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Andy Warhol

Andy X: 25th anniversary of his passing

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In February 1987, Andy Warhol checked himself anonymously into New York Hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. As he lay recovering from this standard procedure, the nurse who was meant to watch over him fell asleep reading a bible. Thus neglected, Andy Warhol died and entered the land of legend. 25 years later film-maker Jim Sharman, writer Stephen Sewell and composer Basil Hogios interweave verse, song and imagery into a unique 40-minute exploration of this great artist’s l...

Philadelphia's SCREENPLAY FEST Winners Announced!

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www.ScreenplayFest.com     2011 SCREENPLAYFEST GRAND PRIZE CONTEST RESULTS: Congratulations to our winners of Philadelphia's 2011 ScreenplayFest! To contact the writers and read their Screenplays, please visit: Click Here, or email us at: phillyscriptfest@screenplayfest.com. Winners will be receiving emails from our sponsors in the next few weeks to come, so please be patient.  GRAND PRIZE WINNER COMEDY Lookout Lou (The Big...

Time Tripping To The 1970s

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  Ah, New York City in the 1970s......while the city was crumbling into a cesspool of urban decay, vigilante violence and moral morass (with the federal government looking away while the city declared bankruptcy), the art underground was, in fact, in full flower. This paradox (or not nearly one, if one contemplates other times and places where the social environment was in chaos and the artistic output was intense, say Berlin in the 1920s) is the focus of several films that are curre...

Diagonale 2011: Solo Retrospective Peter Tscherkassky

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One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the solo retrospective on filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky, which introduces and honors his work. Tscherkassky is one of the internationally most prominent and renowned representatives of avant-garde film. Since the mid-80’s, the 52-year old Viennese has produced unique films drawing upon found footage of largely Hollywood productions. Frame for frame the filmmaker copies details and fragments from these sources in the dark room by using elaborate...

Andy Warhol

Revisiting Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

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  In New York culture, all roads eventually lead to Andy Warhol. The pop prince, whose doodles now sell for millions at art auctions around the world, was prescient in so many ways about 21st century culture. He was a man of his times but also a prophet of sorts for the democratization and obsessive nature of celebrity (forget 15 minutes of fame......a spotlight can last a mere 15 seconds and still be a license to print money....paging Bristol Palin). The celebrity of those famous...

Spirit Of The Sixties Lives On In Woodstock

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  As you walk along the Main Street of Woodstock, New York, it is often hard to tell which decade you are in. Peace signs, hippie clothing and psychedelic posters dominate the storefronts and the streets are filled with women with impossibly frizzy hair and men still wearing plaid shirts and bellbottom jeans. The music that spills out of the street is more 1960s rock than current urban hip hop…..in short, the spirit of dissidence, individuality and questioning of the institution...

A New York State of Mind at Woodstock FF

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    Woodstock, New York, nestled in the majestic Catskill Mountains about 100 miles of New York, has a unique perspective on “a New York state of mind”. Close enough to New York City to its south to be influenced by its multi-culturalism and razor-sharp analysis of everything from fashion to publishing to politics to Wall Street, it has also been a haven for ex-pat New Yorkers who burned out from the impossibly fast pace of the city and found an inspiring solace in the bucolic ...

The Legacy of the Radiant Child

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  Even if you don't know his name, you probably know his imagery. The streetwise graffiti, the charismatic iconography, the madcap use of words and visuals from pop culture.....the coolness of the work and the indelible signature of a gifted, natural (as opposed to heavily trained) artist. And add one more romantic detail.....death at the tender age of  27 after a blazing career that now sees his doodlings capturing record prices on the art auction market. Like James Dean before him, ...

Documentary Deluge At New Directors New Films

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For the first time in memory (if my faulting memory serves me well and it increasingly does NOT), the New Directors New Films showcase opened last evening with a documenary feature. This annual rite of the Spring film season, co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, was ushered in by BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, a fascinating look at the New York Times photographer and his love/hate obsession with the city he calls both his mu...

Warhol Shorts with Original Music by Indie Pop Duo

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The San Francisco Film Society will present a screening of 13 Most Beautiful . . . Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests, accompanied by beloved indie pop duo Dean & Britta performing an original score at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 3 at the Palace of Fine Arts (3301 Lyon Street). Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol -- nurturing a career-long fascination with the transience of celebrity -- created revealing cinematic portraits of the actors, socialites, poets, drag queens and fresh-faced Gotham a...

Berlin Special TEDDY for Warhol Superstar Joe Dallesandro

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The TEDDY AWARD, a solid institution of the International Film Festival Berlin, will be given out 13 February 2009 in the following categories: Short Film, Documentary, Feature Film. The advance sale for the world’s most important queer film award has started.Special Award for Joe Dallesandro on the occasion of his 60th Birthday. This year’s Special TEDDY will be awarded to Joe Dallesandro who, in the 70’s became as Warhol’s muse a sexual icon for a whole generation. Films by Andy Warh...

The Biografilm Festival – International Celebration of Lives: event devoted to biographies to be featured on Babelgum

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The Biografilm Festival - International Celebration of Lives is the first international event totally devoted to biographies. The Festival focuses on life tales told  through a wide range of expressive means, including feature movies, documentaries, theatrical performances, exhibitions and interviews. Biografilm provides a focus on great biographies and features thematic sections alongside the official biopic movie selection. The festival programme is based on the idea that a b...

A Trio of Documentaries At The Tribeca Film Festival

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 Monday, April 30-------While the narrative offerings at the Tribeca Film Festival remain an oil-and-water mix of glossy Hollywood product and uneven independent fare, the documentaries on tap are refreshingly nimble and powerful. Three docs seen this past weekend illustrate the top-flight work being done by non-fiction masters and newcomers at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.The master is UK director Michael Apted, who is one of the rare filmmakers who have simultaneously invigorating c...

A Trio of Documentaries Make Their Premiere

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 Sunday, April 29-------While the narrative offerings at the Tribeca Film Festival remain an oil-and-water mix of glossy Hollywood product and uneven independent fare, the documentaries on tap are refreshingly nimble and powerful. Three docs seen this past weekend illustrate the top-flight work being done by non-fiction masters and newcomers at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.The master is UK director Michael Apted, who is one of the rare filmmakers who have simultaneously invigorating c...

The Golden Age of Documentaries

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Friday, February 16----Much has been written about the "golden age of documentaries" that we suddenly and fortunately are currently immersed in. Perhaps it is a response to a violent and confusing world to which we are looking to bring knowledge, healing and understanding. Aside from aesthetic considerations, the documentary has also proven to be a highly profitable item for distributors, with such films as FAHRENHEIT 911, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS and this year's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH...

Factory Girl the Santa Barbara Festival opener

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 25 – February 4, will open their 22nd edition with the highly-anticipated film “Factory Girl” starring Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen and directed by George Hickenlooper, it was announced today by SBIFF director Roger Durling. Opening night will take place at the Arlington Theatre and is sponsored by CafeFx and Studio 7.“Factory Girl” imaginatively unfolds the comet-like rise and fall of 60s “It Girl” Edie Sedg...

Why Wharol Matters: debates, screenings and exhibitions at Viennale

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WHY WARHOL MATTERS AT VIENNALEOctober 14 –26, 2005A series of events accompanying the Andy Warhol retrospective Working Class, a series of film lectures on the festival program, introduced at the VIENNALE 2004, will have a special follow-up this year. Following last year’s lectures by Jean-Pierre Gorin, this year’s Working Class is dedicated to Andy Warhol and his cinematic oeuvre, complementing the Warhol retrospective, realized in collaboration with the Österreichische Filmmuseum. Under...

The viennale program of 100 features and tributes

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Taking place for the 43rd time (14 –26, 2005), the VIENNALE will present 291 films from 48 countries. The VIENNALE 2005 will open with the gala screening of Woody Allen’s Match Point. (following its sensational premiere at Cannes. A public screening of the program will take place at the Gartenbau at 11pm. The VIENNALE closing gala on Wednesday, October 26, 8.30pm will feature the screening of George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck – a highlight from this year’s Venice Film Festival...

Mary Haron to be honored at Provincetown Fest

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DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER MARY HARRON TO RECEIVE THE "FILMMAKER ON THE EDGE" AWARDAT THE PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe Provincetown International Film Festival, scheduled for June 15-19, enters its seventh year with the announcement of the 2005 recipient of the annual Filmmaker on the Edge award. This year the Festival honors director/writer Mary Harron, whose 1996 debut feature I Shot Andy Warhol immediately launched her into the spotlight as a maverick filmmaker to watch. The film i...
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