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Robert Redford To Receive Owens Award in San Francisco

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Robert Redford has won many hats in his nearly 50 year career: leading man, Oscar-winning director (ORDINARY PEOPLE), social activist and founder of the Sundance Film Institute. However, it is his acting that will be honored next week at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where he will receive the Peter J. Owens Award at the Festival’s Tribute Gala. In addition, the notoriously publicity-shy Redford will appear at a public onstage tribute at the Castro Theatre in a program that wil...

Robert Redford To Receive Owens Award

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  Robert Redford has won many hats in his nearly 50 year career: leading man, Oscar-winning director (ORDINARY PEOPLE), social activist and founder of the Sundance Film Institute. However, it is his acting that will be honored next week at the San Francisco International Film Festival, where he will receive the Peter J. Owens Award at the Festival’s Tribute Gala. In addition, the notoriously publicity-shy Redford will appear at a public onstage tribute at the Castro Theatre in a ...

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...

Francis Ford Coppola to be awarded at home at San Francisco

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Francis Ford Coppola will receive the Founder's Directing Award at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7). The Founder's Award will be presented to Coppola at Film Society Awards Night, the organization's glamorous black-tie fundraiser, Thursday, April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Film Society's acclaimed Youth Education Program will be the beneficiary of the benefit gala honoring Coppola; Robert Redford, recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for acting; ...

B-EST 3rd Edition

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3rd edition, 14 – 21 April 2007, Scala and Eforie cinemas The Russian director Nikita Mihalkov opened the 3rd edition of B-EST IFF by the movie Burned By The Sun (Oscar for the best foreign movie,1994)., Mihalkov as well, was present at the movie projections Statski Sovetnik (2005, producer and actor) and The Barber of Siberia (1998), movies chosen at the director’s suggestion. Nikita Mihalkov answered the audience and the press questions all along the press conference organized at the M...

The 1st. edition of B-est

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The 1st edition of B-EST IFF took place between 20.04 - 24.04 2005, at Union, Eforie, Elvira Popescu cinemas and enjoyed recognition on behalf of the national and international press. The festival was opened by the film “The Land Of Freedom” directed by Amos Gitai, (official competition Cannes, 2005), in the presence of Israeli director Amos Gitai. The president of the jury of the 1st edition of B-EST IFF was the Australian director Bruce Beresford, well known for his “Oscar Nominati...

Peter Weir’s "The Way Back" begins shooting

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principal photography has begun on six-time Academy Award nominee Peter Weir’s much anticipated epic film, “The Way Back,” the cast of which boasts Jim Sturgess (“21,” “Across the Universe”), Academy Award® nominee Ed Harris (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13”), Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement,” Peter Jackson’s upcoming “Lovely Bones”) and Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (“In Bruges,” “Miami Vice”)**. The film will be shot in Bulgaria, M...

Armand Assante, will receive the Gasparilla Career Achievement Award

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Emmy Award winner and four-time Golden Globe nominee, Armand Assante, will receive the Gasparilla Career Achievement Award for Excellence in Film on March 1st. The award will be presented at a reception held in his honor at the Dolce Vita Lounge at 5:00 p.m., immediately following the screening of one of his films, California Dreamin' at Channelside Cinemas. The long-time actor will also grace the screen in another film festival feature, The Steam Experiment, starring Val Kilmer, which is a fi...

The Dessert Castle

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Director: Eirin Gjorv.
A brand new capital – in the middle of the desert! And an Icon building – a Taj Mahal, or Sidney Oprahouse that will be the gateway to the city and a symbol to the entire world! This is what His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi in The United Arab Emirate Ras Al Khaimah has commissioned. The Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta has been invited to present their vision for this uniqe and gigantic project. In this film we follow Snøhetta and its director Kjetil Thorsen in their bid for adventurous and ground-breaking architectural challenges in the Arab sands of Ras Al Khaimah."I don’t believe in learning from experience” claims Kjetil Thorsen, ”Most experience is based on negative experience; on things that can’t be done, things that aren’t possible”.

Two For Tuesday! by Kimberly Deisler

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  After taking a breath and viewing only movies for two days, the energy here in Santa Barbara is once again building with anticipation for two spectacular events planned for this evening.    At 7:30 tonight the Arlington Theater screens The Road To Fallujah, directed by Mark Manning, this film documents the controversial war in Iraq.  While most films that focus on conflict involving the U.S. Military usually draw opinion and perspective solely from Americans, Fallujah provides an outlet f...

Santa Barbara Segue by Kimberly Deisler

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Having just attended the most historic event of a lifetime, the 56th Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, I can think of no better way to segue back into community than by attending The 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.My personal love affair with this festival started nine years ago and each year is no less exciting than the previous year or will be as exciting as the next.  With no shortage of global representation in film offered, my first inte...

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