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The BUFF Blog (February 2011)

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This month’s blog is guest written by Janice Charles, newly appointed social media strategist for BUFF Enterprises. Well first of all, I don’t want to be seen as a guest because I actually work for BUFF Enterprises. I was actually given permission to hijack Emmanuel’s email accounts and write whatever I liked which in my opinion would continue to get the word out regarding BUFF. Now we all know that Emmanuel could speak for England when it comes to BUFF so I actually offered to pu...

Christopher Nolan

2011 SBIFF RED CARPET INTERVIEWS, The Last Lions

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    While waiting for Christopher Nolan to appear on the red carpet at SBIFF 2011, I stood with my buddy Ted Mills, fellow filmmaker/journalist, and we interviewed newcomer filmmakers as they made their way down the red carpet. Ted and I interviewed Botswana filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert about their film, The Last Lions (2010).   After Dereck and Beverly told us they had just seen the screening of their film with the audience that day ...

SBIFF 2011 RED CARPET, Darwin

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While waiting for Christopher Nolan to appear on the red carpet at SBIFF 2011, I stood with my buddy Ted Mills, fellow filmmaker/journalist, and we interviewed newcomer filmmakers as they made their way down the red carpet. Director Nick Brandestini speaks to us about ‘Darwin'.   ME: Can you tell us about your film ‘Darwin'?   NICK: It's a feature documentary about a small town in the middle of nowhere in Death Valley. It's about why those peopl...

2011 SBIFF RED CARPET

Christopher Nolan on red carpet at Arlington theater in SB during SBIFF 2011 where he accepted his 'modern master' award.

Christopher Nolan at SBIFF

Christopher Nolan on red carpet at Arlington theater in SB during SBIFF 2011 where he accepted his 'modern master' award.  

Sundance: It's Not Just American Indies

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  While the name Sundance immediately is linked with the American Independent film movement, in the past number of years, international titles have found a home base in the ski resort of Park City. By creating competition sections for both narrative and documentary films from around the world, the Festival has not only expanded its scope but has forged a link between international producers, distributors and financiers across the globe in a real and tangible way. In terms of the marketpl...

The cast of THE KING'S SPEECH to be honored at Santa Barbara

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  The 26th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival will honor the cast of THE KING'S SPEECH as the best motion picture ensemble of the year, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  The film, which features performances by an award-winning collection of actors including Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi and Claire Bloom, has garnered critical and industry-wide acclaim, recently winning the Producer's Guild of America's Best Pictur...

Closing night gala

awesome director Justin Chadwick presents his film on closing night to audiences, The First Grader (2010)

Golden Globe Round Up 2011

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In 2009 The Golden Globe ceremony didn't have a host. The actors/actresses just came out to present and announce the winner. I don't remember what they did for an opening, but a joke monologue isn't the only way to open the show with energy. I don't want to be a Pollyanna or someone who only accepts niceties and tact, but I felt some of host Ricky Gervais', blunt, roast type humor may have been unnecessary. Do I feel this way because we're talking about Hollywood Royalty, like J...

London Critics Circle Weighs In

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   Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter in THE KING'S SPEECH The London Critics' Circle has weighed in with its announcements for its is 31st Film Awards. Two British films, The King's Speech and Another Year lead the nominations, celebrating another strong year for British cinema, with seven apiece. Pre-Oscars favourite The King's Speech is nominated in categories including the Sky 3D Award for Film of the Year, Actor of the Year, and the Actress of the Year award. Mike Leigh's...

The Stone: No Soul Unturned

"The Stone: No Soul Unturned" is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. Five paranormal investigators arrive at a medieval church. A great hall stands close by, once residence of the mad, bad, Lord Byron. Alister, Craig, Helena, Charlotte and Tony have all come to seek out the mysteries of life after death. Check out the trailer!

Jane GOODALL's Journey over 57 Years for Environment

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         " I can't believe it's been over 50 years since I first stepped foot in GOMBI," explained Dr. Jane GOODALL in introduction at the PAGODE CINEMA, in Paris,  of German Director, Lorenz KNAUER`s new autobiographical film of the British paleontologist " JANE`s JOURNEY", at a special screening of the Paris Environmental Film Festival, end November 2010. Still a sprightly world traveller over 70, she spends 300 days of the year criss-crossing the globe, lect...

Deborah Hadfield on 'The Kindness of Strangers'

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                                  Deborah Hadfield is the proud debut director of her first feature film, the romantic road movie entitled, ‘The Kindness of Strangers' (2010). I spoke with Deborah recently about the making of her film and what it was like to shoot on location throughout three different countries in Europe...

Helena Bonham Carter

The BUFF Blog - November 2010

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This month's edition is guest-written by Jessie Grace Mellor, previously the resident film reviewer for The Daily Mirror and now director of 'N-Dubz - The Way We Were', one of this year's BUFF UK premieres... During this blog about my experiences with BUFF, I’m going to flit between a few different timelines. A time machine won’t be required but please bear with me. I’m gonna start in 2005. I had just finished my short mockumentary ‘Billy Blaze’ and was eag...

Claire Bloom To Be Honored At Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

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  The 25th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) comes to a climax this weekend. Among the special events is a hommage to English stage and screen actress Claire Bloom, who will receive a Career Achievement Award on Saturday evening for her 60 years in show business. The Festival, centered at the Cinema Paradiso art theater, will screen the actress' film debut, a role for which she won a BAFTA Award as Best Newcomer. She was chosen to play the crippled...

Mannheim-Heidelberg Fest Jury

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The 59th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg takes place from the 11th till the 21st November 2010.Three experts for Mannheim-Heidelberg – The International Jury is complete with film artist Cynthia Beatt, film author Clemens Klopfenstein and cinematic all-rounder Stefan LaudynMannheim-Heidelberg, November 2nd 2010---- Three persons who know how to create cinematic art, how to talk about it and how to convey it: This year, the decision on the Main Award of Mannheim-Heidelberg is in ...

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“Ahead of Time” a fascinating documentary on Ruth Gruber

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By Ron GilbertRuth Gruber was really ahead of her time.” I am experiencing that feeling of zest which goes with exploration. I am in the thick of an historic moment” were the first lines she dispatched from the Soviet Artic in 1935.I felt exactly like that as I watched this film at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Here was this 98 year (She will be 99 when this article is posted) female journalist share her experiences on her early days in these historical moments of her career. She h...

Tilda Swinton and guest

One of my all time favorite actresses, Miss Tilda Swinton appearing at Venice Film Festival 2010 on the way into theater to see 'Venus Noire' (2010)

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