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Festival News: Provincetown Honors Aronofsky & Farmiga, Tribeca Lineup, Dallas Honors Ann-Margret

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 7, 2011 at 8:30AM

This year's Provincetown International Film Festival, which will showcase 50 films June 15-19, will honor Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) with its Filmmaker On The Edge Award, and actress-director Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground) with the Excellence in Acting Award. Executive director Gabby Hanna says each of them "represent the spirit and artistic voice of what filmmaking is today.” More information on the festival is here.
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This year's Provincetown International Film Festival, which will showcase 50 films June 15-19, will honor Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) with its Filmmaker On The Edge Award, and actress-director Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground) with the Excellence in Acting Award. Executive director Gabby Hanna says each of them "represent the spirit and artistic voice of what filmmaking is today.” More information on the festival is here.

The Tribeca Film Festival, which will open with Cameron Crowe's The Union, announces its World Narrative, Doc, and Viewpoints lineups. Viewpoints, in its first year, joins the other out-of-competition sections, Cinemania and Spotlight. Forty-three titles (including James Westby's Rid of Me, pictured) are announced (indieWIRE has the complete list here); they hail from 32 countries; among them are 42 World, 11 International, 19 North American, 7 U.S. and 8 New York Premieres. Tribeca will also giving new awards this year for the cinematography, screenwriting and editing of in-competition films, as well as the addition of Best New Narrative and Documentary Director awards.

The Dallas International Film festival also announces its slate for the March 31 - April 10 event and its Dallas Star Award recipient, Ann-Margret. She joins past recipients Wally Pfister, Charlize Theron, Kathryn Bigelow and others. Among the fest's centerpieces -- fourteen of which are vying in Narrative and Doc competitions for a $25k cash prize -- are Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy, Sean McNamera's Soul Surfer (with Dallas Star recipient Helen Hunt) and OK Buckaroos, about music legend Jerry Jeff Walker.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Darren Aronofsky, Tribeca, Drama, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.