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Movie Review - Candyman: The David Klein Story (2010)

Candyman: The David Klein Story, 2010.

Directed by Costa Botes.

Synopsis:

A biopic charting the rise and fall of the inventor of Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Covering the rise and fall of Jelly Belly inventor David Klein, Candyman is a true underdog story with a not-so-happy ending. In all, Candyman is an enjoyable view regardless of its length-padding techniques. It was the winner of the Director’s Choice Award at the 2010 Rincon International Film Festival and was part of the official selection at SlamDance and HotDocs.

The film starts by following Klein’s early days as a businessman. Having graduated top of his UCLA class, Klein decided not to follow the family-anticipated legal career route and instead chased his dream of making candy. Taking the initial concept of the Jelly Bean, Klein adapted it to be less waxy, more upmarket and, vitally, gave it many different flavours. His success was quick,
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Hot Docs 2010 Wrap-Up and Capsule Reviews

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This year's Hot Docs [1] festival ended a couple of weeks ago, and and only now have we finally managed to purge our thoughts on the many documentaries that we've seen this year. Jay put up a much more comprehensive post over on The Documentary Blog [2], but I have taken a selection of these reviews and reposted them here for your convenience. If you like what you see, be sure to head over there and read the rest. Also, don't forget to check out previous reviews of the following films: Teenage Paparazzo [3] The People vs. George Lucas [4] Gasland [5] Arsy-Versy [6] Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage [7] American: The Bill Hicks Story [8] The Invention of Dr Nakamats [9] 12th & Delaware [10] The Oath [11] Secrets of the Tribe [12] Capsule reviews for more films including Steven Soderbergh's And Everything is Going Fine, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's Kings of Pastry, and the David Lynch transcendental meditation
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2010 Hot Docs Film Festival Line-Up Announced

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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
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Slamdance 2010 Line-up Announced

Slamdance, which runs concurrently with Park City’s Sundance Film Festival, has announced its 2010 line-up, and there are several choices that look to make genre fans sit up and take notice.

Variety provided the names of the ten narrative and eight documentary feature films that are, in the spirit of the fest’s motto, “by filmmakers, for filmmakers.” Although not all of them are horror related, in the interest of keeping you guys fully informed on all the latest indie happenings (and because some of the docs just sound so damn interesting with topics like William Burroughs and Bolivian women wrestlers!), the full list follows:

Narrative Competition:

Cummings Farm (Andrew Drazek) - Comedy about three couples who try group sex at a lakeside strawberry farm, naively hoping it will lead to enlightenment; with Laura Silverman.

Drones (Amber Benson & Adam Busch) - A man discovers a universal threat to his life,
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Slamdance 2010 lineup includes Irish Pa awesomeness One Hundred Mornings

What's that? You can't wait to hear about the Irish post apocalyptic film One Hundred Mornings? Well you don't have to because we already have a review of it right here! Our own Alan Maxwell called it an "uncomfortably realistic vision of the breakdown of society." Yeah, it's good.

So continuing, part of the Slamdance lineup has been announced and it's got quite a few films we've featured.

Want something horrible in the forest? How about YellowBrickRoad?

Or maybe some William Burroughs? How about William S Burroughs: A Man Within?

Yup, the lineup for one of my favorite festivals is looking mighty fine as usual, and we'll be bringing you more shortly.

Partial lineup after the break!

Narrative Competition

Cummings Farm (Andrew Drazek) Comedy about three couples who try group sex at a lakeside strawberry farm, naively hoping it will lead to enlightenment; with Laura Silverman.

Drones (Amber Benson
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Slamdance Announces Competition Films - 18 Films Selected From 5,000 Submissions

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Slamdance Announces Competition Films - 18 Films Selected From 5,000 Submissions
Slamdance, Sundance’s indie little brother, has announced the 18 films that will be playing in competition next month. While the economy might be slowing down, there was no shortage of submissions, as Slamdance reports they had 5,000 films vying for a spot in the Festival. Of the 18 films in competition, ten are narrative, eight are documentaries, and eleven are world premieres.

“The quality of indie filmmaking is getting higher while productions costs are getting lower,” said Slamdance prexy and co-founder Peter Baxter. “Far apart from the apparent industry downturn, there appears a great sense of what is possible rather than impossible with our submissions.”

Of course this year will be very interesting at Slamdance after the success Paranormal Activity. If you didn’t know, Activity screened at the 2008 Festival and has since made over $100 million at the domestic box office. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a few more buyers looking for a repeat performance.
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2010 Slamdance Film Festival Lineup Revealed!

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2010 Slamdance Film Festival Lineup Revealed!
The competitive lineup for the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival (of which Fangoria is a media sponsor) has been revealed via an announcement on Variety. "As in years past, competing films are by first-time feature directors working with limited budgets and without domestic theatrical distribution in place. Among the 18 titles, 11 are world premieres." the trade reports.

Fright fans may recall that Oren Peli's recent hit Paranormal Activity played the fest in 2008. As always, Slamdance will run side-by-side with the Sundance Film Fest in Park City Utah, January 21-28, 2010. While there's plenty of genre fare to be seen, we've got the entire list of films for you to browse below.

Narrative Competition

Cummings Farm” (Andrew Drazek) Comedy about three couples who try group sex at a lakeside strawberry farm, naively hoping it will lead to enlightenment; with Laura Silverman. “Drones” (Amber Benson & Adam Busch) A man discovers a universal threat to his life,
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