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Farewell Richard Pena at NYFF50 Closing Night Gala

By Maria Esteves – October 19, 2012 An outpouring of farewells were expressed by executive director Rose Kuo, Film Society of Lincoln Center, directors of programming Robert Koehler (year round) and Kent Jones, New York Film Festival to Richard Peña, program director, Film Society of Lincoln Center and selection committee chair, New York Film Festival, during the 50th New York Film Festival (NYFF50) Closing Night Gala at Alice Tully Hall, New York, Sunday, October 14, 2012. Pe&nti...

27th Midnight Sun Film Festival celebrates screen gems

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The 27th Midnight Sun Film Festival (13.-17.6.2012) will be graced by the presence of two female actors who began their career in the 1950s: Finland's only Hollywood star Taina Elg, and Ingmar Bergman's protégé Harriet Andersson. Of directors, together with their productions, the American cult movie maker Alan Rudoph, Hungarian Béla Tarr, whose quite personal films never fail to cause a stir, two Swedish talents of a younger generation - Ruben Östlund and Axel Petersén - and the Portugues...

Festival winners for 23rd Palm Springs international Film Festival

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Starbuck Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award Best Narrative Feature; The Girls in the Band and Wish Me Away Tie for Audience Award Best Doc Feature; The Turin Horse Receives FIPRESCI Award; The House Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; The Tiniest Place Receives The John Schlesinger Award   The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year’s award winners at a glamourous luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant on Sunday, January 15, 20...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

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The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year’s award winners at a luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant on Sunday, January 15, 2012. The Festival, held from January 5-16, 2012, screened 188 films from 73 countries, including 40 of the 63 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards®. Palm Springs ’ increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for the yea...

Interview with Monte Hellman

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< p>  ROAD TO NOWHERE (2010) premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and since then has screened in prestigious festivals around the world, its latest at the Copenhagen Film Festival, CPHPIX, 2011. Monte has won numerous awards throughout his career and was recently guest of honor at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2011.  When I went to interview Monte at his home in Los Angeles, tucked in the sundrenched hills of Laurel Canyon, not only did I have the ...

Interview with Monte Hellman (Road to nowhere)

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ROAD TO NOWHERE (2010) premiered at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and since then has screened in prestigious festivals around the world, its latest at the Copenhagen Film Festival, CPHPIX, 2011. Monte has won numerous awards throughout his career and was recently guest of honor at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2011. When I went to interview Monte at his home in Los Angeles, tucked in the sundrenched hills of Laurel Canyon, not only did I have the privilege of screenin...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) jury members announced

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  Respected Hollywood and media personalities will serve on the Features, Documentaries and Shorts juries of the 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the organization announced today. The festival runs April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.   IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, "We are very appreciative to have such distinguished members of the film industry join us.  From academics and acting to filmmaking and jou...

Berlinale 2011 coverage on fest21.com

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Below is the coverage from Berlin, headlines... My Berlin Top Ten Films At a film festival that totals more than 250 feature films (not to mention an additional 250 features in the accompanying European Film Market), one can only skim the surface of an event as wide-ranging as the Berlinale. Film choices are often based on schedule availability....grabbing a screening in between meetings or making sure one is awake to catch the early morning press screenings of the Competition program. In a se...

NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This weekly newsletter reaches 90 931 film professionnals. ...

NEWSLETTER N° 497: february 18, 2011

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Berlin Buzz 5

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  IRANIAN FILM TAKES LEAD IN CRITICS POLL Trade magazine Screen International has been conducting a poll among leading international critics to predict the film that will win the Golden Bear award, the Berlinale's top prize. Each day in the trade's dailies, seven internationally respected critics are polled to get their response and to (possibly) handicap the winner, which will be announced on Sunday. The critics include Scott Foundas (Film Comment, USA), Derek Malcolm (London Even...

Film Comment Announces Top Ten Lists

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  Film Comment, the highly respected film magazine that is the publishing initiative of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, has thrown its hat into the ring of the current awards season with an announcement this week of its Top Ten Films of the Year. Since the film journal is known for its international and eclectic taste, the list is not a carbon copy of the ones that are the mainstay of the awards roundelay, but point to lesser known titles that are worthy of greater attention....

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York will honor Vera Belmont and her work

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Cinema According to Véra Belmont featuring special screenings with Véra Belmont and Jackie Raynal April 6 - April 27, 2010 FIAF · Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, NYC This April, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York's premiere French cultural center, will celebrate France's "Grande Dame" of cinema for the last 45 years with a new CinémaTuesdays series entitled, Cinema According to Véra Belmont. The series will examine the prolific artist's...

New executive positions at Los Angeles Film Festival

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that esteemed Newsweek film critic David Ansen is joining the organization as Artistic Director of the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival.   Senior Programmer Doug Jones has been promoted to Associate Director of Programming for the Los Angeles Film Festival. "As a consummate movie lover, David is one of the finest critics thinking, watching, and writin...

Telluride Film Festival to honor Manny Farber

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Telluride Film Festival www.telluridefilmfestival.org (September 4-7, 2009), will run a special program in honor of artist and film critic Manny Farber, "The Celebration of Manny Farber," will be presented at this year's 36th Telluride Film Festival. The three-part program will include an intimate bookstore signing of The Library of America's September 2009 release Farber On Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Faber with editor Robert Polito and Farber's wife and collaborator, Patricia Pat...

Miami Short Film Festival Jury Members

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2008 Judges at the Miami Shortfilmfestival November 17-23 M. Evelina Galang is the author of two books of fiction, HER WILD AMERICAN SELF, a collection of short stories and the novel, ONE TRIBE. Galang is the recipient of numerous awards, among them, the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights, the 2004 AWP Prize in the Novel and the 2007 Global Filipino Award in Literature for ON...

Critics Roundtable at New York Film Festival

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Saturday, September 27-----As newspapers drop local film critics and rely on syndicated national opionionmakers, what is the role of the film critic in today's go-go film culture? Can film critics help a more specialized film find its audience? Is the existence of film critics online and the notion that anyone with a blog receives instant critical entitlement dilute the discerning talents of the critical establishment?   These and other issues will be examined at the first of...

New York Film Festival goes live Sept 28th

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The 45th New York Film Festival runs through: September 28 – October 14, 2007The 45th New York Film Festival will premiere 28 films when it runs September 28 - October 14 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and sponsored by Sardinia Region Tourism and The New York Times, also features three showcases, three music documentaries and six retrospective films.Opening NightThis year’s festival opens on Friday,...

New York Film Festival To Celebrate 45th Anniversary

Wednesday, July 18-------The New York Film Festival, one of the pre-eminent film events in North America, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The event, which will run from September 28 to October 14, has begun to announce some of its programming and special events, tantalizing New York film lovers with some gems to look forward to. The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which presents the Festival along with its yearlong programming at the flagship Walter Reade Theater, has announced that...

Film Comment Selects At The Walter Reade Theater

Tuesday, February 6-----Film Comment, the print magaziine of the Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting its 8th Annual Film Comment Selects series from February 14 to 27 at the Walter Reade Theater, the Film Society's year-round cinematheque. The series has earned a reputation for offering one of the most adventurous single showcases for international filmmaking, covering numerous genres and styles. With films selected from the international festival circuit by Film Comment’s distinguis...

New York Film Festival opening this week end

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The 44th New York Film FestivalSeptember 29 – October 15, 2006The 17-day festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is a highly-selective showcase of new, inspiring and provocative cinema by both emerging talent and recognized international artists. This year’s line-up includes:Opening Night: Stephen Frears’ acidly funny portrait of the British royal family, The Queen (Miramax Films), stars Helen Mirren.Centerpiece: Pedro Almodóvar’s supernatural tale of murder, adultery...

San Francisco surprises and cherry blossoms

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Surprises aren’t always a good thing in San Francisco. Exhaustive media coverage of the centennial of the 1906 great earthquake and fire—the defining event of the city’s history and biggest natural disaster in America until Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast last year—recently shook Bay Area residents with constant reminders that this is shake-rattle-and-roll country. On Saturday morning, Talk Cinema founder and former Film Comment editor Harlan Jacobson admitted to being a “ne...

San Francisco surprises and cherry blossoms

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Surprises aren’t always a good thing in San Francisco. Exhaustive media coverage of the centennial of the 1906 great earthquake and fire—the defining event of the city’s history and biggest natural disaster in America until Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast last year—recently shook Bay Area residents with constant reminders that this is shake-rattle-and-roll country. On Saturday morning, Talk Cinema founder and former Film Comment editor Harlan Jacobson admitted to being a “n...

Graham Leggat new San Francisco fest Executive Director

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SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY NAMES GRAHAM LEGGAT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR San Francisco, CA ­ The San Francisco Film Society announces the appointment of Graham Leggat as Executive Director, effective October 17, 2005.³We¹re delighted that Graham is taking the helm at the Film Society,² said George Gund III, chairman of the Film Society¹s board of directors. ³His admirable breadth and depth of experience at major New York film organizations that have many elements and goals in common with the Film...

Seattle International Film Festival awards

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The 31st Annual Seattle International Film FestivalThe 31st Annual Seattle International Film Festival announces award winners and concludes its 25-day run on Sunday June 12 with the North American premiere of award winning director Gus Van Sant’s film Last Days. Van Sant will be in attendance for the screening, which will be followed by the Closing Night Gala. SIFF 2005 was a great year and brought many eminent Seattleites together—from Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Ja...
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