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Fund This: Stop-Motion Animator Pes Serves Up ‘Submarine Sandwich’

17 hours ago | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Project Name: Submarine Sandwich Asking For: $30,000 on Kickstarter Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $34,739 (a new stretch goal looks to extend the campaign's total to $70,000.) Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 21 Description: Submarine Sandwich is the latest short film from stop-motion animator Pes. The Santa Monica-based artist, whose real name is Adam Pesapane, has carved out a niche for himself thanks to his expertly-crafted animations that use household objects to represent food, and Submarine Sandwich will be the latest entry in that series. The most-viewed videos on Pes' YouTube channel utilize this random-stuff-as-food approach. In 2008, he crafted Western Spaghetti, which Time Magazine would eventually call the second-best video of the year. Five years after that, he turned hand grenades into avocados with Fresh Guacamole. That creation ended up with an Academy Award nomination in the Animated Short Film category, becoming the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Durban 2014 Review: Cold Harbour Gets Moody About Corruption

22 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Another South African film at the Durban International Film Festival (Diff) brings another challenging reflection on the country's modern identity. This time, it's Carey McKenzie tackling corruption with her moody and noirish crime thriller, Cold Harbour, which just had its world premiere at Diff. This is McKenzie's first fiction feature film, her previous major production being an award-winning documentary, Original Child Bomb, which took the Grand Jury Prize at Silverdocs and Bologna Human Rights Nights. An associated short film, B Is For Bomb, won the Cannes 2006 Short Film Corner competition. After watching Cold Harbour I'm not surprised to learn that McKenzie has a documentary background; though fictional, the film deals very forthrightly, and even-handedly, with the complex reality of corruption in South Africa. Her empathy for, and dedication...

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Short Film Cinema: Lux by Chris Chung

22 July 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Chris Chung was one of the finalists of the Virgin Media Shorts competition which ran last year, and now he’s back with another short film, Lux.

Handuken was the short which got him to the finals, and you can see that film at the end of this post but be sure to check out the trailer for his latest work. The art of capturing a mood or the essence of a film in a brief time is not an easy one to master. Having seen the completed short this teaser really does convey the whistful and slightly odd flavour to the finished film. The music, by Shawn Lyon, is divine.

Here’s the teaser, watch out for Lux to appear on the festival circuit before long.

Lux – Teaser from Christopher Chung on Vimeo.

And here’s his short film Handuken.

Handuken from Christopher Chung on Vimeo.

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- Jon Lyus

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Unveil The Truth wins in Taipei

21 July 2014 4:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kevin Lee’s documentary Unveil The Truth II: State Apparatus won the Grand Prize and best documentary at this year’s Taipei Film Awards, which took place at the close of the Taipei Film Festival on July 19.

The win, which came with a cash award of Nt$1m, marked the fifth consecutive year that the Grand Prize has gone to a documentary.

The jury, headed by Taiwanese producer-director Chen Kuo-fu, said the film maintained an uplifting and humorous tone, while exposing the chaotic madness of government bureaucracy and illustrating the dark side of Taiwanese society.

Meanwhile, best narrative feature went to Chienn Hsiang’s directorial debut Exit, about the relationship between a middle-aged woman and a hospital patient, while Midi Z won best director for Myanmar-set drama Ice Poison.

Exit also scooped a best actress award for Chen Shiang-chyi, while best actor went to Lee Kang-sheng for Stray Dogs. Best supporting actor went to Tsao Yu-ning for period »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Drunktown’s Finest wins at Outfest

20 July 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 32nd edition of the Los Angeles-based Lgbt comes to a close on July 20 with a screening of Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.

Sydney Freeland’s Drunktown’s Finest earned the Us Dramatic Feature Film in the grand jury awards, while Stefan Haupt’s The Circle won best documentary feature.

In the audience awards, Daniel Ribeiro prevailed in the dramatic feature category with The Way He Looks and Cheryl Furjanic’s Back On Board: Greg Louganis was named best documentary.

Full list of Outfest 2014 award winners:

Audience Awards

Documentary Short

Families Are Forever, dir Vivian Kleiman

Dramatic Short

Alone With People, dir Drew Van Steenbergen

Documentary Feature

Back On Board: Greg Louganis, dir Cheryl Furjanic

Dramatic Feature

The Way He Looks, dir Daniel Ribeiro

First Us Dramatic Feature

Drunktown’s Finest, dir Sydney Freeland

Grand Jury Awards

Documentary Feature Special Recognition

Dior And I, dir Frédéric Tcheng »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Drunktown’s Finest, The Circle win at Outfest

20 July 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 32nd edition of the Los Angeles-based Lgbt comes to a close on July 20 with a screening of Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.

Sydney Freeland’s Drunktown’s Finest earned the Us Dramatic Feature Film in the grand jury awards, while Stefan Haupt’s The Circle won best documentary feature.

In the audience awards, Daniel Ribeiro prevailed in the dramatic feature category with The Way He Looks and Cheryl Furjanic’s Back On Board: Greg Louganis was named best documentary.

Full list of Outfest 2014 award winners:

Audience Awards

Documentary Short – Families Are Forever, dir Vivian Kleiman

Dramatic Short – Alone With People, dir Drew Van Steenbergen

Documentary Feature – Back On Board: Greg Louganis, dir Cheryl Furjanic

Dramatic Feature – The Way He Looks, dir Daniel Ribeiro

First Us Dramatic Feature – Drunktown’s Finest, dir Sydney Freeland

Grand Jury Awards

Documentary Feature Special Recognition – Dior And I, dir Frédéric Tcheng »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Outfest L.A. Announces 2014 Film Festival Winners

20 July 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

L.A.-based nonprofit Outfest has announced the winners of its 32nd annual L.A. Lgbt Film Festival.

Outfest is aimed at promoting equality by creating, sharing and protecting Lgbt stories on screen, with the annual film fest in line with those goals. It ran from July 10-20, closing Sunday night with Jack Plotnick’s “Space Station 76″ starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.

The full list is below.

Audience Awards

Documentary Short

Families Are Forever,” Directed by Vivian Kleiman

Dramatic Short

Alone With People,” Directed by Drew Van Steenbergen

Documentary Feature

“Back on Board: Greg Louganis,” Directed by Cheryl Furjanic

Dramatic Feature

“The Way He Looks,” Directed by Daniel Ribeiro

First Us Dramatic Feature

“Drunktown’s Finest,” (pictured above) Directed by Sydney Freeland

Grand Jury Awards

Documentary Feature Special Recognition

Dior and I,” Directed by Frédéric Tcheng

Documentary Feature Winner

The Circle,” Directed »

- Alex Stedman

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The Academy Elects 5-First Time Governors To 2014-15 Board

18 July 2014 11:04 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning to the Board.

The first-time governors are Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Daniel R. Fellman, Executives Branch; Albert Berger, Producers Branch; Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; and Mark Mangini, Sound Branch.

The reelected governors are Annette Bening, Actors Branch; Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter, Designers Branch; Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch; Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch; and Phil Robinson, Writers Branch.

Returning to the Board after a hiatus are governors Caleb Deschanel, Cinematographers Branch; Edward Zwick, Directors Branch; Charles Bernstein, Music Branch; and Bill Taylor, Visual Effects Branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. »

- Michelle McCue

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Sold wins Audience Award at London Indian Film Festival

18 July 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Oscar winning director Jeffrey D Brown’s hard-hitting child trafficking drama Sold, executive produced by Emma Thompson and starring Gillian Anderson, which opened the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival (July 10-17), has won the festival’s Pure Heaven audience award.

Jeffrey D Brown said, “It’s really amazing. I hadn’t really anticipated this at all. I’m really grateful, humbled and speechless. I really hope this galvanises more people to see the film so that we can help the kids who’ve been through this ordeal and we can end this travesty around the globe.” Brown and producer Jane Charles are in advanced discussions with distributors with a view to securing a global release for Sold in early 2015.

The runner up for the audience award was Samruddhi Porey’s Hemalkasa, the festival’s closing night film starring Indian cinema icon Nana Patekar. The film is a »

- Stacey Yount

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Sold wins London Indian Film Festival

18 July 2014 4:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival’s Short Film Competition winner was Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush.

Jeffrey D Brown’s child trafficking drama Sold, starring Gillian Anderson, has won the London Indian Film Festival’s Pure Heaven audience award.

The film, which centres around a young Nepali girl’s struggle for survival after being sold into prostitution, opened the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival, which ran July 10-17. It is executive produced by Emma Thompson.

The runner up for the audience award was Samruddhi Porey’s Hemalkasa, the festival’s closing night film starring Indian cinema icon Nana Patekar.

The festival’s Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition was won by Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush. The award carries a cash prize of £1000.

Festival director Cary Sawhney said: “We’ve grown by at least 30% this year and we’re getting global films! We’ve got Hollywood films in the festivals, Indian films, British films, Bangladeshi »

- sarah.cooper@screendaily.com (Sarah Cooper)

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Sarajevo unveils official selection

17 July 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Sarajevo Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 20th edition which runs August 15-23.

The 20th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced its official selection. Among nine films in the feature competition, there are three world premieres, including the new film by Kosovo veteran Isa Qosja, Three Windows And A Hanging. Qosja won the Special Jury Award at Sff with Kukumi in 2005.

Two other world premieres in competition are first feature films: Georgian director Lasha Tskvitinidze’s I Am Beso, and Song Of My Mother by Turkey’s Erol Mintas.

The list of debuts in the competition is completed with Berlinale titles Brides by Georgia’s Tinatin Kajrishvili, Land Of Storms by Hungary’s Ádám Császi, and Macondo by Sudabeh Mortezai from Austria.

Cure - The Life Of Another, the new film by Andrea Staka who won Heart of Sarajevo for best film in 2006 with Das Fräulein, will have its »

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This Short Film is a Worthy Successor to ‘Brick’

15 July 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? Almost a decade ago, Rian Johnson turned eyebrows with Brick by passionately sticking to noir conventions while subverting them just enough to breathe fresh life into a musty genre. To be fair to that genre, it’s one that will eternally and repeatedly enjoy new resurgences, potentially along the same tidal lines as the western, and Brick hit just at the right moment with all the right ingredients. This short film from Zach Wechter follows that same formula, and through doing so, reminds us that its the familiarity of the story beats that keeps entries in this seedy world so satisfying. Like Johnson’s film, Straight Down Low (announcing its genre right there in the title) asks a cast of high school students to get to the bottom of a gangland murder, and in not attempting to reinvent the wheel, he instead conducts a master class in cool. Beyond »

- Scott Beggs

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Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Terek’s Most Anticipated Movies

15 July 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A number of Sound On Sight editors and contributors are geographically fortunate enough to make the Fantasia Film Festival an annual must-attend event. I have never been to the festival, but have followed it from afar since it landed on my radar years ago when a well-received short film I had a major acting role in called My Sweet Satan, played there.

This year’s lineup of films strikes me as substantially more intriguing than the programs of the last couple of years. Given Fantasia’s staggering breadth of programming spread across multiple weeks, the challenge is in trying to narrow a ‘most anticipated’ list down to just five films. My picks, in alphabetical order, are as follows.

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Among the Living

Written and directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury

France, 2014

Also known as Aux yeux des vivants (The Eyes of the Living), the third feature film from the outstanding »

- Terek Puckett

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Short Film Cinema: The First Trailer for James Webber’s New Short, Soror

15 July 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Almost exactly two years ago we featured the work of James Webber on HeyUGuys. Driftwood was a Neil Maskell-starring Short, released in the wake of the London Olympics, about a young swimmer whose athletic future is in danger from the anchor of his harsh domestic circumstance.

Webber’s latest film, Soror, has similar themes with a fine cast and, from the evidence in this trailer, some beautiful cinematography. Kate Dickie was last seen by most of us falling foul of a Littlefinger in Game of Thrones and Soror has her facing another domestic upheaval here.

Synopsis hounds will eat this one up,

Soror explores the lives and relationships of two half-sisters; Grace, a talented dancer; and Lisa, who dreams of escaping the confines of their estate with, or without, her overbearing boyfriend, Andrew. Meanwhile Grace’s mother looks to repair her fractured relationship with her daughter.

As Lisa prepares »

- Jon Lyus

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First Lava Image Reveals Pixar’s Latest Short Film

14 July 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

2014 will be the first year without a new feature film release from Pixar Studios since 2005 (The Good Dinosaur was set for May 2014 before creative struggles forced it to be delayed), but the studio is still taking the time to tout its 2015 releases.  We’ve been hearing a lot about Pixar’s excellent-sounding Inside Out, which opens next summer, and now the studio is teasing its next short film, Lava.  The “musical love story” revolves around two anthropomorphic volcanoes, and the first Lava image released today teases the lead character of Uku.  It’s pretty adorable as far as anthropomorphic mountains go, and Pixar has a track record of churning out unique shorts with a solid degree of success so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the seven-minute film in full. Hit the jump to take a look at the first Lava image.  Directed by James Ford Murphy, the short »

- Adam Chitwood

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Puskepalis in Clinch with Leviathan star

11 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Russian actor Sergey Puskepalis is to make his directorial debut and has cast Alexey Serebryakov, star of Cannes winner Leviathan.

Clinch is billed as a drama with tragicomic elements starring Serebryakov, who headlined Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, winner of best screenplay at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Clinch, which is being produced by Ruben Dishdishyan’s Mars Media Entertainment, also features the actress Asya Domskaya in her first screen role.

Speaking to Ria-Novosti, Puskepalis explained that the film’s story, which he had developed for the past five years, focuses on “the clinch of relations between the ‘next’ generations and people of my age”.

“We are not very good at understanding the kids who are around 20-22 years-old. And there’s an essential difference between us – they are citizens of Russia and we are all still from the Ussr,” he added.

Puskepalis and his co-star Grigory Dobrygin shared a Silver Bear at the 2010 Berlinale for their »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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A Guy Pulls Off a Crazy Motorcycle Jump in This Documentary Short Film

10 July 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? To be honest, there’s a lot of schmaltz going on in this documentary short film from Live Unbound, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that dreams can be both big and personal. Sometimes it’s good to remember that, damn it, you can work to achieve your own thrills in life. Follow Your Fears has everything a soft focus inspirational story needs: a crazy person attempting something crazy, a kind message of life’s brief brilliance by a beloved relative, and a money shot that requires a mental crash pad. Brad O’Neal has wanted to launch a motorcycle into the air high enough to base jump from since he was a little kid, and now that he’s a professional Motocross racer, he’s decided he has the skills necessary to make it a reality. To be specific, that »

- Scott Beggs

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Watch: Legendary Disney Animator Glen Keane’s Short Film ‘The Duet’

9 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Glen Keane is a legend in the animation world — notably his time at the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he worked as a key creative on some of your favorite animated feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Tangled. Keane revealed a personal short film he created titled […]

The post Watch: Legendary Disney Animator Glen Keane’s Short Film ‘The Duet’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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A Man Fills an Empty Life with Temporary Pleasure in This Powerful Short Film

9 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? At the center of this short film from Sal Bardo is a sex scene made uncomfortable to watch not by the presentation of the act, but by the orgy of emotive facial expressions projected by the film’s star Max Rhyser. In Chaser, Rhyser plays Zach, a teacher (with surprisingly empathetically intelligent young students) who is alienated and alienates himself from a conservative family. While his brother and sister-in-law have bought a new house with enough rooms for new humans, Zach views a foundational future as something beyond his reach, and seeks comfort in a barebacking house party that offers easy sex as a temporary fix. “Fix” is a good term for what Zach is chasing — both as a solution and as a high. There is both pleasure and pain in his stripping down in an unfamiliar room and having sex with strangers, but through the act, Zach reveals that he was used up before »

- Scott Beggs

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The NYC-Set Short Film ‘Beneath’ Cuts with Its Chase

8 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? At first, this short film from director Frank Maldonado feels like an unauthorized music video, but it quickly coalesces around an enigmatic chase and several shots of self-destructive emotion. Beneath features a young man wallowing in angst and whatever’s handy at the bar, riding the subways of New York City until he spots a thuggish figure in a ripped-up black hoodie who inexplicably starts following him. Boasting that it was shot in a single night throughout Brookyln, Manhattan and Coney Island, the short film feels like it — but only because the story takes place over the span of one night leading into the sunrise. It’s gorgeous, shot with precision that makes great sense of motion (a shot of our hero walking away from us as a train heads speeding toward us is particularly strong) and showcases the loneliness of the young man regardless of whether he’s lost in thought under a shower »

- Scott Beggs

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