Category: Documentary / Shorts / Independent

Oscars ripple effect

16473234_10154858077966291_7717459406473942745_nThe beauty of the Oscars and the Academy Awards is the culmination of all the bits and pieces to arrive at this point today. Yes there is the glamour, limos, press, red carpet, the award show, the speeches, the fans, security, the after parties. Yet there is more than meets the eye. There is all those people who helped make all these movies and it begins with the story. The tales shared. The stories written.

The journey of storytelling throughout one’s life. From before we are born the stories of the child on its way. The arrival, the stages of a new person. Each of us have stories yet only so many are really told. First those stories need to be written and our society still has so many people who fell in between the cracks in their education who cannot read or write so how do they communicate let alone survive. I know of a close friend who had a young mover who couldn’t write the labels on boxes being moved nor read the words on it. He is 33.

Then there is the time to write. In our explosive age of multiple devices to write on the messages are often just under 50 words. Time is flying. Yet the power of movies. We can watch movies on all these devices so we do love storytellers yet do we support the art of writing in our self and in our families and friends?

I was recently questioned by a sibling do I get paid for writing?  I get paid for certain projects and publications yet not always. I don’t write for the money though I would like it yet I write as I must. I feel the calling. I feel the importance of the power of words used correctly. I dislike when some adults have limited foul mouths spewing degrorative remarks. There is a dictionary of incredible descriptive words to embellish life.

A writer is part of the creative arts like a musician, singer, actor or speaker. To be in the game one must play and practice like an athlete does.

So when we watch the Oscars and go to the movies or watch them on our devices, we are watching the completed project from a thought in a mind to the printed page. Support writers and journalism. Support the arts. Without the voices of people speaking and sharing we leave too much space for those who bark and shout to silence the masses.  The Oscars give us hope that one’s person idea with a lot of help becomes a reality for others to identify with. It is our visual history. It is empowering.













Equal Means Equal!–

Kamala Lopez, Patricia Arquette, (Photo: THT)
Kamala Lopez, Patricia Arquette, Nicolette Sheridan (Photo: THT)

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural & Valerie Milano

Milano interviewing, with other reporters, Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)
Milano interviewing, with other reporters, Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/29/16 – On August 26th, 1920 the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote was certified as law.  The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878.

Every U.S. President has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1972, the year after legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug.  This resolution was passed in 1971 designating August 26th of each year as Women’s Equality Day.

But are U.S. women really equal?  Director Kamala Lopez examines this controversial question in her documentary EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, which screened on the evening of Friday, August 26th, 2016 at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre located at 9036 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

The unrated one hour and thirty-three-minute film was preceded by an all-star red carpet graced by actress Nicolette Sheridan and followed by a panel discussion to promote Women’s Equality Day.  Director Kamala Lopez and Executive Producer Patricia Arquette were front and center on the red carpet to discuss the film.

“This is the civics class we’re never given in school,” said Patricia Arquette at the panel discussion, which also included Kamala Lopez and Gloria Allred among others.  Allred is a lawyer known for taking on high-profile women’s rights cases who was born in Philadelphia and received degrees from the University of

Bamby Salcedo is the founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@ Coalition, which according to its website "is an organization form[ed] by Trans Latin@ immigrant leaders who have come together (Photo: THT)
Bamby Salcedo is the founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@ Coalition, which according to its website “is an organization form[ed] by Trans Latin@ immigrant leaders who have come together (Photo: THT)
Pennsylvania, New York University, and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  Noted Hispanic playwright and human rights activist Josefina Lopez (REAL WOMEN DON’T HAVE CURVES) was on hand to moderate.

Milano interviewing, with our reporters, Nicolette Sheridan (Photo: THT)
Milano interviewing, with other reporters, Nicolette Sheridan (Photo: THT)

Arquette, 48, used her 2015 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress (BOYHOOD) as an opportunity to champion women’s rights in America.  “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights.  It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”

In EQUAL MEANS EQUAL Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues such as workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system.  Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws to protect women.

“I found laws that are incomplete, insufficient, and in some cases actually deleterious to the women they are supposed to be helping,” Lopez says in her Director’s Statement on the film’s official website.  “What are noticeably and shockingly absent are the basic explicit human and civil rights protections that men are afforded by the Constitution.”

For the complete statement and more information, please visit

Kamala Lopez and Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)
Kamala Lopez and Gloria Allred (Photo: THT)

In unflinching detail Lopez illustrates how the American system repeatedly fails women in their dual roles as underpaid wage earners and underserved mothers.  Possible solutions to “The War on Women” are presented in the form of the national Equal Rights Amendment and the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  However, the United States is still far from adopting either of these.

Perhaps the most definitive statement on gender relations in the film came from Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Gloria Steinem, the world-famous publisher of MS. Magazine.  “We are linked, not ranked,” said Steinem.

THT prefers to keep the present article relatively short as EQUAL MEANS EQUAL will become available for house party screenings on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016.  Please see this fact-laden film for yourself and let it spur you to action during the two months remaining before the 2016 Presidential election!  Failure IS impossible.

Harley and The Davidsons –

Harley and The Davidsons promo shot with THT Judy ShieldsNew 3 part Mini-Series, Discovery Channel

September 5 – 7, 2016

By: Judy Shields

Beverly Hills, California (The Hollywood Times) 8/2/16 –  “Harley Davidson company opened up its archives, and family members spoke to researchers about family member and gave them historical background that was used to form characters and key events for the miniseries, debuting next month.  But producers had complete editorial independence, and the company had no financial arrangement with the project,” Raw Television’s EP Dimitri Doganis told TV critics TCA yesterday. Continue reading “Harley and The Davidsons –”

The final screening of Outfest takes the audience by storm

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Actress Molly Shannon attends the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles Closing Night Gala of 'Other People' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on July 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: David Livingston / Getty Images Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 17: Actress Molly Shannon attends the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles Closing Night Gala of ‘Other People’ at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on July 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo: David Livingston / Getty Images Entertainment

with Molly Shannon’s flawless performance in Other People.

By: Kim Kennedy

Los Angeles, Ace Hotel Theatre, (The Hollywood Times) 07/17/16 – Chris Kelly took to the stage introducing a star-studded cast of his new feature film, Other People. Haven written for SNL and received high praise from Sundance, the audience was expecting great things on this closing night.  theatre of the Ace hotel, built in 1927, describing it as “an underwater church”.

The audience were just as thrilled a very excited Molly Shannon, (SNL) to witness the screening of Other People at Outfest’s closing night gala. Continue reading “The final screening of Outfest takes the audience by storm”


James Franco & Keegan Allen Premiere 'King Cobra' At Outfest 2016!
James Franco & Keegan Allen Premiere ‘King Cobra’ At Outfest 2016!

Special Centerpiece at Outfest 2016

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural
West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/18/16 –

This year director Justin Kelly  (I AM MICHAEL) returned to Outfest with KING COBRA, another cinematic offering based upon true events.  The 91-minute film boasts an all-star ensemble cast that includes James Franco, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, and Christian Slater.  Disney Channel alum Garrett Clayton plays underage gay adult superstar “Brent Corrigan” (Sean Paul Lockhart) from San Diego, CA.
James Franco is known to LGBT audiences mainly on account of starring opposite Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s 2008 film MILK.  Franco plays Harvey Milk’s real-life male lover Scott Smith.
ALICIA SILVERSTONE at King Cobra Premiere at Outfest LFBT Film Festival 07/16/2016
ALICIA SILVERSTONE at King Cobra Premiere at Outfest LFBT Film Festival 07/16/2016

Harvey Milk was San Francisco’s first openly gay supervisor.  Scott Smith helped to manage Milk’s political campaigns.  Their seven-year romantic relationship lasted until 1977, a year before Milk was assassinated by ex-Supervisor Dan White.

Sean Penn won an Oscar for Best Actor and James Franco won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor in these celebrated LGBT roles fromMILK.  Their notoriously explicit scenes togetherincluded many mouth to mouth kisses between the two straight actors.
In 2004 James Franco had been named one ofPEOPLE Magazine’s 50 Hottest Bachelors.  Like Sean Penn he quickly captured LGBT attention after MILKwas released four years later.
“There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys.  And there are also lots of other aspects of these characters that I’m interested in besides their sexuality,” Franco has said.  “Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay!”
KING COBRA is based upon the 2012 book COBRA KILLER by Peter A. Conway and Andrew E. Stoner about the gruesome murder of forty-four-year-old gay porn entrepreneur Bryan Kocis in Pennsylvania.  Thus the film possesses just what most porn lacks: a plot replete with intelligence, imagination, and human interest.
Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant

James Franco pairs with Keegan Allen and Christian Slater pairs with Garrett Clayton to form two explosive same sex partnerships.  All four straight actors fulfill their demanding LGBT roles with rare bravado and brilliance.

Allen and Clayton fully hold their own in every frame with the older leads.  The blond and boyish Clayton shines brighter and brighter as he nimbly maneuvers through the film’s many twists and turns to emerge triumphant at the very end.
Franco’s dashing dark good looks also keep the high octane heart of KING COBRA smoldering dementedly.  He and partner Allen  (portraying escorts Joseph Kerekes and Harlow Cuadra) finally land at the bottom of a murder conspiracy after a wild roller coaster ride of military service, modeling, hustling, and adult film production fails to pan out for either of them.
2016 Outfest Los Angeles Screening Of "King Cobra" And The Presentation Of The James Schamus Ally Award Featuring: Justin Kelly, James Franco, Gus Van Sant Where: West Hollywood, California, United States When: 17 Jul 2016 Credit: FayesVision/
2016 Outfest Los Angeles Screening Of “King Cobra” And The Presentation Of The James Schamus Ally Award
Featuring: Justin Kelly, James Franco, Gus Van Sant
Where: West Hollywood, California, United States
When: 17 Jul 2016
Credit: FayesVision/

James Franco has already won awards for KING COBRA, which picks up where older films such asAMERICAN GIGOLO  (1980) starring Richard Gere as a sometime LGBT hustler leave off.  Online pornography generates billions in revenue daily and can make boy toys like Brent Corrigan overnight sensations.

Naturally a feature film about online porn contains many graphic sex scenes suitable only for adults.  The artistic quality of these sequences in KING COBRA puts the vast majority of actual online porn productions to shame.
After the film was screened at Outfest, director Justin Kelly said he had tried to probe the WHYS of all the madness and mayhem found in KING COBRA.  And indeed he puts all the seething sex and violence into a context that remains credible from beginning to end.
Actors Garrett Clayton and Keegan Allen were also on stage to congratulate for their breakout performances in KING COBRA.  Both had fully researched their biopic roles and were grateful to have worked so closely with the more established stars.  Allen commented insightfully about the main characters who were all looking for love and trying to figure themselves out in this “comedy of errors.”
kingKING COBRA will be released in October 2016.  All four of the male heartthrobs will no doubt leave audiences wanting to see more of them, though that might not be easy after KING COBRA!


Wilson Cruz spokes words of inspiration, hard truths and love at the Outfest 2016 LGBT film festival’s opening night gala.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 07:  Actor Wilson Cruz arrives at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival Opening Night Gala of "The Intervention"  at the Orpheum Theatre on July 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA: Actor Wilson Cruz arrives at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival Opening Night Gala of “The Intervention” at the Orpheum Theatre on July 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

By: Kim Kennedy

July 7th, Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre, (The Hollywood Times) 07/07/2016 While John Cooper told tales of his discovery of Sundance Film festival, and how that lead him to Outfest, we watched a compilation of interviews, press releases and home videos, through his journey. But it was Wilson Cruz who gave hard hitting truths to the audience, bordering on the provocative, on such a celebratory night.

As a member of the LGBT community, as most audience members were, I appreciated such an abrupt and extremely accurate opinion on the current state of the community which Outfest celebrates. It is a film festival celebrating the LGBT in film since 1982, providing a platform for stories that represent groups of people from all walks of life. It highlights the importance of the media industry and inspires people to tell stories that reflect true daily life all over the world. Continue reading “Wilson Cruz spokes words of inspiration, hard truths and love at the Outfest 2016 LGBT film festival’s opening night gala.”

 Poolside Cocktails Party Celebrates Outfest 2016 Los Angeles.

By Svetlana Krapivina

Photos: Mikhail Urubkov

On July 10th producers, executives and donors arrived at Poolside Cocktails party to celebrate Outfest 2016 Los Angeles. Outfest is a film festival that celebrates all achievements of LGBT community in film industry. Every year it drives attention of thousand critics, movie directors, filmmakers and LGBTQ audience. This time it is celebrating its fifth anniversary introducing The Young Filmmakers Project.

The festival takes place on July 7-17th with the schedule that consists of all different venues, numerous awards and parties. The Poolside Cocktails party was one successful event that took place over the past weekend. The guests and moguls could enjoy their time at the pool sipping cocktails and trying hors d’oeuvres.

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Reach into your pocket. Pull out your iPhone (or Android). Look at it. Would you believe that this small, sleek bit of tech contains more raw filmmaking firepower than Orson Welles had at his disposal to make all of Citizen Kane?

It’s true—but there’s a reason that the availability and dexterity of lightweight, pocket-sized video cameras hasn’t necessarily led to an explosion in quality independent filmmaking. Telling great stories still requires the effort of talented storytellers, and talent can’t be manufactured.

Such was the case with the gritty, LA-set sex worker comedy Tangerine, famously shot on the iPhone 5s. But there’s more to the film than the novelty of its shooting format; Tangerine was the subject of Film Independent’s fifth (and final!) night of the 2016 Directors Close-Up series.

The panel brought Tangerine director Sean Baker and co-writer/producer Chris Bergoch to the Landmark theaters in Los Angeles to discuss the film’s unlikely path to becoming an art house hit, which included multiple nominations and a historic win at the recent 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute, who kicked things off by asking Baker and Bergoch how their collaboration began, moderated the discussion.


“We met at NYU at the Tisch School of the Arts as undergrads,” Baker explained. “We connected on just loving film.”

The duo went on to co-create the surreal Fox sitcom Greg the Bunny and its MTV spinoff Warren the Ape, the latter of which featured several stunt-casting appearances by adult film actresses.

It was in talking to these performers that Baker and Bergoch hatched the idea for 2012’s Starlet, Baker’s unflinching comedic drama about the unlikely friendship between a pornographic actress and her elderly neighbor.

Starlet would go on to win the Robert Altman Award for best ensemble cast at the2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which led to an offer from indie film moguls Jay and Mark Duplass to collaborate on a microbudget feature.

That microbudget feature ended up being Tangerine, the idea for which sprung out of a single location.

“Santa Monica and Highland…that’s the idea,” said Baker, referring to the infamous intersection where LA’s transsexual sex worker population tends to congregate—including the Donut Time coffee shop where much of Tangerine’s action takes place. “We [got the] green light just based on the intersection.”

“A lot of filmmakers have really interesting notions for films, but 98 percent of them never get there,” observed Kiser. “How did you?” he asked.

“We wanted to do a really simple Point A to Point B mission,” said Bergoch. Baker added, “We had no idea going in except that we wanted a climactic confrontation at Donut Time.”

Begoch explained their strategy for entering the world of trans prostitutes. “One of the first things we wanted to do was find collaborators,” he said.

Eventually, the filmmakers met actors Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor at a local LGBT center. Working together with the transgendered actresses, Baker and Bergoch developed the script—a process Baker said was influenced by the improvisational techniques of British filmmaker Mike Leigh.

“I always encourage improv, but you have to find actors who can do it,” said Baker of his leads, stressing that Taylor and Rodriguez were “first time actors”—not, he was careful to point out, amateur actors.

Kiser then threw to a clip of Tangerine’s first scene, in which Taylor’s Alexandra lets slip that Sin-Dee’s (Rodriguez) pimp boyfriend has been cheating on her, setting off an epic, daylong journey to confront him.

“I’m always interested in the first 10 minutes of a film,” said Kiser of this deceptively low-key opener, which then explodes into the frenetic cutting and camera work that more typifies the remainder of Tangerine’s 90-minute runtime.

“We wanted to throw the audience into this moment,” said Baker. “We wanted a traditional title sequence and traditional shot-reverse-shot. I wanted [it to evoke] every classic holiday story, and then [to] abandon the old after the title sequence.”


Baker described the influence of trap music in the pacing of the film, and the process of locating tracks from independent producers on the music site Sound Cloud.

After showing another clip, Kiser introduced a “show and tell” segment focusing on Baker’s custom iPhone rig. “I wanna see the camera!” he begged.

“You probably own one,” joked Baker, pulling out the iPhone, which was augmented during Tangerine’s shoot by an internal stabilizer and an anamorphic lens adapter.

During shooting, Baker would hold the camera on an additional stabilizing rig—think of a steadicam crossed with a selfie stick. “That’s pretty much it,” Baker admitted, almost apologetically.

“Did you have any lights at all?” asked Kiser, marveling at the quality of footage captured by this unassuming setup.

“Our co-DP [Radium Cheung] had a gaffing background,” said Baker. “[He] used whatever we had—white sheets and battery operated fills. There was minimal lighting, which is what I love anyway.”

In fact, the biggest technical expenditure on the film was capturing quality sound, a key production detail since, as Kiser noted, audiences are conditioned to tolerate a certain amount of visual degradation as an aesthetic choice—but not so with sound.

“We wanted the sound to be very clean and professional,” said Baker. “We never recorded with the [iPhone’s] onboard mics, except for one or two pickups,” though he admitted that when left with no other option, the iPhones audio was acceptable.

“I’ve actually had great success recording wild dialogue with an iPhone,” observed Kiser.

“The battery was the biggest issue, not storage,” said Baker of the 5s’s capabilities as a feature filmmaking tool. He explained that they originally planned to shoot with three iPhones, but only used two. “One was just too grainy,” he said.

The lights then dimmed for two additional clips from Baker’s filmography—the tragicomic confrontation in a porn producer’s office from Starlet, and the far less humorous inciting incident from Baker’s 2008 domestic drama Prince of Broadway.

Remarking on these clips as well as Tangerine, Kiser commented on Baker ability to sensitivity depict stories within outsider subcultures that they themselves do not belong to—be they trans sex workers, porn stars or New York street hustlers.

Baker and Bergoch explained that it all came down to telling “universal stories,” regardless of milieu. The filmmakers also stressed the importance of finding key collaborators whose authentic experiences can inform such stories. “Time spent, respect given, voices heard,” is how Baker summed up the process.

But whatever approach Baker and Bergoch have in place for creating such vibrant and unique films, it’s not just working—it’s making history. Just ask Taylor, who took home Best Supporting Female trophy at the February 27 Sprit Awards—the first major acting award ever won by a trans performer.

To catch up with the rest of this year’s Director’s Close-Up series, please click to read recaps here (The End of the Tour), here (Anomalisa), here (Writers panel) orhere (Directors panel).

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Matt Warren / Film Independent Digital Content Manager

Exploring Terra Incognita of the Artist Alexey Klokov

cEarlier in February of this year LA residents had a chance to attend the solo exhibition Terra Incognita by Russian Contemporary artist Alexey Klokov that turned out a huge success. The exhibition located at Seyhoun Art Gallery on Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, shortly became filled with the bombastic variety of color and improvisation during that time. Ten art pieces total of different series were presented during the event. The organizers wanted to have maximum exposure of Alexey Klokov’s multiple talents and ability to “dance” gracefully and effortlessly between styles and genres of painting. For example, one of the paintings, famous Harmony of Two, tells a story about unity and harmony. It is a breathtaking story about two lovers living separately in their own parallel universe and later discovering one world they could share with each other.

indexThe series Awakening is all about cyclic recurrence, a new step of rebirth and activity, very bright, powerful and energetic. During the exhibition the series was represented by two art pieces, Spring Solo and Good News.

cccccAlso, the abstract paintings Alexey Klokov for which he was called a true virtuoso, were shown there. Creating a surreal depth that deconstructs the concrete and sublime, in these works he drives the contemplation where the conscious and unconscious minds meet. So, it is not a surprise art critics called it Dialectics of Colors. The appearance of Russian artists on the international art platform always draws a lot of attention of experts and art collectors. No doubt, Alexey Klokov’s art, which had Los Angeles residents all bursting with excitement, has a great potential. Alexey is an artist whose exhibitions already have spanned the world – Russia, Japan, the UK, Austria and the US. Including inspiration and elements of a wide variety of sources, Alexey Klokov is becoming popular among a wide variety of collectors. His paintings can be found in dozens of collections of politicians and financiers, prominent members of show business and others. Silvio Berlusconi, the family of Emir of Qatar, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Boris Jordan,

Quentin Tarantino, Emir Kusturica, and Paco Rabanne’s names are just a few in the big list of celebs who keep Alexey’s paintings in their art collections.

Photo Credit: Naira Velumyan, PR

RJ Mitte – New Movie “Who’s Driving Doug” Santa Barbara Film Festival World Premiere

zzBy: Judy Shields

Hollywood, California (The Hollywood Times) February 5, 2016 -“I have been blessed to be able to work and play characters that I enjoy to play. I like being someone different,” RJ Mitte said during a phone conversation.

RJ Mitte said that he will be attending the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend for a screening of his new independent, world premiere movie called “Who’s Driving Doug.” He is the lead in this movie and portrays Doug, who has muscular dystrophy. Directed by David Conley, and starring RJ Mitte, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Daphne Zuniga, Ray William Johnson.

In this coming-of-age drama, a sheltered wheelchair-bound college student changes his life when he goes on a spontaneous road trip where drugs, gambling, and romance await.

indexRJ Mitte said that he really enjoyed working with the cast they had and it was a road style movie that they shot two weeks in Los Angeles and one week in Las Vegas, we all enjoyed out time together. He is really excited about being part of this film and its world premiere.

The Santa Barbara Film Festival is running now through February 13th. Click on the link to find out more about the Film Festival and the showing time for RJ’s new film “Who’s Driving Doug.”

RJ said he was in the independent film “Triumph,” shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first public screening of “Triumph” was held during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last month. Michael D. Coffey, who has CP himself, wrote the screenplay to this semi-autobiographical story of a smart, determined high school senior with ambitions of making the wrestling team despite suffering from cerebral palsy. Producer, David Levy, said their goal is to help promote a wider awareness of cerebral palsy through the magic of cinema. The filmmakers have set up a GoFundMe page to help secure the remaining funds needed to tell this inspirational story. The filmmakers have committed 25% of all net profits to numerous CP foundations and charities.

He talked about taking ballroom dancing lessons, like swing, waltz and how much fun the lessons were. “I’ll be ready to take a woman’s hand and dance with her one day.” RJ Mitte said. He is also a big paintball fan and has several boxes of paintballs laying around his bedroom and is always ready to go out and have fun.




zAbout RJ Mitte

Best known as Walter “Flynn” White Jr for five riveting seasons of AMC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning dramatic thriller “Breaking Bad,” Mitte, reemerged last year on the big screen in DIXIELAND, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, portraying the deceptive CJ, in his first non-handicapped leading role. Following his “Breaking Bad” success, RJ was thrust into the global spotlight as the celebrity face and model of GAP International’s 2014 “Lived in Spring” campaign.

With his image appearing on mediums such as billboards, buses, and life-sized posters in cities across the world from Tokyo to Dubai and across the US, he has cemented himself as a face to know in the fashion world. In 2015 he was found walking in Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, Berlin and New York City for Vivienne Westwood, soPopular and Ovadia & Sons.

During its fifth and final season, the “Breaking Bad” premiere drew approximately 5.9 million viewers, a number that nearly doubled to 10.3 million by the season’s final episode. As Walt Jr.,also referred to by fans as “The Breakfast King,” Mitte acted as the Cerebral Palsy-afflicted son of Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Skyler (Anna Gunn). As Walter continued his descent into drug manufacturing and trade, Walt Jr. finds himself torn between his father’s deceit, his mother’s protectiveness, and his own developing sense of independence. Walter Jr.’s Cerebral Palsy on the show was embellished, meaning RJ had to learn how to walk on crutches and slur his speech to create a more dramatic version of his own disability.

At the young age of three, Louisiana native Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, though that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. After moving to Los Angeles due to his sister’s chance encounter with a casting director, Mitte landed roles in various shows such as SHOWTIME’s “Weeds,” NBC’s “Vegas,” and CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” until being cast in his life-changing role on “Breaking Bad.” In addition, Mitte currently costars on ABC Family’s primetime hit show “Switched at Birth” as Campbell, the love interest of Daphne, a girl whose being switched at birth and subsequently reunited with her biological family becomes a major source of tension in her personal and romantic life.

Throughout the years, Mitte has been an inspiration to his peers around the world by championing over his Cerebral Palsy in hopes of removing the stigma associated with disabilities. In order to bring awareness to his own issues with bullying and prejudice, Mitte has engaged in public speaking and serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign launched October 2014 in support of children with disabilities, much like himself and was a featured panelist at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival discussing diversity. He’s also involved with SAG-AFTRA as a member of the union’s Performers with Disabilities Committee.

JIM-The James Foley Story, Wins at Sundance

Powerful Documentary Wins Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival
HBO Broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9:00pm 

HBO Documentary Films is proud to present JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY, the personal, intimate story of American journalist James Foley who was murdered by ISIS in 2014, made by his close childhood friend Brian Oakes. After its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance this week, the film will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, February 6.

unnamedOn Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY tells the story of his life through intimate interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists – while fellow hostages reveal never-before-heard details of his captivity with a chilling intimacy that reveals their courageous untold story of perseverance. Made with unparalleled access (including footage Foley shot himself), and using carefully rendered, sensitive recreations, Oakes takes viewers deep into the darkness and valor of Jim’s captivity. What emerges is a powerful chronicle of bravery, compassion and pain at the dawn of America’s war with ISIS.
Brian Oakes (Director)
Brian Oakes is a director from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire based in Brooklyn. He began his career in film as a designer and creative director. His motion graphics work has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival with Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A, These Amazing Shadows, and Hot Coffee. Other film and television work includes Freakonomics, Inequality for All, African American Lives, Finding Vivian Maier and Living with Lincoln. Brian received his BFA in communication design from Syracuse University. Jim marks Brian’s feature-film directorial debut.

Hoovey Opens The Seventh Annual Burbank International Film Festival

 actor Cody Linley
Composer Omar Akram

By: Svetlana Krapivina

Burbank, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/9/15 – “We are happy to be here and attend the festival”, – admitted Raffaello Sasson, director of the Italian film Fragments.

It is not Oscars time yet but Hollywood already celebrates numerous movie awards that open the upcoming season of nominations, and the Seventh Annual Burbank Film Festival is no exception. Its Opening Night Gala took place on September 9th and was marked by the screenings of Hoovey starring legendary actor Patrick Warburton (Men In Black II) and Few Options with Erin Daniels and Kenny Johnson. Legendary actor Patrick Warburton, actor Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives), Jake Brennan (star of Netflix’s Richie Rich), actor Charles Robinson (Beowulf), actress Rachel Lowry (True Freedom), Jesaiah (American Idol), actor and producer Ben Begley (Hungover Games), Grammy Award-winning recording artist Omar Akram, actress Loren Kinsella, actress Mariann Gavelo, Jullie and Thomas Simon, and actress Celine Wallace (Collision) showed up on red carpet to show their support to the event. Mr Akram talked about the festival and his career. He admitted it was his first year attending the festival but he was very excited to be there. It was nice to hear the story how it felt for him to receive Grammy Award back in 2013 with his album, Echoes of Love. “It’s an amazing feeling, you don’t even remember, you are just walking up there”, – he said. Continue reading “Hoovey Opens The Seventh Annual Burbank International Film Festival”


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Photographic Memories: My Many Days and Nights at the Toronto International Film Festival

By Robert Bodrog, correspondent It’s hard to believe, but this month the Toronto International Film Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Milestones like this always make for a good excuse to pause and reflect, especially for Torontonians of my generation who grew up in the 1970s and 80s. The great thing about being a film fanatic living in Toronto back then was the sheer selection of movies you could see on any day of the week. The city had a huge number of …

Festival Treats at TIFF In conversation with …Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Sarah Silverman, Matthew Weiner

This September, the Toronto International Film Festival® invites audiences to four unique, intimate sessions with preeminent stars from the film and television worlds. Offering compelling, in-depth exchanges and revealing personal experiences from their latest projects, this year’s esteemed lineup of special guests includes Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Sarah Silverman, and Matthew Weiner. “Our In Conversation With… events always offer something unexpected. Whether it&rsqu…

TIFF got Shorts

The Toronto International Film Festival® is pleased to announce the lineup for the Short Cuts programme. Thirty-eight international shorts join the previously announced Canadian shorts, which will screen in 11 curated programmes. The compelling lineup encompasses works from filmmakers representing an impressive 35 countries. From provocative narratives to compelling animation, from insightful dramas to profoundly moving documentaries, the works in Short Cuts showcase unique, yet universal, …

TIFF GALA Premieres and Red Carpet

Disorder (Maryland) Alice Winocour, France/Belgium North American Premiere In this masterfully engineered thriller, a young ex-soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder protects a beautiful woman and her child from a brutal home invasion. Starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger. Man Down Dito Montiel, USA North American Premiere In a savage post-apocalyptic America, U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son and wife. Accompani…

TIFF 2015 Contemporary World Cinema programme

Films from countries including Ethiopia, New Zealand, Peru, Israel, Indonesia, Germany, Australia, Spain, China, France, Japan, Iceland and Morocco in Festival spotlight TORONTO — A diverse and fascinating selection of 60 films from countries across the globe were announced today in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema programme. Spotlighting work from some of the world’s finest international filmmakers, the lineup delivers an array of co…

The Princess Bride script is the subject of the Jason Reitman Live Read

 Inconceivable! The 40th Toronto International Film Festival® today revealed that The Princess Bride script is the subject of the Jason Reitman Live Read — a unique event in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. The script of Rob Reiner’s beloved classic will be presented to audiences in a one-take read-through with Reitman narrating stage direction on Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m. …

lyon Lumière Festival 7th edition reveals the Program

        From Monday 12 to Sunday 18 October 2015 The 7th edition of the Lumière festival will be held from Monday 12 to Sunday October 18 in Lyon. Last year, 135,000 festivalgoers attended 320 screenings in 65 venues in the Lyon Metropolis. This year, there will be new features to discover and experience, to take full advantage of the films, the city of Lyon and the festival week. The spirit of the festival: Created in 2…

Discovery Programme featuring 30 films from around the world

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today its Discovery programme showcasing 30 outstanding and absorbing feature films, including 16 World Premieres, by first and second time directors from Canada and across the globe. “Discovery is the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers an…

Festival Street, a walk on the bright side

FESTIVAL STREET: WHERE CINEMA MEETS THE SIDEWALK Film-Themed Free Programming takes over King Street from Sept. 10-13 TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® invites audiences to step outside the theatre this year with the return of the hugely popular Festival Street initiative. From September 10 to 13, King Street West between Peter and University Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into a pedestrian paradise free for all to enjoy.  “We&r…

10 films which should resonate to teenagers, picked by The TIFF Next Wave committee of young film enthusiasts

The TIFF Next Wave committee of young film enthusiasts has hand-picked 10 Toronto International Film Festival® films that will resonate with their peers. Founded in 2010, the TIFF Next Wave Committee is a group of 12 students ranging in age from 15 to 18 and selected from a competitive pool of young film enthusiasts, hailing from schools across the Greater Toronto Area. In order to help their peers navigate the Festival, the Committee has identified the following youth-driven Festival select…

Warhol’s 800 artworks and artifacts exhibited during TIFF

TIFF today unveiled details for its upcoming major fall exhibition, Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen, debuting at TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 30, 2015 and running until January 24, 2016. Curated by Geralyn Huxley and Matt Wrbican from The Andy Warhol Museum, with Jon Davies as Managing Curator for TIFF, and organized in collaboration with TIFF by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Stars of the Silver Screen offers a look inside the world of one of …

12 filmmakers from around the world shine in the Inaugural Platform Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival® revealed the inaugural lineup for Platform, the new juried programme that champions director’s cinema from around the world.   “We created this new programme as a way to sharpen our focus on artistically ambitious cinema in our 40th year and we are thrilled to be able to put the spotlight on these 12 brilliant filmmakers this September,” said Piers Handling,…

TIFF Classics honours Ophuls Reichardt and Visconti

August 11, 2015 .NEWS RELEASE. OPHÜLS, REICHARDT AND VISCONTI FEATURE IN THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S PROGRAMME OF CLASSICS TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announces the lineup for its TIFF Cinematheque programme, featuring both 35mm prints as well as new digital restorations of classic films from around the world including Marcel Ophüls’ The Memory of Justice, Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers and Kelly Reichardt&rsquo…

Vanguard programme featuring new work from 14 daring filmmakers

The Toronto International Film Festival® revealed today its Vanguard programme featuring new work from 14 daring filmmakers who are transcending the boundaries of creative vision where art house and genre films will spectacularly collide. “Delving into the dark side of humanity and dangerously sexy, this year’s Vanguard lineup has something unique for everyone,” says International Programmer Colin Geddes. “We’re leading audiences into a wild world of emotional s…

This is Midnight Madness at TIFF 2015

Midnight Madness returns to the Toronto International Film Festival® to satiate late night audiences’ appetites for wild sensory stimulation. The programme will present the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy films from the rabble-rousers of cinema, opening with Jeremy Saulnier’s tense siege shocker Green Room. “Midnight Madness winds up Festival audiences as the days are winding down and they are hungry for more,” says Colin Geddes, International Programmer for…

Masters of Cinema in Toronto include Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wim Wenders, Jafar Panahi, Philippe Garrel…

The Toronto International Film Festival®  announced the selections for the 2015 Masters programme. This year’s lineup features the latest bold, exciting and moving works from masters of contemporary cinema, including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wim Wenders, Jafar Panahi, Philippe Garrel, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Hong Sang-soo, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Patricio Guzmán. Films screening as part of the Masters programme include: 11 Minutes (11 Minut) Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Ireland Nor…

Documentary lineup, a big year for musicians and big stories

Slate includes films from Barbara Kopple, Morgan Neville, Laurie Anderson, Amy Berg, Frederick Wiseman, Davis Guggenheim and a posthumous revelation by Sydney Pollack The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2015 documentary programme presents a diverse mix of international works featuring a wide array of award-winning directors. The TIFF Docs line-up includes revelatory looks at celebrated performers like Yo-Yo Ma, Arcade Fire and Sharon Jones; fresh global perspectives on Ukraine, Hai…

TIFF Soiree Features On-Stage Conversation With Natalie Portman

      Charity Event To Be Held on September 9         TORONTO — TIFF announced today that Academy Award®-winning actor Natalie Portman will grace the stage for a look back at her career to date at the first annual TIFF…

Canadian perspectives line up: shorts, talent lab, pitch this…


Special presentations at TIFF 40

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA Canadian Premiere A man struggles with his inability to connect with other people. Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis. Beasts of No Nation Cary Fukunaga, USA/Ghana Canadian Premiere Based on the highly acclaimed novel, director Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation brings to life the gripping tale of Agu (newcomer Abraham Attah), a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an …

TIFF treats Gala Screenings with Ridley Scott, Roland Emmerich, Stephen Frears…

GALAS Beeba Boys Deepa Mehta, Canada World Premiere An adrenaline-charged violent Indo-Canadian gang war mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine, and betrayal. Gang boss Jeet Johar and his loyal, young crew are audaciously taking over the Vancouver drug and arms scene from an old-style crime syndicate. Hearts are broken and family bonds shattered when the Beeba Boys (known as the “nice boys”) do anything “to be seen and to be feared” — in a white world. . …

Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition  opened the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall. “Over the years the Festival has been proud to present Jean-Marc Vallée’s feature films including Black List, C.R.A.Z.Y., Café de Flore, The Young Victoria, Dallas Buyers Club and Wild,” said Piers Handling, Director and C…

Norwegian Films in Toronto 2015

Special Presentation The Wave Director: Roar Uthaug The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small …

Prepare to enter… the Paranormal Dimension!

The film follows a group of amateur investigators who, despite investigating for months, have never found any proof of the paranormal. During the group’s most recent investigation, like many times before, they come up empty. At this point, team member Matt is losing faith in the existence of the paranormal and performs risky attempts to provoke the spirits.   At first, Matt’s taunts appear to go unanswered but while on his way home the investigatio…

The Pearl Button by Patricio Guzman presented at TIFF

The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) 2015 Chilean documentary film directed by Patricio Guzmán will be screened at TIFF. It was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear for Best Script. Patricio Guzman will be in Toronto and available for interviews. « It is the director’s extraordinary intuition about the synchronicity of history, geography and the physical universe – a mysterious…

The Creative Coalition Toronto Dinner

                         Annual Spotlight Initiative Dinner Hosted by Nikki Beach September 8, 2015—Toronto, Ontario—The Creative Coalition will be holding its Festival dinner with influential players celebrating the spirit of independent film of Friday evening, September 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm. The event is sponsored by Nikki Beach and takes place at Nikki Beach Toronto a…

AMBI Group organise un gala de bienfaisance au profit de la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco dans le cadre du Festival du fi

Si le message ne s’affiche pas correctement, cliquez ici   AMBI Group organise un gala de bienfaisance au profit de la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco dans le cadre du Festival du film de Toronto A l’occasion du Festival International du film de Toronto (TIFF), Monika Bacardi Monika Bacardi et Andrea Lervolino, fondateurs de la société AMBI Pictures, organisent un gala de bienfaisance, AMBI Gala, au profit de la Fon…

TIFF 2015 – Evolutionary Films Line-Up


EFP to award Film Sales Support to 41 European titles at TIFF

Turkish Film Amongst FSS Supports PANTOM BOY by Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Félicioli The Toronto International Film Festival­ (TIFF) remains one of EFP’s flagship festivals for which Film Sales Support (FSS) for the promotion of European films is available. In total, an amount of €160,540 has been reserved by EFP for 28 sales companies which are unrolling their marketing campaigns for 41 new European films scre…


DER NACHTMAHR (Acquisition Title/K5 International) Section: Vanguard Written and Directed by AKIZ Cast: Carolyn Genzkow, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht, Kim Gordon, Lynn Femme, Sina Tkotsch   **SCREENING LINKS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST**         Synopsis: Jarring, disturbing, and thoroughly disorienting, Der Nachtmahr is a psy­cho­phan­tas­magoric coming-of-age story about a teenage girl thrust into an unnaturally symbiotic relationship. Secret rav…


primetime Cromo Lucía Puenzo, Nicolás Puenzo, Pablo Fendrik “CROMO” created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo, Argentina Directors Lucía Puenzo (XXY, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo team up for this timely eco-thriller, based on the real stories of a team of scientists that set out to expose environmental crimes in the dangerous and exotic wetlands of northern Argentina. …

TomCat Films presents AFTERMATH! Can you survive it?

In the tradition of THE WALKING DEAD and WORLD WAR Z…   The Apocalypse has happened. “Aftermath” is the story of those who have survived. But their nightmare has only begun. In a world where the infected kill and eat the living, how much time does anyone really have? A World where the living may still prove to be more dangerous than the dead? Witness what happens when the World you know ends, and the next chapter, begins.   Watch the…

WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED, by acclaimed Australian director, Gillian Armstrong comes to TIFF

We are excited to present the international premiere of the insightful and entertaining docu –  WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED, by acclaimed Australian director, Gillian Armstrong.   This colorful, cinematic documentary pays tribute to legendary Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly, who won multiple Academy Awards® for his work on such classics as An American in Paris, Les Girls and Some Like It Hot.  Today the name Orry-Kelly typically draws blank looks. But in Hollywood\u0003…

SciFi Thriller-Dark Metropolis at TIFF


Eye on Films – Toronto International Film Festival 2015

    official selections and screening schedule     ATTENDING TIFF 2015 From the 10th to the 17th of September   Georgia Poivre International Sales   +33 7 61 57 96 86   Matthias Angoulvant Festival Manager  +33 7 70 07 64 04   Unifrance Booth Hyatt Regency Hotel King Ba…

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Dutch set sail for Toronto

Dutch set sail for Toronto Dutch filmmakers are out in force at the Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September 2015) with four world premieres among the ten productions and co-productions in selection. Full Contact by auteur David Verbeek leads the way with its world premiere in the new competition section Platform. The film, produced by Lemming Film, takes a journey into the mind of a drone pilot suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, “a road movie of the subconscious”…

TORONTO line-up & screenings Memento

  Screening in Toronto       LOUDER THAN BOMBS by Joachim Trier – SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS   BODY by Malgorzata Szumowska – SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS   JAMES WHITE by Josh Mond – DISCOVERY   NEON BULL by Gabriel Mascaro –  PLATFORM COMPETITION  – NEW   an Artscope Label title (please contact us for more information)   A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS by Rodrigo Plá – PRIVAT…

Festival Films has acquired Spanish distribution rights to the Terence Davies’ epic, SUNSET SONG.

FESTIVAL FILMS ACQUIRES SPANISH DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS AHEAD OF THE FILM’S WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   Fortissimo Films announced today that Festival Films has acquired Spanish distribution rights to the Terence Davies’ epic, SUNSET SONG. The film, which stars Agyness Deyn (PUSHER, ELECTRICITY & the Coen Brothers’ forthcoming HAIL, CAESAR), Peter Mullan (TYRANNOSAUR, WAR HORSE) and Kevin Guthrie (THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON, SUNSHINE ON …

TIFF 2015: Wedding Doll by Nitzan Gilady by 6 Six Sales

  WEDDING DOLL Drama / Israel / 2015 / Hebrew / 82′   TENDER DREAMS UNRAVEL ONE STITCH AT A TIME SCREENINGS Scotiabank 9 – Saturday 12 Sep @ 9:30am (P&I) Scotiabank 3 – Wednesday 16 Sep @ 7:15pm Scotiabank 3 – Friday 18 Sep @ 2:30pm Scotiabank 9 – Sunday 20 Sep @ 10:00am Hagit is in love with love. She lives with her mother, Sarah, who w…

13 Films’ A PATCH OF FOG at TIFF

13 FILMS PICKS UP OSCAR® NOMINEE MICHAEL LENNOX’S A PATCH OF FOG   THRILLER TO WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL    The Fyzz Facility is delighted to announce the World Premiere of director Michael Lennox’s A PATCH OF FOG at the forthcoming 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films has come on board to handle international rights to the feature film and will present the project to foreign buye…

Action-Packed Film to Make Its North American Debut at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival

Asia’s leading studio CJ Entertainment, the signature film division of major media and content company CJ E&M, is releasing South Korean box office sensation Veteran in theaters across the U.S. and Canada beginning September 18. The film is a hard-hitting thriller with a comedic touch from South Korean cult auteur Ryoo Seung-wan (Crying Fist, City of Violence).   Veteran follows Do-cheol – played by Hwang Jung-min (Ode to My Father) – as an irascible detective with a…

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) acquired the acclaimed documentary, The Seven Five

KALEIDOSCOPE NICKS THE SEVEN FIVE FOR WORLDWIDE SALES     Tuesday 25 August 2015; Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) today announces the acquisition of acclaimed documentary, The Seven Five, for worldwide sales (excluding North America and the UK).   Recently nominated for best documentary at The Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Seven Five tells the remarkable tale of the dirtiest cop in New York City history, Michael Dowd.   In the late 80s and early 90s, …

Producers Lab Toronto: Participants unveiled

PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO 2015 WITH HIGH-PROFILE PARTICIPANTS EFP, OMDC and Toronto International Film Festival® announce producers for trans-Atlantic co-production platform   The sixth edition of PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO is set to launch during the Toronto International Film Festival® from September 9 to 12, 2015. Twenty four producers from Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have been chosen to exchange p…

Wide House at the Toronto Film Festival 2015

WORLD PREMIERE   TIFF DOCS SECTION   OUR LAST TANGO   Click on the image to watch the trailer   DCP – HD – 2015 – 85 min – Argentina, Germany   Directed by German Kral Produced by German Kral Filmproduktion, Lailaps Pictures From Executive Producer Wim Wenders, Rodrigo Furth, Jakob Abrahamson Original Language Spa…

K5 at TIFF2015

  New To Market,World Premiere and Opening Night film for the brand new competitive section Platform, we have Land of Mine from the hugely talented Martin Zandvliet (Applause which played TIFF in 2013 and, just announced, Europa’s Kursk based on the true story of the stricken Russian submarine , written by Saving Private Ryan’s Robert Rodat.). Land of Mine is a previously untold, shocking, powerful and incredibly moving story set at the end of World War 2. Al…

The Yellow Affair at TIFF

  The career The Yellow Affair team is heading to Toronto (where GIRLS LOST will be featuring). We will also have a market screening for our New Release THE CARER in Toronto. Miira Paasilinna will be attending Montreal and will take meetings in the Hyatt Regency from Sept 3 – 7. Chris Howard will be attending Toronto and taking meetings…

Brand New Films from ITN at TIFF

     ZOMBIEWORLD 100 min. Horror. HD. 2015. Complete.   Synopsis:  There is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run…the Zombie Apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale – walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last …

Sparrows @ Toronto

2015 | ICELAND, DENMARK | DRAMA | ICELANDIC   Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson   Production: Nimbus Film & Nimbus Iceland   Cast: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Rade Šerbedžija   Synopsis: SPARROWS is a coming-of-age story about the 16-year old …

Meet with Cardinal 😄 at Toronto

  CAMPUS CODE   Action / Sci-Fi   Director:  Cathy Scorsese   Cast:  Conor Leslie (Chained), Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder), and featuring Martin Scorsese and Ray Liotta   Five college kids are just doing their thing – studying, dating, partying – when one of their classmates disintegrates right before their eyes, and they find themselves forced to battle security, the Griefers and eac…

Premiere Ent – TIFF Lineup

  CURRENT TITLES   ORDEAL   GENRE:  Action / Sci-Fi   DIRECTOR:  Juan Felipe Orozco (Greetings to the Devil – starring Edgar Ramirez)   PRODUCER:  Moctezuma Esparza (Selena)   CAST:  TBA   SYNOPSIS:  A space smuggler must outrun dangerous creatures and fend off foes in a race against time to rescue his…

First round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations at TIFF40

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®. Of the 15 Galas and 34 Special Presentations announced, this initial lineup includes films from such acclaimed directors as Ridley Scott, Michael Moore, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and D…

Launch of the Len Blum Residency programme at TIFF

TIFF announced today the launch of the Len Blum Residency programme, a new creative development initiative which offers one filmmaker the unique opportunity to live, work and be inspired at TIFF Bell Lightbox. This programme, generously supported by Toronto-based filmmaker and distributor Ron Mann, will host one emerging writer-director at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto’s home for film lovers, for a period of up to three months. The Residency programme aims to build a nurturing environment t…

2015 TIFF Industry Conference confirms special guests: …

BILL HADER, ASIF KAPADIA, JIA ZHANG-KE, GIGI PRITZKER AND NICOLAS CHARTIER JOIN TIFF INDUSTRY CONFERENCE AT THE 2015 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TORONTO ─ TIFF unveiled today special guests confirmed for the 2015 TIFF Industry Conference. The seven-day conference will feature 200 speakers and will include intimate conversations with industry powerhouse Gigi Pritzker and financing mogul Nicolas Chartier, and an Asian Film Summit Master Class with acclaimed filmmaker Jia Zhangke. Actor,…

The Toronto International Film Festival Names Its Inaugural Platform Jury: JIA ZHANG-KE. CLAIRE DENIS. AGNIESZKA HOLLAND.

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced the inaugural jury for Platform, the new programme to champion directors’ cinema from around the world. This year, the three-person international jury is composed of acclaimed filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. Together, they will award a prize of $25,000 to the best film in the programme, to be announced at the Awards Ceremony on September 20, 2015.  …

Women on A Roll

Happy September!
It’s almost here — The Women On A Roll 20th Anniversary Gala!
We are almost sold out for dinner (12 open spots still remaining).
And we have just opened up ticket sales for the Dessert & Dance Only! See below for details!
Hope to celebrate with you!

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George Miller and  Robert Rodriguez
George Miller and Robert Rodriguez





“Filmmaking is such a seductive thing. It encompasses every human discipline you can imagine: composition, art, technology, music, movement, and choreography. It encompasses all of life.” –George Miller to Robert Rodriguez

August 28, 2015 (Austin, TX) — El Rey Network Founder and Chairman Robert Rodriguez sits down with visionary writer, director and producer George Miller (“Mad Max” series, “Happy Feet” 1 & 2, “Babe” films, “The Witches of Eastwick”) in an all-new episode of “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” premiering next Sunday August 30 at 8PM ET. To celebrate premiere, the poster for the upcoming episode by artists Tim Doyle & Joshua Budich was also revealed. The poster depicts some of Miller’s most notable films such as Happy Feet, Babe, and Mad Max.

“El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair”

Sunday August 30, 2015 at 8:00pm ET

Join director Robert Rodriguez as he sits down with fellow filmmaker George Miller for an hour-long conversation about Miller’s stunning career as director, writer and producer of some of modern cinema’s most beloved and iconic films.  Together, they trace the Australian-born director’s journey from practicing medical physician to creator of the visionary “Mad Max” series, which includes “Mad Max” (1979), “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” (1981), “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985), and this year’s critically acclaimed, global box office hit “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.


The two also discuss in revealing detail Miller’s successful transition into dramatic filmmaking with the Academy Award®-nominated medical drama “Lorenzo’s Oil” (1992), starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte, which was greatly influenced by his medical training, the making of the supernatural comedy hit “The Witches of Eastwick,” (1987) starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer; the creation of the much-loved live-action/CGI family film “Babe” (1995) and its sequel, “Babe: Pig in the City” (1998); and Miller’s triumphant foray into fully-CGI animated films with “Happy Feet” (2006) which won an Academy Award® in 2008 for Best Animated Feature.

“El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair” is a series of hour-long specials featuring the industry’s most cutting edge directors as they engage in a revealing and unexpected exchange about the world of filmmaking. The series provides access to one-on-one interviews between Rodriguez and some of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers. Past guests have included John Carpenter, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, Guillermo del Toro, Robert Zemeckis and Quentin Tarantino.

“El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair” is produced by Troublemaker Studios and Skip Film in association with FactoryMade Ventures.  Executive producers are Robert Rodriguez, Skip Chaisson, John Fogelman and Cristina Patwa.

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image007About El Rey Network

El Rey Network is a 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.  Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites “the new mainstream” through badass content that awakens the renegade in everyone.  El Rey’s action-packed slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” which returns for a second season in summer 2015, the one-on-one interview program, “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair” and “Lucha Underground,” a freestyle wrestling series from Mark Burnett. El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and TV series including grindhouse genre, cult classic action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.




NEW YORK, NY – August 27, 2015 – SundanceTV announced today that it has renewed its non-fiction series “Behind the Story with The Paley Center” for a second season of six episodes. Returning in fall 2015, season two will feature in-depth discussions with the stars, writers, and producers of the biggest shows on television today, including: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Lena Dunham (Girls), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), and Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

“The Paley Center for Media has done such a wonderful job bringing the best in television in for insightful and compelling discussions about the medium we all love,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV. “We’re thrilled to be in partnership with them, and look forward to bringing SundanceTV viewers some great conversations about some of our favorite series.”

“The Paley Center is committed to producing top-rated programming that educates, excites, and engages the media-interested public, with events such as PaleyFest that give TV fans the ultimate experience,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “We are thrilled for season two of ‘Behind the Story with the Paley Center’ with SundanceTV, bringing more exceptional behind-the-scenes conversations with today’s top stars into homes across the country.”

Composed of footage from The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2014 and 2015 television festivals, the series gives viewers the chance to relive their favorite TV moments through personal stories by the cast members and creative teams. Participants will reveal the behind-the-scenes details of the processes that brought to life some of the most beloved series currently on the air.

Season two of “Behind the Story with The Paley Center” will spotlight the following series:

  • The Good Wife – Actors Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, and Matt Czuchry; co-creators and executive producers Robert King and Michelle King, with moderator James Corden.
  • Scandal – Actors Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn, Katie Lowes, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, Darby Stanchfield, and Bellamy Young, with moderator Jimmy Kimmel.
  • Girls – Actors Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Alex Karpovsky, and Andrew Rannells; co-creator and executive producer Jenni Konner, and executive producers Bruce Eric Kaplan, and Ilene S. Landress ,with moderator Judd Apatow.
  • Modern Family– Actors Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, and Ariel Winter; series co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, and executive producers and writers Danny Zuker and Abraham Higginbotham, with moderator Andy Daly.
  • Jane The Virgin – Actors Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Nevado, Jamie Camil, Ivonne Coll, Brett Dier, Justin Baldoni, and Yael Grobglas; executive producers Jennie Urman and Ben Silverman, with moderator Jarett Wieselman.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Actors Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge;  executive producers Jeph Loeb, Jeffrey Bell, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, with moderator Felicia Day.

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stLOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy has voted fifteen students as winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year — 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities — which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  Previous winners include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

saa_2014_cbiThe winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

“Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California
“Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York

“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts
“Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
“Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts

“Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University
“I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University
“Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California

“Day One,” Henry Hughes, American Film Institute, California
“Stealth,” Bennett Lasseter, American Film Institute
“This Way Up,” Jeremy Cloe, American Film Institute

Foreign Film
“Everything Will Be Okay…,” Patrick Vollrath, Filmakademie Wien, Austria
“Fidelity,” Ilker Catak, Hamburg Media School, Germany
“The Last Will,” Dustin Loose, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Students will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the five award categories will be announced at the ceremony.

First-time honors go to Chapman University in the Alternative category and Filmakademie Wien in the Foreign Film competition.  Academy members voted the winners from a field of 33 finalists, announced last month.

The 42nd Student Academy Awards ceremony on September 17 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online at today.  Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door on the evening of the event.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.



Darren Bousman and Terrance Zdunich Present: Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival Movie Premier




By: Svetlana Krapivina

Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles (The Hollywood Times) August 11th,2015

Legendary producer and film director Darren Lynn Bousman known for the films Saw (films II, III and IV) and Repo! The Genetic Opera is now back with his new movie Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival. This musical horror film is the result of his great collaboration with writer/composer Terrance Zdunich. After working together on Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) and The Devil’s Carnival (2012) they still continue to surprise audiences with musical horror films. Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival is sequel to The Devil’s Carnival. Compared to the first film, Alleluia, is a feature-length project. Zdunich not only wrote the script and some of the songs for the film, he also stars in the movie as Lucifer. His character begins a long battle with God (legendary Paul Sorvino). We can also see rapper Tech N9ne as the Librarian, talented actor Ted Neeley portraying the Publicist and Emilie Autumn as Painted Doll.

Actor Paul Sorvino as God (Left)
Actor Paul Sorvino as God (Left)

On August 11th the crew and talent walked the red carpet in front of the iconic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to talk to press about the movie. For most of them it was the first time they were seeing the film. As actor Adam Pascal (the Agent) revealed to THT: “This movie is for everyone who loves musicals and horror genre. I am personally inspired by music and my character. I am someone who likes to sort of “disappear” into a costume and make up and I had an opportunity to do so in this movie. Playing with legendary Paul Sorvino was probably the most exciting part of the process. I got to learn so much from him! You can follow me on Facebook”, – he added at the end of the conversation.

Actor Ted Neeley as the Publicist
Actor Ted Neeley as the Publicist

The atmosphere of Devil’s carnival was everywhere: guests and musicians dressed up in costumes, a choir singing prior to show time, belly dancing and scary posters reminded the audience about the movie theme. As director Darren Bousman mentioned right before the film screening: “I am thankful to Ted Neeley and Terrance Zdunich, I am thankful to all fans. Thank you, guys!”.

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Directed by  Darren Lynn Bousman

Produced by  Chris M. Bonifay, Sean E. DeMott, Chang Tseng

Written by  Terrance Zdunich


Paul Sorvino,

Terrance Zdunich

Emilie Autumn

Marc Senter

Dayton Callie

David Hasselhoff

Tech N9ne

Briana Evigan

Bill Moseley

Nivek Ogre

Music by Saar Hendelman (Score), Terrance Zdunich (Songs)

Cinematography by Joseph White

Edited by Brian J. Smith

Production: Execution Style Entertainment, Limb from Limb Pictures



Hollywood, CA August 10, 2015—-YouTube icon Freddie Wong, the filmmaker behind the online phenomenon web series Video Game High School, will be honored with the 2015 HollyShorts Trailblazer Award at next Thursday’s HollyShorts Film Festival’s opening night celebration. The event takes place on August 13 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Wong will be honored with the Award for his outstanding accomplishments as a filmmaker and YouTube pioneer. Wong and RocketJump’s videos have amassed more than 7.5 million subscribers on YouTube with over 1 billion views of their content. Season 3 of their Video Game High School web series drew over 85 million views. RocketJump is in the process of creating a long-form series for Hulu with Lionsgate.

Freddie Wong
Freddie Wong

Wong joins an impressive star-studded evening at HollyShorts opening night, which will feature short movies starring Rose McGowan, Jason Patric, Sharon Lawrence, Rose McIver, Beth Grant, Robert Forster, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Lawson, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and many more. HollyShorts is the largest annual gathering of short form movies in Los Angeles with over 15,000 anticipated attendees for the week-long event (August 13-22) and over 400 pieces of short form content being showcased in competition. Actress Victoria Summer will be presenting the Award to Wong on Thursday.

Freddie Wong is the co-founder of digital entertainment company RocketJump. He co-created the award-winning web series Video Game High School (VGHS) that aired its third and final season, breaking crowdfunding records for a web series by raising $900K last year. RocketJump has entered into a content partnership deal with Lionsgate and signed a deal to bring RocketJump’s next series to Hulu.

Commented Daniel Sol, co-founder, HollyShorts: “Freddie Wong exemplifies a HollyShorts Trailblazer, what he’s been able to accomplish with VGHS and his shorts is just astounding. Numbers don’t lie, with over 1 billion global views on YouTube, Freddie and RocketJump are this generation’s new storytellers and we are proud to honor them at HollyShorts, this will be an epic night to remember.”

HollyShorts past honorees include The Russo Brothers, David Lynch, Eli Roth, Joe Carnahan, Paul Haggis, Matthew Modine, Bill Plympton among others.



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All Short TV, Brickyard VFX, Company 3, Creative Handbook, Crypt TV, Daily Motion, Dark Horse Wines, Deep Eddy Vodka, Delmay Partners, Diablo, Evil Slave, Film Radar, FilmLA, Final Draft, Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop, Ignited Spaces,, Indievent, Jungle Software, Kim Ruggles Events, Color Space Finishing, Law Offices of Clifford Lo Entertainment Law, Lightspeed EPS, Lyft, Mercury Production Report, Method Studios, New Media Vault, NYFA, OHM, Panavision, Philippe Catering, Pond5, Red Giant, Robertson Taylor Insurance, Script Pipeline, Shorts HD, Media Services,Simple DCP,, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, The Agency-Sports & Entertainment Division, Uber, UCLA Extension, Women in Film, Zype, Hint Water, Production Hub, Monster Energy and Mama Shelter Hotels.

About HollyShorts

HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

 Fest runs at the TCL Chinese Theater August 13-22


Hollywood August 6, 2015—-The 11th installment of the upcoming HollyShorts Film Festival (August 13-22) is unveiling it’s star-studded opening night lineup today that will feature films starring Rose McGowan, Jason Patric, Sharon Lawrence, Rose McIver, Beth Grant, Robert Forster, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Lawson, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and many more. The festival will also open with a new clip from 2009 HollyShorts Visionary Award recipient Eli Roth’s highly anticipated new feature film THE GREEN INFERNO from Blumhouse Productions, Universal and Focus Features. The film is being released in theaters on September 25. Continue reading ” Fest runs at the TCL Chinese Theater August 13-22″