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The Maguey Award Reasserts its Commitment to Promote Tolerance Towards Sexual Diversity

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • March 19, 2014 8:00 AM
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Taking advantage of the impact that film has on modern society and aiming to promote a culture of tolerance and non-discrimination, the Guadalajara International Film Festival in (FICG29) presents the Maguey Awards, accolades given to film productions that expose narratives about an open sexuality, a cinema of acceptance towards sexual diversity in all its manifestations, cinema that gives a voice to "minorities" whom up to now have resisted oppression.

Napa Valley Film Festival Carries On

  • By Peter Belsito
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  • March 2, 2012 12:10 PM
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A few weeks back I had the distinct pleasure of attending and serving on the jury of the premiere edition of Napa Valley Film Festival. I want to promote / publicize their 2nd outing later this year but first I want to use this forum to say why I think they at Napa – and events like them worldwide – are so important now.

U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: Adopt Films

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 20, 2011 1:30 AM
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Veteran distribution executive and October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky has teamed with longtime Twin Cities entrepreneur and former exhibitor Tim Grady to form a new acquisitions-oriented independent distribution company called Adopt Films. They announced their first acquisition at TIFF 2011, the French-American filmmaker Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. Adopt Films plans a first quarter 2012 release in the U.S.

Rajendra Roy - Chief Curator of the Department of Film, MOMA

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 10, 2011 10:29 AM
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By Guest Blogger Peter Belsito

IFP and The Film Society of Lincoln Center Announce Collaboration for Independent Film Week 2011

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 21, 2011 2:00 AM
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Independent Film Project (IFP) and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the new collaboration that includes the relocation of IFP’s signature program, Independent Film Week, to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and to provide joint programming during the New York Film Festival. Both partners will present a daylong event in October that will showcase emerging artists engaging with industry powers.

IFP’s Independent Film Week To Launch “Future of Film Today” Short Film Series

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 20, 2011 12:00 PM
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New York, NY – In partnership with Royal Bank of Canada and the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, IFP announced the launch of the “The Future of Film Today” short film series, highlighting the work and personal stories of six talented New York-based independent filmmakers during Independent Film Week. Formerly known as the IFP Market, Independent Film Week is the leading forum in the U.S. dedicated to discovering and showcasing new independent film projects and talent. It is the place where filmmakers, film lovers and film professionals can come together to support new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene.

IFP Film Week “Sneak Preview” Public Screening Series at Central Park & The Highline

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 19, 2011 7:00 AM
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“Sneak Preview” Public Screening Series at Central Park & The Highline

IFP Announces Titles for Project Forum - The Centerpiece of Independent Film Week

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • September 18, 2011 6:30 AM
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150 New Films in Development from Emerging & Established Filmmakers

Sean Farnel - On Moving On From Hot Docs

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 22, 2011 9:28 AM
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Sean Farnel

Gun Hill Road

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • March 25, 2011 2:30 AM
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I am finally catching up with some of what I missed at Sundance -- just in time for Cannes!. This one I had heard about from a acting school colleague of Rashaad before Sundance was announced. Now I have finally seen the film! Wow! It is so strong and uncompromising, I actually had a tough time staying with these characters, so strongly into their own world were they. The realism of their characters, flaws and strengths, the realism of those rough South Bronx streets, the grittiness and proximity were palpable. This film will remain with me for a long time to come. Esai Morales and Judy Reyes were great. And the young man...who is he? Even IMDb didn’t help me find him as I forgot his name in the film. What a sweet and beautiful young man. All the actors were good, even the supporting roles, especially of the nemisis, Sugar, played by Robert Salzman, who must have done something as horrendous as what our hero, Enrique, fears in his own son. Enrique's steadfast and unquestionable machismo made Esai Morales' figure positively tragic. The video here speaks with Robert Salzman's own voice and makes you understand how he was able to play the role of the convict/ ex-con Sugar:Director Rashaad Ernesto Green started his own his career as an actor and has a natural feel for the actors. A New York native, he received his BA from Dartmouth College, MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and will graduate this May from NYU's Graduate Film Program. After spending three years acting in theaters nationwide and working with directors such as Spike Lee, Rashaad worked as a teacher in the South Bronx before moving behind the camera to tell stories. Rashaad was included on the latest edition of Filmmaker Magazine’s elite 25 New Faces of Independent Film list as well as indieWIRE's 2009 Top Ten New Voices in Cinema. Gun Hill Road's Rashaad Ernesto Green, courtesy of Sundance InstituteThe world premiere of Rashaad’s film Premature won the Grand Jury Prize in the HBO Short Film Competition at the 2008 American Black Film Festival, is currently airing on HBO and has played over 40 festivals worldwide, including Palm Springs International Shortfest, Munich International Film Festival, Sapporo International Film Festival of Japan, has broadcast in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Kenya, Japan, and has garnered over 20 awards, including the Directors Guild of America Student Award and the National Board of Review Award. His short Choices premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and his latest short Cuts has also screened on HBO. Selected for the 2010 Tribeca All Access Program, IFP’s Independent Film Week, and a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation–Cary Grant Film Award, Rashaad recently completed his thesis feature film Gun Hill Road which premiered in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition. Gun Hill Road was picked up by U.S. distributor Motion Film Group and will be released early this summer.

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