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INTERVIEW WITH JIM BUTTERWORTH of NAKED EDGE FILMS (Gone, Donor Unknown at Tribeca 2011 Festival)

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Jim Butterworth, the president and co-founder of Naked Edge Films, a documentary film production company based in New York City and Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the two documentaries his company has at the 2011 Tribeca festival -- GONE and DONOR UNKNOWN.   Jim, you have a background in technology as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. How does this background translate to what you are doing with Naked Edge Films? ...

IFFBoston 2011: Narrative Sampler

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For a sampling of the narrative features not already mentioned, I offer the following: While the premise of Another Earth suggests that it is a science-fiction film, it is really more of a character study with a sci-fi MacGuffin.  Lead actress/writer Brit Marling, as Rhoda, is in virtually every shot, and yet is silent for roughly the first twenty minutes.  Her ability to keep the audience engaged through facial expression and body language sets the tone for the gently unfolding plot.  Alo...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival preview

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The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, the Maldives, Pakistan, Palestine, Paraguay, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine and the USA. Many of the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and some by panel discussions with experts and film subjects....

Human Rights Watch Film Festival announces line-up

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival  London, 21-30 March  ff.hrw.org   19 Films Address Economic Inequality and Consequences Worldwide (London, 10 February 2012) – The 16th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented in London from 21-30 March, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The international feature programme includes 15 documentaries and 4 dramas, from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, Iraq, Ita...

Viral campaign using Anonymous backfires with prod company website hacked.

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Last night hackers’ initiative Anonymous hacked the websites of production company LEV Pictures and her film Plan C. The reason is a viral internet campaign for the new feature film Plan C. LEV Pictures placed a number of spoof clips on YouTube in which dialogues from the film were presented by Anonymous as proof of corruption in the Dutch police force.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvVrkHhN3YU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSjwqynV0u4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4_TzkzZjRQ http://www.you...

Savannah Film Festival honors Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta during opening weekend

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The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, honored actress Ellen Barkin ("The Big Easy," "Ocean's Thirteen") and actor Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas," "Hannibal") with Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards during the opening weekend of the 14th annual event, which kicked off Saturday, Oct. 29 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 5, in historic Savannah, Ga. Barkin received the honor prior to the screening of her inde...

Savannah Film Festival Honors Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta During Opening Weekend

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The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, honored actress Ellen Barkin ("The Big Easy," "Ocean's Thirteen") and actor Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas," "Hannibal") with Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards during the opening weekend of the 14th annual event, which kicked off Saturday, Oct. 29 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 5, in historic Savannah, Ga.Barkin received the honor prior to the screening of her independent film, "Another Happy Day," which centers on a ...

LA Irish Film Festival 2011

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LOS ANGELES IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2011  PROGRAM AND TRIBUTE TO FIONNULA FLANAGAN THE STEVE BRENNAN TRIBUTE AWARD TO FIONNULA FLANAGAN Los Angeles Irish Film Festival 2011 Program OPENING NIGHT Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 7pm TRIBUTE TO FIONNULA FLANAGAN PERFORMANCE BY JUDITH MOK SPECIAL SCREENING OF "THE GUARD" Director: John Michael McDonagh Producers: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe Writer: John Michael McDonagh Cast...

Canada's Own Ryan Gosling

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  Ryan Gosling, the nova hot actor, is a native Canadian and the biggest film festival in his country is indulging in a bit of Gosling-fever. The actor, who grew up in southern Ontario, appears in two high profile films at the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens on September 8. THE IDES OF MARCH, a behind-the-scenes political thriller directed by George Clooney, gives its biggest role to Gosling’s young press secretary, who does all things legal and illegal to protect the...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2011

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Running its 22nd edition in cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center the Human Rights Watch Film Festival presented from June 16 – 3019 films from 12 countries and premiered 17. As in past editions, most productions selected were first rate prompting animated debates reinforcing the audience commitment to human rights issues. Thus the viewers enjoyed again reflexive cinema at its best. Most filmmakers were present to discuss their productions and to provide additional insights into...

ANNOUNCING A NEW PROJECT - "Going Home"

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We are in preproduction for a new short film entitled "Going Home". Below (click on ANNOUNCING above) you will find a summary overview of the project. We are requesting support in the form of donations. Your  donation can be made at the following link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1427902973/going-home-innocent-the-evidence-shows-otherwise-0?ref=live                                          GOING HOME...

INTERVIEW WITH JIM BUTTERWORTH of NAKED EDGE FILMS (Gone, Donor Unknown at Tribeca 2011 Festival)

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Fest 21 (Suzanne Lynch) sat down with Jim Butterworth, the president and co-founder of Naked Edge Films, a documentary film production company based in New York City and Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the two documentaries his company has at this year's festival --GONE and DONOR UNKNOWN.                   Jim, you have a background in technology as an entrepreneur and venture ca...

IFF APRIL 13, 2011

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• MEETINGS CONTINUE ON THE BRIDGE Workshops start in the third day of Meetings on the Bridge, the sixth of which takes place this year and which aims to create a platform for the cinema industry to meet. The Feature Film Development Workshop will start at 9.30 in French Cultural Center. • SEARCH HAS ITS WORLD PREMIERE Search, which is shown under “New Turkish Cinema” section, will be screened at 11.00 in Beyoğlu. Deniz Çınar will attend the screening. • WORKSHOP FROM MICH...

IFF APRIL 12, 2011

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• MEETINGS ON THE BRIDGE CONTINUE Meetings on the Bridge, the sixth of which takes place this year and which aims to create a platform for the cinema industry to meet, continue. Representatives from CNC and Unifrance, producers that target or are in the process of a co-production, and distributors will attend “Meetings on the Bridge Turkey-France Panel: Co-productions and New Media.” The panel is due to start at 10.00 in the French Cultural Center. This panel will be followed by another pa...

Making Way

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During the fourth festival OFF PLUS CAMERA twelve films from all over the world will compete for the Kraków Film Award. The head of the “Making Way” Jury will be Jerzy Skolimowski.   The Main Competition films are presented below! "Erratum" is a social drama by Marek Lechki telling the story of a man who doesn't even notice how much lost he is in his life. The film was appreciated at numerous festivals in Pusan, Chicago and Thessaloniki. ...

The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade

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A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year's selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval.   In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park's documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a tr...

Berlinale 41st Forum: cracks in the facade

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The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year’s selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval. In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley p...

INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010

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        INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010  -- COMPOSITE with RAAKH (1989)           ADDED NEW BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER TO PREMIER AT BERLIN 2010 by Alex deleon -- (reviewed below)  for www.filmfestivals.com   The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise.  MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it topline...

Allen Mack

Check out this incredible story by Cory Miller, based on his painstaking and passionate research to tell the tale and realize his short film Allen Mack (2009)... me: "Cory, can you tell me all about what your film is about, your history, your vision, what you want to say with your film? Also, for the international cinema world, can you tell us how you feel about the state of making an independent film in

Buff Blogcast - March 2010

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The phrase ‘joined at the hip’ springs to mind immediately when it comes to the argument that winners at the Golden Globes then go on to double up at the Baftas before claiming the hat-trick at the Oscars…suffice to say that only 1 person achieved the hat-trick on a what turned out to be yet another watershed Oscars…  70 years ago, Hattie McDaniel made history by becoming the 1st black actress to win an academy award for her role in ‘Gone With The Wind’ – 70 years on, an...

Kathryn Bigelow: Poised To Make History

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  With the announcement of Oscar nominations this morning and a definitive win at last weekend's Directors Guild of America Awards, helmer Kathryn Bigelow is poised to make history as the first women director to win a Best Director Oscar for her work on the intense Iraq War drama THE HURT LOCKER. Bigelow is only the fourth woman director ever to be nominated in the 85 year history of the awards (her predecessors included Italian director Lina Wertmuller for SEVEN BEAUTIES, Amer...

A world in pieces

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A world in pieces: the films of the 40th Berlinale Forum In its 40th year, the Berlinale Forum features a selection of films that capture the mood of the times in a sensitive way. Rarely have there been, in feature films and documentaries alike, as many people caught in insolvable conflicts, faced with essential decisions or staring into the abyss as in this year’s selection of films.   Domestic filmmaking makes its presence felt in the programme in a manner exciting, varied and surprising...

A world in pieces: The films to be shown in the 40th Forum as part of the official programme of the 60th Berlinale

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In its 40th year, the Berlinale Forum features a selection of films that capture the mood of the times in a sensitive way. Rarely have there been, in feature films and documentaries alike, as many people caught in insolvable conflicts, faced with essential decisions or staring into the abyss as in this year's selection of films.   Domestic filmmaking makes its presence felt in the programme in a manner exciting, varied and surprising in its strength. In Orly, Angela Schan...

Festival on Wheels shoots for Police, Adjective

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  The winners of the 15th Festival on Wheels have been announced. Among the 10 films competing from 10 countries, Corneliu Porumboiu's latest feature Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) won both the Golden Bull and the SİYAD (Turkish Film Critics' Association) awards. İki Dil Bir Bavul (On the Way to School), co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan, was named second best film.   The awards ceremony of the 15th Festival on Wheels, an event organized by the Ank...

Turkish FESTIVAL on WHEELS awards 2010 GOLDEN BULL Awards

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Festival on Wheels Prizes Festival on Wheels shoots for Police, Adjective The winners of the 15th Festival on Wheels have been announced. Among the 10 films competing from 10 countries, Corneliu Porumboiu’s latest feature Politist, adj. (Police, Adjective) won both the Golden Bull and the SİYAD (Turkish Film Critics’ Association) awards. İki Dil Bir Bavul (On the Way to School), co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan, was named second best film. ...
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