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Experience World Premiere of Big Air VR with 5 time X Game Medalist winner Elliot Sloan, 3D and 360 from Taiwan, UK, US and Ger

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Experience World Premiere of Big Air VR with 5 time X Game Medalist winner Elliot Sloan, 3D and 360 from Taiwan, UK, US and Germany at 9th Annual New Media Film Festival New Media Film Festival a festival notable for “making the cutting edge accessible” by Huffington Post, this year’s programming ­features 110 new media films and content from 40 countries with 36 world-7 US and 24 LA Premieres is about to be live again. The 9th annual New Media Film Festival’s is a...

Little Men by Ira Sachs: Review and Q&A

  by Martin I. Petrov    Original Title: Little Men (2016)  Director: Ira Sachs With: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Paulina Garcia    New York based director Ira Sachs returns to Berlin two years after Love is Strange with a coming of age story about friendship and the struggle of embracing adulthood.    Little Men is an everyday story about two fourteen year old boys, Jake and Toni, who meet when the first m...

Midnight Special - Press Conference

by Martin I. Petrov  Midnight special by US director Jeff Nichols, one of the most highly anticipated premieres at the 66th Berlinale Competition tells the story of a father (Michael Shannon) who begins a journey with his eight year old son, convinced that his special powers are of great importance to humanity.  Jeff Nichols, whose previous films Mud and Take shelter put the dircetor in the spotlight of the film festival circuit, returns to Berlin after his 2007 debut in ...

TIFF 15: Demolition (Review)

Demolition, dir. by Jean-Marc Vallée, US 2015  By Martin I. Petrov    A normal man’s reaction to his wife’s tragic death would be grief and depression. For Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), is a chance to rediscover his own self in a loud, tragelaughic and destructive emotional torpedo, involving a lot of… deconstruction.  Davis is a successful investment banker who suddenly loses his wife in a car accident. No matter how hard he tries to adapt...

Blind Spot Gear launches new sales campaign for US customers

In a campaign specially designed for US customers, Blind Spot Gear offers two free lights for every set of four purchased. Currently available and B&H and with more retailers lining up soon, it's a unique opportunity for filmmakers on the other side of the ocean. Check the video below for more info.  For a limited time only you can get 2 free lights with the Scorpion Set. ...

Louder Than Bombs (Competition) - Review

Louder than bombs, dir. Joachim Trier, US/ Norway 2015 - Cannes 2015 Competition    By Martin I. Petrov   How easy it is to forget the past if you’re reminded of it on every single step you make to design the future? Joachim Trier’s third film Louder than bombs, loud in emotions and precise in its storytelling, explores the consequences of forgiveness, betrayal, love and death.  Teaming up again with Eskil Vogt (Oslo, August 31, Blind) on the script, Trier ...

Dawn Westlake featured in the World of Shorts CANNES Edition!

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FEATURED in the 2015 Cannes Edition of World of Shorts Magazine is Dawn Westlake...precisely because she doesn't make FEATURES. Read the two-page spread here, available online and in hard copy at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival: http://issuu.com/daazo/docs/cannes2015/55?e=0 (There's also a quick Q&A with Westlake on the contributors' page: http://issuu.com/daazo/docs/cannes2015/5?e=0 )   ...

Inherent Vice: Review

Child of indie American cinema, Anderson keeps a sweet tone of bewilderment in his new hors d’oeuvre, which although took time to prepare, is served cold, raw - pleasing, but leaving a mouthwatering effect for a no-show main.      Remembering Anderson’s previous moments with The Master or Magnolia, where a constant flow and amusing disconnection from reality progress with every scene, Inherent Vice is more of a sharp staccato-like nostalgic manifesto for an era of...

WILD: London FF Review

Wild, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014, US      It is rather a common thing to push ourselves beyond the borderline in an attempt to see what it takes to confront our fears. This challenge now has potentially evolved into the journey of encountering our dreams and testing our capability to either pursue or quit them; but is it easy to define a dream as a ‘to quit’ or ‘to live’, before knowing the cost?    Wild is about dreams. Or, to be m...

Leah Meyerhoff: Interview for I believe in Unicorns

Leah Meyerhoff whose first debut I believe in Unicorns received its International premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this June. is a New York based filmmaker. Her short films have won plenty awards and at various film festivals around the world. Her first feature film is a teenage love story between Divina, a girl who lives with her disabled single mother and Sterling, an older boy who takes her on an exciting and passionate journey to discover love and personal liberation.&nb...

"A.L.I.C.E." to represent the US in the Fer Film Festival in Kosovo

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"A.L.I.C.E." (2010) will represent the US in the short film competition of the Fer Film Fest in Ferizaj, Kosovo, October 2-6, 2013. This is the 42nd festival acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E.". The film stars Joey D'Auria, Dawn Westlake, Aketza Lopez and is narrated by David Razowsky. Cinematography is by Francesco Uboldi; Editing by Brandon Bondehagen. Original music is by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info and to see a trailer, please visit: http://dawnwestlake.c...

"Found Objects" to have US premiere!

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"Found Objects" is set to have its US premiere at the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, PA on September 6th, 2013. The film stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci from George Clooney's popular Italian fastweb.it spot, and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen. For more info on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com For more info on the festival: http://www.jaha.org/FilmFestival/Friday2013.html ...

Albanian/US film wins Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at Chicago International Film Festival

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Another win for the South East European film community! THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD, a US/Albanian film was awarded the Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at the Chicago International. Writers Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj won the award for their lovingly crafted story that takes us on an intimate journey through the fate of families that are ruled by the laws of honor and vengeance. The writers lay out for the audience the complexity of human relations and make us reconsider our...

Bush was most dangerous president in history: Oliver Stone

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BANGKOK ~ Oliver Stone said he’d seen the lies of the Reagan administration in the ‘eighties, and how the USA had intervened in 60 or 70 countries, but nothing had prepared him for the Bush years. “This has been the worst decade of my life” Stone told reporters in Bangkok yesterday. The film-maker, in Thailand to deliver a series of talks organised by the International Peace Foundation, said “Bush was the most dangerous president in history,” because of his policy on ...

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