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Thy Father’s Chair Movie Review

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Thy Father’s Chair Movie Review
Thy Father’S Chair No Permits Produktions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi, Cast: Abraham, Shraga, Hanan Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 3/23/18 Opens: In Theaters Oct. 13, 2017. Available on VOD March 30, 2018. When you really dislike a film, perhaps the worst insult you can throw its way is that “it’s […]

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Official Oscar® Entry from Spain ‘Summer 1993’

Official Oscar® Entry from Spain ‘Summer 1993’
Summer 1993 — Catalonia, Spain

So cathartic was Summer 1993 that my personal psyche will be marked by it forever. Why this story, about a six year old girl who quietly and slowly comes to terms with the death of her mother and how the process, invisible to anyone watching, culminates in a sudden crescendo of emotion moved me to tears, is what you must find out on your own.

No one knows the emotions of another person unless communication, self-knowledge and compassion work in favor of knowing. Yes tears and laughter mean a lot but without tears and laughter, there are thousands of feelings not communicated which result in actions whose meaning is unknown. And for children who have no words for their feelings or why they act as they do, adults can only surmise and intuit if they are able.

A child of six has no way of knowing death; children are fearless,
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Ifp unveils 2017 Narrative Labs selections

Year-long fellowship awarded to 10 first-time filmmakers.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced the projects selected for the 13th Ifp Narrative Labs.

Ifp’s year-long fellowship provides an all-encompassing mentorship and resources for 10 first-time filmmakers currently in post-production on their debut narrative feature.

The selected fellows for the 13th Ifp Narrative Labs are:

American Thief Miguel Silveira writer-director, Melissa Hernandez co-writer, Michel Stolnicki writer-producer;

Cubby Mark Blane writer-director, Carolina Gimenez producer, William Colby editor;

Dead Pigs Cathy Yan writer-director;

The Garden Left Behind Flavio Alves director, Roy Wol producer, Alex Lora editor;

Geppetto Z Behl writer-director, Sam Kuhn director of photography, Justin Cox music supervisor;

Jinn Nijla Mu’min writer-director, Avril Z. Speaks producer, Collin Kriner editor;

Jules Of Light And Dark Daniel Laabs writer, director and editor, Jeff Walker producer, Judd Myers producer-editor;

Kids Go Free To Fun Fun Time Ben Hicks writer-director;

Nancy Christina Choe writer-director, Amy Lo producer, David Gutnik editor
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Two Aussie docs selected for Idfa

George Gittoes. Snow Monkey and Bill Guttentag and Michael Ware.s Only the Dead will screen at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa).

Filmed in Afghanistan in 2014 when foreign forces leave and an internal power struggle begins, Snow Monkey will screen in official competition at the festival which runs November 18-29.

Produced by Lizzette Atkins and Gittoes, the final film in his What the World Needs Now! trilogy premiered at Miff this year and followed the lives of those living in the Yellow House at Jalalabad, a collective of artists, film makers and social revolutionaries as they again face the threat of a Taliban-ruled society. It was funded through Screen Australia's Signature Documentary program.

Only the Dead, which follows Ware, an Australian journalist for CNN and Time Magazine as he journeys through the deepest recesses of the Iraq War, will unspool in the Best of Fests section. Patrick McDonald produced with Ware.
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Idfa unveils 2015 competition titles

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George Gittoes’s Snow Monkey (pictured) and Nick Read’s Bolshoi Babylon among the 15 titles in competition.

The 28th Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) has unveiled its line-up, including its main competition.

The festival, which runs Nov 18-29, will comprise 319 titles (from 3,425 submissions), 78 of which receive their world premieres at Idfa. A total of 50 Dutch productions are included in the program, spread across the various strands.

A total of 15 films will compete in the Idfa Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, including Tom Fassaert’s A Family Affair, which opens the festival on Nov 18.

The jury, made up of Laurent Bécue-Renard (France), Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Chad), Hanna Polak (Poland), Jonathan Rosenbaum (USA) and Barbara Visser (the Netherlands) will present the Vpro Idfa Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, a cash prize of €12,500 ($14,000) and the Idfa Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary worth €2,500 ($2,800).

The titles include (synopses provided by Idfa):

Bolshoi Babylon by Nick Read (Russia / UK)

A revealing
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Haigh, Barthes & Terence Nance Among Ifp Independent Film Week Participants

The premiere post-tiff destination (September 20-25th) in the film community and a major leg up for narrative and non-fiction films in development, the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced a whopping 140 projects selected for the Project Forum at the upcoming Ifp Independent Film Week. Made up of several sections (Rbc’s Emerging Storytellers program, No Borders International Co-Production Market and Spotlight on Documentaries), we find latest updates from the likes of docu-helmers Doug Block (112 Weddings) and Lana Wilson (After Tiller), and among the narrative items we find headliners in Andrew Haigh (coming off the well received 45 Years), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls and Madame Bovary), Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty), Lawrence Michael Levine (Wild Canaries), Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are), Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) and new faces in Sundance’s large family in Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Olivia Newman (First Match). Here
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8, Ida triumph at RiverRun

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8, Ida triumph at RiverRun
The Case Against 8 won the top jury and audience documentary awards, while Ida prevailed in the narrative feature, screenplay and actress honours as the 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival came to a close (13) in North Carolina.

“Films showcased at our festival this year reflected diverse stories from around the world, immense talent from directors and a host of passionate projects that are jewels of the independent filmmaking community,” said RiverRun executive director Andrew Rodgers.

All in all the festival screened 144 films from 33 countries and ran from April 4-13.

The winners are as follows:

Audience Awards

The Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Llp Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Philippe Muyl’s Nightingale (China-France).

The Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Llp Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: Ryan White, Ben Cotner’s The Case Against 8 (Us).

Altered States Award for Best Indie: James E Duff’s Hank And Asha (Us-Czech Republic).

Jury Awards – Narrative Competition

The Best Narrative Feature
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Todd Rohal, Matthew Lessner, Toby Halbrooks, Lucy Walker & Christopher Radcliff Fill Up Sundance Shorts Slate

The odds of having your short film included in this year’s Sundance Film Festival are .008 percent. Out of the 66 short film line-up (selected among 8,161 submissions) we find actress Rose McGowan move behind the camera for her directing debut (Dawn), we have Ain’t Them Bodies Saints producer Toby Halbrooks shovel out Dig (see pic above) and Todd Rohal (The Guatemalan Handshake) returns to the fest in between features with Rat Pack Rat. Filmmaker Magazine New Faces of Independent Film director Dean Fleischer-Camp rolls up his shirt sleeves with Catherine, Matthew Lessner returns to Park City with the helping hand Chapel Perilous while The Strange Ones (’11 accepted short) co-helmer Christopher Radcliff won’t be making a dissappearing act with Jonathan’s Chest. Finally docu feature-film helmer Lucy Walker moves into The Lion’s Mouth Opens. I’ll of course be covering several of these – look out for our coverage.

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Sundance 2014: Short films slate features sitcom stars

Sundance 2014: Short films slate features sitcom stars
Short films can go a long way. Especially when they’re showcased at the Sundance Film Festival. The festival’s Shorts program, which was announced today, has a tradition of identifying remarkable filmmakers as well as introducing stories that ultimately make it to the big-screen as features. For example, David O. Russell brought his first film, a short titled Bingo Inferno to Sundance in 1987, while Half Nelson, which earned Ryan Gosling his first Oscar nomination, grew out of Ryan Fleck’s 2004 Sundance short titled, Gowanus, Brooklyn. “If you look back at the directors who got their start by having a short at Sundance,
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LatinoBuzz: 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival

Early Entry Deadline: September 13, 2013

Entry Fees: Short Film ($15), Feature Film ($25)

Normal Entry Deadline: October 11, 2013

Entry Fees: Short Film ($25), Feature Film ($35)

Late Entry Deadline: November 8, 2013

Entry Fees: Short Film ($40), Feature Film ($60)

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Media Arts Center San Diego is now seeking films and videos for 20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 13-23, 2014)! Come celebrate our landmark 20th year with an even broader program of exhilarating new activities, special events, and initiatives.

The 21st Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (Sdlff) is now accepting entries for the 2014 festival. Sdlff will take place March 13-23, 2014 at the Ultrastar Cinemas Mission Valley at Hazard Center located in beautiful San Diego, California.Submit early for discounted entry fees!

Last year's festival was attended by an audience of 20,500 actively-engaged film lovers, filmmakers, actors, programmers, distributors, industry representatives and journalists from around the world. The San Diego Latino Film Festival has used the unique geographical and cultural position of the San Diego Border Region to make the festival a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and U.S. Latino features, shorts and documentaries.

Never participated in Sdlff before? Become apart of San Diego's proud celebration of the best in Latino film.

The 2014 San Diego Latino Film Festival will include expanded opportunities for participating filmmakers and their films/videos to take the spotlight. The following is just a taste of what filmmakers and attendees can experience by participating at the upcoming San Diego Latino Film Festival:

* 155 feature and short films to be screened

* over 100 guest filmmakers and actors

* Sdlff Awards Competition

* "Country of Focus" showcase

* Workshops/Seminars with industry representatives and filmmakers (i.e. "Financing", "Distribution")

* Special 20th Anniversary Spotlight

* Celebrity Guest Curator

* "Tributes" to acclaimed filmmakers/actors

* Concerts @ the Fest

* Pre-Fest Launch Parties

* Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Gala Celebrations

* Sdlff Awards Ceremony

* Free Student Outreach Screenings

* "Meet the Filmmaker" Dialogues

* Sdlff's Annual "Border Visions" Sidebar

For entry form, click here.


Twenty-one years ago, the San Diego Latino Film Festival was originally established as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since that time, the San Diego Latino Film Festival has developed into one of the biggest and most well respected Latino film festivals in the country.

Over 240,000 people have attended during the past seventeen years, and2,100 films/videos from across Latin America and the United States have been screened. Past festival guests have included such renowned individuals asLou Diamond Phillips, Gina Rodriguez, Jorge Salinas, Dulce Maria, Rafael Amaya, Ana Serradilla, Eduardo Verastegui, Barbara Mori, Alfonso Arau, Robert Young, Miguel Littin,Angelica Maria, Dayanara Torres, Demian Bichir, Kate del Castillo, America Ferrera, John Leguizamo, Bruno Baretto, Barbara Mori, Roselyn Sanchez, Alfonso Cuaron, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Carlos Carrera, Rodrigo Prieto, Alex Lora, Lupe Ontiveros, Bruno Bichir, Carmen Salinas, Luis Mandoki, Danny Trejo, Adal Ramones, Tony Plana, Elpidia Carrillo, Humberto Solas, Dennis Leoni, Arturo Ripstein, Paul Rodriguez, Patssi Valdez, Luis Valdez, Gregory Nava, Edward James Olmos, Lourdes Portillo, Moctesuma Esparza, Ray Bradbury, Jacob Vargas, Patricia Velasquez, Fernando Sarinana, Lucia Murat, Nancy de los Santos, Vanessa Bauche, and hundreds of other emerging and established Latino filmmakers.

Selection Process (Important Information)

Sdlff 2014 is seeking innovative works that are 'by', 'about' or 'for' the Latino community, that have been completed between 2013-2014. Work previously exhibited in the San Diego / Tijuana Border Region - whether theatrically at another local festival or broadcast on television, - is not eligible to apply. A panel of distinguished curators from the San Diego and Tijuana community will select the films and videos to be screened during the "Official Selection" of the festival. All entries will be pre-screened for eligibility by curators, however, not all entries will be programmed.

Films must be submitted with English subtitles if the dialogue is in a language other than English. Films must have been completed after January 2013. Because we use entry fees to make grants to filmmakers, fee waivers will not be granted. Exceptions will only be made for non-profit organizations and international governmental organizations.

*DVD screeners and press kits will not be returned.

Upon acceptance to the festival, a press kit is required, to include the following:

Features: 100 word synopsis in English, 2 hi-res film stills (300dpi, Cmyk color), digital trailer

Shorts: 50 word synopsis in English, 1 hi-res film still (300dpi, Cmyk color)

Optional: digital trailer

For exhibition the following formats will be accepted:

Features: 35mm, HDCam, Blu-ray, Dcp. Features must be received by March 1, 2014

Shorts: must be received by February 1, 2014 in Digital format via Usb or email using a file sharing service like DropBox or HighTail (Previously YouSendIt). USBs will not be returned.

*Submitters will be notified by January 4, 2014. Judges’ decisions are final. Due to the large number of films we receive, feedback on individual films will not be provided. Films entered after the November 8 deadline will not be reviewed or returned.

An additional panel of distinguished filmmakers, film critics, and actors will sit on this year's Awards Jury. Awards are given for excellence in form and content. Films to be considered for competition will be determined by the Festival Curator.

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Entry Categories:

Narrative Feature (40 or more minutes)

Documentary Feature (40 or more minutes)

Short (under 40 mins)

Local Film

Youth Short (no entry fee)

Awards Categories:

Best Narrative Feature

Best Documentary Feature

Audience Award Narrative Feature

Audience Award Documentary Feature

Best Short Film

Best Local Film

Best Youth Film
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Academy Announces U.S. Finalists For 2012 Student Academy Awards; 39th Annual Student Academy Awards On June 9

Thirty-five students from 20 U.S. colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Academy members will view the finalists. films at special screenings and vote to select the winners. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accompanying cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, may be presented in each of four categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative. Winners will be brought to Los Angeles, along with the international student winners in the Foreign Student Film category, for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy.s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):


“Falconer,” Micah Robert Barber, University of Texas at Austin

In Between Shadows,” Tianran Duan, University of Southern California

Last Remarks,
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