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'Samurai' tops La Shorts Fest

1 August 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Justin Ambrosino’s “The 8th Samurai” received the Best of the Fest Award at the the 2009 La Shorts Fest, which ended Friday night with its awards ceremony at Cinespace in Hollywood.

The nine-day event handed out best music video honors to “Man-Sized Wreath,” directed by Crush Toronto and Gary Thomas; named “Free Doritos!,” directed by Joe and Dave Herbert, best creative commercial, and singled out Jonathan Kalafar’s “We Love You” as best documentary.

Special recognition awards went to Dan Cadan’s “The Devil’s Wedding” and Bert Bertie’s “The Taxidermist.”  Jim Rothman’s “I’m Not Matt Damon” earned the best independent filmmaker award.

In addition to “Samurai,” the following winners are automatically eligible to be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration:

Experimental: “Sky People,” directed by Shanti Thakur

Animation: “Alma,” directed by Rodrigo Blaas

Comedy: “Boutonniere,” directed by Coley Sohn

Drama: “Hotel, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Remains of the Day: Ambrosino takes La Shorts, Webb Takes on Jesus, Scott Takes on Aliens

1 August 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

-'s Remains of the Day (Monday to Friday) is a look at eight and 1/2 news items that we didn't have enough time to cover but are worth mentioning here. For July 31st we have Justin Ambrosino grabbing an award from La Shorts, current "it" director of the moment taking on "Jesus" and Scott coming back for more "Aliens". 1. One of Our Own Former writer Justin Ambrosino takes the 2009 La Shorts Fest award for "Best of the Fest" for The 8th Samurai. This also qualifies his to be eligible for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award consideration. Way to go Justin! See more winners below. 2. Tales From...Constantin PopescuPopescu one of the directors in the sharp, short-film collage of works from Romanian filmmakers in Tales from the Golden Age, has just completed post prod on Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man »

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Funny or Die Hits the Festival Circuit

12 February 2009 3:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There's yet another film festival for cinema junkies to delight in, and this time it's all about much-needed laughs. Next month (March 5-8) will mark the inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, and The Hollywood Reporter posts that it will include shorts from our favorite Internet Funny House, Funny or Die. See? The Internet is taking over!

The website will show some world premieres at the fest, plus "exclusive vintage shorts" that include Don Dolmes, The Smallest C*ck in Porn and Craigslist Penis Photographer. There are lots of shorts they could choose from. We've even shown you a bunch of them here at Cinematical. But I can't say that I'd be delighted to sit in a dark theater and watch these particular shorts (check them out after the jump). They're actually my least favorite of all the shorts I've seen on the site... Luckily I can throw on »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Funny or Die on L.A. comedy shorts fest lineup

11 February 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival will take place March 5-8 at the at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theatre, 251 S. Main Street, in Los Angeles.

The festival will run in conjunction with the L.A. Comedy Scripts Screenplay Competition, sponsored by the Write Brothers.

The fest's opening night will include a pre-reception, followed by a screening of shorts by the fest's celebrity participants, hosted by Aisha Tylor.

Web site Funny or Die will present world premieres and exclusive vintage shorts, including its first-ever Web movie, "Don Dolmes, The Smallest C*ck in Porn," a mockumentary that spoofs the legend of John Holmes, and "Craigslist Penis Photographer," starring Bob Odenkirk.

Lacsff directors Gary Anthony Williams and Jeannie Roshar will present their film "I Own You," starring "Reno 911's" Cedric Yarbrough.

The program also will include "Nowassitall," a music video written by, directed by and starring Tyler; "Head, Heart »

- By Gregg Kilday

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