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Vermont International Film Festival ready to splash

The 15th Vermont International Film Festival will open October 13 - 18, 2004, to be held in downtown Burlington. The Vermont International Film Festival celebrates the independent spirit of films by providing a forum for stories dealing with issues of global concern. This year the Festival will present more than 70 films from around the world that will compete for the best film in three categories - War and Peace, Justice and Human Rights, and the Environment. Vermont filmmakers will be also...

Viva Pedro, Leigh and more at NY Fest

VIVA PEDRO! An exclusive evening with Pedro Almodóvar, the legendary Spanish director of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and the upcoming Bad Education. Highlights from the director's rich career will be screened, followed by a conversation between Mr. Almodóvar and Richard Peña, NYFF Selection Committee Chairman. We expect onstage appearances by special guests who have appeared in Mr. Almodóvar's films. 7A Thu. Oct. 7, 6:15 pm Alice Tully Hall HB...

Port Townsend Fest Wraps with Nod to Winners

Port Townsend Film Festival Wraps with Nod to WinnersUnder blue skies that opened up just as the festival began Friday afternoon and remained throughout the weekend, the 5th annual Port Townsend Film Festival wrapped Sunday with the announcement of "best films" at a morning champagne breakfast. Winner of the best feature-length narrative film was Gate to Heaven (Tor zum Himmel), a German film by producer/director Veit Helmer. Ten years in the making, Gate to Heaven is a love story that tak...

San Sebastian ambiance bits

There is nothing about this festival that is small from the giant projection halls in the Giant "CUBE" Building on the beachfront which houses the main events, to the big names that come and go every day. Hungarian director Istvan Szabo and his leading lady of "Being Julia", Annette Benning, took a side trip to Bilbao on Monday to see the new Guggenheim -- which is closed on Mondays -- but for these ultra special guests it was opened for a "private screening" of the collection. Yesterday it was ...

HypeFest opens this week

HypeFest: A unique film festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity.Drama, intrigue, comedy and cocktails. All this and more abounds at HypeFest,a high-energy film & video festival slated to showcase creativity in film, commercials and music videos from a diversity of filmmakers and storytellers.Providing a bridge between content creators and the independent and commercial communities, HypeFest offers a platform for filmmakers to promote their work to the commercial industry...

Jack Valenti retires from MPEAA

Jack Valenti steps down from his power position at the Motion Picture Association of America and has named Dan Glickman as his successor. Valenti, 82, will officially retire Sept. 1, Will he celebrate his birthday with Anne d'Ornano during the Deauville Film Festival remains uncertain.Texas born, Harvard educated, Jack Valenti has led several lives: a wartime bomber pilot, advertising agency founder, political consultant, White House Special Assistant, movie industry leader. In his current role ...

Michael Moore Tipped as Cannes Winner

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 has been tipped as the Cannes Palme d'or Winner. The film which is a scrutinizing look at the Bush regime handling of events during 911 and the aftermath, has already won the FIPRESCI award for international journlaists. Moore who was in Cannes to present his film supposedly will add sections to the film after the premiere as events develop closer to election time for Bush....

Michael Moore Press conference

Michael Moore was in Cannes to present Fahrenheit 9/11 and held a press conference with Variety at the American Pavillion...

Fahrenheit 9/11

FAHRENHEIT 9/11 directed by Michael MOORETwo years after his Cannes 55th Anniversary Prix for Bowling For Columbine, Michael Moore is back on the Croisette with Fahrenheit 9/11, screening in competition. The documentary opens with the contested presidential election in the year 2000, and moves on to 9/11 exposing relations between the Bush and the Bin Laden families, how the American leaders have instilled an overriding climate of false fear, the witch hunt spirit of the Patriot Act, the armed f...

Beverly Hills Fest announces its program

The Beverly Hills Film Festival, to be held May 6-9, announced programming for its fourth annual event. Twenty-nine films, comprising features, documentaries, and shorts, will be presented at the Clarity Theatre in Beverly Hills, with a full complement of after-parties and receptions. The week will be capped when the Golden Palm Award is bestowed upon the top film at the annual Awards Ceremony gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Sunset Room on May 9. “This year’s program is our most diverse...

Sundance Hollywood and Politics In Park City

Sundance Hollywood and Politics In Park City 2004 is a Presidential Election year and the players are out across the country jocking for position.  With the major media eyes here in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, many of the candidates are making the rounds.  Al Gore is one most visible, visiting shops along Main St, viewing films and meeting everyone form Hollywood elite or regular filmgoers.  Gores presence added a buzz throughout the ...

Bush in 30 seconds contest award winner

“CHILD’S PAY” AD BY CHARLIE FISHER WINS MOVEON.ORG VOTER FUND’S “BUSH IN 30 SECONDS” TV AD CONTESTWait till you see them on Fox news, courtesy of Georges Soros.“If Parents Acted Like Bush” is Funniest;“Bring It On” Wins Youth Category;“What I Been Up To” is Best AnimationA 30-second TV ad that focuses on George W. Bush’s trillion-dollar debtlegacy to America’s children is the winner in the Voter Fund’s nationwide search for the best spot to tell the truth...

Bush in 30 seconds ad contest by MOBY, Soros...

Bush in 30 Seconds, is an ad contest that’s intended to bring new talent and new messages into the world of mainstream political advertising. The contest is aimed at selecting the ad that best explains what this President and his policies are really about -- in only 30 seconds. The Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest has been developed and run by a small team of people: Laura Dawn, David Fenton, Moby, Eli Pariser, Lee Solomon, and Jonathan Soros. They've come together because they believe that by ta...

Vermont awards

14th Annual Vermont International Film FestivalOctober 16 - 20, 2003 in Burlington, VT. The Vermont International Film Festival is one of the longest running venues in North America focusing on showcasing socially conscious films. For over 18 years, VIFF has provided a forum for films dealing with issues of War and Peace, Justice and Human Rights, and the Environment. The Vermont International Film Festival accepts independent films and videos of any length or genre that fit into one of these th...