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Inside the Cinema Eye Awards: Winners Hetherington, 'Beginners,' 'Interrupters'; James Says Documentary is 'Not a Genre'

On Wednesday night the Cinema Eye honors were presented, recognizing many documentery and independent films - from Steve James' "The Interrupters" (Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking and Direction) and the late Tim Heatherington's short "Diary"...
  • By Charles Lyons and Sophia Savage
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  • January 12, 2012 2:15 PM
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HollyShorts 2012 Now Accepting Submissions for August Fest

The HollyShorts Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, in its 8th year, runs August 9-16. Last year's fest featured work from the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Neil Labute and Kate Hudson. Cash prizes are given for Best Short, Director, Music Video and Commercial, and $30,000 in post production serves are given by Company 3.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 9, 2012 1:58 PM
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VIDEO WATCH: 'Tangled Ever After' Ties the Knot

Aww. Happily ever after hits a roadblock in "Tangled Ever After," a 3D short film that will screen in front of "Beauty and the Beast 3D" starting January 13.  Are they testing the water for a "Tangled 2"? The Rapunzel-inspired "Tangled" made $586.6 million worldwide for Disney.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 5, 2012 4:10 PM
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Sundance Short Films 2012: "Outrageously Distinctive with Uncompromised Spirit"

The Sundance Film Festival selected 64 shorts from 7,675 submissions for its 2012 Short Film program of US and foreign films, in Narrative, Animated and Documentary categories, as well as the New Frontiers section.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2011 4:00 PM
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Concrete Jungles: Doc Short Reimagines the High Rise

“One Millionth Tower” is a visually spectacular Web documentary by Canadian filmmaker Katerina Cizek that reimagines the fate of the dilapidating modern high-rise, a building form that houses over a billion people worldwide.   The six and a half minute short concentrates on a Toronto concrete high rise, Kipling Avenue, home to some 20,000 people. The film mixes photographs of the high rises with whimsical animation that brings these concrete structures to life, communicating the vibrancy of the high-rise through virtual landscapes. “One Millionth Tower” filmmakers spent two years interviewing residents with delicate attentiveness; the animation is sourced from apartment denizens' sketches of ways to improve their home. As the third installment of short web documentaries from the HIGHRISE project (others include “One Thousandth Tower” and “Out My Window”) this short film shows the power of film to transform our world.  Watch "One Millionth Tower" here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 5, 2011 11:47 AM
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The Latest Insta-Nostalgia Maker: LomoKino

Lomography has launched a camera that might give the Polaroid or Holga a run for their money as a hip, anti-digital, instantly retro accessory. Called the “Super 35 Movie Maker,” the LomoKino camera uses any 35 mm film to capture contemporary scenes in lo-fi light with minimal hand-cranked effort.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 7, 2011 9:27 AM
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Film Independent's LA Film Festival Is Accepting Submissions for 2012 Fest

Film Independent's LA FIlm Festival Is Accepting Submissions for 2012 Fest
Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, running June 14-24, is in its 18th year. It will showcase programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, a music video section and short films from high school students. Here are highlights from the 2011 festival. Submission details are below and here:
 


  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2011 7:22 AM
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Del Toro Exec Producing DreamWorks Feature Adaptation of Creepy Short Film: Alma

Guillermo del Toro, who executive produced Puss in Boots, will work again with DreamWorks Animation on Alma, another animated film based on a the popular short film (below) by Rodrigo Blaas. The former Pixar animator will also helm the feature, which is being written by Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning). Alma is adorable, but the vibe is wonderfully creepy--we hope (perhaps futilely) that DreamWorks keeps it that way--not to mention the gap in her teeth. A potential animated franchise with a female lead who isn't a princess? Yes, please, we need more of those!
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2011 6:35 AM
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GE and CINELAN Add Filmmakers to Focus Forward Three-Minute Film Initiative

GE and CINELAN announce from The Doha Tribeca Film Festival that the following award-winning filmmakers will join Focus Forward, a global documentary initiative that looks at the human power of ideas and innovation through three-minute films that can educate and inspire: Lucy Walker (director, Waste Land), Eddie Schmidt (producer, Twist of Faith), Phil Cox (director, The Bengali Detective), Leslie Iwerks (director, The Pixar Story) and Stanley Nelson (director, Freedom Riders).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 26, 2011 3:20 AM
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My Movie Pitch Announces 2011 Winner, Who Will Collaborate with Ed Burns

My Movie Pitch (from Tribeca Film and American Express) announces its 2011 winner, Susan Brennan. She made a pitch (after the jump) and Ed Burns will write and direct the short with her help. The film will premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. They explain the story together below. You can follow Ed Burns' twitter for updates.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2011 8:03 AM
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