October 2011 - Posts

Errol Morris to Kick Off "BAFTA Guru" Initiative with Live Stream Event

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) unveiled a new program called "BAFTA Guru," an interactive online educational initiative. The new site will be stocked with content from BAFTA's extensive library of long-form lectures, master classes featuring notable artists such as Martin Scorsese, Joel and Ethan Coen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and more. On Sunday, November 6th, BAFTA will spotlight the launch of the new initiative ...
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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: British Indie Noms, AFI Filmmakers and More

Today on indieWIRE, we dissected the latest round of award nominations, talked to a few AFI Fest filmmakers, learned the latest "Django Unchained" casting news and much more! Have a happy Halloween, everyone! For Your Consideration: Independent Spirit Awards Have Plenty to Choose, Little Of It Oscar Friendly With the recent announcements of the Gotham Award nominations and the British Independent Film Award nominations, it only seems appropriate for this ...
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Meet the 2011 AFI Filmmakers | "Three and a Half" Director Naghi Nemati

"Three and a Half" is the story of Hanieh, Homa and Banafsheh, three Iranian convicts who, while on temporary leave from prison, hatch a scheme to escape the country by crossing the northern border. Telling jokes and pulling pranks on each other, the young women may appear playful on the surface, but their risky gambit is deadly serious. Moving cautiously through streets, the three are denied stay by the shadiest ...
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Meet the 2011 AFI Filmmakers | "Light Of Mine" Director Brett Eichenberger

Owen is a photographer with an incurable and debilitating eye disease that will soon leave him blind. Before his sight is completely gone, he and his wife Laura take a once-in-a-lifetime road trip to Yellowstone National Park. During their bittersweet photography expedition, they bond over their surroundings and experience a depth to their relationship that they never knew was there. Newcomers Rebecca Sanborn and Ji Tanzer take the audience on ...
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Other Israel Film Festival Streams Free Short Films Online for Competition

The 5th Annual Other Israel Film Festival has announced that its three short film entries will be streaming for free online. The public can watch the films at otherisraelondemand.org. Viewers can also vote on the site for their choice to win the festival's Audience Favorite Award. Other Israel On Demand marks the first major VOD site for streaming Israeli films in the United States. “As exhibition and release standards change ...
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Indomina Catches "Cabin Fever" for Two or More New Installments

U.S. and Dominican Republic based producer and distribution group Indomina is resurrecting the "Cabin Fever" franchise, it said Monday. Indomina plans to produce and release "at least" two more films from the titled series, including "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero" and "Cabin Fever: Outbreak." The films will be shot back to back in the Dominican Republic in early Spring of 2012. Full Indomina release follows: It was announced today that The ...
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Video of the Day: Get Your Trick-Or-Treat On With NSFW Erotic Vampires

Before you get started on your trick-or-treating this evening, have a look at this spooky NSFW video from the folks over at Redemption Films who recently partnered with Kino Lorber to release 35 films from Redemption's cult library on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD in 2012. The first five films will be a series of erotic vampire films by Jean Rollin, all of which will be fully restored. For those unfamiliar ...
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8th South Asian International Film Festival Announces Schedule

The 8th South Asian International Film Festival has announced its schedule for 2012. Salim Ahamed's directorial debut "Abu, Son of Adam," India's selection for this year's Academy Awards, will open the festival. The festival will premiere 19 new films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. Also scheduled is a Conversation Series with Shekhar Kapur ("The Bandit Queen," "Elizabeth" and "The Four Feathers"), who will discuss his career transformation ...
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Zoe Kravitz to Receive Rising Star Tribute at Bahamas Fest

The Bahamas International Film Festival will present actress Zoe Kravitz with the Rising Star Tribute award on December 2, 2011. “Nobody embodies the spirit of BIFF’s Rising Star award more than Zoe Kravitz," said BIFF Founder & Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. "A multi-talented performer who excels in film, TV and music, we know the Bahamian community will embrace her and help us celebrate her past, current and, most certainly, future ...
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PGA Honors Don Mischer with Norman Lear Award

The Producers Guild of America will present producer and director Don Mischer with the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. Lear is the first live television producer to receive the honor. “Don Mischer is an extraordinarily talented producer whose work is amongst the best and most watched entertainment in the world,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim. “His ability to consistently deliver live event productions ...
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Sundance Announces 2012 New Frontier Program

The Sundance Institute has announced the artists and projects involved in the New Frontier program at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. New Frontier is a "social and creative space designed to enrich the festival environment and expand cinema culture by showcasing media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences and panel discussions that explore the convergence of art, technology and storytelling." This year's program explores the idea of a "future normal." Among ...
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For Your Consideration: Independent Spirit Awards Have Plenty to Choose, Little Of It Oscar Friendly

With the recent announcements of the Gotham Award nominations and the British Independent Film Award nominations, it only seems appropriate for this week's column to take on the granddaddy of independent film awards: Film Independent's Spirit Awards. With nominations to be announced November 29, the awards promise to (as always) be a surprising and at times unexpected representation of the year in American independent film. One thing that can be ...
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REVIEW | "The Last Rites of Joe May" is a Clichéd Drama, But It Works

Dennis Farina's washed-up hustler in "The Last Rites of Joe May" is designed in the in the mold of a classic movie star tough guy, but the veteran character actor's performance also serves to disassemble it. Freed from a Chicago hospital after a bout with pneumonia, the frail and aging Joe May heads straight to his neighborhood bar. Soon, his confident swagger belies the haunted person within. Once a high-rolling ...
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Tribeca Film Nabs North American Rights to "Death of a Superhero" Starring Andy Serkis

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Ian FitzGibbon's ("Perrier's Bounty") "Death of a Superhero," an ensemble drama with animated sequences that stars Andy Serkis ("The Rise of the Planet of the Apes"). The company plans to release it on VOD and theatrically next year. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and is based on the novel by author Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the ...
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"Stuck Between Stations" Nabbed by Wreckin Hill & NECA

U.S. rights to drama "Stuck Between Stations" by Brady Kernan have been picked up by Wreckin Hill Entertainment and NECA Films. The film, starring Sam Rosen ("The Oranges"), Zoe Lister-Jones ("Breaking Upwards") along with Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos") and Josh Hartnett, will have a threatrical run starting November 4 in Brooklyn and Minneapolis. Full acquisition release follows: Wrekin Hill Entertainment along with NECA Films announced today they have acquired US ...
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