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Cinequest Film Festival

Cinequest Film Festival concludes 13 days with awards

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For over 13 days, Cinequest Film Festival 22 (CQFF22) delivered never-ending passion and provided an unforgettable experience for more than 90,000 attendees.  Through themes of creation, innovation, and empowerment, Cinequest 22 celebrated 60 U.S., North American and World Premieres, representing over 40 countries. A record 95,000 participants enjoyed first-class venues, including those with Barco state-of-the-art projection for all digital formats. A spectacular new Intel VIP Lounge, w...

Cinequest 2012 opening video ambiance

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Cinequest Film Festival in the heart of Silicon Valley celebrates a passionate opening night on February 28th, 2012. This video highlights memorable moments of the night.   ...

Elliott Gould to Receive Maverick Spirit Award at Cinequest 22

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    Cinequest presents its highest honor, the Maverick Spirit Award, to legendary actor Elliott Gould on March 2 at the California Theatre, following the 9:30 p.m. screening of Dorfman starring Gould and Sara Rue (Rules of Engagement and Less than Perfect). Gould plays Burt Dorfman, Deb Dorfman's (Sara Rue) father, in this romantic comedy, directed by Palo Alto native, Brad Leong (Director of Palo Alto). Previou...

Philip Kaufman to Receive Maverick Spirit Award at Writers Celebration

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For more than four decades, Philip Kaufman has been gracing the screen with his unique and passionate vision, creating a double-barreled legacy of excellence as both a writer and director. To conclude our Writers Celebration event on March 9 at the San Jose Rep we will be honoring Philip Kaufman with the Maverick Spirit Award. Previous guest recipients include Kevin Spacey, Sir Ben Kingsley, Spike Lee, William H. Macy, Diablo Cody, and Alec Baldwin. The final act of the evening focuses on the re...

Cinequest Film Festival 21 wrapped

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  Cinequest Film Festival 21 (CQFF21) proved to be so much more than a film festival by continuing to transform lives across the globe through discovery, innovation, connecting and creativity. The festival celebrated 75 U.S., North American and World Premieres representing over 41 countries. Enhancing its position as the place to discover the future of film innovations, Cinequest produced 22 art and innovation forums and workshops. A record 91,000 participants enjoyed premier venues loaded ...

Edward James Olmos, Jon Chu, James Russo and Jaime Murray added to lineup of Stars attending Cinequest

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The stars will roll into Cinequest Film Festival, always a bastion for the discovery of new and emerging talent and innovations, at the palatial California Theatre for their premieres. Previous Maverick Spirit Award winner, Edward James Olmos, will return to Cinequest for the World Premiere of America on March 3, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the California Theatre. Olmos stars in and executive produces the powerful story of a courageous woman who flees Puerto Rico to start life anew in New York City. ...

Cinequest Empowers Mavericks...and shows films to over 80,000 attendees

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  "PASSIONE" AND "SOUL SURFER" TO OPEN AND CLOSE CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL John Turturro, AnnaSophia Robb and Bethany Hamilton To Receive Cinequest Maverick Spirit Awards The Cinequest Film Festival announced today the two features that will bookend the upcoming Festival as the Opening and Closing Night films. John Turturro's acclaimed Italian music documentary Passione will raise the curtain at this year's festival as the official Opening Night Film while Sean ...

Cinequest 30th to celebrate the real revolutionaries, the Mavericks

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            The 20th Anniversary Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF20), Feb. 23 - March 7, 2010, celebrates the vision of Cinequest's founding artists and innovators: Mavericks. In the past year, our country increased its national debt by $1.9 trillion, including $245 billion in bailout funds as part of a greater effort to create change. Conversely, Cinequest, a company that has stayed in the black since inception, spent less than $2 m...

Cinequest 30th to celebrate the real revolutionaries, the Mavericks

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In the past year, our country increased its national debt by $1.9 trillion, including $245 billion in bailout funds as part of a greater effort to create change. Conversely, Cinequest, a company that has stayed in the black since inception, spent less than $2 million to create change by empowering the artistic revolutionaries of our time: the Mavericks, those who astound, electrify, inspire, laugh, pioneer—and in turn create rippling effects throughout the world. The 20th Anniversary Cinequest...

Cinequest Film Festival 19 Wraps To Records

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Cinequest Film Festival 19 delivered on its commitment to transform lives and serve more during a challenging economy. Record audiences, 81,000 strong, filled spectacular venues and connected with 605 artists and innovators from 44 countries. Record submissions and media coverage attracted premium Maverick cinema and technologies. 72 World and U.S. Premieres combined with Cinequest trademark Film & Innovation Forums to transform lives and careers. Additionally, 1,500 elementary to college studen...

Who is the Maverick champion? Cinequest answers

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Cinequest Embodies the True Maverick SpiritOfficial Response to Samuel A. Maverick Family's Indignation at the McCain/Palin Political Usurpation of the Theme "Maverick"Oct 09, 2008 A film institute dedicated to championing independent-minded artists and innovators from around the globe, Cinequest continues to manifest the vision and theme it’s served for eighteen years: “Empowering the Maverick”. Cinequest uses the medium of film to unearth stories considered too controversial, unlock new ...

Cinequest 18 Wraps

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Discovery isn’t always a good thing. A pair of American indie films—the world premiere of Paul Leuer’s EDEN COURT and the San Francisco Bay Area debut of Charles Oliver’s TAKE—served as weak bookends for the 18th edition of the Cinequest Film Festival. Fortunately, there was much to celebrate between opening and closing nights during the festival’s 12-day run in downtown San Jose, California.According to Cinequest executive director and co-founder Halfdan Hussey, approximately 80,000...

Cinequest Awards

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The 2008 Cinequest Juries were put to the task selecting winners from over 150 films from 34 countries. What they discovered were myriad worlds that challenged, excited and surprised. Their job to find the top films was not an easy one, and reaching a unanimous vote was nearly impossible because the films truly affected them in many ways and heated debates were sparked because of the passion each felt for the stories that were revealed.Cinequest AwardsCinequest is proud to announce the followi...

Cinequest 18 Awards Announced

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Sunday, March 9, 2008 -- The 2008 Cinequest Juries selected winners from over 150 films from 34 countries. Cinequest Executive Director and Co-founder Halfdan Hussey read the following statement: “They discovered myriad worlds that challenged, excited and surprised. Their job to find the top films was not an easy one, and reaching a unanimous vote was nearly impossible because the films truly affected them in many ways and heated debates were sparked because of the passion each felt for the st...

Cinequest 18 Awards Announced

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The 2008 Cinequest Juries selected winners from over 150 films from 34 countries. Cinequest Executive Director and Co-founder Halfdan Hussey read the following statement: “They discovered myriad worlds that challenged, excited and surprised. Their job to find the top films was not an easy one, and reaching a unanimous vote was nearly impossible because the films truly affected them in many ways and heated debates were sparked because of the passion each felt for the stories that were revealed....

Cinequest 18 – March 2008 - Weekend Viewing and Anywhere, USA

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Cinequest 18 is turning out to be a particularly strong festival this year. The quality of filmmaking on view is quite staggering, and, in this reviewer’s opinion, surpasses previous years for quality of storytelling and technical accomplishment.  Becoming John Ford – United StatesI began my weekend with this well-crafted and insightful documentary by director Nick Redman. Through archival footage, interviews with the great man’s contemporaries and film clips, a multi-dimensional portrait...

Cinequest 18 - Feb-March 2008 - The First Two Days

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This year the Cinequest film festival offers movie lovers a festival of discovery, and thus far, they have not disappointed.Opera – MexicoOpera is a story divided into five acts, with each act more or less starting the same way. A girl (Magdelena Flores) wakes up, endures a boring road trip with her older lover (Arturo Rios), and we get to look at some scenery. Her lover is a writer, who scorns his novels in favor of paying gigs, such as the travel guide he is currently writing. This is ironic...

Cinequest 18 Opens A Door to Discovery

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“I guarantee the next 12 days and nights of Cinequest will be a cabaret,” Cinequest Co-founder and Executive Director Halfdan Hussey promised upon greeting the opening night crowd. Hussey urged festival-goers to connect with each other—and to discover films and forums that matter, Maverick legends and fun. “A whole lot of fun, because we need that, too, as we’re stimulating our minds and our souls,” Hussey added. More than 1,000 people flocked to the world premiere of Paul Leuer’s ...

Cinequest 18 - The First Two Days

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This year the Cinequest film festival offers movie lovers a festival of discovery, and thus far, they have not disappointed.Opera – MexicoOpera is a story divided into five acts, with each act more or less starting the same way. A girl (Magdelena Flores) wakes up, endures a boring road trip with her older lover (Arturo Rios), and we get to look at some scenery. Her lover is a writer, who scorns his novels in favor of paying gigs, such as the travel guide he is currently writing. This is ironic...

Cinequest 18 Opens A Door to Discovery

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 – “I guarantee the next 12 days and nights of Cinequest will be a cabaret,” Cinequest Co-founder and Executive Director Halfdan Hussey promised upon greeting the opening night crowd. Hussey urged festival-goers to connect with each other—and to discover films and forums that matter, Maverick legends and fun. “A whole lot of fun, because we need that, too, as we’re stimulating our minds and our souls,” Hussey added. More than 1,000 people flocked to the...

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Mr. Louie welcomes movie watchers to the 18th Cinequest Film Festival

Cinequest Opening night

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The 18th Cinequest opened Wednesday, February 27, with the world premiere screening of Paul Leuer's Eden Court starring Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride, According to Jim) and Stephnie Weir (MADtv). Eden Court is a dramatic yet humorous story of a washed up baseball star living in a trailer park trying to escape his current life by running off to Australia in pursuit of his "American Dream." It's not a story where one man beats the odds to become...

Cinequest Partners with Rivercoast Films in Distribution Deal

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Cinequest Distribution proudly announces its recent partnership with Rivercoast Films Distribution, a new video company founded by former First Look Home Entertainment veterans Michael Katchman and Tony Ventura.Both Cinequest Distribution and Rivercoast champion the release of independent films which deserve a global audience but might not be given that chance due to being films which do not fit a typical Hollywood formula. With less than one percent of U.S. and less than five percent of interna...

Cinequest 17 Wraps

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Monday, March 12—The Cinequest Film Festival may not generate buzz about industry distribution deals or celebrity sightings, but a record-breaking 70,102 indie film lovers joined several hundred filmmakers and technology innovators in downtown San Jose for the 12-day salute to all things maverick. Writer-director-cinematographer Stephane Gauger, Executive Producer Timothy Linh Bui (director of GREEN DRAGON, co-producer of THREE SEASONS) and actor Cat Ly (JOURNEY FROM THE FALL) closed the festi...
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