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Religion, Politics And Film: An Explosive Combination

 Saturday, June 16----------With religion and core beliefs the source of both comfort and conflict in the modern world, SILVERDOCS wisely decided to dedicate a special section of the Festival to an exploration of the unique role of religion in social and political discourse. Dubbed BEYOND BELIEF: RELIGION, POLITICS AND FILM, the program has presented a provocative series of films and panel discussions. “The documentary form, which takes personal stories and launches them into the public are...

The Creators Series Launches In New York and LA

Wednesday, June 6------The Creators Series, a multidisciplinary salon-style conference dedicated to emerging creativity, launches in New York this coming weekend (June 8-10)  and then goes cross-country to present a series of programs and events in Los Angeles (June 14-17). The event is the first for recently founded curatorial enterprise Tomorrow Unlimited, a new venture between Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Cinemas, and former principals o...

Jackson Hole Wildlife announces jury

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is pleased to announce its selection of the final jury who will determine the winners of the Film Competition associated with the 2007 Festival. This year’s Festival will take place on October 1-6, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. JHWFF plays host to an unparalleled competition, celebrating the finest examples of natural history filmmaking. To win an award in Jackson is a prestigious honor. Hundreds of filmmakers and broadcasters from around the world compete...

Seattle International Film Festival in action

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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) may not be the most glamorous or glitzy of int'l film festivals, but it is probably the one with the longest running time in captivity, this year straddling the calendar from May 25 to June 17 -- a total of 24 consecutive days or, roughly, three and a half weeks, more than twice the duration other major festivals. During this period, on heavy days when there are five ascreenings each at six widely scattered theatyers in the city, a bewildered film b...

SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival highlihts

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SIGGRAPH 2007 announced today record submissions for this year's Computer Animation Festival taking place at the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 5-9 August 2007 in San Diego, California, USA. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected from a record 905 submissions for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and animation, and compelling storytelling. With show categories ranging from animation to research, this year's submissio...

"Zodiac" le dernie film de David Fincher

Aujourd’hui ma mission a été d’assister à la séance du lendemain de film de David Fincher « Zodiac ». Après une heure d’attente j’accédé à la salle du 60ème anniversaire du festival ou le film a été projeté. J’ai cru qu’il allait être impossible Quelques problèmes techniques ont eu lieu au début du film mais rapidement un a pu commencer la session. Ce film très attendu du réalisateur David Fincher, Zodiac reprend l'histoire vraie du tueur en série du même nom...

Broadway Comes To The Burns

 Wednesday, May 16-----Broadway came to the Burns on Monday evening, as the Jacob Burns Film Center, Westchester's premiere arthouse cinema, presented a special screening of SHOW BUSINESS: The Road To Broadway, the new documentary that explores the triumph and tragedies of New York's Great White Way. The film, which opened in New York last week and is scheduled to open in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston next month, is an entertaining and informative look at the 2004 Broa...

"Zodiac" by David Fincher

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With Zodiac, presented in Competition, David Fincher unveils one of his works in Cannes for the first time. Over ten years after the release of Seven, the director makes a second descent into the world of serial killers with an exploration of Zodiac, the criminal who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s, always managing to elude police. To accomplish this ambitious endeavor, based on the book by Robert Graysmith, the reporter who spent years tracking Zodiac, Fincher called upon three sure-...

"Zodiac" par David Fincher

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Zodiac, présenté en compétition, est le nouveau film de David Fincher, réalisateur notament de Seven. Il y aborde à nouveau l'univers d'un tueur en série, en s'intéressant à Zodiac insaisissable criminel qui sévit à la fin des années 60 et répandit la terreur dans la région de San Francisco. Le film s'inspire du livre d'un des enqueteurs de l'époque, Robert Graysmith. Les rôles principaux sont interpretés par Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo et Robert Downey ...

The San Francisco International Film Festival Turns Golden

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Opening on April 26 with Emanuele Crialese’s GOLDEN DOOR, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to celebrate its 15-day golden anniversary in high style. The 50th edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas boasts an ambitious program of films and special events in the City by the Bay until the curtains close on May 10 with Olivier Dahan’s biopic of Edith Piaf, LA VIE EN ROSE. “It’s quite an auspicious moment for us,” announced Graham Leggat, Executiv...

The San Francisco International Film Festival Turns Golden

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Opening on April 26 with Emanuele Crialese’s GOLDEN DOOR, the San Francisco International Film Festival continues to celebrate its 15-day golden anniversary in high style. The 50th edition of the longest-running film festival in the Americas boasts an ambitious program of films and special events in the City by the Bay until the curtains close on May 10 with Olivier Dahan’s biopic of Edith Piaf, LA VIE EN ROSE. “It’s quite an auspicious moment for us,” announced Graham Leggat, Executiv...

Anthony Giacchino Interview on MOVIE GEEKS UNITED!

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The reviews are pouring in!  MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! is the sensation of internet movie talk radio!  Hosted by MySpace film critics Jamey and Jerry, as well as the hysterically funny and highly opionated Chris, MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! is your must-hear weekly dose of intelligent, passionate and insightful movie talk.  On the show this week....In August of 1971, a group of Vietname protestors, many of them from the Catholic left, broke into a New Jersey draft board office and began destroying files. ...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #071 for 13th April 2007

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Interview with Stephen Tramontana (Writer/Director) of Grindhouse (USA) feature film made in 2002 and who has accused Quentin Tarantino of ripping off their film for his new film project with Robert Rodgriuez. Tramontana has released his film for download for only 99 cents at The Real Grindhouse Bryan Singer vs Gus Van Sant - both are making new films about the Harvey Milk murder in San Franscisco Anne Thompson from Variety magazine reports that independent filmmake...

Call For Entries!!! American Indian Film Institute...

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Attention filmmakers.  The American Indian Film Institute is seeking film and video entries for the 32nd Annual American Film Festival.  Known as the nation's oldest and most prestigious venue for American Indian Arts and Entertainment, this is a great opportunity to showcase work by and or about American Indian or Canadian First Nations people on a platform of excellence and integrity. Films will be presented November 2-10, 2007 in San Francisco, CA.    Deadline for entry is: August 10,...

Yasmin Ahmad retrospective at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is presenting a retrospective of the acclaimed Malaysian film director Yasmin Ahmad at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The retrospective will screen all four of her feature films, including MUKSHIN, her latest film, which won two prizes at this year's Berlin Film Festival. The retrospective will also screen Ahmad's "Orked" trilogy, which explores love, religion and race in a multi-cultural Malay...

Winners of the Tiburon Golden Reel Award

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The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF), founded in 2001, has just completed another very successful 9-day event in Tiburon. Tiburon, California is just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge in beautiful Marin County. This year’s Festival was the 6th Annual Film Festival to be held in Tiburon. More than 3,000 films were submitted for consideration in 2007 with 250 independent films selected for the Festival from 90 countries. The rich and varied Special Programs this y...

San Francisco Black Film Festival Has Nine Lives

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Ninth annual SFBFF reels out 70 films and expands to two weekends, June 7-10 and June 14-17.San Francisco, CA (PRWeb) March 26, 2007 -- Like a magical black cat, the San Francisco Black Film Festival (SFBFF) embarks upon its ninth incarnation on Thursday, June 7, 2007. For the first time in its nine-year history, the SFBFF expands to two extended weekends: June 7-10 and June 14-17. Take a trip around the world as the festival screens more than seventy films from Africa, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Eur...

Robin Williams To Be Honored At San Francisco International Film Festival

Wednesday, March 21----- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Robin Williams will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 26–May 10, 2007), which is celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary this year, making it the oldest film festival event in the Americas. The Owens Award, named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Film Society board member Peter J. Owens, honors an actor whose work exemplif...

Cinequest 17 Awards

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Sunday, March 11—Cinequest Co-founder Kathleen Powell presented the awards on the closing night of the festival.(Descriptions excerpted from the Cinequest program guide.)Director's AwardsGLOBAL VISION AWARD: to the filmmaker who defies convention and exhibits work of universal vision, making bold use of storytelling to create evocative cinema of the future.FRESH AIR/FRISS LEVEGÕ (Hungary)From its wry opening in a Hungarian Lonely Hearts ballroom dance to its daring ending, Ágnes Kocsis...

Stewart Copeland Cops Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

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Stewart Copeland makes his entrance with a bang. Whether bounding onto the California Theatre stage before a packed house of 1,100 people or striding into a small room for a press conference, the founder of the newly reunited The Police radiates high energy. He flings his arms in the air, and his voice booms all the way to the last row of the balcony and back. Never has anyone been so enthusiastic about receiving a Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award. Just a 50-year-old suburban dad? So he says.The ...

Stewart Copeland Cops Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

Saturday, March 3---Stewart Copeland makes his entrance with a bang. Whether bounding onto the California Theatre stage before a packed house of 1,100 people or striding into a small room for a press conference, the founder of the newly reunited The Police radiates high energy. He flings his arms in the air, and his voice booms all the way to the last row of the balcony and back. Never has anyone been so enthusiastic about receiving a Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award. Just a 50-year-old suburban ...

Justin Lin's new independent feature “Finishing the Game”.

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Where it once started in San Francisco and blossomed in Park City, director Justin Lin has returned to his roots in more ways than one. The filmmaker, who launched his career with the independent film “Better Luck Tomorrow”, continued with studio products “Annapolis” and the box office hit “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, has come full circle with his latest product, an independent featured called “Finishing the Game”. Having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it...

The Best of the Fest part 1 - Student Shorts, Monster Camp and Blood Car.

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It is Monday, March 12th, and Cinequest has come to an end. This is a bitter-sweet moment; on the one hand I am already missing the frenetic buzz of running from film to forum and back to film, stopping to chat with filmmakers and attendees along the way and getting another caffeine dose in order to do it all over again. On the other hand, this now frees me up to actually get to the blog entries I have been meaning to assail you with, covering everything from my favorite festival films, to my fi...

Cliff Robertson on hand at WorldFest to accept his Remi Career Achievement Award

The 41st Annual WorldFest-Houston, April 11-28, 2008 will begin announcing both Feature and Short Film & Video selections for the upcoming ten-day International Film Festival by March 1st, 2008. WorldFest will select 55-60 International Indie Feature films and between 88 and 96 short film & video productions. Additional Remi Award winners will be announced by March 15th in all 10 competition categories. The

Posh Santa Barbara Film Festival Draws 31 Oscar Contenders!

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Santa Barbara is a very upscale seaside paradise a scant 90 miles up the coast from Los Angeles, distinguished more for its socio-economic exclusivity, high rents, distinctive Spanish architecture and sprawling beachfront university than for the modest international film festival to which it has been home since 1985. Slowly building year by year and able to draw easily on Hollywood based talent because of its relative proximity to Tinseltown, the Santa Barbara fest has now come into its own and ...
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