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Frisco silent film fest opens this week

9TH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL - Saturday July 10 & Sunday, July 11 Get ready for the 9th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival! A two day-event showcasing archival silent films with live musical accompaniment, the festival will take place on July 10 and 11 at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street) in San Francisco.Charlie Chaplin's son Sydney will appear in person with Jeffrey Vance, author of the beautiful new book Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema, for an onstage interview afte...

Philadelphia G&L ready to celebrate 10th

From July 15-27, the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary as the premier showcase of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered cinema in the region. Now the largest such event in the eastern United States, the Festival will present more than 150 features, documentaries, shorts and related events, ranging from gentle comedies for entire families to controversial dramas strictly for mature audiences.The Festival will also bestow three Artist...

Rose Troche gets her 2004 Frameline Award

On Friday night, Rose Troche ascended the stage to accept the 2004 Frameline Award from queer movie historian and filmmaker Jenni Olson before a 10th Anniversary screening of GO FISH. Troche, who made the stage holding a sign reading "Justice for Gwen," in honor the slain transgender teen Gwen Araujo, held her chest as she told the enthusiastic Frameline28 audience that she really felt her heart in San Francisco and that the Castro was a magic place for her. Congratulations Rose!After the Fram...

Frameline28 program

Frameline28 program highlights. Highlights this year include:•10 World Premieres: including Hellbent, Shiner, The Truth or Consequences of Delmas Howe, Beaver Run Café, Freedom to Marry, Lesbian Centennial Project, RTFM, Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm, Hearts Cracked Open, and Just(ly) Married. In addition, there are several North American, US, and West Coast premieres.•Special sidebars on films about gay marriage and the rise in gay black cinema.•Big Nights include Touch of P...

Amazonas Manaus Film Festival launch in Cannes

AMAZONAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOrganised by the Amazonas State Government with the co-operation of the Department of Culture and the Amazonas Film Commission, and by Le Public Système, with the cultural backing of Guaraná Antártica and the Varig group (Air Transport and Hotels), the Amazonas International Film Festival, that will take place from november 13th to 21st, is based on a twin concept:> Adventure (in the broadest sense), directly and irrevocably linked to every aspect of this l...

Some kind of Monster web episode 1

SOME KIND OF MONSTER: WebisodesStarting today, the website will release a new "webisode" each week until the North American premiere of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster on July 9, 2004 in New York City and San Francisco. Each "webisode" will be a short clip of the movie to give movie-goers a taste of what is to come in the full length feature. Three years in the making, this new film from acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (the team that create...

Happily, Even After world Premiere at Tribeca

Tribeca Film Festival has kicked offHappily, Even After a film by UNSU LEESTARRING: Jason Behr Marina Black Fay Masterson Michael Goorjian Set against a subtle San Francisco backdrop, Happily is an urban fairy tale about an outwardly successful woman and her self-absorbed brother. Since their parents' death eight years ago, Elizabeth and Jake have become trapped in their respective roles - she's the responsible older sister, he's the directionless younger brother. Enter Katie, a waitress wit...

Howdy from Houston! its a wrap

WorldFest-Houston Film Festival 2004 Awards Ten Great Days in April - 450 Intl Filmmakers Attended! Grand Finale of 2004 WorldFest-Houston (The 37th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival) WorldFest-Houston, the third oldest film festival in North America, celebrated the conclusion of its 37th annual independent film showcase with an Awards Gala on April 24th and Closing Day festivities with a VIP tour of NASA and Space Center Houston and Texas Barbecue on April 25th sponsored by T...

Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee kicked off

The 8th annual Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee kicks off a week of celebrating independent film on April 16. Over 150 short films will be screened, eleven features and visiting filmmakers from around the world will be in attendance.If you come to KC for the festival we can get you a special hotel rate at the Quarterage Hotel (360 Westport Road). It is only a couple of blocks from our primary venues. Call their 800# and mention the Jubilee to get a $79+tax/night rate. 1-800-931-4322 / www.quarte...

San Francisco Festival trailer

April 15th is tax day. But all the stress of income tax preparations and payments evaporated when the rousing theme song from San Francisco, the 1936 movie starring Jeannette MacDonald and Clark Gable, blasted from the pipes of the Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Everyone in the 1400-seat movie palace clapped along. As Wu-Tang Clan producer and Kill Bill composer RZA proclaimed about the 1922 historic landmark: “This theatre here is crazy--off the hook.” ...

San Francisco Film Festival opening night

47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15-29) April 15th is tax day. But all the stress of income tax preparations and payments evaporated when the rousing theme song from San Francisco, the 1936 movie starring Jeannette MacDonald and Clark Gable, blasted from the pipes of the Castro Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Everyone in the 1400-seat movie palace clapped along. As Wu-Tang Clan producer and Kill Bill composer RZA proclaimed about the 1922 historic landmark: ...

Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee program

Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee: April 16- 22The 8th festival will kick off with a real bang with the screening of the first feature film from Kansas City to make it into Sundance: CSA-Confederate States of American. Backed by Spike Lee, picked up by IFC Films; director Kevin Willmott and producer Rick Cowen have a breakthrough opportunity that everyone hopes will propel them to even greater success. They have graciously allowed us to screen CSA as a benefit for the Jubilee.Official Selections - ...

First MIPTV for the new TV Division Director:

Paul Johnson, Director,TV Division, Reed MIDEMPaul Johnson has joined Reed MIDEM as Director,TV Division working with Pau Zilk.Paul replaces Rene Perez and comes from from VNU Entertainment Media, where he was European Sales and Marketing Director for The Hollywood Reporter. A 14-year veteran at The Hollywood Reporter, he was responsible for sponsorship, events and advertising at the magazine, and was the driving force behind its foreign language websites slated to launch later this year. During...

Miami G&L unveils line-up

2004 MIAMI GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS PROGRAM LINE-UP80 International films to compete during 6th annual event Opening Night Gala Screening - "Straight Jacket" by Richard Day Centerpiece Gala Screening - "Cachorro (Bear Cub)" by Miguel Albaladejo Closing Night Gala Screening - "D.E.B.S" by Angela Robinson Wolfe Career Achievement Award to producer Andrea Sperling 15th Anniversary Tribute to Strand Releasing The prestigious 6th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, presented by HBO...

Laws of Attraction closing San Fransisco SFIFF

The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29) is set to close on Thursday, April 29, 7 pm, at the historic Castro Theatre with Peter Howitt’s LAWS OF ATTRACTION. A humorous depiction of two warring lawyers who fall for each other, the film stars Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Parker Posey.Divorce attorneys Audrey and Daniel have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios. So, how bad could their chances be? Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore and Pierce Bro...

WorldFest Houston closes new prime sponsor

AMC THEATERS SPONSORS THE 37TH WORLDFEST-HOUSTON!AMC THEATERS IS THE NEW PRIME THEATER SPONSOR OF THE 37th ANNUAL WORLDFEST-HOUSTON, APRIL 16-25, 2004. The 37th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival welcomes its newest major sponsor, the AMC Theater Corporation for the upcoming April 16-25, 2004 event. All screenings will be held at the newly remodeled AMC Meyer Park 16 Theaters. WorldFest will screen just 50-60 feature film premieres, and 104 new short films from 33 countries wit...

Hi Lo : High Concept, Low Budget Fest

What is the hilo film festival? Or Why $40 million can kill a good idea.Originally organized in 1997 by the San Francisco production company and comedy collective Killing My Lobster the hi/lo film festival has evolved into a major West Coast showcase for independent low-budget film makers. The fest runs in the Haight’s historic Red Vic Movie House and Oakland’s pizza & pub Parkway Theater for three nights of shorts, docs, narratives, experimentals and animations. Now in its seventh year, t...

Coffee & Cigarettes from Jim Jarmusch will open SFIFF

47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH JIM JARMUSCH’S COFFEE AND CIGARETTES:Comic Vignettes from a Pioneer of American Independent Film The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29) is set to open on Thursday, April 15, 7 pm, at the historic Castro Theatre with Jim Jarmusch’s COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, a humorous collection of café conversations on various offbeat topics.COFFEE AND CIGARETTES stars an assortment of beloved performers including Bill Murr...

Cinequest San Jose Fest opening

14th Annual Cinequest San Jose Film Festival (March 3 - March 14) Outside the temperature was 61°, slightly chilly for California. But inside the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Cinequest 14 sizzled on opening night. “We’re hip, we’re hot, we’re here!” exclaimed Jens Michael Hussey, Director of Public Relations, as he kicked off the festival that runs from March 3-14. Hussey announced the winner of Cinequest’s first screenwriting competition, which drew 271 entries. A three-ju...

Denver Jewish Film Festival moves to March

8th Denver Jewish Film Festival Moves to March, Adds Venues and Explores the Diverse Nature of the Modern Jewish ExperienceIn its eighth year, the Denver Jewish Film Festival, the eagerly anticipated annual event presented by the Mizel Center for the Arts and the Denver Film Society, moves to the spring and unveils over 15 new films (documentaries, features and shorts) March 11 - 18, all of which explore intimate stories of Jewish life from around the world. Additionally, for the first time, th...

Actor Chris Cooper to be honored at SFIFF

CHRIS COOPER TO RECEIVE PETER J. OWENS AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALActor to be Saluted for Brilliance, Independence and Integrity The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Chris Cooper will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Owens Award, named after local cultural benefactor and longtime Festival board member Peter J. Owens, honors an actor whose work exempli...

Milos Forman honored at SFIFF this April

MILOS FORMAN TO BE RECIPIENT OF FILM SOCIETY DIRECTING AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDirector, Producer, Writer in San Francisco April 22Milos Forman will receive the Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Award will be presented to Forman by Danny DeVito on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Film Society Awards Night at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The San Francisco Film Society wi...

Sharks at Risk (from Cousteau) debuts in Santa Barbara

Cousteau Tradition Revived at Santa Barbara International Film FestivalJean-Michel Cousteau's latest film, "Sharks at Risk," in its English language debut, will screen at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 7th at 1:15 pm in Victoria Hall, 33 W. Victoria Street. This is part of the "Special Screenings" section of the 19th annual event. With reports of shark attacks increasingly in the news, Cousteau revisits what is known about shark behavior and compares myth to reality. ...

Movable film salon travels on the road

Premiering on January 16 in the heart of Main Street in Park City, Utah, Skyy Spirits, LLC will debut its SKYY View Lounge, a cinema-inspired moveable salon designed to showcase original content, host the hottest premiere parties, provide networking opportunities and hold thought-provoking film events in a contemporary, stylish cocktail-inspired atmosphere. Drenched in SKYY’s signature cobalt blue with clean lines and stylish furnishings, the SKYY View Lounge will showcase SKYY’s short prog...

ROADance: another Park City street event

The ROADance Festival in its 3rd edition and will take place in Park City, UT during the same 10 days of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, January 15-25, 2004 The Festival is for Short films, showcasing 3-5 minutes mostly. The festival takes place outdoors in the streets (roads) and parking lots of park city....hence the name road dance or ROADance The theatre is actually a standard 14 foot cube truck with a digital projector, a tape deck, a diesel generator and a rear projection screen...Inter...