Press release: Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the 34th edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi will close with the World Premiere of SHOWTIME Documentary Films’ MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY. The film is directed by Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris and explores the dark side of the Timothy Leary saga, and how his doomed relationship with Joanna Harcourt-Smith put the final nail in the coffin of the 1960s counterculture. The World Premieres of PINK SKIES AHEAD (DIR Kelly Oxford), THE REAGANS (DIR Matt Tyrnauer) and REALLY LOVE (DIR Angel Kristi Williams), in addition to THE FATHER (DIR
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The festival will close with Errol Morris' My Psychedelic Love Story, which explores the dark side of the Timothy Leary saga, and how his doomed relationship with Joanna Harcourt-Smith put the final nail in the coffin of the 1960s counterculture.
Highlights include: World Premiere of THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME and U.S. Premiere of THE PAPER TIGERS.
Press release: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF), presented annually by Visual Communications (VC), announced that the 36th edition of the Festival will take place online from September 24 to October 31, 2020. Originally slated to take place in May 2020, the Festival postponed its in-person spring presentation due to COVID-19, and shifted to present the first Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Virtual Showcase. The organization felt it was important to showcase Asian American and Pacific Islander stories during that time, due to the rise in anti-Asian American sentiment and violence. VC continues to move forward, and
Following the festival run, many of the films will remain available to OVID subscribers, with future revenue going to the filmmakers.
Press release: For two weeks viewers can purchase viewing 7 day access to films screened at the January 2020 in Los Angeles. Through the generosity of the presented filmmakers, the box office will support DCW’s programs. Following the festival run, many of the films will remain available to OVID subscribers, with future revenue going to the filmmakers. One of the beauties of an event like Dance Camera West is that it is part of a very large international community of performing artists and filmmakers that are particularly hard hit due to the COVID crisis because of the very public nature
This year with the festival having been canceled and TCM running a virtual festival on the channel and online, choosing is much easier.
The best and worst thing about attending the TCM Classic Film Festival was having to choose between multiple films showing at the same time. Decisions were made based on multiple factors such as taking a gamble on a movie one has always wanted to see or finally seeing a beloved classic on the silver screen for the first time. Maybe the screening was the world premiere of a new restoration or was a rare nitrate print out of the vault or was going to be talked about with a member of the cast or crew. Some times, the decisions weren't
Ben Mankiewicz, Pola Changnon, and Charlie Tabesh talk about what's ahead (mostly) for the TCM brand.
If not for the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the world, the TCM Classic Film Festival would have been held this week. Thousands of attendees coming to celebrate their celluloid heroes would have, according to Ray Davies, "seen all the stars as [they] walked down Hollywood Boulevard" among the tourists and several costumed folks trying to hustle a buck for a photo op. In response to the festival cancellation, TCM has focused their programming and online presence to create a Home edition, which is something I am surprised hasn't already occurred in conjunction with the festival. The technology is available and the
Celebration to take place Friday, April 17 during the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood during the eleventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 17. Tomlin, a Tony, Grammy, eight time Emmy, and two time Peabody Award winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage. “Lily Tomlin’s talent has endured for fifty years because she knows who she is. She’s managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters
Which of these titles would you like to see on the big screen?
Press release: The TCM Classic Film Festival will return for its 11th consecutive year and is set to take place Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. The following films have been added to the program: Dick Powell and Linda Darnell star in a U.S. premiere restoration of the fantastical comedy IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944); Harry Belafonte, Mel Ferrer and Inger Stevens star as the only living people in a post-apocalyptic city in THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1959) presented here in a new 35mm print; Vincent Price is the title character in a
Award to be presented during the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival for his significant contribution to film history & preservation.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that the third annual Robert Osborne Award, recognizing an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations, will be presented to one of the world's most respected film critics and historians, Leonard Maltin. He will receive the award at the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival during a screening of a nitrate print, provided by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, of one of his favorite films, Counsellor at Law (1933). The first two Robert Osborne Awards were given out in 2018 to iconic filmmaker Martin
Pan African Film Festival | Opening Night Film, 'Hero,' Helmed by Female Director Frances-Anne Solomon | Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The festival will be held from February 11 - 23, 2020 at the Cinemark 15 Theatres, located at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles.
Press release: The 28th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) will open with the film “HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Revolutionary Life and Times of Diplomat and Judge Ulric Cross,” directed by Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. The festival will kick off festivities with a star-studded Opening Night Gala at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA), located at 7920 W. Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. This year’s theme is “20/20 Vision,” kicking off the decade with a fresh lens and solidifying its commitment to tell diverse stories with a global, luminous view.
Screening of blockbuster film - for the first time in 4K - kicks off TCM’s 11th annual classic film festival on April 16th, 2020.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off the 11th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 16th with a 35th anniversary screening of the seminal science fiction film Back to the Future with beloved stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson with co-writer & co-producer Bob Gale in attendance. This will also be the world premiere of a new 4k remaster of the film. The 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival, held in the heart of Hollywood April 16th-19th, will center around the theme “Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film.” Celebrated actor Michael J. Fox stars
World Cinema Section includes five international feature film Oscar submissions and a total of 16 titles from 19 countries.
Press release: The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the World Cinema section and the inaugural Documentary section of AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi. The World Cinema section showcases the most anticipated and celebrated international films of the year and features 16 titles representing 19 countries. The section includes five official International Feature Film Oscarsubmissions screening at this year’s festival: Sweden's AND THEN WE DANCED (DIR Levan Akin), Canada's ANTIGONE (DIR Sophie Deraspe), Poland's CORPUS CHRISTI (BOŻE CIAŁO) (DIR Jan Komasa), Italy's THE TRAITOR (DIR Marco Bellocchio), and Romania's THE WHISTLERS (DIR Cornlieu
Fest to screen 120 films from 41 countries to screen during 11-day event, Thursday, October 17 - Sunday, October 27, 2019.
Press release: The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full line-up for the 28th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), spanning from October 17 - October 27. This year’s line-up features a multitude of remarkable films from a wide range of genres. Select Festival categories will commence with an opening night film premiere. The opening night for the Galas category will be Destin Daniel Cretton’s JUST MERCY on October 17. This heartrending and inspirational film tells the story of author and social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson, played by acclaimed actor Michael B. Jordan of FRUITVALE STATION, CREED, and BLACK PANTHER
AFI Alumna Melina Matsoukas's feature film directorial debut to launch 33rd edition of festival on Thursday, November 14.
Press release: Today, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced that the 33rd edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi will open with the World Premiere of Makeready and Universal Pictures’ Queen & Slim. Directed by two-time Grammy winner Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005) and written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe from a story by Waithe and James Frey, the film is a consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film stars Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson
Turner Classic Movies Returns to Hollywood for the 11th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 16 - 19
Festival theme Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film will take movie lovers on an enchanted journey of storytelling
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that the TCM Classic Film Festival will return for its 11th consecutive year and is set to take place Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Hollywood, CA. Thousands of movie lovers from around the globe will descend upon Hollywood Boulevard for movies set within the theme Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film. Over four packed days and nights, attendees will be treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more. Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on
I try to balance my selections with films I have never seen or beloved films I haven't seen on the big screen.
With the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival only days away, I have started planning my schedule. This is always a difficult process since there are usually several films in the same time slot that I want to see. I try to balance my selections with films I have never seen or beloved films I haven’t seen on the big screen. The guests who will participate in the discussions also plays a big part of the decision. Below is the list of the top films I am most excited about and likely to attend. Thursday: Night World (1932): My festival will
A wide variety of material to see for the first time or revisit on the silver screen.
No longer available online, this review is being re-published. The 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival returned to Hollywood Blvd for its second run presenting films well-known "Essentials" and obscure "Discoveries." "Music and the Movies" was a major theme this year so there was programming highlighting Disney's Musical Legacy, the work of composers George and Ira Gershwin and Bernard Herrmann, and famous musicals like West Side Story and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Just like last year, the festival had so many interesting things to do and see it was impossible to take everything in but there's something for everyone. My
The festival's programming spanned the medium's history, and as a bonus, many of the selections featured introductions and Q&A's from participants, their relatives, and peers.
No longer available online, this review is being re-published. The inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival brought the cable channel to the silver screens of Hollywood Blvd. movie theaters for four days playing the likes of Grauman's Chinese and the Egyptian. Much like the channel, the festival's programming spanned the medium's history, and as a bonus, many of the selections featured introductions and Q&A's from participants, their relatives, and peers. Living in Los Angeles, I am spoiled. There are quite a number of venues throughout the county to catch classic films, some of which include discussions with participants, so while I
A celebration of outstanding genre cinema in the historic cradle of the American supernatural!
Press release: Announcing the first annual Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival (SHIFF) to take place in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, New York, on October 10-13, 2019. The fest’s official site www.sleepyhollowfilmfest.com is now accepting film and script submissions! Exciting premiere feature films and groundbreaking new films in competition will screen alongside thrilling retrospectives, live events and panels. Venues include the historic Tarrytown Music Hall, the Warner Library and others to be announced. “Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to
Kevin Brownlow to Receive 2nd Annual Robert Osborne Award for His Significant Contribution to Film History & Preservation
"Kevin is truly the embodiment of what the Robert Osborne award signifies." - Ben Mankiewicz
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that the second annual Robert Osborne Award, recognizing an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations, will be presented to one of the world's premiere film preservationists, Kevin Brownlow. The award will be presented on April 13 before a screening of Brownlow’s directed film It Happened Here at the 2019 TCM Classic Film Festival. The first Robert Osborne Award was given out at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival to iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese and will continue to be presented annually at the TCM
Academy Awards-accredited festival celebrates 20 years in the industry as it returns to Hollywood with premier Japanese film talent Naomi Kawase.
Press release: JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & Asia) have partnered to showcase Short Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood on January 17, 2019. The free one-day film festival will bring together premier film talent from Japan, including Cannes Film Festival judge Naomi Kawase and actor and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member Tetsuya Bessho, at the historic TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. The two-part program aims to bring a sense of intrigue and cultural discovery to festival attendees through the art of short contemporary visual storytelling. The festival opens with Master Class with Naomi Kawase:
Alfonso Cuaron's latest film Roma is heart wrenching, awe inspiring, and vital all at once.
The best word that can be used to describe Roma is that it is transcendent. It is a transcendent piece of cinematic art that captures your heart and is also a theatrical experience that manages to rupture the senses. After director Alfonso Cuaron made Gravity, the cinematic event of 2013 and one of the most monumental cinematic experiences of the decade, some of us probably wondered how he would follow that up. Well, he has made a film with a story that is smaller in scale yet is still quite simplistic. It seems like a straightforward story involving the life
An engaging, informative documentary about the man, his craft, and show business.
Co-created by Hillary Demmon and Robert Clift, the actor's youngest nephew and son of his brother Brooks, Making Montgomery Clift is an engaging, informative documentary about the man, his craft, and show business. As a fan of classic film but not the gossip associated with it, I knew about Monty's work so was aware that he, along with Marlon Brando and James Dean, were at the forefront of an acting style that embraced sensitivity as a component of masculinity. However, I was unaware that rather than his movie performances, the documentary suggests Marty was better known for allegedly destroying himself
These are some of the places you'll find me in Canada.
This year, I am fortunate enough to be attending another Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a mix of films trying to get noticed for the unfortunate business that is Awards Season and those trying to get distributors. Over the years, I have seen films at TIFF that have gone on to win Oscars (Julianne Moore earned Best Actress for Still Alice), films that have become cult favorites (Machete Maidens Unleashed!), films that have regrettably disappeared ( Barry Levinson's The Bay), and films I can't imagine playing in America (the documnetary ANPO). The festival runs Sept 6 through 16, and I'll
World Premiere of Andrew Slater's Documentary 'Echo in the Canyon' to Open the 2018 LA Film Festival
Premieres Section, Future Filmmakers Showcase & Indie Pilots also announced.
Press release: Today the LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced that the Opening Night Film is Andrew Slater’s Echo in the Canyon at the Ford Theatres. The World Premiere of the documentary, which features some of music's biggest names reflecting on the sustained influence of Laurel Canyon’s historic music scene, will be followed by a live performance. Also announced today the Premieres section, the Future Filmmakers Showcase, the Music Video program and the Indie Pilot program. I’m so proud to be opening the Festival with a
I've done this nine years and picking what to watch at the fest never gets easier.
Although I am fortunate enough to attend both events, I am disappointed that CinemaCon and TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) are both occurring next week. I have to leave Las Vegas Thursday morning, missing out on the final day of movie studio presentations and on the pre-TCMFF activities that will take place on Wednesday. Hopefully, I'll make it in time for Meet TCM at Club TCM, so I can ask how the staffers react to the social media outage that their programming has generated over the past year. Thursday Since I am not attending the official Opening Night selection, The
“Our mission is to make it easier for content creators to showcase intriguing programming that reflects this generation’s rich diversity,” said Founder and Executive Director Cary Grant.
Press release: MissionFest, a new multicultural film festival, will bring together content creators, industry executives, and fans at San Francisco’s The Midway July 19-21, 2018 to promote, discuss, and support inclusive and culturally-diverse film, series and digital short-form programs. In today’s fragmented media environment, consumers have a vast number of content outlets to choose from, and mainstream platforms struggle to accurately represent the world around us. It is harder than ever for creators of inclusive, authentic storytelling to stand out. “Our mission is to make it easier for content creators to showcase intriguing programming that reflects this generation’s rich diversity,”
Celebration to take place April 27 as part of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor industry icon Cicely Tyson with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood during the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 27. Tyson, an Emmy- and Tony Award-winner and an Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominee, has worked in the entertainment industry for more than sixty years and has long been known for both her activism efforts and for the dynamic characters she has brought to life in film, television and theater. From her acclaimed performance in the groundbreaking film Sounder (1972)
Including Gillian Armstrong, Eva Marie Saint, Jacqueline Bisset, Melvin Van Peebles, and Michael York.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies is pleased to announce the following have been added to the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. Multi-award-winning director Gillian Armstrong will join Robert Benton as a recipient of a special tribute at the Festival. Armstrong will be in attendance for a screening of her film MY BRILLIANT CAREER (1979). This year’s Festival also welcomes the recent Oscar-winning screenwriter and director James Ivory, who will be in attendance with his film MAURICE (1987). Stars Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting and Michael York will all be in attendance for the 50th anniversary screening of ROMEO AND JULIET (1968).
Award recognizing an individual who has significantly contributed to preserving the cultural heritage of classic films to be given annually in honor of TCM’s iconic host.
Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will be given the inaugural Robert Osborne Award in recognition of his work as a film preservationist and impassioned classic movie fan. The Robert Osborne Award will be given out annually at the TCM Classic Film Festival to a recipient whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic films alive and thriving for generations to come. The award will be presented on April 26 during opening night of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival. “I am truly honored to be the first recipient of the Robert