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LatinoBuzz: PBS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariachis, Lucha Libre Wrestlers, Slam Poets, and John Leguizamo

  • By Vanessa Erazo
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  • September 28, 2012 7:30 AM
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Public television has long been a champion of diversity and through October 15, PBS will honor Latinos by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a varied lineup of new and encore programming. Among the repeat broadcasts that are absolutely worth your time are the documentaries Tales From a GhettoKlown, a behind-the-scenes look at John Leguizamo’s Broadway show of the same name; Mariachi High, an inspiring year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School in South Texas; and Waste Land, an Academy Award-nominated film about a Brazilian artist who uses materials found in a landfill to create larger-than-life portraits of garbage collectors. (Checklocallistings)

New York, New Years, Jews in the News, Part II

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 27, 2012 7:30 AM
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Being at IFP Filmweek in NYC where my partner Peter Belsito was on a speed dating table, we appreciated its new venue at Lincoln Center. At the same time as our event, NYFF was having its press screenings. Our own L.A. Times gave its Los Angeles stars some ink today. We hugged Rose Kuo, chatted with Eugene Hernandez, Eric Kohn and Peter Kneght, all hanging around together just like in the old Indiewire days.

New Year, New York, Jews in the News, Part I

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 26, 2012 1:14 PM
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To my friends and readers: We are about to conclude the Jewish High Holidays which began 10 days ago with Rosh Hashanah and ends tomorrow with Yom Kippur. In the spirit of this season, I must ask everyone, if I have offended any of you, whether knowingly or unknowingly, I ask your forgiveness. If I have not published articles I promised you I would, please forgive me. I meant to when I said I would but have so many other commitments and things I must do. I am sure that the article is not forgotten and I may get to it in the coming year. But I ask forgiveness for overreaching and for commitments and promises I have not kept.

FILM FESTIVAL ACADEMY – Inaugural Event

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • September 25, 2012 10:30 AM
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For some years now Tom Prasek and I have commiserated about the need for a serious networking solution and overview organization about (for lack of a better term) 'the film festival world'.

trinidad + tobago film festival

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 24, 2012 7:30 AM
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Toronto International Film Festival: The Female Factor

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 21, 2012 7:30 AM
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This year’s Toronto  was competing in my psyche with the recent loss of my mother.  My focus was less on finding the greatest of films this year.  I hear from others that the festival offered a good mix, if not the most outstanding, selection of films.  Personally, I am discovering that a new community has opened its arms to me and the films that are standing out most for me are by women and about women.  My community, those women who have lost their mothers, is sharing a unique and profound rite of passage whose meaning continuously unfolds.

Top Cross-Media Projects and Talent Announced for the 2012 Pixel Market

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 20, 2012 9:07 AM
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The Global Skin is Looking for Stories

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 19, 2012 2:37 PM
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IFP Announces The 34th Edition of Independent Film Week - Industry Activities, plus Project Forum Slate

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • September 18, 2012 7:30 AM
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In the early 80s a small group of filmmakers, including myself, under the invitation of Sandra Schulberg gathered at NYC's 92nd Street 'Y' to found a filmmaker-run and oriented organization to facilitate networking and 'to give us a voice'. I am still very happy with the result as seen in today's 34th edition of Independent Film Week.

When Are Films Political: The Brave Films of Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 17, 2012 7:30 AM
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Five brave films have made TIFF 12 stand out in a very particular way for me this year. Usually I, among hordes of others, am busiest chasing down the next Academy Award contenders, the high priced U.S. acquisitions or the major sleeper of the festival. Those films are repeatedly covered by the trades, and my Rights Roundup will keep a running talley on all announced pickups worldwide of all the films. There are many more brave and wonderful films which screened this year at TIFF, but for me, these were the ones I was honored to catch. I hope my readers get the chance to see these!

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