MAN OF STEEL MAKES APPEARANCE AT LA FILM FEST
by Susan Royal
Nearly 200 features (including 20 world premieres) were selected out of 5,428 submissions to screen at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 13-23 at L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas downtown.
A day before LAFF kicks off, the fest will present a special screening of Man of Steel – the Superman reboot, directed by Zach Snyder.
Then the festival kicks off with the latest comedy from Pedro Almodovar I'm So Excited, starring Javier Camara, Cecilla Roth, Lola Duenas and Raul Arevalo, with cameos from Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.
The comedy The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carell, Toni Colette and Sam Rockwell, will close the festival.
Gala Screenings include the top Sundance award-winning Fruitville Station and Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling as an American expatriot living in Bangkok.
Academy Award®-nominated and Film Independent Spirit Award-winning filmmaker David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) will serve as the Guest Director at this year’s LA Film Fest, where he’ll host a special screening of Three Kings that will also include a discussion about his body of work. He’ll also receive the Spirit of Independence award recognizing an individual for his or her commitment to artistic independence in film, and he’ll attend the 12th annual Filmmaker Retreat at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.
Returning to the 2013 Festival is the Master Class series, which features artists discussing their area of expertise with Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell. Actress Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Away We Go, "Saturday Night Live") will be choosing her favorite comedy scenes of all time and discussing how/why they work. Composer Gustavo Santaolalla (On The Road, Brokeback Mountain) will show selected scored scenes from films and discuss what makes them work and why they’re so effective.
Director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) will present footage from his upcoming film, Her, and take part in a discussion forum titled "A Brand of His Own: Spike Jonz" on June 22.
Also confirmed for this year’s Festival is an “In Conversation” session with playwright and filmmaker David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, House of Games) and actor/stage magician/author Ricky Jay (Boogie Nights, The Prestige) together talking about their past collaborations. Additionally, the 2013 Festival will feature “An Evening With Costa-Gavras.” The Oscar®-winning filmmaker, known for such films as Missing and Z, will be on-hand to talk about his work and screen his latest film Capital.
For more information or to get your Festival passes, go to www.lafilmfest.com
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TO STAR IN NEIL BOGART BIOPIC SPINNING GOLD
Foresight Unlimited has announced their partnership with Timothy Scott Bogart and Justin Timberlake in creating Spinning Gold, a biopic about legendary music exec Neil Bogart who died of cancer at the young age of 39. The script was developed by the award-winning writer and son of Neil, Timothy Scott Bogart in collaboration with Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake will star as Bogart, the man who signed such talent as Bill Withers, KISS, Donna Summer, Gladys Knight, The Village People. Bogart had a hand in the careers of many artists during the 60s and 70s and the film will begin with his childhood in the projects of Brooklyn.
Spinning Gold starts shooting early next year and will feature new renditions of some of the songs from the famous acts that Bogart signed.
J.J. ABRAMS, MARK BURNETT, TOM CRUISE AND GALE ANNE HURD
TO HEADLINE 5TH ANNUAL
‘PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE’
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) HAS announced the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 5th annual Produced By Conference (PBC). Director and producer J.J. Abrams, producer Mark Burnett, actor and producer Tom Cruise and producer Gale Anne Hurd will participate as featured speakers joining a list of acclaimed producers and industry leaders in entertainment and digital media. The 2013 Produced By Conference will be hosted by 20th Century Fox Studios on June 8-9.
Other featured speakers include David Alpert, Steve Blume, Tracey Edmonds,
Cassian Elwes, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz, Reginald Hudlin,
Darlene Hunt, Jason Katims, Carl Kurlander, Gary Lucchesi, Sharon Tal Yguado,
Hayma “Screech” Washington, Beau Willimon, Marci Wiseman, Ken Ziffren, among others.
The 2013 PBC will feature more than 25 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables, networking opportunities, social events and workshops designed to provide producers with important career tools and insights.
Finalists for the 2013 Producers Showcase (ProShow) competition will be invited to Los Angeles to participate in the PBC. While in attendance, they will meet with the ProShow’s development partners – 20th Century Fox for Feature Film, Ryan Seacrest Productions for Reality Television and Maker Studios for Online Content – to discuss their projects in detail and compete for the grand prizes. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Conference.
The 2013 PBC event is chaired by Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi.
For more information or to register, please visit www.producedbyconference.com.
THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER TO PRESENT
FREE SUMMER TALKS
The Film Society of Lincoln Center launched their FREE Summer Talks series with Before Midnight director Richard Linklater, actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke on May 16.
As an extension of the NYFF LIVE talks during the festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host live, free talks throughout the Summer. The lineup will also include director Sofia Coppola for The Bling Ring on June 10 at 7:30PM, director Jem Cohen for Museum Hours on Wednesday June 26 at 6:00PM, who will also screen a short film as a way of describing how he came to make Museum Hours and director Ryan Coogler for Fruitville Station on Thursday July 11 at 6:00PM. The Jem Cohen and Ryan Coogler talks will be moderated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Digital Strategy, Eugene Hernandez.
Other directors also participating in the Film Society Summer Talks include Sebastián Silva for Crystal Fairy in July and in August David Lowery for Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Joe Swanberg for Drinking Buddies. Additional talks will be announced at a later date. Go to www.Filmlinc.com for more information.
2014 POWFEST CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is now accepting entries for its seventh annual festival scheduled to take place March 6 - 9, 2014. The regular deadline for entries is August 16. Organizers of the 2013 say, "POWFest places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and empowering the community of women in film. POWFest encourages women to find their voice and to share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking. We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers." Past Guests of Honor include: Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple and Penelope Spheeris.
Deadlines & Fees
Early Bird Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, June 21, 2013 ~ $20
Regular Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, August 16, 2013 ~ $30
Late Deadline: Postmarked by Friday, September 13, 2013 ~ $35
WAB Extended Deadline: Postmarked by Thursday, October 1, 2012 ~ $45
Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found at www.powfest.com.
SANTA BARBARA FILM FEST SETS DATES FOR BOTH THE 29th AND 30th EDITIONS
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has set Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9, 2014 as the dates for the 29th edition of the festival and Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, February 1, 2015 for the 30th edition.
SBIFF is introducing a new way of attending the festival with its new Concierge Pass. This pass will include its own personal concierge service, reserved seating and priority access to all screenings, tributes and panels. The Concierge Pass and all festival passes and packages are currently on sale and are discounted at 25% until June 28. They can be purchased exclusively at www.sbfilmfestival.org. or by calling 805-963-0023.
ATLANTA FILM FEST IS ACCEPTING ANIMATED FILMS FOR 2014 FESTIVAL
Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival is one of only two-dozen Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the U.S. The film that wins their animated shorts competition will be eligible to be placed on the Oscar Shorts list. The Atlanta Film Festival is also one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, showcasing 200+ new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films.
The Festival has added a section for Puppetry for the 2014 festival saying, "ATLFF wants to be known as a 'puppet friendly' festival."
For more info, go to www.atlantafilmfestival.com
BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
The 10th annual Big Apple Film Festival is now accepting submissions. This year's event will take place November 6-10 at Tribeca Cinemas in NYC.
Early Submission Deadline – June 30
Regular Submission Deadline – August 1
To submit go to www.bigapplefilmfestival.com.
NEW DIRECTOR FOR HOLLYWOOD FILM FEST
Jon Fitzgerald, former executive director of the Slamdance Film Fest, AFI Fest, Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi film festivals, has been named executive director of the 17th Hollywood Film Festival.
The Festival will take place at Hollywood Arclight Cinemas from October 17-21.
For more info, go to http://hollywoodfest.com
AFI FEST 2013 ANNOUNCES DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES
This year AFI FEST presented by Audi will take place November 7 -14 in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman's Chinese), The Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood & Highland Center, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Submissions are now open. Final submission deadline for shorts is August 2; for features, August 16.
For more info, go to www.AFI.com/AFIFEST
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE TO PRESENT FOUR-DAY FILM FEST IN L.A.
NEXT WEEKEND, presented by Sundance Institute, will take place August 8 - 11 at Sundance Sunset Cinemas and additional venues throughout Los Angeles. NEXT WEEKEND will include four days of screenings, panel discussions, parties and filmmaker workshops. The eight yet-to-be-released films screening will include films that were featured in the recent Sundance Film Festival's NEXT section, as well as additional selections.
Robert Redford, president and founder of Sundance Institute, said, "At the core of NEXT WEEKEND are artists that are taking risks and pushing boundaries. As such, it's fitting that Sundance Cinemas will be the home for this festival and these films."
For more info, go to www.sundance.org/next
MOONDANCE FILM FEST ANNOUNCES NEW CATEGORY
The Moondance International Film Festival, running September 27 - 29 in Boulder, CO, has added a new submission category for 2013: Web Series Webisodes.
For more info, go to www.moondancefilmfestival.com
NEW MEDIA FILM FEST AT LANDMARK WEST
The New Media Film Festival will be held at the Landmark West LA Theater on June 11-12. Categories include: 3D, Documentaries, Animation, Web Series, Music Videos, Shorts (all formats), Digital Comics, Machinima, Trailers, Mobile/Tablet and more.
For more info, go to www.newmediafilmfestival.com.
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