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Box for Life

Director: Uri Borreda.

Three officers walk into the barrack: "Which one of you can box?" Sally and Sam immediately raises their hands. And me, a 16-year-old boy without a clue about boxing, also raise my hand; to this day I’m not sure why. One of the officers: "Tomorrow you’ll be taken for tests; you'd better not being lying!" On the next morning, they took us to a different barrack. Stepping inside, we found ourselves in a hall full of perfect boxing practice gear: a boxing ring, sand bags and practice balls hanging from springs. A dozen men was practicing there; jumping rope, punching the bags and the balls. This seemingly normal scene would have appeared quite ordinary - except that these barracks were located in the Auschwitz Death Camp; the officers were S.S. members; and the three of us - Jews, having arrived from Belgium on last night’s transport. This is the story of Noah Klieger, who was a French Jewish teenager during WWII. He smuggled Jewish children from Belgium to Switzerland. He was captured by the Germans and was sent to the Auschwitz death camp. When he arrived at the camp, he claimed himself as a boxer which saved his life. Noah returns for the first time to the places that marked his life before immigrating to Israel as a crew member on board the famous boat "Exodus - 1947”. He was the last remnant of the boxing team of Auschwitz death camp, the oldest active journalist in the world, A crew member of the "Exodus - 1947”. He lay on the beach in Dunkirk when hundreds of thousands of British soldiers were evacuated to Britain. Noah Klieger is an example of courage, optimism and resilience. He is the Jewish "Forrest Gump".

Tune it up for Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash right now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Pop quiz trivia, ready? What was the first band name of Lynyrd Skynyrd? Right: “My Backyard” for the Jacksonville-formed group until 1966, when they came up with the iconic slur of their gym teacher’s name. Don’t believe it? Proof comes later, but for now, Cleopatra Entertainment offers a biography about the band, and how they won big, lost big, and reshaped music culture all the same with their Southern Rock style. ...

Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story

Director: Cheryl Halpern.

“Herinneren: Het verhaal van Maurits Kiek…Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story” presents one man’s courage to return to Nazi-occupied Europe and serve as a covert MI-9 agent. His unwavering determination to stand up, in the face of overwhelming odds, and fight the perpetrators of evil was acknowledged in Den Haag, The Hague, in 2015. He is a hero for us to remember as we, too, are challenged to respond to human injustice and cruelty. 


Did you know that in 2017, after marijuana was legalized in California, an artist/prankster climbed up to the sign, at night, in the rain and altered the world famous sign from Hollywood to Hollyweed, thus causing an international news story and creating a psychological disruption for the business as usual residents of Los Angeles. We aim to disrupt business as usual with the Hollyweed Film Festival. You know the drill, submit your film, pay the fee and never hear back from whatever festiva...

The Hollyweed Film Festival New Low $10US Entry Fee

The Hollyweed Film Festival is proud to announce a a limited time low entry fee off of $10 US for short and longform films All Genres including: Action, Adventure, Alternative, Animation, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Classics, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark Comedy, Documentary, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film Noir, Flash, Health, History, Horror, Human Rights, Independent, Kids, LGBTI, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Music Video’s, Mystery, Nature, News...


Originally published on September 5, 2018, on the Australian website CULT PROJECTIONS. Interviewed by BRYN TILLY.   Cult Projections: Tell me a little of the career trajectory that has brought you to Program Director for the Sci Fi Film Festival? Is this a dream role? Has it been challenging?   Simon: The career trajectory has been erratic, to put it succinctly, but I've always managed to spend most of my working years in the company of creative and/or dedicated ...

Dolorosa Gioia

Director: Gonzalo López.

Dolorosa gioia tells the story of the tragic life of Renaissance music composer Carlo Gesualdo, although the story is set in the present.  

Carlo, a young music composer from a wealthy family, is going through an emotional crisis. When he moves to a new house he recalls the events and factors that led to his condition: the moment he met Maria, his first marriage, his obsession with music, infidelity and the consequences of it. While the past returns in the form of memories, Carlo fights to recover his life and desire to compose music...


Pawn Sacrifice, Review: Check this out, Mate

In the only Urdu/Hindi film he ever made, Indian cinema’s Bengali language grandmaster Satyajit Ray used chess as a metaphor, setting it against the backdrop of the crumbling Navabi rule over Avadh (Lucknow), and its imminent take-over by the British East India company. It was simply called Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players). Another chess film, a 30-minute short made in 1988, was called Queen Sacrifice. The present film manages with just a pawn sacrifice! Two feature-length recent ...

The 2nd Episode of "Look Who's Stalking" Now Online!

The second episode of "Look Who's Stalking" aired on the BIO Network on April 7th, 2013. Directed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Productions, the show is now online at BIO's official site: Cinematography by Stacey Dillon of Stacey Dillon Productions. ...

BIO Channel promos for the TV show I directed...

Just a heads up that the show I directed for the BIO Channel, "Look Who's Stalking", premieres on March 31st with the next episode on April 7th. Their promo dept just released 6 clips today that you can see here: Do watch the full episodes on TV, if you can...Not sure what number is the BIO Channel in your area...You'll have to consult your cable or satellite guide in the US, Canada, & the UK.   ...

An Interview With Film Historian and John Ford Biographer Joseph McBride at the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium

Eustace Street in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, home of the Irish Film Institute, has been a busy place this weekend, as the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium presented a variety of screenings, lectures and academic panel discussions devoted to the prolific Irish-American film director, whose influence continues to loom large, nearly 40 years after his passing.Afficionados of Ford's work have come from all over Ireland, continental Europe, North America and as far away as Australia...


The themes of the festival are Wonder, dreams, the imaginary, magic, myths and legends, fables, fairy tales, poetry, the supernatural. The festival also includes comics, role playing games, fantasy, science fiction, video games. A festival on the themes of the imaginary, magic and dream as they are themes present in all cultures, civilizations and in all eras that occupy an important place in cinema. The festival brings together the artists and an audience to explore their own imagina...

The Tibetan Godchild - Clip 45

In Tibet a single mother decides to send her 12 year old daughter to India. The girl is brought to a Tibetan Children's Village by Buddhist monks. A young man in Switzerland takes the sponsorship for the girl and visits her 12 years later in India. Short Documentary written, directed and produced by Andy Svensson. Filmed in India, produced in California and Switzerland. 22 Min. 2012

Unscripted Personal Moments - The Talking Portrait Series

The talking Portrait series provides a view into a personal moment shared between a model and a portrait artist. Below are links to video sessions featuring CAROL is a dancer from California and her husband NICHOLAS, a writer, who participated in the project via a videoconference. CAROL - QUICKTIME CAROL - WINDOWS MEDIA NICHOLAS - WINDOWS MEDIA NICHOLAS - QUICKTIME ...