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'John Dies At The End' at Sitges 2012

The film ‘John Dies At the End’ (2012) screened at the 45th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival (October 4-14). ‘John Dies At the End’ won 3rd place for The People’s Choice Award at the 2012 TIFF’s Midnight Madness. The film’s veteran ‘fantastic’ director Don Coscarelli (‘Phantasm' saga; Bubba Ho-Tep, 2002) attended the Sitges screening of his latest film where he was awarded the Time Machine Award for his prestigious and inf...

Danny Huston and his nephew Jack at the MWFF for Two Jacks

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American film star Danny Huston and his nephew Jack will attend the Montreal World Film Festival for the premiere of Two Jacks directed by Bernard Rose. They will be accompanied by the film's producer Julia Verdin. In 2011 at the MWFF Huston won best actor for his role in Eran Riklis' Playoff. “I really enjoyed the Festival last year and I'm happy to be returning with Two Jacks,” said Huston.  “One of the great dynasties of American cinema, the Hustons have given us great films f...

20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival Opens Tomorrow (10/20/2011)

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20th Philadelphia Film Festival - Day 1 - 4 Picks I picked up my press pass for the 20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival tonight! Just to get you in the festival mood, here's the films I plan to see the first few days (Thursday, October 20th thru Sunday October 23rd). Of course, the festival runs till November 3rd, and I plan to be present throughout most of it; however, during the festival, I'll be posting on facebook and twitter each day ...

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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"George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wed, Oct 5th and Thurs Oct 6 "George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, Oct 6th at 9pm. Last night at the New York premiere, Martin Scorsese explained that , "the film took over 6 years to make and fifty people worked on it", while Oliva Harrison shared, "I never imagined this film would get finished. It co...

"George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wed, Oct 5th and Thurs Oct 6

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"George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, Oct 6th at 9pm. Last night at the New York premiere, Martin Scorsese explained that , "the film took over 6 years to make and fifty people worked on it", while Oliva Harrison shared, "I never imagined this film would get finished. It could not be rushed. It had to just sit. In the last five years we have what George would call...

EXORCISMUS, interview with Manuel Carballo

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  Well, a fantasy film festival would not be complete without an exorcism/horror and the latest demon to take possession is that in THE POSSESSION OF EMMA EVANS (La posesión de Emma Evans; Spain, 2010), also known as EXORCISMUS. While the film itself is a Spanish production (by Filmax, Barcelona) realized by Spanish director Manuel Carballo, it is set in London and filmed in English with actors Tommy Bastow, Sophie Vavasseur, Richard Felix, Douglas Bradley, and Stephen Billington. The f...

'La posesión de Emma Evans' (EXORCISMUS), interview with Manuel Carballo

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 Well, a fantasy film festival would not be complete without an exorcism/horror and the latest demon to take possession is that in THE POSSESSION OF EMMA EVANS (La posesión de Emma Evans; Spain, 2010), also known as EXORCISMUS. While the film itself is a Spanish production (by Filmax, Barcelona) realized by Spanish director Manuel Carballo, it is set in London and filmed in English with actors Tommy Bastow, Sophie Vavasseur, Richard Felix, Douglas Bradley, and Stephen Billington. The film has ...

We lost our dear colleague Helen Dobrenski

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Sadly, we have to inform you that Helen Dobrenski has passed away. Helen has been a dear colleague for over 10 years. She was covering the festival scene worldwide and handling marketing and sales for ufilmfestivals.com since its launch.She was feeling very unwell last month, went for tests, hospitalized, had surgery, but it was too late.Her brother John was with her in the hospital for her last breaths. There will be funeral and memorial in Paris but she will be buried at the family plot in th...

The Next Three Days: My First Red Carpet As A Photographer, by Eva Rinaldi - 30th January 2011

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It was my first time doing the red carpet as a professional photographer. You can just imagine how exciting it was. Doing something the first time is special. You know, getting your First drivers license, kissing, making love, giving birth and you get the picture. Today I had the privilege and pleasure of shooting 'The Next Three Days', a drama staring my friend Russell Crowe. The shoot wasn't without incident either, such is the often the case i...

The Sun Shines at Sundance

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My apologies for the lack of blogs recently, it’s all happening here at Film Doc towers, as I’ve recently re-shaped my business, as I am now both a film festival & sales agent. I also have 2 other associates on board (paediatricians if you will!), John and Paul. In addition, the company has been renamed The Film Festival & Sales Doctor. Both companies are obviously different and work in separate sectors of the film industry; however they trade under the film festival and sales doct...

AFM Day 4-5: Adrien Brody's WRECKED Sells

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AFM Day 4-5: Adrien Brody's WRECKED Sells, Where Not to Film, Mini-Moguls Speakby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent "Expected to be released in theatres in 2011" might be the most ominous phrase coming out of the 31st American Film Market, which closes on Nov. 10. It's the expectations of buyers and sellers that indicate we're in a worldwide down economy, with many expecting the worst. Not so if you are Adrien Brody, steeped in Oscar potential; and even if your film is WRECKED, som...

63rd Cannes Film Festival kicks off with Robin Hood

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 by Marla Lewin We arrived in Cannes and went right to the Carlton hotel and I said hello to Brian Grazer in the lobby, who said he was excited to be in Cannes for the opening night premiere of his film Robin Hood! We had flown in on the same plane as Donna Langley co-chairman of Universal. We were all relieved when the airline held our connecting flight to Nice because our Los Angeles flight had been late. We had heard rumors in the airport that officials were considering closing airports...

Cannes has opened, Robin Hood's team will hit the red carpet without Ridley Scott

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                              Director Ridley Scott has pulled out of the Robin Hood screening at the Cannes Film Festival this wednesday (Having recently undergone surgery, Scott had to decline invitation from Universal) Cate Blanchett and Russel Crowe were in town wwith producer Brian Grazer)  to  attend the photo call earlier today...

Interview with Jonas Mekas Filmmaker and DotFest Jury member

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Interview with Jonas Mekas   Why do you make film? Why do you make such films (not that predictable narrative ones)? I do not know why I make films. It's an obsession. I make diaristic films, it's basically a narrative form of cinema, only that people do not know that I am making a different kind of narrative film. They are used to the oldfashioned narrative cinema. But why diaristic? It stands so on the edge of becoming uninteresting and you, more or less, let the viewer into ...

Dalai Lama and Harrison Ford Film inspires prison inmates to resolve conflicts

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 In a rare opportunity to contemplate the nature of their own existence and explore the essence of inner peace, dozens of inmates at two Texas prisons gained insights during screenings of the award-winning documentary film Dalai Lama Renaissance, narrated by Harrison Ford (www.DalaiLamaFilm.com). The film screened at the prisons as part of an ethics program organized by “Project Clear Light,” a nonprofit Buddhist volunteer organization that works with the Texas Department of Criminal Just...

SHERLOCK HOLMES and Beyond

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SHERLOCK HOLMES comes to Pordenone this year where a crop of his early productions will be shown in the TEATRO VERDI to ardent fans. Program includes such early features as follows= - Bobby the Boy Scout; or, the Boy Detective (Clarendon Film Co., GB, 1909) - The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu: Ep.10, “The Fiery Hand” (Stoll Film, GB, 1923) - Der Hund von Baskerville (Vitascope GmbH, DE, 1914) - Sherlock Holmes i Bondefangerkløer (Nordisk Films, DK, 1910) - “The Old Man in the Corner”: The...

SHERLOCK HOLMES and Beyond

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Sherlock HolmesSHERLOCK HOLMES comes to Pordenone this year where a crop of his early productions will be shown in the TEATRO VERDI to ardent fans.   Program includes such early features as follows= - Bobby the Boy Scout; or, the Boy Detective (Clarendon Film Co., GB, 1909) - The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu: Ep.10, “The Fiery Hand” (Stoll Film, GB, 1923) - Der Hund von Baskerville (Vitascope GmbH, DE, 1914) - Sherlock Holmes i Bondefangerkløer (Nordisk Films,...

Arsenal's Opening ceremony

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Opening ceremony “Arsenals” 2008 was ceremoniously opened with the screening of “Salomé” in the small hall of the Latvian National Opera for guests with invitations, as well as with the screening of the Norwegian silent film “The Bridal Party in Hardanger” and the wedding gown parade in Vērmanes dārzs, which gathered half a thousand people. Opera guests were awaited by a special surprise - the heads of Salomé and John the Baptist on a plate. Another surprise was the musical...

Ann Arbor Film Festival opens tonight

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The 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival explores “the new world of independent cinema," beginning with the Opening Night Gala and screening Tuesday, March 24th! This year's Opening Night Gala takes place from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the Grand Foyer of the historic Michigan Theater. The celebration kicks off with live music from Los Gatos, open bar and catering from local favorites including Seva, Totoro Japanese Restaurant, eat catering & chef services, Morgan & York, Avalon Bread, Schakolad chocolates a...

RIIFF ANNOUNCES 2008 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS

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Over 300 submissions are received from across the globeand throughout the United States (PROVIDENCE, RI) Amy Neswald from New York City was the Grand Prize winner for thisyear's 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition.From the New England region, local screenwriters Karen Webb from Hopkinton, MA,Caitlin McCarthy from Worcester, MA, Rachael Smith from Hope, RI and Jason Burns fromProvidence, RI, were among the top prize winners in the competition. Entries for...

African Diaspora Film Festival to open November 28th , 2008

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      Gospel Hill will open the 16th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival to be held in six venues in Manhattan from November 28 to December 14, 2008. The directorial debut of Giancarlo Esposito, this year’s ADFF Opening Night film will be one of 50 New York City premieres among 86 titles representing 40 countries. In this romantic drama with a stellar cast that includes Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Stiles, Adam...

10th Annual EROS Film Festival

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Out Film CT, organizer of the CT Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and EROS (Encouraging Respect Of all Sexualities), the Trinity College student organization, present the 10th EROS Film Festival from Nov. 5th through the 9th. As always with this Film Festival, there will be an eclectic mix of films and documentaries, old favorites and exciting new works that will appeal to all LGBT film lovers. Here is this year’s line-up:The Art of Being Straight (Wednesday, 11/5 @ 7:30 p.m.) – After moving t...

Dutch Treats-Cinekids 2007-A Movie Marathon

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Just when you thought it was safe to cruise the canals in search of cinematic treats for younger viewers ,CINEKIDS- one of the largest international events showcasing productions  made for, by ,and with children-decided to celebrate its 20th Edition by uprooting the annual extravaganza from the heart of Amsterdam and relocate  most of its activities in a revamped  old gas factory,the Westergasfabriek, from 14-2I October, 2007. But the Dutch have a flair for making something new and practical ...

Dutch Treats-Cinekids 2007-A Movie Marathon

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Just when you thought it was safe to cruise the canals in search of cinematic treats for younger viewers ,CINEKIDS- one of the largest international events showcasing productions made for, by ,and with children-decided to celebrate its 20th Edition by uprooting the annual extravaganza from the heart of Amsterdam and relocate most of its activities in a revamped old gas factory,the Westergasfabriek, from 14-2I October, 2007. But the Dutch have a flair for making something new and practical out...

First docs from the Gulf Coast region at Full Frame

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First docs from the Gulf Coast region featuring Nine World PremieresFull Frame Documentary Film Festival announces the Southern Sidebar: Katrina films. The screenings, sponsored by Turner South for the 2006 festival will show for audiences in Durham, North Carolina on April 6-9th this year. Traditionally showcasing regional films in the Southern Sidebar program, this year the program will feature documentaries shot of the Gulf region and its people following Hurricane Katrina. Full Frame is t...

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