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Who Killed Chea Vichea?

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Banned by the Cambodian authorities, the documentary “Who Killed Chea Vichea?” investigates the 2004 assassination of labor leader Chea Vichea. As president of the Free Trade Union, Cambodia’s largest labor organization, Vichea was widely admired for his tireless fight to increase wages and improve working conditions for his members. It was a dangerous job which often brought him into conflict with powerful people and institutions, but despite numerous beatings, ...

The Invocation is very provocative

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"Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I satdown in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 yearsand after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t knowabout him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holdsbarred.  RGEmmanuel I just wantyou to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know aboutanything that you do not want me to pu...

Estes Park Film Festival To Honor Actor Art LaFleur

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Estes Park Film Festival To Honor Actor Art LaFleur With A Lifetime achievement AwardOrganizers of the Estes Park Film Festival recently announced that actor Art LaFleur will be the featured guest at the 5th annual event. Considered one of the greatest character actors in Hollywood, Art LaFleur has an extensive body of work in both film and television.A native of Gary, Indiana, LaFleur may be best-known for his performance as baseball player Babe Ruth in The Sandlot. LaFleur also appeared as b...

TORN FROM THE FLAG? Klaudia Kovacs' Film is Torn from History

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Documentary films are supposed to wake us up -- usually to some strange sub-culture (read: the world of Baby Beauty Pageants or Professional Eating Contests) -- to give a glimpse at how remarkably bizarre human beings can be. Typically with films, we're allowed to become voyeurs, stare agape at the amusing spectacle of mankind. Not so with TORN FROM THE FLAG, filmmaker Klaudia Kovacs' chronicle of the 1956 October Revolution in Hungary that...

SHOLAY, THE "CURRY WESTERN" DECONSTRUCTED --

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Sholay (Embers)                          PHILIPJI --I watched the complete Sholay last night, and can easily see why it is such a landmark film in India,but --if you are not familiar with the iconic personalties of Amitji, Dharamji, Sanjeev Kumar, and Hema Malini -- it would just be a long Spaghetti Western with Masala sauce, fairly primitive in parts (Like the unerring accuracy of the shots by the dynamic Duo --every single shot drops ...

The Sicilian Girl

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Next week The Sicilian Girl (2009) by director Marco Amenta starring Veronica D'Agostino and Gerard Jugnot will open in theaters in the U.S. The Sicilian Girl is a based on the true story of Rita Atria, a teenaged girl born into the Cosa Nostra who rebelled against the mafia as a witness in Italian courts to avange her father's death. It is a riveting dramatic thriller that has received international acclaim. I saw The Sicilian Girl in Palm Springs, California when Amenta screened h...

Nine and 1/2

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  Rob Marshall's Nine (2009) appears to be one of those movies that people walk away from either loving or hating. When I saw it in Palm Springs with Rob Marhsall on panel, I took the opportunity to pose him some of my curious questions regarding his follow up to one of my favorite films ever, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (1963). When Rob entered the room he stood back and regarded the panel chairs in the right corner of the room and shook his head, dissatisfied. He picked up...

Line-up complete for trinidad+tobago film festival/10

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The line-up of films for the fifth annual trinidad+tobago film festival, which takes place from September 22 to October 5, has been confirmed. As ever, the festival will be showcasing the best in Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora films, as well as films from Latin America countries in the Caribbean basin. The festival screens feature-length narrative and documentary films, and also short films. One of the most anticipated films in this year's line-up is Moloch Tropical, the ...

MEAT THE TRUTH

Director: Gertjan Zwanikken.
The documentary Meat the Truth is the first major project undertaken by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change. Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together. The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation chose to compile the best scientific information on climate change and livestock farming, which is presently available and to translate this for a broader audience. The film was produced by Claudine Everaert and Gertjan Zwanikken. The calculations on greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources. Well-known Dutch celebrities, such as Anthonie Kamerling, Georgina Verbaan, Henk Schiffmacher, Yvonne Kroonenberg, Karen van Holst Pellekaan, Wim.T.Schippers and Dolf Jansen, participated in the making of the Dutch version of this documentary, which has already been deemed better than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth by the science editors of the quality Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad. In the meantime, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation has also produced an international version of Meat the Truth. This English language film is better tailored to an international public and uses calculations on the carbon savings that may be achieved by reducing one’s meat consumption based on American, rather than Dutch, examples. Many well-known celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, Esai Morales, Megan Blake, Debra Wilson Skelton, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery, Carol Leifer, Joy Lauren, Hal Sparks, Constance Marie, Kristina Klebe, Skyler Gisondo, Graham Patrick Martin, Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Vaughan, participated in the making of the international version of the film. With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. Moreover, the Foundation also anticipates that the film will provide a showcase for prominent scientific reports about livestock farming and climate change, which unfortunately have thus far proved inaccessible to the general public. The world premiere of Meat the Truth was held on 10th December 2007 in the Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. The international version of the film premiered at London's Odeon West End Cinema in Leicester Square on 19th May 2008 and has since also had its premiere screening in the USA at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, LA during the Artivist Film Festival on 3rd October 2008.

Manhattan Film Festival Files Lawsuit Against Tribeca

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Manhattan Film Festival (www.manhattanfilmfestival.org), has filed suit in New York Supreme Court against both the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Cinemas. Complaint number 650754/2010 alleges the defendants practiced unfair competition by misappropriating the Manhattan Film Festival’s Virtual Film Festival concept. In 2010, the Tribeca Film Festival launched “Tribeca Film Festival Virtual.” The virtual festival included real-time chat with fellow film enthusiasts, live filmmaker Q &...

31st Durban International Film Festival Unveils Programme

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Daring, innovative and controversial films and filmmakers from around the world will take the spotlight at the 31st Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 22 July to 1 August. The festival programmers have scoured the globe for films that excite, thrill, raise awareness and provoke. These films will be presented in over 200 screenings at venues across Durban and in surrounding communities.Alongside the screenings of films, the festival offers an extensive workshop and seminar ...

The Global Film Village: John Lithgow Wows at LAFF Conversation

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(c) 20th Century Fox all Rights Reserved   by Marla Lewin There is no doubt that John Lithgow is an accomplished serious actor who can never be too over the top for his own liking. Tuesday night was a rare opportunity to see him in a conversation with David Ansen, the new Artistic Director of LAFF. What was so special about this was that they were college roommates at Harvard and are still best friends. That gave David a unique insight and made it a more personal co...

10 films pre-selected to compete for this year's LUX Prize within the framework of the Brussels European Film Festival

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  The European Parliament today unveiled the ten films pre-selected to compete for this year's LUX Prize within the framework of the Brussels European Film Festival. These films, produced in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania or the United Kingdom, all reflect the creative excellence of European cinema which the European Parliament is pleased to support.   The following ten films have been pre-selected to compete for the 20...

Building A Bridge To Peace

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What one of the great benefits (and joys) of an event like the AFI-Discovery Channel Documentary Festival is the presentation of films that go behind the news headlines and offer a portrait of the complexity and urgency of political and social events. The simple idea behind many of the films here is that the more we know, the more we understand, the more we can do. In the case of finding solutions to some of the world's most complicated issues, none is more pressing than the need t...

An Evening with Sylvester Stallone at LA Film Festival

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note.  The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman.  Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in...

Stallone is trophy special guest at LA Fest

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note. The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman. Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in a silver grey sport coat o...

When is a boondoggle not a boondoggle?

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A lot of people in the advertising business think of a boondoggle the way the Supreme Court thinks of porn –– they can't define it, but they know it when they see it. I don't think it's that hard to draw the line. It all comes down to responsibility. If you're doing something you honestly intend to help your client, you're not engaging in boondogglery. If you're doing something for your own personal gratification at the expense of your client, you are. Take me, for exam...

Michael Powell Jury President at Edinburgh

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Today the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), announced 2010’s Michael Powell Jury in addition to the other six juries deliberating across the Festival’s awards. Previously announced President of the Michael Powell Jury, acclaimed and beloved actor Sir Patrick Stewart (X MEN; STAR TREK) will be joined by former Bond girl Britt Ekland (THE WICKER MAN), director Mike Hodges (CROUPIER; GET CARTER); New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s senior film curator Laurence Kardish and Iranian ...

New York City International Film Festival To Debut in Times Square

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Times Square may have dodged a car bomb, but now another explosive event is being planned for New York's theater district that's sure to go off. Expect sizzle and smoke August 12 to 19, 2010, when the New York City International Film Festival gets its launch in tourism ground zero. I just came back from two hours with the man who's behind the plot. Manhattan already has the New York Film Festival and the Tribeca and Gen Art -- whoops, not Gen Art -- and 50 or so other movie pageants, but ...

Provincetown International Film Festival Brings Warm Tides

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The year America's oldest art colony turned 100, it reckoned it couldn't start another century without a cinema fete. Thus was born the Provincetown International Film Festival. That was 1999, and now PIFF heads into its 12th edition June 16 to 20, 2010. The Festival will once again salute "new achievements in independent film…and the work of acclaimed and emerging directors, producers and actors," as per its website. Not a peep about writers, which is the bailiwick of the N...

55th Annual OBIES Cocktail Party Photos

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By: Maria Esteves - May 27, 2010 The 55th Annual OBIES Cocktail Party preceded the ceremony at Webster Hall, New York, Monday, May 17, 7:00pm. Presented by The Village Voice and Stella Artois, the OBIES (abbreviation for Off-Broadway) co-hosted by Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Anika Noni Rose honors Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater achievements of 2009-2010.  Theater professionals, past Obie winners and nominees celebrated a private cocktail reception with exquisite h'ord...

55th Village Voice OBIE Awards

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By: Maria Esteves – May 22, 2010 The 55th Annual 2010 Village Voice OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2009-2010, co-hosted by Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Anika Noni Rose (2001 OBIE Award winner, Eli's Comin') were held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 17, 8:00 pm. This year’s award presenters were J. Smith Cameron, Viola Davis, Marin Ireland, Linda Lavin, Hamish Linklater, Sam Rockwell, ...

Fair Game starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn

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                                     The American director, Doug Liman, presents his first film in Competition at the Festival de Cannes. Fair Game is the backdrop for the 2005 Plame-Wilson scandal, where Valeria Plame (played by Naomi Watts), a CIA agent in the nuclear non-proliferation department, sees her reports on uranium trafficking between Nig...

Where And What Is Zlin?

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  With less than 2 weeks to go until the 50th anniversary celebrations begin for the ZLIN FILM FESTIVAL, the first major film  event following CANNES, the question I am hearing from associates is: where and what is Zlin? Well, let me answer that with some relevant information on a city both historic and modern. Zlin is a city situated in the southeastern Moravian district of what is now the Czech Republic. The city is a natural metropolis, a city of statues, a university seat and ...

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