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Don't Knock the Rock Fest

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2nd ANNUAL DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2004 Hollywood, CAOPENING NIGHT FILM: GRAM PARSONS- FALLEN ANGEL CLOSING NIGHT FILM: EDGEPLAY- A FILM ABOUT THE RUNAWAYS PJ HARVEY'S FIRST LOS ANGELES PERFORMANCE PROMOTING HER LATEST CD "UH HUH HER" TO CLOSE FEST Festival Founder Allison Anders, Festival Director Gianna Chachere, Festival Producer Maya Smukler and Music Director Tiffany Anders announce the Second Annual DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL. The three-day roc...

Experimental cinema of the 60s conference

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In the beginning was the imagethe films of Don Levy and Peter WhiteheadA two-day symposium of screenings and talks re-evaluating the work of the Slade art school film unit alumniSpecial guest speakers: Peter Whitehead and James Quinn (producer, Herostratus)Has a festival of atrocity films ever been held?. . . It seemed likely in the late 60s, but the new puritans of our day would greet such a suggestion with a shudder. A pity – given the unlimited opportunities which the media landscape now of...

Comic -Con International Convention wrapped

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SATURDAY AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: 2004 From Borgs to Rainbow Men, from “Star Trek” to “Star Wars,” thousands of comic book fans, film fans, and those just curious gathered at the San Diego (CA) Convention Center July 22-25 for the annual Comic-Con International Convention. Jude Law, Giovanni Ribisi, Ling Bai, writer/director Kerry Conran, and others with “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” promoted their film with a question and answer series. Mark Hamill led a panel of voice ...

Waterfront Film Festival ambiance

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The streets of Saugatuck, Michigan were deceptively empty during the first couple days of the 2004 Waterfront Film Festival, which began June 10. The steady rain kept the usual stream of weekend tourists away from all the specialty shops and gourmet restaurants in this West Michigan town of just over a thousand permanent residents, but poor weather’s apparently not a major deterrent when films are screened indoors, as the opening night presentation – a restored print of Clara Bow’s celebra...

On the Road to the Palmarès

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With two days away to the Palmarès, and two films left to screen, here is the official selection which has commanded the press attention for over a week - with comments by the directors. No one can ever predict what a jury with a chemistry of its own will decide. We have some ideas though from the day one press conference: Benoît Poelvoorde is going to take revenge on the films because he's never won an award (prompted by Bob Hope and Billy Crystal). Tilda Swinton and Quentin Tarantino will po...

To Laugh or Not to Laugh? Answers are in the fest

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"To Laugh or Not to Laugh"A FILM FESTIVAL***********************************The role of Humor in French Film about the HolocaustFull program of events in the festival.Friday, May 21st3:00 pm Screening of "Almost Peaceful," Dartmouth Hall 105 Followed by a discussion led by André Colombat, author of "The Holocaust in French Film," Dartmouth Hall 105Almost Peaceful (Un Monde Presque Paisible), 2002Directed by Michelle DevilleStarring Simon Abkarian, Lubna Azabal, Zabou Breitman, Clotilde Courau a...

Marcie Bloom to be honored at next hamptons fest

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THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND indieWIRE SET TO TOAST MARCIE BLOOMThe Hamptons International Film Festival is presenting its 12th anniversary season this October 20th – 24th, 2004. The Hamptons Festival is a celebration of film – its art, its excitement, its people. This year, the Festival partners with indieWIRE to inaugurate a new event where we celebrate a person or persons who best exemplifies the spirit of the independent film world and whose energy, vision, and acumen ...

Warsaw Fest: Films on jewish motifs in

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JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL IN WARSAWBy Alex Deleon-PevnyTHE First International Festival of Jewish films ever to be held in Warsaw --officially "FILMS ON JEWISH MOTIFS -- '04"-- took place from 18 to 27 April. Produced essentially on a shoestring budget, by Mirek Chojecki,himself a veteran documentary film maker, it was also given a good dose of moral support by various luminaries of the Polish film world, including Andrzej Wajda, awarded a Hollywood Oscar for his life's work two years ago. Sixty f...

Beverly Hills Fest announces its program

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The Beverly Hills Film Festival, to be held May 6-9, announced programming for its fourth annual event. Twenty-nine films, comprising features, documentaries, and shorts, will be presented at the Clarity Theatre in Beverly Hills, with a full complement of after-parties and receptions. The week will be capped when the Golden Palm Award is bestowed upon the top film at the annual Awards Ceremony gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Sunset Room on May 9. “This year’s program is our most diverse...

Tribeca features in competition

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Features in competition at Tribeca FestivalMay 1 - 9, 20041/2 Price [HALFP] France 62 min preceded by Paper Route A rare attempt to portray children's activities utterly without sentimentality, this debut by a 21-year-old actress follows a trio of kids aged 7, 8, and 9 as they fend for themselves in a world nearly free of adults. The film drew considerable attention in Paris after Chris Marker likened it to Breathless in its depiction of something we've never before seen on screen. ( more....

The Proper Use of a Shorts Selection Committee

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The Proper Use of a Shorts Selection CommitteeByChristopher J. GarciaA popular decision making course features the following axion: ‘It becomes very obvious when you’ve made a bad decision’. When I heard this, it became obvious to me that the poor fool who said the statement had never done programming for a film festival. The selection process is never good enough for everyone, and even if it is, it does not become apparent until after the lights come back up from the final screening. I...

Earth Day, April 22 wills see Artivist kick off

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Premiering on EARTH DAY, April 22, for seven days and nights filmmakers from around the world will unite at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. To witness and address the unwavering necessity of art and activism in our global community. These activist artists “Artivists', are bound together in their belief that actions do create change and no voice goes unheard. This year’s films highlight: International Human Rights, Children’s Advocacy, Animal Rights, Environmental Preservation, and...

Brussels, heart of Europe, unveils fest program

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BRUSSELS FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN FILM (23-30 April 2004)Curtains up for a peak at the programmeAs the Brussels Festival of European Film approaches, the selection of the films draws to a close. In six weeks, the spectators will be able to treat themselves to the liberty, the originality and the diversity of young European cinema. An agent for talent and a springboard for young filmmakers, the Brussels Festival since last year has oriented itself towards first and second works made in the 45 countri...

Peak at Brussels fest program

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BRUSSELS FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN FILM (23-30 April 2004)Curtains up for a peak at the programme As the Brussels Festival of European Film approaches ever faster, the selection of the films draws to a close. In six weeks, the spectators will be able to treat themselves to the liberty, the originality and the diversity of young European cinema. An agent for talent and a springboard for young filmmakers, the Brussels Festival since last year has oriented itself towards first and second works made in t...

Denver Jewish Film Festival moves to March

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8th Denver Jewish Film Festival Moves to March, Adds Venues and Explores the Diverse Nature of the Modern Jewish ExperienceIn its eighth year, the Denver Jewish Film Festival, the eagerly anticipated annual event presented by the Mizel Center for the Arts and the Denver Film Society, moves to the spring and unveils over 15 new films (documentaries, features and shorts) March 11 - 18, all of which explore intimate stories of Jewish life from around the world. Additionally, for the first time, th...

Dandelion Cleveland Fest opener

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THE 28TH CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH DANDELIONCLOSING NIGHT FILM – BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS DANDELION opens the 28th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) on Thursday, March 18, 2004. The film, written and directed by Mark Milgard, stars Mare Winningham and Arliss Howard and was produced by Molly Mayeux. A favorite at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, DANDELION tells the beautiful and touching story of Mason Mullich, whose family leads a life of quiet desperation....

The Panorama of Canadian Feature Films at FilmExchange

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FILMS FROM QUEBEC TO SCREEN AT NSI FILMEXCHANGE CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL, MARCH 2 – 6, 2004 IN WINNIPEGSarah Polley, Kevin Pollak, William Hurt, Mark McKinney, Sir Ian McKellan and others star in some of the year’s best Canadian Feature Films.These national and internationally celebrated stories will be screened with the storytellers attending at one night only intimate screenings followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. Opening Film: The Blue Butterfly Special Presentation: Seven Tim...

Bangkok International Festival Awards

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The Golden Kinnaree Award brings to the film festival both a symbol of Thai mythology and a history for the Bangkok Int'l Film Festival's awards. The esthetically beautiful design of the award signifies principles, rationality and inspiration. The figure of a half-human half-bird is called Kinnon for male and Kinnaree for female , and relates to the ancient beliefs in folklore referred to in Buddhism and Hinduism among countries in Asia, including Thailand. Accoding to Buddhist and Hindu legends...

Berlinale Special: a new section

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The International Film Festival has created a new series in its Official Programme: the Berlinale Special. In it the latest works of great filmmakers will be screened as well as reshowings of important film works, and productions related to the Festival’s special focuses or to particularly explosive political topics.This year’s series includes three reshowings, the most recent films of master directors Peter Greenaway and Ermanno Olmi, two productions examining the political past, and three ...

The Santa Barbara full program

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Opening NightValentin2002 Argentina/The Netherlands 79 min 35mm Dir Alejandro AgrestiArgentina's Foreign Language Film Academy® submission. After the bitter separation of his parents and living with his eccentric grandmother, the life of a young boy begins to change in sweetly unanticipated ways when he opens up to the last in a long line of potential stepmothers. Director and cast to attend.Fri 1/30, 7:00pm GRAClosing NightReckoning, The2003 UK 110 min 35mm Dir Paul McGuigan This murder myst...

Anatomy of hell selected premiere at Rotterdam

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IFFR 2004 will screen the world premiere of famous French director Catherine Breillat's ANATOMY OF HELL (ANATOMIE DE L'ENFER) just prior to its release in France. This film is one of the highlights in a series of premieres of the upcoming Rotterdam edition. IFFR also announces the first seven titles selected for the 2004 VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. Two more filmmakers are honoured with a 'Filmmaker in Focus' programme: Ken Jacobs (USA) and Tunde Kelani (Nigeria).The following seven titles are...

Audience's choice for "Indigo" debut in Santa Fe

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How good does a movie have to be to be “relevant?” Is it the implied message, or the delivery system, the power of the story itself that makes or breaks it. The obvious answer, of course, is the story. No story, no characters that are interesting and relatable, then no relevance. Or so it goes.It’s a tried and true formula, be it from the biggest of studios to the tiniest of indie films shot on the run, but I witnessed an interesting twist on the premise this past week-end at the Santa Fe ...

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Figgis

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Untitled Document The Future's Bright, The Future's Figgis Despite the imminent release of Cold Creek Manor,a thriller he made for Touchstone, Mike Figgis spent last week promoting artistic autonomy and experimentation. Returning to the very cinema in Newcastle where he was first infected with the film bug, Figgis performed - yes performed - an enthralling remix of his real-time, split-screen LA story Timecode. The performance was the final act of the city...

Seven days, seven nights wins top prize at the Festival of the 3 Continents in Nantes

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Fiction film sectionOrisel Gaspar, one of the lead actresses of Siete dias, siete noches (Seven Days, Seven Nights), had written a song especially for the closing ceremony of the Festival of the 3 continents in Nantes, western France. She definitely put her whole heart in her voice when she sung her moving lyrics after Cuban director Joel Cano received the Montgolfière d’Or for the film in which she co-stars. The movie, which depicts a week in the lives of three very strong women in Cuba, i...

7 days, 7 nights : a poetic act of resistance

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Siete Dias, siete noches (7 days, 7 nights) by Cuban director Joel Cano was warmly received by the audience when it was screened on Sunday evening at the Festival of the 3 Continents in Nantes. Cano, a trained playwright who graduated from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, had diverse artistic experiences as playwright, stage director and novelist (La Isla de Los Quizas, Se vende, El juego de perder el tiempo). So it’s no wonder that he is the director, writer and DP of his first feature ...
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