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The Act of Killing

Even if The Act of Killing doesn't slay the 86th Oscars in the Best Documentary Feature category, it will still stand as one of 2013's most compelling and creative films. Director Joshua Oppenheimer came to the subject while making a documentary about efforts to unionize in Indonesia, where many workers had lost loved ones to the mid-60s purge targeting such "subversives" as union members. When Oppenheimer dared to speak with the killers, he was astonished to discover their exu...

"Lee Daniels' 'The Butler" Serves Up a History Lesson

Not since Joseph interpreted a dream of Pharaoh's shaqahhas a butler been mythologized like the hero of Lee Daniels' The Butler. Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who worked for eight presidents from 1957 to 1986, takes his cue from the the true story of White House butler Eugene Allen. Yet this epic drama has its own master to serve, and both Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong pledge allegiance to educating viewers about history rather than to dramatizing one man's bio. At t...

Sebastian Junger Salutes the Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Watching Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington is safer than covering combat, but the HBO documentary by author, journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) is not danger-free. It contains images of maimed bodies that may haunt you on a dark night.  But it also reminds you why you must miss the empathic British war photographer/filmmaker terribly. On April 20, 2011, scant  weeks after his and Junger’s chronicle of Am...

Morgan Neville Muses on "20 Feet from Stardom"

January 16th is rapidly approaching, and with it, the 86th Academy Award nominations. On the documentary feature short list are such box office and critical standouts as Blackfish, Stories We Tell and The Act of Killing. So too is Morgan Neville's tuneful 20 Feet From Stardom, which is pulling its share of the smart money. Here's what Neville had to say about his frontrunning contender: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/751/20_feet_from_stardom_filmmaker_neville_morgan   ...

2 or 3 Things Spike Jonze Knows About "Her"

With his latest film, writer and director Spike Jonze gives science fiction fans a reason to celebrate. Yet Her, a gizmo-fueled meditation on love, loneliness and technology, is emotionally perceptive and slyly funny enough to beguile even hard core sci fi detractors.  Not that Jonze's prior poppings down worm holes have lacked insight into the human heart. However wild things were with Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are, Jonze has always been up for ti...

Winter the Dolphin Hosts Sunscreen Film Fest Screenings

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Winter the Dolphin Hosts Sunscreen Film Fest Screenings Short documentaries created as part of the Marine Science Film Camp to screen at aquarium.   (TAMPA BAY, FL,) December 12, 2013- Kids, dolphins, sea turtles, otters, marine science and movies.  The Sunscreen Film Festival, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium partnered to bring all these elements together in a 6 week film camp.  A reception and public screening of the two short documentaries produced at the camp will be held at...

Upcoming Screenplay Contest Winner will be Made into Film

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Upcoming Screenplay Contest Winner will be Made into Film Sunscreen Film Festival partners with Hollywood Production and Distribution companies to produce winning screenplay into film. Click this link to submit http://sunscreen.ticketmob.com/show.cfm?id=7617&cart Submissions Accepted: Oct. 22 to January 31, 2014 Regular Deadline Feb. 1st to Feb. 15, 2014 Late Deadline Finalists Announced: April 1, 2014 Winner Announced: May 3, 2014 (at Sunscreen Film Festival) Questions: ...

Trailer MANHATTAN SHORT 2013

Trailer for MANHATTAN SHORT 2013. Edited by Vito DeCandi at Radical Media

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: THE 5TH ANNUAL WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

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The West Virginia University School of Art and Design is accepting entries to the 5th annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival. We seek independent, unique and compelling work in film, experimental video and animation. All interested artists, filmmakers, multimedia enthusiasts are encouraged to submit work for consideration. Student submissions are also encouraged. Send us your work! http://www.mountaineerfilmfest.org/ Deadline for entries: February 25, 2014 (received) Catego...

Noida International Film Festival-14

Noida Interntional Film Festival-14   Inviting   Feature Films | Short Films | Animations | Documentaries | Music Videos   Regular Submission Deadline: 14 Jan 14 Late Submission Deadline: 22 Jan 14   Festival Date: 8 Feb 14   To download entry form & for more details kindly visit- http://miniboxoffice.com/noidainternationalfilmfestival   For any query write us at NIFF@miniboxoffice.com    ...

August: Osage County

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The play-turned-movie August: Osage County follows one family's moral and emotional smack-down in the American Heartland. No one wins, though a shrink could clean up handily. The Westons of Oklahoma sure could use some counseling. And judging by the actors' comments at the film's New York press conference, they too may have some lingering traumas to be worked out from the ordeal of performing this Gothic melodrama.  Meryl Streep, who played the splenetic matriarch, and Ju...

Arto Halonen Gives Blood for "A Patriotic Man"

"History repeats itself, "the first as tragedy, then as farce." Finnish director Arto Halonen apparently drew on Marx's famed maxim when he made his 2012 documentary about doping in cross-country skiing, When Heroes Lie, and followed it up with this year's black comedy on the same topic, A Patriotic Man (Isänmaallinen mies). How fitting that these two films also explore individuals as vehicles of collectives -- and how this ideal can zigzag off-piste. A Patrioti...

Rated SR(tm) - Socially Relevant Film Festival New York - March 14, 2014 - Submissions open through December 15th

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RATED SR - Socially Relevant FIlm Festival New York is a festival and film lab that aims to satisfy a market need concentrating on everyday positive human stories. THE MISSION of the Festival is to spotlight filmmakers who are producing films that tackle the social and environmental issues of the day without relying on gratuitous effects, loud soundtracks and sensationalism to draw in an audience.   Rated SR aims to showcase socially relevant films of high artistic v...

My DORITOS Superbowl Commercial Contest Entry

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Here is the link to the commercial I submitted to the DORITOS Superbowl commercial contest. I would be pleased to have you take a look and rate it.   https://www.youtube.com/doritos?x=us-en_submissionsphase_12437_   Here is the underlying rationale, if you care to read it: It is basically a silent movie with music. My personal project goals where, it had to be: -           Different -       &nb...

Cellar Door Film Festival is Now Accepting Submissions!

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Every filmmaker starts with their first camera; every festival starts with its first film. Ottawa’s newest film festival, Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF), is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2014 inaugural edition of the festival.   CDFF invites filmmakers to submit speculative films of both short and feature lengths. This includes films made within the genres of: horror, thriller, science-fiction, fantasy, avant-garde, experimental, the supernatural, alternative history,...

Autumn of Route 66 film at Valley Film Festival

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This weekend the one and only Award winning film about travelling the old Route 66 is being presented by Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film previously won the Best Female Filmmaker at this year's Action on Film Festival. Shot enterely on handheld Flip camera, Autumn of Route 66 gives viewers the exceptional feeling of experiencing old Route 66 along with the filmmaker, Ester Brym. It  is simply visually stunning experience combined with hilarious narration; unique dog&lsqu...

"Cutie and the Boxer": Wham! Pow! Boom!

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  Just as Japan seeks to amend its pacifist constitution, along comes a film that shows it had a belligerent force after all, until 1969. That's when avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara hit the New York art scene with his "box paintings" using aggression he'd soon extend -- emotionally -- to his future wife. Two decades his junior, Noriko was an art student whose career would derail as she became his de facto assistant, handmaid...

"Blackfish": The Wailing Whale

  The saddest scene in movie history isn't Mammy lamenting what's gone in Gone With the Wind or even the choice Sophie is forced to make in Sophie's Choice. It's the agonized bellow that killer whale Kasata lets rip when her calf, Takara, is taken to entertain SeaWorld crowds an ocean away, as featured in Blackfish. Gabriela Cowpwerthwaite’s documentary unfolds a damning exposé of the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry and the con...

"The Missing Picture" Fills in the Blanks

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  One way of thinking about Cambodian director Rithy Panh is that he is his country's Claude Lanzmann. Panh's films explore the 1970s Khmer Rouge genocide, which he witnessed first-hand as a young teen before fleeing to Thailand and then his adoptive France. His 12th and newest feature, The Missing Picture, took the Un Certain Regard prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival. It stars clay figurines reenacting Panh and his family’s ordeal, blended with previous...

The Coen Brothers Get "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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  It's 1961, and folk singer Llewyn Davis is down and out in Greenwich Village. Performing at the Gaslight Café and crashing on friends' sofas, he's feeling what it is to be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a... Llewyn -- who looms just before that other musician with the Welsh moniker arrives on the scene -- endures an odyssey of reckonings that links Inside Llewyn Davis to O Brother, Where Art Thou? i...

The Coen Brothers Get "Inside Llewyn Davis"

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  It's 1961, and folk singer Llewyn Davis is down and out in Greenwich Village. Performing at the Gaslight Café and crashing on friends' sofas, he's feeling what it is to be without a home, like a complete unknown, like a... Llewyn -- who looms just before that other musician with the Welsh moniker arrives on the scene -- endures an odyssey of reckonings that links Inside Llewyn Davis to O Brother, Where Art Thou? i...

Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" Lassos Spirited Saga

Of the many questions Alexander Payne's Nebraska raises about American individualism, the most urgent is, How to rein in Bruce Dern's unruly grey hair? On deeper reflection, the answer has to be: you don't. That wiry growth is his mane. Dern plays Woody Grant, a grizzled Midwesterner whose driving privileges and lucidity have gone the way of the mustang. Woody has been bucking for the cause of freedom as far back as the Korean War. Now freedom's frontier cuts through Linco...

"Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley"

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Time hasn't done its proper work. America's first female comedian has been plum forgotten. But now the story of Jackie "Moms" Mabley is being rescued from the ash heap of history, and last century's vangard entertainer may yet claim her rightful place in this century. Leading the rescue squad is Whoopi Goldberg, with her debut documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley.  "She was the first to do what she did and she's gotten no recognition for it at...
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