SXSW Announces Lyor Cohen As Keynote, ‘This Is Us’, ‘The Chi’ Cast & Creators As Featured Speakers
Next year’s South by Southwest Conference and Festival has added more notable names to their lineup of speakers. The annual confab has added Global Head of Music at YouTube and Google, Lyor Cohen as Music Keynote. SXSW will also include the cast of This Is Us as featured speakers as well as the cast of The Chi along with producers Common and Lena Waithe. The fest runs March 9-18, 2018.
The fest has also added a number of featured speakers to their programming lineup… Read
Sundance 2018: New Frontier Slate Heads To Space & Beyond With Black Eyed Peas, Rosario Dawson & Frankenstein Along For The Ride
While Sundance has always been known for edgy films, that adjective becomes an understatement with the film festival’s 12th annual New Frontier program, a mindblowing crossroads between art and technology that continues to redefine the parameters of storytelling.
Last year’s projects, such as Melting Ice with former Vice President Al Gore took an environmental angle, but this year’s New Frontier largely blasts off into the the final frontier –space– with such projects as D… Read
New York TV Festival Moves To Summer, Aligns With Development Calendar
The New York Television Festival is moving from its longtime autumn perch to summer, with the 14th annual event now set for the week of July 15, 2018.
NYTVF organizers say the time switch from late October to mid-July is designed to strategically align the festival with the TV development calendar and maximize potential for officially-selected projects.
"Shifting the Festival and marketplace to July is strategically aligned with an evolving development timeline and… Read
Santa Barbara Film Festival To Open With Emilio Estevez’s ‘The Public’
The world premiere of Emilio Estevez’s the public has been selected to open the Santa Barbara Film Festival, which kicks off January 31. Estevez wrote, directed and stars with Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Taylor Schilling, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Gabrielle Union, Jacob Vargas, Michael K. Williams and Jeffrey Wright.
The film follows a group of homeless library patrons, who, after learning that emergency shelters are at capacity during a brutal Midwestern… Read
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ To Open Berlin Film Festival 2018
After charming audiences with 2014’s Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize winner The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson is returning to the Berlin Film Festival. The filmmaker’s stop-motion animated Isle Of Dogs has been set to world premiere in competition as the opening night film of the 68th Berlinale on February 15, 2018.
Anderson has previously presented three films in the Berlinale competition: The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2005) and The Gr… Read
Sally Hawkins Found Strength And Soul In Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘The Shape Of Water’
Oscar loves a good speech. In Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, Sally Hawkins' Elisa gets one of the best and most moving in recent memory. And yet, she does it without saying a word. Elisa is mute, and Hawkins had to learn period ASL for the '60s-set tale of a cleaner (Hawkins) at a government facility who falls madly in love with an unusual creature from the deep that is being held in her workplace's darkest recesses. "The way he looks at me," she signs, "he… Read
‘The Shape Of Water’ Named Palm Springs Fest Vanguard Award Winner
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has been named Vanguard Award winner of the upcoming Palm Springs Film Festival. The trophy, given to the winner’s cast and director in recognition of an outstanding ensemble, will be presented at the fest’s Film Awards Gala on January 2.
"Guillermo del Toro is a master storyteller, whose boundless imagination has crafted a visually dazzling fable with The Shape of Water," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. "This romantic story… Read
Sundance 2018: Jane Fonda Doc, Idris Elba, Election 2016, Gloria Allred & Oscar Wilde Films Among U.S., World Cinema, NEXT, Midnight & Kids Slates
From marches on Main Street on the day after his inauguration to films and TV shows on the big screens and more, Donald Trump was all over the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. As today's unveiling of the U.S. Competition and World Cinema Competition Dramatic and Documentary categories plus the Midnight, Kids, NEXT, and Spotlight slates for the 2018 SFF reveals the now 45th POTUS is still a strong presence at the Robert Redford founded fest but other topics torn out of the… Read
Santa Barbara Film Festival: Gal Gadot, Daniel Kaluuya, Others Honored With Virtuosos Award
The 33rd annual Santa Barbara Film Festival said today it will bestow the 2018 Virtuosos Award upon a roster of actors and actresses with breakthrough performances in buzzworthy, awards-season films. Those being honored include Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Hong Chau (Downsizing), John Boyega (Detroit), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name).
The Virtuosos Award recognize a group of… Read
‘A Fantastic Woman’ Director Sebastian Lelio On Embracing The Complexity Of Life
Sebastian Lelio is making a return to Foreign Language Oscar consideration as the representative from Chile, this year with A Fantastic Woman. The film stars Daniela Vega as Marina, a young transgender waitress and singer who has just moved in with Orlando (Francisco Reyes), an older man who suddenly falls ill and dies. Marina is forced to confront Orlando’s family and society’s suspicion and contempt, and to fight to show them who she truly is: complex, strong… Read
IFC Midnight Acquires Ryan Prows’ ‘Lowlife’ For U.S. March Release
EXCLUSIVE: IFC Midnight has taken U.S. rights to Ryan Prows' directorial debut Lowlife. The audacious black comedy, which premiered at Fantasia Film Festival, centers on a group of small-time criminals whose stories collide when an organ harvesting caper goes very, very wrong. The movie recently had its U.S. premiere at Chicago’s Cinepocalypse Film Festival where it won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor (for Jon Oswald). IFC Midnight plans a theatrical release in… Read
Slamdance Sets 2018 Competition Lineup, Inaugural Russo Fellowship Award
The Slamdance Film Festival announced its feature film competition lineup for the 24th festival edition along with the inaugural Russo Fellowship award from fest alumni Anthony and Joe Russo. The festival takes place January 19-25, 2018 in Park City.
The feature competition lineup will showcase 10 narrative and eight documentary features. This includes 16 premieres — 10 world, two North American, and 4 U.S. Most titles were produced in the U.S., with features also coming… Read