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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TNT TO PREMIERE AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO DIANE KEATON

Posted by Larry Gleeson AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute Event to Air on TNT June 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT Encore Presentation Will Air on Sister Network TCM Following the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, TNT will televise... Continue Reading →

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Here are the AFI DOCS 2017 Opening Night and Closing Night Films

Posted by Larry Gleeson ICARUS and YEAR OF THE SCAB to Bookend the Five-Day Festival   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... Continue Reading →

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Richard Gladstein Named Dean of AFI Conservatory

Posted by Larry Gleeson The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the appointment of award-winning producer Richard Gladstein as Dean of the AFI Conservatory. Gladstein’s duties will underscore AFI’s demanding approach to graduate film education — that Fellows “learn by doing,” and collaborate on a minimum of four films in the two-year MFA program. Gladstein... Continue Reading →

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The AFI FEST Interview: Director Qiu Yang on Cannes-Bound A GENTLE NIGHT

Posted by Larry Gleeson Qiu Yang is an alumnus of AFI FEST with his short film UNDER THE SUN (AFI FEST 2015). We caught up with Yang to talk about his latest short, A GENTLE NIGHT. The film will have its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete for the Short Film Palme d’Or.... Continue Reading →

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AFI and Lifetime Team Up to Employ Female Filmmakers

Posted by Larry Gleeson AFI and Lifetime will join forces next year to create and offer production jobs for each graduate of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) throughout the A+E Networks’ portfolio of platforms starting with the Class of 2015. The alliance is part of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative to provide women with more... Continue Reading →

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 DATES

Posted by Larry Gleeson Palm Springs, CA (April 28, 2017) – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced the dates of its 29thedition.  Festival dates will be January 2-15, 2018.  Highlights include:  *On Tuesday, January 2, the annual Film Awards Gala will kick off the festival at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Last... Continue Reading →

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The 18th Annual NBFF Announces It’s Award Winners

Posted by Larry Gleeson Newport Beach, CA – April 27, 2017 – The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced today the winners of the 2017 Festival. On April 27, 2017, the Festival wrapped up its eight day run with the Southern California Premiere of THE EXCEPTION starring Christopher Plummer, Lily James and Jai Courtney at... Continue Reading →

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AFI Honors Cinematographer Frederick Elmes

Posted by Larry Gleeson FREDERICK ELMES TO RECEIVE THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE'S 27TH ANNUAL FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER ALUMNI MEDAL Honoring the Outstanding Achievements of AFI Alumni, Award to Be Presented to the Acclaimed Cinematographer on June 8, 2017   Celebrated cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) will receive the 2017 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni... Continue Reading →

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UNCHAINED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS

Posted by Larry Gleeson Screens at Newport Beach Film Festival April 26th 7:30 PM at The Lido 3425 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA Legendary FMX stars Mike Metzger and Seth Enslow to attend The ultimate, most intense, high-stakes extreme sport on the planet, filled with rebels and hellions, willing to pay the ultimate price for... Continue Reading →

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#NBFF World Premiere: Don’t Tell

Posted by Larry Gleeson Tonight, the Newport Beach Film Festival is presents the World - Premiere of Australian Spotlight DON'T TELL! NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL WORLD PREMIERE DON’T TELL Monday, April 24th 7:30 PM Screening The Lido Theatre 3459 Via Lido Newport Beach, CA 92663 United States The premiere will begin promptly at 6:30PM! Lead... Continue Reading →

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BOYS IN THE TREES to screen at Newport Beach Film Festival April 27th

Posted by Larry Gleeson Two estranged teenagers begrudgingly find themselves walking home together on Halloween 1997, embarking on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears. What starts off as a walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and magical as they tell each other ghost stories, drawing upon their fears of... Continue Reading →

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The Night Watchman Screening at Newport Beach Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson The smash hit horror comedy will screen at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival on April 25, 2017 THE NIGHT WATCHMEN Newport Beach Film Festival Newport Beach, CA Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:00 p.m. Edwards Big Newport  300 Newport Center Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 For tickets go to: https://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/event/the-night-watchmen/ From an... Continue Reading →

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“STRAWS” documentary premieres at Newport Beach Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson “STRAWS” exposes the negative impact the 500 million plastic straws we use per day have in our oceans. Throughout the documentary, marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how it's possible to make a sea of change through use of sustainable alternatives to plastic, such as Aardvark paper straws.   NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2017) –... Continue Reading →

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“Heart, Baby!” World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson "Heart, Baby!," to make its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival--Friday 4/21 at 5:30PM "Heart, Baby!” is the incredible TRUE STORY of a young black man, George Lee Martin (Gbenga Akinnagbe, The Wire), who at the age of 18, received a 40-year sentence for robbing a house in TN. While serving... Continue Reading →

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Don’t Tell

Posted by Larry Gleeson Directed by Tori Garrett Written by ANNE BROOKSBANK, URSULA  CLEARY, JAMES GREVILLE, STEPHEN ROCHE Produced by SCOTT CORFIELD, IRENE DOBSON Executive Producers TERRY JACKMAN, STEPHEN ROCHE Starring JACK THOMPSON, ADEN YOUNG, SARA WEST and RACHEL GRIFFITHS DON’T TELL is the story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual... Continue Reading →

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TAKE MY NOSE PLEASE

Posted byLarry Gleeson Joan Kron, veteran journalist, spent the past 25 years as contributing editor-at-large at Allure magazine where she covered the hot topics of cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery. Prior to  Allure, she held senior editorial positions at New York Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and  Avenue Magazine. Kron is known... Continue Reading →

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Lori Stoll’s HEAVEN’S FLOOR to screen at Newport Beach Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson Adventure, life and death survival, rescue and self-discovery. Based on the true story of the life of first-time screenwriter/director Lori Stoll, the award-winning “Heaven’s Floor” (http://heavensfloorthemovie.com) is a soul-stirring feature touching hearts and inspiring moviegoers on the international film festival circuit. Set on the frozen tundra of the Canadian Arctic and... Continue Reading →

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Submissions Open for the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson Film submissions for the Competition section of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) can now be made on the festival website. (Submission period: April 14 - July 14, 2017) As one of the largest film festivals in Asia, TIFF is proud that our Competition section has been showing many outstanding... Continue Reading →

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How A24 is Disrupting Hollywood

Posted by Larry Gleeson by Zach Baron The story behind the studio that produced “Moonlight” and “It Comes At Night”, as told by Barry Jenkins, Sofia Coppola, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, and the founders of A24 themselves. There are more glamorous things to be, in Hollywood, than an independent distribution company. For instance, an actress.... Continue Reading →

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 Tickets to AFI DOCS 2017, happening June 14–18, 2017, in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, MD, are now available to the public. Highlights from this year's lineup... Continue Reading →

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