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Soho Film Festival 2013 Report

15 April 2013 4:43 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The 2013 Soho Film Fest took place between April 5th to April 12th at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in Soho, New York.  The fourth year in existence, the Soho Film Fest celebrates all types of filmmakers- from pros to amateurs and anything in between- to help promote the arts and the works of filmmakers everywhere. Anything from 2 minute shorts to full length feature films are shown, and it doesn’t matter who made them since all are shown to get the passion of filmmaking out throughout the world.


The following shorts and films were shown:

A Second Thought: Choice Skinner directed the 2 minute silent short, about a man’s encounter with a woman.

King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields: Tunde Reid-Kapo directed the 3 minute short, which is about a eight year who fell asleep during a chest match to find himself in another world.

Dance of the Books: directed by Lorena Fernandez, »

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Julia Stiles To Star In Mary Pickford biopic – The First!

1 February 2013 12:16 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

As you already see from our title – Julia Stiles is set to star in an upcoming Mary Pickford biopic The First, which comes from director Jennifer DeLia. Stiles will join previously announced Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt and Ryan Simpkins, and accodring to the latest reports – she will come on board to play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century!

So, at this moment we know that Jennifer DeLia will direct The First from Josh Fagin‘s script which is based on Eileen Whitfield‘s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood which will tell us the story of a woman so ahead of her time who was living one of the most romantic love stories of all time.

As for the above mentioed cast – Lily Rabe is already set to play Pickford, while Michael Pitt is set to play Owen Moore.

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Julia Stiles Joins Jennifer DeLia's Mary Pickford Biopic 'The First' to Play Oscar Winner Frances Marion

1 February 2013 10:36 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Julia Stiles, who re-emerged with a great supporting turn in "Silver Linings Playbook," has signed on to play screenwriter Frances Marion--the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay--in Jennifer DeLia's "The First," based on Eileen Whitfield's biography on Mary Pickford, "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood." Marion's Oscar was for "The Big House" in 1930. Pickford was muse to Marion during their collaborations, including “Rebecca from Sunnybrook Farm” and “Poor Little Rich Girl.” Other characters in the film will include Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, and Lillian Gish. Lily Rabe is set to play Pickford, and "Boardwalk Empire"'s Michael Pitt is set to play Owen Moore. Julie Pacino is producing with Said Zahraoui and Dominick Fairbanks; she'll shopping the film at Berlin with Poverty Row's Billy Bates. Last November DeLia told Indiewire, "I didn't »

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Julia Stiles Joins Mary Pickford Biopic

1 February 2013 6:28 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Julia Stiles has joined the cast of "The First," Jennifer DeLia's biopic about Mary Pickford.

Mary (played by Lily Rabe) was one of the early Canadian pioneers in Hollywood and went on to found the United Artists studio with other stars including Charlie Chaplin.

She also had a troubled marriage, blighted by the alcoholism and insecurity of her husband (played by Michael Pitt).

Stiles will play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century who collaborated on numerous projects with Pickford.

Ryan Simpkins also stars in the Josh Fagin-scripted film. Julie Pacino, Said Zahraoui and Dominick Fairbanks will produce.

Shooting kicks off later this year.

Source: Variety »

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Julia Stiles cast as Frances Marion in Mary Pickford biopic The First

31 January 2013 11:24 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Julia Stiles has landed a role in The First.

The Bourne Identity and Silver Linings Playbook actress will portray iconic screenwriter Frances Marion in the Mary Pickford biopic, Poverty Row Entertainment has confirmed.

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[Julia Stiles at the 24th annual Producers Guild of America Awards]

Marion was one of Pickford's frequent collaborators and became the first woman in history to win an Oscar in 1930, taking the 'Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)' award for The Big House.

She later won the 'Best Story' Oscar in 1932 for The Champ.

The First is based on the Eileen Whitfield biography entitled Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood, and is directed by Jennifer DeLia (Billy Bates).

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[Frances Marion photographed in 1937]

"Julia is someone I could instantly envision in that era and within the world of Old Hollywood," said DeLia. "I've watched her work since I was a kid in the mid '90s when she was emerging as a very cool and very talented actress. »

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Berlin 2013: Julia Stiles Joins Cast of 'The First'

31 January 2013 7:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Julia Stiles is joining the cast of The First, a film about Mary Pickford that director Jennifer DeLia and producer Julie Pacino of Poverty Row Entertainment will be promoting at the Berlin International Film Festival. Stiles will play screenwriter Frances Marion, who often collaborated with Pickford, who will be played by Lily Rabe. The cast of the film, which is expected to begin production this year, also includes Michael Pitt as actor Owen Moore and Ryan Simpkins as a young Pickford. DeLia will direct a script by Josh Fagin, based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. Pacino

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