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IFFBoston 2011: Rock On!

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The next few nights screened a number of documentaries about musicians and the impact of their music.  Scheduling conflicts meant you couldn’t see all of them, so I chose the three below. Color Me Obsessed is the rarest of rockumentaries in that it doesn’t play a single note of music from the band being featured, Minnesota’s own, The Replacements.  Somehow, for this iconoclastic group, it fits.  Instead, the band’s history and antics are revealed through interviews laced with humor...

Highlights on the Z-Fest Film Festival

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Now in it’s third year, the Z-Fest Film Festival (hosted by Fischer Edit and Z Systems) draws some of Minnesota’s most innovative independent filmmakers in a competition for over $8000 in cash and prizes. The 7-minute films, which are all shot during 10 days, will be projected in full 2K high-definition on the massive screens of the Showplace Icon Theater in St Louis Park. Screenings will be held on March 21st and 22nd, followed by an Post Show Rumble party at Fischer Edit on March 24th. In...

Minneapolis Underground Film Festival fosters fresh indie talent

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Web site address: http://www.minneapolisundergroundfilmfestival.com/ The new 2011 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival aims to satisfy audiences with its commitment to finding the freshest talent in independent film.   Now entering its 4th year, the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival has matured in programming and outreach. With fresh leadership in place actively seeking out the newest talent in underground cinema, the film festival curated showcase will feature th...

Ellis "Right on Time"

The mark of a truly successful film festival is the creative connection between participants. I was at ECU to give a script-writing workshop, Ellis had come from Minneapolis for the music showcase. Impressed by her charisma, her wise smile, her poetry, I approached her after a set and proposed we make a video clip, an improvisation. It was an instant creative connection. This is the result.  La marque d’un bon fe ...

ÉCU 2011 After-Parties

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Festival After Parties on the 1st and 2nd of April 2011 Where: Sitatunga night club - 28 Rue Vavin 75006 Paris – Metro Vavin (200m from cinema) When: 10pm – 2am on both Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of April. What: Live music provided by Access Film Music. Come and mingle with musicians, film makers and festival goers. 1st of April entertainment: Andy Frasco – solo piano (California USA) Ellis – solo singer / songwriter (Minnesota USA) 2nd...

My Run an inspirational documentary

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Premiere Event - March 31, 2011 By Ron Gilbert I have been following the journey of this award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary,”MY RUN” which is coming to movie theaters nationwide for an “exclusive one night premiere event” on Thursday, March 31st at 7:00pm (Local Time).Director Tim VandeSteeg and producer Mark Castaldo and co-producer Christine Redlin (who is the voice of the Tim’s late wife) have created an awesome and touching film which has stirred a...

REHENES / HOSTAGES

Director: BRUNO ORTIZ LEON.
"HOSTAGES" IS THE HISTORY OF THE DIRECTOR OF THEATRE WHO MEETS INVOLVED IN THE EVENTS OF THE CAPTURE AND RESCUE OF THE RESIDENCE OF THE AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN IN PERU, A POLITICAL LOBBIE DURING THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTO FUJIMORI (1996 - ' 97). At the cost of THE LIFE GIVE 72 HOSTAGES IN A COMPASS OF WAIT GIVE 122 DAYS. SINOPSIS: Breve sinopsis de la película Rehenes (Toma de la residencia del embajador japones, Lima-Perú 1996-´97, durante el gobierno de Alberto Fujimori). Una de las embajadas más protegidas del cuerpo diplomático de Lima Perú durante el gobierno de Alberto Fujimori, es tomada por un grupo subversivo al que se había dado por extinguido. Situación gravísima para el país, que indudablemente el poder ejecutivo no dejaría pasar sin beneficiarse políticamente. Resulta asombroso que después de tantos años de violencia terrorista en el Perú, no existiera un dispositivo de estado que hubiera permitido reaccionar rápida y ordenadamente a las fuerzas de seguridad del país. Por ello Rehenes llevado a la pantalla grande por una reciente cinematografía peruana contrasta quizá con éste, uno de los sucesos mas trascendentes de las últimas décadas que se haya dado en nuestra convulsionada Latinoamérica. Un traumático compás de espera de 122 días, para socavar el subsuelo y penetrar a la residencia del embajador nipón se convierte en pretexto para que el gobierno central se auto confiera facultades extraordinarias. Una incursión perpetrada por el Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru MRTA, previa a las fiestas navideñas de 1996 el operativo de rescate a los rehenes encabezado por un servicio de inteligencia poco transparente a los 122 días de cautiverio son recreados por la ficción cinematográfica de Rehenes donde Mario miranda un joven audaz y transgresor periodista, intenta varias veces tener tribuna en distintos medios de comunicación sin éxito alguno, debido a que todo el país estaba parametrado. Nuestro Protagonista Mario Miranda quien también es director de teatro, prepara una obra sobre la toma de la embajada, pretendiendo revelar algo que va a remover el escenario social de su momento; los entretelones de un lobbie político a costa de la vida de 72 secuestrados, así como la transacción con la dictadura y la corrupción gubernamental por parte de varios de los subversivos del movimiento revolucionario. Mario aunque tiene sueños y pesadillas recurrentes, donde ve cadáveres, balaceras y fosas siente sin embargo que aún le falta un ingrediente para que su historia camine. Por otro lado, aparece lucía una joven y guapa actriz quien se une al elenco teatral para interpretar el papel de la camarada lucero impregnándole a sus actuaciones un fervor revolucionario que va mas allá del libreto teatral. Mario aclara que la obra no es un panfleto en favor de los subversivos. Todo ello ocurre en esta nuestra Lima: una franja gris de víctimas y agresores, que colisionarán en 90 minutos de ficción. ¡Ahh! pero lo que Mario no imagina es que a partir de este momento su vida va a verse seriamente amenazada. Bruno Ortiz León

CALLING FOR Submissions for the 2011 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival

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Calling All Filmmakers! Submissions for the 2011 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival are now open! REMEMBER: NO ENTRY FEE FOR MINNESOTA MADE SUBMISSIONS! Send us your recently completed short or feature film for consideration. This is your chance to showcase your film at the biggest film event in the Upper Midwest!In 2011, The Minneapolis/St. International Film Festival will award $10,000 in prizes, including $1500 for Best Minnesota Made Feature & $1000 for Best Short Film (...

3rd Minneapolis Underground Film Festival

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2010 Minneapolis Underground Film FestivalDecember 3rd - 5th 2010Hosted at MCADminneapolisundergroundfilmfestival.comNow in its third consecutive year the film festival continues to search for new and emerging talent and finds a majority of it comes from right here at home in the Twin Cities. This year’s festival will show 60 films over three days that will compete for awards and prizes. The best film, voted on by audience members, will receive 7 full days of soundstage time to make their nex...

Jane Russell: The Brunette Bombshell

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  The number of film stars who embodied the golden age of Hollywood who are still here to tell the tale are few and far between. However, this evening the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) will have one such diva in their presence, Miss Jane Russell. The busty, brunette bombshell who set pulses racing in the 1940s and 1950s made only 25 films in a two decade career, but she was one of the iconic figures who defined Hollywood glamour. The discovery of millionaire Howard H...

September 11 memorial--Ground Zero

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Thursday night there put on the official 2010 NFL schedule.Do you prepare to start the hottest travel.Let's go!Sounds exciting!But it is hard to focus on the many details related to making accurate week 1 NFL picks.Then you will find a easy to navigate list of the official NFL schedule for week 1 along with each respective NFL picks matchup's NFL odds for the top three sportsbooks available online. This time,Team USA will face more challenge in their match-up against Russian's.There has i...

DAVID HASSELHOFF ROASTED BY COMEDY CENTRAL: TAPIS ROUGE EXCLUSIVE

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KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMORALL:THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DAVID HASSELHOFF(Taped Live Aug. 1, 2010, at Stage 27, SONY STUDIOS, Culver City, Calif.) by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent At Comedy Central's live taping of David Hasselhoff's Roast, there's a life-like, wildly outsized human replica of of the Hoff, complete with Baywatch red shorts and... uh, back hair. The fake Hoff is grinning from ear-to-ear, popping electric blue eyes and that unmistakeable Hoff-coif.  They ev...

MY RUN

Director: Tim VandeSteeg.

Indiewood Pictures in Association with Destiny Pictures presents the award-winning MY RUN, the inspirational documentary of Terry Hitchcock, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. After tragically losing his wife to breast cancer and struggling to raise three young children on his own, Terry Hitchcock seized on an idea. He wanted to accomplish the impossible: run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the incredibly difficult lives of single-parent families. He ran in spite of freezing rain and unbearable heat, in spite of chest pains and bone fractures that wracked his 57-year-old body. He just kept running - each day, every day - strengthening an unbreakable bond between father and son--- not stopping until he broke the finish line tape in Atlanta.

SFIFF53 to Honor Robert Duvall with Owens Acting Award

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Robert Duvall will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6). The Owens Award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations and Film Society board member, honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The award will be presented to Duvall at Film Society Awards Night on Thursday, Ap...

Barco and Kerasotes partner on new luxury multiplexes

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Barco, a global leader in digital cinema technology, proudly announces that Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres LLC has purchased 48 digital cinema projectors to be distributed throughout multiple markets. Locations include three new multiplexes in Secaucus NJ, Minneapolis MN and Chicago IL, plus standalone 3D installations in Denver CO and Illinois. Kerasotes, once a large player only in the Midwest, is now truly a coast-to-coast exhibitor with a national footprint. With the opening of the...

Barco and Kerasotes partner on new luxury multiplexes

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Barco, has announced that Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres LLC has purchased 48 digital cinema projectors to be distributed throughout multiple markets. Locations include three new multiplexes in Secaucus NJ, Minneapolis MN and Chicago IL, plus standalone 3D installations in Denver CO and Illinois. Kerasotes, once a large player only in the Midwest, is now truly a coast-to-coast exhibitor with a national footprint. With the opening of the new 16-screen multiplex in Chicago's "Roosevelt Collection" ...

2009 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival Line up Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: 2009 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival Venue: MCAD, 2501 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55404 Contact Person: Minneapolisuff Company Name: Minneapolis Underground Film Festival Telephone Number 612-353-9993 MUFF2009 4190 Vinewood Lane North, #111/417, Plymouth, MN, 55442-1771 Email Address minneapolisuff@gmail.com Web site address www.minneapolisundergroundfilmfestival.com The controversial battleground for truly independent film: The Mi...

The Global Film Village: FILM INDEPENDENT AWARDS SLOAN PRODUCERS GRANT

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By Marla Lewin 9 PROJECTS FOR 2009 PRODUCERS LAB FILMMAKERS ALSO SELECTED BY FILM INDEPENDENT LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2009) — Last night at a special reception concluding the 2009 edition of Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum, Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s Director of Talent Development, awarded Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather its 3rd annual Sloan Producers Grant for their feature film project Future Weather.  Deller and Fairweather will receive a $25,000 production grant, and p...

Minneapolis Underground Film Fest: a battleground for indies

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The controversial battleground for truly independent film: The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival.3 days, 45 films, 9 countries, 14 local filmmakers, one voice.Exploring topics from Seduction to adventure, the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival or MUFF reveals a vibrant underground culture seldom seen on the upper surface of everyday life.Minneapolis, MN, USA, December 4th-6th 2009 — In the dead of the Minneapolis winter when the days are darkest, an underground culture of filmmakers exh...

How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life: An Interview with Stewart Peterson

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      Award-winning director and co-writer Forrest B. Peterson and award-winning producer and co-writer Stewart J. Peterson’s film How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life makes its Cannes debut with a screening on May 16th, 2009 at 9:00am, Palais E. The film will be apart of the 2009 Cannes Film Market, courtesy of ITN Distribution’s line-up.   How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life recounts the true story of twi...

Oh Barack!

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Director: Celeste Friedman.
A promotional video for U. S. Senator Barack Obama from the State of Illinois in support of his candidacy for President of the United States. Opening with examples of our struggling times, over 60 stunning and stirring images, through the lenses of 40 photographers, take you from Seattle to Times Square, Main to Minnesota, Iowa to Iraq and beyond. Soundtrack written, produced and performed by singer-songwriter/composer Celeste Friedman. Produced by AmericansforHOPE.org. We are very honored by the generosity of our contributing photographers, their hearts, time and talent! Camilo Arenivar TJ Baker C.W. "Barney" Burgis Lauren Victoria Burke Jason Coleman Joe Crimmings Danny the Caveman Gene Dawydiak Tory Fink Getty Images Kris Godlewski Gregory Han Carl Harris Alexander Heilner Susan Jekarl Cecily Johnson Johnnie K. Greg Lawler Caitie Leary Tia Likely Hinda Majri Celi McDaniel Jason Melrath Leo and Mixtli Photography Erik Ose Alfred T. Palmer Darrell Porcello Adrian Revels Steve Rhodes Joann Edmonds-Rodgers Justin Russell Kristina S. Bob Scofield David Silver Troy Snow Colleen Sontheimer Scott Stillman U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- ACoE photographer Jim Gordon John Varady Luke Vargas

"How the game is played" to Premiere at NYIFVF

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"AWARD-WINNING MOTIVATIONAL FILM EXPLORES LIFE'S LESSONS" Award-winning director and co-writer Forrest B. Peterson and award-winning producer and co-writer Stewart J. Peterson in association with Royal Te Ranch Productions recently announced that their debut film "How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life" will screen as part of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF). The sold out premiere plays at 8 p.m. on Friday M...

"How the game is played" to Premiere at NYIFVF

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"AWARD-WINNING MOTIVATIONAL FILM EXPLORES LIFE'S LESSONS" Award-winning director and co-writer Forrest B. Peterson and award-winning producer and co-writer Stewart J. Peterson in association with Royal Te Ranch Productions recently announced that their debut film "How the Game Is Played: Lessons Learned in the Game of Life" will screen as part of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF). The sold out premiere plays at 8 p.m. on Friday M...

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