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Feature Film in South Africa Ready for the World Stage

Poor funding, falling numbers in theatres and improving technologies are some of the reasons affecting the film industry in Africa; this is according to Francis Hweshe, producer of an upcoming feature film, Lost Tongue, set to premier at the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York. “Funding is difficult to come by ... Full story

César Nominated Film ‘Neither Heaven Nor Earth’ Picked-Up by Film Movement

After being nominated for a César in the Best First Film category, the New York based distributor Film Movement has acquired the North American rights to ‘Neither Heaven Nor Earth,’ also known as ‘The Wakhan Front.’ The France-Belgium production, headed ... Full story


Darkness clouds the path. Babies and young children are passed from person to person over treacherous terrain. Specs of light on distant horizons leave the hundreds of scurrying feet with only minor bearings as they flee their warring homeland. We ... Full story

Embrace of the Serpent

How do we as a people relate to the world around us? In what ways have we ignored or listened to the delicate balance of nature? Embrace of the Serpent takes it’s viewers on a tour de force journey through ... Full story


ANTALYA, Turkey -- You wouldn’t think a film festival situated only 500 miles from war-torn Syria – and that opens only six weeks after a major terrorist attack in its country – would have the gumption to invite a bunch ... Full story

Remembering Vilmos Zsigmond, 1930-2016, by James Ulmer

Back in 2007, I attended the first Madrid International Film Festival as part of a Hollywood contingent that included the great Hungarian émigré cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, and his wife, writer and director Susan Roether Zsigmond.  Among the many fond memories ... 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

An interview with Niall McKay, Executive Director and Curator of Irish Screen America

McKay is a New York-based Emmy award-winning independent producer and director who hails from Kilmacanogue, County Wicklow, Ireland, and who created this new venture out of the multi city film festivals that he previously founded and produced in New York ... 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

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