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My French Film Festival Announces 2013's Winning Films and Sets 2014 Dates

The fourth edition of My French Film Festival has been set for January 17 through February 17, 2014. This year's edition of the worldwide online fest, which saw 750,000 registrants from 189 countries streaming the fest's selection of 10 competition films, three non-competition and 10 short films (all French, naturellement), has announced its five winners.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2013 12:41 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival to Stream Seven Official Selections Online, and Host Vine's #6SECFILM Competition

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) announced today that it will stream seven 2013 fest selections -- four of which are premiere titles -- to allow domestic US audiences the chance experience the festival from across the country. Also streaming will be Tribeca's first-ever Vine Competition, #6SECFILM.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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Tribeca Trailer Watch: 'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia' Interviews the Iconic Writer, Essayist and Feisty Feuder

Check out the new trailer for documentary "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia," set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28). Directed by Nicholas Wrathall, the film features candid interviews with the iconic American writer, essayist, intellectual and first-rate feuder. Also interviewed are David Mamet, Sting, Mikhail Gorbachev, William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer, Jodie Evans and Nina Straight. Commentary blends with footage from Vidal's legendary on-air career.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 29, 2013 12:50 PM
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Clint 'Eastwood Directs' Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca, Followed by Panel with Eastwood and Darren Aronofsky

WBHE's documentary "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story" will have its premiere April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28), followed by a panel with Clint Eastwood, moderated by Darren Aronofsky.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 29, 2013 12:44 PM
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Martin Scorsese's 'King of Comedy' to Close 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Rupert Pupkin. The name slides off the tongue like luggage off an airport carousel. And as portrayed by Robert De Niro -- post Jake LaMotta, pre Noodles Aaronsen -- he is one of the more memorable pieces of cultural/emotional baggage produced by the American screen. A hero of dubious sanity. Dubious worth. More cringe-worthy than an episode of “Two Broke Girls.” He is “The King of Comedy.” And he will be closing the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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Louisiana International Film Festival Appoints Former LACMA Film Curator Ian Birnie as Programming Director

The Louisiana International Film Festival (April 18-21) is quickly approaching, and has announced its appointment of former LACMA film curator Ian Birnie as its programming director. The fest will announce its full slate on April 1 -- no foolin'!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2013 12:14 PM
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First Look: Interactive Installation 'Journal of Insomnia' to Premiere in Tribeca's First-Ever New Media Competition

If you missed Tilda Swinton at MoMa, the National Film Board of Canada is preparing its Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) nocturnal premiere of "A Journal of Insomnia," an interactive project that offers an immersive experience of sleep deprivation. Insomniacs are both spectators and actors in this fresco of hundreds of personal reflections on sleepless nights, gathered from all over the web since last fall. Check out a first-look teaser trailer of the installation below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 26, 2013 2:10 PM
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Wong Kar-wai Offers 'Master' Class at Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai opened up to over 600 cinephiles last week in a master class discussing his latest film "The Grandmaster," which opened the Berlin Film Festival in February and will be distributed in the US by The Weinstein Company. Moderated by critic Yua Ching-yuen as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the master class offered insight into the themes running through Wong's oeuvre, which includes international arthouse sensations "In the Mood for Love" (2000) and "Chungking Express" (1994). But the major point of discussion was "The Grandmaster."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 26, 2013 6:30 AM
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Los Angeles Times Reveals Program for 18th Annual Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times has published the program for its 18th Annual Festival of Books, which runs on the USC Campus the weekend of April 20-21. The lineup boasts over 400 notable literary personalities, celebrity chefs, political experts and other public figures who will entertain attendees with panels, discussions, debates and performances.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 25, 2013 6:27 PM
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Tribeca Adds Free Film Festival Events: Outdoor Screenings of 'The Birds,' 'Beetlejuice' and 'Lil Bub and Friendz'

The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) has announced its lineup of free community events, including the fest's signature Tribeca Drive-In, this year featuring screenings of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and the premiere of viral kitty video film "Lil Bub and Friendz." Full list of events below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 2:41 PM
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