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The Museum of PreCinema in Padua, Italy

         Painted tin early Magic Lantern   Museum of PRECINEMA in PADUA, Italy       Located a good drive from Venice, is one of the most unusual testimonies on the history of motion pictures, the Museum of PRECINEMA in Padua. Termed a 'museum of wonders', it was set up in 1998 by the Commune of Padua and the Minici Zotti Col...

Peruvian Film Festival in PARIS

      Peruvian Film festival in Paris : January 2009 ...

Zlín Film Festival receives prestigious status and signs new PARTNER contracts

    ZLIN, Czech Republic - Czech EU Presidency          Zlín Film Festival receives prestigious status and signs new PARTNER contracts   Organizers of the 49th International Film Festival for Children and Youth, which will be held from 31 May until 7 June 2009 in Zlín, the Czech Republic, are proud to announce that the festival as well as its supporting event „Minisalon - Film Clapperboards 2009“ ha...

FIFET Festival at Unesco strikes at slavery

FIFET       VISIONS OF SLAVERY IN CINEMA   This is the theme of the 9th edition of the Festival international du film contre l'exclusion et pour la tolérance « Visions de l’esclavage au cinéma » organised by FIFET, held December 5th through 13th at UNESCO in Paris, FRANCE.   In conjunction with the Unesco-themed program on the "Slave Route", several features dedicated to aspects of slavery from countries ...


  Director Bill HANEY              In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, "The Price of...

Paris Environmental Film Festival

  This yearly event, presented by Jean-Paul HUCHON, President of the Ile de France local government entity, was held in the Cinema Pagode,  an art-house oriental-style cinema niched next to the Conseil Régional.   With an international jury headed by Québec musical producer and song-writer Luc Plamondon, the event included 89 documentaries, fictions and shorts from 37 countries for its 26th event November 19 through 25th.   Debates an...

PICKFAIR Heirs lose KEY to Fabulous ESTATE

During her busy lifetime, silent screen diva Mary Pickford  Pickfair collected opulent furnishings, decorative art, jewelry and fittings to adorn PICKFAIR, the Beverly Hills Georgian manor she and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. constructed in Beverly Hills when they married. The glamourous mansion is now up for sale at $60 million. Designed by California architect Wallace Neff in 1919 and named after its original residents -- silent film actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford -...

FESTIVAL ON WHEELS 2008 goes international

                                Festival on Wheels has changed its route! The 14th Festival on Wheels, which is organised by the Ankara Cinema Association with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Municipality of Kars, will start its journey on 7 November in Ka...

Michael York to get "first-ever" prize for narration at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

  Mary Pickford     Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will award Michael York the first award ever given for "narration". The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) began in 1992, launched by a small group of arts activists in Hot Springs. That year, 10 Academy Award nominated documentary films were screened to the public free of charge. Veteran actor James Whitmore lent his p...

Michael and Pat YORK

                  True-blue British actor, Michael YORK has arrived in Pordenone, Northern Italy, with his wife Pat, to introduce MARY PICKFORD, the MUSE, a new comprehensive documentary on the silent film diva, directed by Nicholas Eliopoulos.   The couple, which spends months touring around the world for their professions, make Los Angeles their home now. Pat, a seasoned ph...


      Pickford creates United Artists   America's Sweetheart Coquette Nicholas Eliopoulos – Producer/Director/Editor “Director’s Statement” on MARY PICKFORD : Like most of us, I never got to meet Mary Pickford. I did have the privilege of knowing and interviewing her late husband Buddy Rogers. Buddy starred in the first mot...


                W.C. FIELDS A PERSONAL GLANCE AT W.C. FIELDS   Although Dr. Harriet FIELDS never got a chance to call the stage, silent film and talkies comic legend 'Grandpa' (he died shortly before she was born), as the only granddaughter of the star, she feels strongly about familiarising the world with the true persona of the artist. Prese...


                                      Mary Pickford: THE MUSE OF THE MOVIES   MARY PICKFORD: MUSE OF THE MOVIES: Michael York is narrating a new documentary on Mary ...


         EL CINE POBRE DE HUMBERTO SOLÁS The prolific Cuban filmmaker, Humberto Solás, founder and conceptor of the Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre, inaugurated at the end of the year 2000, in the picturesque port of  Gibara, CUBA, which has matured to become an original and successful film event for young talents, passed away on September 18th, in his residence in Miraflores, Havana, after a short bout with cancer. One of Solas' colleagues described the cause of his death as &...

Republic of GEORGIA celebrates 100 years of Filmmaking

    This year, marks 100 years of rich cinema history in Georgia, the 100 year anniversary of Georgian cinema.To celebrate the 100th anniversary, originally several exhibitions, festive events and showings of Georgian silent films were planned, but due to current upheaval, Russian invasion and war in the country, the schedule has been jeopardized by more vital issues in a country striving for its independance.   Almost bereft of archives, many films have been destr...

COSTA RICA could be new player in the film industry

    Costa Rica churns out five features each year and they are very good !  Every Monday on TV, the program  "Lunes de Cinemateca" talks about them. New technology is planned for shooting films in the country. The TV program usually shows  *cine experimental* dealing with social problems and lack of communciation = drug addiction, prostitution and things people do to make money. Someone might pretend to have a heart attack in a bus an...


  SUR LES PAS DE GÉRONIMOby Corine Sombrun and Harlyn GERONIMOAvailable in bookstores May 20th, 2008A new book has just come out on the legendary Apache Indian GERONIMO, published by Alban Michel.                                    Harlyn Géronimo, his great-grandson, was present in Paris to launch the edition based on his ancestor Geronimo (1829-1909)One of the last Indians to lay down his weapons at the end of the wars, after holding out to over  half...


"THE SCENT OF OAK" spearheads 1st TRAVELLING CARRIBBEAN FILM SHOWCASE : April 14-18 at UNESCO, Paris   This new travelling film showcase from the Caribbean region, chaired byCuban filmmaker, Rigoberto LOPEZ, at UNESCO, recently showed a selection of  features  and shorts chosen among 21 participating Caribbean countries.Under the umbrella of UNESCO to promote creativity, language and cultural diversity, supported by the Cuban Institute of Art and  Cinematographic Industry and Ca...

Garbage as ART : TRASH ART

Աղբ _ Art / akhb_ art/Աղբ- means trash in Armenian /summary of the project/ Curated by Arman Tadevosyan Where some people see trash, others see art. And, in some art, some people will only see a pile of meaningless trash. So, what's the difference? Maybe it's just in the eye of the beholder or artist. Maybe it's simply a matter of opening our minds to new and unique ways of doing and seeing things. Each of us can differentiate rubbish (garbage) from another material. T...

TRANSFORMATION, a new film dedicated to the great Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents

A new short documentary TRANSFORMATION, shot in Kars, Eastern Turkey, is ready to unreel at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Dedicated to the great Armenian lyrical poet Yeghishe Charents, true to its title, the film explores cultural changes imposed on Armenian structures throughout time. Conceived by a young artist-painter, Arman Tadevosyan, native of Gyumri, Armenia, in collaboration with German Cameraman and filmmaker Thomas Balkenhol, who teaches cinema art at the An...

THE HOUSE OF Yeghishe Charents, (1897 - 1937) one of the greatest Armenian poets in KARS

On a quiet pedestrian street in KARS, is the run-down delapitaded house where Yeghishe Charents, (1897 - 1937) one of the greatest Armenian poets was born and lived.Both his primary and secondary schooling took place in KARS  His patriotic pleas to unite Armenians against  Stalinism ended him in prison, where he died at the age of 40.   His poetry reflects his love and revolt for ARMENIA, in the throes of  a turbulent period under Russian occupation. Yeghishe Charents...


TÜRKIYE : A 2-WORLD BALANCE ACT It is hard not to notice a certain dichotomy in Turkish society which has exacerbated with the recent elections held in that country. Although democracy has definitely expanded throughout the land, the cherished secularism of Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK, founder of the modern nation, is now being challenged by the ruling AKP party.This Justice and Development Party (AKP), after its July 2007 reelection, has gained a larger share of the popular vote, meaning that now a...


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