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07/27/2011

Vicente Aranda To Head Montreal FF Jury

07/27/2011

Nineteen Projects Receive Documentary Fund Support

The Yiddish Mark Twain | Film Festival Today
07/26/2011
The Yiddish Mark Twain | Film Festival Today

The Yiddish Mark Twain | Film Festival Today

Known as the “Yiddish Mark Twain”, early 20th century author and fabulist Sholem Aleichem is probably best known today for his stories about Tevye, an impoverished milkman in Czarist Russia, which was adapted into the hit Broadway musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Now, a new documentary SHOLEM ALEICHEM:

Portrait Of A Madman | Film Festival Today
07/26/2011
Portrait Of A Madman | Film Festival Today

Portrait Of A Madman | Film Festival Today

Dreamboat British actor Dominic Cooper (MAMMA MIA!, AN EDUCATION) steps up to leading man stature in THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE, a harrowing and unsettling portrait of the consequences of complete and corruptible power. The film tells the true and truly sickening story of Uday Hussein, the power-mad and sad

07/25/2011

Woody Allen Film To Pass $100 Million Mark

07/25/2011

Elizabeth Taylor Returns Home To London

07/25/2011

Harry Potter Biggest Film Franchise Ever

07/20/2011

A Film Of THE NORMAL HEART?

Stephen King Fantasy Film Off Track (For Now) | Film Festival Today
07/20/2011
Stephen King Fantasy Film Off Track (For Now) | Film Festival Today

Stephen King Fantasy Film Off Track (For Now) | Film Festival Today

Novelist Stephen King is in the news again this week with the surprise announcement that Universal Pictures has passed on the big screen adaptation of his popular novel series THE DARK TOWER, which was to be produced and directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard. The studio chose not to get involved in th

One World One Day | Film Festival Today
07/19/2011
One World One Day | Film Festival Today

One World One Day | Film Festival Today

July 24th, 2010 was not a particularly extraordinary day on Planet Earth. Yes, there was a full moon, the World Cup championship had just ended and many parts of the globe were gripped in an oppressive heat wave. But it was a day marked more by ordinariness and the simple living out of lives than a

A Universal Message Of Hope | Film Festival Today
07/19/2011
A Universal Message Of Hope | Film Festival Today

A Universal Message Of Hope | Film Festival Today

LIFE, ABOVE ALL, a gritty drama from South Africa, is about as far as one can get from a feel-good summer blockbuster. However, it is a testament to the quality of the film and the courage of its distributor Sony Pictures Classics to bring out this highly rewarding yet disturbing film at the height

New York: The Hebron Dilemma at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival | Film Festival Today
07/19/2011
New York: The Hebron Dilemma at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival | Film Festival Today

New York: The Hebron Dilemma at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival | Film Festival Today

THIS IS MY LAND…HEBRON is among the most important films featured at the June 2011 New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. It is an outstanding Italian-Israeli documentary coproduced by Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson which has received many rewards since its release in 2010. The film presents

NEWFEST: A Meeting Of New York’s LGBT Clan | Film Festival Today
07/19/2011
NEWFEST: A Meeting Of New York’s LGBT Clan | Film Festival Today

NEWFEST: A Meeting Of New York’s LGBT Clan | Film Festival Today

“Film festivals for the LGBT community are not just about cinema”, Lesli Klainberg, NewFest’s Executive Director commented in a phone interview. “They have always functioned as community building events where like-minded audiences can commune in the presence of filmmakers in a shared experience.” Th

Errol Morris’ Tabloid Tale | Film Festival Today
07/18/2011
Errol Morris’ Tabloid Tale | Film Festival Today

Errol Morris’ Tabloid Tale | Film Festival Today

Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris has had more than his share of interesting interview subjects in his 30 year plus career, but perhaps none is quite as gonzo as the one he captures in his new film TABLOID, which opens in limited release this week (and is available on most VOD platforms). The

07/18/2011

Film Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Graham Leggat Steps Down In San Francisco | Film Festival Today
07/11/2011
Graham Leggat Steps Down In San Francisco | Film Festival Today

Graham Leggat Steps Down In San Francisco | Film Festival Today

News has come from the Bay Area that Graham Leggat, the widely admired and respected Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society has stepped down effective immediately due to his on-going health issue challenges. In his six-year tenure, Leggat brought an indomitable energy, considerable sav

Film Review: Incendies | Film Festival Today
07/11/2011
Film Review: Incendies | Film Festival Today

Film Review: Incendies | Film Festival Today

When Nawal Marwan’s (Lubna Azabal) Will is read by notary and friend Jean Lebel (Remy Girard) – who employed her for 18 years – the bitterness of her twin children, Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), that they harbor toward their mother is evident.

07/06/2011

Film Review: Rammbock: Berlin Undead

Indies Versus The Mega Blockbusters | Film Festival Today
07/05/2011
Indies Versus The Mega Blockbusters | Film Festival Today

Indies Versus The Mega Blockbusters | Film Festival Today

It has never been a fair fight….particularly during the summer season. The Hollywood promotion machine is at its zenith in the summer period, still its most lucrative of the year. Like gold coins coming out of a slot machine, the studios release their biggest and most expensive films of the year (al

Film Review: Larry Crowne | Film Festival Today
07/05/2011
Film Review: Larry Crowne | Film Festival Today

Film Review: Larry Crowne | Film Festival Today

I call it “The Sixth Sense Syndrome”. M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster 1999 film had a budget of $40 million and an estimated worldwide box office of $672,806,292. Nia Vardalos’s 2002 film, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, had a budget of $5 million and the worldwide gross was estimated at $368,744,044.

Tales Of A Celebrated Chimp | Film Festival Today
07/05/2011
Tales Of A Celebrated Chimp | Film Festival Today

Tales Of A Celebrated Chimp | Film Festival Today

While there are those naysayvers who continue to deny the realities of evolution, the truth of the matter is that human beings are just one evolutionary rung up the ladder from the monkeys from which we evolved. In this sense, monkeys are our first cousins and perhaps in studying their behavior, we

06/29/2011

Los Angeles Film Festival Winners

06/29/2011

Film Review: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

06/29/2011

Palm Springs Shorts Film Festival Winners

06/28/2011

Visionfest 11 Wraps & Reveals Award Winners!

John Turturro’s Neapolitan Passion | Film Festival Today
06/28/2011
John Turturro’s Neapolitan Passion | Film Festival Today

John Turturro’s Neapolitan Passion | Film Festival Today

As Americans (and by extension immigrants, no matter when our ancestors happened to come here), we seem perpetually fascinated by our roots. Perhaps by exploring where one comes from, one can get the sharpest sense of who one is and where one is going. This seems to be the driving spirit behind PASS

An Immigrant’s American Dream | Film Festival Today
06/28/2011
An Immigrant’s American Dream | Film Festival Today

An Immigrant’s American Dream | Film Festival Today

As America moves strongly and steadily from being a country dominated by its white population to being an increasingly multi-cultural place (particularly with the explosive population growth and increased political influence of the Latino community), stories about immigrants (both legal and illegal)

Turning East: New York Asian Film Festival | Film Festival Today
06/27/2011
Turning East: New York Asian Film Festival | Film Festival Today

Turning East: New York Asian Film Festival | Film Festival Today

On the heels of an announcement in last week’s New York Times that Asians and Asian-Americans make up nearly 25% of New York City’s population (a staggering explosion in the past 20 years), the currency of a film festival devoted to Asian cinema could not be timelier. Asian voices, from both outside

Hush Hush At The New York Times | Film Festival Today
06/21/2011
Hush Hush At The New York Times | Film Festival Today

Hush Hush At The New York Times | Film Festival Today

At the most challenging time for daily newspapers in their entire history, the New York Times continues to be the nation’s newspaper of record. However, even at the venerable paper, news gathering and publishing are undergoing rapid transformations, and the New York Times has had to cut its staff to

Women’s Work In Rural Tibet | Film Festival Today
06/21/2011
Women’s Work In Rural Tibet | Film Festival Today

Women’s Work In Rural Tibet | Film Festival Today

In rural Tibet, gathering 80 pounds of potable water 3 to 4 times a day is a backbreaking but necessary job. It is also considered women’s work. WATER, a new short film by Bari Pearlman, follows one such woman on this herculean task as she spends hours traveling to and from the local water source, f

06/21/2011

Festivalissimo!

06/20/2011

Film Review: Green Lantern

Film Feast In A Company Town | Film Festival Today
06/20/2011
Film Feast In A Company Town | Film Festival Today

Film Feast In A Company Town | Film Festival Today

While it may seem counter-intuitive, Los Angeles is a notoriously difficult town to generate excitement for films. As a company town that lives, breathes and eats cinema, it has been, over the decades, rather indifferent to its own local film festivals. While L.A. professionals certainly love to tra

06/20/2011

Sundance Salsa With Puerto Rico Film Society

Dancing An Irish Jig | Film Festival Today
06/15/2011
Dancing An Irish Jig | Film Festival Today

Dancing An Irish Jig | Film Festival Today

Screen Media Films is releasing the Irish dance documentary JIG in limited release starting this week. The film, by former television director Sue Bourne who makes her feature documentary debut here, is definitely indebted to famed Irish dance entrepreneur Michael Flatley, whose RIVERDANCE has been

06/15/2011

Fox Searchlight Takes Malick To UK

06/15/2011

King Kong Returns In Animation Pic

Is The Middle East Funny? | Film Festival Today
06/15/2011
Is The Middle East Funny? | Film Festival Today

Is The Middle East Funny? | Film Festival Today

In JUST LIKE US, Egyptian=American stand up comedian Ahmed Ahmed takes us on a hilarious tour from Dubai to Beirut, Riyadh to New York with a gaggle of other Arabic and Moslem stand-up talent. Along the way, taboos of culture and geopolitics are exploded, and a younger generation of both comedy tale

06/15/2011

Quentin Tarantino Spaghetti Western Is A Go

06/14/2011

Lincoln Center Honors For Tsui Hark

Morgan and Me | Film Festival Today
06/14/2011
Morgan and Me | Film Festival Today

Morgan and Me | Film Festival Today

I’m Morgan Spurlock’s last interview of the day, but you’d never know it by his hyped-up tomfoolery. The energetic filmmaker is on a press tour for his latest documentary, “POM Wonderful: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”, a film financed by product placements that pokes fun at product placements in fil

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