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  Synopsis Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.   Wes ANDERSON Credits Wes ANDERSON - Director Wes ANDERSON - Screenplay Roman COPPOLA -...

SFFS Presents Film Arts Forum: The Sound of Cinema, Sept 27

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Panel Discussion Focusing on the Crucial and Impactful Arts of Film Sound Design, Editing and Mixing with Academy Award-Winning Sound Artists   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society will present SFFS Film Arts Forum: The Sound of Cinema, a panel discussion focusing on the arts of sound design, editing and mixing, 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 27 at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street (Webster/Buchanan).       In film, sound carries meaning. I...

The Raimondo Rezzonico Prize for Best Independent Producer will be awarded to American producer Mike Medavoy

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The Raimondo Rezzonico Prize for Best Independent Producer will be awarded to American producer Mike Medavoy (my former boss when he ran Orion Pictures and TriStar Pictures), on Tuesday August 9 at 21:30 on the Piazza Grande. The following day, Wednesday August 10, at 10:30 in the Spazio Cinema (Forum), Jay Weissberg will moderate a discussion with the producer.   The following films will be screened in honour of Mike Medavoy:   APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX by Francis Ford Coppola  Unite...

Best Independent Producer will be awarded to Mike Medavoy in Locarno

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The Raimondo Rezzonico Prize for Best Independent Producer will be awarded to American producer Mike MedavoyThe Raimondo Rezzonico Prize for Best Independent Producer will be awarded to American producer Mike Medavoy (my former boss when he ran Orion Pictures and TriStar Pictures), on Tuesday August 9 at 21:30 on the Piazza Grande. The following day, Wednesday August 10, at 10:30 in the Spazio Cinema (Forum), Jay Weissberg will moderate a discussion with the producer. The following films will ...

Annual Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest is live again

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Academy Award  winning actor Nicolas Cage will be honored on the forth day of the 6th Annual Los Angeles   Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest, on Thursday, Feb 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre, it was announced today by Festival Founder and Executive Producer Pascal Vicedomini. Singled out for his commitment in promoting the Italian-American heritage, Nicolas Cage will be presented with  The 2011 L.A. Italia   Excellence Award  by noted Italian director Marco Bellocchio....

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...

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I've had a productive afternoon re my phd and catching up with film festival gossip :), as you are probably aware the London Film Festival has been running for these past two weeks (a friend of mines short; Scent, was in competition during the festival too) there hasn't been many headlines in the way of controversy or anything, however Clio Barnard won best British newcomer for her film 'The Arbor'... This is great news, but is it me or is anyone else starting to see a pattern o...

SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola) added to the LFF programme

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    The BFI has added the latest award-winning feature by Sofia Coppola - SOMEWHERE - having won the Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, now it will have it's UK premiere at the LFF.  SOMEWHERE is the story of Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess (frenzied girls, booze and cars) at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, totally disconnected from the real life. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), Johnny ...

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Sofia Coppola Wins Her Lion In Venice

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  Sofia Coppola walked away with the top prize at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend, winning the Golden Lion for her new film SOMEWHERE. The film, which inexplicably did not make the cut at the Toronto or New York film festivals (festival envy?), stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning in a dramatic story of a father who tries to connect with his daughter after years of neglect. The fact that the dad is also a famous actor adds spice to this satire of Hollywood's self-obession and...

Coppola Wins

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Well, one thing you can always guarantee with Tarantino is to expect surprises. I'd have never thought in a million years that he would award Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' the top prize at Venice (one wonders if its because she and QT used to date?!!)... but then again maybe its because she has made an amazing film similar to'Lost in Translation'. This film is now top of my to see list alongside the 'I'm Still Here' doc. Oh and another surprise, Vincent Gallo won best actor prize for 'Esse...

David Macmillan, winner of 3 Oscars, confirmed at Fest Training Ground

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David Macmillan, is a long established Sound Department expert winner of 3 Oscars, and who has worked in the highest level for five decades. David has worked with some of the best film Directors of our time, he has helped names such as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Sydney Pollack, Philip Kaufman, Alan Parker, Joel Schumacher, Kathryn Bigelow, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, and many others to achive their goals.   Davis is wdely recognized as one of the most important s...

The Bad Lieutenant: A bad movie or cult in the making?

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THE ONGOING publicity surrounding the insults being traded by Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara over whether “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” is a remake of Ferrara’s 1992 original or not, maybe of interest to the industry, and particularly to film critics, but is of little interest to movie-goers. Both versions tell the story of a drug-addled cop trying to solve a case of murder, but the interpretation is as different as chalk from cheese. Herzog, more highly thought of for his...

Torino Fest new prize: THE 8½ AWARD

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On the occasion of the 27th Torino Film Festival, a new award has been created that takes its name from Fellini’s 8½. From its inception, the Festival, which supports and explores the newest independent cinema and most daring films currently being made, has continually honoured the grand masters of modern cinematography through retrospectives, tributes and publications. This year, in keeping with tradition, the Festival’s new director, Gianni Amelio, has created an award to acknowledge dire...

Coppola, American Zoetrope Founders Thrill San Franciscans

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Forty years ago Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, and Walter Murch moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles, and founded the film company American Zoetrope.  Three years later Coppola made ‘The Godfather.’ Accompanied by their wives, last night the men sat around on stage at the world-renowned Castro Theatre, telling the story of how it all began.   Zoetrope was $30,000 in dept before Coppola did ‘The Godfather.’  Worried about the debt and knowing that C...

Coppola, American Zoetrope Founders Thrill San Franciscans

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Forty years ago Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, and Walter Murch moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles, and founded the film company American Zoetrope. Three years later Coppola made ‘The Godfather.’Accompanied by their wives, last night the men sat around on stage at the world-renowned Castro Theatre, telling the story of how it all began. Zoetrope was $30,000 in dept before Coppola did ‘The Godfather.’ Worried about the debt and knowing that Coppola was “the...

Rare Screening of A Coppola Masterwork

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  As part of its tribute to iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, the San Francisco International Film Festival will host a rare screening of THE RAIN PEOPLE on Friday evening, as part of An Evening with Francis Ford Coppola & Friends.   The film, released in 1969, was the first production from Coppola’s own company, American Zoetrope. An original script by Coppola, one year before his Oscar win for PATTON, the film stars Shirley Knight as a Long Island housewife on the run...

Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola to be Honored Live at SFIFF

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  Robert Redford will be honored in San Francisco tomorrow night as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival.   Redford will be receiving the Peter J. Owens award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations Peter J. Owens (1936-91), this award honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The San Francisco Film Society notes about Redford... Such intention of purpose and unwave...

Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola to be Honored Live at SFIFF

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Robert Redford will be honored in San Francisco tomorrow night as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival. Redford will be receiving the Peter J. Owens award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations Peter J. Owens (1936-91), this award honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The San Francisco Film Society notes about Redford... Such intention of purpose and unwavering quality are rare enough in ca...

Coppola And Friends In San Francisco

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The San Francisco Film Society has announced a special program as part of the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled for next Friday, May 1. An Evening with Francis Ford Coppola & Friends, to be held at the historic Castro Theater, will honor the brilliant career of one of the seminal figures in American film. The event will take the form of a free-ranging onstage conversation between Coppola and his longtime colleagues and collaborators George Lucas, editor Walter...

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