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One lucky elephant at the L.A. Festival

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"ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT" is a unique documentary starring elephants, one female in particular, who will break your heart if nothing else. The fortunate elephant in question is Lorna, a lovable pachyderm who was released from a life sentence as a St. Louis circus slave at the age of seventeen by her keeper and trainer who had fallen deeply in love with her -- and turned over to an Elephant refuge where she could live out the rest of her days free to roam greener pastures in the company of other four ...

LA Fest documentaries reviews

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Feuding Anthropologists, an Elephant who got away, The abuse of Vlast, and Rich space cadetsThis year's LA Film Festival had a particularly strong slate of documentaries.and the following are a few mini-reviews of the creme-de-la-creme. "SECRETS OF THE TRIBE" compiled and directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha, is a very thought-provoking documentary focusing on the interference of academic anthropologists in the life of an extremely primitive tribe in the Amazon jungle, the Yanomami, in...

A DAY IN TEHRAN huge success June 13th at the Cinémathèque Française

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Shirin Ebadi   DIALOGUE WITH SHIRIN EBADI 2003 Noble Prize Winner, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate talked with famous screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière at the DAY IN TEHRAN event, organized, June 13th, in Paris, France on the grounds of the Cinémathèque Française. Shirin Ebadi is one of the very first female judges in Iran. Her constant and unfailing efforts in fostering  Human Rights for the weak and needy, in particular, women's rights, ch...

Honoring A Documentary Master

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  At a film festival devoted to non-fiction works from around the world, the presence of a true documentary master is cause for celebration. Such was the atmosphere on Wednesday evening at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, which honored documentary pioneer Frederick Wiseman with its annual Guggenheim Symposium (the Festival's equivalent of a career achievement award). Wiseman, who has been making controversial and thought-provoking films since the 1960s, is...

Cannes Day 6

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Official Selection Biutiful by Alejandro González Iñárritu 8.30 15.00 19.00 Outrage by Takeshi Kitano 12.00 22.30   Un Certain Regard Socialisme de Jean-Luc Godard 11.15 16.30 Carancho de Pablo Trapero 14.00 22.00 Synopsis: In Argentina, more than eight thousand people die every year in road accidents at a daily average of twenty-two. More than a hundred and twenty thousand are injured. Only...

Carancho by Pablo Trapero

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Synopsis: In Argentina, more than eight thousand people die every year in road accidents at a daily average of twenty-two. More than a hundred and twenty thousand are injured. Only the last decade has seen one hundred thousand deaths. The millions of pesos that every victim represents in medical and legal expenses produce an enormous market, supported by the compensations of insurance companies and the weakness of the law. Behind every tragedy, there is an industry.SOSA is a lawyer spec...

Thieves by Law Steals Kudos at Tribeca

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"Was it dangerous to make a documentary about the Russian mob?" Alexander Gentelev was asked after his Thieves by Law premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 22 to May 2, 2010). "We will find out after the protagonists see the movie," he deadpanned. The heroes Gentelev was referring to are three retired godfathers of Russia’s underworld who muse about their colorful exploits on camera. As he explained, "A lot of criminal kingpins were willing to mout...

First Regional Side by Side LGBT Film Festivals held in Siberia: Support and Opposition

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  The Fight Goes On. Saint Petersburg LGBT Film Festival Side by Side assesses the Siberian leg of their 2010 tour of the Russian Federation.   In Novosibirsk the festival, running from the 15 - 18 April, visitors had the chance to see the best LGBT films from the 2009 Saint Petersburg programme, debate on topics related to homophobia, the rights of LGBT people in Russia and become acquainted with Lida Mikhailova's photo exhibition "Coming out of the Closet....

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We would like to invite you and your company to participate in our New York City International Film Festival. We are very interested in young & talented Filmmakers from EUROPE to showcase their films in New York City. August 12-19 2010 Be an important part of this Red Carpet Event in New York City www.NYCIFF.com PRODUCER’S FORUM A four days meeting with Producers from around the world to discuss several topics as: • Production and International - Co-Productions workshop. • For Produc...

NYCIFF.Festival/fest21.com

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We would like to invite you and your company to participate in our New York City International Film Festival. We are very interested in young & talented Filmmakers from EUROPE to showcase their films in New York City. August 12-19 2010 Be an important part of this Red Carpet Event in New York City www.NYCIFF.com PRODUCER’S FORUM A four days meeting with Producers from around the world to discuss several topics as: • Production and International - Co-Productions workshop. • For Produc...

Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is celebrating its 23rd year this May

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Out Film CT is pleased to announce that the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is celebrating its 23rd year this May, bringing to the region a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) documentaries, shorts, and full-length feature films.  The festival runs from Thursday, May 27th through Saturday, June 5th, 2010.   "The screening committee has been working diligently since August to pull together a great line-up of films for this year's festival...

IFFBoston 2009 – Day Five – The World You Make with Forbidden: 3 of 3

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Marco Bechis’ Birdwatchers could have gone horribly awry.  Surficially an extinction survival story, pitting a dwindling indigenous people against the encroachment of the outside world that encircles and threatens to strangle, it could have been a treacly morality tale espousing the nobility of the native against the evils of modernity and our collective lost way.  But it is not. What it is, is a take on competing interests making a place for themselves that has echoes of Israel and ...

NEWSLETTER N° 459: April 1, 2010

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NEWSLETTER N° 458: March 24, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 458: March 24, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly 3rd Babelgum Online Film Festival April 2 - 19, 2010 Good news, filmmakers! The 3rd annual Babelgum Online Film Festival is open for submissions— until March 28. The Babelgum Online Film Festival (mobile and online viewing and voting) was created to...

VDFE: New board / new management / new office in the capital

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The Association of German Film Exporters voted Jochem Strate and Michael Weber at its annual assembly as the new board members. The lawyer Edith Forster was appointed as the new managing director and will succeed Lothar Wedel who is retiring on 30 April 2010 after 25 years' service. In addition, the Association will now also have an office in Berlin alongside the one in Munich.   The VDFE (Association of German Film Exporters) is one of the three shareholders who founded G...

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, ...

PRODUCERS FORUM

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 PRODUCER’SFORUM A four days meeting with Producers fromaround the world to discuss several topics as:   ·     Production &  International  - Co-Productionsworkshop.  ·     For Producers and the creativelearn new approaches to develop projects. ·     How to found productions. ·     For distributors and buyers identifiedprojects in development  ·     Investment opportunities ·     Women:  a new power tool inShow Business as Producers Director...

Haiti Crisis Adds Resonance To Sundance Docs

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   The recent tragic events in Haiti have given an unexpected resonance to a new documentary on child sponsoring that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. A SMALL ACT by Jennifer Arnold looks at the modern day phenomenon of Westerners sponsorship and adoption of third world children.   With the Haitian crisis generating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from almost every nation of the world, often by exploiting images of ...

Top-Ten List of Film Curses

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You may elect your best Film Curse using our Poll click to VOTE  •1.          Dorian Gray (2009) Cursed character: Dorian Gray - played by Ben Barnes The Story: Fresh-faced and innocent, Dorian Gray arrives in London to move into the house he has inherited. Almost immediately he falls under the influence of amoral and calculating Lord Henry Wotton, leading to a life of increasing debauchery and even violence. Through many years Gray stays as young...

The Global Film Village: David Mamet Premieres RACE on Broadway

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by Marla Lewin image copyright Robert J. Saferstein  I first met David Mamet in Chicago, at his St. Nicholas Theatre. I was the guest of actor Robert Strom, and I sat between him and David, it was American Buffalo.  Bob was planning to do a one man show on Charlie Chaplin, and I was to write my first script for him. Bob was a member of the St. Nicholas company.  David wanted to know if I was an actress?  He offered to assist us with the play. David was not yet inter...

Frederick Wiseman Receives Award at IDFA

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Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman was honored at IDFA's Opening Night ceremonies last evening with a Living Legends Award. There is much truth in the name of the award......Wiseman is a true living legend who continues his 50-year streak of creating intriguing, involving and sometimes shocking documentaries at the tender age of 79. He shows no signs of slowing down. His lastest project, LA DANSE, a portrait of the Ballet Company of the French National Opera. Frederick Wiseman was b...

Frederick Wiseman Receives Award at IDFA

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  Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman was honored at IDFA's Opening Night ceremonies last evening with a Living Legends Award. There is much truth in the name of the award......Wiseman is a true living legend who continues his 50-year streak of creating intriguing, involving and sometimes shocking documentaries at the tender age of 79. He shows no signs of slowing down. His lastest project, LA DANSE, a portrait of the Ballet Company of the French National Opera. Freder...

FLIFF Film In Focus: CHICAGO OVERCOAT

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Tales of the Mafia continue to fascinate the public. Even after THE GODFATHER trilogy and television's THE SOPRANOS would seem to have covered every angle of this sub-genre, the new American Indie film CHICAGO OVERCOAT still finds some interesting life in the tales of the underground. The film has attracted strong audience response at its premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival this week. A hit at the recent Chicago International Film Festival, the homegrown production was sh...

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