Robin Menken

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Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.
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The 19th Annual Arab Film Festival

The 19th Annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) plays the San Francisco Bay Area from October 16-25, then moves on to Los Angeles on November 13–15. Villa Touma will open the LA edition of the Festival at the Harmony Gold, Friday, November 13, 8pm then plays San Diego, November 20–22.AFF was ... Full story

Three Windows and a Hanging, Kosovo's Oscar Submission

Isa Qosja's restrained drama "Three Windows and a Hanging" (Tri Dritare dhe një Varje) is Kosovo's first-ever Foreign Oscar Submission.Veteran director Isa Qosja ("ojet e mjegulles", "Proka") tackles a tough subject, the rape of women by Serb forces during the ... Full story

Boudewijn Koole's "Kauwboy", the Netherland's Official Oscar submission

Boudewijn Koole's "Kauwboy", the Netherland's Official Oscar submission, is, in it's gentle way, one of the most memorable of the 2012 submissions. The small-scale film is perfect in tone."Kauwboy" won the European Film Awards Discovery Fipresci Award and two prizes ... Full story

"Fair Play" the Czech Republic’s Foreign Oscar submission

Andrea Sedláčková’s "Fair Play" the Czech Republic’s Foreign Oscar submission, uses sports competition as a lens to examine Soviet era repression in its satellite states.There isn't a lot of morale ambiguity in this tale of totalitarianism's incursion into private lives, ... Full story

2015 World Animation Celebration

International Short Film Festival! Animation Libation Studios & Animation Magazine present The World Animation Celebration international short film animation festival hosted by Sony Pictures Animation. The event will take place for two days on October 24 and 25 at Sony ... Full story

The First Asian World Film Festival AWFF

The festival was created by “Heavenly Nomadic” producer Sadyk Sher-Niyaz  to bring a broad selection of Asian world cinema to Los Angeles, drawing greater recognition to the region’s filmmakers and strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries.Sadyk Sher-Niyaz ... Full story

The Hollywood Film Festival 2015

The Hollywood Film Festival (HFF) 2015 was the second edition since the festival was acquired last year by Jon Fitzgerald and Brad Parks’ philanthropic body Cinecause. The new festival now promotes socially conscious films.The state of the art ArcLight Theater ... Full story

"Theeb", Jordan's entry for Foreign Language Film

"Theeb", Jordan's entry for this year's Foreign Language Film, is set in the desert of southern Jordan in 1916 during the Arab Revolt (that brought Lawrence of Arabia his fame).The beautifully shot film feels like Like a British Boy's Own ... Full story

XENIA Greece's Official Oscar Submission

"Xenia" is Greece's Official Oscar Submission. Panos H. Koutras's road movie, about two recently orphaned Patty Pravo obsessed brothers, premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was seen in LA at the 2015 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF)Flamboyantly ... Full story


Unlike countless Improv shows that ask for audience suggestions, take too many and seem to avoid the challenging suggestions, the group asked for two suggestions and ran with them. The category- a family Heirloom and why it was important. A woman ... Full story

The New Girlfriend

The Psycho sexuality behind transvestitism has been haunting films since jaye Davison's surprise turn in "The Crying Game" and would seem to be played out; yet Francois Ozun has found a novel way to address it in his genre bending "The ... Full story

The 8TH Annual Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF)

Film producers Meire Fernandes and Nazareno Paulo are the visionaries behind the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival. Their latest production "Colors of Love" a narrative short about Autism, will be screened during the Special Screenings - USA on Tuesday, September ... Full story


Screenwriter Kurt Sutter's screenplay, a remake of the classic "The Champ" (Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper) can't help itself. Every fight film since "The Champ" uses the same arc: a counted out fighter fights his way back to title\holder and ... Full story

I Touched All Your Stuff

Directors Maíra Bühler and Matias Mariani received a grant to make a film about foreigner imprisoned in Brazilian jails. They found an unusual subject, Chris “Goose” Kirk, a naive computer geek from Olympia, Washington, lured to Columbia through his interest ... Full story

Paulette by Jerome Enrico

Jerome Enrico's comedy Paulette", set in the rough Banlieues (projects) around Paris stars Iconic Nouvelle Vague actress Berndadette Lafont, who sadly passed away a year after "Paulette" became a French Box office success.  She debuted in Chabrol's "Le Beau Serge" ... Full story

Coming Home

Middle age Teacher Feng Wanyu or Yu (Li Gong) and daughter Dan Dan, (Huiwen Zhang), a rising star at the Ballet Academy, are advised by party officials that Yu's husband Lu Yanshi (or Lu) a "Rightist" enemy of the state, ... Full story


Screenwriter Kurt Sutter's screenplay, a remake of the classic "The Champ" (Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper) can't help itself. Every fight film since "The Champ" uses the same arc: a counted out fighter fights his way back to titleholder and ... Full story

"Rialto's Best Of British Noir " comes to the Nuart

“Rialto’s Best of British Noir,” at Landmark's Nuart, Feb 5-11, 2010, is a five-film paean to the black and white British genre. Unlike American crime movies, British Noir usually features petty criminals and war veterans drawn into black marketeering.  The ... Full story

The Man In the Shadows

Joshua Fraiman's “The Man In the Shadows “was one of the more interesting films at Dances With Films, 2014. Sleep Paralysis is a worldwide phenomenon, afflicting many people. The Internet is filled with reports; currently there is even a link ... Full story

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind

Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm
-The EGYPTIAN Theatre
 6712 Hollywood Blvd.  Hollywood, CA 90028. A panel discussion will follow with: Jim Bissell and moderator Production Designer John MutoThis is the final Film Society screening this year.I started taking Clooney seriously ... Full story

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