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Focus on Savage Grace from London Festival

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In these sangfroid days when nearly everything is acceptable on the big screen, the sight of a mother giving a handjob to her son is still, please excuse me, a little controversial. That scene, that serves as the kind of climax (no pun intended) of SAVAGE GRACE, the long gestating project from American indie director Tom Kalin, may be one of the reasons that the project has taken more than a decade and a half to reach the big screen. However, the London Film Festival did bring it, with all its c...

LIONS FOR LAMBS Opens Worldwide Next Week

 Thursday, October 25---------It was quite a coup for the London Film Festival to snag the World Premiere of the hotly anticipated LIONS FOR LAMBS, the latest directorial (and acting) effort of the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford. Heading an all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, the highly topical drama is Redford's pointed commentary on the zeitgeist of wartime America, the complicity of politicians and the press, and the indifference of the general public who are not b...

World Premiere of LIONS FOR LAMBS At London FF

 Thursday, October 25---------It was quite a coup for the London Film Festival to snag the World Premiere of the hotly anticipated LIONS FOR LAMBS, the latest directorial (and acting) effort of the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford. Heading an all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, the highly topical drama is Redford's pointed commentary on the zeitgeist of wartime America, the complicity of politicians and the press, and the indifference of the general public who are not b...

Film In Focus: LIONS FOR LAMBS

 Thursday, October 25---------It was quite a coup for the London Film Festival to snag the World Premiere of the hotly anticipated LIONS FOR LAMBS, the latest directorial (and acting) effort of the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford. Heading an all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, the highly topical drama is Redford's pointed commentary on the zeitgeist of wartime America, the complicity of politicians and the press, and the indifference of the general public who are not b...

Toronto Party Central

 Monday, September 10---------Toronto, like any major film festival on the circuit, is as much about the parties as it is the films. Parties are, after all, the place to meet up and schmooze, seen and be seen, and, one might argue, are the perks after a day of slogging between screening rooms. While it is physically impossible to attend every event  (or even get an invitation to them all), I try and do my share.    The US distributors give some of this town's most stellar soirees, with outs...

Inaugural Middle East International Film Festival staff in place

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The official website has launched (www.meiff.com) for the first annual Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF), premiering October 14-19, 2007; and the Call for Entries is now under way. Over five days, MEIFF will present more than 50 films within a diverse slate of regional and international films with an emphasis on emerging artists. Grand Jury Prize winners will receive substantial production grants towards the funding of their next project, awarded in the categories of Narrative, Do...

Refugee All Stars On Screen And Live

 Monday, August 6--------An award-winning documentary on a group of refugees who take hold of their fate and destiny through musical expression is making its New York premiere at the IFC Center next Monday, August 13th. SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALL-STARS, a powerful and inspirational film by Zach Niles and Banker White, has been a hit on the international film festival circuit, having won the top Documentary Prize at the 2006 AFI Los Angeles Film Festival. This new documentary tells the remar...

Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped

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The 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival wrapped here this weekend as festival really has come into its own at it’s new digs in Westwood. Now in it’s second year in the Westwood Village this years fest shrugged off some of the first year jitters it experienced last summer to firmly establish itself as L.A’s premiere festival. The Westwood village is one of those rare places in this city that are not dominated by car culture but instead are pedestrian friendly. The number of quality theatrical ve...

Filmmaker Lisa Murray covers LA Fest on her fest21.com blog

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Experience the Los Angeles Film Festival through the eyes of Lisa Murray as she captures the entire experience on her blog and for FilmFestivals.com. The festival launched Thursday, June 21, and will conclude with a Closing Night Gala on Sunday, July 1. Murray will be attending the galas and events and will upload pictures and video as well as interviews with filmmakers and festival-goers."I am doing this blog for the girl or guy in a small town who may not have the resources to attend a festiva...

Los Angeles Film Festival full line up

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Film Independent announced the full program line-up for the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, July 1), including the Opening Night and Closing Night films.As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28 at a special event sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will pre...

Eastwood to Receive Spirit of Independence Award at LA Film Fest

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Film Independent announced today that Academy Award(R)-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year's Spirit of Independence Award at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Eastwood at a special event on Thursday, June 28, sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will present Eastwood with this honor. The Spirit of Independence Award event is ...

Television Comedian Makes His Feature Debut

Wednesday, November 7----He's best known as the rolly-polly manager of the neurotic Larry David in the hit HBO series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, but Jeff Garlin has had a long career as a stand-up comic who has written, produced, directed and performed his own stand-up act. Garlin now tries his hand at feature films with his directorial debut I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH. The film is a filmed version of his critically acclaimed solo show that follows the rotund Garlin as he negotiates love, c...

Los Angeles Film Festival 2006 Wraps

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Los Angeles – In a city that is driven by the filmed entertainment business the festivals offered to Angeleno’s have been hit or miss over the years. This year the homegrown Los Angeles Film Festival made the bold move of uprooting itself from its Hollywood base and moving to the UCLA village of Westwood. This was the latest in a series of changes that began when the festival shifted dates from spring to summer back in 2002. Next, Rachel Rosen was scouted from the venerable San Francisco Fi...

AFI gets ready for a stellar 19th Film Festival

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November 3rd to the 13th, 2005 With 16 World Premieres and 17 North American Premieres the AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi is paving the way for a dynamic Los Angeles Film Festival. Now in its 19th year the Festival is known as one of the top-ten Film Festivals in the US. Known for its stellar presentation of programming and outstanding participation of filmmakers and cast, the Festival draws a large number of passionate film goers in Southern California and many international guest as well.AFI ...

Film Independent’s First Annual Filmmaker Forum.in LA

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Film Independent’s First Annual Filmmaker Forum. Established indie filmmakers share their secrets—and past mistakes—to arm you for the festival circuit and beyond. Experts tell you who needs to see your film, when to show it, and how to create a buzz around it. Get the tools you need now. Topics: Keynote: You Made It, Now Sell It Festival Prep: How to Spend Your Money - Part 1: Your Friends and Enemies and How to Tell Them Apart - Part 2: Creating A Buzz: Nobody Will See it If They Don’t...

True passion for filmmaking

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THE SHORT FILMS OF FIVE NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO HIT THE BIG SCREENS OF L.A. FOR A SECOND TIME.PET STORE, IF THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD - WHO NEEDS GOD,AND HARMONY WILL SCREEN AT THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL AGAIN ON JUNE 26TH.Filmmakers Mark Sanders, Thomas Schuster, Laura Caccavo, Carly Wolff, and Ashish Amin might be in their teens, but when it comes to filmmaking they are talented beyond their years.This weekend they inspired L.A. moviegoers when their films screened at the 11th Annual...

In the city of Angels, The Los Angeles Festival flies again

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IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL FLIES AGAINThe Los Angeles Film Festival took wing with an ideal opener, the North American premiere of David Jacobson’s Down In The Valley at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood on Thursday, June 16. With an excellent cast and strong performances, the film captures the valley’s famous slackness with an apt tobacco-stained tanginess. Nocturnal images of snaking highways act as rivers of light isolating valley dwellers from the world and, as in th...

George Clooney to Receive Inaugural Spirit of Independence Award

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At yhe upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16 – June 26) George Clooney will receive the inaugural Spirit of Independence Award, and the Festival premier sponsor has increased the cash prize of the Target Documentary Award to an unrestricted grant of $50,000. On Saturday, May 14, the festival will celebrate these announcements at the 2005 Festival de Cannes on the Budweiser Yacht from 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. The Spirit of Independence Award will be given to Clooney at a special event on J...

Beyond The Sea AFI opener

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AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival Opens with BEYOND THE SEAUS Premiere of BEYOND THE SEA, directed by and starring Kevin Spacey opened the prestigious American Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Festival this week. The 2004 AFI Festival is in its 18th year and is set for November 4 -14, 2004 in Hollywood, California. Executive Director Christian Gaines had a wonderful opening night with the unveiling of the long awaited Miramax film BEYOND THE SEA. This is the story of 50's - 60's croo...

LA Fest winners

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Ferenc Toth's Unknown Soldier, Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace, and Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation were among the winners Saturday night at the closing of the 10th annual Los Angeles Film Festival. Tarnation was created by director Cauoette on his Macintosh computer i - Movie program for a reported $293.00. Filmmakers Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell executive produced this charming biography. Tarnation, which centers on the troubled life of the director--who grew up gay with a schizo...

H Berry and S.L. Jackson co chair IFP/LA Fest

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HALLE BERRY, SAMUEL L. JACKSON Serve as Co-Chairs for 2004 IFP/LA Film Festival, Neil Young is Artist In ResidenceHalle Berry and Samuel L. Jackson are serveing as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. Also, musician and filmmaker Neil Young is assisting as Artist in Residence for this year’s festival.“Both Halle Berry and Samuel L. Jackson have been able to use their stature in the industry to support independent film, the Spirit Awards, and now the Los Angeles Film Fe...

LA fest opens with Garden State

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LA Film Festival Blooms with Fox Searchlights GARDEN STATE as Opening Night FilmThe 10th annual Los Angeles Film Festival opens on June 17th through June 26th with the Sundance favorite GARDEN STATE Premier Sponsors In Style and Target Stores will sponsor the Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Gala, to the appreciative filmgoers.Dawn Hudson Executive Director has been fortunate to have Rachel Rosen and the staff working around the clock to assemble the 10th Years outstanding program. The numb...

New Festival players launch FCG in Cannes

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Former Film fest directors Jon Fitzgerald and Mitch Levine announce the launch of Festival Consulting Group (FCG), a company devoted to serving the film festival community. Supported by a comprehensive website, FestivalConsulting.com, the Company will offer a complete range of services – from Sponsorship to Strategic Planning to Production Services – and virtually everything in between. The announcement was made at a reception at the Plage des Palmes Café in Cannes, co-hosted by Film Find...

Filmfestivals selects Genesis to distribute entertainment SMS in China

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Filmfestivals Entertainment Group Selects Genesis Technology Group to Distribute SMS Entertainment Content to Chinese MarketsInternet's leading entertainment portal targets Chinese SMS users; Genesis China Roundtable in Paris scheduled for March 26thGenesis Technology Group, Inc. (OTCBB: GTEC) announced today the signing of a contract with FilmFestivals Entertainment Group (FFEG), a French corporation with headquarters in Paris. Genesis will forge strategic alliances for FFEG in China to remarke...
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