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Sony Pictures Classics Lands Sundance Sleeper Hit LAND HO! A film by Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz

  Click here to download images from the film   Park City, Utah -- Sony Pictures Classics announced this morning that it has secured worldwide rights to Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz’s bawdy road trip comedy LAND HO!, which premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. SPC plans to release the film nationwide in 2014. The film is produced by Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, and Christina Jennings, and executive produced by David Gordon Green, and Julie Parker B...

JASH wins at SUNDANCE

JASH SHORT HONORED AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL   YouTube comedy collective JASH and filmmaker Janicza Bravo have won The Jury Award, U.S. Fiction at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  They were honored for the dark comic short “Gregory Go Boom” which stars JASH co-founder Michael Cera as a parapalegic who leaves home to be on his own.  The short also stars Brett Gelman and was written and directed by Bravo.    It’s worth noting tha...

Fantasporto to celebrate 75th anniversary of Wizard of Oz with screening and exhibition

A very special exhibition held with the permission of the producers of the restored masterpiece by Victor Fleming version, will be followed by "The Wizard of Oz," which celebrates the 75th anniversary of his debut in 2014 precisely. A musical in which magic and fantasy merge brilliantly, it is considered one of the 10 best movie in movie history, having provided the Judy Garland a chance to win the Oscar for Best Actress Academy.   ...

23rd NY Jewish Film Fest Premiere of Le Métis de Dieu Photo & Video Coverage

By Maria Esteves – January 20, 2014 The 23rd New York Jewish Film Festival 2014 (NYJFF 2014) New York Premiere of LE METIS DE DIEU (The Jewish Cardinal), directed by Ilan Duran Cohen commenced Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. A special Q&A session with director Cohen moderated by associate curator director, Aviva Weintraub, New York Jewish Film Festival immediately followed. View Trailer Questions posed to director Cohen by Weintraub and the ...

NYJFF Review: The Jewish Cardinal

By Maria Esteves – January 20, 2014 THE JEWISH CARDINAL (Le Métis de Dieu), directed by Ilan Duran Cohen premiered during the 23rd New York Jewish Film Festival 2014 (NYJFF 2014) at the Walter Reade Theater, New York, Saturday, January 11, 2014. A special Q&A session immediately followed with director Cohen, moderated by associate curator director, Aviva Weintraub, New York Jewish Film Festival. THE JEWISH CARDINAL (Le Métis de Dieu) is a spiritual tour de force based ...

Pivot and Univision News acquire US TV rights to Cesar's Last Fast

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Original Documentary About Famed Labor Organizer Marks First In Joint Venture Between Univision News and Participant Media’s TV Network Pivot, the cable network from Participant Media targeting Generation Y, and Univision News, the award-winning news division of Univision  Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, have acquired the U.S. TV rights to ‘Cesar’s Last Fast’ from Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee in advance of its world...

Joe Berlinger premieres his documentary “WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER” in Sundance

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As director Joe Berlinger’s 2014 Sundance Film Festival documentary “WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER” prepares for its premiere screening in Park City, the filmmaker revealed today that the film contains the first-ever interview with James “Whitey” Bulger, the gang leader who ran Boston’s criminal underworld for over 25 years and who was recently sentenced to two life terms after sixteen years of being on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. ...

Sweet Indian "Lunchox" sets off a Spicy Oscar Controversy

  By Alex Deleon-Sinha   "The Lunchbox" is a sweet new Indian Love Story that has set off a hot controversy over the Indian Oscar entry for 2014 when the director Ritesh Batra publicly questioned the integrity of the Indian Film Federation for selecting a different picture, "The Good Road" as this years official indian Oscar submission.  Despite widespread press and industry condemnation of the Selection committee choice Batra was compeled to make...

Film Festival for a Cause - Breast Fest

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        Breast Fest isn't just another film festival. Breast Fest is a two day festival held in Toronto Canada with a contest and activities facilitating film with a concrete  message and ACTION. Breast Fest supports the breast cancer awareness cause that goes beyond beauty fashion and the creative side of filmmaking while fostering and spearheading a community by exploring the issues surrounding breast cancer. Breast Fest is the world’...

Michael Winterbottom has a World Premiere for "THE TRIP TO ITALY" at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Michael Winterbottom's THE TRIP TO ITALY (IFC Films) comes to Sundance for it's World premiere.   Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon-or semifictionalized versions thereof-on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulg...

Magnolia Pictures and Paramount team to distribute Sundance's HAPPY CHRISTMAS wordlwide

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today a collaboration to bring HAPPY CHRISTMAS to theatrical and home viewing audiences.   The new film, written and directed by Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) and produced by Swanberg, Peter Gilbert and co-produced by Alicia Van Couvering, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this Sunday. HAPPY CHRISTMAS stars Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham and Swan...

44th Berlinale NATIVe – The Journey Continues

  BirdWatchers The special series “NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema” is devoted to diverse historical, cultural, political, ethnic, artistic and economic aspects of indigenous cinema. In 2014, two feature films will be imbedded in the multifaceted sidebar and so form a bridge between the regions already highlighted in 2013 (Australia, New Zealand, North American and the Arctic) and those to be highlighted in 2015 (Central and South America).   “A...

The Films of the 44th Berlinale Forum: Merciless Working Environments and the Absurdities of the Cultural Establishment

The 44th edition of the Berlinale Forum once again provides an overview of independent, artistic filmmaking with a disregard for convention, screening 28 world and eight international premieres from every single continent.   Actress Josephine Decker pulls off a highly original twin pack in this year’s programme: her directorial debut Butter on the Latch about the uncanny experiences of two friends in a Californian forest screens alongside her second feature Thou Wast Mild and Love...

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) is the Spanish option at the Oscars®

  Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me) directed by Esteban Crespo is the Spanish candidate to the Oscars® in the category of Short Film (live Action). Last year, this short film won the Goya, Spanish Academy Award, and so far has obtained more than 90 national and international  awards. Being a soldier isn't difficult: either you get used to it or they kill you. The toughest is to be able to live with your memories and go back to be yourself after doing wh...

SUNDANCE 2014: Lucy Walker's "THE LION'S MOUTH OPENS" has World Premiere in Docu Shorts Competition

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Two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker returns to Sundance Film Festival 2014 with a remarkable new documentary, THE LION'S MOUTH OPENS. The 15 minute film is screening as part of the festival's Shorts Competition. Synopsis: A stunningly courageous young actor, Marianna Palka, confronts her risk of Huntington's Disease. This documentary film features a cast that happens to include a number of notable actors (who are not acting), they are listed her...

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY: In the 1970s Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD

NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY Directed by Jeffrey Radice  Original score by Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys)   In the 1970s Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and his outspoken style courted conflict and controversy, but his latter years were spent helping others recover from addiction.   NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY weaves a surprising and moving story of a life in and out of the spotlight.   Photo by Ron Mrowiec   Synopsis On June 12, 197...

Berlinale 2014: Competition Complete

   Fan Liao und Lun Mei Gwei in Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice, Volksrepublik China) von Yinan Diao   The Competition of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival is now complete. 20 of the 23 films in the Competition programme will be vying for the Golden Bear and Silver Bears (see also press releases from December 17  and 20, 2013). The following countries are participating: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Franc...

CinéSalon Remastered & Restored: Treasures of French Cinema in New York, by FIAF

Tuesdays in January, February, and March, 2014 at FIAF, Florence Gould Hall Make movie night so chic with FIAF's new program CinéSalon, an evening of film and wine.    This winter, FIAF is pleased to announce an exciting new film program, CinéSalon. In the spirit of the French ciné-clubs and literary salons, CinéSalon pairs an engaging film w...

11 Independent Films to Make Digital Debut via Sundance Institute’s Artist Services

Sundance Institute today announced the 11 independent films now available through a variety of platforms and storefronts, via the Institute’s Artist Services program, which provides artists supported by the Institute with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing for their work. For details visit sundance.org/nowplaying. Titles will be available on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Net...

THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME Docu directed by Sterlin Harjo to premiere in Sundance

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Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo's intimate and moving documentary feature film THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME  will have its world premiere in the Documentary Premiere's section on Sunday, January 19th at 2:30pm at the Prospector Theater.   In THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME, Harjo revisits his grandfather’s mysterious death and how hymns played a role then and now in uniting families and communities in times of worship, joy, mourning, hope and ...

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow to Make a Stop at NEW FRONTIER AT the Sundance Film Festival

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Movie lovers around the world can share their family history through precious family photos at the Sundance Film Festival. Award-winning director Thomas Allen Harris is bringing to the premier Park City event his innovative traveling roadshow, the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR), which captures the stories and histories of American families in a national family photo archive. People can participate by uploading family photographs to Instagram using #1World1Family or #DDFRtv to tag thei...

2014 Sundance Film Festival to Host Special Preview Screenings of Boyhood by Richard Linklater

Sundance Institute today announced that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival will host special preview screenings of Boyhood by Richard Linklater, premiering Sunday, January 19, 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre. The 2014 Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.   With the addition of Boyhood, the 2014 Festival will present 121 feature-length films, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 35 in competition. These films...

23rd NY Jewish Film Fest Opening Night Premiere of Les Interdits Video Coverage

By Maria Esteves – January 12, 2014 Despite record-breaking freezing temperature, the 23rd New York Jewish Film Festival 2014 (NYJFF 2014) Opening Night U.S. Premiere of LES INTERDITS (Friends from France), directed by Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski held at the Walter Reade Theater, Wednesday, January 8, was Sold Out! A special Q&A session with directors Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski, and producer Laetitia Gonzalez moderated by director of cinematheque programming, Dennis Lim, Film...

Berlinale Shorts 2014: Noah Is a Woman; and the Darkroom, a Cinema

Diandra Forrest in Afronauts von/by Frances Bodomo © Joshua James Richards Berlinale Shorts 2014: Noah Is a Woman; and the Darkroom, a Cinema   In 2014, 25 films from 21 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film and the Silver Bear Jury Prize: fictional, documentary, experimental, essayistic and animated films all have an equal chance. Almost a third of these productions is not digital but was shot on film or focuses on the medium of film as a vehicle. A...

Revolution selected for The One Earth Film Festival

Planning is underway for the 3rd annual One Earth Film Festival, the Midwest's premier environmental film festival, March 7-9, 2014. The festival is a production of Green Community Connections, a deep roots organization working for a sustainable future for our community. The festival fosters public understanding and discussion of climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. We want to grow its audience and impact: Will you join us? http://www.greencommunityconnection...
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