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Interview With Actor Gary Busey on CANDiLAND (2016)

  Director Rusty Nixon’s film CANDiLAND (2016), based on "Elizabeth Engstrom's novel, sold to international markets during this year’s AFM. Oscar nominee Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon) stars in the film alongside Chelah Horsdal (Arrow, Hell on Wheels) and James Clayton (Minority Report, Down The Line). In one of his most honest performances yet, Busey plays ‘Arnie’, an ex-marine father trying to become a gentler man in order to right th...

SVFF Screenwriters Lab and High Scribe Competition Offers Unique Opportunity for Aspiring Writers

“SVFF Screenwriters Lab and High Scribe Competition Offers Unique Opportunity for Aspiring Writers” Award-winning writers Mark Duplass to Host and Nat Faxon to Judge Sun Valley, Idaho…..The Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), presented by Zions Bank and taking place March 2-6, 2016, is focused on more than just showcasing great indie movies. It is also focused on providing numerous opportunities for aspiring talent, seasoned professionals and film fans to learn from industry e...

Saoirse Ronan to Receive International Star Award at 27th Annual PSIFF

SAOIRSE RONAN TO RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL STAR AWARD AT 27th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA   Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Saoirse Ronanwith the International Star Award at its annual Awards Gala.  The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial ...

Interview with Kai Ephron on “BENJAMIN TROUBLES” @ AFM 2015

“BENJAMIN TROUBLES” is magical realism meets urban comedy set in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Ben Solano is a depressed and lackadaisical young man who one day finds himself sleeping on the streets. Down and despondent, Ben meets a homeless man who hands him a pair of vintage jeans; but these aren't just any jeans, these are magical ones that produce $100 bills. The film explores what one man does when given a genie in the bottle in the form of his jeans. I interviewed...

Interview with 12 MONTHS IN ONE DAY Director Margot Schaap

   EEN DAG IN ‘T JAAR/12 MONTHS IN 1 DAY (Netherlands) is book-ended by two new years eve parties. In the span of one year, we follow three friends (Misha, Seb and Yvonne) who have been brought together by the death of someone close to them (Twan- brother, old friend and first love). Lyrical and introspective, the film weaves stream of consciousness inner monologues of each character with their conversations together as they help each other grieve. The film recently won Best Int...

SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE Premier at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival.

SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE Premier at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival. Jason Wise’s Widely Anticipated Follow-Up to His 2013 Hit Film SOMM Kicked-Off the Festival’s 5th Edition on November 11 NAPA, CA- The Napa Valley Film Festival. Samuel Goldwyn Films’ SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE held its world premiere as the Opening Night Film on November 11, 2015. SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE is writer/director Jason Wise’s highly anticipated follow-up to his 2013 acclaimed film SOMM, which pro...

Fifth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Film Line-Up, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees:

Celebrity Tributes include Bruce Dern, Lydia Hearst, Keegan-Michael Key, Evan Peters, John Travolta and Finn Wittrock. Notable attendees include Emilie de Ravin, Chef Curtis Duffy, Eliza Dushku, Atom Egoyan, Blye Faust, Jonathan Gold, Todd Haynes, Robert Lantos, Josh Mond, Jessie Nelson, Chef Georges Perrier and more Napa, California – The fifth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its program line-up, Opening Night & Gala screenings, special events and hon...

Interview with Paige Morrow Kimball on PLAY DATE (2015)

I recently attended the Savannah Film Festival where filmmaker Paige Morrow Kimball was a guest with a short film in competition. Enthusiastic and vibrant, she represented her socially active film not just with pride but purpose with intent to raise awareness to the massive number of homeless currently existing in America and the blind eye turned to this fact. Paige is a writer/director/producer born and raised in New York City. She received a B.F.A. in film from NYU after which she worked as...

Interview with Steve Solot of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) at AFM

Steve Solot American born Steve Solot is President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) and President of the Rio Film Commission (RFC), which is part of the Audiovisual Industry SICAV and sponsored by RioFilme, a Rio de Janeiro initiative which promotes national audiovisual and media arts. Before moving to Latin America, Mr. Solot attained MA degrees in Economics and in Latin American Studies. After almost 25 years spent living in Brazil between Sao Paolo and Rio...

International Family Film Festival Winners!

20th Anniversary a Jubilant Celebration! Hollywood, CA – It was a fitting commemoration of the Platinum Edition of the International Family Film Festival this past weekend at Raleigh Studios. With over 100 films from 17 countries screened - there was something for the whole family. The complete list of festival finalists and winners is available at All films and screenplays shared a common thread - the enriching role that family plays in the stories of our lives. Ac...

Interview with Fina Torres for LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015) Starring Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an adaptation of the play 'Last Summer at Bluefish Cove', about a terminally ill womanizing lesbian celebrating her last birthday on a Caribbean beach. Liz has cancer and seeks to live her last days to the fullest with her friends and new love interest. The Spanish-language romance-drama is entirely shot on the stunning beaches of Venezuela tackling such topical...

Elizabeth Olsen Marc Abraham @ Savannah Film Festival for I SAW THE LIGHT (2015)

  Actress Elizabeth Olsen of "I Saw the Light". (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   Actress Elizabeth Olsen and director Marc Abraham attended the screening of their film "I Saw the Light" (2015) on the closing night of the 18th Savannah Film Festival, October 31st, 2015. “I Saw the Light” tells the story of the much beloved country-western singer Hank Williams (1923 &...

Actor Alfie Allen Receives Rising Star Award @ Savannah Film Festival

  Description - SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 28: Actor Alfie Allen is posing with his Rising Star Award prior to his presentation during Day Four of 18th Annual Savannah Film Festival Presented By SCAD at Trustees Theater on October 28, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   English actor Alfie Evan James Allen (29) is internationally known for portraying Theon Greyjoy in the HBO series Game of Thrones....

Kristin Davis @ 18th Savannah Film Festival with GARDENERS OF EDEN

GARDENER'S OF EDEN (2014) is a feature documentary produced by SEX IN THE CITY actor Kristin Davis. The film tackles the controversial subject of the near extinction of elephants due to China's unrelenting ivory trade. Passionate about the issue and horrified by the daily slaughter taking place in Africa, which threatens to render the peaceful species to extinction, Kristin took it upon herself to produce the film in hopes of educating and informing, to put an end to the brutal ...

SCAD Presents Savannah Film Festival

  Description - SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 24: Honoree Olivia Wilde speaks on stage during her Spotlight Award Presentation during 18th Annual Savannah Film Festival Presented by SCAD at Trustees Theater on October 24, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SCAD) Photo Credit - Getty Images for SCAD     The Savannah College of Art and Design opened the eighteenth annual Savannah Fil...

Matheus Fagundes on "Ausência" @ Chicago International Film Festival

  Ausencia (2014) has screened at multiple international film festivals including the 51st Chicago International Film Festival from 15-29 October, 2015.  "Ausencia" is a real life coming of age drama by director Chico Teixeira starring Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santos, Gilda Nomacce. "'Absence' is a family, sexual, emotional and everyday drama. We follow Serginho's daily routine: taking care of his mother and his 5 year-old brother; the work at the stre...

SCAD Announces Line-Up & Honorees for 2015 Savannah Film Festival

Alfie Allen, Meg Ryan and Olivia Wilde to receive honors; Festival presents “An Evening with Saoirse Ronan”; “Dixieland,” “Ithaca,” “Legend,” “Meadowland” and “Spotlight” added to Gala Screenings; Docs to Watch, Conversation series and Competition Screenings announced   The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce honorees, guests and the rest of its film line-up for the 2015 Savannah Film Fe...


80 WORLD PREMIERES AND 324 MARKET PREMIERES TO SCREEN AT AMERICAN FILM MARKET Global stars featured include Gael García Bernal, Juliette Binoche, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta, Julianne Moore, Sam Neill, Keanu Reeves, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Shepard, Julia Stiles, Emma Thompson and John Travolta The American Film Market (AFM) has today announced its full list of screenings, including 80 world and 324 market premieres, for the upcoming edition running...

Six Two Three Zero @ CinefestOZ 2015

  During this year's CinefestOZ (26-30 August 2015), an interesting sidebar to the film festival was a walk through an outdoor graffiti art museum in the seaside town of Bunbury in southwest Australia. Six Two Three Zero was created by local artist Andrew Frazer ( to provide an outdoor display for gifted Australian graffiti artists. What began as an experimental platform, Six Two Three Zero is quickly becoming a nationally recognized ...

Interview With Puerto Rican Director Angel Manuel Soto for LA GRANJA (2015)

Puerto Rican film LA GRANJA (2015) recently held its international premier at the 5th annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) in competition for the Caribbean Spotlight Series. In a fresh look at the dim side of Puerto Rican life, director Angel Manuel Soto's style pays homage to the likes of Alejandro Inarritu and Guillermo Arriaga, but holds a distinct tone of its own sure to carry Puerto Rican cinema to the next level and demand international attention. In Soto'...


  The ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is Aruba’s largest film event of the year, with this edition highlighting over 60 feature and short films. Another Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) has come to an end on the One Happy Island. The fifth annual festival was held from October 7-11 on the exotic Caribbean island of Aruba. Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, this world-class event was honored to host international and regional premieres of feature-length...

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS (2015); Interview with Director Nicole Ma

PUTUPARRI AND THE RAINMAKERS (2015) directed and produced by Nicole Ma, and produced by John Moore, held its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival and its Western Australian premiere at CinefestOZ in Busselton, Australia where the film won a first place film prize of $100,000 AUD. Starring Tom Lawford and Sylvester Rangie, the film is set in the Kimberly region of northwest Australia and tackles the issue of the nation's historical controversial conflict between colonial...

Aruba International Film Festival Year 5 Kicks Off! October 7-11 2015

Oranjestad, Aruba – The island of Aruba will once again host filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world during the fifth annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), Oct. 7-11. Kicking off with a short film and Q&A session with actor Tyrese Gibson (from the Fast & Furious and Transformers franchises) and sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), this world-class event is filled with international and regional premieres of feature-length and short films from a...

CinefestOZ, "Australia's Answer to Cannes Film Festival"

            In the words of actor George Shevtsov, lead actor opposite Adrien Brody in competition film BACKTRACK (2015), “CinéfestOZ is my favorite film festival. I've been to Cannes and many festivals around the world but this is the best of all!” What makes CinéfestOZ so unique? It's a boutique festival tucked away in the gem wine region of Margaret River, Western Australia where ...

Hugo Weaving Deemed Screen Legend @ CinéfestOZ 2015

  This year's CinéfestOZ hosted a number of star studded Australian talents including internationally beloved Hugo Weaving, recognized by the festival as Screen Legend. While his motley career boasts many credits in theater and film, he is recognized globally for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Matrix, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, The Interview, Men In Black, Cloud Atlas, Strangerland, The Turning and most recently The Dressmaker. He grad...


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