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Edinburgh Film Festival – Round Up of Day 4 (Toy Story 3 Day!)

20 June 2010 1:59 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The week is almost over, and I am dangerously close to losing track!

Day 4 brings us to Saturday, aka Toy Story 3 day! The UK press were all lined up for 9am to see the first and only press screening of the festival while delegates, staff, and non-uk press pouted and grumbled.

Not me, though! I had a busy morning and big plans for later on.

At about 1pm, I sat down to watch The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer. Directed by one of Britain’s great directors, Kevin Billington, it was screened as part of the After the Wave retrospective. Billington was in attendance, and said a few words to introduce the film. It’s an uproarious satire based on the life of one Michael Rimmer, a pollster who rises in the ranks and through the British political system.

Starring Peter Cook and penned by the some of the Monty Python crew, »

- Nicola Balkind

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Two U.S. Underground Films Debut At 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival

4 June 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Two highly-anticipated second feature films from U.S. underground filmmakers will be making their World Premieres all the way over at the 64th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival, which will run for twelve days on June 16-27. The films are Rona Mark’s The Crab and Zach Clark’s Vacation!.

The Crab, which screens on June 21,  is the touching story of a verbally abusive man born with two enormous, mutant-like hands; while Vacation!, which screens on June 20, tracks four urban gals let loose in a sunny seaside resort down South.

Both Mark and Clark previously screened their debut features at Eiff. Mark’s Strange Girls screened there in 2008 and Clark’s Modern Love Is Automatic screened in 2009. Both films also ended up as runners-up in Bad Lit’s annual Movie of the Year award, again Strange Girls in 2008 and Modern Love in 2009. Sadly, these two masterpieces are still unavailable on »

- Mike Everleth

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2010 Hot Docs Film Festival Line-Up Announced

23 March 2010 6:55 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

The full line-up and schedule for this year's Hot Docs film festival went online earlier today, and if you're a documentary fan living in the Toronto area, I think you'll be pretty pleased with the selections. This year's festival runs from April 29th to May 9th, and even if you don't plan on attending, it's still worth perusing the listings just to make a note of some of the intriguing non-fiction films to keep an eye on in the coming months. Although there don't seem to be quite as many high-profile films this year, there are still a lot of cool hidden gems buried among the various programs. I've made a short list of some of the highlights after the jump, but you should head over to the Hot Docs official site [1] to browse the full line-up for yourself. You can also see reviews of some of these films over »

- Sean

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'Jolly Fellows' to open Berlin Panorama

22 January 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Berlin -- The Berlin film festival's Panorama sidebar is coming back loud and proud this year with a lineup packed with films examining gender identity and the gay movement.

The 2010 Panorama opens Feb. 11 with the Russian film "Jolly Fellows," director Felix Mikhailov's look at the drag queen subculture of a Moscow club.

This year's lineup also features Cheryl Dunye's thriller "The Owls," in which aging lesbians try to get away with murder; and Jake Yuzna's "Open," a series of intertwined love stories featuring gay and trans-gendered partners.

Several of Panorama's documentary selections explores related themes -- such as Crayton Robery's "Making The Boys" about Matt Crowley's ground breaking gay play "The Boys in the Band;" "Cuchillo de Palo," Renate Costa's expose of persecution of homosexuals during the Paraguayan dictatorship and the German doc "Rock Hudson – Dark and Handsome Stranger" from directors Andrew Davies and Andre Schaefer. »

- By Scott Roxborough

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