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AFI Docs Unveils 2018 Lineup: ‘Personal Statement’ to Open Festival

AFI Docs Unveils 2018 Lineup: ‘Personal Statement’ to Open Festival
Washington — AFI Docs has unveiled the lineup for this year’s festival, which kicks off with the world premiere of “Personal Statement.”

The fest — held from June 13 to June 17 in Washington and Silver Spring, Md. — will include five world premieres and feature 92 films representing 22 countries.

“Personal Statement,” directed by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez, is about three high school seniors in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to become college counselors in their schools in their determination to earn a higher education.

United Skates,” about the fight to save roller skating rinks — a staple of African American culture — will close the festival.

The centerpiece screening will be Rory Kennedy’s “Above and Beyond: Nasa’s Journey to Tomorrow.” It tells the story about the workforce of Nasa in its exploration of the solar system and of Earth.

“While this
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AFI Docs Unveils 2018 Lineup: ‘Personal Statement’ to Open Festival

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Washington — AFI Docs has unveiled the lineup for this year’s festival, which kicks off with the world premiere of “Personal Statement.”

The fest — held from June 13 to June 17 in Washington and Silver Spring, Md. — will include five world premieres and feature 92 films representing 22 countries.

“Personal Statement,” directed by Juliane Dressner and Edwin Martinez, is about three high school seniors in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to become college counselors in their schools in their determination to earn a higher education.

“United Skates,” about the fight to save roller skating rinks — a staple of African American culture — will close the festival. The project is directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown.

The centerpiece screening will be Rory Kennedy’s “Above and Beyond: Nasa’s Journey to Tomorrow.” It tells the story about the workforce of Nasa in its exploration of the solar system and of Earth.

“While this
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Hot Docs 2018 Women Directors: Meet Trisha Ziff — “Witkin & Witkin”

“Witkin & Witkin”

Trisha Ziff has worked for the last 25 years as a writer, editor, curator, and documentary filmmaker. Her feature credits include “The Mexican Suitcase,” and “The Man Who Saw Too Much,” which won two Mexican Academy Awards.

“Witkin & Witkin” will premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival on May 1.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Tz: “Witkin & Witkin” is a film about identical twins, both acclaimed artists — a painter, and a photographer. I wanted to make a film that looked beyond their work to their relationship with each other and the world around them.

We see Joel and Jerome in their homes, not only making work in their studios. The models they work with speak about their experiences, and these are voices we don’t often hear — the studio assistant, the collector, their sister — as well as their partners. The women
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Los Cabos: Nicole Kidman Graces Los Cabos’ 6th Edition

Los Cabos: Nicole Kidman Graces Los Cabos’ 6th Edition
Los Cabos, Mexico – In her first visit to Los Cabos and its festival, Nicole Kidman spoke of her great appreciation for film festivals where without them, she would probably would not have been discovered.

“Without them, I wouldn’t have a career,” she noted. Kidman was also on hand to present one of the latest films she stars in, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” by Yorgos Lanthimos, and receive an Outstanding Work in Cinema Award from the fest at its closing night gala on Saturday.

Grateful for the privileged position she finds herself in as an A-list actor and producer, she said, “I choose to work with women as much as I can and give them as many opportunities as I can,” she said, adding that her next film was with “Girlfight” helmer Karyn Kusama, (L.A.-set crime thriller “Destroyer”).

Asked how times have changed for women in the entertainment industry, Kidman pointed
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‘Florida Project,’ ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was,’ ’Dive,’ Top Los Cabos

‘Florida Project,’ ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was,’ ’Dive,’ Top Los Cabos
Los Cabos, Mexico — Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Gabriel Mariño’s “Yesterday Wonder I Was” and David Pablos’ “Dive” proved big winners at the 6th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival on Saturday night which, graced by Nicole Kidman and Paul Schrader and in its first year under Hugo Villa, proved a dazzling platform for a new generation of Mexican talent, as TV and digital, as much as film, came to the fore in many new project unveils.

Nicole Kidman accepted an Outstanding Cinema Award at the beginning of Los Cabos’ awards gala ceremony.

Shot with an eye for eye-popping color by ace Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (“Silent Light”), Baker’s latest take on America’s margins – here a hooker mother and six-year-old scam-artist daughter struggling to get by at roadside motel flophouse in the shadow of Disney World – was always a frontrunner in main competition, eventually taking its best picture plaudit and Pesos300,000 ($15,700) as a cash
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Los Cabos: Max Zunino, Laura Imperiale Prep Thriller ‘Where Shadows Walk’ (Exclusive)

Los Cabos: Max Zunino, Laura Imperiale Prep Thriller ‘Where Shadows Walk’ (Exclusive)
Los Cabos, Mexico — Multi-prized Mexican filmmaker Max Zunino is set to direct “A cielo abierto” (Where Shadows Walk), a psychological thriller with romantic and genre beats set against the background of big multinational mining corporations kinks in Latin America to organized crime.

Written by Zunino, “Where Shadows Walk” was presented at the 6th Los Cabos Festival’s films in development pitching sessions taking place this week at the Baja California resort.

Zunino’s third feature after “Open Cage” (2014), a Montreal Fest Fipresci prize winner and “Mist” (2016), shot in Berlin. Both presented convention-bucking across-the tracks friendships in a hostile social environment. “Where Shadows Walk” continues this in a love story but will mark a step-up in scale in its budget, production backing – it is set up at Cacerola Films, headed by Laura Imperiale – multiple locations, foreign lead and foreseeable international co-production.

Written by Zunino, “Where Shadows Walk” also drills down on the psychology of big business execs working
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Ireland’s Marcie Films Boards Mexican Docu ‘Israela & Talleen’ by Trisha Ziff (Exclusive)

Los Cabos, Mexico – In a rare move, Ireland’s Marcie Films has boarded Trisha Ziff’s upcoming documentary “Israela & Talleen” which is slated to start shooting in Israel in December. Doc is produced in Mexico by Ziff’s 212Berlin Films and Brossacuadrado. Ziff directs and produces the docu with Marcie FilmsAlan Maher who has produced a slew of docus and features including Ireland’s current submission for the Foreign Language Oscar race, folk singer biopic, “Song of Granite.”

Ziff, an English-born Mexican resident, lived in Ireland in the past and wrote a book about Irish-Mexican relations. “It’s great to be co-producing with Ireland, we expect this to be the first of two co-productions,” said Ziff.

“Israela & Talleen” centers on the unusual friendship of two trans women from disparate backgrounds and ages. Israela Stephanie Lev is a 55-year old Israeli activist in the Tel Aviv Lgbt community while Talleen Abu Hanna, 22, is an Arab
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Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival

Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival
Mexico City — Launching in 2012, backed by industry heavyweights such as agent Micah Green and Mexican mogul Alex García, Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival was designed, in an inspired move, as a U.S., Mexico, Canada crossroads.

It has proved the right meet at the right time in the right place. Few film events anywhere in the world have grown so fast. Below, 10 key points about 2017’s Festival, which unspools Nov. 8-12 in Baja California:

1.More Fest, Same Basic Industry

The 6th Los Cabos Fest, the first under producer, line-producer and former film commissioner Hugo Villa, is certainly much more of a festival, adding a tribute to Paul Schrader, World Highlights, including a clutch of foreign-language Oscar front-runners, – Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” – and American Specials. In one, Margot Robbie delivers a “delectable performance” as Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Variety wrote; it called Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” “a lively
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Morelia: Toons Bookend 15th Annual Morelia International Film Festival

Morelia: Toons Bookend 15th Annual Morelia International Film Festival
Animation pics are bookending the Morelia International Film Festival for the first time in its 15-year history. Pixar Animation Studios’ latest opus, “Coco,” no less, receives its world premiere in Morelia on opening night, October 20, while Carlos Carrera’s “Ana & Bruno” marks its Latin American premiere when it wraps the fest on October 28.

Set in Mexico and against the country’s most important annual event, the Day of the Dead, “Coco” is an apt choice as Morelia and the nearby lakeside village of Patzcuaro are particularly renowned for their Day of the Dead festivities. Since the festival usually ends close to the eve of the holiday, some guests have stayed on to witness the pageantry.

Snagging the world premiere of Pixar’s latest animated feature began some two years ago when festival director Daniela Michel met Pixar Chief Creative officer John Lasseter at the Lumière Festival in Lyon where Lasseter told her that Pixar’s next project
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The 7th Annual Cinema Tropical Award Nominees: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ ‘Neon Bull’ and More

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The 7th Annual Cinema Tropical Award Nominees: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ ‘Neon Bull’ and More
The Cinema Tropical Awards, which honor the best in Latin American film production, have announced the nominees for their seventh annual ceremony. They feature 23 films from eight countries nominated in six different categories: Best Feature Film; Best Documentary Film; Best Director, Feature Film; Best Director, Documentary Film; Best First Film and Best U.S. Latino Film.

Read More: LatinoBuzz: Nominees Announced for the 6th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards

The winners will be announced at a special evening ceremony at The New York Times Company headquarters in New York City on Friday, January 13. The winning films will be showcased as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival at Museum of the Moving Image this winter.

The jury for the festival this year includes the following: Carlos Aguilar, film critic and journalist; Fábio Andrade, film critic and screenwriter; Ela Bittencourt, film critic and programmer; Eric Hynes, Associate Curator of Film, Museum of the Moving Image; Toby Lee,
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Diego Ros’ Debut ‘El Vigilante’ Snags Best Mexican Movie Prize at Morelia

Diego Ros’ Debut ‘El Vigilante’ Snags Best Mexican Movie Prize at Morelia
Morelia, Mexico – First-time filmmakers took home the top prizes this year at the 14th Morelia Int’l Film Fest, which held its awards ceremony Saturday, Oct. 29.

Diego Ros’ “El Vigilante” (“The Night Guard”) won the Ojo Stella Artois prize for Best Mexican Movie, while Federico Cecchetti snagged the Best First or Second Film Award for “El Sueno del Mara’akame.” (“Mara’akame’s Dream”). At the awards gala, Cecchetti thanked Mexico’s indigenous communities “who were the heart of this film.”

Meanwhile, Leonardo Alonso won Best Actor for his role in “El Vigilante,” where he plays a night guard at a construction site who sneaks off to deal with some urgent matter, but gets caught up in a series of odd situations. Prior to making his feature debut, Ros has worked as a TV editor and in post-production, collaborating on more than a dozen pics. Cecchetti helmed a series of shorts and a doc,
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Impulso Morelia Showcases Movies by Marcelo Tobar, Everardo Gonzalez, Maya Goded

A mix of 13 new and veteran filmmakers will vie for backing at Impulso Morelia, the 14th Morelia Int’l Film Festival’s works-in-progress showcase running October 25-27. Now on its second year, the invitation-only sneak preview lures buyers, sales agents, distributors, producers and film programmers.

Launched in 2015, the initiative coordinated by Andrea Stavenhagen will include projects in early development for the first time this year. “It’s important to note the fortunate participation of more women, either as filmmakers or producers,” said Stavenhagen.

This year’s jury is comprised of Spain’s Antonio Saura of int’l sales agency Latido Films, producer Lisa Marie Russo of Fly Film, and World Cinema Fund project manager Vincenzo Bugno who will decide on the winners of prizes that include cash, distribution deals, post=production services, p & a and/or berths in A-list film festivals.

Fiction projects in post includes “Oso polar,” the third
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‘Maya Angelou,’ ‘Snails’ Win AFI Docs Audience Awards

‘Maya Angelou,’ ‘Snails’ Win AFI Docs Audience Awards
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” won the AFI Docs audience award for best feature, while “Snails” won the award for best short.

The five-day festival, which concluded on Sunday night, featured 93 films from 30 countries.

Maya Angelou” was directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules and chronicles the life of Angelou, told in her own words.

“Snails,” directed by Grzegorz Szczepaniak, is a Polish film and profiles a group of best friends who become snail farmers.

The festival, held in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Md., opened on Wednesday with a screening of Alex Gibney’s “Zero Days,” about the ramifications of the use of a computer virus to disrupt Iran’s uranium enrichment program. It concluded with the screening of “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” with Lear appearing at a Q&A session at the Newseum. On Friday, Werner Herzog was honored at the festival’s annual Guggenheim Symposium.
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Morelia: Matias Meyer’s ‘Yo’ Wins Best Mexican Feature

Morelia – The 13th Morelia Int’l Film Festival closed aptly on Oct. 31, Halloween and on the eve of Mexico’s most important calendar event, the Day of the Dead. While the city of Morelia decked out with flowers and altars, its lauded film festival honored a host of winners led by Matias Meyer whose coming-of-age drama “Yo” won best Mexican feature and a best actor for its lead Raul Silva. Meyer, now based in Montreal, took home a cash prize of $12,000 (200,000 pesos) and Estudios Churubusco services of up to $54,331 (900,000 pesos). Julio Hernandez Cordon’s popular gay drama “I Promise You Anarchy” won a Guerrero Press Award and a special mention.

Trisha Ziff’s docu about photojournalist Enrique Metinides “The Man Who Saw Too Much” snagged a Guerrero Press Award for Best Mexican Feature and an Ambulante Special Award, along with Everardo Gonzalez Reyes’ “El Paso.” Both docs will form part
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'Minezota', 'Plaza de la Soledad' triumph in Morelia

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Carlos Enderle’s Minezota and Maya Goded’s Plaza De La Soledad shared the Impulso Morelia awards as the 13th Morelia International Film Festival concluded in Michoacán, Mexico, at the weekend.

Cinépolis gave a prize of approximately Usd $12,100 (200,000 Mxn) for post-production services to Minezota, while Plaza De La Soledad earned a guarantee of national distribution via Cinépolis and a P&A commitment of at least Usd $15,100 (250,000 Mxn)

The Guerrero Press Award for Best Mexican Feature Length Documentary went to El Hombre Que Vio Demasiado, by Trisha Ziff.

The prize of Best Mexican Documentary Made By A Woman, given by the Association of Women in Film and Television of Mexico, was presented to Los Reyes Del Pueblo Que No Existe, by Betzabé García.

The Guerrero Award for Best Mexican Feature Film went to Te Prometo Anarquía byJulio Hernández Cordón.

Jana Raluy won the best actress in a Mexican feature award for Un Monstruo De Mil Cabezas while [link=nm
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Mexico: Up Next – Trisha Ziff

Morelia — For those not acquainted to Enrique Metinides, one profits to look him up, and mayhap, watch this doc. Trisha Ziff’s “The Man Who Saw Too Much” is self-narrated homage to the dauntless Mexican photojournalist who somehow turned tragedy into art with zero exploitation, and for many decades, whose work has become an international art sensation in its own right.

As a photographer’s photographer, Ziff is intimate with the desire to risk all in taking a shot – or so she wishes. Hence, she finds a subject with this meaningful daredevil.

Now 81, the photographer Metinides’ specialty was tragedy – car crashes, earthquakes, gas explosions, wrecks, murder, derailments and heartbreak, and he has seen more than a thousand lifetimes of it without flinching. Ziff’s documentary delves into his well-documented history, centering on personal interviews with the maestro as well as a number of known voices in the photography community in Mexico.
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Robert Capa and Gerda Taro: love in a time of war

Capa and Taro lived, loved and died on the frontline, becoming the most famous war photographers of their time. As a new novel about them is published, we explore their real relationship

It begins with a photograph. In 1934 a struggling Hungarian photographer, André Friedmann, living in exile in Paris, is commissioned to take publicity pictures for a Swiss life insurance company's advertising brochure. On the lookout for potential models, he approaches a young Swiss refugee, Ruth Cerf, in a café on the Left Bank and convinces her to pose for him in a Montparnasse park.

Because she does not entirely trust the scruffy young charmer, Ruth brings along her friend Gerta Pohorylle, a petite redhead with a winning smile and a confident manner. So begins the most iconic relationship in the history of photography, and an intertwined and complex story of radical politics, bohemianism and bravery that, in the intervening years,
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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see.
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DocuWeeks: "The Mexican Suitcase" Fascinates on Multiple Levels

A major surprise for me this week is Trisha Ziff's documentary "The Mexican Suitcase," which begins an Oscar-qualifying run at NYC's IFC Center today as part of DocuWeeks (the Los Angeles run begins September 2). Fascinating on multiple levels, the film tells the story of a case (in reality three cases) of negatives legendary to photo historians and found in Mexico City in the 1990s. Inside are 4500 photographs taken by famed war correspondents Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David "Chim" Seymour during the Spanish Civil War, all thought completely lost for almost 70 years (they weren't recovered and revealed…
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AFI Latin American Film Festival Selects "The Mexican Suitcase" For Opener

AFI Latin American Film Festival Selects
AFI has selected "The Mexican Suitcase (La Maleta Mexicana) as its opening night feature for the 2011 AFI Latin American Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD. "The Mexican Suitcase" is the latest from documentary filmmaker Trisha Ziff, whose 2008 film, "Chevolution," explored the iconography behind the well-known photo of guerilla revolutionary Che Guevara. "Suitcase" follows the discovery and preservation of thousands of photo negatives, thought to be lost, but found ...
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