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The lights are about to go down, and the stars are getting ready to shine.
The 20th Annual Stella Artois St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) will be held Nov. 10-20. Sliff will screen nearly 400 films: 257 shorts, 89 features and 53 documentaries. This year.s festival features a record 205 programs, with 43 countries represented. The fest will host more than 100 filmmakers and related guests.
The festival opens with the St. Louis premiere of .The Artist,. the major hit of the festival circuit, a black-and-white silent romance about the arrival of the sound era in Hollywood that costars St. Louis native son John Goodman.
Other prominent films featured in the festival include .The Descendents,. .Jeff, Who Lives at Home,. .A Dangerous Method,. .Shame,. .Coriolanus,. .In Darkness,. .Butter,. .We Need to Talk About Kevin,. and .I Melt With You. »
- Michelle McCue
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Buck Brannaman, better known in equestrian circles as the horse whisperer, continued to work his magic over crowds.
“Buck,” Cindy Meehl’s documentary on Brannaman’s unique career, took home the Audience Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, months after it claimed the same prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
It’s hard to resist Brannaman’s charms. His gift isn’t with horses – though he knows how to soothe those sometimes-savage beasts. Instead, Buck clicks with owners, explaining how a horse acts as a mirror into its rider’s soul (and some cowboys sure don’t like what they see). “Buck” certainly is a crowd-pleaser, and I can see why audiences at Full Frame were wooed.
But “Buck” wasn’t the only winner of the weekend. We’ve got the complete list of winners, announced Sunday in Durham, N.C., below: »
- Sean O'Connell
Four months into the release of Waiting for Superman, glimmers of possible change in public education illuminate the horizon.
(A charter school lottery in Waiting for Superman.) by Terry Keefe (Note: I spoke to Davis Guggenheim, and wrote this article, a few weeks ago, when Waiting for Superman was considered by many a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination. It didn't receive that Oscar nomination but would have nonetheless been well-deserving of it. The article is currently appearing in Venice Magazine.)
Waiting for Superman director Davis Guggenheim might be wishing for a few super-powers of his own with the virtual non-stop schedule he's been keeping to promote his documentary about the crisis in American public schools, since its release at the end of September. A front runner for the Best Documentary Academy Award, Waiting for Superman has already scooped up the top feature doc prizes from the National Board of Review, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
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