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Toronto, Sep 19 (Canadian-Media): 2018 Reelworld Film Festival (RFF) would kick off with Toronto premiere Roobha on Oct 9, media reports said.
Reelworld Film Festival. Image credit: Facebook page
Held annually in downtown Toronto, Ontario, ReelWorld Film Festival is a five-day film festival screening features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian and other multi-racial communities.
2018 RFF, in its 18th year of empowering and championing emerging Indigenous and racialized storytellers, will run from Oct 9 to Oct 14.
The screening of the films would be done at Glenn Gould Studio, Famous Players Canada Square, and the Toronto Reference Library.
The film Roobha, directed by Lenin M. Sivam, would be showcased in Toronto at Glenn Gould Studio on Oct 9 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm.
Lenin M. Sivam. Image credit: Facebook page
Principle cast of the film are: Anthonythasan Jesuthasan, Amrit Sandhu, Thenuka Kantharajah and Sornalingam Vyramuthu.
The main character in the film, Roobha, a South Asian trans-woman, is dejected by her community and struggles to make a living as a transwoman in Toronto.
There she comes across a enthusiastic family man, Anthony and a romance follows.
But the romance is short-lived as her family finds about this relationship.
Roobha's unique romantic tale deals with the complexities of personality and gender identity within the South-Asian community.
Reelworld in its 2018 diverse and indigenous films, with its continuous spotlight on Canadian content, showcase impact on societal norms and challenging issues including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), life and gender identity, climate change and the environment, feminist and women’s issues, racism, cultural oppression, mental health, and social injustice.
“The festival grows stronger each year, because we’re programming films that speak to the cultural struggles of our communities," says Founder and Executive Director Tonya Williams. “Since the festival’s inception in 2001, you can see the quality and maturity in our programming improves each year. Our racially diverse filmmakers are not afraid to delve into difficult issues and show us the raw emotions of these complex topics.”
The mission of RFF, a non-profit organization, is to empower and champion the cause of emerging Canadian Indigenous and racialized storytellers and film makers of all levels with Industry Panels, Professional Development opportunities, and Incubator Initiatives.
REF program is made possible through the generous support of Platinum Sponsors TD Bank and Cineplex, support from the Canadian government and our major sponsors and partners, the, CBC, Inspirit Foundation, the CMPA, AFBS, DGC, ACTRA, WGC and others to whom we are deeply grateful.
Sivam, born in Sri Lanka and raised in Toronto, Canada is internationally acclaimed and recipient of several film awards both in Canada and around the world.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Rome, Sep 18 (Canadian-Media): French actress Isabelle Huppert, besides Martin Scorsese will Lifetime Achievement Award from Rome Film Fest, directed by Antonio Monda, media reports said.
“I am excited that the Rome Film Fest will celebrate an actress of extraordinary sensibility, sophistication and depth such as Isabelle Huppert – explained artistic director Antonio Monda – a magnificent humanistic performer who is always able to convey, even in difficult and dramatic roles, remarkable empathy for the characters she plays”.
Isabelle Huppert. Image credit: Facebook page
The award will be presented by Italian actor Toni Servillo.
Huppert worked with some of the greatest European and American filmmakers, over the course of her career, such as Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat, Marco Ferreri, the Taviani brothers, Marco Bellocchio, Michael Haneke, Andrzej Wajda, Michael Cimino and David O. Russell.
Huppert who had won the international awards for her performances, including a Golden Globe for Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2017) will also attend an onstage conversation in the Close Encounters series and will comment on a series of clips selected from the films that influenced her life as an artist.
The Close Encounters series will also feature onstage conversations with: Cate Blanchett, Two-time Academy Award winner (The Aviator by Martin Scorsese, Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen); Jonathan Safran Foer, Novelist and author of essays of world fiction; Thierry Fremaux, Renowned French film critic, general Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival and Director of the Lumière Institute in Lyon; Shirin Neshat, Iranian photographer and video-artist
The Close Encounters will also feature directors, actors and leading figures in the world of art and culture, including Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore, Pierre Bismuth.
The conversations with cinema professionals will also include cinematographers Luca Bigazzi and Arnaldo Catinari, and editors Giogiò Franchini and Esmeralda Calabria.
The official lineup of the Rome Film Fest will include: Il vizio della Speranza (The Vice of Hope) by Edoardo De Angelis; The Watergate series directed and produced by Charles Ferguson; Remembering the 1943 round up in the Roman ghetto; The Rome Film Fest in the city: Marina Sagona’s new exhibition “The Prisoner”.
The Rome Film Fest -- directed by Antonio Monda and produced by the Fondazione Cinema per Roma headed by Laura Delli Colli with General Manager Francesca Via -- will take place from October 18 to 28, 2018 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and will involve several other locations and cultural realities in the Italian capital.
The official press conference announcing the 2018 Rome Film Fest lineup will be held in Rome, on Friday October 5th.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Woodstock, NY, Sept. 18 (Canadian-Media): The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival (WFF), named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide, will showcase 9 World Premieres, 4 North American Premieres, 1 US Premiere, 12 East Coast Premieres and 8 New York Premieres to be shown in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston. media reports said.
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Select highlights of this year's festival include:
To kick off the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, there will be a live performance by the Karl Berger Band following the screening of the feature documentary Karl Berger - Music Mind, to be held on October 10 at the Woodstock Playhouse.
Singer-songwriter Michael Franti, star and director of the documentary Stay Human, will also be performing during the festival.
Julie Taymor's globally renowned Across The Universe will have a special tribute screening on the morning of October 14th, and Matthew Heineman's feature narrative debut A Private War, starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci will close the film festival on the evening of Sunday, October 14th.
Both films will be followed by question and answer session.
There will be a panel discussion after the film screening of Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane, featuring the filmmakers, as well as panelists from the documentary Newtown.
Roger Ross Williams, on the Board of Governors for the Academy of motion pictures, Arts and Sciences, representing the Documentary branch, as well as being on the Diversity Committee for the Academy, is the first African American director to win an Academy Award with his short film Music By Prudence.
“The 2018 Woodstock Film Festival is poised to be one of the most fiercely independent and empowering, with nearly half of the filmmakers being female, and so many of the works telling meaningful stories by both emerging and accomplished filmmakers”, said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. “As we set our eyes towards our 20th anniversary in 2019, we aim to not only continue but increase our unwavering support of the game-changing creatives whose unique and passionate vision always reshapes the cinematic landscape.”
This year the festival presents films selected from over 2,000 entries from around the globe. Countries represented include Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Jordan, Ukraine, and the United States.
A majority of the films in the lineup will be screened with the filmmakers and cast/subjects in attendance.
The iconic Woodstock Film Festival was created in the year 2000. Since then, it has become one of the foremost regional independent film festivals. Establishing itself as a ground-breaking festival that offers a unique platform for filmmakers around the globe, the Woodstock Film Festival has been named among the top 50 film festivals worldwide.
The 2018 Narrative Features are an eclectic bunch of stories. These films from around the world will make the audience reflect on the importance of freewill, passion, and fighting for what you believe in.
They challenge the social norm by demystifying sensitive subjects. Incredible performances and cinematography will transport you into these character’s worlds of family drama, love and loss, social issues, civil rights, and life changing decisions.
Across The Universe, directed by Julie Taymor
Almost Home, directed by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Ask For Jane, directed by Rachel Carey
Beyond the Night, directed by Jason Noto
Cold Brook, directed by William Fichtner
Dorst (Craving), directed by Saskia Diesing
Dreams by the Sea, directed by Sakaris Stórá
Fort Maria, directed by Thomas Southerland and S. Cagney Gentry
Ghost Light, directed by John Stimpson
Here and Now, directed by Roman Shumun
Julia Blue, directed by Roxy Toporowych
Keely and Du, directed by Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert
Lez Bomb, directed by Jenna Laurenzo
Little Woods, directed by Nia DaCosta
Love Revisited, directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk
Only A Switch, directed by Michael Vincent
Paris Song, directed by Jeff Vespa
A Private War, directed by Matthew Heineman
ReRUN, directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett
Socrates, directed by Alex Moratto
Spell, directed by Brendan Walter
Swimming With Men, directed by Oliver Parker
Then Came You, directed by Peter Hutchings
Unlovable, directed by Suzi Yoonessi
We Only Know So Much, directed by Donal Lardner Ward
What They Had, directed by Elizabeth Chomko
Wheels, directed by Paul Starkman
Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano
Younger Days, directed by Paula van der Oest
Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal in Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano
Only A Switch, directed by Michel Vincent
Paris Song, directed by Jeff Vespa
Younger Days, directed by Paula van der Oest
The 2018 Documentary Features are as illuminating as ever. The subjects of these films truly captivate their audience while sharing unforgettable stories that are sure to spark a conversation. Meet people from all walks off life and journey into their self-actualization. Be prepared for cutting-edge science, murder mysteries, conversations about institutional racism, unsung musicians, and much more.
2030, directed by Johnny Boston
The Advocates, directed by Rémi Kessler
Carmine Street Guitars, directed by Ron Mann
Dreaming of a Vetter World, directed by Bonnie Hawthorne
The Feeling of Being Watched, directed by Assia Boundaoui
For The Birds, directed by Richard Miron
Ghost Fleet, directed by Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron
Give Us This Day, directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist
Hale County This Morning, This Evening, directed by RaMell Ross
In Our Bones, directed by Alex Kimura
The Interpreters, directed by Andres Caballero and Sofian Khan
Karl Berger - Music Mind, directed by Julian Benedikt
Michelin Stars - Tales from the Kitchen, directed by Rasmus Dinesen
Mr. SOUL!, directed by Melissa Haizlip and Samuel Pollard
A Murder In Mansfield, directed by Barbara Kopple
Netizens, directed by Cynthia Lowen
Personal Statement, directed by Julianne Dressner
Shakedown, directed by Leilah Weinraub
Somaliland, directed by Harry Lee and Ben Powell
Stay Human, directed by Michael Franti
Suicide: The Ripple Effect, directed by Greg Dicharry and Kevin Hines
Up to Snuff, directed by Mark Maxey
What Is Democracy?, directed by Astra Taylor
The World Before Your Feet, directed by Jeremy Workman
WRESTLE, directed by Lauren Belfer and Suzannah Herbert
Collier Landry & John Boyle Jr. in A Murder In Mansfield
Silvia Federici & director Astra Taylor in What Is Democracy?
Enoch Jemmott, in Personal Statement
The Feeling Of Being Watched, directed by Assia Boundaoui
The 2018 Shorts are anything but little. These stories told in 40 minutes or less share anecdotes and fictional tales from across the world through live action and animation. Taking you from New York City, to Paris, to a fictional dystopian society, and back again, audiences will be immersed in these captivating tales.
1-0, directed by Nada ElAzhary; 59 Seconds, directed by Mauro Carraro; After Her, directed by Aly Migliori; Antouni (Homeless), directed by Alik Tamar; Are You Still Singing?, directed by Gillian Barnes; A Year, directed by Jisun Jamie Lee; Beast, directed by Leonora Lonsdale; Beautiful Things, directed by Dina Waxman; Black Spirit, directed by Chakib Taleb-Bendiab; Boy Boy Girl Girl, directed by Ross Kauffman; Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor, directed by Lynne Sachs; The Christmas Rabbit, directed by Christophe Lopez-Huici; The Crying Room, directed by Shalom Auslander; Del Rio, directed by Raj Trivedi; Dinner, directed by Anna Gilmore; Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me), directed by Joseph Wallace; Ego, directed by Mario Addis; The English Teacher, directed by Andy and Carolyn London; Even Ants Strive for Survival, directed by Ren Xia; Funeral, directed by Leah Shore; Gamble, directed by Chayadol Lomtong; Goose in High Heels, directed by John R. Dilworth; He's Watching, directed by Arthur Metcalf; Homing In, directed by Parker Hill; Jo, directed by Justine Williams; One Small Step, directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas; Last Requests, directed by Courtenay Johnson; The Last Seance, directed by Laura Kulik; Lifeboat, directed by Skye Fitzgerald; Lucy, directed by Ruben Gutiérrez; The Magical Mystery of Musigny, directed by Emmett Goodman and John Meyer; Martin, directed by Sholto Crow; Melt Down, directed by Amy Jingyi Xu; Mirror Mirror, directed by Jacob Internicola; Mother, directed by Amanda Palmer; Moved to Tiers, directed by Avery Herzog; The Movie House on Main Street, directed by Teresa Torchiano; My Brother (Mi Hermano), directed by Alexis Gambis; Pour 585, directed by Patrick Smith; Rooster and The Queen, directed by Aaron Weisblatt; Salam, directed by Claire Fowler; Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane, directed by Kim A. Snyder; Shiva Baby, directed by Emma Seligman; Sorceress, directed by Max Blustin; Trump Bites, directed by Bill Plympton; Two Balloons, directed by Mark C. Smith; Unnatural, directed by Amy Wang; The Velvet Underground Played at My High School, directed by Tony Jannelli and Robert Pietri; Vicarious Resilience, directed by Eva Tenuto; Voice, directed by Takeshi Kushida; Welcome to the New World, directed by Jerry Suen & Anni Sultany; The Winds of Downhill, directed by Jedd and Todd Wider; Your Face Global Jam, directed by Ken Mora; Edith Piaf Said It Better Than Me, directed by Joseph Wallace
This year, the Woodstock Film Festival is proud to present films written, filmed, directed, produced, and edited by passionate teens. The Woodstock Film Festival's Youth Initiative is supported by the Thompson Family Foundation. Three out of the ten films were created by students who participated in the Woodstock Film Festival Summer Youth Film Lab, a three week immersive program underwritten by an anonymous donor, that gives teenagers an opportunity to learn about the art of film and practice the full spectrum of the filmmaking process with guidance from accomplished film industry professionals.
After The Collapse, directed by Youth Film Lab participant Ethan Laclaverie
Past the Fear, directed by Youth Film Lab participant Samuel Levine
Mirror Mirror, directed by Youth Film Lab participant Jacob Internicola
Along the Water, directed by Marissa Gaylin
Can't Hurry Love, directed by Lola Cook
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Suburbia, directed by Alex Alford and Zak Denley
I Am The Only One, directed by Aicha Cherif
Inclusion On The Air, directed by Eli Canter
Silence, directed by Camille Dobbs
Wake Up, directed by Maura Palden
Youth Film Lab participants with director Alex Smith
This year, the Woodstock Film Festival is highlighting 11 outstanding music videos from talented artists from the United States, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Luxembourg. These music videos will be screened online at the start of the festival.
Boyish - Music by Japanese Breakfast
Dumb Dumb - Music by Cipherella
Found - Music by Toulouse
Glendale - Music by Clans
Land of the Fairies - Music by Rami Fortis
Magic Meadow Music Video - Music by Journey Blue Heaven
Mandarin - Music by Boogrov
Paprika - Music by No Metal in this Battle
Pora Sotunda - Music by The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices
Solicitous - Music by Drekoty
The Woodstock Film Festival proudly offers its audiences a first look at some of the finest emerging films in the world. Here are the films making their premieres at this year's festival:
9 World Premieres include the feature films 2030; Almost Home; Beyond the Night; Only A Switch; Paris Song; ReRUN; Somaliland; Then Came You; Wheels
4 North American Premieres include the feature films Dreams by the Sea; Here and Now; Karl Berger - Music Mind; Love Revisited
1 US Premiere of the feature film Keely and Du
12 East Coast Premieres include the feature films The Advocates; Cold Brook; Dorst (Craving); Dreaming of a Vetter World; Fort Maria; For The Birds; Ghost Light; In Our Bones; Socrates; Spell; Suicide: The Ripple Effect; Younger Days
8 New York Premieres include the feature films Give Us This Day; The Interpreters; Julia Blue; Personal Statement; Swimming With Men; Up to Snuff; What Is Democracy?; The World Before Your Feet
Every year, the panels generate informative conversations with top members of the industry. This year, the panels line up includes:
Chat with Julie Taymor – Honorary Maverick Award Recipient • Hosted by Thelma Adams
Between Documentaries and Narrative • Conversation with Matthew Heineman and Roger Ross Williams
Music In Film, Sponsored by BMI Case Study - Up To Snuff • Featuring W.G. "Snuffy" Walden and Mark Maxey, moderated by BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross
Women in Film, Crossing the Line • Featuring Blair Breard and other panelists to be announced, moderated by Allison Dunne
Power of Youth • Featuring filmmaker Juliane Bresser and Harry Lee, student Karoline Jimenez, student Roda Mohamed, student Sam Levine, moderated by Megan Sperry
Actors Dialogue • Featuring William Fichtner and Steve Buscemi, hosted by Martha Frankel
Virtual Reality • Featuring curators Carol Silverman and Dario Laverde and Virtual Reality artists and experts
The Evolution of Platforms for Visual Storytelling and Distribution • Featuring panelists to be announced, moderated by Richard Abramowitz
MAVERICK AWARDS CEREMONY
8-11PM October 13th
Backstage Studio Productions, 323 Wall St., Kingston, NY
Photo by: Marco Grob
The Annual Maverick Awards Ceremony has become one of the most talked-about events, attracting more than 500 filmmakers, industry professionals and community leaders and guests. The event is open to the public. Tickets are available at the Woodstock Film Festival Box Office or online.
The 2018 Maverick Awards Ceremony will present several honors including:
Virtual Reality (VR) is the next phase of storytelling for creators and artists. Have the chance to experience this exciting new medium live in the Woodstock Film Festival Virtual Reality Lounge at the Center for Photography on Saturday October 13. A virtual reality panel will precede at the Kleinert James Gallery at 10:00 am.