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'Break' out with Frank Krueger

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        On the go, go-getter actor Frank Krueger is here today to speak about his recent films The Pink Conspiracy (2007), Break (2008), Gerald (2010) and more!     ME: Hi Frank, thanks for talking with us. First, can you tell us about your film The Pink Conspiracy? Like a brief on what it's about and then your role in it?     FRANK: The Pink Conspiracy is a dark fun relationship comedy about a guy who disc...

Parley with Daniel Pearce

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  Parleying with Daniel Pearce on his role in the upcoming blockbuster hit Salt (2010), working with the beautiful and ‘down to Earth' Angelina Jolie and being an actor in film and TV between LA and NY.     ME: Hey, Daniel, thanks for speaking with us. Well, you're in the upcoming film Salt, (2010) by director Phillip Noyce. Can you speak a little bit about the part you play and a little bit about the film itself? Like a sum up for those who dont know yet. ...

Fight or Flight, a new film by George Mendeluk

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From the director of Desperate Escape (2009) and Riddles of the Sphinx (2008) George Mendeluk is here to present to us his latest film Fight or Flight (2010) in an exclusive one-to-one dialogue about his soon to be released film.ME: So, George, can you tell us all about Fight or Flight? What is it about in sum and what can you tell us at this point to whet our appetite for your next opus?  GEORGE: Fight or Flight is a science fiction action film about a terrorist organization who explode a bomb...

Parley with Daniel Pearce

  Parleying with Daniel Pearce on his role in the upcoming blockbuster hit Salt (2010), working with the beautiful and ‘down to Earth' Angelina Jolie and being an actor in film and TV between LA and NY.     ME: Hey, Daniel, thanks for speaking with us. Well, you're in the upcoming film Salt, (2010) by director Phillip Noyce. Can you speak a little bit about the part you play

The Global Film Village: 2010 LA Film Festival Award Winners

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 Roger Corman Independent Film Legendby Marla LewinThe LA film festival had a free outdoor screening at a new mixed use residential complex named The Los Angeles Center it is a short walk from the Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a film named Climate Refugees based on the effects of climate change. Marc talked with Ed Begley, Jr, who remembered him from working with The Grifters, at that time Ed was dating Annette Benning.  Ed had driven to the Acade...

NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals ev...

The world premiere of TWILIGHT, and an anti-Twilight

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While the full moon hung over LA, long black limos descended on Downtown, delivering sacrificial celebrities to a blood-red carpet for the world premiere of arguably the most anticipated box office film in history. But those 'vampires' held no hold over me. I was busy interviewing the real stars of Twilight- the "Twi-hard" fans who'd flown from all around the country, and as far as Canada, to camp four days in advance for just a chance to beg Robert Pattinson for an autograph. I h...

When is a boondoggle not a boondoggle?

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A lot of people in the advertising business think of a boondoggle the way the Supreme Court thinks of porn –– they can't define it, but they know it when they see it. I don't think it's that hard to draw the line. It all comes down to responsibility. If you're doing something you honestly intend to help your client, you're not engaging in boondogglery. If you're doing something for your own personal gratification at the expense of your client, you are. Take me, for exam...

LA film festival Artistic director shares his insights today

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The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights todayDAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festivalby Marla LewinI just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors. Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics. It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position.Marla: So David...

The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights today

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DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival by Marla Lewin I just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors.  Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics.  It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position. Marla: So David, I remember last year you were on the Jury of the LA film festival, and w...

First blog entry - Toby and Hettie make a movie

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Welcome to our blog for our films, but at the moment specifically for our latest film L'amour de Montparnasse.  It's our second major short film that we worked on together.  Toby as writer/director and myself as producer.  Our first film Alone about the Universe is 18 minutes and a sci-fi drama.  It was our first film that we sent off to festivals and at the time we were very new to the whole circuit so had no plan or strategy.  We picked up two international awards for best short and excel...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Seeks "Accountability and Justice"

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Last July, the nonprofit group Human Rights Watch put out a hefty report drawn from its prior two decades of watching dogs in some 20 countries. Called Selling Justice Short, the dossier showed why accountability was a good thing for peace and, if nothing else, could help heal victims by acknowledging their anguish. I didn't read it – nor likely did you – but the Human Rights Watch Film Festival supplies some visual Cliff's Notes. This year it gives witness to human rights violations ...

Interview With American Indie Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum

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As he packs his bags for the Czech Republic to attend the Opening Night Gala screening of his film THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL as the kick-off event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival on Monday evening, I had a chance to talk with the film's director Scott Rosenbaum about his American indie rock n roll drama. Rosenbaum, who also is serving on the jury for the Official Competition, is primed for his Zlin adventure. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): When did the idea of maki...

Interview With American Indie Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum

As he packs his bags for the Czech Republic to attend the Opening Night Gala screening of his film THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL as the kick-off event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival on Monday evening, I had a chance to talk with the film's director Scott Rosenbaum about his American indie rock n roll drama. Rosenbaum, who also is serving on the jury for the Official Competition, is primed for his Zlin adventure. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): When did...

The Way

Director: Barry Shay.
Ramon Sanchez grows up in a poor section of LA. Due to circumstances regarding his mother and family (including his mother's abusive live-in boyfriend) Ramon decides to join a local gang to make extra money to help his mother out. When things go bad Ramon winds up in prison for five years. When he finally gets out he meets a social worker who discovers in Ramon a unique talent and ability. This is the impetus to keep Ramon from going back to the gang life and changes his life for the better. And inadvertently the social worker is helped by Ramon to calm his memories from the past.

French-American Agreement

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Announced in Cannes on Sunday, according to "The Variety," was a cooperation agreement between the Producers Guild of America (PGA) based in LA, and the Association des Producteurs de Cinema (APC), a French union.  Four years in the making, this agreement will help French and American producers wanting to create projects set in either country.  In addition, it will permit an exchange of information and access to membership data for both organizations. It will also allow each to vis...

3D First-Ever Gaming Summit: Download - Screenmancer Exclusive

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RIDING SHOTGUN: THE DIGITAL COWBOYS AT 3D'S 1ST GAMING SUMMIT by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent 3D First-Ever Gaming Summit: Download - Screenmancer Exclusive -- www.screenmancer.com RIDING SHOTGUN: THE DIGITAL COWBOYS AT 3D'S 1ST GAMING SUMMIT by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent By now at the first-of-its-kind 3D Gaming Summit (tm) in Universal City, if your mind wasn't blown listening to the haute hi-tech intelligensia quoting JC, then you must have an analogue ...

FAMOUS PEOPLE TALKIN' ABOUT SH*T!

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  It was 6:00 am, the sun was already blazing and it was gearing up to be a beautiful day in Valley Village, CA. Usually, I’d be bummed out what with having to spend the day inside working, but not today because today the Famous People Talkin’ About Sh*t panel was scheduled to insight and amuse at 11:00 am. And amuse it did! On hand for imparting comic wisdom, improvisational exposition and general hilarity was Bob Odenkirk, (SNL, Breaking Bad, and too many more to mention...

Boozin' N' Schmoozin'

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We've revamped this stellar event to bring you exclusive film debuts, engaging industry professionals and networking opportunities to ensure your project hits the ground running. To sweeten the night, Raindance is kicking in fabulous appetizers and a super styl'n DJ at Atom Egoyan's Camera Bar. Join us every second Monday of each month! Cost: 20$ at door or FREE to Premium Members Premium Membership Advantages for Boozin' N' Schmoozin' -Free entrance to 12 B&S events a year, that's a...

Calling for the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

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  The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival is now accepting entries (feature, shorts, documentaries, music videos, etc.)  for LA, February 2010 (LAST CALL for LA Fest) and NYC 2010. If you want to submit a film, please visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102952828493&s=66391&e=0017OHZ1aYA0OXi_oboMSlOVQjqNLyHJf2YtZ7fpatDY9CfGCSDszbBY4IpxL2yKneqLAd6CQ0N_oCV2X6BuVcp052SkG0Hyg3z9X-d5MqtWaKVTt4eTzK8Sw== LA Festival screenings w...

Fest21 member's YouTube documentary

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Ester Brym's feature documentary Butterflies focuses on the celebrity life of YouTube personalities. The film premiered in July 2009 at AOF film festival in LA and signed with UK distributor Journeyman Pictures in October. The director shot this as her directing debut on a budget put together from her savings and credit cards. See what people say about the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4IzM59EZnI Watch the trailer: http://www.ButterfliesTheMovie.com Watch the film now: ht...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

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...

The Global Film Village: Julie Hebert’s TREE a moving and poetic World Premiere play at [Inside] the Ford

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by Marla Lewinphoto by Ed KriegerTree is a metaphor for the roots, branches, and leaves of a family. It seems both solid and enduring. TREE by Julie Hebert depicts three generations, divided by race, culture, time, and location.  Leo Price (Chuma Gault) is a divorced chef who is caring for an aging mother with dementia (Sloan Robinson) with the help of his college-age daughter, J.J. (Tessa Thompson). They connect when Didi Marcantel (Jacqueline Wright) a southern white woman barges into h...

The Global Film Village: Italian Cinema Does It With Style In Los Angeles

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by Marla Lewin   Marla Lewin with Giuseppe Tornatore                                     photo by Marc Halperin The Italian film commission, brought together filmmakers from around the world for a party at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. The Department of Cinema of the Italian ministry of culture, the Italian consulate, and the Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute along with friends and guests applauded legendary director, Giuseppe Tornatore winner of the Acad...

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