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Phil Rosenthal ("Somebody Feed Phil”) Honored with Screening, Q&A, VIP Culinary Reception at CIA at Copia.

            “FOOD, FUN, +PHIL”   Phil Rosenthal ("Somebody Feed Phil”) Honored with Screening, Q&A, VIP Culinary Reception at CIA at Copia.   Paul Reiser (“Mad About You") and Monica Horan (“Everybody Loves Raymond") in attendance. The Napa Valley Film Festival presented “Food, Fun, + Phil– an Evening with Phil Rosenthal,” a screening of “Oaxaca,” a new e...

Interview with Director Jorge A. Cano, Jr. on “Secret Scandal: In Quarantine,” “Escandalo Secreto” (2022)

In a career spanning over 33 years of experience, Jorge A. Cano, Jr. has produced and directed various films, TV shows, more than 2,000 commercials, videos and documentaries in both English and Spanish. Jorge produced and directed several movies in the past thirty years, and has coordinated productions for major Hollywood companies such as Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios throughout Latin America. He's been honored with a Telly Award, an Intercom Chicago Internat...

Interview with Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall for "Winter Ball" (2022) @ 25th Annual SIFF

  Gardner “Grady” Hall Writer-Director Gardner “Grady” Hall started his career in professional baseball as a first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and holds a place as a member of Northwestern University's Athletic Hall of Fame. In film, he worked with Morgan Creek Productions on development for the film franchise "Major League" into a television series, later bought by FOX. His first film, which he wrote and directed, was the short &ldq...

Interview with Filmmaker Lauren Flinner on "Compulsion" (2021)

Lauren Flinner (TheVariablespace.com) seeks to make films in a way that moves people. Her animation short film "Compulsion" (2021) does just that, resulting in an autobiographical collage of animation. To her, animation is about the movements in between life and fantasy. I met her at the 2021 Mammoth Film Festival. We recently held an interview about her filmmaking. This is what she had to say:   Can you tell us about your path to becoming a filmmaker? LAUREN: From a very ...

It's A Wrap! Sonoma International Film Festival 25th Anniversary Celebrates the Best in Film, Food, Wine & Fun

  SIFF AWARDS FILM AND SPECIAL EVENTS WINNERS  AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Female Filmmakers Take Top Jury Awards in Feature Film Categories Karen Allen, Jacqueline Bisset, Jacques Pépin, Aaron and Adam Nee,  Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jean Schulz, Joanne Weir,  Governor Gavin Newsom and Senator Bill Dodd in Attendance   Sonoma, CA March 29, 2022—Centered on its slogan—the best in films, food...

Sonoma International Film Festival Announces Full Film Slate & Special Events for 25th Anniversary Festival March 23-27

FESTIVAL SLATE AND SPECIAL EVENTS  ANNOUNCED FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27 Special Guests Karen Allen, Jacqueline Bisset,  Jacques Pépin, Aaron and Adam Nee, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Joanne Weir And More Than Fifty Filmmakers Converge on Sonoma for Festival   Sonoma, CA— A festival 25 years in the making, Sonoma International Film Festival celebrates this milestone with a slate of more than 120 independent, international fi...

SIFF Flying High with Official Domestic Airline AVELO AIRLINES

AVELO AIRLINES NAMED OFFICIAL DOMESTIC AIRLINE SPONSOR FOR SIFF’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27, 2022 Sonoma, CA—Sonoma International Film Festival has partnered with air carrier Avelo Airlines for its 25th anniversary film festival March 23-27, 2022. Named Official Domestic Airline and Premiere Sponsor, Avelo Airlines will be integral in providing air transportation for attending filmmakers and talent scheduled to appear at the 25th edition festival. “...

Film & Stage Actor/Director Karen Allen Scheduled to Speak at Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), March 23-27, 2022

FIILM AND STAGE ACTOR/DIRECTOR KAREN ALLEN SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM SCREENING AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27, 2022 Sonoma, CA— Film and stage star Karen Allen will be a special industry guest at SIFF’s 25th Anniversary Film Festival. While in town for the festival, she will speak at the first of two screenings with Sonoma Valley High School filmmaking students at this year’s Media Arts Program Student Sh...

Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Announces Joanne Weir's Plates & Places Lunch March 25, 2022

SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ANNOUNCES JOANNE WEIR’S PLATES & PLACES LUNCH MARCH 25 Noted Chef, Television Host, Author, and Culinary Tour Leader Headlines New Epicurean Lunch at SIFF’s 25th Anniversary Festival March 23-27, 2022   Sonoma, CA— Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), noted for delivering the best in film, food, wine and fun, is including a new culinary headliner event to this year’s festival. Joanne Weir, the James Bea...

Sonoma International Film Festival To Honor Chef Jacques Pépin During Milestone 25th Edition March 23-27, 2022

                                                            SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) ANNOUNCES FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE 2022 SIFF CULINARY EXCELLENCE AWARD   Sonoma, CA—Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), noted for delivering the best in film, food, wine and fun during its annual festival, will ho...

Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Pioneer & Rising Star Award Honorees & Opening/Closing Night Films

2022 Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Pioneer and Rising Star  Award Honorees and Opening/Closing Night Films     Danny Strong to Receive Pioneer Award, presented by Variety;  Cast of “Outer Banks” to Receive Rising Star Award;  Festival to Open with National Geographic Documentary Films’ “Fire of Love;”  Documentary “Navalny” to Close Fest        Su...

2022 Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Film Slate and Award Honorees

2022 Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Film Slate and Award Honorees   Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler to Receive Vision Awards and Participate in Coffee Talks; Selected Films in Line-up Feature Nicole Beharie, Juliette Binoche, John Boyega, Connie Britton, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Ron Howard, Maika Monroe, Haley Lu Richardson, Tony Shaloub, Wes Studi, Michael K. Williams and more   Sun Valley, ID— Sun Valley Film Festival, returning as an in-person ...

"Delicious" (2022) Named Best of the Fest, Director's Choice Best International Feature @ 28th Sedona Film Festival

  SEDONA, Ariz: Delicious, a mouth-watering historical comedy pairing a gifted chef and his unlikely protégé who must find the resolve to free themselves from servitude in 1789 France, was named both Best of Fest and winner of the Director’s Choice Best International Film Festival Award at the 28 th annual Sedona International Film Festival. Awards were presented on Sunday, Feb. 27, the final day of the 10-day Festival that showcased 33 narrative features, 32...

28th Annual Sedona International Film Festival Films Included 140-Plus Films

SEDONA, Ariz: More than 140 films were selected for live screenings at the 28th annual Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 19-27.             “We’re coming back in a very big way,” said Executive Director Pat Schweiss. “The screening committees have once again created a lineup of remarkably creative, compelling and entertaining films across diverse genres and equally diverse topics. We...

Actor | Director Karen Allen to Attend Sonoma International Film Festival 25th Anniversary March 23-27, 2022

FIILM AND STAGE ACTOR/DIRECTOR KAREN ALLEN SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM SCREENING AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27, 2022 Sonoma, CA— Film and stage star Karen Allen will be a special industry guest at SIFF’s 25th Anniversary Film Festival. While in town for the festival, she will speak at the first of two screenings with Sonoma Valley High School filmmaking students at this year’s Media Arts Program St...

33rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

33rd ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS   Prayers For the Stolen Receives FIPRESCI and Ibero-American Award Prizes;  A Hero Receives FIPRESCI Actor & Screenplay Prizes and MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award; Titane Receives FIPRESCI Actress Prize; Flee Receives Documentary Award;  Happening Receives New Voices New Visions Award   Palm Springs, CA (January 19, 20...

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2021 Honorees

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 HONOREES   Film Awards Winners Include Caitriona Balfe (Spotlight Award), Jamie Dornan (Spotlight Award), Harvey Keitel (Icon Award), Marlee Matlin (Trailblazer Award), and Odessa Young (Rising Star Award)   Culinary Cinema Award Winners are David Gelb (Excellence in Culinary Cinema), Phil Rosenthal (Culinary Cinema Icon Award), and Jon Taffer (Culinary & Spirits Cinema Spotlight)   “Bar Rescue...

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Film Line-Up for 2021

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILM LINE-UP FOR 2021   Performances from Jena Malone, Anna Camp, Lili Taylor, an Animated Film from Academy Award-Winner Bill Plympton and Several Premieres Are Among the Highlights       Napa, California– Produced by Cinema Napa Valley, the annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) has announced its film line-up for the virtual film festival version this year. The five-day festival showc...

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Announces 2021 Competition Award Winners

SCAD Savannah Film Festival announces 2021 competition award winners   SAVANNAH, GEORGIA — The Savannah College of Art and Design announces the award winners for the 24th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. A key stop on the festival circuit leading up to the Academy Awards, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival screened more than 150 films, including 45 narrative films, 15 documentary films, and 97 shorts, with 14 world premieres in 2021.  ...

MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION EXPANDS SPONSORSHIP OF LATIN AMERICAN TRAINING CENTER-LATC’S ONLINE GLOBAL FILM AND TV PROGRAM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The Motion Picture Association today announced that it is expanding its sponsorship of the Latin American Training Center-LATC’s Online Global Film & TV Program. The 12th edition of the program begins today and is scheduled to run online through Oct. 30. The LATC program enables industry professionals from around the world – including filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, media managers, government officials, attorneys and executives &nd...

Interview with Director Michael Ginthoer for "Beautiful Idiots" (2021) at 7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Award winning tragicomic documentary/mockumentary “Beautiful Idiots” (2021), written, directed, produced, and edited by Michael Ginthoer and starring David Auerbach is a coming-of-age story involving three men in the dusk of their life who travel to Greece to make a film about the economic crisis there in 2016 and end up filming a labyrinthian quest for the meaning of life through sacred numerology and the Fibonacci code. Reminiscent of the wit and satyr of Monty Python in th...

Interview with Actor Théo Christine for French biopic "Supremes" (2021)

One of the most compelling films I have seen in the past year was at the 74th Cannes Film Festival at the world premiere of the French film “Suprêmes” (2021). Produced by Nord-Ouest Films, directed by Audrey Estrougo (“An Ordinary Story”, 2014) and starring Sandor Funtek (“Blue is the Warmest Colour”, 2013; “Dheepan”, 2015) and Theo Christine (“How I Became A SuperHero," 2020; “War of the Worlds, 2019), this ...

7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Announces Award Winners in Return to “In Person” Film Festival Event

“Ultrasound,” “Isaac,” “Larry Flynt for President” and “The Renegades” Receive Top Jury Prizes Mammoth Lakes, California (September 27, 2021) – The 7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Closing Night Award Ceremony in Mammoth Lakes on Sunday, September 26, 2021. The festival, held from September 22-26, screened ov...

Interview with Actress Judi Beecher for "Tango Shalom" (2021)

Judi Beecher is a multi-award winning international actress, singer-songwriter, and filmmaker. Her career began as a print model and singer in France, Italy and New York, where she sang alongside the Gipsy Kings in the south of France and performed in Cologne and Barcelona as a chanteuse. Her first professional acting job was with Woody Allen in "Coop Italia," a string of TV commercials for the Italian market. Judi performed in Off-Broadway original theater productions and starr...

Interview with Writer Producer Christina Rose at 74th Cannes Film Festival

CEO of Production Company Mirror Water Entertainment, Christina Rose co-founded the company with her brother Michael. She is an American-German director, producer, and screenwriter and plays an active role in the new "Hollyworld Movement", bringing international entertainment to the world. She has worked in North America, Europe, Africa (the famous Atlas Studios in Ouarzarzate), and Asia. Prior to starting her own company, Christina worked for Arad Productions (The Am...

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