at Venice. It is a beautiful love story of a musician, played by Mathieu Amalric of The Diving Belle and the butterfly fame, who can't get over the loss of his violin and he decides to rather die. It sounds like a depressing film but it is in...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

The Palme d'Or was awarded to Love (Amour, Liebe...) by Michael Haneke, a second one after The White Ribbon

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Michael Haneke received his award from Adrien Brody and Audrey Tautou. Michael Haneke © AFP The director said: "I am very happy to be with my actors on this stage, it makes me less shy. I would like to thank the entire Jury and Thierry Fremaux, who gave me the opportunity to present this film here. Thanks to everyone who helped me make this film. Thank you to my wife, who has been supporting me for many years. This film is in part an illustration of the promise that ...

Steven Lewis Simpson: “Everywhere is home”

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Roaring Fire Film Production (http://roaringfirefilm.com/) is an international feature film, television and documentary production and development company. Their films have been distributed globally including Germany, China, USA, UK, Spain, Benelux, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Canada, Indonesia, Greece, Africa and the Middle East. The owner of the production company is film maker Steven Lewis Simpson. He is a from Scotland – a free thinker, intelligent, constantly traveling with ...

Jan Cvitković about “Archeo”: “I wanted to make a film, not a coated story”

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Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and original directors in Slovenian cinema, Jan Cvitković, is an old friend of SIFF. Among the many international festival awards that his films Bread and Milk and Gravehopping gatnered, is No Man’s Land in the Balkan competition at the SIFF. This year Jan Cvitković comes to the festival as a mem¬ber of the International Jury as well as with his new movie Archeo. Archeo (produced by Jozko Rutar, who also arrives for the 16th edition o...

XPN & Philadelphia Film Society 1st Annual Music Film Festival

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On Thursday April 26 The Inaugural XPN Music Film Festival, produced by The Philadelphia Film Society got underway at the Annenberg Center in University City, Philadelphia. For anyone unfamiliar with XPN: WXPN, is a nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe...

Vietnam-War era Supernatural Cambodian Feature Film in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Local Casting Session Updates & Pix

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Camerado SE Asia, producer of the supernatural US-Vietnam wartime drama taking place in 1970 Cambodia during Nixon's 'Cambodia Incursion', FREEDOM DEAL, is happy to announce that our first local (Cambodian) casting session, held April 28, 2012, has been successfully concluded! Potential actor for the role of the Viet Cong guerilla, 'TRINH', attending the April 28, 2012 open call for FREEDOM DEAL.  FREEDOM DEAL writer-director ...

Cannes Classics 2012 welcomes cannes legends

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                                                      Agnès Varda, Universal Pictures, Robert De Niro, John Boorman, Andrei Konchalovsky, Roman Polanski, the World Cinema Foundation, Jerry Lewis, Lawrence of Arabia, Claude Miller, Nastassja Kinski, Alfred Hitchcock, Keisuke Kinoshita, The Dance Cinematheque, Roberto...

The BUFF Blog (April 2012)

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Traditionally in the UK, the most-watched programmes on television are always scheduled on a Saturday night. The last few years have seen a more aggressive approach to win hearts and minds with the UK’s 2 biggest broadcasters (BBC & ITV) going head-to-head and scheduling their ‘MUST-SEE’ programmes against each other. In the last 6 months alone, Strictly Come Dancing was beating The X Factor when previously the ITV juggernaut was winning hand over fist. On ...

Interview with Elin Gronblom

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 Elin Gronblom, a Finnish director, talks about her film, "Goldfish Love." The film tells a story of a budding friendship between a goldfish who longs to swim in the ocean and a musician. Check out her exciting interview! Ellin Gronblom, une réalisatrice Finlandaise, parle de son film, "Goldfish Love." Le film raconte l'histoire d'une amitié entre un poisson rouge qui aime nager dans l'océan et un musicien. Pour pouvez regarder leur surprenante interview!  check ...

Mike Beck and Access Film Music: The Festival Soundtrack

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by Robert Barry Mike Beck is a big bearded, shaggy-haired bear of a man. A full-time musician since 2001, as frontman to Chicago Mike’s InterGalactic Brother and Sisterhood of Big Eyed Beanshe spends four or five months of the year touring in Europe, playing some 250 gigs a year. Meanwhile, “between gigs, or while I’m travelling and when I’m not otherwise performing”, Mike runs Access Film Music, an organisation dedicated to bringing film people and music people together which ...

Music for All at Titanic International Film Festival

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  2012 Titanic International Film Festival has a very strong selection of tour docs. Neil Young Journeys is the third documentary Oscar-winner director (The Silence of the Lambs) Jonathan Demme has made with his old friend, genius of American folk rock, Canadian Neil Young, on his solo tour in 2011. Never Make It Home documents Kirk Rundstrom's last months. The hell-raising lead singer/guitarist of Wichita "insurgent country" band Split Lip Rayfield was diagnosed with termin...

Tribeca Online Festival will offer Festival's exclusive content 4 features films, interactive events...

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  Online Festival Marks Third Year of Cultivating Digital Environment with Exclusive Content Including Free Streaming of Four World-Premiere Feature-Length Festival Films, Live, and Interactive Special Events The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) today unveiled the lineup and programming for the Tribeca Online Film Festival, presented by founding partner American Express. The third year of the pioneering digital initiative continues the extension of the TFF experience...

IFFBoston 2011: Rock On!

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The next few nights screened a number of documentaries about musicians and the impact of their music.  Scheduling conflicts meant you couldn’t see all of them, so I chose the three below. Color Me Obsessed is the rarest of rockumentaries in that it doesn’t play a single note of music from the band being featured, Minnesota’s own, The Replacements.  Somehow, for this iconoclastic group, it fits.  Instead, the band’s history and antics are revealed through interviews laced with humor...

Successful first festival puts Curaçao on the film map

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The well-attended, first ever Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam has put Willemstad well and truly on the map in terms of film watching and film making. During the four days of the festival, 7,000 visitors made their way to The Cinemas in Otrobanda, a regional top result. Festival instigator Fundashon Bon Intenshon and co-organiser the International Film Festival Rotterdam aim to hold the film festival again next year. The second Curaçao IFFR will then take place from 28 to 31 ...

ECU Film Festival Day Two - Part Two

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    It's nearly one am on the night of the second day of the ECU Film Festival, and while Belgian musician, Karim Baqqili, spins out some wild gypsy jazz on an oud, Patrick Chadwick is talking to me about Icelandic weather patterns.   We're milling around at the after-party at Les Voutes Saint Paul after a long day of screenings. The wine is flowing, in another room somewhere in this strangely cavernous place people are dancing to MGMT with champagne flutes in...
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