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SIFF Review: 'The Savoy King' Celebrates Harlem Jazz Drummer Chick Webb

“Music is a universal combiner," says Dr. Muriel Petioni, the mother of Harlem medicine, in the first few measures of Jeff Kaufman’s spirited window into the culture of the Harlem music and dance movement in the 1920’s and '30’s. This is a perfect descriptor for "The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America."
  • By John W. Comerford
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  • June 11, 2012 8:39 PM
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SIFF Virgin Diary 3: 'Wuthering Heights,' 'Not A Hipster' Interview, Award Winners (VIDEO)

My third day began with Andrea Arnold's exquisite "Wuthering Heights" at Capital Hill's Harvard Exit theater, built in 1925--- a charming theater and a long film to watch on a sunny Seattle afternoon, but it was well worth it.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 11, 2012 12:39 PM
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Produced By Conference 2012: Ten Takeaways for Filmmakers, from Chris Nolan to Peter Berg

More than 1200 attendees jammed the sold-out fourth annual session of the Produced By Conference on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City this weekend for panels and mixers that included some of the industry’s biggest players, from Christopher Nolan to Peter Berg.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 11, 2012 7:35 AM
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Telluride 's 2012 Guest Director is Geoff Dyer

Every year Labor Day Weekend's Telluride Film Festival picks a guest director to select part of the program. Past guests have included Alexander Payne, John Boorman, Buck Henry, Errol Morris, Peter Sellars and Stephen Sondheim. The guest for the 39th Telluride, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is author Geoff Dyer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2012 3:48 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Best of TOH! Interviews, In the Works, Festivals, Columns, Trailers and Awards

WEEKEND PREVIEW Weekend Preview: Spectacular 'Prometheus' Arrives, 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Best of the Indies BOX OFFICE Marvel's 'Avengers' Threatens Cameron at Top of Blockbuster Charts, 'Iron Man 3' Starts Production Weekend Box Office: 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Surpasses Universal's Lowball Projections
  • By TOH!
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  • June 9, 2012 4:00 PM
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SIFF Virgin Diary 2: Spacek Talks Malick, Loretta Lynn & 'Carrie'; Kassovitz's 'Rebellion' and 'The Exorcist'

SIFF honored Sissy Spacek with their Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award and held a tribute evening in her honor. Time critic Richard Corliss led the nearly two hour Q & A with Spacek, covering everything from her upbringing in Texas to what she grows on her farm in Virginia. "Grass," she said, but "not that kind of grass!"
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 9, 2012 3:51 PM
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Seattle Film Festival Virgin Diary 1

The Seattle Film Festival has been going since May 17, so I'll be arriving a bit late to the party Thursday afternoon. The country's longest festival wraps up this Sunday, and I've been watching screeners in Los Angeles to prepare myself. Large and local, this festival offers cinephiles plenty of riches.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2012 1:43 PM
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UCLA 2012 TFT Film Festival Screens Selected Student Films

The UCLA School of Theater, FIlm & Television's 2012 UCLA TFT Film Festival will honor their Alumnus of the Year, filmmaker Julie Dash, and screen selected student films which will be given awards in a variety of categories, as chosen by their peers. It all kicks off June 8. Below are the selected students and their films. Here are more details.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 5, 2012 12:45 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Cannes Reviews, Oscar Talk is Back, Trailer Watch, and Industry News

Weekend Preview - it's slim pickings ahead but we steer you right. We give "Snow White and the Huntsman" a review and review round-up: it wants to everything it's not. Our review and review round-up for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" in case you're planning ahead, this one promises stunning eye candy.
  • By TOH!
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  • June 2, 2012 8:17 PM
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Which Fall Films Will Land at Venice? Michael Mann President of Jury; Fest Directors On the Move

One Cannes hot topic: which fall films will show at Venice, Telluride, New York or Toronto on the fest circuit that kicks off award season? Harvey Weinstein showed footage from two key titles, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and David O. Russell's comedy "The Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2012 1:39 PM
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