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6th Annual Art House Convergence To Take Place January 14-17, 2013

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • November 29, 2012 9:30 AM
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LatinoBuzz: Cinema Under Construction 23 Toulouse- Call for Entry is Open

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • November 28, 2012 4:00 AM
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DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING MATERIALS : JANUARY THE 21st 2013. This double annual event jointly organized by two European festivals (Toulouse and San Sebastian) aims to contribute to the completion, distribution and promotion of Latin American films who encounter difficulties at the stage of post-production.

"The Invisible War"- Treatment Program

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • November 26, 2012 2:29 PM
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Filmmakers to Launch Pilot Treatment Program for Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma in Early 2013 The Artemis Invisible War Recovery Program and Fund will provide specialized treatment to for victims assaulted in the military

Whistler Film Festival Announces Highlights, Honorees and Juries

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • November 24, 2012 1:17 PM
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The 12th annual Whistler Film Festival (November 28 – December 2, 2012) celebrates the next generation of cinematic talent with an impressive lineup of star-studded guests and honorees.


LatinoBuzz: 20 Years After Leaving, Two Sisters Return to the Hippie Commune Where They Were Born in 'American Commune' Documentary

  • By Vanessa Erazo
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  • November 21, 2012 9:30 AM
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The Mundo sisters, having spent their childhood never watching television, found themselves working for Viacom, one of the biggest media conglomerates there is, as directors for MTV. It was this paradox that sparked the idea to make a documentary.

5 African Filmmakers Awarded $10,000 Through Focus Features' Africa First Program

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • November 20, 2012 9:30 AM
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Focus Features has chosen five winners for its 2012 Africa First Program, an initiative launched in 2008 that is dedicated to providing financial assistance for upcoming African filmmakers. Each filmmaker will be awarded $10,000 to be used for funding their films' pre-production, production, and/or post-production.

A Poet of Cinema: Jerry Schatzberg

  • By Ian Haydn Smith
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  • November 19, 2012 9:30 AM
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The films of Jerry Schatzberg, particularly the key works he directed in the 1970s, have been undervalued in the eyes of many critics who, in their survey of American cinema have elevated other directors to iconic status. (He is not alone – Michael Ritchie is another director richly deserving of re-evaluation.) So this brief retrospective, which includes a masterclass with the filmmaker, is a very welcome addition to the third edition of the American Film Festival. 

Jews in the News: The Other Side: Hitler's Children

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • November 16, 2012 9:30 AM
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Film Movement's next theatrical release is Hitler's Children. The film basically chronicles the lives of a number of descendants of top Nazi officials, including Hitler, Himmler, Göring and others, as they struggle to accept and try to come to terms with the legacy of their grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and god parents.

The American Film Festival in Poland: U.S. Indies Take Note

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • November 13, 2012 3:34 PM
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The American Film Festival in Poland this November promotes American indies abroad. Considering there’s money to be made abroad which is not always readily accessible here, indie filmmakers here in the U.S. should take notice of what's going on in Poland.

Women to Watch: Halima Ouardiri

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • November 12, 2012 9:30 AM
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I met the young producer/ writer/ director Halima Ouardiri at TIFF 12 through their mentoring program. Born of a Swiss mother and a Moroccan father in 1977 in Geneva where she spent her childhood and adolescence experiencing various activities such as dressage of horses and close protection of Saudi Arabian princesses. She now lives in Montreal where she studied political science and then cinema at Concordia University. Working at EyeSteelFilm , she gained experience in the production of independent films. She wrote the screenplay and directed a fiction short, Au Sol in 2004 and La Robe in 2009, a documentary short. She won the Grand Prix of the 'Cours écrire ton court!' Competition organized by SODEC with the screenplay for Mokhtar which she then directed.

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