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Santa Barbara Film Festival Winds Up Starry Session with Indie Prizes (Videos)

Santa Barbara Film Festival Winds Up Starry Session with Indie Prizes (Videos)
Under Executive director Roger Durling, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has flourished by riding the awards season wave via starry onstage interviews with Oscar contenders.

Every year, screenwriters, directors and producers promote their causes on panels, and the likes of Jeff Bridges (a local), Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, and Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams submit to in-depth tributes from Leonard Maltin and Pete Hammond, among others. This year I had the pleasure of a wide-ranging conversation with Best Actress Oscar-nominee Isabelle Huppert. (See video excerpts below.)

And Saturday, the festival wound up its 32nd edition by handing out its annual jury prizes. All eleven are listed below.

The Audience Choice Award went to Yonatan Nir’s “My Hero Brother,” which also took home the Best Documentary Award. It tells the story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embarking on an arduous trek through the Himalayas.
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Winds Up Starry Session with Indie Prizes (Videos)

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Winds Up Starry Session with Indie Prizes (Videos)
Under Executive director Roger Durling, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has flourished by riding the awards season wave via starry onstage interviews with Oscar contenders.

Every year, screenwriters, directors and producers promote their causes on panels, and the likes of Jeff Bridges (a local), Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington, and Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams submit to in-depth tributes from Leonard Maltin and Pete Hammond, among others. This year I had the pleasure of a wide-ranging conversation with Best Actress Oscar-nominee Isabelle Huppert. (See video excerpts below.)

And Saturday, the festival wound up its 32nd edition by handing out its annual jury prizes. All eleven are listed below.

The Audience Choice Award went to Yonatan Nir’s “My Hero Brother,” which also took home the Best Documentary Award. It tells the story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embarking on an arduous trek through the Himalayas.
See full article at Indiewire »

New "Spider-Man," "Transformers," "God" Casting

The cast of Sony and Marvel's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" just keeps on growing with three more names joining the roster - Garcelle Beauvais ("White House Down"), Tiffany Espensen ("Kirby Buckets") and the legendary Tyne Daly ("Cagney and Lacey").

As usual, all three roles are being kept under wraps. Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Abraham Attah, Zendaya, Michael Barbieri, Kenneth Choi, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, Martin Starr and Logan Marshall-Green also star in the film which is currently in production.

That isn't the only casting announcement made today. Another is that Santiago Cabrera ("Heroes," "Merlin") is set to star in the currently shooting "Transformers: The Last Knight". Specifics of his role in the Michael Bay-directed effort have not been disclosed.

New Zealand actor Kj Apa, who plays Archie in The CW's upcoming "Riverdale" series, has joined the cast of Andrzej Bartkowiak's indie thriller "Altar Rock" which
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Us Briefs: Academy sets more Oscar dates

Us Briefs: Academy sets more Oscar dates
Plus: Sing Street re-released in Us; Interview with God wraps; and more…

The Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced more key dates in the run-up to the 2016 Academy Awards, and some tweaks to Oscar rules.

The Academy’s Governors Awards will take place on 12 November, 2016. Voting on Oscar nominations will start on 5 January, 2017 and end on 13 January. The Oscar nominations announcement will be made on 24 January and the Scientific and Technical Awards announcement on 11 February.

Final Oscar voting begins on 13 February and ends on 21 February.

Among the rule changes is one stipulating that for feature-length films getting their qualifying seven-day Los Angeles runs screenings must occur at least three times daily, with at least one screening beginning between 6pm and 10pm each day.

• The Weinstein Company (TWC) is re-releasing writer-director John Carney’s Irish musical dramedy Sing Street (pictured) in Us cinemas this Friday (July 1). The film’s initial Us release through TWC on
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Brenton Thwaites, David Strathairn Starring in ‘An Interview with God’

Brenton Thwaites, David Strathairn Starring in ‘An Interview with God’
Brenton Thwaites and David Straithairn are starring in the faith-based drama “An Interview with God,” which is wrapping shooting in the New York City area.

Perry Lang (“Weeds”) is directing from a screenplay by Ken Aguado. The cast also includes Yael Grobglas (“Jane The Virgin”), Hill Harper (“Concussion, CSI: NY”) and Charlbi Dean Kriek.

Aguado and Fred Bernstein are producing with Richard L. Jackson, founder of Giving Films, and Paul Kurta.

An Interview with God” is set in New York City with Thwaites playing an up-and-coming journalist when he’s granted an interview with a man who claims to be God, portrayed by Strathairn.

“We wanted to make an accessible film that explored core aspects of faith and inspiration, but one that would also stand on its own as great entertainment,” Aguado said in a statement.

Bernstein added, “Through a provocative story, ‘An Interview with God’ poses a simple yet
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Alligator

Before he received acclaim as a writer/director of such films as Brother from Another Planet (’84), Matewan (’87), and The Secret of Roan Inish (’94), John Sayles made a splash on the horror scene as the writer of fun, clever satires such as Piranha (’78) and The Howling (’81). However, he did another that doesn’t get nearly as much love, and that’s his ode to an overgrown reptile, Lewis Teague’s Alligator (’80). Which is a shame, as it is just as much of a blast as the other two.

Alligator was released in July to solid reviews, and tripled its budget in returns, bringing in $6.5 million U.S. Not too bad for an independent (Group 1 International Distribution Organisation Ltd., the fine folks behind Ufo’s Are Real), and a good indicator that horror fans are always up for a smart romp. Alligator glides through that sweet swamp filled with fear and good humor.
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Reveals 2015 Prize Winners

Santa Barbara Film Fest Reveals 2015 Prize Winners
Now in its 30th year, Sbiff announced its 2015 awards winners Saturday morning. Jurors were director and cinematographer Will Eubank, director Peter Chelsom, producer Chaz Ebert, actors Anthony and Arnette Zerbe, composer/lyricist Adam Guettel, actor James Read, Sbiff founder Phyllis de Picciotto, director/actor Perry Lang and producer Mimi deGruy. Highlights include the fest's first-ever Santa Barbara Features Award, which went to the documentary "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey" about renowned character actor Hal Holbrook; Panavision Spirit Award-winning "Bang Bang Baby" director Jeffrey St. Jules, who receives a $60,000 camera package; Social Justice Award-winning "A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake," a stirring documentary on war-torn South Africa, and more. From January 27 to February 7, Santa Barbara presented eclectic international films, including premieres and fresh-off-the-circuit titles, 2015 Oscar nominees including "Keep on...
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Samantha Fuller's "A Fuller Life"

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A photograph of Samuel Fuller in "the shack."

It is always well to remember that documentaries are first of all films like other films, meaning that no less than fictional narrative movies, they too have a narrative shaped by the vision of their maker and are not only about their subjects but also are that vision and the individual elements that make it up. So, in A Fuller Life there are a number of choices that Samantha Fuller as director has made, for example to film in “the shack”—the bungalow her father kept as office and filled with his memorabilia from his days as a crime reporter, an infantryman in WWII, a writer and filmmaker; or to use her “readers” (including both actors—mostly from Fuller’s movies—and some well-chosen directors) dramatically, effectively acting their readings from Fuller’s posthumous autobiography A Third Face; or, very simply, to
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Santa Barbara fest announces jury winners

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The winners of the 27th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival were announced yesterday, celebrating unique short-form, international, documentary and narrative film. Kris participated in the jury alongside actor/comedian Dave Koechner, actor/director Brad Hall, actor/writer W. Earl Brown, actor Anthony Zerbe and his wife Arnette Zerbe, Sbiff originator Phyllis de Picciotto, director Glenn Jordan, actor Tim Matheson and writer/ director Perry Lang. “Each year, Sbiff strives to feature film from all ranges of the ‘cine-spectrum,'" Sbiff executive Roger Durling said in the press release. "Successfully building upon this tradition of excellence, the lineup for the 27th edition of the festival showcased a particularly...
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Santa Barbara Film Festival Gives Top Prize to Zam Salim's 'Up There'

Santa Barbara Film Festival Gives Top Prize to Zam Salim's 'Up There'
Zam Salim's feature-directing debut, "Up There," took the top prize at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which ended today. "Up There," which received the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, is a story about the deceased Martin, who's stuck in a dead-end afterlife job but dreams of ascending "up there" -- a hope that's dashed when he loses a soul and must figure out how to recover the new arrival. Salim's award included a Panavision camera package worth $60,000. The jury included actor/comedian Dave Koechner; actor/director Brad Hall; actor/writer W. Earl Brown; actor Anthony Zerbe and his wife Arnette Zerbe; Sbiff originator Phyllis de Picciotto; director Glenn Jordan; actor Tim Matheson; online awards columnist Kris Tapley and writer/ director Perry Lang. The Audience Choice Award, sponsored by the Sb Independent, went to "Starbuck," directed by Ken Scott, about a former sperm...
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10 titles in need of a DVD or Blu-Ray release - Second annual edition

Almost one year ago, when we launched at Big Daddy, one of our first posts was about 10 horror films in need of a DVD or Blu-Ray release. The Nesting and Twice Dead which both made the list are now either out on DVD or about to be released. Other titles that made the list included The Pack, Night Warning, Massacre at Central High, Dance of the Damned, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, Deadly Blessing, The Kindred and Killer Party. With this second annual edition, we hope to spotlight more horror films that have fallen through the cracks. Titles that haven't been released beyond VHS (with the exception of one, that has only been released to VOD) that need the attention of us horror fans and distributors to make these titles readily available for our horror movie watching enjoyment.

The Power In The Power, an ancient clay idol
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War Movie Mondays: ‘The Big Red One: The Reconstruction’

The Big Red One: The Reconstruction is director Samuel Fuller’s (Fixed Bayonets, The Steel Helmet, Merrill’s Marauders) autobiographical account of his experiences with the legendary 1st U.S. infantry division throughout World War II. Lee Marvin leads the cast of raw recruits which include Griff (Mark Hamill, fresh from success in Star Wars), Zab (Robert Carradine, who doubles as Fuller and the film’s narrator), Vinci (Bobby Di Cicco), Kaiser (Perry Lang), and Johnson (Kelly Ward).

This version of the 1980 film was released several years following Fuller’s death, which was in 1997, as a tribute to his lasting work and the version he intended his audiences to see. When this version was released in early 2005, I was overjoyed to see the original forty seven minutes which Fuller was forced to cut by the Warner Bros. executives.

The film opens as the guns fell silent on the Western
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Exam and Mother Take Top Honors at Santa Barbara Film Fest

The 25th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) ran from February 4-14, and two of its winners are films that we've been keeping close tabs on here at Dread Central: Stuart Hazeldine's Exam from the UK and Bong Joon-Ho's Mother from South Korea.

Commented Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling, “This year’s films proved once again the caliber of filmmaking is higher than ever. The jury was truly challenged in making the final determination.”

Who comprised that jury? Actor/director Joel David Moore; Sbiff originator Phyllis de Picciotto; USA Today film critic Claudia Puig; director Andy Abrahams Wilson; actors Haaz Sleiman, Clifton Collins, Jr., Anthony Zerbe, Dennis Franz, and Jay Thomas; and actor/director/writer Perry Lang.

Here are the details:

The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, went to Exam in its Us premiere.
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DVD Review: Army Wives: The Complete First Season

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Writer: Tanya Biank, Katherine Fugate, Rama Stagner Director: Ben Younger, Perry Lang, Patrick Norris, Michael Lange, and Others Cast: Catherine Bell, Drew Fuller, Wendy Davis, Sterling K. Brown, Brian McNamara, Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh Rating: Not Rated Studio: Disney Release Date: June 10, 2008 I am not quite sure why, but when I first heard about the show Army [...]Sharethis.addEntry({ title: "DVD Review: Army Wives: The Complete First Season", url: "http://www.literaryillusions.com/LIreviews/2008/06/21/dvd-review-army-wives-the-complete-first-season/" });
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