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AFI FilmFestival in full swing in Los Angeles

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Hello folks! I’m back from a couple trips out of town (family stuff, without my computer) so I could not blog for a while. But now that I’m back in town, I can catch the second half of the AFI Festival in Los Angeles, which runs through Nov. 10. Screenings are free! – though of course you still need a ticket, available at http://www.afi.com/AFIFEST/.   For more on AFI, check out today’s article in the LA Times, “Finding Passion for Film,” featuring an interview with...

Camerado feature road movie, 'LOST IN NEW MEXICO' now on iTunes, coming to HULU

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  From the land of 'Breaking Bad': Camerado's feature road movie, 'Lost in New Mexico: the Strange Tale of Susan Hero' ('Great Road Pic' - Angelika Entertainment), now available on  iTunes ->http://itunes.apple.com/us/mov​ie/lost-in-new-mexico/id470893​805 SYNOPSIS: Accompanied by her illegal immigrant companion, a woman desperate to clone her deceased child steals cash and heads across country in search of a maverick animal cloning expert who says he ...

FREEDOM DEAL: A New Kind of Horror Film from Camerado SE Asia

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This is writer-director Jason Rosette with Camerado SE Asia, I hope you are all well! Our 3rd feature, FREEDOM DEAL,  is a drama withsupernatural and horror elements taking place in Cambodia during the 1970 civil war, as the US and North Vietnam slugged it out along the Cambodia-Vietnam border. It's a part of the Vietnam war and US and Cambodian history that's never before been explored in a compelling way in the fiction feature format.     ...

J Rosette's Genre-Busting Asian Social-Issue Horror Flick, FREEDOM DEAL Update 7/29/11

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Hello Colleagues in Media, Film, Business, Music, the Arts, Philanthropy, and Beyond: This is writer-director Jason Rosette of Camerado SE Asia, I hope you are all well! With the recent winding down of the 4th edition of the CamboFest, Cambodia Film Festival, our efforts have shifted back to producing a fabulous and compelling feature film that we've been developing for some time.  I hope you'll take a moment to read on - there's never been a movie quite like this, and you'll soo...

Long wait over as Terrence Malick film hits Cannes

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  By Mike Collett-White CANNES, France (Reuters) - U.S. director Terrence Malick brings his eagerly anticipated drama "The Tree of Life" to the Cannes film festival on Monday, ending a long wait for movie fans and critics intrigued by only his fifth feature. The picture has been the most talked about of the 20 entries in the main Cannes competition, and its world premiere brings stars of the stature of Brad Pitt and Sean Penn to the famous red ...

Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, THE TILLMAN STORY

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Interview with director Amir of THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010). First, read more about the film here: http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/the_tillman_story_q_and_a   ME: First of all I want to congratulate you on your film which to me is very thought-provoking in terms of the questioning of what makes a myth. AMIR: Well, thank you. ME: So, how did you start to make this film and when? AMIR: Well, we started in 2007 which was right around w...

Interview with Amir Bar-Lev, THE TILLMAN STORY

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Interview with director Amir of THE TILLMAN STORY (USA, 2010). First, read more about the film here:  http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/the_tillman_story_q_and_a   ME: First of all I want to congratulate you on your film which to me is very thought-provoking in terms of the questioning of what makes a myth. AMIR: Well, thank you. ME: So, how did you start to make this film and when? AMIR: Well, we started in 2007 which was right around ...

Film Independent producers lab selection

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14 FILMMAKERS & 9 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FILM INDEPENDENT’S 2010 PRODUCERS LABFilm Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped its 10th annual Producers Lab earlier this week with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Sponsored by Technicolor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program took place in Los Angeles and was designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into...

Make a difference in cinema history: An appeal from CamboFest founder J Rosette

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If this newsletter is not displaying correctly, click here to view it in your browser  CAMBOFEST, Cambodia Film Festival: thanks to all supporters ~ seeking contributors for Cambodian youth festival staff training  FREEDOM DEAL: Vietnam war-era social issue feature drama reaches milestone - Phase II commences CAMBOFEST, Cambodia The on...

The Girl Who Played With Fire Fundraising Event

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The Girl Who Played With Fire, the highly anticipated second instalment of the Millennium Trilogy, is coming to Cornwall in September. Noomi Rapace reprises her role as Lisbeth Salander, described by esteemed critic Roger Ebert as “compelling as any movie character in recent memory.”   When a researcher and Millennium journalist on the cusp of exposing Sweden’s sex trade are murdered, Lisbeth’s prints turn up on the murder weapon, making her the prime suspect. With a history o...

CAMERADO wraps 1st BANGKOK INDIEFEST * VN-war era feature 'FREEDOM DEAL' moves through script development

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CAMERADO (www.camerado.com), an innovative production and media group working in Asia, has just wrapped the 1st edition of the BANGKOK INDIEFEST (www.bangkokfest.com), the first international film event to take place in Bangkok since the end of the 'Red Shirt' Protests. An excerpt from a message to participating filmmakers reveals the incredible challenges involved in producing this year's event: "Just a little over two months ago, the 'Red Shirt' protest situation here in Bangkok...

LA film festival Artistic director shares his insights today

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The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights todayDAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festivalby Marla LewinI just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors. Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics. It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position.Marla: So David...

The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights today

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DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival by Marla Lewin I just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors.  Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics.  It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position. Marla: So David, I remember last year you were on the Jury of the LA film festival, and w...

The Global Film Village: Film Execs look at the state of Indie Distribution

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  by Marc Halperin The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, some  films are being bought and others are not. Understanding the reasons for these decisions is critical for independent filmmakers.  Film Independent recently produced a round table that focused on indie distribution. It’s an offshoot from their Filmmaker Forum, which was held over an entire weekend in early October. This discussion looked at the economics of distribution; traditional, DIY, and digital stra...

Film Execs look at the state of Indie Distribution

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The Global Film Village by Marc Halperin The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, some films are being bought and others are not. Understanding the reasons for these decisions is critical for independent filmmakers. Film Independent recently produced a round table that focused on indie distribution. It’s an offshoot from their Filmmaker Forum, which was held over an entire weekend in early October. This discussion looked at the economics of distribution; traditional, DIY, and digital str...

4th Annual ITVFestival Panel Lineup and more

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Tickets and passes are on sale. If you don't buy them now, they'll be sold out soon. We have some fantastic programs and panels shaping up. Down below is our list of confirmed panelists... Important Dates... July 30th Opening Night Gala. Official invites are on their way, but in the meanwhile, you can rsvp at itvfestgala.eventbrite.com. There will be food and liquor and beer and music. July 31st First day of ITVFest!!! August 3rd, Web TV Day sponsored by Tubefilter Au...

A festival Wife final chapter revealed in Cannes

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Do not miss the final chapter 12 of Rex Weiner's "A Festival Wife" which has just been published on fest21.com it will also be launched may 21st at 5.30 from Film France Pavillon in the International Village in Cannes...up in the air, with 12 balloons off croisette to a luck reader who will get to read the full version of the novel. Filmfestivals.com, the leading online source for global film festival news and resources, is posting the final chapter of "A Festival Wife...

Final chapter 12 of Rex Weiner's "A Festival Wife"

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Do not miss the final chapter 12 of Rex Weiner's "A Festival Wife" which has just been published on fest21.com it will also be launched may 21st at 5.30 from Film France Pavillon in the International Village in Cannes...up in the air, with 12 balloons off croisette to a luck reader who will get to read the full version of the novel. Filmfestivals.com, the leading online source for global film festival news and resources, is posting the final chapter of "A Festival Wife," a first novel by former ...

Festival Market Trends in Tougher Times

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Everyone’s a critic?  In times of financial turmoil, apparently everyone is also an economic analyst…  Throughout the festival, market veterans, journalists, and onlookers alike have been trying to decipher what impact the world financial crisis, economic recession, or whatever term you prefer has had on the Cannes market.  Everyone has an opinion on this sensitive subject and of course not everyone agrees on the issues--  To what degree has the Cannes market been effected? What are the ...

2009 Panel Directory

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  An abundance of panel discussions from various perspectives of the film industry are scheduled for the 2009 festival.   May 15- American Pavilion will host a discussion with Francis Ford Coppola, 5:30-7pmMay 16- Short Film Corner to host a conference entitled 'Focus on Scandinavian Short Film Industry', 4pm  May 17- American Pavilion will host a discussion with American directors in Cannes with panelists: Lynn Shelton ("Humpday"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Josh and Be...

A Festival Wife online novel by Rex Weiner marks 1000th reader

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Filmfestivals.com, the online source for global film festival news and resources, this week marked its 1000th reader logging onto “A Festival Wife,” a novel by former Variety reporter Rex Weiner serialized weekly on its website since March 25, 2009.The novel, a romantic thriller framed by the world of film markets and festivals, is illustrated by Nesta Morgan, is presented on the newly-launched Fest21 blog platform (www.fest21.com). A new chapter has appeared each week with the surprise endi...

Festival Book serialized exclusively on fest21.com -Part 4

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FILMFESTIVALS.COM TO PUBLISH FESTIVAL NOVEL IN WEEKLY SERIAL Web 2.0 Festival Novel“A Festival Wife” romantic thriller by ex-Variety reporter Rex Weiner to appear onlineCheck the fourth chapterCheck the third chapter Check the second chapterFirst chapterFilmfestivals.com, the online source for global film festival news and resources, will serialize “A Festival Wife,” a first novel by former Variety reporter Rex Weiner, in its weekly newsletter beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2009. The nov...

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival In Los Angeles

NYIIFVF is the only festival that focuses ONLY on independent films. This is the only festival that refunds entree fee if you are not accepted. You show your film in NY and LA.

Hamptons Fest Screenwriters’ Lab

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The Hamptons International Film Festival will host its 9th annual Screenwriters’ Lab cosponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation this April 3 – 5 in East Hampton, NY. Over the course of one long weekend, emerging screenwriters will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one each day with established screenwriting mentors who will advise them on how to develop their scripts and move their projects closer to production. Within this supportive environment, the screenwriters are encouraged to tak...

A festival Wife goes 2.0 read it first on fest21.com

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FILMFESTIVALS.COM TO PUBLISH FESTIVAL NOVEL IN WEEKLY SERIAL Web 2.0 Festival Novel "A Festival Wife" romantic thriller byex-Variety reporter Rex Weiner to appear online At http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/a_festival_wife Filmfestivals.com, the online source for global film festival news and resources, will serialize "A Festival Wife," a first novel by former Variety reporter Rex Weiner, in its weekly newsletter beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2009. The novel...
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