“Summer” Set To Start Off Locarno

June 16, 2009 by admin  
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It has been announced that Marc Webb’s “(500) Days of Summer” will open the 62nd Locarno Film Festival.  The film will screen on Wednesday August 5th, 2009 on the Piazza Grande in the small Swiss city.  The festival opened last year with Julian Jarrold’s “Brideshead Revisited.” Marking its European premiere, “Summer” debuted on the festival circuit this past January at Sundance. At the time, indieWIRE‘s Eric Kohn said that “it’s hard …
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Doc Filmmaking Pioneer Allan King Dies at 79

June 16, 2009 by admin  
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The Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) has reported the very sad news that pioneering cinéma vérité  filmmaker Allan King has passed away in Toronto after a battle with brain cancer. “Allan was simply one of the most influential documentary filmmakers who ever stepped behind the camera,” Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival Group head told indieWIRE. “Gentle, kind, immensely approachable, he was attracted to situations of change and people in crisis. He …
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Watching Human Rights

June 16, 2009 by admin  
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Human Rights Watch International Film Festival Director John Biaggi (second from right) congratulates “The Reckoning” filmmakers before their sold-out opening night screening, (l-r) producer Paco de Onsi, director Pam Yates, and editor Peter Kinoy.  The festival, held at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, officially began June 12 with the NY premiere of “The Reckoning” and will continue for two weeks ending with the NY premiere of “The Yes Men Fix the World” on June 25.
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Jody & Ben Do “Vegas”

June 12, 2009 by admin  
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Jody Hill (right) and Ben Steinbauer at the opening night party for CineVegas following the screening of “St. John of Las Vegas.” Jody Hill is the director of “Observe and Report,” and is attending the festival as a member of the Royal Flush jury. Steinbauer is the director of “Winnebago Man,” which is showing in Pioneer Documentaries.
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Newfest Goes “Pop Star” with Youth and Gender-bender Winners

June 12, 2009 by admin  
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Jan Kruger’s “Light Gradient” and Kimberly Reed’s “Prodigal Sons” were among the top jury winners Thursday night in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, concluding the 2009 Newfest, New York LGBT Film Festival prior to closing night film, “Pop Star on Ice.” “Gradient,” which depicts the trials of young love, won the jury prize for best feature, while “Prodigal” – a personal documentary involving twists of gender and sibling rivalry – took the …
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I Love Moon Sex With Tetro, Inc: This Weekend at the Movies

June 12, 2009 by admin  
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With Hollywood offering a particularly weak duo – Tony Scott’s mildly received remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” and the new addition to Eddie Murphy’s “what if?” family comedy resume – this weekend is the perfect time to find to some alternatives. The highest profile option comes care of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola’s second recent attempt at a return to form, “Tetro.” Based around the troubles of …
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Tim Burton Heads To MoMA For Five-Month Exhibition

June 10, 2009 by admin  
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The Museum of Modern Art will present a major exhibition exploring the full scale of filmmaker Tim Burton’s career, both as a director and concept artist for live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. The exhibition will be on view from November 22, 2009 through April 26, 2010. “There is no other living filmmaker possessing Tim Burton’s level of accomplishment and reputation whose full body of …
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Low Key Sci-Fi: “Moon” Nails Genre’s Appeal

June 10, 2009 by admin  
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published as a “snapshot review” as part of indieWIRE’s coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Sam Rockwell gets a chance to showcase his broad performative range in the minimalist science fiction drama “Moon,” directed by Duncan Jones in the vein of the genre’s classic entries. Set in the near future, when Earth’s main source of energy comes from the moon, the story is refreshingly low …
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Owning His Film: “Easier with Practice” Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez

June 10, 2009 by admin  
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Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of interviews with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 CineVegas Film Festival. “Easier with Practice” (USA, 2009) Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez Cast: Brian Geraghty, Kel O’Neill, Marguerite Moreau, Jeanette Brox, Jenna Gavigan While on a road trip to promote his unpublished novel, Davy Mitchell finds himself falling for a mysterious phone sex caller. What initially attracted you to filmmaking and how …
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Blaxploitation Meets Art-House: “Modus Operandi” Director Frankie Latina

June 10, 2009 by admin  
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Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of interviews with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 CineVegas Film Festival. “Modus Operandi” (USA, 2009) World Premiere Director: Frankie Latina Cast: Randy Russell, Mark Borchardt, Michael Sottile, Danny Trejo, Barry Poltermann, Sarah Price, Xavier Leplae, Ayesha Mohan “Modus Operandi” is a revenge tale about a desperate CIA agent on a mission to find the man who murdered his wife. What …
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