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OVO - Cirque du Soleil : Must watch...

OVO Los Angeles – Avril 2022. With senior publicist Janie Mallet   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Transforming and enchanting might be the two key words for this mesmerizing journey offered by, Cirque du Soleil, with their Brazilian inspired music and insect driven spectacle: ‘OVO’. Be prepared to be entertained and transported into a surrealistic magic universe where your favorite bug will put a spell on your soul and turn you into one of them. This is ind...

VIDEO: Hunter Todd and Doval Bacall : two festival directors in conversation around the history of Worldfest Houston

During the 55th edition of the Festival, before the steak diner with the awards Winners.... All about discovering and celebrating the talents of tomorrow! ...

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania, Jury President of the 61st Semaine de la Critique

  La Semaine de la Critique, the parallel selection of the Festival de Cannes dedicated to first and second films, is proud to announce that the President of the 61st edition will be Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania.  Born in Sidi Bouzid, the director kicked off her career in Tunis and, throughout her four short films, her documentary and four feature films, the work she crafted is deeply rooted in life and social satire. Screened at ACID in 2014, her first feature, The Bl...

Dee Wallace Presented With Woman of Influence Award at Women Filmmaker​s​ Showcase 2022

Gabrielle Stone, Dee Wallace, Sue Vicory   In honor of Women’s History Month and Oscar weekend, Heartland Films, Inc., Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International presented “Women Filmmakers Showcase 2022,” a special panel event held at Laemmle Film Center Santa Monica on Oscar weekend. Following the panel was an exclusive cocktail reception at the Hypnomagnetism offices of holistic healer Richard Garnier, Ph.D. The by-invitation-only event featured a panel ...

An Actor’s Actor-Sanjeev Kumar: The Authorised Biography of Sanjeev Kumar

An Actor’s Actor-Sanjeev Kumar: The Authorised Biography of Sanjeev Kumar A riveting black and white picture of the late actor, in mid-close, looking a little to his right, greets you on the cover of this eminently readable biography of the actor, who, arguably, was an actor’s actor. And so, the authors, Mumbai-based Hanif Zaveri and Delhi-based Sumant Batra, are not exaggerating when they give him that exalted title. As far as the ‘authorised’ bit is concerned, the du...

Jennifer Lee and Michel Ocelot Awarded an Honorary Cristal at Annecy

     The Annecy Festival is thrilled to honor not one, but two greats in animation: Jennifer Lee and Michel Ocelot as recipients of the Honorary Cristal, an honor rarely bestowed in the decades of the Festival’s history.  For the Festival’s Artistic Director, Marcel Jean, "the return of the Annecy Festival to its pre-pandemic state is the reason behind awarding two Honorary Cristals, one each to two exceptional personalities who have marked the recent hist...

Tryon International Film Festival Announces 2022 Judges

  Tryon International Film Festival (TRIFF) announces the judges for the eighth annual celebration of the cinema arts in the picturesque foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7, 8, and 9, 2022. “I am happy to say we’ve added three new judges, in addition to the judges who have supported this festival for many years,” Festival Co-Founder Beau Menetre said. “We are honored to have such esteemed judges, working professionals in the film industry...

Discovering the film selection committee at La Semaine de la Critique

Selection Committees Ava Cahen Artistic Director Ava Cahen founded and co-managed the magazine CLAP from 2014 to 2016. Since 2017, she's running the website frenchMania.fr and more recently, the biannual magazine FrenchMania. In 2016, she's launched her own Parisian cine-club, the Woody Club. She has also been a commentator for the TV programme "Le Cercle" on Canal+ since 2014 and since 2019 for "...

The End of Medicine: documentary from Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix - Interview with Alex and Alice

THE END OF MEDICINE With: filmmaker Alex Lockwood and Dr. Alice Brough Interview by Emmanuel Itier ‘The End of Medicine’ (AppleTV/iTunes! Link can be found here: https://apple.co/3JoE0Zz} could very much be the last documentary made as a cautionary tale to explain the dangers and the exploitation of animal raised for your “stomachs”. It’s a vivid and alarming exposé about the many advantages of removing animals from your diet. As a growing older man, ...

Interview with Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall for "Winter Ball" (2022) @ 25th Annual SIFF

  Gardner “Grady” Hall Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall started his career in professional baseball as a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and holds a place as a member of Northwestern University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In film, he worked with Morgan Creek Productions on development for the film franchise "Major League" into a television series, later bought by FOX. His first film, which he wrote and directed, was the short &ldq...

Interview with Filmmaker Lauren Flinner on "Compulsion" (2021)

Lauren Flinner is a filmmaker/experimental animator and visual artist in Boston, MA. Lauren's work incorporates elements of experimental documentary and explores aspects of performance. Her film "Knot Waking" is an autobiographical collage of animation. I met her at the 2021 Mammoth Film Festival. We recently held an interview about her filmmaking. This is what she had to say:   Can you tell us about your path to becoming a filmmaker? From a very young age I had a co...

Interview with Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall for "Winter Ball" (2022) @ 25th Annual SIFF

  Gardner “Grady” Hall Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall started his career in professional baseball as a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and holds a place as a member of Northwestern University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In film, he worked with Morgan Creek Productions on development for the film franchise "Major League" into a television series, later bought by FOX. His first film, which he wrote and directed, was the short &ldq...

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announces new Executive Director

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Martha Cooley (she/her) as its next Executive Director, beginning her full-time role with FIN on April 25, 2022.   "The Board of Directors is excited to welcome Martha to the organization", says Christena McIsaac, Board Chair. "FIN and all of its programs will benefit from Martha's vast experience and strong connection to the Atlantic Canadian film in...

Tribute to Henry Winkler at the 35th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles

THE 35th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES TO HONOR HENRY WINKLER WITH 2022 IFF CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OF AVI NESHER’S IMAGE OF VICTORY ANNOUNCED AS FESTIVAL’S OPENING NIGHT FILM ON MAY 5 FILM’S PRODUCER EHUD BLEIBERG TO RECEIVE 2022 IFF CINEMATIC ACHIEVMENT AWARD AT OPENING NIGHT GALA PHILANTHROPIST DAVID WIENER WITH 2022 IFF HUMANITARIAN AWARD The 35th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles, the largest showcase of Israeli cinema and ...

The Godfather of Modern Sound: Walter Murch receives Lifetime Achievement Award at SoundTrack_Cologne 19

    For six decades he has revolutionized Hollywood in editing and sound design – now the three-time Academy Award winner will be coming to Cologne to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award at SoundTrack_Cologne 19. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the IHK Köln. Walter Murch will also speak about his vast body of work on a panel on Saturday afternoon.   Since the 1960s, Murch has been working in film as editor, sound mixer, ...

Book Review: The Master at Work, by Rahul Rawail, a Masterly Work

Book Review: The Master at Work, by Rahul Rawail, a Masterly Work How many 15 somethings would be offered chances to work as assistants to legendary directors like Raj Kapoor (RK)? Rahul Rawail was 15 going on 16 when he came on board with the master, who was then making Mera Naam Joker, and stayed on to assist him in Bobby. Over the next few years, Rahul earned his spurs the hard way, for RK was a genius who did not use conventional teaching methods, did not suffer fools and was not easy to ...

Jesse Dean promoted to Vice President of Business Development for MAC Group

Jesse Dean, Vice President of the Audio Division at MAC Group USA, is taking charge of New Business Development at MAC Group and has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development. With nearly two decades of experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing, and distribution, Jesse will now be applying his knowledge to expanding current partnerships and developing new business opportunities for MAC Group.   In his new role, Jesse will be leading the expansion of select MAC Group br...

First Film and Audiovisual Law Conference : 30th April and 1st May - Portugal

Film and Audiovisual Law Conference: 30th April and 1st May 2022 - Espinho, Portugal The first Film, and Audiovisual Law Conference will occur on 30th April and 1st May 2022, in Espinho, Portugal. As a constantly evolving subject, Law for Film and Audiovisual is continuously adapting to the legislative technological and social evolution in this industry. Therefore, it is vital to have the most up-to-date knowledge available, as well as a space to discuss it. Addition...

Anna Pugacewicz appointed Deputy CEO of Newen Studios, leading support functions

  Romain Bessi, Newen Studios CEO, has appointed Anna Pugacewicz as Deputy CEO, in charge of support functions. Photo ©Augustin Detienne_Capa Pictures   Since 2016, Anna Pugacewicz in her position as Deputy Managing Director of Newen Studios, has been in charge of Finance, Purchases and Information Systems. While assuming that role, she gradually expanded her responsibilities to new areas such as Innovation & technologies, and General Affairs.   She will now overs...

16 directors invited to l'Atelier de Cannes with their promising projects

L'Atelier 2022 L’Atelier hosts its eighteenth edition this year and will invite to the Festival de Cannes 16 directors whose projects have been considered particularly promising. Together with their producers, they will be able to meet potential partners, a necessary step to finish their project and start the making of their film. L’Atelier provides its participants access to international co-productions, thus accelerating the film’s completion. ...

Iris Knobloch, former distribution executive at Warner, elected next President of the Festival de Cannes

Iris Knobloch © RR During its March 23 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Association Française du Festival International du Film which includes government officials and film industry members has elected the Festival’s new President.   As per the Festival’s regulations, the election was held via secret ballot and Mrs. Iris Knobloch was elected President of the Festival.   She is therefore becoming the first femal...

Support Ukrainian Filmmakers at the East Doc Platform

  Support Ukrainian Filmmakers at the East Doc Platform East Doc Platform (25-31 March) will offer special merch in support of Ukraine. The money raised will be donated to the DOCU/HELP fund. At the three screenings of Ukrainian films, voluntary admission fees will be donated to the directors of the films. East Doc Platform 2022 Highlights What should you not miss at the East Doc Platform 2022? He...

SFFILM To Honor Jenny Slate With Special Tribute at 65th San Francisco International Film Festival

   Intimate Conversation with Jenny Slate will Precede a Screening of Feature Film Marcel the Shell with Shoes On on Friday, April 22 at The Castro Theatre Today, SFFILM announced that critically acclaimed actor, author, and comedian Jenny Slate will be celebrated during the 65th San Francisco International Film Festival with a special tribute. The Tribute to Jenny Slate will be held on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 pm at the Castro Theatre, followed by a screening of her highly anticipat...

Time is Eternal wins The Award of Excellence Special Mention and Award of Merit: Best Actress at BEST SHORTS Competition

BEST SHORTS COMPETITION Season: March 2022  Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir (USA), Time is Eternal : Award of Excellence Special Mention: Film Short In addition to Award of Excellence Special Mention, you have also received the following awards: Award of Merit: Actress: Leading (Berite Labelle as Cleopatra, Mary Wollenstonecraft, mermaid)   Our festivals receive thousands of submissions. You can be justifiably proud of winning top Best Shorts honors that have honored previous f...
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