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John Waters to be spotlighted at the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival

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    The 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, April 11-15, 2012, will pay tribute to innovative filmmaker John Waters, hosting the American director, author, actor and photographer during a special evening on Saturday, April 14th, at the Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building.   The night's events will include Waters' one-man "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of T...

Beyond The Bottle

Director: John Keatley.
Nearly one billion people in the world live without access to clean, safe water. When entrepreneur Bryan Pape learned of the clean water crisis, he realized he had the opportunity to help, and developed a business model that would help provide this most basic resource to those who need it most. Beyond the Bottle is a film about MiiR’s beginnings and their efforts to help solve the clean water crisis. Directed by award winning celebrity photographer John Keatley, this empowering documentary follows the MiiR team as they journey to Liberia, West Africa and experience firsthand the daily struggles lack of clean water creates. Explore the possibilities of how businesses can make a difference in the lives of many and learn how this small company is making a big difference.

Petaluma International Film Festival line up announced

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  the lineup for the 3rd Annual Petaluma International Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films from around the world, set for October 21-22-23, 2011 at the Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma.   We hope by creating this artistic and cultural event, the city of Petaluma and its world class businesses along with the surrounding areas will have a global exposure and recognition that they deserve.   At the 3rd Annual Petaluma International Film Festival, 45 films w...

Nevada City Film Festival kicks off

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The 11th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) presented by AJA Video Systems, kicks off Thursday, August 18 and runs through Sunday, August 21, 2011. This year, over 60 films – both short and full length independent dramas, comedies, documentaries and animation films from around the world – will screen in three beautiful art house theatres and charming historic buildings in downtown Nevada City, CA. Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent cinema to the foothills of Northern Californ...

TIFF It Girl: Jessica Chastain

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  You can be excused if you believe that new starlet Jessica Chastain is in every movie opening this season. The busy actress can currently be seen on the big screen in three major summer movies, including Terrence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE, the best seller adaptation THE HELP and the espionage actioner THE DEBT. At the recent Venice Film Festival, she regally walked the red carpet along with co-star and director Al Pacino for WILDE SALOME, his meta-textual adaptation of the Oscar Wilde ...

11 finalists for the fifth round of San Francisco Film Society/KRF Filmmaking Grants

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The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation today announced the 11 finalists for the fifth round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of more than $300,000, to be given to one or more feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. Additionally, the grants support films that have a significant economic or professional impact on th...

New Media Film Festival - Los Angeles May 2011

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New Media Film Festival Announces New Categories for 2011 Digital Comics, Music Videos & LGBT The New Media Film Festival has opened the categories for their 2011 Festival to include Music Videos, Digital Comics and LGBT. The Festival is also expanding the call for sponsorships to include technology and entertainment organizations. New Media Film Festival Los Angeles May 2011FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPRLog (Press Release) – Jan 04, 2011 – The New Media Film Festival announced to...

Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere

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Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere with Film Independent -   It's hard to believe that over ten years have passed since Sofia Coppola burst onto the scene with her 1999 indie hit The Virgin Suicides.  Now the Academy Award and Spirit Award-winning writer/director is back with Somewhere. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, depicts the story of Johnny Marco, a H...

Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere

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Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere with Film Independent - It's hard to believe that over ten years have passed since Sofia Coppola burst onto the scene with her 1999 indie hit The Virgin Suicides. Now the Academy Award and Spirit Award-winning writer/director is back with Somewhere. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, depicts the story of Johnny Marco, a Hollywood superstar, living i...

Film Independent producers lab selection

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14 FILMMAKERS & 9 PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FILM INDEPENDENT’S 2010 PRODUCERS LABFilm Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival just wrapped its 10th annual Producers Lab earlier this week with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Sponsored by Technicolor and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the seven-week program took place in Los Angeles and was designed to help producers improve their craft, and move their current projects into...

Golden Globe Winner John Saxon Accepts Grand Prize Award from New Media Film Festival

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New Media Film Festival brought together top-shelf, social media entrepreneurs like Joanna Drake Earl, Will Wright and the like who have been re-inventing themselves and keenly positioning their content companies for the next decade's ways of digital, immersive storytelling." -Jay Randy Gordon, Associate Director for The NCS (Northern California ScreenArtists) “The future of new media for storytelling is limitless and we're just barely skimming the surface right now. Any content creator needs ...

Artists selected for 2010 TVIFF Music Fest!!!

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The artists for 2010 TVIFF Music Fest have been selected: 2010 MUSICFEST FINALISTS JESSICA ERIN, country / pop singer and writer Originally from Illinois, Jessica currently resides in Los Angeles, working hard to hone her craft as a singer/songwriter. She has opened for Grammy Award winning duo Montgomery Gentry, Country star Darryl Worley, & others. Her song "Girls Night Out", was aired on NBC TV's hit show "Friday Night Lights". Her song, "...

The Sausalito Film Festival returns for second edition

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The Sausalito Film Festival returns the weekend of August 13-15 for a second year in its idyllic home at Cavallo Point, the LEED Gold Certified eco-resort on the San Francisco Bay at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The three-day experiential festival pairs screenings with relevant events from live music performances to stimulating panels that include filmmakers and thought provoking industry leaders in discussion about vital topics such as human rights, conservation, autism, health and welln...

Arriaga arrives at AIFF

Guillermo Arriaga arrives on red carpet with his family to inaugurate the first ever AIFF. His directorial debut 'The Burning Plain' was screened and celebrated at the festival. photos by: Vanessa McMahon, June 05 2010  Guillermo Arriaga we salute you!             One on one interview with The Burning Plain dir

Interview with Guillermo Arriaga

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Guillermo Arriaga we salute you! One on one interview with The Burning Plain director Guillermo Arriaga.  When beginning our one-on-one interview, I asked Guillermo if he could enlighten me on the situation between him and director Alejandro Inarritu. When I mentioned the latter's name, Arriaga replied: 'Who?'. Then I asked again and he replied with a wise smirk: 'You want me to talk about my divorce?' That situation made clear, I avoided the sensitive subject and ...

Guillermo Arriaga we salute you!

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One on one interview with The Burning Plain director Guillermo Arriaga.  When beginning our one-on-one interview, I asked Guillermo if he could enlighten me on the situation between him and director Inarritu. When I mentioned the latter's name, Arriaga replied: 'Who?'. That situation made clear, I avoided the sensitive subject and hit the record button and we began our in depth interview about his writing and filmmaking career. When asked about his unconventional storytelli...

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...

WINE and SHINE - Launch of FestivalExpress

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Filmfestivals.com and Cineuropa invite all festival organizers present at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival to join them Thursday May 21st from 5:30-7:00pm  for a wine-tasting cocktail party.       The event will be hosted at the Village International, Espace Pantiero on the joint booth of: - Film France, - Ile de France Film Commission  - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Film Commission   Our team at filmfestivals.com and Fest21.com is excited to launch our new free submissions tool, Festiv...

The Global Film Village: Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Marla Lewin

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 Norman Jewison is a Canadian, although he always made Hollywood films, movies about social issues, humanity, and values, still they always entertained.  Cher, Faye Dunaway, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Haskell Wexler were there to share this special evening with Norman. Stars honor Norman Jewison                          photo by Robert Primes Dawn Hudson from  Film Independent LA, began the evening and said from the stage, that she wanted to feel ...

Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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The Global Film Village: Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Marla Lewin Norman Jewison is a Canadian, although he always made Hollywood films, movies about social issues, humanity, and values, still they always entertained. Cher, Faye Dunaway, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Haskell Wexler were there to share this special evening with Norman. Dawn Hudson from Film Independent LA, began the evening and said from the stage, tha...

WINE AND SHINE IN CANNES with festival directors

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FILMFESTIVALS.COM and CINEUROPA.ORG TO HOST WINE TASTING COCKTAIL FOR FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS IN CANNES For the official launch of their new submissions and management tool , FestivalExpress Filmfestivals.com The online portal for global film festivals, news, and resources invites all festival organizers present at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for a wine tasting event which will be held at the Village International Espace Pantiero, May 21st from 5:30-7:00pm.  It will be on the joint bo...

Wine and Shine in Cannes with festival directors

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For the official launch of their new submissions and management tool , FestivalExpress Filmfestivals.com The online portal for global film festivals, news, and resources invites all festival organizers present at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for a wine tasting event which will be held at the Village International Espace Pantiero, May 21st from 5:30-7:00pm. It will be on the joint booth of: -Film France -Film Commission Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur -Film Commission Ile de FranceGuests (festiva...

Finále Plzeň Festival of Czech Films

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You may not know Pilsen, but any beer connoisseur can guess from its name that the Czech town is a source of ferment. Pilsner Urquell calls it home, as does the annual festival of Czech films, Finále Plzeň, which runs April 19–25. The festival dates back to 1968, when the Communist Party allowed a “Spring” thaw. Finále Plzeň sought to acquaint Czechs with their own New Wave of films sweeping world festivals, but three years later packed itself on ice as Czech cinema ran afoul o...

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International Film Guide Launch At Berlinale

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Tuesday, 10 February----The 45th edition of the INTERNATIONAL FILM GUIDE, the definite yearbook of world cinema, had its first international exposure this wee, at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. The Guide, again edited by film scholar Ian Haydn Smith and published by Wallflower Press, the largest independent film book publisher in the UK, was first published in 1963, and enjoys an unrivalled reputation as the most authoritative and trusted source of information on contemporary world...

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