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We get it. Porn festival? You’re hesitant, probably imagining the unrealistic sexcapades, neck-bearded men in trench coats, and theater seats equipped with lotion and tissue paper. Whatever your preconceived notions of a porn film festival may be, at Berlin’s Porn Film Festival last week, not to say none of the above occurred, but, well, none of that really occurred.
The festival stretched over four days at Cinema Moviemento in Kreuzberg and included lectures from prominent producers, porn workshops, and, obviously, an extensive range of films from softcore to hardcore to—err, how to put this—zombie porn.
So after spending roughly five days consuming more porn than a fifteen-year-old boy home alone on a Saturday night, here were some of our favorite lessons from this year’s Berlin Porn Film Festival.
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The Sundance Institute will once again screen nine films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in nine independent theaters across the country on January 30 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA program.
Audiences at each location will also hear from the filmmakers during a pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A.
The Sundance Film Festival has found yet another way to bring a taste of their festival to a town near you.
The Sundance Institute has put together a group of short films that are currently on a 50-city tour across the US. The Sundance Film Festival Short Films Program, which kicked off two weeks ago in Phoenix and Columbus, is a 93-minute collection of eight short movies from the 2013 fest in Park City, UT. The selection includes fiction, documentary and animation films like The Date, Until The Quiet Comes, Jonah, The Event, and more.
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Sundance London kicks off on April 25 at The O2 where film fans and music fans can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The Sundance Institute has curated a selection of film and panel programming that will not only present new work by independent filmmakers, but will also explore the interplay between independent film and music.
The Sundance Institute is branching out again with Next Weekend, an extension of the popular Next section at the Sundance Film Festival, which showcases films that take a bold approach to storytelling.
Next Weekend will take place Aug. 8-11, 2013 at Sundance Sunset Cinema in Los Angeles. The program will include screenings, as well as panels, parties, and artist programs that "celebrate the renegade spirit of independent filmmaking."
Heard of Tropfest before? If not, mark it down to satisfy your film buff side, as it is Australia's most prestigious short film festival. During Tropfest, thousands of stars and star-gazers converge on Sydney to celebrate the art of filmmaking. 2013's Sydney Tropfest ended this last weekend, but luckily it's now a global event.
When it began 20 years ago the festival was named Tropicana Film Festival, since shortened to Tropfest. The first screening had about 200 spectators and, in contrast, this year's had about 150,000 heading to the city's park area named The Domain. Mother nature held off her fury long enough for people to relax on the grass and catch the 16 finalist films. And, for the first time, the festival was telecast on Australian network TV.
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DOC NYC, New York City's Documentary Festival, is back for a third year on Nov. 8 - 15, 2012. The festival, which will be held at Greenwich Village’s IFC Center and the School of Visual Arts Theatre in Chelsea, aims to celebrate documentary film as a "cultural phenomenon" and "encourages its new directions."
Among this year's highlights are the U.S. premiere of Artifact, which follow the band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they fight a lawsuit with their record label Virgin/EMI, Venus and Serena, which looks into the lives of the Williams sisters during the most intimidating year of their careers, and The Central Park Five, about the five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongfully charged with raping a white female jogger in Central Park in 1989. In all, 115 films will be included in the week long fest.
Keith Urban took a break from his new duties as American Idol host this morning to escort his two daughters to Nice, France, where their mom, Nicole Kidman, is playing Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco.
Despite the long flight from L.A., Sunday Rose and Grace Margaret looked bright-eyed walking through the Nice airport with their dad.
The whole family will be back in New York City Wednesday, when Nicole will be honored by the New York Film Festival. The event, which will be held at Alice Tully Hall, will include an on stage conversation with Kidman and a screening of her upcoming movie, The Paperboy. For NYFF ticket information, visit filmlinc.com.
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London-based film buffs most likely heard about—and frequented—this summer's Rooftop Film Club screenings, hosted at popular East End hangout Queen of Hoxton. Most shows sold out long in advance, with tickets to Wayne's World, Clueless, and Top Gun, disappearing almost immediately after being released online.
Sadly, a few of these screenings were rained out owing to the city's
crappy fussy weather, much to the chagrin of many a Hoxton hipster. Just in time for the blistering cold holiday season, however, the Film Club has gone underground—literally. Migrating to Camden, the newly dubbed Underground Film Club at the historic Roundhouse
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Film Independent, which produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced last week that they were launching the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series. This series will mix classic and contemporary films, conversations with artists, and special guest-curated programs.
The film screenings kick off tomorrow night with Jackie Brown, but the event everyone is talking about is Thursday night's live reading of The Breakfast Club, directed by Jason Reitman. A carefully selected cast, including James Van Der Beek, Mindy Kaling and Patton Oswalt will read the movie's entire scripton the flyin front of a live audience.
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London's Southbank will be even more buzzy during this year's BFI Film Festival
From pre-punk pop to Sarah Palin, the films screening at this year's BFI London Film Festival run the gamut from playful to grave to "You betcha!" sunny in tone, sating cinephiles of all tastes. Running from October 12-27, the festival is a celebration of everything silver screen-related, with a focus on the country's rich film industry and entire program dedicated to New British Cinema.
Watch out, Miami: the Brazilians are coming! Ha. Yes, yes, they're already here. It's high season for Brazilian visitors to the beach, but this weekend will be even more bombastic and beautiful than ever, so prepare yourselves: the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami kicks off on Friday and runs through August 27.
It's the 15th birthday for the event, so expect amplified revelry, as parties and preening organize themselves around--oh, yeah--the screening of 25 award-winning features and docos. There will also be 15 short films shown, and a series of events starring directors, actors and producers.