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GET ON UP? James Brown & Sir Mick Jagger, A Likely Pair for a Movie

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What do Sir Mick Jagger and the late-great Mr. James Brown have in common? They both have Soul Power, and they are Super-Bad, and after the Aug. 1, 2014 release of the soul singer’s biographical film GET ON UP, quite a lot more. Firstly that the estate of James Brown approached Sir Mick to do the biopic, and second, as the lore goes, a fumbling 20-year-old Jagger once met the Man’s World singer and muffed it, an “awkward moment...

Alain Resnais’ last film, Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley), will close the 38th Montreal World Film Festival

Alain Resnais’ last film, Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley), will receive its North American premiere to close the 38th Montreal World Film Festival on September 1, it was announced by Festival president Serge Losique and director-general Danièle Cauchard. Resnais began his career in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963), all of wh...

“Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”

    Starts on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York City, and on 80 screens throughout the United States. Producer, Regina Scully, refers to “Alive Inside” as “the little film that could.” The film demonstrates how music connects, heals, and restores lives. “Alive Inside” starts out with the founder of Music and Memory, Dan Cohen, interviewing a 90 year old woman sitting in a wheelchair explaining how...

Stereo to open Puchon Fantastic Fest

Puchon will run from July 17 to 27 Stereo by Maximilian ERLENWEIN Can we truly ever be free of our past? Is it inevitable for past wrongdoings to hang around like a shadow, even in a person may have changed for the better? Stereo poses the questions of whether a person can be forgiven through penitence, and if that person can step away from his/her pain and mistakes of the past, and seek a new life. Filmmaker Maximilian Erlenwein explains that a painful past, though p...

Polish Days titles for New Horizons International Film Festival are announced!

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New Films by Przemysław Wojcieszek, Marcin Krzyształowicz, Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda, will be presented to the foreign professionals during the key industry event of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. The organisers expect around 150 guests to attend.   Polish Days is the most important industry event at the 14.T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (24 July - 3 August 2014), where industry representatives including programmers, sales agents,...

Revolution is selected by the Waimea Ocean Film Festival

The Waimea Ocean Film Festival brings a combination of film, breakfast talks, filmmaker Q&As, receptions, art exhibits and activities to the Big Island each year in early January. In 2015, award-winning films, presentations and breakfast talks are scheduled between multiple venues in Waimea, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Fairmont Orchid from January 1-4, 2015. Early risers can enjoy yoga on the beach, and breakfast talk sessions with filmmakers and special guests. Films and speakers ...

Rob Stewart's Revolution, selected at the Contemporary Science Film Festival 360 running 8 to 15 of October in Moscow

Revolution, the new documentary by Rob Stewart, produced by Gus van Sant  will screen @ Contemporary Science Film Festival 360 8 to 15 of October in a special out of competition program dedicated to the ecological problems.   Call for entries for the 4th Contemporary Science Films Festival 360° is open. We accept entries for the following competition programmes:   International Competition   Documentary films on science, science activitie...

How CGI Became the Main Character in Hollywood Movies & Do We Care?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In a Screenwriting Galaxy Far, Far, Away, the Writers Guild Foundation (https://www.wgfoundation.org) once held “Words Into Pictures,” a series of conferences that brightened the years 1997, 1999, and 2002, with debates about everything from character development to story-craft. Around about 1999, David Koepp (writer of Jurassic Park, director of Panic Room and more) and Stand By Me’s Rob Reiner got into it over VFX vs Storytel...

Michael Moore Endorses One Film Only: 1971

       *We're thrilled to announce that Michael Moore has selected one film only, 1971, for a unique 7 continent screening simulcast during his film festival (Traverse City Film Festival) on August 1 called MOVIE AROUND THE WORLD.* See his message here.   "It's one of the best documentaries I've seen this year" -Michael Moore   "The parallels between Nixon-era FBI whistleblowers and...

The new American generation in the spotlight at Locarno

    Listen Up Philip by Alex Ross Perry Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip (Concorso internazionale) and Joel Potrykus’s Buzzard (Concorso Cineasti del presente) signals the return of two filmmakers launched at recent editions of the Festival. The 67th Festival del film Locarno (6 – 16 August) confirms its interest in leading figures in new indie American cinema, which has demonstrated a new vitality in recent years. Two directors launched, and winning awards...

Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival 2014 Opens with Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

  The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced the Opening and Closing Film of Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2014 today. The Festival will open with the premiere of Woody ALLEN’s latest film Magic in the Moonlight and close with Partners in Crime, the latest film by CHANG Jung-chi, Golden Horse Award winner for Best New Director. ...

Cambodian supernatural drama, FREEDOM DEAL screens on the West Coast, USA at 'Music and Turmoil', San Francisco

The Camerado-produced supernatural Asian drama, 'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky', screened July 11th at the 1970: Music and Turmoil event in San Francisco, CA, USA accompanied by the film's director, US filmmaker, J "Jack RO" Rosette, who spent more than half a decade in Cambodia developing and researching the ongoing 'FREEDOM DEAL' project. Also attending was rock historian, Richie Unterberger, author of the definitive Velvet Undergrou...

“Virunga”

“Virunga” premiered at this years Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2014, in the WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION, and was graciously screened again, last night, with the generosity of Bennett Miller, the Cannes 2014 Winner for BEST DIRECTOR, for his latest film “Foxcatcher,” which will be released in November, 2014. Bordering on Rwanda and Uganda, “Virunga” is a 7,800 square kilometre National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Establi...

Montreal Film Festivals, the Cycle of Seasons - or Before (Hell?) Freezes Over

Myself and the inimitable Claude Chamberlan founder of Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal is the city of film festivals, comedy festivals music festivals and dance festivals. Not only does Montreal have two official languages both French and English, Montreal also sports the widest range of temperature from minus 37 C to plus 38 (we like to add things like humidity or wind chill factor to the mix for added shock value.) Brrrrr... Thankfully us native film festival goers and or...

The Problem with “Life Itself?” Roger Ebert (Spoiler Alert) Goes to The Big Adios, For One Thing

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When film critic turned TV personality Roger Ebert (1942-2013) penned “Life Itself,” a memoir published in 2011, the title struck a chord as a line lifted from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Dr. Frank N. Furter, or actor Tim Curry in full-corset drag on heels, shrieks with delight “I hold the key to life… ITSELF!”    Our Roger Ebert was a bit naughty, and clearly liked Rocky Horror. This much we ...

Summer Berlinale screenings under the Stars with Open-Air Cinema in Friedrichshain

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In summer, Berlin is a city of outdoor events. And this includes: the Summer Berlinale at the Open-Air Cinema in Friedrichshain. From July 24 to July 27, this summertime sequel of the Festival will give cineastes another chance to see audience favourites and winners from the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Shorts – under the stars and before they are released to German cinemas.   Thursday, July 24, 2014: 9.30 pm   Symphony no.42 Directe...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Funding Recommendations

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    At the 20th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the jury recommended four new film projects for production funding and one work for distribution funding.   Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 119 projects chosen from 2,261 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus. All WCF-funded films produced to date have screened in cinemas and/...

Birdman by Alejandro G. Iñárritu selected to open the 71st Venice Film Festival

the film stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, the world premiere will be screened on August 27th in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Amores Perros,21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Augus...

Luc Besson’s Lucy to open the 67th edition of the Locarno Fest

Festival del film Locarno 6 – 16 | 8 | 2014 www.pardo.ch       Luc Besson's eagerly awaited film Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, will open the 67° Festival del film Locarno on 6 August. The director will introduce the film on the Piazza Grande just ahead of the film's Swiss release. Lucy is produced by EuropaCorp and distr...

Who’s Betty Thomas? Michael Bay is #2, She is #98. Hello, Women Directors…

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   On July 7, Michael Bay dot com congratulated its director with this header: “Michael Bay Milestone.” The text reads, “This past weekend Michael Bay became the second-highest-grossing director of all time. Congratulations Michael.”  The figures are from Box Office Mojo, an industry insider site, that ranked him as having grossed $2,078.2 M USD as a career benchmark, pushed up the ladder by the recent release ...

Wine Country Film Festival schedules ART + ECO Film Event around "Garden in The Sea on JULY 27th

  Special Event - ART + ECO  Reception, Dinner, Auction, Film & Discussion Sunday July 27th 5pm - 8:30pm (Click HERE for Tickets)              The 28th Wine Country Film Festival, following its successful LOVEFISH! film event,  has teamed up again with the Kenwood Restaurant and Bar in Kenwood for a special evening featuring a reception, auction, dinner and film. #### GARDEN IN THE SE...

Hard Day’s Night Comes Back Strong at 50 in July

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Friday night, July 4th, A Hard Day’s Night, the 50th Anniversary release of The Beatles' seminal adolescent experiment with cinema from 1964, began limited screenings in 100 theaters. It is another US British Invasion of sorts. For the rest of us, the DVD/Blu-Ray reissue hits shelves today, July 6. Director Richard Lester has said in retrospect that George Harrison was “the best actor;” Paul McCartney “tried ...

'MARACANÁ': The Football Legend' (2014) by Sebastián Bednarik

MARACANAZO: THE FOOTBALL LEGEND (MARACANÁ) They say that in Brazil the second most important thing to breathing is futebol (aka 'soccer'). 2014 sees the World Cup of soccer hosted in Brazil for the first time since 1950. It is easy to see by the contagious passion that all 32 competing teams display as they vie to the death in hopes of winning the cup, and the grand scale of work the Brazilians have put into pulling off a successful FIFA competition, just how important this spo...

'The Last Executioner' will be released in Thai Theatres,today

 ‘ THE LAST EXECUTIONER’   Wins Best Actor Prize at Shanghai International  Film Festival     ‘PETCHAKART’ ,‘THE LAST EXECUTIONER'’  probably the most awaited Thai film of the year, will have its  public release in Thailand ,today , and expectations  are running high ,after its recent  success at the Shanghai International Film Festival ,where the film  won the Best Actor Award for lead-actor &nbs...

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) @ 2014 Palm Springs International Shortfest

“The Sun Can Blind” (O Sol Pode Cegar) (Brazil) by writer/director Toti Loureiro screened at the 20th Palm Springs International Shortfest. Made on a shoestring budget, the film wowed audiences for its gritty realism and naked truth about hard social life in Brazil's metropolis Sao Paolo. Paulo is a Paulista (native of Sao Paulo) who begins an affair with his maid, Maria. The two of them begin to feel growing emotions for each other as their intimacy intensifies but when Paolo ...
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