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QFest Kicks Off 12 Days of LGBT Cinema with Time Traveling Filmmakers and Lesbian Aliens on Earth

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The 17th edition of Philadelphia's QFest opens  July 7 at 7:00pm with two Opening Night Features: The Philadelphia Premiere of Judas Kiss and the Sundance hit Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same! Judas Kiss tells the story of a washed-up filmmaker who travels back in time and meets his college-aged self. It features 2006 QFest Rising Star Charlie David and the 2011 QFest Rising Star Award recipient Sean Paul Lockhart. Judas Kiss screens at 7:15pm at the Ritz East Theatre 1. Imme...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) with 265 screenings of 193 films from 48 countries, which were attended by 278 filmmakers and industry guests from 22 countries around the globe. "I had a hell of a good time!" exclaimed Frank Pierson, recipient of this year's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. "I enjoyed the informality of spirit and the professionalism of execution of the who...

The 10th Santa Cruz Film Festival Opens Tonight

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  The 10th Santa Cruz Film Festival Opens Tonight, Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM at Del Mar Theatre, 1124 Pacific Avenue   SCFF is kicking off its 10th Season with the Sundance hit and delightfully offbeat dark comedy, Prairie Love, that has been described as a "lighter Fargo meets a darker Napoleon Dynamite." - COED Magazine From the frozen plains of North Dakota comes this wonderfully bizarre story about three people searching for love in the oddest ways. Reminis...

Tinsel & Tine interview with Morgan Spurlock "Greatest Movie Ever Sold"

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Jerry: ...Over the balcony, bounced off some respirator thing into the patient! George: What do you mean "into the patient"? Jerry: Into the patient, literally! George: Into the hole? Jerry: Yes, the hole! George: Didn't they notice it? Jerry: No! George: How could they not notice it?!? Jerry: Because it's a little mint. It's a Junior Mint. George: What did they do? Jerry: They sealed him up with the mint inside. George: They left the Junior Mint in him? Jerry: Yes! Geor...

Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide

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  Select SFIFF Films will be Made Available to Festival Scope Members Worldwide The San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) is excited to announce that the Festival has been invited to join Festival Scope, a new Internet platform that allows programming of selected film festivals to be viewed online by film professionals around the world.   "We see the participation of SFIFF in Festival Scope as a substantial benefit for the works programmed...

The Rhythm Of Haiti At Tribeca Film Festival

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  A sneak preview of the music documentary WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING will be featured at the Tribeca Drive-In this evening as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a free live concert by  Haiti's beloved national band Orchestre Septentrional at the World Financial Center Plaza in Battery Park City in lower Manhattan.  WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING is a feature documentary by director Whitney Dow about Haiti’s rich musical culture and the legendary band the Orc...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Will Present Founder's Directing Award to Oliver Stone

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Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo’s 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki CinemasThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club.The Film Society’s highly regarded Youth Education program wi...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Presents New Series of Master Classes and Salons

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Conversations Offer Opportunities for Deeper Audience Engagement with Festival Films and Filmmakers The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will present two new Conversations series designed to deepen and enhance the Festival experience, giving filmgoers the opportunity to go a step beyond the post-screening Q&A. An extension of the Film Society’s year-round Film Craft & Film Studies program, Master Classes are an opportunity to engage with special ...

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Presents Centerpiece Screening of Azazel Jacob's Touching Comedy 'Terri'

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Director Azazel Jacobs and Actor Jacob Wysocki Expected to AttendThe 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) announced today that its Centerpiece screening will be Azazel Jacob’s heartfelt comedy Terri. The Festival’s Centerpiece is designed to showcase a celebrated young director and his or her latest film. Terri will screen 7:30 pm, Saturday, April 30 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas followed by the Centerpiece party at 9:30 pm at CLIFT, Velvet Room. Dire...

Oliver Stone to receive Honor at San Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo's 365 Club.     ...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) jury members announced

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  Respected Hollywood and media personalities will serve on the Features, Documentaries and Shorts juries of the 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the organization announced today. The festival runs April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.   IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, "We are very appreciative to have such distinguished members of the film industry join us.  From academics and acting to filmmaking and jou...

The KahBang Film Festival 2011 will debut a new and unique format, with a new focus on Comedy films

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The KahBang Film Festival approaches on April 8th 2011, festival organizers are proud to announce a new award given on the grounds of the exemplary achievement in Cinema to a filmmaker, actor, or actress, who is connected to Kevin Norwood Bacon in 6 films or less, acknowledging the success the recipient has achieved by being so closely connected to Mr. Bacon.   Why Kevin Bacon?  The legend speaks for itself.  Kevin Norwood Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue an acting career ...

American celebrities in Krakow - ROSE McGOWAN, RICHARD JENKINS, AMERICA FERRERA!

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ROSE McGOWAN (president of the Jury of the Polish Dramatic Competition), RICHARD JENKINS (special guest) and AMERICA FERRERA (actress and producer of the film “The Dry Land” in the Sundance section). Rose McGowan is in possession of a very unique and characteristic looks recognisable in the cinema world. She is best known for her roles in TV series “Charmed” and “Nip/Tuck”, for her relationship with an eccentric musician Marilyn Manson and for her double role in Robert Rodriguez' a...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL PRESENT KANBAR SCREENWRITING AWARD TO FRANK PIERSON

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 Screenwriter/Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night and an Onstage Tribute Featuring Dog Day Afternoon   San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Frank Pierson will be the recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The Kanbar Award, which acknowledges the crucial importance of a script in the production of an exceptional film, will b...

Film Independent launches a Documentary Lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to suppor...

CHRISTINE VACHON TO DELIVER STATE OF CINEMA ADDRESS AT 54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Acclaimed Producer and Author to Reflect on Independent Cinema and Its Continuing Evolution San Francisco, CA - The San Francisco Film Society announced today that acclaimed producer of independent cinema Christine Vachon will deliver the annual State of Cinema Address at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21-May 5) at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 pm. Vachon will speak on the current state of independent film and the role of p...

Shopping for co productions at Paris Cinema

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  PARIS PROJECT MEETINGS Paris Project 2011 Save your dates! July 4 to 7, 2011     Paris Project, the coproduction platform of Paris Cinema International Film Festival, is now actively selecting projects from all around the world. Its aim is to bring to...

NEWSLETTER N° 499: february 25, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 499: february 25, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This weekly newsletter reaches 90 931 film professionnals. ...

Beverly Hills Film Festival does not rank among the top film festivals: we never wrote that, who would believe anyway? :-)

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Below is an amazing quote from the latest marketing document of the Festival:   "The BHFF ranks among the top film festivals in the world. Based on total number of submissions (SOURCE FILMFESTIVALS.COM) "                             Do NOT believe everything Beverly Hills Film Festival is telling you: we cannot endhorse the...

Relive Sundance

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  Relive the Fest From an emergence of talented young actresses like Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, and Brit Marling to a powerful batch of docs led by the Grand Jury Prize-winner How to Die in Oregon, highlights from this year's Fest were all enhanced by the conversations surrounding the films. Whether you missed it the first time or simply must see it again, you can watch many great panels, roundtables, and awards ceremonies through our archived live stream...

Berlin Buzz 5

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  IRANIAN FILM TAKES LEAD IN CRITICS POLL Trade magazine Screen International has been conducting a poll among leading international critics to predict the film that will win the Golden Bear award, the Berlinale's top prize. Each day in the trade's dailies, seven internationally respected critics are polled to get their response and to (possibly) handicap the winner, which will be announced on Sunday. The critics include Scott Foundas (Film Comment, USA), Derek Malcolm (London Even...

Brita and Sundance – A Perfect Pair for Independence and Sustainability

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Anyone who visited the festival this year couldn’t help but notice the green water bottles everyone carried on them suspended by a blue carabiner. Brita, in an effort to promote environmental sustainability, provided thousands of water bottles for festival guests to fill up at their Hydration Stations. Sundance Channel HQ, Photo by Michael Korbic In addition to their environmental contributions to the festival, Brita teamed up with The Sundance Institute and Environm...

JUST SAYIN'!

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In a month’s time, the east coast has been buried with enough snow to wear down even the “but-I-love-the-change-of-seasons” people.  We’re barely a month in and already the winter has worn out it’s welcome, except in those other areas where winter seemingly has no bearing on mood or outcome. I’m talking about Park City, Utah, Santa Barbara and Hollywood, CA, where films and people are hotter than hot this time of year.  I’m talking about the recent distribution of the Golden Gl...

Sundance Raps with Lil Jon and Snoop Dogg

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What do Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon and The Sundance Film Festival have in common?  The World Famous HarryO’s!    It’s Thursday, the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival.  Main Street is a breeze to drive down and the public parking lots are free - as opposed to the harsh $20 they’ll charge starting Friday.  Now I know why a local store clerk at the nearby outlet mall told my friend everyone in Park City hates us festival folk.  At $20 for parking, I’d be bitter too.  ...

Going For The Brass Ring At Sundance

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  For American Independent filmmakers (and increasingly, international ones too), the Sundance Film Festival is an opportunity to put one's project on the world stage and, hopefully, end up with a delicious distribution deal. Of course, truth be told, less than 5% of the 250 films on offer here will create any sort of noise after the Festival concludes (well, push that up to 10% if you include the films that will eventually be asked to participate on the international film festival circ...

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