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Hollywood, the Global Village: Festivals Feed a Love of Movies

Ella Waldek, 74, and Ida Mae Martinez, 73, don't look much like movie stars. But as they answered questions and kibitzed for an audience at the historic Little Theater at the High Falls Film Festival here, it was clear that they were born to entertain. Ms. Waldek and Ms. Martinez are two real-life heroines of ''Lipstick and Dynamite the First Ladies of Wrestling,'' a crowd-pleaser directed by Ruth Leitman about the brash and lovable pioneers of women's wrestling in the 1940's and 50's. It may no...

Final Solution won two more international awards at 3 Continents at Nantes

At the recently-concluded 26th edition of Festival des 3 Continents at Nantes (France), Final Solution won two more international awards : Montgolfiere d’Or for Best Documentary adjudged by the Jury Le Prix Fip/Pil’ du Public – the Audience award for the Best Documentary This is the first ever time that an Indian documentary has won an award at the 3 Continents film festival in France. The other films in competition included Zairat by Bahman Kiarostami (Iran), Tierra de Agua by Carlos Klei...

Naomi Sheridan heads the Turks & Caicos jury

OSCAR NOMINEE SHERIDAN AND TONY NOMINEE MAYER HEAD JURY FOR FIRST-ANNUAL CARIBBEAN FILM FESTIVAL Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Sheridan heads the jury that will honor the best films in competition at the 1st annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival, which will be held from November 13-20, 2004, in the Caribbean.Naomi Sheridan collaborated with her father, director Jim Sheridan, and her sister, director-writer Kirsten Sheridan, in penning IN AMERICA, the autobiographical film from 2...

Townies: best film from Boston's Zoinks! Film Fest

Townies Brings Home Best Feature from Boston's Zoinks! Film Festival :Boston, MA - (Monday, August 30, 2004) - The team behind the Zoinks! Film Fest billed their event as a "Wicked Cool Film Festival", and they didn't disappoint. Three tents and one comedy club filled with almost a hundred independent films blanketed Boston's bustling Faneuil Hall Market Place. And in the middle of it all...three filmmakers from Pennsylvania Dutch country. "Townies" won over the appreciate, energetic, and extrem...

Georges Lucas tribute in Deauville

George Lucas is to be given a special tribute award at this year’s Deauville Film Festival. Mr Lucas will be present to receive an award honouring his work at a ceremony on Saturday September 11th. George Lucas’ first film, THX 1138, is to be granted a special gala screening at Deauville, in order to commemorate its newly-restored release on DVD. This screening and a press conference will also take place on September 11th.Director George Lucas’s widely influential first film, th...

New Turks & Caicos fest launches from Cannes

SUN, SAND, SEA AND CINEMA STAR IN PREMIERE TURKS & CAICOS FILM FESTIVAL NOV. 13-20, 2004Turks and Caicos isn’t just for divers anymore. Filmmakers, movie lovers and industry professionals from all over the globe will descend on the divers’ paradise for the 1st Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival & Screenwriting Competition from Nov. 13-20, 2004.Feature, documentary, short, animated, student, foreign, and Caribbean/Bahamian films will be screened at the 360-seat, state-of-the-ar...

James’ Journey to Jerusalem

James’ Journey to Jerusalem 1st Feature Length Film written and directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz. Screenwriter and Director, Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, reveals how his indie film, James’ Journey to Jerusalem, came to life. James, a Nigerian banker, lives in Israel on an expired tourist visa and cleans houses. Back home he and his people imagine the holy land as it is depicted in the Bible. This strong belief in an abstract, fantastic existence clashes with that of Israel’s realit...

Monster will screen at AFM on Oscar date

Monster review Patty Jenkin's Monster, which had an AFI premiere last and its international debut at the Berlinale Film Festival, held its promises as one of the most thought provoking films of the year. The film is about Aileen Wuornos who killed seven men in Florida she claimed bought sexual services from her and wanted to rape or assault her. She has been called the first female serial killer departing from the pattern of women killing known relatives.Jenkins pitched Monster as the story of a...

Monster review

Patty Jenkin's Monster, which will have its international debut at the Berlinale Film Festival (US theatrical debut December 24th) , promises to be one of the most thought provoking films of the year. The film is about Aileen Wuornos who killed seven men in Florida she claimed bought sexual services from her and wanted to rape or assault her. She has been called the first female serial killer departing from the pattern of women killing known relatives. Jenkins pitched Monster as the story of a ...

Boston fest calls Sundance and Slamdance rejects

The Independent Film Festival of Boston IFFB has announced its Rejection Selection Promotion. One filmmaker will be randomly selected from IFFB’s rejected submissions to attend IFFB 2004 as a VIP guest of the Festival, which was recently cited by the Boston Society of Film Critics as “One of the Year’s Five Best Local Film Series.” This lucky filmmaker will enjoy travel arrangements, luxury hotel accommodations, and a VIP all-access pass to attend screenings, parties, panel discussions a...

Frank Black (Pixies founder) solo keynotes at TIY

FRANK BLACK TO KEYNOTE 2004 DIY CONVENTIONThe fourth annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books has announced that its Feb. 5-7 event will be keynoted by alternative music pioneer Frank Black.The three-day gathering will be held in Hollywood at the Barnsdall Art Park and the Derby nightclub, offering panels, workshops and showcases focused on independent musicians, authors, filmmakers and entrepreneurs. From the beginning of his career as a founding member of the seminal Boston...

Boston award winners

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 15TH ANNUAL BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVALGay-themed Israeli feature and personal/historical documentary by first-time filmmaker are 2003 winnersThe 15th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival ended a great run (November 6-16) on Sunday, November 16.Audience members participated in the Festival¹s second Audience Awardballoting. Winning Best Feature and Best Documentary filmmakers eachreceive $1,200 in film stock, generously donated by Eastman Kodak.Ballots have no...