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Filmmaker and Director John Michaels gives Testimonial for James W. Hawk

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I met Filmmaker and Director John Michaels about a week ago and he gave me a testimonial for my work. Mr Michaels' testimonial states: "Jim is the most talented unknown I've ever met. His work is as close to perfect as it gets. Each frame is given so much thought that it is only a matter of time until we see his name on a commercial blockbuster.The biggest mistake you can make on your next project is by NOT hiring him." Here are Mr. Michaels film industry credits: ...

Theatrical Trailer for Ethan - director's cut is posted on filmfestival.com

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The theatrical trailer for  Ethan - director's cut has been posted on filmfestivals.com and can be viewed by going to the "Users Video" section which is located in the right hand column. ...

Grace of Monaco, Review

Grace of Monaco Where would you hope to find the Prince of Monaco, the Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, Charles de Gaulle, Robert McNamara (former US Defense Secretary), Maria Callas (legendary opera singer), Alfred Hitchcock and Aristotle Onassis (Greek business tycoon) on the same page? In a fictionalised biopic called Grace of Monaco. Perhaps too fictionalised, according to some. Writer Arash Amel (who earlier wrote The Expatriate, 2012), on being accused of taking too many liberties wi...

With You, Without You, Review

With You, Without You SriLankan writer-director Prasanna Vithanage again explores loneliness and helplessness in With You, Without You, a Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella (The Meek One, 1876) adaptation, deftly projected to SriLanka of 136 years later. It is dark, mainly bleak and sad, offers some hope and escape along the way, but veers towards an inevitable ending. Buddhist pawn-broker Sarathsiri leads a dull and purely functional existence, operating a shop on the ground floor and living above ...

THE A-LIST HOLLYWOOD NEW DIRECTORS SHOWCASE

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The Directors Showcase is open to directors of all formats and styles, who have directed Commercials, Film, TV or New Media, after January 2013. Shortlisted entries will be showcased July 29, 2014 during festival.. The awards recognize new emerging directorial talent exceptional creative work, along with the ability to garner international exposure executed by commercial film directors who have recently launched their directorial careers. Entries must be under 5 minutes, you...

10th Annual Pare Lorentz International Film Festival - Call for Entrys now open.

The 10th Annual Pare Lorentz International Film Festival is now accepting submissions at:  https://filmfreeway.com/festival/PareLorentzInternationalFilmFestival       ...

The World Before Her, Review

The World Before Her Patient and painstaking are the two words that best describe the efforts of an Indian-Canadian documentary-maker and her Canadian backers in completing and releasing The World Before Her. It started rolling in 2008 and was completed in 2012. The next year, it was released in the US, and now, on 6 June 2104, it hits five Indian cities, on 17 cinema screens, coupled with a travelling campaign to increase awareness of women’s rights and female foeticide/infanticide (th...

Let the community decide who to fund!

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We are an online competition that funds writers and filmmakers, both short and long format.   We are unique, in that we ask writers to judge filmmakers and filmmakers to judge writers.   The  winning filmmaker, as chosen by the screenwriters, chooses one of the top 10 scripts to buy and shoot, and we fund it with the entry fees.   ...

Be With Me- Documentary Submission Accepted to NYCIndieFF

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We just watched "Be With Me," a documentary short that was sent to us by its director Michael Terrill. "Be With Me" is the reflection of the journey the Cairns family took to help their autistic son, J.R., to recovery, something really not considered possible at the time J.R. was diagnosed. It was a wonderful feature; beyond being cleanly edited and intimately filmed, it successfully captured an emotional backdrop not found in every documentary. Through his interviews, Terril...

The #buffblog (May 2014)

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  On the 3rd of March 2013, it was reported in the Sunday Telegraph that Revolver, at one point the UK’s most prominent urban theatrical and home entertainment film distributor, had entered into administration. Commentators had cited that the West London outfit (established in 1997), which brought iLL Manors, Anuvahood and Exit Through the Giftshop (to name but 3) to the masses had failed to keep up with the cultural shift in how their content was being consumed and appreciated. A lo...

Concept to Completion in 10 Months: The Future of Independent Filmmaking

                                       Grace McPhillips, an actor turned producer, believes that anyone can make a film in ten months using the HP-Z820 -- a computer software that allows a filmmaker to edit footage taken using a RED camera in a quicker, more productive fashion – while also keeping a small budget. McPhillips, a working actress and SAG member, came up with the idea after att...

Omer Pasha Music Videos (Vancouver Gala Edition) CRTC Certification.

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Omer Pasha Music Videos (Vancouver Gala Edition) CRTC Certification.   “Omer Pasha Music Videos (Vancouver Gala Edition)” a 4 hour program of 40 music videos was officially qualified as Canadian content by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission CRTC on April 28, 2014.   Certification No.    C36770 Logging Category    08C Points Achieved      9/9 Time Credit           100%   ...

"More Than the Rainbow": Street Photographer Matt Weber Gets His Close-Up

There are eight million stories in the naked city, and street photographer Matt Weber has captured thousands of them. His own story is the focus of Dan Wechsler's engaging documentary More Than the Rainbow. Weber became smitten with street scenes sometime during his 12 years as a New York cab driver. In 1990 his then wife, Laurie Weber, convinced him to jettison the Medallion and chase his dream of becoming the Henri Cartier-Bresson of Gotham. "You're photographing things ...

Pawel Pawlikowski's Lofty "Ida"

"So you are a Jewish nun," says Wanda Gruz (Agata Kulesza) on sizing up her niece Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) in Pawel Pawlikowski's luminous black-and-white drama Ida. The audience shares in Sister Anna's astoundment as she learns that her birth name was Ida Lebenstein. This cowled waif we first meet adorning and adoring a Christ figure, a Jew? Never in her 18 years of coming up in the convent did such a thought ever gefilte her fair head. But now, in wintry Poland of the ea...

Dance, Dior and Dupes: Three Art Docs at Tribeca

You'd be forgiven for griping that documentaries about art can be snoozy. Yet you'd be doing yourself a disservice to let such prejudice keep you from discovering recent works that do the subgenre proud. Try Ballet 422, Dior and I and Art and Craft, all intriguing examples that premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. How else would you gain backstage access at the New York City Ballet? Hang out in a top French fashion studio? Or enter the fevered head of a...

Angus MacLachlan's "Goodbye to All That" Sets the Stage for Best Actor Award at Tribeca

  With Goodbye to All That, writer/actor Angus MacLachlan says hello to directing. Greeting him back is success. There have been handshakes all around since his leading man Paul Schneider took the medal for “Best Actor in a Narrative Feature” at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. It's almost embarrassing to point out that the theme of the film is our need to be known and appreciated. The main leave-taking in Goodbye is the breakup of Otto Wall's (Shneider...

Tribeca Film Festival: Jessica Yu's "Misconception"

At the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of overpopulation inquiry Misconception, a cranky viewer took filmmaker Jessica Yu to task on the grounds that her topic is urgent and she "handled it very lightly." One man's criticism is another man's tagline. Why not make a subject as bleak and obstruse as Earth's mounting human throngs entertaining and engaging? Who besides the old scold and his cronies would go see an academic lesson on film? Humanity's...

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A Tribeca Film Festival Treat: "The Search for General Tso"

Spoiler alert: Ian Cheney's documentary The Search for General Tso ends with the audience desperately craving General Tso's Chicken. Luckily, the rest of the film is full of surprises. For one, who was this military man who lent his name to America's second favorite ethnic dish after pizza? To whet the palate for a feast of history, Cheney asks sundry Americans this very question. Answers range from the ridiculous to the ridiculous. Traveling to Shanghai, the filmmak...

TFF 2014 Review: Time Is Illmatic

By Maria Esteves – April 26, 2014 The 13th Tribeca Film Festival 2014 (TFF 2014) Opening Night Premiere Music Documentary of TIME IS ILLMATIC, directed by multimedia artist One9 commenced Wednesday, April 16, at the Beacon Theater, New York. Presented by AT&T, TFF celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hip-hop classic album Illmatic with the documentary debut and live performance of the entire album by recording artist Nas (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones). TIME IS ILLMATIC is a provocative...

Tribeca Film Festival: Johanna Hamilton Talks Political Thriller/Heist "1971"

  Nineteen-seventy-one was the year the American press lost its virginity. That June, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers. But a lesser-known WikiLeaks antecedent took place three months prior, as captured in Johanna Hamilton's riveting documentary 1971. On the evening of March 8, eight anti-war protesters broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and made off with every document they could lay their hands on. The heist went down on the evening of the sensational Muham...

"The German Doctor" Puts Argentina Under the Microscope

  If the clues to a crossword puzzle answer are: "Titular character of the drama The German Doctor set in 1960 Argentina," and you don't promptly put:   J     O     S     E     F     M     E     N     G    E    ...

Help the NYC Indie Film Festival to continue supporting indie filmmakers

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The New York City Independent Film Festival just started its crowd funding campaign in Indiegogo. The main goal is help and support indie filmmakers to be part of the festival. Contributions will sponsor submissions or pay for selected filmmakers to travel to New York and will help advertise films to distributors and the national networks.  Take a look at the crowd funding campaign in Indiegogo: www.indiegogo.com/projects/nyc-indie-film-fest. Right bellow the video, the...

Tarzan, Review

Tarzan This 2013 production by German director Reinhard Klooss is a franchise authorised by the estate of the original author, Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), but rather different from any of the story-lines written by him. Tarzan of the Apes appeared in the October 1912 issue of All-Story magazine. Burroughs received $700 for the tale. The first Tarzan movie appeared in 1918, with Elmo Lincoln in the title role. (Imagine, it will be a hundred years old in 2017)! Eventually Burroughs penned...

Revolver Rani, Review

Revolver Rani One can be pardoned for linking two films with the same name and imagining for a while that the latter might be a remake, especially if both are titled Revolver Rani, even if the new one is released 43 years after the original. Both are bound to have a female in the title role and both would obviously show her blazing away to glory. The earlier film was released in 1971, director K.V.S. Kutumba Rao, B & W and had Vijayalalitha as the Rani. It was dubbed in Hindi from a Telu...
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