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Palm Springs Film Fest Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Palm Springs Film Fest Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has come a long way since its bow in 1990, when the awards ceremony was held in the home basement of then-mayor Sonny Bono, who conceived the event as a way to promote Palm Springs as a major world tourism destination. Its sole honoree was Lucille Ball, who, while nothing to sneeze at, was but a shadow of what the festival has shaped up to be, a 12-day star-studded spectacle and harbinger of Oscar gold.

This year’s festival, which kicks off Jan. 3 and will draw 135,000 attendees, marks its 25th anniversary in a manner that bears little resemblance to its humble beginnings, when Palm Springs was still a place where sagebrush rolled down the streets and the town, a sleepy hideaway for Rat Pack icons and snowbirds in golf shorts, turned dead after the winter holidays.

“What began as an event for the community has
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Streaming Feature: Best of New to Netflix October 2013

Chicago – We’re back. Last month’s list of ten interesting new additions to the Netflix library was a huge success and it’s time for your October edition. Every one of the ten films/shows listed below has been added in the last 30 days, and the emphasis this time is on things you may not have seen.

So, don’t consider these the “best” movies when compared to one another but the best choices for your time. I mean, who hasn’t seen “Evil Dead 2,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Fargo,” all new to Netflix? You should totally watch those masterpieces again and then check out something new…

The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Netflix Description: This piercing documentary examines the case of five teenagers, all African-American or Latino, who were convicted of the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park in 1989. Years later, the confession of the
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PBS Documentary "Mariachi High" Hits All the Wrong Notes

After Spellbound became a runaway cult success, documentaries about niche competitions have sprung up all over the place. When done right, the director manages to craft a compelling story by showing us the struggles of each participant or team and showing their rise or fall, resulting in films like The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Wordplay, and Louder Than a Bomb. Where these films succeeded was in the establishment of the characters and then unraveling of their respective stories through the course of a feature-length film. With its mandate to fit within an hour-long time slot, Mariachi High, about a group of high school students shooting for the state title in Texas’s competitive mariachi tournaments, doesn’t have the time to help the audience embrace the kids or to show the competitions in their entirety, resulting in a sloppily edited mess that fails to enrapture or even
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Review: 'Louder Than A Bomb' An Entertaining, Soulful Look At The High School Slam Poetry Scene

Slam poetry. It can be a misunderstood art form, exalted in places like Def Poetry Jam, or snubbed as a silly high school phase. But what Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary "Louder Than A Bomb" does so well, is point out how something like slam poetry can offer an outlet, and a way out, for kids trapped in their circumstances. The film follows the Chicago area high school slam poetry competition of the same name, during a particularly dramatic and glorious run in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008. Focusing on four teens from different Chicago high schools and their experiences with the Louder Than A Bomb competition, the film offers a look into this world and the impact it has on the lives of its participants. The four teen poets-- Lamar, Nova, Nate and Adam-- are clearly the standouts of the competition itself, true success stories for
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See the Fantastic ‘Louder Than a Bomb’ From Your Couch Thanks to Oprah

Since your plans to go meat bowling fell through, why not stay home and watch a thrilling documentary about high school students in Chicago delivering their experiences through the energetic art of spoken word? Is Louder Than a Bomb a tough sell? Of course it is, unless you’re already a slam poetry fan, but this is the kind of movie that you have to give a chance because it will richly reward you. Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel have directed a movie here that is genuine down to its bones, equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant, and engaging beyond its concept. You can watch it tonight (Jan. 5th) on Own at 9pm Et/8pm Ct. Plus, if you’re so inclined, you can ask the directors questions and make comments on The Twitter during the broadcast by hashtagging with #Ltab. A movie about high school poetry sounds dreadful, but these kids really are talented beyond their years
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The best documentaries of 2011

Why not fold documentaries into my list of the "Best Films of 2011?" After all, a movie is a movie, right? Yes, and some years I've thrown them all into the same mixture. But all of these year-end Best lists serve one useful purpose: They tell you about good movies you may not have seen or heard about. The more films on my list that aren't on yours, the better job I've done.

That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of

omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other.
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Louder Than A Bomb Wins Humanitas Award

2010 DocuWeeks alum Louder Than A Bomb won the Humanitas award in the documentary category on Friday, September 23. Started in 1974, The Humanitas Prize celebrates “television programs that affirm the dignity of the human person, explore the meaning of life, enlighten the use of human freedom, and reveal to each person our common humanity.” Louder Than A Bomb is the story of four Chicago-based high school poetry teams who are preparing for the world’s largest slam poetry contest for youth. Exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and ...
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David Seidler, Jason Katims Among Winners Of Humanitas Prize

David Seidler’s The King’s Speech and an episode of Friday Night Lights penned by Jason Katims were among the winners of the Humanitas Prize, which were unveiled today during a ceremony at Montage Beverly Hills. A total of 11 winners received took home a total of $85,000 in prize money for films and TV shows that “entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public.” The organization also bestowed its Kieser Award to Gary David Goldberg. Here’s the full list of winners: Feature Film Category ($10,000) David Seidler: The King’S Speech 90 Minute Category ($10,000) George Stevens, Jr.: Thurgood 60 Minute Category ($10,000) Jason Katims.: Friday Night Lights “Always” 30 Minute Category ($10,000) Abraham Higginbotham: Modern Family “The Kiss” Sundance Feature Film Category ($10,000) Thomas McCarthy: Win Win Children’s Animation Category ($10,000) Jonathan Groff & Jon Pollack: Kung Fu Panda The Humanitas Documentary Award – Sponsored by Own ($5,000) Greg Jacobs & Jon Siskel: Louder Than A Bomb
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Louder Than A Bomb Movie Review

Movie review of Louder Than a Bomb. Filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel walk the hallways of various Chicago-land high schools, both the high achieving and the struggling, throughout their rousing documentary Louder Than A Bomb but don't think they're making a socio-political film about the declining quality of public education. That topic has been covered in other worthy films. Instead, Jacobs and Siskel borrow a page from popular network talent shows and reality series to showcase four talented teens and their school teams who compete in the Louder Than A Bomb competition, the world's largest youth poetry slam founded by Young Chicago...
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Louder Than A Bomb Movie Review

Movie review of Louder Than a Bomb. Filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel walk the hallways of various Chicago-land high schools, both the high achieving and the struggling, throughout their rousing documentary Louder Than A Bomb but don't think they're making a socio-political film about the declining quality of public education. That topic has been covered in other worthy films. Instead, Jacobs and Siskel borrow a page from popular network talent shows and reality series to showcase four talented teens and their school teams who compete in the Louder Than A Bomb competition, the world's largest youth poetry slam founded by Young Chicago...
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Louder Than A Bomb Movie Review

Movie review of Louder Than a Bomb. Filmmakers Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel walk the hallways of various Chicago-land high schools, both the high achieving and the struggling, throughout their rousing documentary Louder Than A Bomb but don't think they're making a socio-political film about the declining quality of public education. That topic has been covered in other worthy films. Instead, Jacobs and Siskel borrow a page from popular network talent shows and reality series to showcase four talented teens and their school teams who compete in the Louder Than A Bomb competition, the world's largest youth poetry slam founded by Young Chicago...
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Oprah Embraces Poetry Doc -- and Complicates Things for 'Louder Than a Bomb'

Oprah Embraces Poetry Doc -- and Complicates Things for 'Louder Than a Bomb'
The good news for the makers of "Louder Than a Bomb," a stirring documentary about high school poetry: Oprah wanted them to join her club. The catch: Oprah's new club charges dues (read: a cut of DVD revenue) that can complicate things for a movie with theatrical aspirations. Producer-directors Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel went with Winfrey, of course. And if her endorsement is even a fraction as valuable in independent documentary film as it has been in publishing, inclusion in the newly-launched Documentary Club on Oprah's TV network could give an
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Migrating Forms, Elizabeth Taylor, More

We already have entries rolling on Midnight in Paris and Pirates 4, both updated through today, and, as the Playlist puts it in a headline today, there's "Not Much Else" opening in the metroplexes today. Otherwise, though, there's plenty going on.

Migrating Forms opens at Anthology Film Archives today and runs through May 29. You may remember how promising that lineup is. "Forms grew out of the New York Underground Film Festival," writes Tom McCormack in a terrific overview at Alt Screen, "and it expands upon that fest’s interest in bringing together heterogeneous material: the celluloid revival of the American avant-garde, the rough-hewn outer edges of the European art-house, old curios, New Media, the academy, the grindhouse, and the gutter. As a result, Forms has some of the most unpredictable and interesting — and some of the best—programming of any Us festival." Further recommended reads, even if you're nowhere near New York and can't attend,
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"Louder Than a Bomb" and "The Big Uneasy" Focus on Postive Solutions

One of two notable documentaries out this week follows in a big trend of late, that of competition-based films. Sure, it's a genre, one I addressed last week in my "Make Believe" review, but it's a genre that seems to be popping out a lot of examples right now. Of course, I already mentioned "Louder Than a Bomb" already in that review, referring to it as "'Spellbound' with poetry." Since then, I've been made aware of the upcoming film "Jig," which follows an Irish dance competition. I'm sure it's not the last comp-doc we see this summer, let alone this…
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Greg Jacobs, “Louder Than A Bomb”

The world’s largest youth slam poetry competition is the subject of Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel‘s audience-pleasing doc, Louder Than A Bomb, a high school competition pic in the tradition of films like Spellbound and Mad Hot Ballroom. For a decade now the Louder Than A Bomb competition has brought together budding young slam poets from over 60 Chicago high schools for a series of juried team and individual readings. The contest is highly competitive — one school goes home with the prize — but the event itself provides something far more valuable than competition; it is one of the few non-sports related outlets for teenagers from vastly different backgrounds in the largely segregated Second City to forge bonds that transcend societal divisions. Allowing us to glimpse the event through the experiences of three compelling, diverse young slam poets and the team from the wrong side of the tracks who are the defending champions,
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Pirates,’ Midnight in Paris,’ ’35 & Ticking’ and ‘Louder Than a Bomb’ Alternatives

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to the worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.

This week Captain Jack returns to theaters to face off against – well, no one really…That’s right. Not one single studio feature wanted to do battle with Pirates 4 at the box office. Happily a trio of new features will be opening in limited release, including the latest from Woody Allen, an African-American ensemble dramedy, and documentary about the power of slam poetry. And as always, if you’re keen to take the gasps, laughs, love, and real-world drama home – we’ve got you covered.



Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

In this high seas adventure, Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) joins forces with his old foe Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to uncover the legendary Fountain of Youth. But these unlikely allies find a new enemy
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Film: Movie Review: Louder Than A Bomb

High-school life as depicted in movies or TV rarely has anything to do with actual high school; it’s more about some middle-aged writer’s memories of old teensploitation flicks, mixed with an unhealthy dose of wish-fulfillment. The documentary Louder Than A Bomb is a different kind of high-school movie, brimming with life and hope instead of social-climbing, bullying, and furtive first kisses. It should hit home with anyone whose experience of adolescence involved creativity, intellectual exploration, and getting to know and love people outside their immediate social circles. Directors Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel spent a year documenting four ...
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New to Theatres This Weekend: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Midnight in Paris

There's really only one movie hitting theatres this weekend, because who wants to compete with one of the biggest flicks of the summer? Well, apparently Woody Allen does. But aside from his new movie Midnight in Paris in select theatres, there really aren't many alternatives out there. Will people still flock to see Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides despite the poor early reviews? I think you can count on it. Of course, whether or not it will break any records still remains to be seen. Do you have high hopes for Pirates 4? Have you already seen it? Feel free to discuss this weekend's moviegoing prospects in the comments below. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [1] The Beaver [2] (expanding) Midnight in Paris [3] (limited) 35 and Ticking [4] (limited) Louder Than a Bomb [5] (limited) [1] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1298650/ [2] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1321860/ [3] http://www.
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Louder Than A Bomb Movie Review

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Louder Than A Bomb Movie Review
Title: Louder Than A Bomb Directors: Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel We all have a need to be understood. That is the underlying essence of being human. For some it comes easy and for others, it’s difficult to convey especially if you’re a teenager. In these adolescent years, adults, teachers and parents are preparing you for the real world. For wonder why teens are rebellious and anxious, just itching to express them but held under strict discipline and rules. But finding the one thing that makes you happy and shows who you really are is important to teens especially at this young age. This is what’s ultimately going to make...
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Critical Consensus: Woody's Cannes Opener "Paris" Is The Pick of a (Slow) Week

Critical Consensus: Woody's Cannes Opener
As Cannes closes down its 2011 edition in the south of France, its opener is debuting Stateside. Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" is opening in limited release this weekend care of Sony Pictures Classics, and alongside Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's doc "Louder Than a Bomb" and Sundance 2010 alum "Life 2.0," it leads a slow weekend of specialty debuts. "Paris" received a mixed-to-positive response on criticWIRE, averaging a "B-" ...
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