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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Director: George Melford.
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K

The 13th New York Havana Film Festival was a Big Hit at the Box Office

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At the Closing Night Ceremony on April 20th, 7 pm, at the New York Directors Guild Theatre, Distancia / Distance by Sergio Ramirez (Guatemala) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Picture and Best Director while the Best Screenplay prize went to Jualiana Rojas and Marco Dutra for Trabalhar Cansa / Hard Labor (Brazil) in the Fiction competition, as voted by the jury members: Esmeralda Santiago, Angel Lara and Jairo Carrillo. Con mi corazón en Yambo / With My Heart in Yambo (Ecuador) by Maria Fer...

19 films compete for the Havana Film Festival New York

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The 13th annual Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) runs April 12-20 with more than 40 highly anticipated and influential films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the U.S. including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the U.S will be in the festival's five venues and 3 boroughs. They span a variety of genres and themes, ranging from comedy, thrillers, action, drama and docume...

XVIth Forum of European Cinema „Cinergia" 4-12 Nov, 2011 Lodz, Poland closes with Gary Lucas Spanish Dracula

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Debuts films are the strength of „Cinergia" This year's Forum of European Cinema „Cinergia" program will be enriched by the new section. After seven years of absence and together with Lodz Film School we reactivated Andrzej Munk Prize. Andrzej Munk Prize winner will participate in the international competition for the Best European Debut Award „Kryształowa Łódka" (The Cristal Boat). Polish helmer Krzysztof Zanussi will be a president of international jury. In ...

Amazonas Film Festival today announced its 2011 line-up

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AMAZONAS FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2011 JURORS AND LINE-UP Award-winning films from around the globe will be screened at this unique festival in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest The eighth annual Amazonas Film Festival today announced its 2011 line-up, which features award-winning films from around the globe, and its jury of international stars and filmmakers. The festival will run November 3-9 in Manaus, Brazil. Screenings will be held at the Teatro Amazonas, the Belle-Epoque opera house upon...

Krzysztof Zanussi will head jury at coming Cinergia Forum of European Cinema, Bruno Chatelin invited as jury member.

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Polish helmer Krzysztof Zanussi will be President of Cinergia Forum of European Cinema - international jury. Debuts films are the strength of "Cinergia" This year's Forum of European Cinema “Cinergia” program will be enriched by the new section. After seven years of absence and together with  Lodz Film School we reactivated  Andrzej Munk Prize.  Andrzej Munk Prize winner will participate in the international competition for the Best European Debut Award “Kryszt...

"AN EVENING WITH GARY LUCAS" at the GRAMMY MUSEUM in LA for their GREAT GUITARS series WED. JULY 20th

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Very exciting week as I have just been invited to perform "AN EVENING WITH GARY LUCAS" at the GRAMMY MUSEUM in LA as part of their GREAT GUITARS series on Wed. July 20th, beginning at 8pm--I am particularly thrilled and honored as past participants include George Benson, George Thorogood, Richard Thompson and Jonny Lang!  Busy rehearsing my longtime supergroup GODS AND MONSTERS for a big show this Friday at JOE'S PUB here in NYC t 9:30pm. Our new album "THE ORDEAL OF CIVILITY&qu...

Boleto al paraíso & Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba won the Havana Star Prize for Best Film & Best Documentary

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      At the Closing Night Ceremony on April 15th, 7 pm, at the New York Directors Guild Theatre Ticket to Paradise / Boleto al paraîso by Gerardo Chijona (Cuba) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Picture in the Fiction competition, as voted by the jury members: Maria Marta Antin, Irene Blecua and Antonio Tibaldi.  Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba (U.S-Cuba) by Estela Bravo won the Havana Star Prize for Best Doc...

Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15

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The 12th annual Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) opens April 7-15 with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with distinguished international directors, actors, and producers. HFFNY's Cuban films are part of ¡Sí Cuba! Festival, a city-wide celebration of Cuban arts and culture. 14 New York institutions convene to celebrate the rich artistic vitality of Cuba by showcasing the diversity of Cuban culture from the traditional to the modern. ...

Forum of European Cinema Cinergia Lodz Poland

European Debut Section - The Regulations 


European Debut Section is dedicated to the first and second time European directors.

The films will compete for international Jury Award "Cristal Boat" (10 000 Euro) founded by President City of Łódź and Audience Award for the Best European Debut.

The submission deadline expires on August 31st, 2010. Please send your DVD or VHS screener on the following address:

Kino "Charlie"
European Debut Section
Ul. Piotrkowska 203/205
90-451 Lodz
Poland

NEWSLETTER N° 463: April 29, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 463: April 29, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes Filmfestivals.com and Xomo present the Future of Festivals...its Digital !  Mingle Talk and Wine tasting at the Spa des Stars (next to Gray d'Albion) May 19th 7: 30 -9:00 CALLING ALL FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS ATTENDING CANNES...

The Havana Film Festival New York Awards

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  Memories of Overdevelopment / Memorias del Desarrollo by Miguel Coyula (U.S-Cuba) won the Havana Star Prize for Best Picture as voted by the jury members: Louis Perego Moreno, Michael Hausman, and Sandy Lieberson. The Havana Star for Best director went to Rafi Mercado for his film Miente / Lie (Puerto Rico); the Best Screenplay prize went to Ray Figueroa for La Bodega / The Warehouse (Guatemala) and the Special Jury Mention went to Huacho (Chile) directed by Alejandro Fernandez. The Closi...

Havana Film Festival – New York: April 16-23

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Entering its second decade the most important US film festival with a focus on Cuban film making has expanded its programs and venues including links with some of the most prestigious New York art institutions. As a member of the group which established the Havana Film Festival in New York in 2001 I was fortunate to secure some funding from the Ford Foundation for bringing Cuba film makers to the festival, a practice which was continued in the following years contingent on funding and the vaga...

Havana Film Festival New York Ready to Rumble

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Jointly presented with Havana, Cuba's International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the Havana Film Festival New York is close, but no cigar. Subways and skyscrapers just can't match that fallen Habanero elegance as a habitat for Latino cinema. But if Cuba isn't on your itinerary and Manhattan is, you could do worse than to savor a week of Big Apple screenings from and about Latin America and the Caribbean, and about Latinos in the U.S. Opening Night w...

Havana Film Festival – New York: April 16-23

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Entering its second decade the most important US film festival with a focus on Cuban film making has expanded its programs and venues including links with some of the most prestigious New York art institutions. As a member of the group which established the Havana Film Festival in New York in 2001 I was fortunate to secure some funding from the Ford Foundation for bringing Cuba film makers to the festival, a practice which was continued in the following years contingent on funding and the vagar...

From Cuba to Gotham: Havana FF Comes To New York

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  The Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) launches its second decade, April 16-23, with a program of award-winning films, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions with noted international filmmakers, actors and producers. Over 40 highly anticipated and influential films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. will be screened. A variety of genres and themes from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru...

Forget Me Not

Director: Abel Gonzalez.
Meg is still mourning the death of her husband when her lover asks her to move in with him. Is it too early to forget?

Inside the making of Love & Suicide.

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* A critics interview with the making of the history making film Love & Suicide cast and crew, on their accomplishment in filming a feature length film in Havana, Cuba without the expressed concent of either government. LOVE & SUICIDEA Lisa France Film   After their film Anne B. Real, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, had been accepted into the Havana International Film Festival, producer-writer Luis Moro and writer-director Lisa France played with the idea of...

MIFF Opening Night Film: LA MISMA LUNA

 Thursday, February 28--------Tonight, the 25th edition of the Miami International Film Festival opens with the premiere of LA MISMA LUNA, a Mexican/US co-production directed by Patricia Riggen. The film began its life at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it was an instant sensation. A debut feature at the Sundance Film Festival is not, in itself, a major event. However, the excitement that percolated after the World Premiere screening of LA MISMA LUNA at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival w...

Miami Festival opens with LA MISMA LUNA

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Tonight, the 25th edition of the Miami International Film Festival opens with the premiere of LA MISMA LUNA, a Mexican/US co-production directed by Patricia Riggen. The film began its life at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it was an instant sensation. A debut feature at the Sundance Film Festival is not, in itself, a major event. However, the excitement that percolated after the World Premiere screening of LA MISMA LUNA at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival was one for the books. The film, ...

Film festival: destination tourism Part 1

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The continued expansion of film festivals and their financial support by public authorities is well known. There are clear economic and political benefits derived from investing in cultural events since more visitors come to the venue of the festival and support the local economy through expenditures on lodging, meals, local products and other leisure activities. Further, support for the arts is an appealing political activity since there are no controversies involved and provides prestige for t...

Film Festival Tourism

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The continued expansion of film festivals and their financial support by public authorities is well known. There are clear economic and political benefits derived from investing in cultural events since more visitors come to the venue of the festival and support the local economy through expenditures on lodging, meals, local products and other leisure activities. Further, support for the arts is an appealing political activity since there are no controversies involved and provides prestige for ...

Film Festival Tourism

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The continued expansion of film festivals and their financial support by public authorities is well known. There are clear economic and political benefits derived from investing in cultural events since more visitors come to the venue of the festival and support the local economy through expenditures on lodging, meals, local products and other leisure activities. Further, support for the arts is an appealing political activity since there are no controversies involved and provides prestige for ...

A Director's Final Masterpiece

Tuesday, November 6----When Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky died suddenly this past June at the age of 47, the international cinema world mourned the loss of one of its more blazing contemporary talents. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will present the director's final work, a metaphysical thriller with strong spiritual overtones with the evocative title of THE AURA. Bielinsky started shooting films at the tender age of 13. He later attended the National Cinematographic...

Guadalajara Film Festival celebrates 20 years of Fonds Sud

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The Fonds Sud Cinema celebrates 20 years in Guadalajara Film FestivalThe XX Guadalajara International Film Festival will show a selection of 5 films financed by the Fonds Sud Cinema, to celebrate the 20 years anniversary of the french fund that help the production of films in countries in developmentThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture (Centre National de la Cinématographie) established in 1984 a selective aid to the productionof feature films. In 20 years the Fonds Sud C...
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