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54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARIES IN GOLDEN GATE AWARDS COMPETITION

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12 Feature-length Documentaries from 11 Countries Contend for $60,000 in Cash Prizes   San Francisco, CA – The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) today announced its Documentaries in Competition for the esteemed Golden Gate Awards. The International will award close to $100,000 in total prizes this year. Sixty thousand dollars will be awarded to winners in three categories: investigative documentary feature ($25,000), documentary feature ($20,...

An Interview with Award Winning Actress Celia Weston

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By Maria Esteves – March 12, 2011 Actress in film, television, and theatre Celia Weston (CW) is known as the Southern type character. CW began performing on stage at the age of four in South Carolina. She has performed in numerous on and off Broadway productions including Loose Ends (1979), The Lady from Dubuque (1980), Garden District (1995), and True West (2000). She appeared as cast member of the CBS television sitcom “Alice.” She has starred in countless feature films such as Honky ...

IFFF panels announced

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PanelsWelcome to the IFFF. Providing professional panels and networking opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to meet with established leaders in the industry is central to IFFF's mission. The 2011 festival will re-present some of last year's more popular panels and add some new and exciting panels in specialized areas of film interest and distribution. Check back periodically for "Panels" schedule additions, changes and/or updates. Seating is limited and many of these ...

Ford Foundation Launches $50 Million Fund for Docu Filmmakers

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One day before the start of the Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, and its gathering of independent filmmakers from around the world, the Ford Foundation today announced a five-year, $50 million initiative to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues. The new initiative, called JustFilms, will invest $10 million a year over the next five years to support and expand the community of filmmakers and mediamakers around the...

Girl Talk: Art and Copyright

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by Marc Rickenbach American mash-up master Girl Talk has been the subject of much controversy due to his copyright-bending art and wild live shows. With a new album out (available as a free download), we take a look at an artist who calls attention to the possibilities of the Internet in enhancing creativity via mash-up style music videos – which are in turn often put together from existing content. If there’s one musician who truly represents the current state of ...

AFM day 6-7 interviews

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AFM Day 6-7: DEPARTED's Producer, TROMA Drama, "Chick Flicks Grow Up" & LITTLE OBAMA Sits Out First a quick snapshot into the doing at the American Film Market on Day 6 -7. On deck today is DREAMAGO "Speed Dating" Pitch Session with 25 industry heavies, from J Todd Harris ofBranded Pictures Entertainment (The Kids are Alright, Bottle Shock); Stephen Nemeth-Rhino Films (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Dogtown and Z Boys); Gerd Koelchin (Black Dahlia, The Matador), Jeremy Wall (The Objective, Rese...

the A.D.D. Short Film Festival is now accepting submissions!

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the A.D.D. Short Film Festival is now accepting submissions!The ADD Short Film Festival will be happening in Cleveland at Now That's Class (located at Detroit Avenue & W.114th) on Saturday May 7th. It's a little DIY film fest that will feature low-budget / no-budget films & student work. The ADD Fest is now accepting submissions! There is no entry fee and you can submit as many films as you want. All submissions should be sent on DVD to: 761 E. 254th Street; Euclid, OH 44132 along with c...

Independence days at Thessaloniki ID 10@51st TIFF

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Independence Days, the Festival’s main side-section programmed by Lefteris Adamidis, includes (as previously announced on April 16th) the Retrospective to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul and is completed by the section’s core lineup, ID-10, which identifies this year’s political, aesthetic, and thematic landscape of worldwide independent production. ID–10 As in previous years, a strong Latin-American presence apparent in this year’s art house and independent cinematic crop is rep...

Israel Fest film slate

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Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this much acclaimed Israeli showcase that celebrates a quarter-century of Israeli cinema in the United States, and today the film festival announced its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 titles, including award winning features, do...

I Am Bish

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    What happens when you mash together 300 volunteer zombies, a $10,000 budget and an “end of the world, romantic-zombie-action-musical” screenplay? The 2009 Australian indie film I am Bish, currently buzzing through the international film festival circuit with the appropriate tagline, “Just because it’s the end of the world doesn’t mean we can’t have a few laughs.” The film, directed by David Bishop, tells the story of a film student (Bish) shoo...

Annual HollyShorts Film Festival awards

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The 6th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) came to a close early this past Friday with Nicholas Carmen’s short film “Piano Fingers” taking home the top Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film Presented by Company 3. Carmen took home a $10,000 post production services package from Company 3. Grzegorz Jonkajtys won the Best Director Award also presented by Company 3. Jonkajtys directed the acclaimed Sci Fi short film “The Third Letter” which drew a packed house when it s...

HOLLYSHORTS 2010 WRAPS WITH NICHOLAS CARMEN'S SHORT FILM "PIANO FINGERS" WINNING GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT FILM

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HOLLYSHORTS 2010 WRAPS WITH NICHOLAS CARMEN'S SHORT FILM "PIANO FINGERS" WINNING GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT FILM GRZEGORZ JONKAJTYS TAKES HOME BEST DIRECTOR AWARD FOR HIS SCI-FI SHORT "THE THIRD LETTER" The 6th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) came to a close ...

The Global Film Village: ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT SCREENS with small red carpet, BIG STARS

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by Marla LewinThe World Premiere of "One Lucky Elephant" at the L.A. Film Festival attracted  Lily Tomlin, Academy Award-director, Kathryn Bigelow and actress Persia White ("Girlfriends"), who saw the film and stayed for a special panel discussion hosted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that focused on the plight of elephants and other wild animals in captivity.  Moderated by NY Times journalist and author Charles Siebert, the panel featured the film’s di...

German Films in the US since 1979 ...

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Among the top foreign language features shown in the United States from 1979 through 2009 which grossed $1,3 billion dollars, German productions ranked seventh behind France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain with a total of $49 million. Only five German features generated more than $5 million in the US: DOWNFALL, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, RUN LOLA RUN, LIVES OF OTHERS, and the commercially most successful one, DAS BOOT, a 1982 release, which scored $11.5 million. It may very well be that ...

Fipresci Jury announced for the San Francisco International Film Festival

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The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22-May 6) today announced the FIPRESCI jury and the prize to be presented at the Festival's Golden Gate Awards on Wednesday, May 5 at Temple Nightclub - Prana Restaurant. Winners of the New Directors Prize, the Golden Gate Awards in various categories, the SFFS/Film Arts Foundation Documentary Grant and the Spring 2010 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant will also be announced.   FIPRESCI Prize The FIPRESCI Prize is given at the San Francisco I...

NEWSLETTER N° 461: April 14, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 461: April 14, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Take Center Stage in Cannes and trust the combined experience of the filmfestivals.com founders promoting your film, festival. Sign up for a free brainstorming around your strategy and objectives. Meanwhile take a look at the following package Cannes Blast ...

PETER HUTTON MASTERCLASS

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This year, Documenta Madrid is featuring the presence of Peter Hutton (Detroit, Michigan, 1944), important figure in the North American landscape tradition and a representative of the best documentary film-experimental,author of a brief filmography, always in 16mm, generally without dialogue as well as in black and white. The Image and its Eclipse will be the title of his Master Class which Peter Hutton will impart the 14th of May, at 12:00 a.m., at the Cine Estudio – Círculo de Bell...

Leo Hurwitz and the New York School of Documentary Film Storm Anthology Film Archives

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For many Americans, "terrorism" is an anthropological term meaning dark foreigners. They might be surprised to learn that it was how a U.S. Senate committee once described corporate America's tactics to crush labor unions.   Social documentarian Leo Hurwitz reenacted findings from that official body — the La Follette Senate Civil Liberties Committee — in his 1942 feature film, Native Land. The hybrid documentary raised the specter of fascism and called exploited workers to action....

Purgatory - Cinema and Theatre of the Damned

purgatory / noun / an intermediate place or state of temporary suffering for expiatory purification

Within the word “purgatory”, it is easy to envision condemned souls, torment and darkness. However, purgatory may also reflect the cyclic state in which we often rediscover or recreate ourselves anew from within our personal inflictions. Sometimes it is the necessary stage to exorcise ourselves from the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps it is the serene place of self reflection and realization. From within this, the producers of the DAMNED exhibition of fine dark art present a new exhibition of cinema and theatre called Purgatory. Held near halfway to DAMNED and Devil’s Night on May 20-22 2010 in Detroit, Purgatory will present approximately 30 short films of deeply introspective, beautifully disturbing and darkly enlightening subject matters from filmmakers worldwide. This is not an industry-focused horror film festival, but a tributary showcase of the often redemptive films from the filmmaker’s personal damnations complimented with live experimental performance art on stage during intermissions. For further information: http://thatdamnedshow.com/purgatory FILMMAKERS!  We are still accepting submissions until April 25th! Click here for further info and to submit. Also, fan us on the Purgatory Facebook Fan Page!

1000 Journals

Director: Andrea Kreuzhage.
1000 blank journals are passed from hand to hand throughout the world, collecting stories, pictures, collages -- slices of the lives they touch. One came back, filled. Where are the other 999? 1000 Journals investigates their worldwide journeys, and chronicles the self-governed collaboration of thousands of random people who added to this global "message in a bottle."

Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert at the Atlanta Symphony Hall

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  In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010.   The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of ...

THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program, Presenting Gary Wiggins

A COMPLEXION CHANGE International, Intercultural Diplomacy Fountainhead Tanz Theatre presents THE COLLEGIUM Forum & Television Program, Berlin Germany. A Tribute to Michael Jackson presenting Detroit Gary Wiggins &  Distinguished Musicians

ADFF 2009 STARTS TODAY!

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HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE AFRICAN WOMEN STORIES at Anthology with US Premiere Wangari Maathai: For Our Land,< /a> about Kenyan environmental and social justice activist Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. OPENING NIGHT - WOLE SOYINKA: CHILD OF THE FOREST by Akin Omotoso & NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH by John Kani Fri, Nov 27 @ 8:00PM - Anthology Film Archives Sponsored by ArtMattan Productions "Black Nation" at The Chapel, Teachers College, a film that takes an...

Atlanta Jewish Fest brings film scores to life

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In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010. The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of Jewish-themed film scores...

The Global Film Village: FILM INDEPENDENT AWARDS SLOAN PRODUCERS GRANT

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By Marla Lewin 9 PROJECTS FOR 2009 PRODUCERS LAB FILMMAKERS ALSO SELECTED BY FILM INDEPENDENT LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2009) — Last night at a special reception concluding the 2009 edition of Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum, Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s Director of Talent Development, awarded Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather its 3rd annual Sloan Producers Grant for their feature film project Future Weather.  Deller and Fairweather will receive a $25,000 production grant, and p...

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