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Stills from our latest film "The Apostle"

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Our latest film, "The Apostle," has already generated some buzz after its first showing in Watertown, CT. Investigating the pressures of having the fate of the world rest on one's shoulders, "The Apostle" is a realistic interpretation of how teens may react when the second coming of the teenaged Messiah descends from his home in the mountains of Montana. Here are some stills from the film....

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...

Connecticut Film Festival Launches Tonight

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  While this blog concentrates on film events in New York City proper, the entire region (from northern Connecticut to southern New Jersey) is quite lively with film and media celebrations all season long. One of the most vital and diverse of these launches this evening in the historic city of Danbury, Connecticut.   The Connecticut Film Festival, one of the most dynamic regional showcases of its kind, opens this evening with a fundraising event accompanied by a work-in-pro...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 500 bis: march 11rd, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  500 Let us toast to that! Since we like that number we will name this issue 500 bis if you do not mind? ...

Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival to celebrate its 24th year this May

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  Out Film CT is pleased to announce that the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is celebrating its 24th year this May.  Throughout the year Out Film CT brings informational and entertaining lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) films to the region.  As part of the organization's mission to present timely films on topics relevant to the LGBT community, Out Film CT has shown documentaries, shorts, and full-length feature films on gay marriage, overturning California's Prop...

A Film Feast In Connecticut

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  The Connecticut Film Festival, one of the more important regional events devoted to indie filmmaking, is taking its act on the road, with a series of weekend mini-festivals around the state. The first is taking place this weekend in the central Connecticut town of Torrington. All screenings are held at the historic Warner Theater, an art deco gem from the great era of movie palaces. The 3 day program, which mixes up film premieres, industry seminars and reception events, began on ...

New England Underground Film Festival will launch this fall

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  1st Annual New England Underground Film Festival To Be Held October 8 @ Master of None LLC in New Haven NEW HAVEN, CT, JANUARY 10, 2011 - The New England Underground Film Festival, a new celebration of the best of contemporary underground cinema, will have its inaugural presentation on October 8 at Master of None LLC, a visual arts and performing arts space in New Haven, Connecticut. The New England Underground Film Festival is now accepting submissions for consideration. The fe...

Bahamas jury members

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Festival Attracts High Profile Industry Players For Jury and PanelsThe Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 7th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 1-5, 2010. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. This year, the Festival will showcase 56 films from 17 different countries, including 27 features of which several are world or international premieres and all Bahami...

EROS Film Fest sends a message: It Gets Better

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12th Annual EROS Film Festival Sends a Message: It Gets BetterAs our nation cries out in grief and disbelief at the recent tragedies surrounding gay youth in America, the question that begs an urgent answer is: how do we prevent this from happening again and again? The answer is simple: support, support, support. Support takes many forms – from reaching out on a personal level to gay and lesbian youth in our lives to mentoring an at risk youth we’ve never met to linking ourselves and othe...

Jon Wilkman Interview on "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS"

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EXCLUSIVE: TCM's "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS" Director Jon Wilkman Interviewby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Somewhere in Connecticut, Bill Haber, one of the founders of CAA, got a flash that Hollywood history should ride again. To that end, he contacted four-time Emmy winning documentary veteran Jon Wilkman and the rest is "A History of Hollywood." Set to air Nov. 1 through mid-December, "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD" will unspool every Monday night at 8 PM (ET) on Tu...

Aspen announces new Exec Director Robyn Myler

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Aspen Film, creators of unique and memorable experiences for both the serious cinephile and casual movie lover, is excited to announce the appointment of Robyn J. Myler as executive director. Drawing on her exceptionally strong leadership and development skills, Myler aims to take Aspen Film to the next level by increasing the range of programming and growing the membership. "Speaking for the Aspen Film Board of Directors, we are delighted to have Robyn Myler join us as our new e...

Ernest Borgnine Screen to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade-—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor w...

MEAT THE TRUTH

Director: Gertjan Zwanikken.
The documentary Meat the Truth is the first major project undertaken by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change. Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation chose to compile the best scientific information on climate change and livestock farming, which is presently available and to translate this for a broader audience. The film was produced by Claudine Everaert and Gertjan Zwanikken. The calculations on greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources. Well-known Dutch celebrities, such as Anthonie Kamerling, Georgina Verbaan, Henk Schiffmacher, Yvonne Kroonenberg, Karen van Holst Pellekaan, Wim.T.Schippers and Dolf Jansen, participated in the making of the Dutch version of this documentary, which has already been deemed better than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth by the science editors of the quality Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad. In the meantime, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation has also produced an international version of Meat the Truth. This English language film is better tailored to an international public and uses calculations on the carbon savings that may be achieved by reducing one’s meat consumption based on American, rather than Dutch, examples. Many well-known celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, Esai Morales, Megan Blake, Debra Wilson Skelton, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery, Carol Leifer, Joy Lauren, Hal Sparks, Constance Marie, Kristina Klebe, Skyler Gisondo, Graham Patrick Martin, Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Vaughan, participated in the making of the international version of the film. With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. Moreover, the Foundation also anticipates that the film will provide a showcase for prominent scientific reports about livestock farming and climate change, which unfortunately have thus far proved inaccessible to the general public. The world premiere of Meat the Truth was held on 10th December 2007 in the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The international version of the film premiered at London's Odeon West End Cinema in Leicester Square on 19th May 2008 and has since also had its premiere screening in the USA at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, LA during the Artivist Film Festival on 3rd October 2008.

An Interview with New York City International Film Festival Founder Roberto Rizzo

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By Maria Esteves - June 1, 2010 Presenting characters that overcome life's difficulties, filmmaker Roberto Rizzo (RR) is founder of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF). Rizzo's passion for film began at the age of four, is writer, producer, director of Trust Me, Couples, Fascination, and Connecticut Cooking & Conversation, founded Vesuviano Pictures, has appeared in 13, 30 Rock, My Father's Will, New Amsterdam, and others. RR has performed many interviews and several ...

55th Village Voice OBIE Awards

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By: Maria Esteves – May 22, 2010 The 55th Annual 2010 Village Voice OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2009-2010, co-hosted by Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Anika Noni Rose (2001 OBIE Award winner, Eli's Comin') were held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 17, 8:00 pm. This year’s award presenters were J. Smith Cameron, Viola Davis, Marin Ireland, Linda Lavin, Hamish Linklater, Sam Rockwell, ...

NEWSLETTER N° 465: may 13, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 465: may 13, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes Filmfestivals.com and Xomo present the Future of Festivals...its Digital...toast !  Mingle Talk and Wine tasting at the Spa des Stars  May ...

Connecticut Push For Film And TV Production

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  Connecticut Studios, South Windsor, CT  At last week's Connecticut Film Festival (www.ctfilmfest.com), the movers and shakers of the Connecticut film scene assembled at a seminar panel to discuss how film and television production is a vital component in the state's initiatives to create jobs, attract professionals and help the state climb out of the biggest deficit in its history. Economic advisors for several cities in the state as well as the head of the Connecticut Office of Film, Televi...

Line-up of the 23rd Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

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  Out Film CT is pleased to announce the line-up of the 23rd Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, beginning Thursday, May 27th and spanning 10 days through Saturday, June 5th.  The festival kicks off this year with the world premiere screening of Casper Andreas' new romantic comedy Violet Tendencies, starring Mindy Cohn of "The Facts of Life" fame in the title role.  Vice President Suzanne Shayer points out, "Our festival has continued to grow in prominence on the f...

Politics + Hollywood = Poliwood

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  It is a powerful mathematical equation: Politics + Hollywood = Poliwood. In his latest film, Oscar winning director and Connecticut resident Barry Levinson (RAIN MAN) surveys the close dance between the celebrity culture of the film capital and the political halls of power in Washington. The film is the Closing Night attraction for this year's Connecticut Film Festival on Saturday evening at 730pm at the historic Palace Theater, preceded by the announcement of the Festival's awards in ...

NEWSLETTER N° 464: may 6, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 464: may 6, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes Filmfestivals.com and Xomo present the Future of Festivals...its Digital...toast !  Mingle Talk and Wine tasting at the Spa des Stars (next t...

CTFF Film In Focus: HARVEST

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Films which feature veteran actors are having a particularly diffilcult time breaking through in the highly youth-oriented film market. Let's face it, teenagers and young adults are the ones who go to the movies in greatest numbers and....they buy popcorn, nachos and candy which contributes mightily to the film theaters' bottom line. This is a shame because films peopled by seniors have a special heart and wisdom and also serve as a showcase for actors who have had a lifetime to per...

Spielbergs Of The Future

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  The next Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow could be nestled in the Connecticut Film Festival's annual showcase for student films made by area filmmakers. The Connecticut Student Film Festival draws new works from local high schools and colleges, showcasing the innovation, talent and daring of a ne generation of budding film artists. The Connecticut Student Film Festival kicks off Friday with an outdoor reception  (weather permitting) across from the historic Palace Theater on...

Film And New Media Workshops at CT Film Festival

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  Starting on Thursday and continuing through the weekend, the Connecticut Film Festival is presenting a dizzying schedule of workshops and master classes in the areas of film education and digital/new media production. Aimed at both professionals in the field and rank amateurs, the intensives cover everything from new production techniques to innovative fundraising to the changing climate of film distribution. A special focus will be on screenwriting, with master classes taught by sever...

Wow, What A Musical Lineup

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THE WRECKING CREW, the music documentary that opened the Connecticut Film Festival at the historic Palace Theater in Danbury last evening, was a musical wow. Telling the story of the studio session musicians who backed up some of the recording industry's biggest stars, the film was an eye-opening look at an era when popular musical acts did not necessarily play musical instruments, and these professional back up musicians were not acknowledged. The documentary, a 12 year labor of ...

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