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BARBICAN YIDDISH RETRO, '96

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Chaim Pevner, Film CriticFILM NOTES TO THE BARBICAN YIDDISH FILM RETROSPECTIVE(London, October 12-24, 1996) THE YIDDISH language cinema is nearly unique among world cinema cultures in that it had no specific homeland.  Yiddish films, including “silent Yiddish” films, were produced wherever there were major Yiddish speech communities and a Yiddish theatrical circuit  from which  talent could be recruited.  The majority of Yiddish language films were therefore made in New York or in P...

Uneasy Riders: Films of the 1970s

 Friday, July 27-------It did not seem like it at the time, but the films of a new generation of filmmakers in the 1970s truly did revolutionize the industry and save the studios from financial disaster. By the following decade, Hollywood was back to its old tricks of mounting blockbusters and lowest-common-denominator genre films. But for a period of about ten years (from 1967 to 1977, roughly defined by the release of Mike Nichol's THE GRADUATE and the unprecedented boxoffice extravaganza...

The following review/essay was posted by Movie Geeks Jerry in prelude to the 2hour De Palma Tribtue Show

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"Have you ever heard the expression "Let sleeping dogs lie"? Sometimes you're better off not knowing." -- Jake Gittes from Chinatown "It is the old wound, my King.  It has never healed." -- Lancelot from Excalibur "Hollywood will fuck you when no-one else will." -- Russ Millard from The Black Dahlia I saw the Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia about eleven months ago. I finally watched it again last night. It takes a second viewing and a daily t...

Mark Mahon will be a presenter at the Action on Film Festival Award

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The producers of the Action on Film Festival announced today that director, writer and producer Mark Mahon will be a presenter at the 2007 festival award show. This year's award ceremony will also feature an award named after him, which he will present. The award will be given annually to a screenplay which displays excellence in writing and the indomitable spirit of the filmmaker. "This is a dream come true," said Mahon. "Winning at AOF is responsible for everything that has happened to me." ...

Religion, Politics And Film: An Explosive Combination

 Saturday, June 16----------With religion and core beliefs the source of both comfort and conflict in the modern world, SILVERDOCS wisely decided to dedicate a special section of the Festival to an exploration of the unique role of religion in social and political discourse. Dubbed BEYOND BELIEF: RELIGION, POLITICS AND FILM, the program has presented a provocative series of films and panel discussions. “The documentary form, which takes personal stories and launches them into the public are...

NY Asian Film Fest line up

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NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2007: June 22 ­ July 8 June 22 ­ July 5 @ the IFC Center(323 Sixth Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets) July 5 ­ 8 @ Japan Society(333 East 47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues) Full write-ups are available at:http://www.subwaycinema.com/ The final line-up for the New York Asian Film Fest. More guests, more movies, more fun! SPECIAL GUESTSDirector E. J-Yong of DASEPO NAUGHTY GIRLS will be attending Director Shusuke Kaneko of DEATH NOTE and DEATH NOTE: THE LA...

Revelation Perth International Film Festival highlights for the summer

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Revelation Perth International Film FestivalJuly 12-22, 2007Luna Leederville | Luna SX | The Bakery Revelation announces the 2007 Screen Conference as one of the country’s most vibrant industry discussion platforms, embracing the creative, the business and the technical.The event runs July 12-22 over 4 full days of the two weekends and includes masterclasses,panel discussions, film festival screenings, workshops, script hothouses and the chance for local filmmakers to mix it with their contemp...

Actors Behind The Camera At Tribeca FF

 Thursday, May 3--------Sometimes a Festival, certainly one that has the scope of the Tribeca Film Festival, comes out with unexpected themes that have not necessarily been planned or anticipated. Such a mini-trend in this year's program are films that are directed by people who are mainly known for their acting work. Following in the footsteps of Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Penny Marshall, Al Pacino, Sydney Pollock, Paul Mazursky and many, many others, actors are finding ...

Actors Behind The Camera

 Thursday, May 3--------Sometimes a Festival, certainly one that has the scope of the Tribeca Film Festival, comes out with unexpected themes that have not necessarily been planned or anticipated. Such a mini-trend in this year's program are films that are directed by people who are mainly known for their acting work. Following in the footsteps of Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Penny Marshall, Al Pacino, Sydney Pollock, Paul Mazursky and many, many others, actors are finding ...

Kansas City Jubilee Film Festival Awards

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The 11th annual Kansas City Jubilee Film Festival, April 12-22, a celebration of indendent filmmaking in the Heartland showcased over 100 short films from around the world, features from Missouri and Kansas, and films inspired by JAZZ. Films and filmmakers recognized for excellence include:Outstanding Service to the KC Film Community – Teri Rogers, Take 2Indie Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievements in Film Education - Howard Suber, founder of UCLA Film SchoolOur judges were Sarah Jo Marks of ...

Aspen Shortsfest winners

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Aspen Shortsfest celebrated a diverse mix of short films including several world, North American and US premiers to the delight of audiences and dozens of film guests from around the world during its 16th edition. The top winners were The Substitute (Andrea Jublin, Italy) for Best Comedy, Fair Trade (Michael Dreher, Germany) for Best Drama, Never Like the First Time! (Jonas Odell, Sweden) and Yours Truly (Osbert Parker, UK), which share Best Animation and City (Topaz Adizes, USA) for Best Short ...

Adelaide Fest Natuzzi and Fipresci prize winners announced

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The Adelaide Film Festival is delighted to announce STILL LIFE by Jia Zhang-Ke as the winner of the inaugural NATUZZI International Award for Best Feature Film with special mention to SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and DARATT by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, as winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Award for Best First or Second Feature. The winners were announced last night, at the closing night of the Adelaide Film Festival and world premiere screening of Rolf de Heer’s...

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Tributes to Directors

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The 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century (March 16-25, 2007)TRIBUTES TO DIRECTORSThe 9th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, taking place within the context of the year-round activities of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will be holding three tributes to important documentary directors. Barbara Kopple, Jon Alpert and the couple Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar will honour the Festival with their presence. A representative se...

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Sundance Premieres Section

Wednesday, January 3-----With a little more than two weeks to go until the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, excitement is already building for the prestigious Premieres Section of the event, which includes some of the Festival’s most stellar films. This year, the Festival will present fourteen films in the Premieres section, all world premieres. Sundance Premieres Section: AN AMERICAN CRIME Director: Tommy O’Haver; Screenwriters: Tommy O’Haver, Irene Turner A fictionalized account of the t...

CHICAGO 10: A Sundance History Lesson

Thursday, December 21----If another indication of the growing influence of non-fiction film was needed, the prestigious Sundance Film Festival has decided to open its ten-day celebration of indie and international cinema with a documentary film. CHICAGO 10, a factual and fanciful look at the infamous trial of organizers of the demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in the summer of 1968, a turning point in America’s evaluation of the Vietnam War, will open the Festiv...

The Northwest Film Center tribute to Janet Gaynor

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In the decade from 1927-1937 Janet Gaynor (1906-1984) emerged as one of Hollywood's great stars, immensely popular with the public for her portrayals as the sincere but spunky waif in a series of popular musicals, melodramas, and romantic comedies conceived especially for her at 20th Century Fox. Gaynor started out as an extra in silent pictures- Hal Roach comedy shorts as well as features-before earning her break with a small but crucial part in THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD (1926). A long-term contract ...

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The Drive in Experience at Cork Film Fest

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Fasten your seatbelt and sit back in your car as the Cork Film Festival brings Drive-In Mania Leeside.Drive-In Madness is taking Cork city by storm as the public prepares to tune in their radio stations for the unique experience of watching the classic MGM Films Rocky, The Pink Panther and The Silence of the Lambs from the comfort of their cars on the 10th, 11th and 12th of October at the Old Fords Distribution Site on Centre Park Road. An exciting element of the 51st Cork Film Festival is the r...

4th Annual Surf Theatre Film Festival

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Join us for the 4th Annual Surf Theatre Film Festival during the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach July 25-28th 2006 at Pierside Surf City 6 Theatres (Formerly Mann's) located directly across from the Huntington Beach Pier. Tuesday, July 25th 7 PM- Free admission! Opening night features "SOFIA", a film by Peter Goetz about the Peruvian champion, Sofia Mulanovich. "Some see things as they are and ask why? Others dream things that were never and ask why not"? See how an unlikely girl inspired...

Bruce Weber fashion and portrait photographers Homage at Cambridge

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BRUCE WEBER - A Life in FilmsHis First Complete UK Film Retrospectiveat the 26th CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL (6th-16th July 2006, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse)Bruce Weber is one of the 20th and 21st Century’s greatest fashion and portrait photographers – he is best known for his hugely influential, original and often mimicked advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein featuring gorgeously shot images of beautiful young men and women which have become icons of popular culture - and his photographic wo...

Miami Gay & Lesbian line up

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FEATURES/DOCUMENTARIES2006 MIAMI GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL20 CENTIMETERS (Director Ramón Salazar)The musical journey of a lively narcoleptic transsexual who works the streets of Madrid for the money that she needs for her impending sexual reassignment (Spain – Florida Premiere)50 WAYS OF SAYING FABULOUS (Director Stewart Main)An overweight girly-boy and his tomboy best friend live out adventures from their favorite TV show Adventures In Space… with Billy playing the pony tailed heroine La...

Eurosport wins guirlande d'honneur at Sport Movies & TV 2005

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EUROSPORT WINS “SPORT MOVIES & TV 2005”The delivery of the “Guirlande d’Honneur” closed the 23rd "Sport Movies & TV – Milano International FICTS Festival” “6 days of Sport, Cinema and world TV” held in Milan for six days of sport and culture. Over 200.000 spectators attended, due to the peculiarity of the event and the promotional approach, with a completely free access to the screenings in 5 inside halls, as well as the maxi-screen located in Piazza Duomo.In the various Sectio...

New York Video Festibval returns to Manhattan

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) announces its return to Manhattan for eight days of film screenings, world premieres, musical performances, industry panels and after-parties. The festival, known as the voice of independent film, will showcase 300 film features, shorts and documentaries and host filmmakers from more than 30 countries. The festivities kick off on November 10th with an opening night networking party for filmmakers, musicians and artists at l...

Sport Movies & TV 2005 – 23rd Milano FICTS Festival kicks in

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Sport Movies & TV 2005 – 23rd Milano International FICTS Festival”, organized by FICTS (Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs, recognised by IOC – 94 member countries) has been presented to press by the Festival Director and FICTS International President, Prof. Franco Ascani.Festival seat will be Palazzo ai Giureconsulti in Piazza Mercanti 2 in Milan.“Sport Movies & TV 2005” 6 days of Sport, Cinema and TV from all over the world, will be held from the 27th of October to ...

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