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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Director: George Melford.
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K

Say Adios to Clichés and Hola to Mexico; kicking in Melbourne

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The el Tran (train) has left Mexico and after a successful tour through Los Angeles, it is now set to head around Australia, for the 7th annual Hola Mexico Film Festival this October and November.  The Festival combines the best of everything Mexican for a week of fun, film and food, as the Festival screens 11 feature films, 5 documentaries and one double header.    Jump on for the journey, as Hola Mexico travels to Melbourne (Oct 19 -28 ACMI Cinemas), then heads to Sydney (Oct...

Stockholm International Film Festival reveals the Program of 2012

The 23rd edition of Stockholm Internatinal Film Festival's will take place 7-18 November. This years program includes more than 170 film premieres from more than 50 countries. We eagerly look forward to 12 days full of quality cinema! -This year's program is perhaps our most daring to date in which the filmmakers take greater risks than ever. The Festival strives to find the best quality films from around the world. Remarkably this year is that a third of the films in our program was ma...

FNC opens with La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind) by Quebec director Simon Galiero

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41ST FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA   The Festival du nouveau cinéma is opening its 41st edition on October 10 with the world premiere of La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind) by Quebec director Simon Galiero. Camille Rewinds by French actress/director Noémie Lvovsky will close the Festival on Saturday, October 20. La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind), second feature by Simon Galiero (Nuages sur la ville), will mark the off...

Gold Coast International Film Festival line up announced

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The Second Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival presented by the Great Neck Arts Center, with the Town of North Hempstead as Founding Sponsor, will present seven days and nights of bold, dynamic films, programs, panels, tributes, conversations, awards and festivities on Long Island’s North Shore.  GCIFF gets underway Monday, October 22 with two pre-festival events followed by its Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, and then runs at the Clearview Cinemas in the communities of Man...

Helen Mirren to receive European achievement in World Cinema Awards

  HELEN MIRREN RECEIVES EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA AWARD "A very meaningful honour," says the British actress (picture: Giles Keyte) The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Dame Helen Mirren with the honorary award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012 for her outstanding body of work. “It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form,” stated Helen Mirr...

3rd Canadian Surf Film Festival (September 27- 30, 2012) announces 2012 film line-up

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The 3rd annual Canadian Surf Film Festival (CSFF) launches its 2012 program, full with regular length features and shorts about surfing, its communities, its environments and the soci-political issues that define it. As in year’s past, the event runs in Halifax over four-days– September 27-30–bringing international film festival darlings and local indie shorts together for the viewing pleasure of surfers, non-surfers and film lovers alike.   “It’s lining up to be another gr...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: CATHERINE DENEUVE

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ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CATHERINE DENEUVE – THE QUEEN OF FRENCH CINEMA Catherine Deneuve: The queen of French cinema that winks at the Independent cinema by Alessia Massa If you have a love for film, you must have a certain appreciation for French cinema. From the Lumière brothers to today, the French cinema has contributed many masterpieces that have helped to write cinematography history. Independent cinema is able to strike the heart’s chords; it can make you smile, touch you,...

The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival

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The 8th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (www.hollyshorts.com) wrapped with a standing room only awards ceremony at Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The ceremony was hosted by Amy Paffrath, host of MTV’s Jersey Shore After Hours. The HollyShorts Best Overall Short Film prize, which wins a $10,000 in post production and finishing services package from Company 3 went to “ASAD”. Director Bryan Buckley was on hand to accept. The HollyShorts Best Director Award which ...

Kenneth Fernandez

Kenneth Fernandez does voices... Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joe Stalin, Charles de Gaulle, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Leonid Brezhnev, Fidel Castro, Pierre Trudeau, Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, Jean Chrétien, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk,  Paul Martin, Brian Mulroney,  Margaret Thatcher,  Hugo Chavez, Yasser Arafat, Giscard d’Estaing, Shimon Perez, Yitzhak Rabin, George H.W. Bush,                                            George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama  3:41 minutes (3.38 MB)

Montreal World Film Festival launched with Million Dollar Crocodile...and 212 feature films

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  212 feature films (110 world or international premieres)  16 medium length films (12 world or international premieres)  144 short films (94 world or international premieres)  60 films in the Canadian Student Film Festival   A Chinese film “Million Dollar Crocodile” for the opening                              ...

FILM REVIEW Ice Age 4 : Continental Drift

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Ice Age 4 : Continental Drift Starring: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage,  Keke Palmer, Josh Gad, Nicki Minaj, Heather Morris, Aziz Ansari, Kunal Nayyar Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier   I read on the web that there have been at least four 'Ice Ages' in the Earth's geological past, the first taking place 2.3 billion years ago. Whether all of the species in the Ice Age franchise existed in the sam...

Awards of the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival

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At the closing ceremony of the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival that took place from the 16th to the 21st of July in Ljutomer, Slovenia, the following awards were given: Vicious Cat for Best Feature Film Sleep Tight (Mientras duermes) by Jaume Balagueró (Spain) Inbred by Alex Chandon (UK) The Jury, comprised of Slobodan Šijan, Phillip Bergson and Christian Hallman complemented the 8th Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival for its rich vintag...

Karlovy Vary awards and comments

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KVIFF 47, AWARDS AND COMMENTS, A TALE OF FOUR WOMAN by Alex Deleon   SUSAN SARANDON AT KARLOVY VARY The 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival closed shop on Saturday July 7 with the customary gala awards ceremony and a screening of Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" in the vast 1,500 seat Grand Hall (Velky Zal) of the Thermal Hotel. This was followed by the usual swanky closing reception at the stately Hapsburg era Hotel Pupp (Pronounced "poop&quo...

10th IN THE PALACE '2012 ...collectable stories / AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

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  Silver Princess Statuette (replica of the original "The Palace" statue of Ilejana, daughter of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edingburgh)   AWARDS & NOMINATIONS | INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Nominees for BEST FICTION: Joey ( dir. David Forster / Australia / 07'24'') Guang ( dir. Shio Chuan Quek / Malaysia / 14'00'') Short For Vernesa B. ( dir. Jons Vukorep / Germany / 10'47'') The Factory ( dir. Aly Muritiba / Brazil / 15...

Mirren meets the Karlovy Vary press and appreciative overflow audience at screening of Szabo's THE DOOR

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Helen Mirren and István Szabó (The Door)  by Alex Deleon, for <filmfestivals.com>   Dame Helen Mirren, patently the dominant figure of the first two days, held court on Saturday morning at the first official festival press conference. As Helen Mirrenová she is getting front page coverage in the Czech daily press in the manner of visiting royalty and her gracefully smiling visage adorns the cover of the widely read TVstar weekly with a bold gold lettered caption reading ...

A Power and the Glory of Cinema City

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Another big name of Cinema City Novi Sad, Serbia is no doubt Nick Powell. A man on Virgin label and a big boss of nowadays biggest Film and Television School in UK. I promised that I will write another article about a Nik Powell’s visit to Novi Sad, Cinema City because as I said in previous articles I’ve had a little problem with a voice recorder who failed to record interviews with Powell. In the 60s and 70s Richard Branson and his partner Nik Powell loved music and saw an opportunity to...

47th Karlovy Vary opens with fireworks and Helen Mirren

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  The 47th installment of this high powered central European film festival, one of the oldest on the continent, opened a nine day run on June 29 with a spectacular display of fireworks and an appearance by regal British actress Helen Mirren (66) on the red carpet for the opening gala.  Mirren was introduced to the crowd at the enrance to the great Hall theater by festival president Jiri Bartosha, himself a prominent Czech actor, as he presented her with a crystal globe statuette i...

QFest Hosts Events With A Touch of Drag and Quite a Few 'Bears'!

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What’s a film festival without a few parties? As the East Coast’s largest LGBT film festival, QFest is bringing the best. From poolside parties in Northern Liberties and glamour and glitz in the Gayborhood, to an evening with a few ‘bears’, QFest promises to keep you partying for 12 days straight. Following the Opening Night film Elliot Loves (Thursday July 12th at 7:15pm Ritz East 1), festival goers will head over to Table 31, 32 N. 17th Street, from 9:30p.m.-12:30a.m., for the O...

ÉCU's Partner IN THE PALACE Film Festival: A Short Film Festival with Royal Status

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IN THE PALACE Film Festival is the first and only festival of its kind in Bulgaria. Located in the quaint and romantic town of Balchik, the festival was first established in 2003.  The title of the festival originated from its venue, an architechural park, called "The Palace." "The Palace" was summer residence of the British princess and Romanian Queen, Marie of Edinburgh and constructed especially for her upon request. Initially beginning as a forum predominantly fo...

The Queen of Versailles is in Los Angeles (festival)

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The Queen before her unfinished palace Anyone who thinks this will be about the famous palace of "Le Roi Soleil" Louis XIV on the outskirts of Paris is in for a big surprise. The Versailles of this incredible true story will be the largest private family residence in the word when it is finished and the queen who will rule the roost is Jacquie Siegel, busty 43 year old trophy wife of 74 year old Real Estate tycoon David Siegel, who is building this monstrosity of a dwell...

Fleet Week Celebration 2012 with Randy Jones

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By Maria Esteves – May 29, 2012   The Sunday Night Fever Memorial Day Weekend 2012 Fleet Week Celebration with host Award-winning pop icon Randy Jones (Original Village People Cowboy commenced Sunday, May 27, 8:30 PM at SPLASH nightclub, New York. Renowned resident DJ Max Rodriguez spun the best 70s and 80s Disco classics. A special live performance with Randy Jones in honor of “Fleet Week in America service people” was profound and memorable. Florida Navy officers PA 3rd class...

A Night at the Opera

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I go back quite a way with Gaius Caligula....having studied his crazed life and inevitable death when I was  a Classics Scholar at Balliol, and read his first 'biog'in Latin, what more natural  than that ,during  my third excursion to cover Cannes (for BBC radio and other media), I should have been invited by Andre Previn's movie-exec brother to attend the   very secret and first presentation in the world of the full-length, unexpurgated  film version of Caligula.It was an off-Marke...

Rock n roll Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman on Conversation Crossroad Monday 7pm EST

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Rock n' soul will rule the night as Christine Ohlman, the flashy, gritty platinum-blonde "Beehive Queen," who is the longtime vocalist with NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, brings her unique voice to Conversation Crossroad Radio for an 7 pm in-depth interview that will spotlight songs from her six CDs, including The Deep End, a passionate collection that garnered five end-of-year 2010 national Top Ten mentions (Rolling Stone editor emeritus Dave Marsh said,"There are so man...

2012 Twin Rivers Film and Media Festival Announce Screening Schedule

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    Siberia Monamour to screen at Twin Rivers Media Festival19th ANNUAL TWIN RIVERS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AND FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 FESTIVAL LINEUP   The 19th Annual season of The Twin Rivers Media Festival(TRMF) will celebrate this year with the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and animated films.  The festival runs from May 25th – May 27th 2012 in with features films screening each Friday night until June 22, 2012 at the Phil Mechani...
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