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'just Talking' at 14th TDF, March 12th, 2012

            photo still from '1/2 REVOLUTION' (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS-   The Just Talking session of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival of Monday, March 12 was coordinated by renowned producer and journalist Peter Wintonick; participating were the directors Stelios Kouloglou (Oligarchy), Daan Veldhuizen (Stories from Lakka Beach), Maria Paz Gonzalez ...

14th TDF Press Conference, March 11th, 2012

  Photo still from DESERT RIDERS (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS- PRESS CONFERENCE GAELLE / STORIES FROM LAKKA BEACH / DESERT RIDERS As part of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, a Press Conference was held on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Participating were directors Natalie Johanna Halla (Gaelle) and Daan Veldhuizen (Stories from Lakka Beach), as well as the scriptwriter/producer Noemi Weis (Desert Riders). Desert Riders, directed by Vic Sarin, deals with a topic t...

'Just Talking' at 14th TDF

  -14th TDF PRESS- JUST TALKING The Just Talking section of the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival opened on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Participating were the directors Natalie Johanna Halla (Gaelle), Steve Lickteig (Open Secret), Ira Dika (Stavroula) and screenwriter/producer Noemi Weis (Desert Riders), whose films are included in this year’s International Program. The session began with a discussion about the bonds that develop between the director and the project’...

14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Opening Night

FROM: -TDF 2012 PRESS- 14th TDF: Opening Ceremony (3/10/2012) OPENING CEREMONY The curtain rose on the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century on Friday, March 9, 2012 in the packed Olympion Theater. The simple ceremony, with musical accompaniment, was followed by the screening of Tony Gatlif’s documentary Indignados, a cinematic homage to the Occupy movement. The percussion group Krousi set the rhythm for the evening and afterwards Dimitri Eipides, di...

RAW MATERIAL, interview with Christos Karakepelis

photo stills from film One of the documentaries highest on my list at this year’s 13th TDF was the film, RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011) by director Christos Karakepelis. This documentary left me with chills, not only because of its raw subject about the declining Greek economy but the worsening of the situation of immigrants to Greece and the inhumane lives they lead. When we follow the lives of three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek who subsist on the collectin...

Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, THE TILLMAN STORY

Interview with director Amir of THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010). First, read more about the film here:   ME: First of all I want to congratulate you on your film which to me is very thought-provoking in terms of the questioning of what makes a myth. AMIR: Well, thank you. ME: So, how did you start to make this film and when? AMIR: Well, we started in 2007 which was right around w...


THE TILLMAN STORY- Q and A.   THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010) by director Amir Bar-Lev is a documentary about the football player Pat Tillman who gave up a multimillion dollar career in professional American football to go to war with the Army Rangers in 2002. He sacrificed personal success to fight alongside his brothers in war, a decision which for him was deeply personal. While in Iraq, Pat was tragically killed by ‘friendly fire’ (his own men). After his death he b...


  MY SWEET CANARY (Israel, Turkey, Greece, 2011) opened the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival to a full enthusiastic audience and standing ovations. Director Roy Sher and two singers featured in the film, Mehtap Demir and Martha D. Lewis, attended a Q and A after both screenings of the film.   In response to a question from the audience of how his fascination with Roza began, Roy explains: ‘My first interaction with Roza was through hearing her and her Jewish...

MY SWEET CANARY, Interview with Roy Sher

  MY SWEET CANARY (Israel, France, Greece, 2011) by director Roy Sher opened the 13th Thessaloniki Film Festival at the Olympian theater to a sold out audience on March 11th, 2011 and screened again on March 15th. The energy and excitement of the audience began with the presentation of the film by the director and sustained right to the end. Filmed in Turkey, Greece, Israel and England, MY SWEET CANARY is a purely captivating story about history, love, art, passion and vibran...


  PORTRAIT OF A MAN (Finland, 2010) by director Visa Koiso-Kanttila screened in competition at this year’s Thessaloniki Doc Fest to international audiences. It is a beautifully filmed story about the truth of one man’s search for new meaning in his life. While a true story, this has the feeling of a fiction film as it follows one main character and his personal search for truth. A Finnish man, Kalle Rissanen, is in now in his 40s. His father killed himself at the same age and r...


IF NOT US, WHO? (Greece, 2010) is a documentary film by Greek filmmaker Nikoletta Papathanassiou about highschool students in Athens in 2006 who occupy their highschool in protest of the worsening education system in Greece which they feel is turning them into robots to serve an Americanized capitalist system rather than to create thinking individuals who serve a collective democratic society. The students sleep in and live in the school in form of a strike making it impossible fo...

HERO OF ALL SEAS, a review.

still from the film HERO OF ALL SEAS (Syria, 2010) is a poignant and heart-felt short documentary film, 27’, about a Kurdish man named Abo Yashar who is one of the few men from his native country to have escaped successfully to Athens, Greece. Thousands of Kurdish emigrants have tried to flee to Europe illegally and have failed, making Abo a kind of local hero for his so-called successful passage as many of these emigrants lost their lives at sea during the perilous passage to Greece....

THUNDER SOUL, a review

THUNDER SOUL screened at the 13th Thessaloniki Film Festival last week at the Olympian Theater to an international audience. Winner of the Pan-African Film festival of Los Angeles 2011, is the documentary film THUNDER SOUL (USA, 2010) about inspiration, heroism, music, the vibrant 70’s and last but not least Thunder Soul… This is the story about a funk/soul band in the 1970s (my favorite decade) that began in the all-American Kashmere highschool, Houston, Texas. This was a time...

THE PEASANT AND THE PRIEST, an interview with Esther Podemski

photo stills from the film Interview with Esther Podemski on THE PEASANT AND THE PRIEST (USA, 2011), a story about two old men in Italy whose ways of life have been unchanged through the centuries from medieval times to present day where the old ways are dying to contemporary forces causing much of what we know as Italy to fade a little more with each march towards modernization and mass globalization. In Thessaloniki I had the opportunity to sit with director Esther Podemski to ...

GUANAPE SUR, a review

photo still from Guanape Sur Guanape Sur (Italy, 2010. 24’) is a short documentary film about the small island of the same name off the coast of Peru. Humanly uninhabitable, the island is home to hundreds of thousands of birds, resembling something like a Hitchcock film come to life. Despite being an island comprised of rock and bird excrement, two guards live on the island and in the film, two of these guards usher in hundreds of workers to gather excrement in sacks and bring them ba...

Everlasting Sorrow, Life After the Death Penalty, A review...

photo still from EVERLASTING SORROW, LIFE AFTER THE DEATH PENALTY Everlasting Sorrow, Life After the Death Penalty (France, 2010), by director David Andre won the award for best film dealing with human rights issues by the Amnesty International. After the awards ceremony, it closed the 13th Thessaloniki Film Festival with the screening of Andre’s film to a full theater. EVERLASTING SORROW is about Death Row murderer Sean Sellers who killed three people at age sixteen and w...

Closing night at 13th TDF

Director of festival, Dimitri Eipides, opens ceremony     CLOSING CEREMONY 13TH TDF The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary - Images of the 21st Century ended on Saturday, March 19, 2011. The closing ceremony was held in the packed Olympion theatre, flagship venue of the TDF. Festival Director Dimitris Eipides welcomed the audience by saying that “the Documentary Festival’s goal is always geared towards the audience. We want to see our theat...

'Shooting', 'Raw Material' at TDF

film still from RAW MATERIAL (Greece, 2011)  13th TDF: Press conference (Shooting vs. shooting / Raw material) (3/19/2011) PRESS CONFERENCE SHOOTING VS. SHOOTING / RAW MATERIAL Nikos Megrelis (Shooting vs. Shooting) and Christos Karakepelis (Raw Material) gave a press conference in the framework of the 13th TDF on Saturday, March 19. Their films participate in the international section. Nikos Megrelis, a journalist in his debut film, highlighted the importance of team w...

And the awards go to...

David Andre accepts award for Amnesty International Award           The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 11 - 20, 2011)   AWARDS     AUDIENCE AWARDS   The Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to:   TEARS OF GAZA (GAZAZ TARER) by Vikebe Lokkeberg, Norway, 2010   The Audien...

13th TDF documentary film lineup

film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...


Kinbaku- Art of Bondage (Finland, 2009), at 13th TDF, Thessaloniki Film Festival This fascinating short documentary film by director Jouni Hokkanen tells the story of ‘tight binding’, a Japanese form of art through bondage on women who want to be bound. Apparently, tying things up is a sacred quality in the Shinto religion, and this does not exclude the tying up of people as well. Rope artists who express themselves through bondage are considered to have ‘rope fetishes’ using o...


13th TDF: EDN Award Ceremony on March 18th 2011 The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival director, Dimitris Eipides, was this year’s recipient of the European Documentary Network (EDN) award, presented annually to honor individuals and organizations from Europe with noted contributions to the documentary genre. The award ceremony took place on Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Excelsior hall of the Electra Palace hotel. “Dimitris Eipides has made a unique contribution to the documentary ...


  JUST TALKING 18/3 AT 13th tdf   The Just Talking section of the 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival concluded on Friday, March 18, 2011 at the Excelsior Lounge of the Electra Palace Hotel. Participating in the discussion were directors Nikos Megrelis (Shooting vs. Shooting) Chronis Pechlivanidis (South Central Gospel), Athanasios Karanikolas (Khaima), Visa Koiso-Kanttila (Portrait of a Man), Jennifer Arnold (A Small Act), Lea Binzer (Pelican’s Watch), David Andre ...

13TH TDF 'new marketing masterclass'

   EDN and TDF presented Self-marketing masterclass Under the heading ‘New Markets - New Opportunities, Self-marketing for filmmakers’ EDN and the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival today held the EDN Docs in Thessaloniki Master Class with the Canadian Distributor Dan Shannon from ID Communications. During the masterclass Dan Shannon gave filmmakers and producers a ‘how to’ introduction to the great possibilities the internet offers documentary professionals when it comes to se...


   CONFERENCE “THE EVOLUTION OF THE GREEK DOCUMENTARY: THE FEMALE PERSPECTIVE” The 13th TDF organized a conference on the evolution of the Greek documentary from a female perspective on Friday, 19 March 2011 at the John Cassavetes Theater, with the participation of Valery Kontakos (director, producer), Kyriaki Malama (director), Katerina Patroni (director) and Eva Stefani (director). The discussion, which was moderated by Yiorgos Krassakopoulos, touched on various issues, such ...

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Vanessa McMahon Covered the 13th and 14th, and 16th edition.
Catherine Esway has covered the 12th edition of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Cécile Rittweger covered the  11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Christine Marik's reported from 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Past coverage from the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival by Bruno Chatelin.

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