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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)

Director: George Melford.
The legendary Spanish "Dracula" was filmed at night on the same sets in 1931 in Hollywood and at the same time as the famous Todd Browning/ Bela Lugosi version--but in Spanish, with a Spanish speaking cast and a British director! Film historians consider this version far superior, more "full-blooded"--the editing is more fluid (the original Dracula is quite static, basically a photographed stage play), the lighting more inventive, the camerawork and compositions much bolder, the acting is juicier, and the women are hotter :-) Like "Dracula", it contains no music--Gary Lucas provides a continuous solo guitar underscore that has won praise at film and music festivals all over the world: Review of the World Premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Havana Film Festival 12/11/09: "The US guitarist Gary Lucas defied the gods and brought back to life one of the darkest and most terrifying creatures in the literature of horror... Dracula did not need to rise from his coffin in order to return from the realm of the dead; he did it through the guitar of this legendary musician, who, like the most celebrated vampire from Transylvania, has been 'condemned' to immortality." --GRANMA (Cuba), 12/12/09 Review of the European premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" project at the Transylvania International Film Festival 5/30/10: "One of the most impressive events in this year's edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival... Gary Lucas was formidable--the audience was speechless as for almost 2 hours Lucas' fingers never disconnected from his guitar... an event that no one will ever forget." ADEVARUL, Romania 6/1/10 Review of the New York premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 48th New York Film Festival 10/9/10: "The event Saturday evening event was terrific, an intoxicating mix of music and imagery. Gary's score builds a nice, eerie immersion an atmosphere of perdition and romantic longing." --SOME CAME RUNNING (film critic Glenn Kenny's column) full review here: http://bit.ly/ckizt5 "Gary Lucas' brilliant musical dialogue with George Melford's Spanish-language "Dracula" rescues this film from mere camp, highlighting the films many innovative and indeed modernist flourishes." --Richard Pena, director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center Full house and standing ovation for the Spanish premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the 7th Sevilla Film Festival 11/8/10: Check out an interview with Gary Lucas from Spanish National TV RTVE beginning at 3:34 here: http://bit.ly/b5i8bO 4 Star review in The Guardian for the UK premiere of Gary Lucas' Spanish "Dracula" at the London Jazz Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall: http://bit.ly/jLaP1K

Screening at VFF12: “Luminaris” and “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X”

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Screening Saturday evening: http://valleyfilmfest.blogspot.com/2012/11/screening-at-vff12-luminaris-and.html...

Sitges 2012

 Sitges International Fantastic Film Fest, 2012   The lovely Sitges at sunset. 

Frequency Film Festival - Submit your film today!

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Frequency Film Festival will be a monthly film festival, starting in 2013, and based in San Diego, CA, USA.  There are no entry fees or deadlines.   Frequency Film Festival will present over 30 screenings, in twelve days, each month. Documentary, Foreign, Horror, Action, Drama, Western, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Silent, Musical, Experimental, LGBT, Animation, Crime, Romance, and Family. The mission of the Frequency Film Festival is to promote unique and exciting films and to screen ...

Sunscreen Video Podcast 1, with Special Guests from the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary "Superheroes", News and More!

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Sunscreen Film Festival Video Podcast 1.  Discussions about the film and TV business.  This episode features interviews with special guests Superhero and Artiseroi from the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary "Superheroes". watch here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57jj6DJiMBU&feature=share&list=UU0tP1gHLS9-e55BKY2RRatQ Discussion includes the Superheroes Documentary, Spider-man movie, Batman, Godzilla and more nerd dialogue than you can imagine! ...

David Wenham, Cinefest-OZ patron

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Actor David Wenham  Australia’s beloved actor David Wenham returns to CinefestOZ this year as a festival patron. Here to stay, he will attend annually in support of the burgeoning film festival. David Wenham is best known for his roles in Lord of the Rings (2003), Australia (2008), Van Helsing (2004). Wenham has now taken to directing and is currently at work on his directorial debut on a short in an adaptation of ‘The Turning’ by novelist Tim Winton, Australia’...

Jan Cvitković about “Archeo”: “I wanted to make a film, not a coated story”

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Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and original directors in Slovenian cinema, Jan Cvitković, is an old friend of SIFF. Among the many international festival awards that his films Bread and Milk and Gravehopping gatnered, is No Man’s Land in the Balkan competition at the SIFF. This year Jan Cvitković comes to the festival as a mem¬ber of the International Jury as well as with his new movie Archeo. Archeo (produced by Jozko Rutar, who also arrives for the 16th edition o...

Victor Ginzburg: “I want to change the world and therefore I make films”

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Undoubtedly the most discussed film in the Russian independent cinema over the past year, Generation P, is one of those Clockwork Oranges, which have influence both on intelligent and critical audience, and on the mass audience. Of course, many purists and utter pedants concerning the Pelevin’s novels denied it immediately. The same happens, probably, with all more daring films, based on the works of cult authors. Anyway, the most important thing is that Ginzburg has made a success...

dracula

Dracula 3D sucks...(blood)

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Why bother... Why bother adding another filmed episode to Dracula's cult filmed myth... Why bother making a film which is not a decent attempt to matching the recent standards of th eblood sucking stories brought to screen. Prince of B Movie Dario Argento did not bring any single creative addition to the ymyth. (oh yes, except maybe for one animal transformation not even worth mentionning) I worked with Copola's Dracula which was very faithful to Bram Stoker's book, ...

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

2012 LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP REFLECTS GREECE’S STRUGGLES

LA Greek Fest reveals a socially concerned line up

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  2012 LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP REFLECTS GREECE'S STRUGGLES Twenty-two feature and short narrative and documentary films, a screenwriting master class, and a tribute to the late director Theo Angelopoulos-as well as gala opening and closing nights and the annual Orpheus Awards ceremony-aimed at "Defeating the Crisis Through The Viewfinder" May 31 - June 3rd, 2012 "There is no more timely reflection of Greece's struggles than the one offered...

Russia and Romania at GO-EAST Film Festival 2012

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  GENERATION P (2011)  One of the film's to screen at this year's GOEAST Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany is Russian film GENERATION P (2011) by Russian/American director Victor Ginzburg. Based on the book by Russian writer Victor Pelevin, the film is directed by American/Russian director Victor Ginzburg. The film is about Babylen Tatarsky, a copywriter for a major advertising company in the late 90’s in Post-Soviet Russia. Babylen is put to the test by the advertising firm ...

IFFBoston 2011: Narrative Sampler

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For a sampling of the narrative features not already mentioned, I offer the following: While the premise of Another Earth suggests that it is a science-fiction film, it is really more of a character study with a sci-fi MacGuffin.  Lead actress/writer Brit Marling, as Rhoda, is in virtually every shot, and yet is silent for roughly the first twenty minutes.  Her ability to keep the audience engaged through facial expression and body language sets the tone for the gently unfolding plot.  Alo...

Vampires Ball closing Fantasporto

So crowed we could not get in after 20 minutes in the queue! Big success 

LOOKING BACK, Cinema's greatest moments... BLADERUNNER (1985)

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Bladerunner at Fantasporto, 2012 What better film to be honored at a 'Fantastic' film festival than the classic Sci-Fi film Bladerunner (1982)! At the 32nd International Film Festival of Porto (Fantasporto), which took place February 20 to March 3, 2012, the film was screened as an homage to cinemas of the future. Directed by Ridley Scott, the canonical film was based on the novel by Sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick called: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" about...

Bladerunner at Fantasporto, 2012

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Bladerunner at Fantasporto, 2012 What better film to be honored at a 'Fantastic' film festival than the classic Sci-Fi film Bladerunner (1982)! At the 32nd International Film Festival of Porto (Fantasporto) the film was screened as an homage to cinemas of the future. Directed by Ridley Scott, the canonical film was based on the novel by Sci-Fi writer Philip K. Dick called: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" about a time in the future where androids (who look like h...

Do you fear of the dark?

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Organized by The World Mass Media Research Foundation and supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Cankaya Municipality, 23rd. Ankara International Film Festival will take place between 15 – 22nd March.  The festival is preparing to scare the audiences out of their seats with its midnight screenings.  Midnight screening programme is consisting of 4 short and 1 feature films:  The Awakening Year 1921. England is trying to be relieved after the First World War....

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival

Whether it is a dramatic or comedic piece, we want screenwriters and filmmakers to share their great stories in regards to the world of sports. We felt that creating this festival would give the many sports fanatics out there an outlet for their love of competition. We ask you, the filmmaker, to only submit films that the plot centers around the competition or competitor. We will respectfully decline films that just have a competition scene in them that isn't pivotal to the story or character.

Some people have asked us to define "sports." Well, we want to include any subject matter that deals with mental and physical competition for the sake of winning a prize (and not killing anyone along the way to do it). So we're ready to watch and read any stories from auto racing to badminton and spelling bees to chess.

The festival this year will be held at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, California on November 9-11, 2012. We plan to have a reception on either Friday or the Thursday prior to the festival's opening.

Our jury and judges are well respected people in the film and sporting industry.  Having your film or screenplay in the festival may open doors that may not be available to you.  We can't promise sudden fame and fortune but we'll do our best to get you noticed.

This is the 4th year of the festival.

DRACULA at Fantasporto 2012

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    At the 2012 Fantasporto (20 February - 04 March) in Porto, Portugal, the festival paid tribute to some of the best blood sucking films in the vampire canon: "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), which screned at the Rivoli Theater follwing a screening of another vampire classic, F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922).                        ...
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