LA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS

Posted by Larry Gleeson LA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND THANKS ITS GENEROUS SPONSORS LOS ANGELES (June 22, 2017) – Today the LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, announced the winners of the 2017 Festival at the Awards Reception presided over by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh. The Festival’s... Continue Reading →

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SYDNEY CLOSES WITH A SURREAL SPLASH

Posted by Larry Gleeson SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT CLOSING NIGHT GALA   The 64th Sydney Film Festival awarded On Body and Soul, directed by Ildikó Enyedi, the prestigious 10th anniversary Sydney Film Prize, out of a selection of 12 Official Competition films. The $60,000 cash prize for 'audacious, cutting-edge and courageous' film... Continue Reading →

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Audience Award Winners at AFI DOCS 2017

Posted by Larry Gleeson THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS Best Feature Goes to STEP Best Short Goes to FISH STORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 19, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute has announced the AFI DOCS 2017 Audience Award winners, concluding the five-day festival in Washington,... Continue Reading →

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Posted by Larry Gleeson AFI DOCS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS Programming Includes Spotlight Screenings of DOLORES and WHITNEY. "CAN I BE ME" at the Newseum, and the World Premieres of ATOMIC HOMEFRONT and SAVING BRINTON Screening of BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY with Bill Nye in Person Closing Night Screening of YEAR OF THE SCAB  From Director John... Continue Reading →

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AFI DOCS FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by Larry Gleeson AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium With Honoree Laura Poitras Spotlight Screening of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER at the Newseum and World Premiere of RECRUITING FOR JIHAD Day Two of the AFI DOCS Forum   Washington, DC, Friday, June 16, 2017 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Friday's events... Continue Reading →

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AFI DOCS THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by Larry Gleeson Programming Includes Spotlight Screenings of MOSQUITO and THE REAGAN SHOW at the Newseum Screening of I AM EVIDENCE with Mariska Hargitay and World Premiere of TOUGH GUYS Day One of the AFI DOCS Forum Washington, DC, Thursday, June 15, 2017 — AFI DOCS presents a full schedule of Thursday's events including the... Continue Reading →

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TODAY AT THE AFI DOCS FORUM

Posted  by Larry Gleeson Thursday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., AFI DOCS Festival Hub at the District Architecture Center (DAC), 421 7th St. NW in Washington, DC. Day One of the AFI DOCS Forum includes a panel with Canadian filmmakers to discuss Canada's role in creating the documentary form; and panels with short-documentary filmmakers and... Continue Reading →

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Congratulations to AFI Conservatory Alumna Patty Jenkins

Posted by Larry Gleeson Director Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN opened to critical and commercial acclaim as the biggest box-office opening for a female director ever. The American Film Institute congratulates Jenkins, an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Class of 2000, on the success and global impact of WONDER WOMAN. Before WONDER WOMAN, Jenkins wrote... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: THE WORK Director Jairus McLeary

Posted by Larry Gleeson A moving story of redemption and renewal unfolds in THE WORK, a remarkable vérité film that follows a group of “outsiders” into California’s Folsom Prison to join inmates in an intense four-day therapy session. THE WORK garnered the top documentary prize at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. The film... Continue Reading →

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Palm Springs International Shortfest Announces Line-Up

Posted by Larry Gleeson ShortFest to Showcase Shorts Featuring Edward Asner, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Coon, Idris Elba, Rick Fox, Toby Jones, Tatiana Maslany, Ian McKellen, Matthew Modine, Sam Rockwell, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright and More! Additional Speakers from AMPAS, Anonymous Content, CAA, Cartoon Network, FX Networks, ICM Partners, NASA, Preferred... Continue Reading →

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AFI DOCS 2017 Opening Night and Closing Night Films

AFI DOCS, AFI’s annual documentary celebration in the nation’s capital, announces the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Netflix’s ICARUS, directed by Bryan Fogel, and will close with ESPN Films’ YEAR OF THE SCAB, directed by Emmy® winner John Dorsey. Both... Continue Reading →

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER – Directors’ Statement

Posted by Larry Gleeson Statement by AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk on Today’s Decision by the Trump Administration to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement June 1, 2017 by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk "We were shocked and disappointed to hear President Trump's announcement today regarding withdrawing the U.S.... Continue Reading →

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AFI Conservatory Dean to Stepping Down After Upcoming Commencement

Posted by Larry Gleeson The American Film Institute's Jan Schuette is stepping down as Dean of the AFI Conservatory after this year's June 5th Commencement Ceremony on the grounds of the Hollywood Chinese Theater.  Schuette has led AFI’s prestigious film school for three years and intends to continue his work in academia and also resume... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: RESURRECTING HASSAN Director Carlo Guillermo Proto

Posted by Larry Gleeson RESURRECTING HASSAN follows a family of blind street musicians in Montreal as they cope with the death of their youngest member. As their lives begin to slowly fall apart, the family make a desperate attempt to overcome their tragedy by trying to find a way to bring their fallen kin back... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: MOSQUITO Director Su Rynard

Posted by Larry Gleeson MOSQUITO is an urgent report from the frontlines of humankind’s millennia-long war against the tiny creature that is one of the biggest threats to the survival of our species. The film is by turns taut, suspenseful, frightening and full of vital information, including the efforts of scientists to keep this deadly... Continue Reading →

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AFI DOCS 2017 Sponsors

Posted by Larry Gleeson AT&T RETURNS TO AFI DOCS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR Festival Sponsors Include Cultural Institutions, Major Companies and Foundations FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — JUNE 2, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) is proud to announce the sponsors for AFI DOCS 2017. AT&T returns as the Presenting Sponsor of the festival... Continue Reading →

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Il Cinema Ritrovato 2017 – Music, musicians and musicals

Posted by Larry Gleeson From the very beginning, when it still lacked the spoken word, cinema has always sought its musicality - an interweaving of rhythms, harmonies and passions. The musicians, improvisers and composers of Cinema Ritrovato know this only too well: those artists who grind out hours at the piano, searching for the rhythms,... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: SHIVANI Director Jamie Dobie

Posted by Larry Gleeson   Jamie Dobie’s SHIVANI follows the titular toddler, who is also a reigning archery champ in her native India. The film plays as part of the Youth Culture shorts program at AFI DOCS on Thursday, June 15. AFI spoke with Dobie about the film. AFI: What led you to pursue documentary filmmaking? JD: Documentaries... Continue Reading →

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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES AFI DOCS 2017 IMPACT LAB PARTICIPANTS

Posted by Larry Gleeson Two-Day Intensive Leads to Greater Issue Advocacy, Grants and Distribution Five 2016 AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grant Recipients Received Distribution Deals   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 30, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced this year's AFI DOCS Impact Lab participants. The third edition of the AFI... Continue Reading →

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The Venice Film Festival for university students

Posted by Larry Gleeson Furthering the interest that the Biennale shows for participation of the young in all of its artistic sections, the Venice International Film Festival will receive requests for accreditation from University students from Italy and abroad even if they are not attending courses in the theory and history of film. The accreditation for... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: NOBODY SPEAK Director Brian Knappenberger

Posted by Larry Gleeson When online gossip rag Gawker published a sex tape involving Hulk Hogan, the former wrestler sued, but who was the mysterious billionaire bankrolling his legal fees? Using this salacious trial as just one example, NOBODY SPEAK: TRIALS OF THE FREE PRESS is a cautionary tale about the dangers of the super... Continue Reading →

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Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon to Toast Diane Keaton

Posted by Larry Gleeson On Thursday, June 8, the entertainment community will come together to toast one of their own, the inimitable Diane Keaton. AFI will present the legendary actress with the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award — the highest honor for a career in film — at a Gala Tribute at the Dolby Theatre... Continue Reading →

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AFI Thesis Films Win College Television Awards

Posted by Larry Gleeson AFI Conservatory alumni from the Class of 2016 won three College Television Awards (Student Emmys®) for their thesis films. The 38th 2017 College Television Awards were held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, CA. Trevor Smith (AFI Class of 2016) won the Comedy award for producing DOLLAR KING.... Continue Reading →

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Focus on Canada at EFM 2018

Posted by Larry Gleeson n 2018, Canada will be the next “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM) of the Berlin International Film Festival. The EFM’s “Country in Focus” programme, launched in 2017, was created to give the film industry and filmmakers of a country the opportunity to introduce themselves in greater depth... Continue Reading →

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LAURA POITRAS NAMED 2017 GUGGENHEIM HONOREE BY AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

Posted by Larry Gleeson AFI DOCS Will Celebrate Academy Award®-Winning Documentarian on June 16   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 23, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that AFI DOCS will pay tribute to Laura Poitras — the groundbreaking director of RISK (2016) and the Academy Award®-winning Edward Snowden portrait... Continue Reading →

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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2017 AFI DOCS FORUM

Posted by Larry Gleeson Forum Features Spotlight on Virtual Reality, Canadian Docs, Impact of Conservative Docs, Nonfiction Podcasts and More FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 22, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the 2017 AFI DOCS Forum. Open to festival filmmakers and all passholders, the four-day AFI DOCS Forum will... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: FOR AHKEEM Director Landon Van Soest

Posted by Larry Gleeson Behind the headlines of Ferguson, MO, is 17-year-old Daje “Boonie” Shelton, a young woman from nearby North St. Louis struggling to make it to graduation, a goal further complicated by an unexpected pregnancy. Intimate and affecting, FOR AHKEEM is a delicately told coming-of-age story that underscores the complexities of race and class in America. Co-directed by... Continue Reading →

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GKIDS Acquires Distribution Rights to Spanish Feature ‘Birdboy: The Forgotten Children’

Posted by Larry Gleeson Goya Award-winning film directed by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero to hit North American theaters Fall 2017. by Jennifer Wolfe NEW YORK -- Independent animation distributor GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature Birdboy: The Forgotten Children. The film, known internationally by its original Spanish title... Continue Reading →

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30th TIFF to Celebrate Four Iconic Actresses

Posted by Larry Gleeson Japan Now: Muses of Japanese Japan Now: Muses of Japanese Cinema 30th TIFF to Celebrate Four Iconic Actresses:  Sakura ANDO, Yu AOI, Hikari MITSUSHIMA, Aoi MIYAZAKI   The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is highlighting the work of four iconic actresses in this year’s Japan Now section. This is one of... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: SAVING BRINTON Filmmakers Tommy Haines, John Richard and Andrew Sherburne

Posted by Larry Gleeson In his position as small-town Iowa historian and collector, Michael Zahs lucked into the acquisition of one of the rarest collections of turn-of-the-century cinema. Now turning his obsession into purpose, Zahs sets out to restore and exhibit his treasure trove of newsreels, home movies and lost films. He is the subject of SAVING BRINTON, which... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: CHAVELA Director Daresha Kyi

Posted by Larry Gleeson The dramatic, soulful interpretations of Mexican lesbian singer Chavela Vargas paved the way for women seeking equality in a traditionally male world. A renowned nightclub performer reduced to alcoholic impoverishment, Vargas made a triumphant comeback in her 70s that secured her reputation as an artist of uncompromising passion and independence. The... Continue Reading →

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AFI Names Honorary Degree Recipients

Posted by Larry Gleeson The American Film Institute (AFI) announced yesterday it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon television icon Carol Burnett, and upon acclaimed filmmakers Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and Edward Zwick (AFI Class of 1975). All three will be recognized for their contributions to the art of... Continue Reading →

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AFI DOCS: Award-winning documentary NOWHERE TO HIDE has DC debut

Posted by Larry Gleeson Nowhere to Hide follows male nurse Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change, providing unique access into one of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible areas – the “triangle of death” in central Iraq. Initially filming stories of survivors and the hope of a better future as American and Coalition... Continue Reading →

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AFI DOCS: Timely Political Thriller ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM

Posted by Larry Gleeson FROM AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKERS REUBEN ATLAS AND OSCAR NOMINEE / EMMY WINNER SAM POLLARD; A PRESCIENT FORESHADOWING FOR TODAY’S NEWS & POLITICAL CLIMATE A POLITICAL THRILLER ABOUT ACORN, America's Most Controversial Grassroots Community Organization; The Salacious Story Involves an Investigation by a Fake Pimp and Prostitute, Voter Fraud, and the Rise of Breitbart.com... Continue Reading →

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RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD TO SCREEN AT AFI DOCS

Posted by Larry Gleeson AFI DOCS - PUBLIC SCREENING Friday, June 16 at 6:30 PM Landmark E Street Cinema 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 WASHINGTON, DC  – This summer, Kino Lorber will release in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters the award-winning Rezolution Pictures’ music documentary RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, a powerful movie... Continue Reading →

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Late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars

Posted by Larry Gleeson For a second consecutive year, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars® telecast and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will produce, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 90th Academy Awards® will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on... Continue Reading →

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SAVING BRINTON TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT AFI DOCS

Posted by Larry Gleeson A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER AMERICA'S CINEMATIC TREASURES – THE FIRST SHOWREELS THAT INTRODUCED SMALL TOWN AMERICA TO THE MOVIES SAVING BRINTON TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT AFI DOCS IN WASHINGTON, DC & SILVER SPRING, MD JUNE 17-18 In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable... Continue Reading →

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Building a Dream with Charles Guggenheim

Posted by Larry Gleeson Charles Guggenheim (1924-2002) was a master of the documentary form. Celebrated for such notable films as Robert Kennedy Remembered and Nine from Little Rock, the scope of his prolific career stands as a testament to his deep interest in committing the American experience to film. Starting in 1962, Guggenheim focused his... Continue Reading →

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Submitting a film: 74th Venice International Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson 74th Venice International Film Festival The 74th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run at Venice Lido from August 30th to September 9th, 2017, directed by Alberto Barbera. Submitting a film In order to be eligible for selection, the films presenters must fill out the pre-selection... Continue Reading →

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LOOK AT THIS: THE FULL SLATE OF AFI DOCS 2017 FILMS IS HERE

Posted by Larry Gleeson More than 100 films from 28 countries, including three world premieres — these are the films that make up AFI DOCS 2017. Documentaries include the world premiere of ATOMIC HOMEFRONT (DIR Rebecca Cammisa), DOLORES (DIR Peter Bratt), AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (DIRS Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk) and the U.S.... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: YEAR OF THE SCAB Director John Dorsey

Posted by Larry Gleeson n September 1987, for the first time in U.S. history, replacement football players took the field amidst a union strike. Seen as a second chance for these unknowns — or “scabs” — the ’87 season became one of the Washington Redskins’ most memorable. Using archival footage and personal interviews, filmmaker John... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: NEW CHEFS ON THE BLOCK Director Dustin Harrison-Atlas

Posted by Larry Gleeson Opening a new restaurant is not for the faint of heart. Time, money, stress, repeat. Two DC-area chefs put everything on the line to open two very different establishments — Frank Linn’s Frankly…Pizza! and Aaron Silverman’s Rose’s Luxury (Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurant in America” in 2014).Directed by Dustin Harrison-Atlas, NEW... Continue Reading →

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The AFI DOCS Interview: TOUGH GUYS Directors Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo

Posted by Larry Gleeson Told through the colorful stories of scrappy brawlers and amateur promoters, TOUGH GUYS brings to life the birth of mixed martial arts competitions in 1980s Pittsburgh. The idea to legitimize street fighting by putting it in the ring brought big money, crowds, copycat competitions and ultimately scrutiny and tighter control. AFI... Continue Reading →

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AFI Announces Full Slate of AFI DOCS 2017 Films

Posted by Larry Gleeson 103 Films From 28 Countries Including Three World Premieres and 11 Spotlight Screenings Will Screen June 14–18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 12, 2017, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the full slate of films for AFI DOCS 2017, a... Continue Reading →

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American Film Institute Kicks Off 50th Anniversary at AFI Conservatory 2017 Commencement

Posted by Larry Gleeson A historic AFI Conservatory Commencement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, June 5, 2017, marked the 50th Anniversary of the Institute’s formation in 1967, with its honorees — the AFI Class of 2017, as well as Honorary Degree recipients Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz (AFI Class of 1975) and... Continue Reading →

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