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Sidewalk Film Festival 2010 Documentary Features Line-up

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Sidewalk Film Festival is proud to announce the 2010 Documentary Features Line-up. Sidewalk Film Festival will take place September 24th, 25th and 26th in Downtown Birmingham. Tickets are on-sale now at www.sidewalkfest.com. In Competition: (listed in alphabetical order by title)American Jihadist (Saturday, Sept. 26th – 2:45pm – Alabama Theatre Studio) Filmmaker – Mark Claywell *scheduled to attend American Jihadist profiles the enigmatic Isa Abdullah Ali, aka Clevin Raphael Holt, a self-d...

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ugust 15 Deadline for Submission soon approachingYou can now enter your film for consideration for the 2010 Imagine Science Film Festival! All entries must be submitted online or postmarked no later than August 15.Visit 2010 FILM SUBMISSIONS for fee schedules and submission details.Creation, A Film About Charles Darwin, CUNY Graduate Center, Wednesday Oct 20, 7PMCreation tells the story of Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) and his tortuous struggle to produce his best known work, “On the Origin ...

"The New York International Latino Film Festival", July 27 to August 1, 2010

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Bienvenido to "The 11th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival", presented by HBO!  Get out of the hot sun and into a cool theater by supporting international filmmakers who will be showcasing dozens of films at SVA and Chelsea Cinemas from July 27 to August 1st.  While "The Dry Land" starring America Ferrara and Wilmer Valderrama will open the NYILFF this Tuesday, July 27,  films entitled "Accountable" to "Yanindara" and over 100 others...

First Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction (AFFDRR)

 First Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction (AFFDRR)25-28 October, 2010 at Incheon city, Republic of Korea Environmental hazards and geo-climatic conditions, adding to vulnerabilities of the region, have made the whole of Asia more susceptible to all kinds of natural and man-made disasters. These issues have drawn attention at highest level, compelling serious intervention at top most level by the countries of this region. Starting in 2005 from China, the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is being organized from October 25 to 28 this year in the South Korean city of Incheon. This regional conference has emerged as the principal forum for Asian policy-makers and experts in the field of disaster risk reduction (DRR) to discuss ways and means of coping with and minimizing the impact of natural and man-man calamities.Cinema is a powerful tool of documentation and dissemination by way of its presentation and a film festival on this subject can go a long away in promoting awareness about disaster risk reduction in the region. As an effective tool of communication, the films leave long lasting impact on the minds of viewers. Many social and cultural issues have been presented in the form of films to communicate special messages. These films aspire to change the world, seeking to alter the political agenda and the popular understanding of issues.To strengthen the mandate of AMCDRR and to encourage sharing of knowledge between countries of the region, Global Forum for Disaster Reduction (GFDR), India, in collaboration with Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), Kobe, Japan, proposes to hold a festival of Asian-made and Asian-themed films to run alongside the conference. The festival will showcase short, documentary and fiction films made on the themes of disaster management, risk reduction and rehabilitation. The major objective of the Film Festival will be to promote the goals of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through sharing and dissemination of information on DRR amongst various sections of the society. This will in turn also help in bringing a greater understanding of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and heighten the sensitivities towards Climate Change issues. Global Forum for Disaster Reduction (GFDR), India, has been very actively involved in DRR activities since its inception. We believe in ‘Global Vision – Local Action’ and hence emphasize on sharing of globally available knowledge and information to suit the local needs. Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC), Kobe, Japan, established in 1998, is a network of about 30 countries and is working towards building disaster resilient communities and to establish networks among countries through many programs including personnel exchanges in this field. GFDR and ADRC have been working closely on many programmes and issues focusing on disaster risk reduction and mitigation. We share similar views and values on the importance of knowledge and information sharing.The proposed Asian Film Festival on Disaster Risk Reduction would be first of its kind and address all forms of disaster related issues concerning natural and selective man-made disasters. This film festival aims at providing a platform to films/documentaries etc. The success of the this event will further open up ways for organizing it on a wider scale in following years by screening of films and documentaries from all over the world.

Latest Jury decisions of Berlinale World Cinema Fund:

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Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Jury decisions and WCF-Spotlight in South AfricaAt the 12th session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury on July 4, three new film projects were selected for production funding.Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 73 projects chosen from 1275 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and the Caucasus. All of the WCF films completed so far have s...

NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries in Aspen

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 A recent renaissance in documentary filmmaking is having a major impact on American public discourse regarding the arts, politics, and society. To further explore this connection, NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentariespresents five new documentaries focusing on music, the visual arts, photography, and more. Not yet available to the general public, these inspiring, thought-provoking films have won acclaim and awards on the international film festival circuit. Each screening will be followed by...

Premiere Documentaries series in Aspen this summer

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Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute have created a new partnership to bring a selection of world-class film experiences to Aspen this summer. NEW VIEWS: Premiere Documentaries, a new series highlighting critically acclaimed documentaries and filmmaker conversations, will launch July 8, 2010, at the Aspen Ideas Festival and continue Monday evenings from July 19 through August 9. NEW VIEWS: Premiere DocumentariesA recent renaissance in documentary filmmaking is having a major impact on American pub...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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  On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha sha...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha shares his tho...

World Cinema Fund with Three Films in Cannes

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Three films funded by the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF) have been invited to the Festival de Cannes: Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be screening in the Competition. In October 2008, the WCF-Jury recommended funding this film project. Its German partner is Match Factory.    Another WCF-funded film, The Light Thief by Aktan Abdykalikov from Kyrgyzstan (German partner: Pallas Films), will be screeni...

Francesca Romana Degl'Innocenti new Artistic Advisor of the Perugia International Film Festival

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Francesca Romana Degl'Innocenti has been appointed the new Artistic Advisor of the Perugia International Film Festival and to oversee new offices in Perugia, Italy. Mar 31, 2010 Stratus Media Group, Inc. (OTCBB:SMDI), a live entertainment company and owner of the Perugia International Film Festival, announced today the appointment of Francesca Romana Degl'Innocenti as Artistic Advisor of the Perugia International Film Festival and liaison for Stratus Media Group's new offices in Perugia, ...

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival Awards

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Amnesty International Award for a film on Human Rights :The award goes to : « PETITION »Zhao Liag France/China. 2009. 124'There are many reasons why the Amnesty International Award, is of great importance to the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century. First of all, because it brings in contact two institutions that share a strong sensitization and similar goals. Furthermore, they both operate on a complementary level, with the Festival promoting and screening films by d...

SFIFF53 to Honor Robert Duvall with Owens Acting Award

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Robert Duvall will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6). The Owens Award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations and Film Society board member, honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The award will be presented to Duvall at Film Society Awards Night on Thursday, Ap...

Thessaloniki Masterclass with Stefan Kloos: Producing and Packaging Documentaries

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How can short documentaries be produced and packaged in a compelling way? What are the challenges and advantages when working with international co-productions of short documentaries? Will the digital future bring a bigger need for short formats?  These are some of the issues explored in this master class focusing on the German -Czech co-production Breathless. This project consists of five short creative documentaries on the theme Breathless - Dominance of the Moment.  During the masterc...

BUSKING THE SYSTEM

Director: Justin Morales.
We pass by them everyday on the subway. Sometimes we drop a dollar. Sometimes we stop and listen. But who are these anonymous musicians that play their hearts out day in and day out for little recognition? BUSKING THE SYSTEM is a documentary that explores the world of subway musicians living and performing in New York City. For in-depth perspective, BUSKING THE SYSTEM focuses in on the very different lives of several subway musicians in New York City. BTS follows three fresh faced musicians from Kansas City, MO, Seattle, WA and Cleveland, OH on their journey to see if they can make it in the New York subway and launch their career – will they discover success or be obscured in failure? Another musician already in New York is seen actually making a name for him self as a subway performer. There is also the familiar darker story of a man who plays strictly as a means for survival. From inspiring idealism to heartbreaking reality, BUSKING THE SYSTEM finally puts a spotlight on the musicians that make up the sounds of the underground.

Controversial award winning docu inks distrib deal with pineaple media

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"A professional, emotional and thought-provoking documentary that truly deserves recognition" (Todd Konrad, Independent Film Quarterly)   "Murder in America: The Sarah Cherry Story is the real Law and Order" (Gerald Wright, Rotten Tomatoes)   "A compelling and well-balanced film" (Richard Atteih, Pineapple Media)   Sarah Cherry   Another U.S. independent production gets recognized ...

Murder in America: The Sarah Cherry Story is the real Law and Order

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Another U.S. independent production gets recognized internationally. Former stand up comedian turned film producer Angelo Lazaro in association with Moonlake Films today announced that his crime documentary Murder in America: The Sarah Cherry Story has been acquired by the Crime Channel in Australia and New Zealand through Pineapple Media (Australia). The documentary will be broadcast on FOXTEL’S CI channel on April 17, 2010 at 8:30pm Sydney Time and 10:30pm in New Zealand. Murder in America, ...

Leo Hurwitz and the New York School of Documentary Film Storm Anthology Film Archives

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For many Americans, "terrorism" is an anthropological term meaning dark foreigners. They might be surprised to learn that it was how a U.S. Senate committee once described corporate America's tactics to crush labor unions.   Social documentarian Leo Hurwitz reenacted findings from that official body — the La Follette Senate Civil Liberties Committee — in his 1942 feature film, Native Land. The hybrid documentary raised the specter of fascism and called exploited workers to action....

New York Festivals Announces 2010 International Television & Film Awards Advisory Board

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New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards announced the appointment of its 2010 Advisory Board.  This year's Advisory Board includes a lineup of prominent international media professionals who will help pilot the expansion of the competition's global footprint.    "The insightful contributions and stellar reputations of the board members will be key in elevating and expanding the reach of NYF's Television & Film Awards competition, and   with th...

New York Festivals Announces 2010 International Television & Film Awards Advisory Board

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NYF Advisory Board Recruits Executives from HBO, ESPN, MTVU, Astro Entertainment, The Edge Picture Company, Showtime, and Radio Television Hong Kong. New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards announced the appointment of its 2010 Advisory Board. This year’s Advisory Board includes a lineup of prominent international media professionals who will help pilot the expansion of the competition’s global footprint. “The insightful contributions and stellar reputations of the boa...

Formula One Fast Tracked to Big Screen

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Exclusive Media Group's (EMG) documentary unit, Spitfire Documentary Films, is teaming with Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs to produce the definitive feature documentary on Formula One motor racing, the highest class of auto racing sanctioned by the FIA and the richest, most glamorous sport in the world. The announcement was made today by EMG's Co-Chairman & CEO Nigel Sinclair. The creative team comes from Diamond Docs, who recently helped craft the 2010 Acade...

When we leave (DIE FREMDE) is handed the Europa Cinemas Label Award in Berlin

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Live from Berlin: Feo Aladag's WHEN WE LEAVE (DIE FREMDE) from Germany has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Panorama section of the 60th. Berlinale, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors - the seventh year the Label has been awarded in the section.   WHEN WE LEAVE (DIE FREMDE) will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit themselves to extend the length of its run on screen and additional promotion across...

Jury's award short films in International Film Festival Rotterdam

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  During the IFFR 2010 Awards Ceremony for Short Films on Monday, February 1, 2010 in festival location Rotterdamse Schouwburg, the winning short films of the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three Tiger Awards for Short Film were granted to Wei Wen (Condolences) by Ying Liang (China), Atlantiques by Mati Diop (France/Senegal) and Wednesday Morning Two A.M. by Lewis Klahr (USA). The Rotterdam Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2010 was given...

Hollywood celebrities encourage Americans to support relief efforts for the Haitian citizens

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Morgan Freeman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tim McGraw, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon Join Ad Council and American Red Cross to Launch PSA to Support Victims of Earthquake in Haiti PSA directs viewers to visit http://www.redcross.org/  to support those in need In response to the destruction and devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, The Advertising Council and the American Red Cross today launched a national television public service advertisement (PSA) featuring Morga...

Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep... to support Haiti victims

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In response to the destruction and devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, The Advertising Council and the American Red Cross today launched a national television public service advertisement (PSA) featuring Morgan Freeman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tim McGraw, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon.In the television PSA, the celebrities encourage all Americans to support relief efforts for the Haitian citizens impacted by the earthquake by donating to the American Red Cross. Viewers ar...
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