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This year they solidified that relationship, with a program that reads like a who’s who of current U.S. indies, including Lance Hammer’s Ballast and Sean Baker’s Prince of Broadway , as well as Barry Jenkin’s Medicine For Melancholy, Josh Safdie’s The Pleasure of Being Robbed, and Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy. (Ballast, Medicine and Wendy & Lucy have all been written of extensively in Filmmaker). Like Lisbon itself, it rewards those who enjoy traveling off the beaten path, revealing its charms not to those who rush, but those who linger. Says Lucas Rosant, a consultant and member of its selection committee, “The Middle East is one of the only places in the world where they are still opening theaters. The positive effect of the financial crisis here is that investors realize that cinema is crisis-proof. This year for the first time we got sponsors from Bahrain and Kuwait who are looking for Arab content for theaters, TV and DVD. Even Disney is now investing in the production and development of films in Arabic.” Backing up his words, Rosant notes that of the 15 projects in last year’s inaugural Dubai Film Connection, seven have already been shot.
As a child, she grew up cooking with her grandmother and mother. Rachel’s grandmother Phyllis is a Russian American Jew who always been ahead of the curve when it came to food. Phyllis inspired Rachel to always try different foods and learn to cook cultural cuisines. Rachel Beth Sayet or Akitusut is a member of the Mohegan nation. Raised with the spirits of her ancestors, she grew up learning traditional stories and teachings and participating in tribal events. Thank you to Jovan Johnson, CEO of AnnuityFreedom.net for your generous support to artists in these challenging times of our industry.
It’s the first in a series of videos documenting how different organizations are reaching out to help the Detroit community. In June 2021, District Six Rising from the Dust by Weaam Williams won the best documentary film award from beyond the curve international film festival. Beyond the Curve International Film Festival was founded in 2019. Though the region was specified, the founder didn’t want to restrict the festival within a boundary. Therefore, BCIFF was made to be a global platform, for films around the world to be showcased. With time, BCIFF has become one of highest rated festivals in Film freeway. The broader aspect of the division in the categories brings flexibility and diversity in submissions more.
Among the documentary selections, Playing Columbine made a surprisingly convincing case for creative license and free speech in the realm of video games. After crafting a decidedly low-tech game that allows players to reenact the gruesome high school massacre, designer and director Danny Ledonne endured widespread criticism for his alleged insensitivity to the Accounting Periods and Methods shootings. Thoughtfully responding to the controversy, Ledonne interviewed video game designers, players, advocates and critics for a wider perspective on issues related to free speech and gaming. Always an indication of the imminent onset of awards season, AFI Fest typically gets ahead of the curve with world and local premieres of would-be contenders.
Doolan, like fellow Aussie and Kiwi short filmmakers like David Michod , Rene Hernandez , Katie Wolfe and Julius Avery brings a keen sense of youthful melancholy and an accomplished visual style to tales of the disappointments and dangers of childhood. Together, they represent the largest outpouring of talent to come from the isles since the Australian New Wave of the late ’70s. While it’s tough to lump these filmmakers together because of the breadth of the work, they all are making formally challenging and very dark films, many of which center on the disappointments fixed assets and dangers of Aussie and Kiwi working class life. One such film is Luke Doolan’s Miracle Fish , a searing and mysterious Australian short about a school shooting that bowed at Sundance this year and was perhaps the most well-received film in Aspen. Doolan focuses on a troubled child, delivered to school late by his irresponsible mother, made fun of by his unforgiving classmates for his mother’s welfare status, who feels ill and takes a nap in his elementary school infirmary. When he wakes up, he discovers that everyone in his school has vanished.
By weaving Rodney’s present-day mission with the story of his past, both deeply rooted in issues of social and environmental injustice, the film reminds us that nature heals. An amazing first film from Xuan Liu, BLOOM is a richly layered, poetic love story that takes place in late 1990s Beijing. Uniquely told through conversations between Mu Ke and his younger self, it weaves together memories, disillusions and hope. Gorgeous cinematography and superb acting help elevate this film into the realm of great art. Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench star in this brand new film directed by Andy Goddard . In the summer of 1939, influential families in Nazi Germany sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town, run by a strict but humane head mistress , to learn the language and be ambassadors for the future Nazi state. Eddie Izzard who also co-wrote and produced, plays a new teacher who tries to raise the alarm.
It is a heart-warming tribute to the unifying power of volunteerism, and an exploration of a perennial outsider’s search for meaning through selflessness and deep compassion. Indigenous Canadian filmmaker Loretta Todd has done justice to Eden Robinson’s novel about a complex family story of love, loyalty and spiritual beliefs. Filmed on the coast of British Columbia in the Haisla Nation in Kitamaat, Lisa Hill returns from Vancouver to her family home after visions warn that her brother is in danger. Straight from a World Premiere at Sundance, this charming film from Argentina follows Sebastian, a man in his thirties, who works a series of temporary jobs as he deals with life’s curve balls. From its start in 1990, Curve magazine was a visionary and unapologetic celebration of lesbian life from cover to cover. What I am, is happy to have provided a forum for flat-earthers to be heard, though. If they’re right, maybe I’ll get a free pass into flat heaven when my time on round earth is done.
Filmed edited, colored and scored in 3 weeks to capture the Christmas backdrop. Topher Horn composed the score which features a live string quartet that was recorded remotely. “SA documentary ‘District Six Rising From The Dust’ wins award in France”.
His films have been distributed on Netflix, National Geographic, STARZ, PBS, and he has worked with The Wildlife Society, Borderlands Research Institute, YETI, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and other great brands and NGOs. A proud Texan, Masters loves riding a good horse through new country, filming wildlife stories that haven’t been documented before, and using movies to help conserve wildlife and wild places. Alwatban took a course in the Fall 2020 semester with Professor Mallory Saleson, who arranged for his group to work with Food for Others. For 25 years Food for Others , a local Fairfax County organization, has provided food to more than 2600 local families each week, relying on food rescue operations and food drives, as well as donations by members of the local community. In a three-month period in 2020, Dustin Lape, Program Manager at FFO estimates their demand increased over 300% from the same period in 2019. This award-winning short film will bring FFO much needed attention, as COVID-19 has created a larger-than-normal demand for their services.
The one thing I’ve learned is not to be desperate to do a deal. I look at it like this, you wouldn’t buy a house without a home inspection, so conduct the same when a sales agent wants to do a deal—contact filmmakers that have signed with them. Shortly after my last post, the news came that Beyond the Curve International Film Festival had awarded First Signal Best Sci-Fi Movie. About a week later Aasha International Film Festival granted us the same award. It’s one thing to be accepted into a festival, it’s another to win an award.
BCIFF, also known as Beyond The Curve International Film Festival, is a festival which promotes independent films and Indie Filmmakers from around the world. BCIFF is an international film festival based in Paris, France. According to their website, The festival intends to make the language of film universal and more democratic. Baker was one of the few American filmmakers able to attend IndieLisboa, a shame considering the real hospitality of the festival staff and the relaxed vibe of the entire event. No power lunches or industry-only screenings here; instead, filmmakers had the space and time to mingle with one another, and to respond to audience hungry for new filmmaking. “It was encouraging to see how enthusiastic the audiences are for indie film,” Baker noted. While construction of a new Palazzo del Cinema is under way in the center of the film festival venue, causing some dislocation and confusion, Venice’s 66th edition (Sept. 2 – Sept. 12) produced a festival it can be proud of, diversified enough to offer something of quality for everyone but catering to no one.
Mark Lund’s First Signal became the winner of the best Sci-fi movie in Beyond the Curve International Film Festival. Or stories focused on characters, documentaries or history of Queer. By submitting your film, you agree that Beyond the Curve International Film Festival can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purposes. A short synopsis and digital still photo is required for all scripts and all entries for the jury, and for our website announcements should you win. If your film is not in English, make sure it has English subtitles where necessary.
This is a marketing practice that I’ve employed for many years. Body image is an intellectual or idealized image of what one’s body is – or should look like. It is sometimes misconceived, and influenced heavily by the fashion industry, media and society.
I’m also pleased to announce that First Signal is an official selection of Beyond the Curve International Film Festival. When I was looking at their selections page and saw First Signal’s poster among a sea of films, I was struck by the sheer quality of the other projects.
If you think you fit the above-mentioned portfolio and want to create films for the sake of art and only for the sake of art, we welcome you to join us. Our idea of cinema revolves around the key concepts of innovation and pushing the boundaries of the ‘accepted’ norm. That is why artists are called canneries in the proverbial mine called ‘Society’. No Art form challenges the status quo like the art of film making.
Toronto Film festival, Tribeca Film Festival and several other festivals from different countries worked as an inspiration for Beyond the Curve International Film Festival. Their disruptive communication approach, 360° marketing, and their ability to promote the submitters’ work, are some of the qualities mentioned by submitters in their review of BCIFF. In an interview, The organizers said that BCIFF is currently collaborating with other film entities to further expand their band.
Among 75 official selections from 25 countries (the largest number in Venice’s history) featuring 71 world premieres, there is a deliberate mix of what Marco Muller, the festival director, calls highbrow and popular art. Films that pleased, offended, or were remakes of previous films engendered debate and emotional reactions, which is what I believe a film festival should do. Andrew Stern is a photographer, cinematographer and film producer whose work has taken him to the planet’s farthest reaches on countless projects. His primary areas of concentration are the social and political issues of our time, but he has also photographed campaigns for many titans of industry and technology. His photojournalism has won numerous awards and has appeared in Harpers, The New York Times, The Guardian and many other publications and exhibitions both domestically and internationally. Films he has shot and produced have been featured in and won awards at film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival, and Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
This year’s film lineup will feature 111 presentations, including 30 feature films , 63 short films, and 18 music videos. Our filmMazel, conceived, directed, and edited by band member Jay Miles, is an official selection of numerous film festivals and was recently awarded Best Music Video by the LA Sun Film Fest. Top Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, Basque choreographer Jon Maya and creative producer Pablo Iraburu of Pamplona media company Arena Comunicación are joining forces to create a feature documentary exploring cookery, cinema, dance and music. If Pleasures takes it cues from Rivette or Eustache, Sean Baker’s Prince of Broadway takes its own from the street-level immediacy of the Dardennes Brothers and the baroquely verbalized New York City landscapes of Taxi Driver-era Martin Scorcese. Following a Ghanian immigrant-turned-Garment District-hustler as he deals with knock-off sneakers, uncertain customers, random hoodlums, and a little boy who may or may not be his son, Prince of Broadway captures the movements, aesthetics, and verbiage of life in one substrata of New York City, circa 2008, with utter precision.
Made in American territories located as near to Asia as to the U.S. mainland, both films merge American-indie tropes and character structure with the aesthetic freedom and experimental ethos of new work from the Philippines and China, creating a blend that’s truly (to echo the festival’s claim) a bridge between East and West. As for art, I saw Tenet last week and could easily attribute it to the surrealism of a Salvador Dali. The one thing about a Christopher Nolan film is he demands that his audience think. When I first see a Nolan film, I take in the stunning cinematography that’s always complimented with a rapturous score. The first viewing must be seen in a theatre as that’s where it’s designed to be experienced.
It’s a tale of a young woman who takes a job working for an old-style literary agent whose chief client is J.D. The struggling writer-to-be starts to discover her own voice as she begins personalizing the responses to his fan mail. Fast forward to the past or so, and countless people have been messaging and texting me images of myself on screen since the documentary – which premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto last April and May – made its Netflix premiereon February 15. During that hour-long-or-so interview they told me some of the folks who believe the earth isn’t round had come to consider me as more than an ally, but a member of their brain trust. Reviews described the film as “hilarious, informative, but pressing” and “empathetic”, with several commentators praising its “humanistic look at some of the most ridiculed people in America.”
Author: David Ringstrom