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At this year’s AFI International Film Festival, the so-called“somebodies” like Charlize Theron, Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsleywalked the red carpet while the "nobodies" flanked them famelessly onboth sides. A good image to keep in mind when talking about filmdirector Azazel Jacobs and his recent feature, Nobody Needs toKnow, which screened at the festival as the only US entry in itsInternational Feature Competition. The low-budget film illustrates howour culture can make ordinary people ...

Aspen Academy screenings for 19 features

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ASPEN FILMFEST ANNOUNCES PROGRAM FOR 13TH EDITION OF ACADEMY SCREENINGSStrong performances, award-winning films and directors highlight program.Aspen Filmfest announces the line-up for its 13th annual Academy Screenings, a holiday movie extravaganza of the movies everyone will be talking about at Oscar time. Running December 21st to January 2nd, this year¹s program features 19 titles in a program that showcases the best films of the year, and technical achievements in direction, production and ...

Independent Spirit awards nominees

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NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 2004 IFP INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDSNominations for the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards were announced including Best Feature nominees: American Splendor, In America, Lost in Translation, Raising Victor Vargas, and Shattered Glass. The 2004 Spirit Awards Nominating Committee has also awarded a Special Distinction Award to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams for its uniqueness of vision, bold conception and direction, the honesty of its screenwriting, bravery of its ...

Elfman to be honored (for Film Composing) at PSIFF

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AWARD WINNING COMPOSER DANNY ELFMAN TO BE HONOREDAT THE 15TH ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALAElfman to Receive Frederick Loewe Award for Career Achievement in Film Composing The 15th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Danny Elfman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Career Achievement in Film Composing at the festival’s annual Awards Gala, it was announced by chairman elect Earl Greenburg. The Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, Januar...

Slamdance Primed to Ski Into Park City

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Slamdance Primed to Ski Into Park City The President and Co-Founder of Slamdance, Peter Baxter, announced the titles selected for the 10th annual Festival, as a raucous crowd cheered and applauded the filmmakers in attendance.  Martini glasses and shots of blue tequila were raised in their honor as more than 200 people listened to a blend of spun and contemporary dance music while dining on tasty appetizers provided by the Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega, Los Angeles, Ca host of this fa...

Ben Kingsley in House of Sand and Fog at Licoln center

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AN EVENING WITH SIR BEN KINGSLEY with a screening of HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG on Thursday, December 18 at 6:30pm Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents AN EVENING WITH SIR BEN KINGSLEY on Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 6:30 pm at the Walter Reade Theater. This special event will include a preview screening of House of Sand and Fog (Dreamworks) followed by a conversation with Sir Ben Kingsley and the Film Society’s Kent Jones. Academy Award®...

Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers"

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Slamdance's motto is "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers" aptly describes the programming team, which is largely comprised of alumni filmmakers. The Slamdance Film Festival serves as a showcase for the discovery of emerging film talent. Slamdance's mission is to support and nurture innovative artists. The organization's goals for the future are to strengthen its year-round organization and evolve the Slamdance brand into new ventures that will support emerging filmmakers. Special screenings have show...

Break a Leg best indie from Sante Fe Fest

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"Break a Leg" was honored with the Milagro Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival for Best Independent Feature. Break a Leg is directed by Monika Mitchell and is written by Frank and John Cassini.John Cassini plays the lead character and recently won Best Performance at the Marco Island Film Festival, the film also garnered the Audience Award at Cinevegas in June. Break a Leg is a black comedy with an unflinching portrayal of the classic anti-hero who will sink as low as he must to get to the to...

Screeners ban lifted: indies win

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A federal judge freed movie distributors to send copies of films to awards voters -- a decision seen as a victory for independent film producers as awards season approaches.US District Judge Michael B. Mukasey lifted a rule imposed by the Motion Picture Association of America that blocked studios from sending the copies, or "screeners," to voters.The MPAA had argued that the ban, issued in September, was a means of slowing the explosion of movie piracy. Digital copies of many films turn up on th...

Ghosts, spectres and dragons in Nantes

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On Saturday the 29th the competition arena of Nantes’ 3 Continents was haunted by the cinematic ghosts of Tsai Ming-liang’s Goodbye Dragon Inn (Bu San) and by the torturing spectres of a dramatic political past in Pakistani Sabiha Sumar’s Silent Waters (Kamosh Pani). Tsai’s sixth feature, winner of the Fipresci award in Venice, pays homage to cinema and to the magic experience of viewing films in movie theatres. Taking an old theatre bound to permanently shut its doors as his actual prot...

The Station Agent Closes Stockholm

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The Stockholm International Film Festival officially closed November 25th with a screening of "E! Audience Award winner," The Station Agent. Tipped as the favorite of the festival, the film lived up to its reputation from beginning to end. It is not hard to understand why the film won the hearts of the Stockholm audience. The area where the story takes place in Newfoundland NJ is a little like a small Swedish town, set far away from everything, where people speak slowly, and savor their words i...

14 fest awards for Bacherloman

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Grand Slam winner Schultze Gets the Blues rides away with Stockholm Bronze Horse and BEST FIRST FEATURE The phrase "Independent Movie" has been abused over the last five years. "Indies" now have bankable stars, studio financing and distribution deals. Where's the real independent projects with no names, low budget and people working for the love of filmmaking - not the money? "Bachelorman" is just such an in...

13 was a festival favorite in Stockholm

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Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen, a noteworthy film in the Stockholm International Competition was a festival favorite, a film about Tracy, a young woman who goes haywire when Evie, the hottest woman in high school wants her to hang out with her. The story is true, and the script was written and acted by Nikki Reed who plays Evie, the woman who in real life led her astray into a world of sex , shoplifting and drugs. More crucial to the story is the role of substance abuse. Tracy ...

Schultze gets the blues AND 3 Stockholm awards

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Grand Slam winner Schultze Gets the Blues rides away with Stockholm Bronze Horse and BEST FIRST FEATURE Grand Slam at Stockholm Film Festival by Michael Schorr Michael Schorr's Schultze Gets the Blues rode away with the "Stockholm Bronze Horse" and Best First Feature Award at the 14th Stockholm International Film Festival, which ended November 23. Schorr's film won in two other categories: Best Actor, Horst Krause, and Best Screenplay. The story of a man who has spent his whole ...

AFI: Lights, Camera, Stars Action and CUT

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Late Sunday evening, AFI FEST 2003 ended a glorious run of 10 days and 10 nights of the best films in the world, but not before announcing its coveted Audience Awards and unveiling the World Premiere of Patty Jenkins' MONSTER, starring Charlize Theron. In front of a sold-out audience at ArcLight's Cinerama Dome, Nancy Collet, the Director of Programming, announced that Jim Sheridan's IN AMERICA took the Audience Award for Feature Film. The film, which stars Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine, f...

Monster premiering for AFI finale

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Monster closed AFI last week end.The film written and directed by Patty JenkinsPROD: Brad Wyman, Donald Kushner, Charlize Theron, Mark Damon, Clark Peterson EXEC PROD: Meagan Riley-Grant, Steward Hall, Andreas Schmid, Andreas Grosch, Sammy LeeCast: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince Charlize Theron stars in MONSTER, a shockingly moving film that burrows deep beneath the tabloid-sized headline stories on Aileen Wournos, the man-hatingand murder...

AFI 2003 awards

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AFI FEST – Intl Jury Awards: BLUE, BEAH & DEEP SILENCE stand-outsFriday night, Nov 14th, at a standing-room-only celebration at CineSpace, the International Jury Award winners of AFI FEST 2003 were announced. Taking the Feature Jury Prize was Natasha Arthy's OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE, a Danish bittersweet comedy and an official Dogme film about the perils of love and honesty. "I'm really proud," said an elated Arthy minutes after winning. "It's very unreal. We didn't expect anything like thi...

Meryl Streep follows De Niro for 2004 AFI

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Meryl Streep Follows De Niro in AFI Life Time Achievment tribute for 2004.The actress has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, it was announced today by Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. The award will be presented to Streep at a gala tribute on June 10, 2004, which will be held in the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. Mr. Stringer commented, "Mer...

AFI day 9

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Friday night, at a standing-room-only celebration at Cinespace, the jury award winners of AFI FEST 2003 were announced. Taking the Feature Jury Prize was Natasha Arthy's OLD, NEW, BORROWED AND BLUE, a Danish bittersweet comedy and an official Dogme film about the perils of love and honesty. "I'm really proud," said an elated Arthy minutes after winning. "It's very unreal. We didn't expect anything like this." Arthy and producer Birgitte Skov said that they planned to ring the two lead actors fro...

Costner, Zanuck and Minghella: Palm Springs tributes

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Actor Costner, Producer Zanuck and Director Minghella to Be Honored at Upcoming 15th Annual Palm Springs International Film FestivalThe tributes and awards for the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival are now announced. Academy Award winning actor/director/producer Kevin Costner, Academy Award-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck, and Academy winning director Minghella will be honored at the Award Gala being held on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. T...

AFI day 6 and the male camel story

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Last night, AFI FEST was bursting at the seams with masterful films, enlightening Q & A's, controversy and other memorable pleasures. The evening began with a dramatic announcement that talented French director Siegfried, whose film SANSA screened at 9:00 p.m., had been detained at LAX and the INS was barring him from entering the U.S. due to visa problems. When AFI FEST tried to reach the INS the following morning, they refused to comment on his detention, saying only that AFI FEST should discu...

AFI Has Lights, Camera, Stars and Action

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AFI American Film Institute 2003 Festival is playing to appreciative audience this week in Los Angeles, California. The Festival opened with the U.S. Premiere of Nigel Cole's CALENDAR GIRLS. Nigel walked the red carpet to celebrate the start of AFI FEST 2003 and the stars of the film were there as well to add to the glamour. Kevin Costner was a crowd favorite as he swaggered down the red carpet while wearing pale snakeskin cowboy boots and jeans. This past weekend at the Roosevelt Hotel, they ...

Myriad puts out a slew of product

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Myriad Pictures has just closed several key deals on its Edward Burns starrer, The River King, including Momentum for the United Kingdom and Canada and Filmax for Spain.The film, which brings together Myriad and Canadian production company imX Communications, is a supernatural murder mystery based on Alice Hoffman's award-winning novel. Financing for the film is being arranged through United Kingdom-based Grosvenor Park's First Choice Films.Nick Willing (Hypnotic) is directing from a screenplay ...
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