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54th San Francisco International Film Festival Presents New Series of Master Classes and Salons

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Conversations Offer Opportunities for Deeper Audience Engagement with Festival Films and Filmmakers The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5) will present two new Conversations series designed to deepen and enhance the Festival experience, giving filmgoers the opportunity to go a step beyond the post-screening Q&A. An extension of the Film Society’s year-round Film Craft & Film Studies program, Master Classes are an opportunity to engage with special ...

Hollywood Awards(r) Gala new dates

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The Hollywood Awards(r), announced today that the 15th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala ceremony, honoring excellence in motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, will take place on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Through the years, the Hollywood Awards(r) Gala has become a bellwether for the Oscars and it has become known as the first event that launches the awards season. "The New York Times" says that the Hollywood Awards Gala is the first ...

USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events

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  The USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events for the 41st Annual USA Film Festival, April 27 - May 1, 2011.  All programs will be held at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.  Advance tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster beginning Friday, April 15, 2011. The program includes special TRIBUTES to the following performing artists: Barry Corbin William Fichtner Malcolm McDowell [Editors Note: For additional...

Sonoma International Film Festival announced this year's award winners

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 The 14th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival announced this year's award winners at the Festival's Backlot Tent on Sunday, April 10, 2011.  The Festival, held from April 6-10, 2011, screened 90 films including 28 feature length documentaries, 8 short docs, 17 feature films, 2 World Premiere music videos, 11 animated shorts and 24 narrative shorts.  Sonoma's increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films. Festiva...

The Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2011 Sloan Filmmaker Fund Recipients

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  The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the films that will receive financial and creative support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  This year, out of 121 applicants both in the US and internationally, six projects will be awarded a total of $140,000 and will be recognized at the annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 20- May 1, 2011). Grant recipients will receive year-round mentorship from science experts and members of the film indus...

11 East and Central European films compete in Vilnius international film festival's competition programme

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The competition programme "New Europe - New Names" at the Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" has selected a formidable collection of Eastern and Central European films. The audience is invited to 11 thrilling, refreshing brand new films thoroughly selected by an international jury. These particular foreign films are all contenders in the line to become the highlights of the festival. They have already proved their potential at Cannes, Venice, Berl...

Final Draft Special Offer

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Final Draft Software has a special money-saving deal for friends of the ÉCU Film Festival. Use the code ÉCU 2011 upon checkout at finaldraft.com and purchase Final Draft for just $169. This is an $80 discount off the normal price. (This offer ends April 10, 2011.) Joe Mefford from Final Draft will be attending the ÉCU 2011 and demoing Final Draft to filmmakers, screenwriters, and students. If you’re a current Final Draft user or a brand new screenwriter, be sure to ...

The panels at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express®, today announced its lineup for the 2011 Special Events and Tribeca Talks® panel series. The component programs are “Tribeca Talks: After the Movie,” “Tribeca Talks: Industry,” “Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper, hosted by Barnes & Noble,” the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival panel, and new this year, in celebration of the tenth Festival, the “Tribeca Talks: Directors Series,” featuring one-on-one conversations wit...

The Healing Power of Music

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  It has been a long accepted article of faith that music can transcend time and space and jog the mind to realizations and awakenings. Music therapy has become one of tools used by professionals to treat those with memory loss due to disease, braiin tumors or simply old age. The power of music to heal is at the core of the new American indie film THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED, the directorial debut of producer-turned-director Jim Kohlberg. The film made its local premiere last Thursday as a...

The Healing Power of Music

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It has been a long accepted article of faith that music can transcend time and space and jog the mind to realizations and awakenings. Music therapy has become one of tools used by professionals to treat those with memory loss due to disease, braiin tumors or simply old age. The power of music to heal is at the core of the new American indie film THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED, the directorial debut of producer-turned-director Jim Kohlberg. The film made its local premiere last Thursday as a special scr...

Tribeca All Access Program announces the12 selected projects

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The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced the 12 projects selected for Tribeca All Access (TAA) program. This year, the program will introduce $10,000 grants for each project along with tailored mentorships to maximize its impact. Now in its eighth year, TAA was created to help foster and nurture relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. TAA will present the 12 projects throughout a five-day program taking place during ...

Film Independent launches a Documentary Lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to suppor...

Cinequest Film Festival 21 wrapped

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  Cinequest Film Festival 21 (CQFF21) proved to be so much more than a film festival by continuing to transform lives across the globe through discovery, innovation, connecting and creativity. The festival celebrated 75 U.S., North American and World Premieres representing over 41 countries. Enhancing its position as the place to discover the future of film innovations, Cinequest produced 22 art and innovation forums and workshops. A record 91,000 participants enjoyed premier venues loaded ...

Ruby Mountain Film Festival 2011

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Chatting with launching Ruby Mountain Festival Director We sat down with Kurt James Stefka - Founder, CEO and President of the Ruby Mountain Film Festival and discussed the vision and the challenges the festival is facing for its opening year this August (11-14) in Elko, Nevada... Bruno Chatelin: When and how did you decide to launch a f...

IFFF panels announced

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PanelsWelcome to the IFFF. Providing professional panels and networking opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to meet with established leaders in the industry is central to IFFF's mission. The 2011 festival will re-present some of last year's more popular panels and add some new and exciting panels in specialized areas of film interest and distribution. Check back periodically for "Panels" schedule additions, changes and/or updates. Seating is limited and many of these ...

Chatting with launching Ruby Mountain Festival Director

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We sat down with Kurt James Stefka - Founder, CEO and President of the Ruby Mountain Film Festival and discussed the vision and the challenges the festival is facing for its opening year this August (11-14) in Elko, Nevada... Bruno Chatelin: When and how did you decide to launch a festival? Kurt James Stefka  About 3 years ago I bega...

Launching the Ruby Mountain Film Festival

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We sat down with Kurt James Stefka – Founder, CEO and President of the Ruby Mountain Film Festival and discussed the vision and the challenges the festival is facing for its opening year this August (11-14) in Elko, Nevada...Bruno Chatelin: When and how did you decide to launch a festival?Kurt James Stefka About 3 years ago I began to visualize a film festival in our community. It was then that I began to conceptualize the mission, name, objectives and overall strategy to bring a uniquely cult...

Annual Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest is live again

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Academy Award  winning actor Nicolas Cage will be honored on the forth day of the 6th Annual Los Angeles   Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest, on Thursday, Feb 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre, it was announced today by Festival Founder and Executive Producer Pascal Vicedomini. Singled out for his commitment in promoting the Italian-American heritage, Nicolas Cage will be presented with  The 2011 L.A. Italia   Excellence Award  by noted Italian director Marco Bellocchio....

'Duel' gives Chekhov piece its overdue due

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I wanted to share my "coup de coeur" around my discovery of this brillant film produced by Donald Rosenfeld who brought us 4 masterpieces from James Ivory, including his best "Remains of the Day". This is another delicate and smart story adapted from Anton Chekhov's novella THE DUEL. Absolutely superb performances, brillantly shot by Dover Kosashvili. I was about to write a lavish review when I found this one, by Michael Phillips, a Chicago Tribune Movie critic. I cannot...

Berlin Buzz 3

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    BERLINALE IN 3D  On Sunday, the Berlinale was host to three back-to-back 3D films that demonstrated that the technology is not only good for computer animation and big budget sci-fi. In TALES OF THE NIGHT, French animator Michel Ocelot provides a shadow-puppet retelling of famous fairy tales, much in the manner of the films of famed 1930s storyteller Lotte Reininger. The film mixes classic silhouette animation with strong colorful backgrounds to amazing effect. In PI...

Panorama Celebrates Two Milestones In 2011

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  The Panorama section of the Berlinale, known for its edgy programming, is celebrating two significant anniversaries this year. The first is the 30 year involvement of Wieland Speck, the handsome honcho who began his involvement as an assistant to the legendary Manfred Salzgaber, a producer and film exhibitor who began the section as an alternative to the somewhat stuffy programming of the main Berlinale section. With an emphasis on queer and outsider cinema, the Panorama was event...

Brilliant reviews for Anton Checkhov's the Duel

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"The vibrant new film adaptation of the Anton Chekhov novella The Duel...nails also the essential qualities of comic indolence and dangerous yearning in Chekhov, which have proved so elusive time after time, in adaptation after adaptation.... The Duel looks beautiful, but it is not merely so. It doesn't carry the baggage of an important adaptation; it's deft, droll and languorously sexy.... This film is indeed something like a miracle." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune [Read the r...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Director: Dover Kosashvili.
The pivot point is an emotional and psychological triangle: a civil servant, Laevsky (Andrew Scott, appalling and appealing); his married mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott, a milky beauty); and a zoologist, Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, suitably rigid). The story gets going with Laevsky bitterly complaining about Nadya to an older friend, a doctor, Samoylenko (Niall Buggy). Laevsky claims to no longer care for Nadya, who, having left her husband, now inspires her lover’s contempt or, perhaps, fatigue. Like a caged animal, he wants out and claws at Samoylenko as Von Koren watches and seethes, stoking his loathing for Laevsky. For his part, by cutting to Nadya during Laevsky’s rant and capping the scene with a disapproving look from Von Koren, Mr. Kosashvili suggests that his own sympathies are divided.

'Duel' gives Chekhov piece its overdue due

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I wanted to share my "coup de coeur" around my discovery of this brillant film produced by Donald Rosenfeld who brought us 4 masterpieces from James Ivory, including his best "Remains of the Day".This is another delicate and smart story adapted from Anton Chekhov's novella THE DUEL.Absolutely superb performances, brillantly shot by Dover Kosashvili.I was about to write a lavish review when I found this one, by Michael Phillips, a Chicago Tribune Movie critic. I cannot resist ...

Sundance 2011 Crowns Its Winners

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Winning an award at the Sundance Film Festival is no small accomplishment. The competition to just get into the Festival is fierce (150 films chosen out of over 2000 submissions.....ouch). However, winning the top prizes is still no assurance that the films will be widely seen or make any dent at the box office. Some years, the top prize winners have barely registered beyond the festival circuit. In others, such as last year's winner WINTER'S BONE, the win at Sundance led to an outstanding showi...

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