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Performers of the five Oscar nominated original songs announced

Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren to Perform Nominated Original Songs Ariana DeBose, Colman Domingo, Lil Rel Howery and Andrew Rannells  to Host Oscars Specials Live on ABC   Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren will perform the five nominated original songs in their entirety for “Oscars: Into the Spotlight,” the lead-in to ...

Interview - Christiaan OLWAGEN for POPPIE NONGENA - Santa Barbara

POPPIE NONGENA   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   Director: Christiaan OLWAGEN   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me why you chose this film and what you were trying to achieve with it?   Christiaan: The film is based on a famous South African novel and I always knew about it. It was even taught in school. I got contacted by the producer to film it. I read the novel in one setting and I was blown away by this account of this woman’s life in ...

Interview - Jessica Kavana Dornbusch for REEFA - Santa Barbara Fest

REEFA Directed by Jessica Kavana Dornbusch Interview by Emmanuel Itier     Q: Tell me about the choice of directing this tragic movie and what did you want to create, impact, wise?   Jessica: At the forefront for me was to explore the immigration issues in America. This is a tragic true story and I even understood more the sacrifice occurring when I met the family of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez. It’s the irony of this story that you have a family comin...

“Global Content Creators Showcase 2021” Spotlights Women Filmmakers

In case you missed the Global Content Creators Showcase earlier this week with an All Female Panel Featuring Award-winning Filmmakers Anna Fishbeyn and Eva Lanska, German American producer Christina Rose and Alien Films’ Eileen Tasca; Moderated by Director/Activist Kate Rees Davies.   On April 14, 2021 at 7 am PST (4 pm CET/France), Cloud 21 International ( and Kultura PR International ( presented the inaugural installment of  the &...

The death of Bertrand Tavernier Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2015: Alberto Barbera remembers

Bertrand Tavernier Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2015 /     The President, the Board of Directors, the Director of the Venice International Film Festival and La Biennale di Venezia commemorate with particular esteem and affection the director and critic Bertrand Tavernier, a central figure in French cinema. The recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, he first came to Venice in 1976 with The Judge and the Assassin, and ...

Remembering toasting in great company at Deauville Festival

Chazz Palminteri came to Deauville for the Festival screening of Mulholland Falls (Les Hommes de l’Ombre) directed by Lee Tamahori. Chicago Sun-Times film critic late Roger Ebert, historically a fan of noir, liked Mulholland Falls, writing: 'This is the kind of movie where every note is put in lovingly. It's a 1950s crime movie, but with a modern, ironic edge: The cops are just a shade over the top, just slightly in on the joke. They smoke all through the mov...

Tribute to Tom Skerritt at Seattle International Film Festival

  SIFF 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award Presented by Wells Fargo Private and Commercial Bank April 15, 2021 For over fifty years, Tom Skerritt has been captivating audiences worldwide. The acclaimed actor has left an indelible mark on the medium, having crafted some of film and television’s most memorable characters.     TICKETS THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021   6:30 PM ...

Fantasporto 2021 Jury members announced

OFFICIAL COMPETITIVE FANTASY SECTION JURY MEMBERS CHRISTIAN HALLMAN (director - Sweden) Christian Hallman is an award-winning director-writer/producer from Sweden. Experienced in working with feature films, TV Series, Commercials, Music Promos and Corporate films in both development, production and post-production. He has also worked extensively as a 1st AD for. many years. Besides being a filmmaker, Christian has an extensive background working with genre film festivals for more ...

Interview with the best short doc winner at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021

PAN HOOT   “Winner of Best Doc Short at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021”   Director: Richard REENS Interview by Eùmmanuel Itier Q: How did you get involved with this inspiring Doc? What was the attraction to the subject matter?   Richard: I have been a filmmaker and especially a commercial director for years. Good friends of mine who funded this project know the main protagonist of my doc, Stany Nyandwi, for over 14 years. They thought his story w...

Je me souviens: Eipides by Chamberlan

DIMITRI EIPIDES JE ME SOUVIENS DIMITRI - LE PLAISIR DE DÉCOUVRIR BRINGING TOGETHER THE KNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN BY CLAUDE CHAMBERLAN Photo credits Pierre St-Arnault, Jacques Dufresne, Bed-in with John Lennon, Dimitri Eipides and Claude Chamberlan Montréal 1969: Photo by Yvan Drapeau After a rock & roll wrap-up with our band « Les Soeurs de l’Opéra » at the beatnik Café Prag, I got an invitation by two Dimitri’s (Eip...

Tallgrass Film Association announces Melanie Addington as the new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2021.

  “Melanie comes to Tallgrass with a wealth of film festival experience, new ideas, and lots of energy,” said Adam Gunnels, board president. “We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Tallgrass with Melanie at the helm.” Addington most recently served as Executive Director of the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, MS. She has worked in the film festival industry since 2006, first as a volunteer, and then eventually becoming the Oxford Film Fe...

Interview - Ashish Pant for THE KNOT - Santa Barbara

THE KNOT   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With Director: Ashish Pant   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me how this film came together for you?   Ashish: It is based on an event that really happened to me when I was a kid in India, in the city of ‘Lucknow’ in the North. I was 7 and my dad was driving us for lunch to my grand-mother’s place. As we were at a light and had the way to pass, a scooter came from the left and collided with our car...

Register Now: “Global Content Creators 2021” Virtual All Female Panel Event on April 13

Cloud 21 International & Kultura PR International to Present “Global Content Creators 2021” Special Virtual Event on April 13, 2021 All Female Panel to Feature Award-winning Filmmakers Anna Fishbeyn and Eva Lanska, German American producer Christina Rose and Alien Films’ Eileen Tasca; Panel to be Moderated by Director/Activist Kate Rees Davies Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International  are pleased to present the inaugural installment of its l...

punk-rock icon Iggy Pop joins cast of Blue Iguana directed by Jeremy LaLonde

photo credit - Rob Baker Ashton Producers William G. Santor, CEO of Productivity Media, and Nicholas Tabarrok, President of Darius Films, announced today that punk-rock icon Iggy Pop (Coffee and Cigarettes, Universal Pictures Cry-Baby) has joined the cast of the dark comedy Blue Iguana, currently filming in the Cayman Islands under the newly announced three-picture production deal between Productivity Media and Darius Films. Blue Iguana is directed by Canadian filmmaker and festival favorite ...

Interview with Casey McGarry director of two shorts showing at SBIFF: “ELECTRIC LADY” et “VUJA DE”

Director: Casey McGarry  Two Shorts at the Santa Barbara film festival : ELECTRIC LADY – VUJA DE Q: Tell us about the genesis of these two docs?   Casey: For the last 6 years or so, I’ve been making SB themed short to medium-length documentaries for the film festival and there’s no better feeling than lifting up your local community using this particular medium. Finding an inspiring, unique and local story on an ordinary person who lives among us here i...

Highland Film Group hires CALEB WARD as Vice President of Acquisitions

HIGHLAND FILM GROUP HIRES CALEB WARD As Vice President of Acquisitions   Anita Levian, Promoted to Head of Business and Legal Affairs   Todd Olsson, President of International Sales; Laura Voros, EVP of Sales; Monique Green CFO; and Sebastien Aussal, Head of Marketing and Communications; expand their roles as the company grows the domestic distribution division – THE AVENUE   As Highland Film Group enters a period of growth and expansion the company has hired ...

Zero Gravity Doc: Meet the crew


Zero Gravity Doc: Meet the director Thomas Verrette

THOMAS VERRETTE is an award-winning writer, director, editor and producer. Most notably, he produced the FOX Sports docu-series, PHENOMS for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and also edited the episode THE GOALKEEPERS, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also created the promo campaigns for multiple seasons of the critically-acclaimed series KINGDOM, and has also directed promos for THE DAN PATRICK SHOW, THE RICH EISEN SHOW, and UNDENIABLE WITH JOE BUCK. Other featured work inc...

Zero Gravity Doc: Video Introduction by Astronaut Cady Coleman

Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman (born 14 December 1960) is an American chemist, a former United States Air Force colonel, and a retired NASA astronaut. She is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, and departed the International Space Station on 23 May 2011, as a crew member of Expedition 27 after logging 159 days in space. Coleman graduated from Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School, Fairfax, Virginia, in 1978;[1] in 1978–1979, she was an exchange stud...

Zero Gravity Doc: The Cast

Makayla Engelder, Advik Gonugunta and Carol Gonzalez   Their teacher, Tanner Marcoida STEVE SMITH NASA ASTRONUAT STS-103, STS-82, STS-110, STS-68   JACK FISCHER NASA ASTRONAUT Soyuz MS-04, Expedition 51, Expedition 52   CADY COLEMAN NASA Astronaut   ...

SBIFF announce this year’s panelists for the Industry Panel series

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is thrilled to announce this year’s panelists for the always riveting Industry Panel series.   “Look at that line-up! All the movies nominated for the Oscars are represented. The panels have always had a special place in our hearts, and this year’s slate is possibly the best ever!” comments Roger Durling, SBIFF’s Executive Director.   The Producers Panel brings together some of the indus...

Garbiñe Ortega leaves her role as artistic director of Punto de Vista for 4 years

Punto de Vista has come to the end of the stage led by Garbiñe Ortega, artistic director of the festival for the last four years. We would like to thank her for all the dedication, affection and effort she has put in over this time and wish her all the best for the future. Garbiñe's work at the helm of the festival has made an important mark that, added to those made by her predecessors, will form part of its history forever. Since it began in 2006, Punto de Vista has had fo...

Interview - Tim Plester (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) for BACKYARD VILLAGE - Santa Barbara

BACKYARD VILLAGE   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With actor: Tim Plester ( ) Interview by Emmanuel ITIER for       Q: How did you get to play this interesting English man lost in the land of Island?   Tim: I met Marteinn Thorsson, the director of “Backyard Village”, a few years ago. Almost 10 years ago when I was in Iceland for a vacation. We had an amazing time and while we were...

GOODBYE BUTTERFLY Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik

GOODBYE BUTTERFLY   Interview with Director Tyler Wayne and lead actor: Adam Donshik by Emmanuel ITIER for    Q: How did this project come together?   Tyler: I had put together some financing for another project and it all fell apart. But I still had a third of that financing and I had to make a very low budget. I then decided to come up with this story of 3 people in a room. This is how our film was born and how it came to be. I was just t...

RECLAIM IDAHO @ Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021 interview with directors: Jim Kamoosi and Laura Wing-Kamoosi

RECLAIM IDAHO @ Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021 interview with directors: Jim Kamoosi and Laura Wing-Kamoosi Interview by Emmanuel Itier for Q: How did it come together and what was the idea behind this documentary?   Laura: Jim and I had done, mainly, lots of work in commercials and digital contents. We wanted to do something a little more serious. We knew Tim Faust, who is in the film, and we had been talking with him about finding some type of health care ...


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