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Cinema and Paris: A Love Story

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Cinema and Paris: A Love Story From Paris Blues to Midnight in Paris, not forgetting Last Tango in Paris… So many cinematic masterpieces were born on the streets of the capital! In the background or as a central subject, Paris has always attracted and fascinated filmmakers from all over the world. Putting its movement, its sparkle, its darkness and its beauty at the disposal of artists who come to immortalise it on a reel. The city of light shows its fidelity to th...

Driven Creativity Competition

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Entry opens online on the 1st June and is free of charge! Open to talented professional and non-professional filmmakers, entrants will have the chance for their hard work and creative ambitions to be recognised and rewarded. Winners and runners-up will be awarded stylish G-Technology external hard drives and the overall winner will receive €5,000 – all to further drive their creativity. The first year of the competition in 2010 saw hundreds of entrants from all o...

La Source des Femmes = Amazing

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Romanian-born filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu offers up another certifiably crowd-pleasing slice of world cinema in The Source (La Source des Femmes), a modern-day fable exploring female empowerment in the Arab world. Never one for subtlety, the writer-director tosses everything he can into this two-hour-plus humanist couscous, stirring in a mix of songs, sentiments and socio-religious questions set beneath breathtaking North African landscapes, and carried by a strong central performance from...

La Source des Femmes = Amazing

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  Romanian-born filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu offers up another certifiably crowd-pleasing slice of world cinema in The Source (La Source des Femmes), a modern-day fable exploring female empowerment in the Arab world. Never one for subtlety, the writer-director tosses everything he can into this two-hour-plus humanist couscous, stirring in a mix of songs, sentiments and socio-religious questions set beneath breathtaking North African landscapes, and carried by a strong central performa...

Silent film is all the talk at Cannes

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By Robert MacPherson (AFP) CANNES, France — A French director's clever silent movie about a fallen Hollywood silent-movie star came out of nowhere on Sunday to become a strong contender for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. "The Artist" by Michel Hazanavicius won strong applause -- and more than a few laughs -- from festival goers who'd been wondering if Cannes this year was ever going to be about more than dysfunctional families and sexual deviancy. Shot in H...

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20th film in Cannes competition

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  Competition The Artist, directed by Michel HAZANAVICIUS, is joining the Official Competition, now composed of 20 feature films. It is "OSS 117" director Hazanavicius's latest film - a French production in English language - starring John Goodman, Jean Dujardin,  Berenice Bejo, Missi Pyle and James Cromwell. The film was previously announced as screening out of competition, but Cannes programmers made the switch today. The black and white silent film tells...

Gary Lucas Plays "Sounds of the Surreal"--accompanying 3 classic silent surrealist films with his original solo guitar scores

Director: Fernand Leger, Rene Clair, and Ladislaw Starewicz.
"The Guitarist of 1000 Ideas" (NY Times) Gary Lucas accompanies three silent surrealist classics with his original solo guitar scores live. Films include Rene Clair's "Entr'acte" (1924), Fernand Leger's "Ballet Mecanique" (1924), and Ladislaw Starewicz's "The Cameraman's Revenge" (1912). More details at http://garylucas.com/www/surr

Michel Gondry – Our Top 6 Music Videos

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by Marc Rickenbach In recent months French filmmaker and arts and crafts enthusiast Michel Gondry has been popping his head up all over the place on both sides of the Atlantic. The director, most well known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Science of Sleep (not to mention numerous music videos, which we’ll get to in a bit), released the big screen version of old time radio and comic book hero The Green Hornet in January. To promote the new film, he guest dir...

French Director, Pierre Thoretton's Documentary about the French Fashion Legend, Yves Saint Laurent, "L'amour fou"/"Crazy Love"

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On Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 9pm at the School ov Visual Arts Theater, 1 Silas, located at 333 West 23rd Street close to 8th Avenue, Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 2:30pm at Clearview Chelsea Cinema, Theater 4, located at 260 West 23rd Street, and Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 9:45pm at Clearview Chelsea Cinema, Theater 8, the French fashion legend, Yves Saint Laurent’s, (1936-2008) somber life story; his long standing relationship with businessman/life partner,...

A tribute to Serge Gainsbourg at Sacramento Festival

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The Sacramento French Film Festival , Record Club & The Verge Gallery Presents A Tribute To Serge Gainsbourg! @ The Verge Gallery - Saturday, April 2nd - 8PM   2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of French Icon Serge Gainsbourg (he died of a heart attack on March 2, 1991). Singer-songwriter, director, actor, photographer, provocateur, iconoclast, father of actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, husband of actress-singer Jane Birkin, lover of French icon Brigitte Ba...

VIEWFest

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ÉCU is proud to announce our new partnership with the international film festival VIEWfest that is based in Turin, Italy! Please read over their call for submissions below and remember to submit your films by September 15, 2011. You can find more information on their website: http://www.viewfest.it/ VIEWFest is an international festival on 3D cinema and animation, organized every year by VIEW Conference, that screens important world previews, the best of 3D production, ...

The Economist Film Project

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The Economist, launched in 1843, is spreading its journalistic wings and taking on new areas of media with its brand new documentary project, started in January in partnership with PBS Newshour. The weekly English language newspaper, based in London, consistently claims to encourage intelligent debate and discussion on current global issues, and their newest campaign to continue this way of thinking is through young filmmakers. Editor and director of the project, Gideo...

Antoine, Bibi and Casimir

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by Marie-Charlotte Fossard Three friends, three personalities and three differents way of living and loving clearly defined. Antoine, Bibi and Casimir is the story of the daily tempestuous relationships of three housemates. Life, friendship, and unexpected love are the key words for the comedy, only available on the internet. François Chabert and Laurent Jeanne are the writers and directors of this unusual series. Their everyday life is somewhat out of the ordinary...

Dance on Camera Festival 2011 Opening Night World Premiere of Claude Bessy, Lignes D’une Vie Gala Photos

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By Maria Esteves – February 7, 2011 The 39th Annual 2011 Dance on Camera Festival (DCF2011) co-sponsored by the Dance Films Association (DFA) and Film Society of Lincoln Center, Opening Night World Premiere of CLAUDE BESSY, Lignes D’une Vie  (Traces of a Life), directed by Fabrice Herrault commenced Friday, January 28, 2011, 6:00pm at the Walter Reade Theater, New York. A special Q&A session with master of classical dance extraordinaire Claude Bessy, and director Fabrice Herraul,...

2011 festival year is off and running in Palm Springs with Deneuve and Potiche opening

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Opening with Potiche (french film by François Ozon starring french icon Catherine Deneuve) just six days after New Years the Palm Springs Film Festival can probably lay claim to the honor of being the very first such festival of any size or signifigance on the annual international film festival calendar. While this is not a festival one hears too much about, being well off the beaten track and coming at a time when most of us are still recovering from year end Holidaze entertainment ove...

Au Revoir Rhiannon Hobbins…

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This month we say au revoir to Rhiannon Hobbins, ÉCU’s Festival Manager for the past four years. Rhiannon was the ultimate resource for all that is ÉCU but she is moving on to her next adventure back in her home country of Australia. It’s hard to express how much she will be missed but her influence will be everlasting as the festival builds upon the fabulous foundations that she put in place. So, without further ado Rhiannon tells us in her own words how the last four years...

Russian Ark

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by Yann-Yves A few weeks ago, Russian director Alexander Sokurov came to the Forum des Images to present a short documentary and his feature film Russian Ark, in honor of the program dedicated to Moscow and St. Petersburg. One of the many elements that the filmmaker spoke about in his master class was the idea that there were no more great masters. According to him, many people work in film and in media today, but most of them don’t have a background or understanding o...

Girl Talk: Art and Copyright

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by Marc Rickenbach American mash-up master Girl Talk has been the subject of much controversy due to his copyright-bending art and wild live shows. With a new album out (available as a free download), we take a look at an artist who calls attention to the possibilities of the Internet in enhancing creativity via mash-up style music videos – which are in turn often put together from existing content. If there’s one musician who truly represents the current state of ...

Creative Commons: the Robin Hood of 21st century culture?

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by Ana Soares It’s tough to be an artist in the era of copyright, so knowing that organizations like Creative Commons are out there, looking out for your right to be creative, can be at least reassuring. Whether you’re an independent or mainstream filmmaker, a musician or a scientist, a writer or an ayahuasca appreciator – copyright laws concern you. If your job or hobby involves being creative and producing something unique out of whatever influences you, you’...

ÉCU Young Talent: Louisa Mayman

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Louisa Mayman won the prize for ÉCU 2010’s Best Student Feature, making a promising debut of her career. The young British filmmaker talked to us about how she got started, what she’s influenced by, and also how moving to London represents an exciting opportunity for her future in the industry. Where are you from? Lichfield, a small town just north of Birmingham. If you could describe indie cinema in your country in 3 words, what would they be? Passionate, creat...

THE EYE AND THE STAR: " I was JOHNNY HALLYDAY's Photographer"

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Johnny Hallyday: Photo Alain Robert      All photos by Alain ROBERT : ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Alain ROBERT comes from a genuine Parisian family implanted in the Quartier Latin. His father who was an artisan specialized in photography, gave him his first camera when he was twelve.. During 40 years, ROBERT  worked with equipment and supplies for photo and media services as well as for conservation departments of large...

French New Wave vs. Republic Pictures

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Earlier this year, our fearless founder, Tracey, had the opportunity to meet icon Jean-Paul Belmondo at the L.A. Film Critics awards, and the seed for our 10th Anniversary theme was planted...50 years of French New Wave. Our desire to embody 1960's cool was reinforced by our move to our new venue, CAP Theatre, which already had its own 60's vibe. With Jean-Luc Godard scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy next year, and the passing of New Wave director Claude Chabro...

Montreal FF Competition Jury

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  Billie August  Norwegian director Billie August (the winner of two Cannes Palme d'or prizes for the PELLE THE CONQUEROR in 1987 and THE BEST INTENTIONS in 1992) is the President of the Jury at this year's Montreal World Film Festival (running from August 26 to September 6). The famed director and his jury colleagues will determine the Grand Prix des Ameriques, the  Festival's most prestigious award, as well as winners for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Be...

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