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The Iran Job takes a slam dunk peek behind the Islamic curtain

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"THE IRAN JOB" screened at the Los Angeles Fesdtival The Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF, June 14 - 24) is mounted and presented by FilmIndependent, an organization dedicated to the promotion of independent films by new and upcoming filmmakers and talent. The programs are not studded with the names of iconic directors or well known stars but are more oriented toward intruducing the talent of tomorrow. However, as a nod to the main industry the opening film was the latest by Wo...

Philadelphia QFest will open with the Philadelphia premiere of Elliot Loves from director Terracino

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Running from July 12 to July 23, 2012, the 18th edition of Philadelphia QFest opens with the Philadelphia premiere of Elliot Loves from director Terracino and closes eleven days later with the East Coast premiere (and only second showing in the world!) of BearCity2: The Proposal. (Festival Favorites will be screened on Monday, July 23). With 107 films that include 42 feature films, 13 documentaries, and 52 short films – and 7 World Premieres, 1 North American Premiere, 2 U.S. Premieres,...

GREEK FILMMAKERS ‘GO FOR THE GOLD’ IN HOLLYWOOD AT LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL (May 31 - June 3, 2012)

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In the spirit of the ongoing global ‘quest for the gold' born in Athens, Greece, over two centuries ago, filmmakers will experience their own moment of triumph as they step onto the red carpet at Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre, May 31st, for the opening night of the 2012 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, to culminate June 3rd with the prestigious Orpheus Awards ceremony.   While the people of Greece confront unprecedented challenges, their heartache shared by Gre...

2012 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Reflects Greece's Struggles

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Twenty-two feature and short narrative and documentary films, a screenwriting master class, and a tribute to the late director Theo Angelopoulos-as well as gala opening and closing nights and the annual Orpheus Awards ceremony-aimed at "Defeating the Crisis Through The Viewfinder" May 31 - June 3rd, 2012 "There is no more timely reflection of Greece's struggles than the one offered by its burgeoning cinema," stated Ersi Danou, Co-Founder/Artistic Director...

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2012 LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP REFLECTS GREECE’S STRUGGLES

LA Greek Fest reveals a socially concerned line up

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  2012 LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP REFLECTS GREECE'S STRUGGLES Twenty-two feature and short narrative and documentary films, a screenwriting master class, and a tribute to the late director Theo Angelopoulos-as well as gala opening and closing nights and the annual Orpheus Awards ceremony-aimed at "Defeating the Crisis Through The Viewfinder" May 31 - June 3rd, 2012 "There is no more timely reflection of Greece's struggles than the one offered...

The Berlinale Partners and Their Broad Commitment

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  "Besides the loyal support of Minister of State and Commissioner for Culture and Media Affairs, Bernd Neumann, the financial assistance that the Festival receives from its partners is indispensable. Our partners' passionate and professional engagement also contributes invaluably to the Festival's success. Our contract with ZDF has been extended until 2013. We are especially pleased that for the first time Moët & Chandon will be the Berlinale's official champagne supplier," ...

RAW MATERIAL at RIFF 2011

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photo still from filmRAW MATERIAL... Screening at the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF), 2011.   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 collec...

Student 3D Film Festival Announces Winners

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First Ever Student 3D Film Festival Announces Winners at Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale in HollywoodA first of its kind, 'CMF 3D', backed by Panasonic 3D Technology and the International 3D Society, Delivered 3D Tools and Education to Student FilmmakersHOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world's largest student film festival, in partnership with Panasonic and the International 3D Society (I3DS), completed the first CMF 3D Film Festival during...

Mountainfilm 2011 Special Guests Include:

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  Baffin Babes There are no babes like the Baffin Babes. Vera, Emma, Inge and Kristin- four Scandinavian girls who tackled a burly 1,200-km ski trip across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic in 2009-will talk about the challenges of their expedition, including sleeping in a tent in 40 below with polar bears as their closest neighbors. Wade Davis Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He holds degrees in anthropology and biology and a Ph.D...

RAW MATERIAL, interview with Christos Karakepelis

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  photo still 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 collecting...

RAW MATERIAL, interview with Christos Karakepelis

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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...

Japanese Industry Rallies

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By Liza Foreman Los Angeles - Considering that The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), (22-30October 2011), and its market arm TIFFCOM, two of Japan’s premiereentertainment industry events, place such a dedicated focus on initiatives tosave the planet – in keeping with Japan’s generally eco-friendly positioning - lastweek’s tragedy there seems all the more poignant. Still, as the Japanese government works to find a solution to its nuclearpower crisis and the devastating consequenc...

FICMA 2011, Last Call for entry !

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18th INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL June 1st – 8th 2011 REGULATIONS 2011 - ficma.com The International Environmental Film Festival (FICMA) was established in 1993 and is one of the founding members of the largest international network of Environmental Film Festivals: EFFN (Environmental Film Festival Network- www.effnetwork.org). The aim of the Festival is to promote and publicise audiovisual productions on environmental issues during the week of the Festival a...

Brother Gregory "The Bunker Letters" #12 Groundhog Day and the Opiate of the masses..

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     Right after theNovember Presidential election of 2008, I began to receive these strangeE-mails that appears to come via satellite communication. After having readseveral of these E-mails I began to look forward to receiving these ramblings.These page-long E-mails were at times very lucid, at other times seemingly druginduced weirdness. Because they were so unique I organized these E-mails as"The Bunker Letters". Neither the original author nor the recipient’sidentity was fou...

Mercedes-Benz Green-Chic Vehicles Deliver at Palm Springs International Film Festival's Red Carpet

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As the official vehicle of the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mercedes-Benz provided environmentally friendly luxury vehicles for Hollywood's elite. The Festival, which runs from January 6-17, 2011, starts the winter awards season with a spectacular program of films and a celebrity filled red-carpet gala. The two week celebration of films kicked-off with the Gala Awards Dinner on January 8th, where celebrity presenters and honorees such as Amy Adams, Mark Wah...

Exclusive Interview: with Gore Vidal

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Exclusive Interview: Gore Vidal, Friend of the Country, Champions THE ENEMY OF THE SMILEby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentOn Pearl Harbor Day, literary lion Gore Vidal, 85, allowed a rare exclusive interview at the offices of Dr. Hessam Nowzari, DDS, PhD, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Vidal made himself available to discuss Dr. Nowzari's documentary THE ENEMY OF THE SMILE that "addresses the serious global dental health issue of early-in-life oral infection" (the bacterium known as AA, a...

Director Doug Liman discusses "Fair Game"

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The acclaimed film director of “The Bourne Identity”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, as well as Executive Producer of the hit television series, “Covert Affairs”, Doug Liman, discussed his political thriller, “Fair Game”, which is currently out in movie theaters, and is a MUST SEE for EVERYONE this Holiday Season!“Fair Game” stars, “the greatest working actor, Sean Penn, as former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, and Naomi Watts, who gives the performance ...

Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) to be honored in Bahamas

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine,) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 1-5 in Nassau. Arkin will be on hand for the tribute, with the special award presentation coming from actress Abigail Breslin, who received an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress starring alongside Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.The Career Achievem...

International Forest Film Festival

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An International Forest Film Festival competition to mark the International Year of Forests, 2011 has named Vance Martin, Jan McAlpine, and Cristina Mittermeier as the judges who will select winning films from 18 finalists in six categories. The International Forest Film Festival competition, launched by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, will announce the finalists in December 2010, and the winners will be honoured at the global launch o...

Campus MovieFest announces a 3D Student Film festival

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MovieFest (CMF), the world's largest student film festival, and Panasonic have announced the launch of CMF 3D, Powered by Panasonic. The announcement was made at the Blu-Con 2010 conference in Beverly Hills by Shiro Kitajima, President of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, Jon Landau, Academy Award®-winning producer and CMF advisor, and David Roemer, Co-founder and CEO of Ideas United, which runs Campus MovieFest. Campus MovieFest is the only event of its kind, giving hundreds of thousands...

DJ Spooky Brings His Musical Magic To Poland

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  After touring the globe for the past two years, DJ Spooky arrives in Eastern Europe. His visual/music extravaganza REBIRTH OF A NATION serves as the Opening Night attraction for the inaugural American Film Festival, a new film event that launches on Wednesday evening in Wroclaw, Poland. The man himself will be there to both orchestrate the film presentation and to mix sounds at the film's after-party at the chic Club Eter, where dancing will certainly continue into the wee hou...

Estes Park Film Festival To Honor Actor Art LaFleur

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Estes Park Film Festival To Honor Actor Art LaFleur With A Lifetime achievement AwardOrganizers of the Estes Park Film Festival recently announced that actor Art LaFleur will be the featured guest at the 5th annual event. Considered one of the greatest character actors in Hollywood, Art LaFleur has an extensive body of work in both film and television.A native of Gary, Indiana, LaFleur may be best-known for his performance as baseball player Babe Ruth in The Sandlot. LaFleur also appeared as b...

Fair Game starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn

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                                     The American director, Doug Liman, presents his first film in Competition at the Festival de Cannes. Fair Game is the backdrop for the 2005 Plame-Wilson scandal, where Valeria Plame (played by Naomi Watts), a CIA agent in the nuclear non-proliferation department, sees her reports on uranium trafficking between Nig...

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