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Festival de Cine de Fort Lauderdale, en pleno apogeo

October 31st, 2013 No comments
Lucia Obregon, special reporter

Lucia Obregon, special reporter

FLIFF – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

 

By Lucia Obregon, reporter

El festival empezó con una mirada hacia el pasado, al estilo Gatsby; una magnifica noche de gala de corbata negra en una espectacular residencia privada cerca al canal intercostal en Villa de Palma, Florida. Fue una noche maravillosa y muy divertida observando a los presentes en sus atuendos de los años 20.

Durante la primera semana tuve la oportunidad de ver una gran variedad de películas. La verdad es que la selección de películas este año es tan diversa que el hecho de escoger cuales ir a ver fue un gran reto, pues había películas para todos los gustos. No podían faltar las películas de romance, comedias, dramas de la vida real, y documentales. Read more…

Fort Lauderdale Hosts Its 28th Film Festival

October 15th, 2013 No comments

FLIFF2013 poster

 

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) now in its 28th year announces its official line-up for the event running October 18 – November 11, 2013.  This years festival will show over 175 American Independent films and World Cinema during the month-long cinematic event with competition categories and awards. As in the past, the festival will include Red Carpet World Premiers, Galas and special celebrity appearance.  The coveted Career Achievement Awards will be presented to Anna Paquin and Lea Thompson and Lifetime Achievement Awards to Tab Hunter, Ed Asner and Ann-Margret.   Read more…

James Caan, Bailee Madison@FLIFF Opening Night

October 20th, 2012 No comments

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FLIFF Kicks Off Tomorrow with an Amazing Schedule of Films

October 19th, 2012 No comments

THE 27TH

FORT LAUDERDALE

INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL

Follow this thread to their updated website:  http://www.fliff.com/Films_and_Events

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival starts spooling out reels and reels of film tomorrow at three venues in the South Florida area.  This is the 27th year of the prestigious movie event and even bigger than the forerunners.  With a lot of new ideas and fresh beginnings the film festival tops anything Florida and most other States have to offer.

 

Just look over what’s in store for the balance of October and you will get the idea.

 

The Schedule….

CP = Cinema Paradiso

MP = Muvico Pompano

SC = Sunrise Civic Center

 

Friday, October 19

7:30pm Opening Night Celebration Gulfstream Village (p5)

 

Saturday, October 20

11am SAMMY 2 – MP (p46)

11am High School Winners – CP (p129)

1pm SAMMY 2 – MP  (p46)

1pm CrowdTorch Demo Apps iPads/Smartphones – CP (p35)

3pm UNA NOCHE – MP (p45)

3:30 HOW DO YOU WRITE… – SC (p40)

5pm QUARTET – MP (p43)

6pm SEX LIES & Surgery – SC (p44)

7pm ANY DAY NOW – CP (p13)

7pm THE SAPPHIRES – MP  (p11)

9pm DEADFALL  – MP  (p38)

9pm UNA NOCHE – CP (p45)

 

Sunday, October 21

10am Chairman’s Brunch & Cruise  – Catalina (p5)

11:30 SAMMY 2 – MP (p46)

1pm OTHER SON, THE – SC  (p42)

1pm KIDFUL THINKING – CP  (p 121)

1:30 SAMMY 2 – MP (p46)

2pm SEX LIES & SURGERY – CP (p44)

3pm COWGIRLS N ANGELS – SC   (p15)

3:30 THE SAPPHIRES – MP (p11)

3:45 HOW DO YOU WRITE – CP (p40)

5:30 tba – MP

5:45 UNA NOCHE – SC (p 45)

6pm NINAH’S DOWRY – CP (p41)

7:30 QUARTET – MP (p43)

7:45 DEADFALL – SC (p38)

8pm ANY DAY NOW – CP (p13)

 

Monday, October 22

10am HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT – CP (p55)

1pm MEET THE FILMMAKERS Paul Cohen on Distribution – FAU (p115)

2pm MEET THE FILMMAKERS Lucy Mulloy & Yunior Santiago – FAU (p115)

2pm DATING 101 – MP (p118)

2:30 MEET THE FILMMAKERS Gary King & C Rose: – FAU (p115)

4pm THEORIES – MP (p126)

5pm  KIDFUL THINKING – SC (p121)

6pm THE BLACK MIAMI – SC (p107)

6pm HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT – CP (p55)

6:30 SEX LIES & SURGERY – MP (p44)

8pm DEADFALL – CP  (p38)

8pm NINAH’S DOWREY – SC (p41)

8pm SUPPORTING CHARACTERS – MP (p106)

 

Tuesday, October 23

10am HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT – CP (p55)

1pm MEET THE FILMMAKERS Domonic Paris- FAU (p115)

2pm MEET THE FILMMAKERS Stefan Ruzowitzky- FAU (p115)

2pm THEORIES – MP (p126)

2:30 MEET THE FILMMAKERS Victor Viyuch – FAU (p115)

3pm MEET THE FILMMAKERS Artus de Penguern- FAU (p115)

4pm DATING 101 – MP (p118)

6pm A LATE QUARTET – CP (p62)

6pm ANDREW BIRD – SC (p59)

7pm HOW DO I WRITE A JOE… – MP (p40)

7:30  THE WORLD BEFORE HER – SC (p114)

8pm SUPPORTING CHARACTERS – CP (p106)

8:30 After Party – J Marks (p5)

9pm NINAH’S DOWREY – MP (p41)

 

Wednesday, October 24

10am ELEPHANT – CP (p55)

2pm KIDFUL THINKING – MP (p121)

4pm UNBELIEVEABLE! – MP (p127)

6pm POWER OF LOVE – MP (p123)

6:15 WHERE DREAMS DON’T FADE – SC (p112)

6:15 OUT OF THIS WORLD – CP (p122)

7:30 AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT – CP (p61)

7:45 THE CLOWN – SC (p67)

8pm THE PARADE – MP (p89)

 

Thursday, October 25

6:15 ENCOUNTERS – CP (p115)

8pm HERE – CP (p75)

1pm KIDFUL THINKING – MP (p121)

3pm WHERE DREAMS DON’T FADE – MP (p112)

6:15 AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT – MP (p61)

6:15 TBA – SC

8pm SMASHED – MP (p103)

8:15 THE PARADE – SC (p75)

 

Friday, October 26

2pm UNBELIEVABLE – MP (p127)

4pm THE WORLD BEFORE HER – MP (p114)

6pm APARTMENT IN ATHENS – MP (p60)

6pm A GLASS OF MILK/WHY DOESN’T IT RAIN? – CP (p57)

6:15  HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT – SC (p55)

8pm SHADOW DANCER – CP (p99)

8pm HERE – SC (p75)

8pm ALL IN – MP (p58)

10:15pm NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-3D – MP

 

Saturday, October 27

1pm VACC CAMP CAN DO – CP (p71)

1pm tba – MP (p61)

1:30 SONGLAP – SC (p104)

3pm ROOM 514 – MP (p95)

3pm DHIVAAN’S DREAM – CP (p71)

3:30 SHADOW DANCER – SC (p99)

4pm TRANSPORT XX TO AUSCHWITZ – CP (p108)

5:30 ALL IN – SC (p58)

6pm HERE – MP (p75)

6pm CALLOUS – CP (p66)

8pm APARTMENT IN ATHENS – SC (p60)

8pm LORE – MP (p82)

8pm South Fla SHORTS – CP (p124)

9:30pm Seeking Mr X

10pm 5th OF A DEGREE – CP (p56)

10pm NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-3D – MP

 

Sunday, October 28

12:30 GO GANGES! – CP (p73)

1pm SONGLAP – MP (p104)

1:30 BY- STANDING & STANDING BY – SC (p65)

2pm A BETTER LIFE – CP (p61)

3pm OPENING OUR EYES/CHILD31 – MP (p87)

3:30 LORE – SC (p82)

4pm ALL IN – CP (p58)

5pm GO GANGES! – MP (p99)

6pm  APARTMENT IN ATHENS – CP (p60)

6pm ROOM 514 SC (p95)

7pm THE CLOWN – MP (p67)

7:45 SUPPORTING CHARACTERS – SC (p106)

8pm THE PARADE – CP (p89)

9pm NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-3D – MP

 

Monday, October 29

2pm DIFFERENT WORLDS – MP (p119)

4pm THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE – MP (p88)

6pm ENCOUNTERS – MP (p115)

6:15 UPRISING – SC (p107)

6:15 THE WORLD BEFORE HER – CP (p114)

8pm THE CLOWN – CP (p67)

8pm tba – SC (p61)

8pm ON THE WINGS OF MEN – MP (p86)

10:15pm NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-3D – MP

 

Tuesday, October 30

2pm South Fla SHORTS – MP (p124)

4pm DIFFERENT WORLDS – MP (p119)

6pm CREEPY SCARY – MP (p117)

6:15 ROOM 514 – CP (p95)

6:15 POWER OF LOVE – SC (p123)

8pm LORE – CP (p82)

8pm ENCOUNTERS – SC (p115)

8pm HALLOWEEN SHORTS – MP (p68)

9:30 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-3D – MP

 

Wednesday, October 31

2pm POWER OF LOVE – MP (p123)

4pm South Fla SHORTS – MP (p124)

5pm The BOO- tacular for Kids – CP (p

6:30 A BAG OF SNOWFLAKES – MP (p116)

7pm HALLOWEEN SHORTS – CP (p68)

7:45 Appearances/DARK AMAZON – MP (p69)

8:30pm Appearances/DARK AMAZON – CP (p69)

10:15 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD-3D – MP

 

 

American Black Film Festival Slated for June 20-23, 2012

May 9th, 2012 No comments

16TH ANNUAL

AMERICAN BLACK

FILM FESTIVAL

ON SOUTH BEACH

 

FILM LIFE’S 16th ANNUAL AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES “A CONVERSATION WITH” INDUSTRY POWER COUPLE, SALIM & MARA BROCK-AKIL

NEW YORK, April 25, 2012 – Film Life, Inc., today announced power couple Salim and Mara Brock-Akil as the featured guests for the “A Conversation With” discussion at the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF).  Presented by BlackAtlas.com from American Airlines, this special panel will take place on Friday, June 22 from 12:00 Noon – 1:30 pm at the Ritz Carlton South Beach hotel.

The husband and wife team, Salim and Mara Brock-Akil, who founded Akil Productions, in 2000, instantly broke ground, when the company created CW’s hit, GIRLFRIENDS, which aired for eight years and became one of the longest running sitcoms on television.  In 2006, the sitcom THE GAME, also created by Akil Productions, premiered and aired for three seasons on the CW before being picked up by BET Networks.  Mara Brock-Akil is also credited as a Key Consulting Producer on ABC’s COUGAR TOWN.  

The dynamic duo’s feature film credits are just as impressive as their television success.  Salim Akil teamed up with Sony Pictures and Our Stories Films to direct the feature film JUMPING THE BROOM, starring Angela Basset, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso.  This film’s success led to the highly anticipated musical, SPARKLE, also produced by Akil Poductions.  Written by Mara Brock-Akil and directed by Salim Akil, SPARKLE stars Whitney Houston, Jordan Sparks, Mike Epps and Cee Lo Green.

Salim and Mara Brock-Akil continue to create, develop, and produce projects that entertain as well as bring individuals together and highlight shared human experiences.  This year, the Akil’s have a new one-hour drama, which they created and wrote, coming to BET Networks.  BEING MARY JANE, which will premiere on BET later this year, is a biopic about a woman in search of the missing pieces of her successful life as an influential news anchor.

Jeff Friday, Founder and CEO of ABFF states, “This year’s “A Conversation With” discussion is special because we have two guests with individual stories and experiences.” He adds,  “Yet, as a married couple, the Akils also bring a very unique perspective about surviving the many pitfalls of the industry and being successful as a team.”

By engaging guests in thought provoking conversations, “A Conversation With” continues to be a special highlight of the festival.  Past “A Conversation With” guests include: Paula Patton, Idris Elba, Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Jeffrey Wright and Cuba Gooding Jr.

HBO is the festival’s Founding and Premier Sponsor. Other sponsors to date include: Gold Peak Tea (Premier Sponsor); the gmc Television Network, American Airlines, Cadillac and CNN (Official Sponsors); Grab Media, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon, smartwater, Nielsen and BET Networks (Supporting Sponsors); The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority and Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (Host Sponsors) and SAGIndie, One Village Entertainment, Miami Film Month, thirdREEL (Promotional Partners). Media Sponsors include: Black Enterprise, Uptown (Official Level); Jones Magazine and Precious Times (Supporting Level).

Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry.  Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.

The ABFF is a property of Film Life, Inc., a New York-based event marketing, production and film distribution company founded in 2000 by Jeff Friday (CEO).  For full details on this year’s festival, please visit www.abff.com.

For media inquiries, contact Lisa Sorensen at 646-330-5458 or lisa@ls-pr.com.

FLIFF set to show 21 World and US premieres at their festival

October 5th, 2011 No comments

FLIFF

SPOOLS OUT STARTING

OCTOBER 21, 2011

 

26th ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

UNVEILS 2011 LINE-UP
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Festival Presents 21 World and U.S. Premiere Feature Films
* * *
Festival Opens October 21 and Runs Through November 11
 
 

Fort Lauderdale, FLThe Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 26th edition, September 22, 2011, featuring 6 World Premieres, 15 U.S. Premieres and 61 Florida Premieres. FLiFF (www.FLiFF.com) will present features, documentaries, shorts and student films from the U.S. and around the world, including Spain, Italy, France, U.K, Russia, Fiji, and South Africa, Sweden, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Italy, France, Portugal, over 40 different countries in all and will host filmmakers, producers, and actors to represent and discuss their films. The festival takes place October 21 – November 11.

 

“We’re looking forward a great festival this year,” comments FLiFF President and CEO, Gregory von Hausch. “The program offers an eclectic array of films; some reflect political and environmental concerns and others range from young love to how to keep love alive after 50. There are knee slapping comedies to edge of your seat thrillers, films that reflect other cultures as well as ours at home, films for families and films about families. There’s a party every night, live concerts, filmmaking seminars and for the first time in three years, films will be presented at three area theater venues. We’ll also launch the Inaugural year for FLiFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island with a four-day fest.”

 

FLiFF revs up October 21 with screenings at two locations, Sunrise Civic Center and Cinema Paradiso. the line-up includes: There Once Was An Island, a verite-style film directed by Briar March that shows us, first -hand, the human impact of an environmental crisis. Round Trip (Viaje Redondo) from Mexico directed by Gerardo Tort is a tender lavender tale about two women searching for what they want in life and blazing new frontiers together. The East Coast Premiere of About Fifty is a modern comedy that reaffirms it’s never too late to start over again. Directed by Thomas Johnston About Fifty stars Wendie Malick, Drew Pillsbury and Martin Gottlieb. Garcia (from Spain), directed by Jose Luis Rugeles, is laced with comedy yet fraught with peril as a man’s routine existence takes an unexpected turn when his wife is kidnapped.

 

The official Opening Night on October 22, sends the festival into full gear with the Florida Premiere of The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Charming and clever, The Artist, pays homage to the age of silent film with all of the glamour and romance of the times as it tells the story of the interlinked destinies between a rising young starlet and a silent movie superstar whose career is on the decline at the advent of the talkies. The film features an all-star cast including: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Malcolm McDowell. Actress Penelope Ann Miller will be presented with a Career Achievement Award and will attend the opening night festivities held at Bailey Hall on Broward College campus followed by the FLiFF Starry Starry Night Gala at The Signature Grand.

 

Earlier in the afternoon of October 22nd, at 2:00pm, FLiFF will present the Southeast Premiere of My Week With Marilyn, which is based on Collin Clark’s diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me, published nearly 40 years after he met Marilyn Monroe on the set but, one week was missing and was published some years later– this is the story of that week. Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne portray Monroe and Clark in My Week With Marilyn along with an all-star cast. Also, at 4:00pm, October 22nd Senator George McGovern, the idealistic statesman who came to prominence during another time of war and political division, will receive a Lifetime Achievement in Humanity Award at a special screening of the Oscar-winning film, All The President’s Men, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. McGovern will do a post-screening Q&A. Both screenings will be held at Bailey Hall on Broward College Campus.

 

FLiFF’s Centerpiece Film is the re-make of Patrick Leconte’s scrumptiously literate 2002 crime drama, The Man on the Train, starring rock musician Larry Mullen, Jr. and Hollywood veteran Donald Sutherland. At this spotlight event, held November 1 at Cinema Paradiso, Mullen will be presented with FLiFF’s Star on the Horizon Award and will take questions from the audience via a live webcast Q&A. The event will be followed by the Centerpiece Party at the Downtowner Saloon.

 

FLiFF closes with the Florida Premiere of Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus. The passionate, well-crafted story stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as two young people who fall head-over-heals in love but, whose perfect relationship and trust is tested when geography sets them apart for extended periods of time. Like Crazy also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Finola Hughes, Chris Messina, Ben York Jones and Jamie Thomas King. Closing night festivities will take place November 11 at Cinema Paradiso with the FLiFF Wrap Party and Film Awards presentation at The Manor entertainment and restaurant complex.

 

Additional feature films to be presented during the festival include the Florida Premieres of: David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, the adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s 2002 stage play, portrays the turbulent relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud as they struggle to treat a troubled patient. The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. Butter, in the tradition of Best In Show and Election, Butter, is a tale of competition at its most cut-throat. The straightforward, albeit merrily twisted, comedy about American life and culture stars Jennifer Garner, and Hugh Jackman. Starring Jennifer Garner as Laura Pickler and Ty Burrell Late Bloomers, directed by Julie Gavras stars Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt as a couple trying to keep their marriage fresh as they gracefully grow older together. Edward Burn’s Newlyweds stars Burns, Kerry Bishé and Caitlin Fitzgerald in a tale of the untold pleasantries that comes with marriage such as the in-laws and extended family. Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin stars Elizabeth Olsen as “multi-named lead”, a damaged woman haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, who struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing a cult. Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes round out the cast.

 

Of the documentaries featured, two are World Premieres, The Legend of Ivan Tors and How To Start a Revolution. The Legend of Ivan Tors showcases the incredible career of the screenwriter who became an anti-violence and animal rights maverick, zoologist, adventurer and almost single-handedly established the South Florida film industry as well as changed the way non-human animals were treated in the entertainment industry. How to Start a Revolution is the remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world’s leading expert on non-violent revolution.

 

FLIFF also presents two Florida Premieres: Jessie’s Dad tells the story of Mark Lunsford’s transformation from an uneducated truck driver to a savvy activist after losing his 9-year-old daughter to a convicted pedophile. The Lost Airmen of Buchenwald, chronicles the little-known story of Allied airmen imprisoned at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in the waning months of World War II.

 

On October 24, FLIFF will present a tribute to actor Dennis Haysbert at which time the festival will present a Career Achievement Award to the actor best remembered for his role in the Oscar nominated film Far From Heaven as well as hit TV series 24 and The Unit. A Q&A with Haysbert will follow the presentation and a catered reception will be held in his honor at the Seventh Street Wine Company within walking distance of Cinema Paradiso where the event will be held. Dennis Haysbert, will also join Penelope Ann Miller at the Starry Starry Night Gala on October 21.

 

November 5th FLiFF will present actor Dennis Farina with a Lifetime Achievement Award prior to the Florida Premiere of his new film The Last Rites of Joe May. Directed by Joe Maggio, the film chronicles the last days in the life of an aging, short money hustler who is presented with one last shot at greatness. Farina, whose acting career includes such films as Get Shorty, Crime Story and Midnight Run will discuss his career during a Q&A. A reception will precede the presentation at Cinema Paradiso. Farina will also field audience questions at a screening of the film on November 4th at Sunrise Civic Center.

 

FLiFF also honors three-time Oscar nominated actress, Piper Laurie (The Hustler, Carrie, Children of a Lesser God) with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special screening of The Grass Harp; an encore presentation from the 1995 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival for which she earned FLiFF’s Best Actress Award. Piper will autograph copies of her new book , Learning to Live Out Loud, during a 6:00pm reception, after she will discuss her career during a moderated Q&A by notable film historian, Foster Hirsch. The event will be held at Cinema Paradiso followed by party at The Pillars Hotel.

 

Peter Ford, the son of Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell will autograph his new book, Glenn Ford: A Life, during a reception at Cinema Paradiso followed by a moderated Q&A and a screening of the original 1957 film starring Glenn Ford, 3-10 to Yuma .

 

As the festival continues in Fort Lauderdale , the festival will launch it’s Inaugural offshore component, FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island , October 27 – 30, 2011. As a part of the ongoing efforts in film development, the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, FLiFF and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, will present the festival program at the brand new, state of the art Canal House at Pelican Bay Hotel. The festival will feature an array of programs and events, including: Movies made in The Bahamas, Underwater Cinematography Workshop, American Independent and World Cinema films, complimentary outdoor screenings, an International Student Film Competition , and the Inaugural Grand Bahama Youth Film Competition’ Winner’s Screening; a competition is for young filmmakers (aged 14 to 18 years old). Travel packages are available for residents and tourists.

 

Screenings of this year’s films, in Broward County, will be held at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise Civic Center in Sunrise and Muvico Pompano 18 in Pompano Beach . Opening Night Film will be held at Bailey Hall on Broward College Campus.

 

Fast Passes for the fest are available now, and offer a tremendous savings for those who want to attend most films and events . Individual screening tickets, $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for FLiFF Members. Special film events and parties are separately priced and range from $15 to $85. Details and advance tickets will be available at www.FLiFF.com beginning September 23. or by calling 954-525-FILM.

 

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is a 501 (3)c not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing American Independent films, World Cinema and film talent in South Florida and via outreach programs statewide and on Grand Bahama Island.

 

American Black Film Festival Opening Night Red Carpet

July 7th, 2011 No comments

Opening Night film was “In The Hive.”  Directed by Robert Townsend.  A gritty, factually based film set in rural North Carolina at the HIVE Academy, a technologically inspired alternative school for underachieving boys who, because of their gang and criminal behavior, no other school will admit. At the heart of the story is sixteen year old Xtra Keyes, a young father who’s tougher than nails yet discovers through the nurturing at the HIVE that his toughness can also lead to new found hope and perhaps even a future.

THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

May 12th, 2011 No comments

Spike Lee with Terrell Suggs

 

 

 

THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) FOUNDER, JEFF FRIDAY, HAS ANNOUNCED THE RETURN OF THE
PRO-HOLLYWOOD INITIATIVE (PHI) TO THE 15TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
TERRELL SUGGS, BALTIMORE RAVENS ALL-PRO LINEBACKER AND FILM PRODUCER, HAS BEEN NAMED PHI AMBASSADOR
Workshop Successful in Bridging Relationships between Professional Athletes and
Filmmakers
The Pro-Hollywood Initiative (PHI) returns for a second year to The 15th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), July 6 – 9, 2011 in Miami, FL. The  Pro-Hollywood Initiative (PHI) is a program created to encourage professional athletes to explore careers in the motion picture industry.  This year, ABFF Founder Jeff Friday, names Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Linebacker, Terrell Suggs, Sports Ambassador of this revolutionary initiative.  With a film screening at Cannes this year, Suggs, has proven how influential the Pro-Hollywood Initiative has been to his growth as a serious filmmaker.
The program’s main objectives are to stimulate athletes’ interest in the movie business, connect them with talented filmmakers, educate them about the workings of the industry and promote their involvement in the production of quality independent films. The PHI master classes cover a variety of disciplines related to filmmaking, including screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, acting and film financing.  Instructors are selected from among leading filmmakers, industry executives and professors at top-tier film schools.
This year’s PHI sophomore class will attend the following Film Life’s Master classes:  Bill Duke’s “Actors Boot Camp,” Michael Elliot’s “From Script to Screen” and Robert Townsend’s “The Ultimate Pitch.”  The program will conclude with a private roundtable luncheon to honor the 2011 professional athletes’ participation and provide them the opportunity to intimately gain valuable industry insight from these distinguished filmmakers and others face-to-face. Participation in the program is underwritten by the Film Life Foundation, Inc., a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering diversity within the motion picture and television industries.
The PHI was inspired by the 2009 meeting between ABFF founder Jeff Friday and Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs, who attended the festival for the first time that year after launching a film production company. Since that initial meeting Suggs has produced a total of four short-films, one of which is debuting this month at Cannes Film Festival titled When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things.  This May, Suggs is set to begin production on his first feature length film entitled The Coalition which will explore the vast nuances between men and women in relationships.
“I am extremely humbled to serve as the very first Sports Ambassador of the Pro-Hollywood Initiative,” says Mr. Suggs. “Through the program’s comprehensive teachings and exposure to many of the most respected professionals in the industry, ABFF has provided me with a firm foundation in filmmaking which has enabled me to actively follow my own professional pursuits in the motion picture business. I am most grateful to Jeff for his groundbreaking vision and look forward to this year’s event.”
“Last year was a huge success,” stated festival Founder Jeff Friday. “But to personally witness the achievements of someone such as Terrell in such a short period of time further solidifies my own passion in providing this unique platform for professional athletes. It makes me proud.”  Mr. Friday continues, “Terrell’s dedication and commitment to expand his horizons in filmmaking makes him the optimum Sports Ambassador and we are very happy to have bestowed this honor to such an incredible athlete and filmmaker. We hope to see more sports stars like Terrell engaged in the film arena as part of their off the field agendas, whether in front of or behind the camera.”
The Pro-Hollywood Initiative is by invitation and limited to 20 participants. Current or retired athletes from any professional sport are eligible. Past participants include: Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens), Ikechuku Ndukwe (New York Giants), Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans Saints), Isaac Keys (retired Arizona Cardinals) and Hannibal Navies (retired San Francisco 49’ers). This innovative program will seek the support of player associations and major sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, WNBA and MLB.
Program registration information can be obtained by contacting Ghana Wilson at ghana@thefilmlife.com or by calling 646-375-2144, ext 5.  Regular festival updates are available at www.abff.com.*****PRESS RELEASE*****
THE AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) FOUNDER, JEFF FRIDAY, HAS ANNOUNCED THE RETURN OF THE
PRO-HOLLYWOOD INITIATIVE (PHI) TO THE 15TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL
TERRELL SUGGS, BALTIMORE RAVENS ALL-PRO LINEBACKER AND FILM PRODUCER, HAS BEEN NAMED PHI AMBASSADOR
Workshop Successful in Bridging Relationships between Professional Athletes and
Filmmakers
NEW YORK, May 10, 2011 – The Pro-Hollywood Initiative (PHI) returns for a second year to The 15th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), July 6 – 9, 2011 in Miami, FL. The  Pro-Hollywood Initiative (PHI) is a program created to encourage professional athletes to explore careers in the motion picture industry.  This year, ABFF Founder Jeff Friday, names Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Linebacker, Terrell Suggs, Sports Ambassador of this revolutionary initiative.  With a film screening at Cannes this year, Suggs, has proven how influential the Pro-Hollywood Initiative has been to his growth as a serious filmmaker.
The program’s main objectives are to stimulate athletes’ interest in the movie business, connect them with talented filmmakers, educate them about the workings of the industry and promote their involvement in the production of quality independent films. The PHI master classes cover a variety of disciplines related to filmmaking, including screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, acting and film financing.  Instructors are selected from among leading filmmakers, industry executives and professors at top-tier film schools.
This year’s PHI sophomore class will attend the following Film Life’s Master classes:  Bill Duke’s “Actors Boot Camp,” Michael Elliot’s “From Script to Screen” and Robert Townsend’s “The Ultimate Pitch.”  The program will conclude with a private roundtable luncheon to honor the 2011 professional athletes’ participation and provide them the opportunity to intimately gain valuable industry insight from these distinguished filmmakers and others face-to-face. Participation in the program is underwritten by the Film Life Foundation, Inc., a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering diversity within the motion picture and television industries.
The PHI was inspired by the 2009 meeting between ABFF founder Jeff Friday and Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs, who attended the festival for the first time that year after launching a film production company. Since that initial meeting Suggs has produced a total of four short-films, one of which is debuting this month at Cannes Film Festival titled When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things.  This May, Suggs is set to begin production on his first feature length film entitled The Coalition which will explore the vast nuances between men and women in relationships.
“I am extremely humbled to serve as the very first Sports Ambassador of the Pro-Hollywood Initiative,” says Mr. Suggs. “Through the program’s comprehensive teachings and exposure to many of the most respected professionals in the industry, ABFF has provided me with a firm foundation in filmmaking which has enabled me to actively follow my own professional pursuits in the motion picture business. I am most grateful to Jeff for his groundbreaking vision and look forward to this year’s event.”
“Last year was a huge success,” stated festival Founder Jeff Friday. “But to personally witness the achievements of someone such as Terrell in such a short period of time further solidifies my own passion in providing this unique platform for professional athletes. It makes me proud.”  Mr. Friday continues, “Terrell’s dedication and commitment to expand his horizons in filmmaking makes him the optimum Sports Ambassador and we are very happy to have bestowed this honor to such an incredible athlete and filmmaker. We hope to see more sports stars like Terrell engaged in the film arena as part of their off the field agendas, whether in front of or behind the camera.”
The Pro-Hollywood Initiative is by invitation and limited to 20 participants. Current or retired athletes from any professional sport are eligible. Past participants include: Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens), Ikechuku Ndukwe (New York Giants), Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans Saints), Isaac Keys (retired Arizona Cardinals) and Hannibal Navies (retired San Francisco 49’ers). This innovative program will seek the support of player associations and major sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, WNBA and MLB.
Program registration information can be obtained by contacting Ghana Wilson at ghana@thefilmlife.com or by calling 646-375-2144, ext 5.  Regular festival updates are available at www.abff.com.

 

Eurocinema’s Sebastien Perioche & The Scandinavian Film Festival

April 30th, 2011 No comments

Sebastien Perioche, Chairman & C.E.O of Eurocinema, talks about Eurocinema’s first On Demand film festival with Al McGhee!

What is an On Demand film festival?
Well, the definition of a film festival is “an organized, extended presentation of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues, usually in a single locality.” eurocinema has just changed that and the now the locality can be your living room, bedroom, or even your own couch. The focus for this film festival is Scandinavian Films, bringing you some of the greatest films being released in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The theatre, in this case, is eurocinema  – Video on Demand.

Sharon Gless at the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival

April 12th, 2011 No comments

Sharon Gless, one of the stars of “Burn Notice” was special guest at the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival.  Sharon starred in the film “Hannah Free.”