If You Dream of Getting into The Industry, This is a Must-See: ‘Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL

Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL Rating: 10/10 Director and Writer: Rick Pamplin. Style: Documentary Time: 101 minutes by Mike Szymanski This is a subject I know a lot about. Not only have I taken a lot of classes about the film industry, and have two bookcases full of dusty books about breaking into the business, but I’ve watched the plethora of how-to documentaries that parse out secrets … Continue reading If You Dream of Getting into The Industry, This is a Must-See: ‘Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL

TRIBECA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2022 FEATURE AND SHORT FILM LINEUP

10 FEATURE FILMS FROM 150 FILMMAKERS ACROSS 40 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING 88 WORLD PREMIERES; 43 SHORTS IN COMPETITION FROM 25 COUNTRIES “MOVIES PLUS” SCREENINGS FOLLOWED BY LIVE EVENTS, INCLUDING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY LIL BABY AND OF MONSTERS AND MEN, APPEARANCES BY COLSON BAKER (AKA MACHINE GUN KELLY) AND WNBA’S NEW YORK LIBERTY; CONVERSATIONS WITH LEVAR BURTON AND JOHN MCENROE, AND MORE 21ST FESTIVAL TO CLOSE OUT … Continue reading TRIBECA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2022 FEATURE AND SHORT FILM LINEUP

‘Look Away, Look Away’ Doesn’t Look Away from Both Sides of the Confederate Flag Controversy

By Mike Szymanski It starts off ugly. This documentary starts off with the ugly rantings of a guy who brought a gun in with a Confederate flag and murdered nine innocent people at the Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina. Then, the filmmaker, writer and director Patrick O’Connor talks about the flag of his home state of Mississippi that has the Confederate flag as a … Continue reading ‘Look Away, Look Away’ Doesn’t Look Away from Both Sides of the Confederate Flag Controversy

JFI’s Applications Are Now Open

JFI’s national, year-long Filmmaker-in-Residence program provides creative, marketing, and production support for filmmakers exploring and expanding thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture and identity. What the Residency Offers: Monthly cohort support meetings Skill-building trainings with industry leaders Annual expense-paid convening at JFI’s Summer Film Festival (SFJFF), health guidelines permitting Pitch Training and Forum Passes to JFI programming Promotion through JFI channels for the life … Continue reading JFI’s Applications Are Now Open

Experimental Forest Films Announces Recipients of New Works Grant; A Project-Based Initiative to Support Underrepresented Filmmakers in BC

Experimental Forest Films, with the generous support of TELUS Storyhive, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2nd-ever New Works Grant. The initiative is awarding 4 filmmakers with $2000 grants to Black filmmakers living on the unceded lands known as British Columbia.  The four selected filmmakers are Adhel Arop, Kemi Craig, Mariam Ingrid Barry and Sophia Turunesh Mufuruki. “Experimental Forest Films is thrilled to be … Continue reading Experimental Forest Films Announces Recipients of New Works Grant; A Project-Based Initiative to Support Underrepresented Filmmakers in BC

“WHAT” A Not So Silent Film

By Vernon Nickerson “WHAT”, written and directed by Alex Lev, stars brilliant actor John Maucere in a film with a stellar cast of deaf male and female actors. They collaborate to give us a profound, powerful, and whimsical look at being a minority deaf culture in a majority culture of hearing humans. WHAT, is aptly billed as a not-so-silent film about a deaf actor searching … Continue reading “WHAT” A Not So Silent Film

“Mondo Hollywoodland” A Story Of Selfreflection

By Vernon Nickerson “Mondo Hollywoodland” looks and feels vaguely familiar. In fact, it is a story I have lived in the bohemian lives of many artist friends in Los Angeles’ Silverlake Community. The film was directed, produced and co-written by award-winning director, producer, and writer Janek Ambros “Mondo Hollywoodland” also stars Alex Loynaz (PEDRO, 9-1-1), Alyssa Sabo (Totally Rad, Floor is Lava), and Jessica Jade … Continue reading “Mondo Hollywoodland” A Story Of Selfreflection

’12 Mighty Orphans’ Offers a Story of Hope During Tough Times

By Mike Szymanski Everyone wants a story of hope during tough times, and this is a story inspired by true events during the tough times of the Great Depression. How appropriate then, to bring the story to light today in the middle of some very tough times, too. With a stellar familiar cast and a ripe pack of new talent, “12 Mighty Orphans” reminds me … Continue reading ’12 Mighty Orphans’ Offers a Story of Hope During Tough Times

The 74th Festival de Cannes Film Official Selection and Jury Of 2021

The 74th Festival de Cannes will be held from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 17th July 2021. The 74th Festival de Cannes has been waiting a year to be unveiled to the world. This will be the first Festival de Cannes in the 19 COVID pandemic, as they say the show must go on. 74th Festival de Cannes is returning with an in-person event after the … Continue reading The 74th Festival de Cannes Film Official Selection and Jury Of 2021

“LEYLAK”: A Quiet and Powerful Film Depicting A Family’s Grief Observed in the 2020-2021 COVID 19 Pandemic

By Vernon Nickerson 500,000 deaths to date. Once upon a time it was only 100,000; 25,000 of those were from NY, NY. Thankfully, 61 died in New York with a family’s remembrance. This is where “Leylak” (the Turkish word for mauve and or lilac) begins. Historically, the color symbolizes spring and mourning the loss of a loved one. Both themes frame the story simply and … Continue reading “LEYLAK”: A Quiet and Powerful Film Depicting A Family’s Grief Observed in the 2020-2021 COVID 19 Pandemic

Sundance Institute Names 20 Fellows Across Feature Film Directors and Screenwriters Labs, Native Lab

The Sundance Ins named the artists and projects selected for the first group of the upcoming signature summer Labs including 12 fellows for the Directors and Screenwriters Labs and 9 fellows participating in the Native Lab (one fellow will participate in both Labs). The Labs provide a space for writers and directors to spend time developing their craft and selected projects. Elements of this year’s … Continue reading Sundance Institute Names 20 Fellows Across Feature Film Directors and Screenwriters Labs, Native Lab

Acclaimed PBS Television Series ‘POV’ Announces 34th Season, Reaffirming Public Media as a Platform for the People

Powerful points of view into immigration, economic inequality and racial justice—more than half directed by people of color and women, with a spotlight on Latinx cinema Season premieres on July 5 with CJ Hunt’s The Neutral Ground—all films available streaming with free educational resources POV returns to PBS in July with its 34th season, a slate of films that reaffirm public media’s vital role as … Continue reading Acclaimed PBS Television Series ‘POV’ Announces 34th Season, Reaffirming Public Media as a Platform for the People

AXS FILM FUND LAUNCHES WITH A COMMITMENT TO ENSURING CREATORS OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD

Grants of up to $10,000 Per Project Starting in 2021 AXS Film Fund was founded to support documentary filmmakers and non-fiction new media creators of color with disabilities. AXS Film Fund seeks to bring visibility to this underrepresented community of creators by intervening and providing opportunities that they may not otherwise have with mainstream funding structures. Grantees will be supported in their endeavors to tell … Continue reading AXS FILM FUND LAUNCHES WITH A COMMITMENT TO ENSURING CREATORS OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD

Sundance Institute Announces Chief Executive Officer Keri Putnam To Step Down

Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam has informed staff and the Board of Trustees that she will be stepping down later this year after more than ten years with the Institute. Under her leadership, the renowned media and arts non-profit has seen a decade of extraordinary growth and impact. The organization is uniquely positioned as a leading global advocate for independent artists, diversity in media, freedom … Continue reading Sundance Institute Announces Chief Executive Officer Keri Putnam To Step Down

Sundance Institute and XRM Media Partner to Present Sundance Film Festival: Asia

Jakarta, Indonesia will Play Host to the Inaugural Festival Sundance Institute and XRM Media today announced a collaboration to create Sundance Film Festival: Asia to support, connect, promote and celebrate the independent film community within Asia, while showcasing a selection of films from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.  Sundance Film Festival: Asia is an expansion of the Institute’s programming in the region, further championing and … Continue reading Sundance Institute and XRM Media Partner to Present Sundance Film Festival: Asia

2021 Slamdance Film Festival Film Review of “Man Under Table or: I’m Writing a Movie”

By Vernon Nickerson I found music video director / filmmaker / actor Noel David Taylor’s “Man Under Table or: I’m Writing a Movie” fascinating. It is unique as a film made PRE-COVID-19 and released in the midst of a global pandemic which has changed irrevocably how films are marketed/ distributed and “build an audience” in the neo-virtual digital media multiverse. Watching “Man Under Table or: … Continue reading 2021 Slamdance Film Festival Film Review of “Man Under Table or: I’m Writing a Movie”

The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, The Show Must Go On!!!

The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will go on in a new way like never before… “It’s imperative we bring a sense of hopefulness to 2021, but in the safest way possible,” says Roger Durling, SBIFF’s Executive Director. “A virtual component was a given but experiencing movies in socially distanced cars and being by the ocean felt oh so perfectly Santa Barbara, California.” SBIFF … Continue reading The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, The Show Must Go On!!!

2021 Slamdance Film Festival Review Of “Bleeding Audio”: It Is The Holy Grail Of Alternative Punk Band biography…And So Much More!

By Vernon Nickerson Chelsea Christer’s reality drama-documentary “Bleeding Audio” will be a hot ticket for fans of fan favorite punk rockers “The Matches” as soon as tickets are available. If, like most feature length films in the COVID era, it is streamed, that platform had best be prepared to be shredded. Officially, “Bleeding Audio” is the deep, wide and multilayered story of an Oakland California … Continue reading 2021 Slamdance Film Festival Review Of “Bleeding Audio”: It Is The Holy Grail Of Alternative Punk Band biography…And So Much More!

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE ATTENDANCE

Sundance’s Largest-Ever Audience Comes Together Around Independent Storytelling   The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced attendance information for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which took place both online and in-person in 20 cities across the country from January 28 through February 3. The seven day Festival reached a total audience 2.7 times larger than at the typical 11 day Utah edition, despite the shorter duration and … Continue reading 2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE ATTENDANCE

Mad Samurai Productions Options Eric Walters’ Novel Series THE RULE OF THREE

Vancouver-based Mad Samurai Productions announced today the company has teamed up with writer Lynne Kamm (Transplant, 19-2) to acquire the exclusive television rights to award-winning Canadian novelist Eric Walters’ YA book series THE RULE OF THREE.  With over 400,000 copies sold in North America alone, THE RULE OF THREE novels include the three in the series, along with the spin off novel Fourth Dimension that … Continue reading Mad Samurai Productions Options Eric Walters’ Novel Series THE RULE OF THREE