Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jasmina Nevada Memoirs at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013

After spending 10 days at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013, Dublin, Ireland. I thought it would be appropriate to add an extra snap of myself, for my dedicated readers.  Hope everyone continues to enjoy my site, and wish to say thanks to those who have already read it and taken time off to contact me via Twitter or directly.  Stay posted for more upcoming interviews and articles about film.....
*Thanks to The Academy of Photography (Robert Patynski) in Dublin, for this photo*

Steven Spielberg announced as Jury President, 66th Cannes Film Festival 2013

Steven Spielberg today was announced as Jury President of the 66th Cannes Film Festival 2013. This years Cannes Film Festival to be held in Cannes France between 15-26th May 2013 -

“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.”

Renown American director and producer Steven Spielberg (Lincoln, Color Purple) agrees to head up the jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival taking place May 15-26 this year.

“As they say across the Atlantic”, said Gilles Jacob, President of the Festival de Cannes,

“Steven Spielberg is a Cannes ‘regular’ But ET that I screened as a world premiere in 1982 that ties were made of the type you never forget. Ever since, I’ve often asked Steven to be Jury President, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told “E.T., phone home”, I understood and
immediately replied: “At last!”

“Steven Spielberg accepted in principle two years ago”, declared Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival. “He was able to make himself available this year to be the new Jury President and when meeting him these last few weeks it has been obvious he’s excited about the job. Because of his films, and the many causes he holds dear, he’s year-in year out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers. We are very proud to count him among us.”

“The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the debut of E.T is still one of the most vibrant memories of my career, Spielberg goes on. For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time. It is an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”

Steven Spielberg was born in Ohio in 1946. A film enthusiast from a very young age, one of his first shorts,Amblin – got him through the doors of Universal Television which produced his first films. Success came very quickly Due (1971), originally made for television, was so well received that a feature length version was released in theaters.

The first film he made for cinema, Sugarland Express was selected for the Festival de Cannes in 1974 and won Best Screenplay. After which, he had a series of international successes, Jaws (1975); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and E.T (1982) which was presented as the closing film of the Festival de Cannes and was the very last Festival screening shown in the former Palais Croisette theatre.

In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, like many of his films, beat all records for box office takings in the United States: his big budget entertainment movies, of great and varied inspiration, brought about a renewal of the Hollywood entertainment genre, creating new ties with the themes of adventure and sci-fi, and are hugely popular with an extremely wide audience of all ages.

The abundant imagination that characterizes Steven Spielberg and has him say of himself “I dream for a living” is combined with boundless curiosity, a delight in innovation and a virtuoso talent for directing.

Famous for his commercial successes, he also astonishes with his more intimate and socially engaged works which confront audiences head-on, The Color Purple (1986), Empire of the Sun (1987) and Schindler’s List( 1993), which brought him the highest accolades and Oscars, including Best Director.

His filmography is varied from entertainment films to serious reflections on history, racism or the human condition, testimony to his hope for a peaceful, reconciled world.

In his 40-year career, he has made 27 films, most of which are important moments in the history of world cinema: everyone has seen, or will one day see Saving Private Ryan, (1998), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), War of the Worlds (2005), or the recent The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (2011), his first film in 3D.

His most recent film Lincoln, a captivating portrait of the man who abolished slavery in the United States, is currently a huge success in his own country as well as in France where it has already been seen by over a million people. The film enabled Spielberg to set Daniel Day-Lewis up for his third Oscar as Best Actor

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Eva Longoria directs and stars in her own Short Film 'Out of the Blue' Inspired by 10 User Generated Photographs

Eva Longoria just directed and starred in her short film, “Out of the Blue” as part of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n” – a user generated photo contest run by Ron Howard where celebrity directors, including Eva, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone (Twitter co-founder), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem) are directing short films inspired by consumer photos. Eva Longoria partnered with Canon and Ron Howard to direct this film.

“Out of the Blue” is the story of a tough, sexy woman fighting her way through a series of unique physical challenges to stop a mad man. The female character’s mission takes a surprising turn that leaves us wondering if it was all just a game. The film co-stars Amaurey Nolasco (Prison Break) and will premiere at Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival in Fall 2013.

The inspiration for the film was based on 10 user generated photographs, which literally outline the principles and good execution of a good film -

-Backstory -Cleansing-

-Character - The Collector

-Discovery - Discovering Limits

-Goal - Alli's dreams

-Mood - Lost in Blue

-Obstacle - Hot Embers

-Relationship- Self Portrait of Henry Jekyll

-Setting - The Long Walk

-The Unknown -Trouble Ahead

-Time - Patch Me Through

Canon’s Project Imaginat10n is the first film festival in history where consumer photographs will inspire Hollywood films. After choosing her ten photos, Eva has now completed the next phase of Canon’s Project Imaginat10n – film production. The film title is similar to that of the winning photograph she selected in the Mood category.

Ron Howard selected the photograph “Discovering limits” in the Discovery theme which must be used as inspiration in all films; at first, the photograph was a challenge to work into the script, the story has greatly evolved since Ron picked the Discovery photo.

Eva is also the first director for this project to act in her short film. During pre-production, Eva had a call with Ron Howard to prepare her for filming; Ron said he that he admires Eva’s ambition for this and even visited her on set to check in on the process. To prepare for the role, Eva did extensive fight training and also worked with stuntmen.

Production was held in February in Los Angeles, California. “Out of the Blue” was written by Robert Leddy Jr. and Wendy West and produced by Freestyle Productions. The film was shot using the Canon C500 and co-stars Amaurey Nolasco (of Prison Break) as the villain. Many of Eva’s ten photos were taken very literally in the script and set design, especially the "Setting" photo depicted in the location of the shoot. In the film, there will be little dialogue and more action which is very stylized.

Winners at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013

The 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival drew to a close on 24th February, after a fun filled 11 days of screenings, insightful Q&As and special events featuring some of cinema’s most recognized in the film industry including Danny DeVito, Tim Roth, Joss Whedon, Costa-Gavras, Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Mary Harron, Sarah Bolger and Robert Towne, James D'Arcy, Nicolas Jarecki, amongst others.

Commenting on the closing night of the festival, Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said:

“Wow what a 2013 festival – as the films and guests return home – all that remains are the memories (and photos) of a packed 11 days. I was delighted with the large numbers of Dubliners who joined us this year to experience the festival, meet our Irish and international guests and celebrate the best of world cinema – roll on 2014.”

The Irish documentary following three street poets and hip-hop artists from north Dublin, Broken Song, proved a winner with critics and audiences alike, recieving both the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award at the Dublin Film Critics Awards and scooping the much coveted Audience Award for 2013. Commenting after the announcement, director ClaireDix said:

“To get the audience award is so special, it’s a real validation for myself and Nodlag as filmmakers. We had a great experience at the festival – they’re one of the Reel Art partners and Gráinne Humphreys, the festival director has been really supportive of the project right from the beginning.”

Directed by Claire Dix and produced by Nodlag Houlihan of Zucca films, Broken Song is part of the Arts Council’s Reel Art scheme in association with the festival and Film Base, designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an
artistic theme.

The Dublin Film Critics Circle selected
 -Kristina Buzyte’s Vanishing Waves as Best Film,
- Best Director went to Mikhail Segal for Short Stories,
- Best Actor went to Aleksey Vertkov for White Tiger,
- Best Actress to Dilan Aksüt for Night of Silence,
- Best Debut went to Maja Milos for Clip,
- Best Screenplay went to Oriol Paulo and Lara Sendim for The Body,
-Best Cinematography went to Oleg Mutu for Beyond the Hills
Jury Prizes to Blancanieves, After Lucia and The King of Pigs.

Irish films also fared well at the awards :-

with Best Documentary - Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Macdara Vallelly winning Best Irish Feature with Babygirl, Cathy Pearson winning Best Irish Documentary for Get the Picture, and Michael Dwyer Discovery Award going to Claire Dix for Broken Song.

2013 also saw the first presentation of the inaugural CINE Talent award, a new initiative from the festival’s partnership with Universal Pictures, Screen International and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, which aims to spotlight and promote Irish talent to the international industry. Nick Ryan, director of The Summit, which screened at the festival, was awarded the accolade, with a prize that includes profile from Screen International and networking opportunities at their events at the Toronto, Cannes and Berlin film festivals. The winner will also be assisted by Universal Pictures and Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board with networking introductions to relevant international contacts. The prize also aims to include mentoring opportunities from an established industry alumni, from the previous JDIFF Irish Talent Spotlight Award.

Honoring career achievement, the Volta award was this year given to four hugely worthwhile recipients: Hollywood legend Danny DeVito, iconic British actor Tim Roth, Greek/French director Costa-Gavras and pop culture idol Joss Whedon.

The winner of the UNTITLED Screenwriting competition, run in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board was announced as Eoin Rogers with his animation scriptThe Cloud Giant. This competition involved a public presentation an idea for a feature film with the theme of ‘Family Films’, in order to win a First Draft Development Loan of up to €16,000.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival would like to thank its funders and sponsors: Jameson, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board, Cineworld, Renault, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo,, Film Base and The Church.

Links and more information can be found here -
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Facebook: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival - /Dublinfilmfestival
Twitter: @DublinFilmFest

Friday, February 22, 2013

'Le Capital' at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival attended by Gabriel Byrne and Costa Gavras

'Le Capital' film screened at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013, was attended by Director Costa Gavras ( Eden is West, Le Couperet )  & actor Gabriel Byrne ( Secret State, In Treatment ).  The red carpet was flooded with journalists eager to get into some chat with the duo.

The film concentrates on the lows of the 2008 economic crisis, whereby the film showcases the dirty dealings in boardroom politics, corruption on differing levels, and of course no film about high profile business would be complete without undercover dealings. The plot centres on the rise and greed for money of Marc Tourneuil ( Gad Elmaleh -Midnight in Paris, Priceless ), a up and rising newcomer who due to circumstance becomes the CEO of Phenix Bank, and will stop at nothing to ensure that he is the top boss controlling the money.  He believes that life exists as such, and there is no in between, showing a ruthless streak.  Board members plot and plan that this appointment is simply a temporary measure and try to lure Marc Tourneuil into the deep end.  His friend and ally Dittmar Rigule (Gabriel Byrne) tries to help him in his quest for holding on to the 'top job' whilst secretly plotting to take complete control of the French bank. Of course Mark Tourneuil sees this coming and this antagonist situation provides further sub plots throughout the film.

The film is mostly in French with English subtitles.

I managed to quickly chat with Gabriel Byrne on the red carpet

Acclaimed Greek/French Director Costa Gavras after the screening of his movie in Dublin, as part of the Film Festival, was presented with the Festival achievement award, The Volta.

Gabriel Byrne, has many new upcoming projects and one of his most recent is Vikings, which was filmed in Ireland, currently in post-production, as well as a film in Chicago (details unreleased as yet).


Monday, February 18, 2013

Interview with James D'Arcy at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013, premiere of Cloud Atlas

James D'Arcy ( Hitchcock, W.E ) attended the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival  2013 premiere of Cloud Atlas, which took place on Saturday 16th February at the Savoy in Dublin, Ireland.

James D'Arcy, plays Rufus Sixsmith, as well as some other roles. The film has a star studded cast - James D'Arcy, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, among others. each of them in turn, taking on several roles throughout the film. This project had not only one but three directors - Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer.

This film is an ambitious and dazzling epic, adapted from David Mitchell's book. Questions, mysteries, love, emotions and life changing decisions delve into some of the unexplained questions about life and purpose that humanity has pondered over since the start of conscious thought. Some of the plots being -  a San Francisco Attorney harbors a fleeting slave on a fateful voyage home from the Pacific Islands in 1849.. a poor gifted composer in pre-World War II Britain struggles to complete his magnum opus before a reckless act catches up with him.. a journalist in 1973 works to avert an industrial disaster.. a present publisher, on the eve of the greatest success, faces unjust imprisonment...etc, etc.

Each scenario is introduced, then unfolds alongside the others, while fluid transitions from one to another reveal the ways in which they are linked, all becomes apparent towards the middle of the film, according to your perspective. Characters meet and re-unite from one life to the next, and the consequences of their actions in previous 'lives' have an impact on and shape their future.

I had a chat with James D'Arcy on the red carpet about the film -

James D'Arcy at the post screening discussion, was unsure how it would work with three directors, but actually stated that there was great co-ordination between all three, and they were in fine tune and harmony with one another. He found the experience working with the directors very pleasant and work productive. Doubting before filming had begun how this would work out, as in an ideal situation, working with multiple directors could pose some difficulties. Explaining that each director took responsibility for certain scenes and the 'cuts to' the next would be the responsibility of the next Director and worked with total fluidity. On reflection, he revealed that it was great as sometimes in his experience working with one director sometimes could create conflict.

On reading the book also, James wondered and considered the impossibilities, impracticalities of such a story becoming adapted for screen. However, explained that the whole structure was changed, to fit the needs for screen. It took 3 years for the book to be adapted and write the script.  Due to the sequences and nature of the story there was an intense storyboading process, and James recalls that despite that he never saw a storyboard on set.

The musical score for the film was also composed by Tom Tykwer, together with Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, before the film was shot, the music was played at the read through for the script. The musical score (s) played a central part to the many changing sequences throughout the film, 'The Cloud Atlas Sextet' which re occurs throughout the film to connect multiple threads.

" It's an ever present melody from a simple string line to a riff in a 1970's rock piece, to a jazz sextet playing the background at the Cavendish party. We needed something beautiful and malleable enough to take us through 5 centuries....There are lots of subjective voices throughout the story, and we were searching for one voice, that could encompass them all, to form a beautiful choir". Tykwer said.

Throughout the film screening and discussion, James was gentlemanly, eloquent and willing to expand on any questions posed to him, and kindly obliging for a photo with myself -


Friday, February 15, 2013

Broken, Opening Night Film at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013

Last night the Savoy in Dublin, the venue for the Opening Night of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, was attended by a full house for the Opening Gala film 'Broken'. Actors Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Director Rufus Norris,  (known as a theater director- Cabaret, before adapting to screen with debt short film  King Bastard ) writer Mark O'Rowe and producers Dixie Linder, Tally Gardner, and Nick Marston were at the screening. Tim Roth received a Volta award from Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises) who spent some minutes explaining how wonderful it was working on the film and with the legendary Tim Roth himself. This award celebrated some of Roth's roles in some of the most iconic films of his three decade career, in films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction.

On the red carpet, I chatted with Rufus Norris, who explained the difficulties in finding funding for the film. Cillian Murphy spoke passionately about the film and only had praise for Eloise Laurence, and stated that the film belonged to her. Tim Roth explained how great the experience was as his character of  Dad, and what that meant to him bringing this alive to screen. Watch the video here -

Rufus Norris, Director of Broken at the screening also said -

"its a wonderful compliment for us that Broken has been invited to open this Festival, and I am totally delighted to be part of such a great event. This is doubly so for the fact that so much of the film was created here (in Dublin). Mark O'Rowe and I argued back and forth over the script for days on end in various cafes around the city, and the care he gave it and education he gave me were the foundations of the piece. I hope you folk like it - it's body is English but the bones were made in Dublin"

Norris' multi award winning Broken is a powerful, captivating, and heartbreaking exploration of love in all its many forms: - Idealized  unrequited, and ultimately, unconditional. With some light comic touches, and deep dramatic action, the films weaves through the plot in twists and turns and one can never anticipate exactly what will happen next..

Newcomer Eloise Laurence, in this coming of age role, who was cast after a long casting session, was hired immediately, as instantly they knew that she was perfect for the role of Skunk. The character deals with the changes of growing up in a world where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear filled doubt, and where a complex broken world is that which will be the future. This stellar cast includes Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear.

Broken  has won awards on many levels from the British Independent Film Awards, London Film Festival and recognized in many others. This film will be out in Irish cinemas on 8th March 2013.


Monday, February 11, 2013

BAFTA awards for Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis, Documentary 'The Imposter'

Director, Bart Layton and producer Dimitri Doganis, won the BAFTA award 2013 last night in London, for an outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer.

The Imposter” is a documentary film of a difference, rather than a factual documentary, a a true story dramatically told, still maintaining the documentary elements. Made by a talented and experienced team who bypass the boundaries in terms of film making or controversial issues to bring a fascinating topic to screen.
British director Bart Layton tells the true story of soemone who steals an identity to create a life, via a unique cinematic language which combines stylistic (including Film Noir) and documentary elements.

The film centers on the true facts of the disappearance of a 13 year old boy in 1994, Nicolas Barclay from San Antonio, Texas, he was ‘discovered' and found alive three and a half years later in southern Spain, with a tale of kidnap and torture. His family is elated, overcome with emotion and start the process for him to return to his home in the Unites States. However, this is where the true story really starts to
take its course, as all is not quite as it seems......

Layton, whose trademark is a film making style which favors visual innovation and challenging the conventional norm, is well-known in both the UK and the U.S. for his acclaimed documentaries. His accomplishments: shortlisted for a BAFTA award, finalist for The Royal Television Society, and also at the Grierson Awards. He uses his experience and connections to gain access to ‘volatile' environments such as
maximum security prisons in Latin America.

The film is executive produced by John Battsek, who produced the Academy Award-winning “One Day in September.” Also producer  Dimitri Doganis, best known for his work on “Locked up Abroad,” which airs on National Geographic, and Simon Chinn, who produced “Man on Wire,” which has won over 30 international awards, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

“The Imposter” was shot by Erik Alexander Wilson, the director of photography whose credits include “Tyrannosaur,” for which he received the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance 2010. Andrew Hulme, the film's editor, is known for Anton Corbijn’s “Control & the American,” “Gangster No 1,” and documentaries such as “A History of a Blue Note.”

Layton’s inspirations for the film were sparked by an article in a Spanish magazine about Frédéric Bourdin, aka Le Chaméléon, who assumed hundreds of false identities while traveling throughout Europe. He was placed in care homes as a traumatized child, and managed to fool authorities at the highest level--including
the FBI. An Internet search led to more articles and facts. Layton started to correspond with Bourdin via his Youtube account and persuaded him to meet the film team in London.

“You could wait a lifetime to happen upon a story such as this,” Layton said. “A work of fiction would be far fetched…[How first hearing about this case] sparking an urgent need to find out more... about a man capable of perpetrating such a crime ...and a family capable of becoming victims to it.”

Co-producer Poppy Dixon had to do some detective work to find the family; they were initially reluctant to take part due to previous pursuits by other media and filmmakers. However, with this project, it seemed that they would have the opportunity to set the record straight in their own words as there had also been a lot
of negative press circulating about the family.

The Barclay that returns to the family possesses many of the same distinguishing marks that made him 'recognizable' as their child, but his strange accent, and totally opposite looks to that of the missing child start to spark suspicions. Only the family seems to have not paid attention to these differences and welcome this boy with open arms back into the family unit. Bourdin had a thick accent, olive skin, dark hair and dark brown eyes,whereas Nicolas Barclay was blond, blue-eyed with a distinct American accent.

This shapes a series of events which unfold in the film’s unexpected twists and turns. The case is then picked up by a private investigator whose instincts led him to recall how the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. by James Earl Ray was solved on his capture at Heathrow Airport, London, when Ray was identified by the shape of his ears, which was the flaw and the nail which caught out 'Le Chameleon' aka Frederic Bourdin.

Bourdin felt a need to create a 'life' for himself, as he felt unloved, and lacked a normal loving childhood and was successful in his endeavors in this respect through his pathological lies, master storytelling, persuasions and convincing phone calls to get what he wanted to achieve. Bourdin was elated that his 'sister' was coming all the way from Texas to retrieve him, that was considered in his eyes as an act of love,and was willing to go to great to be the child that they were coming to retrieve.

Says Bourdin in the film, “They were a family without a kid; I was a kid without a family.”

At times, when meeting some of the other characters in the story and their amazing and differing accounts of the facts, Layton wondered whether this bordered on fiction rather than reality.

“Every person we talked to seemed to have their very own version of the truth and all of them as believable yet implausible as each other,” he said.

The story perplexes almost everyone who comes in contact with it, including an FBI agent who realizes that the case she is investigating is a work of fiction. The family fragmented, bereaved and still disturbed by their close encounter with the man who had claimed to be their long lost loved one, and had lived as their child for nearly five months. But other details emerged, the missing boy, Nicolas Barclay, had been troublesome and had run away before. When he turned up on the other side of the world it seemed incredible but plausible. Bourdin even managed to convince a court that he was this boy, by identifying all the family photos.

The challenging question for Layton as a filmmaker was how to relate the story where the truth was not definitive but elusive. To make an effective film, he decided to take the audience on a roller coaster ride which attempts to tie together the disparate narratives, versions of truth, and raw emotions of everyone involved.

Layton often felt he was part of a detective story, with each interview yielding a new clue, but coming up with a completely different conclusion by the end of each session.

“The challenge as a director was how to make a documentary, which in many ways is about the elusiveness of truth, truthfully,” he said.

One of the hardest parts in trying to portray the story was trying to make sense of the subjective and conflicting events that were described by the interviewees, and how to compress all that information into a 90 minute film.

Seeking to follow each character’s journey in chronological order would help the story to unfold, while trying to find a medium in which to portray the events in a visual language that would be unique to any other documentary already seen.

Using a different meaning of portraying the story in this genre, Layton sought not to reconstruct events but vividly create sequences that would incorporate dreams, visions, reality, atmosphere and circumstances.

The re-enactments were shot on location in and around Madrid for the Spanish section of the film and in and around Phoenix, Arizona, for the Texan portion of the film, using the Arri Alexa, which was the digital camera which could most closely achieve the look of 35mm film--utilizing the idea of playing with notions of memory and subjectivity. To preserve the narrative, the emotion was driven by the testimony rather than the dramatic elements.

“The Imposter” is more than just a retelling of a case of mistaken identity; it’s an emotional journey, and afterwards, anybody seeing it will have many thoughts, questions and debates about what is true, and what is made to be believed in the course of the story that unfolds in this film. The expected becomes the unexpected
and flits between the two, throughout the film, when the viewer thinks they are certain of a fact, something else blows the whole thought at that time on its head.

“My hope is that the film takes the viewer on not just one journey but on a series of concurrent journeys with a number of compelling characters each with their own version of the truth and their own complex reasons for constructing those truths,” Layton said. “I hope this allows the audience to form and reform their own opinions as to what actually happened--in much the same way has we have done in the process of making the film.”

Lets also spare some thoughts as remember that Nicholas Barclay was 13 the day he disappeared (June 13, 1994). He would have been 16 and eight months when he was reported found in Spain (October 7, 1997), and to this date remains missing...

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Al Pacino to receive Inaugural Jack Valenti - Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award at Los Angeles Italia - Film, Fashion and Art Fest.

Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Academy Award -winning actor Al Pacino will be the recipient of the inaugural JACK VALENTI - L.A., ITALIA LEGEND AWARD, by noted Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, honorary chairman of the Istituto Capri nel Mondo, the governing body of the Los Angeles, Italia – Film, Fashion and Art Fest. Named in memory of longtime MPAA president Jack Valenti, it is the festival’s highest honor and it will be given annually to an outstanding Italian-American who has made major contributions to the global motion picture industry.

Valenti’s daughter Courtenay, executive vice president of production for WarnerBros. Pictures, will present the award to Pacino on February 17th during the festival’s opening night ceremonies at the ChineseTheatre in Hollywood, where the 8th editionof L.A.,Italia will take place from February 17th through the 23rd, the week preceding the Oscars. The festival is produced by founder Pascal Vice domini and chaired by Italian-American talent manager and film executive Rick Nicita, with producer Martha De Laurentiis serving as president and producer Mark Canton serving as honorary chair. Madalina Ghenea, the Italian-Romanian supermodel and actress, will be Mistress of Ceremonies.

Known for his forceful dramatic presentation, Al Pacino is most closely associated with the roles of Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy,as well as Tony Montana of the legendary gangster film Scarface. However, it was his performance as Frank Slade, a blind, retired Lt.Colonel, in Scent of a Woman that won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1993 and a supporting actor nomination in the same year for Glengarry Glen Ross.This came after seven previous Oscar nominations for The Godfather(1973), Serpico(1974),The Godfather: Part II (1975),Dog Day Afternoon (1976),And Justice For All (1980)and Dick Tracy (1990).Amongs this other awards are five Golden Globes, includingthe HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award (2001), the American Cinematheque Award (2005) and theAmerican Film Institute’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

“One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies,”said Lina Wertmuller in making the announcement. “

His commitment to acting as a profession and his constant screen dominance has established him as one of the movies' true legends.

There is no one in the world more suitable and deserving to receive the first Jack Valenti – L.A, Italia Legend Award.”

Festivalchair Rick Nicita added: 

"The L.A, Italia Festival is twice blessed to have the honor of establishing the annual Jack Valenti award, and having an actor of the acclaim and artistry of Al Pacino accept it."

Presenting the inaugural Jack Valenti – L.A., Italia Legend Award to Al Pacino is perfect for our festival given that its central mission is to honor the cinematic greats from both the U.S. and Italy,” said honorary chair Mark Canton.

L.A,  Italia 2013 will feature screenings of approximately 40 of the most acclaimed Italian contemporary movies, documentaries and video-concert performances, along with photographic exhibition sand conferences and artistic moments rich with content that will promote excellence in Italy’s entertainment sector, fashion and tradition.

The Festival will include a tribute to director and producer Iginio Straffi, the creator of phenomenal, highly popular animated characters Winx, as well as the upcoming movie “Gladiators of Rome 3D” which will be released in the USA later this year by Paramount.Italian music icon Zucchero will be feted at the Grammy Museum on February 21st and at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the 22nd. Actor-director Michele Placido, who will have the US premiere of his recent thriller produced and shot in France Le Guetteur,will also be honored.

The official program will also include a celebration of the “Spaghetti Western” genre with the
screening of several of the Italian films that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. It will be attended by actors Franco Nero (the original Django who has a cameo inTarantino’s new movie), Giuliano Gemma (Arizona Colt)and some of the Italian and American actors who played gunmen in films helmed by visionary Italian directors back in the 70’s. There will also be conferences at the University of Southern California and the presentation of select first and second movies from young Italian filmmakers.

Other Italian artists attending are directors Fausto Brizzi (with Claudia Zanella, one of the leading actress of his latest movie Crazy For Me),Tony Trupia (Itaker), Andrea Zaccariello, as well as the actress Marta Gastini (Dracula3D).

L.A.,Italia 2013 officially launches the West Coast celebration of the Italian government’s“Year of Italian Culture in the USA” program. It is presented by the Istituto Caprinel Mondo in association with Eni,Rainbow Group and Cim Group, with the support of the Italian Ministryof Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Cinema Department of the Italian Ministry of Culture. Presenting partners also include the Italian General Consulate, the Italian Trade Commission, the Italian Institute of Culture in Los Angeles, TCL Chinese Theaters LLC, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce,the University of Southern California (USC), and Cinecittà Studios.


James D'Arcy, Nicolas Jarecki, Scott.Z.Burns also attending the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, taking place in Dublin, Ireland from 14th-24th February 2013, have an exciting lineup of red carpet galas and events, films, and an array of actors and filmmakers.

This list is not final, but actor James D'Arcy (Hitchcock, W.E), will take part in a post screening discussion about his part in the adaptation of David Mitchell's multi layered epic, Cloud Atlas.

Nicolas Jarecki, will attend the screening of his auspicious directorial debut Arbitrage, also stars Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere, nominated for a Golden Globe for the role.

Screenwriter Scott. Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion) will talk about his screenplay for Steven Soderberg's film Side Effects


Friday, February 8, 2013

Hollyshorts Short Film Festival 2013, Hollywood, Los Angeles

The early bird catches the worm, or so to speak? Filmmakers take attention, note and take action now ! Early submissions to a great Film Festival.  Whether you are an established filmmaker looking to submit something different from the usual, or a budding filmmaker with aspirations, ambition and drive, look no further - below
The organizers are now accepting submissions for the 9th annual HollyShortsFilm Festival (HSFF),which takes place on August15-25 at the historic and newly renamed TCL Chinese Theatre (Formerly known as Grauman’s) in Hollywood.  Filmmakers can take advantage of Friday’s early bird submission deadline now by submitting their short film projects at: or at  The announcement was made today by festival co-founders and co-directors Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont.

Twice ranked by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the Top Festival’s Worth the Entry Fee, the 2013 HollyShorts Film Festival is set to award over $100,000 in prizes. HollyShorts is awarding two all-expense paid international trips for this year’s winning filmmakers. The overall Best Short Film top prize winner of HollyShorts will win two complimentary tickets to visit Wellington, New Zealand courtesy of festival sponsor StarNow. The lucky winner will get to present their film at a local film festival and meet local industry professionals, along with $1K NZD spending cash.  Wellington has been named the “coolest little film-making capital in the world” by Lonely Planet and Wellywood as Wellington is affectionately known is home to a hub of world-class production special effects facilities including Weta Workshop, WetaDigital, Park Road Post and Wingnut Productions, as well as the home to a number of talented filmmakers. 

Forthe 2nd year,HollyShorts is also igniting a competition with the NociCortinfestival,the largest short film festival of the Southern-Italian region of Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot where two filmmakers, one US-based and the other based in Europe, enter in competition to both festivals with delegates from the Noci Cortin festival handpick a selection of top short films submitted to HollyShorts to be screened in August at the Noci Cortin festival. Among these films, one filmmaker will receive a special award from Noci Cortin festival and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Italy to present their work to the European public. In addition, Hollyshorts will choose a selection of works from among the films submitted to NociCortin festival to be screened in August at the 9th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, and among these films, one will receive the Special HollyShorts Grand Jury Choice Award. The director of the winning film from NociCortin festival will be flown out to Los Angeles to present their film to the American public.

Bryan Buckley’s ASAD which has received an Oscar nomination in the Live Action category for this year’s Academy Awards was the 2012 HollyShorts Film Festival Best Short Film overall winner.  

HollyShorts Film Festival will include: an opening night ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre for 1,000 attendees, fest screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s, panels with top industry executives and players, and private receptions taking place in venues throughout Hollywood during the entire week of the celebration. HollyShorts winners also receive a 1st look distribution deal with the ShortsHD television channel.The Best Horror/Thriller Film receives a 1st look deal with FEARnet and coverage with Fangoria Magazine.

This year,HollyShorts has added a 3D short film category and is accepting shortform content for a special 3D showcase.

HollyShorts is accepting submissions in the following categories: 
Short LiveAction, 
Short Animation, 
Short Documentary, 
Music Video, 
Web Series,
3D Shorts.

The HollyShorts Film Festival 2013 submissions regular deadline is April 12, 2013 and late deadline is May 24, 2013.  For prices and additional information visit

About HollyShorts
HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers careers through screenings,Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information please 

The next HollyShorts monthly screening series takes place February 22,2013 at the Showbiz Store and Café in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013 which will take place in Dublin, Ireland between 14th – 24th February 2013. Dublin is steeped in history, culture and arts, as well as well established actors such as Pierce Brosnan, Gabriel Byrne amongst many others.

Acclaimed Irish actor Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins) will be joining actor Tim Roth, (Pulp Fiction, Reservior Dogs) director Rufus Norris, (Demon Wind) writer Mark O’Rowe (Boy A, Intermission) and producer Dixie Linder at the Opening Gala screening of Broken at the 2013 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, taking place at The Savoy, 730pm. Cillian Murphy will present a Volta Award to Roth, the festival award that honours outstanding career achievement.

Norris’ multi award winning Broken is a powerful, captivating and heartbreaking exploration of love in all its many forms: idealised, unrequited, and, ultimately, unconditional. With some light comic touches and a brilliant central performance from newcomer Eloise Laurence, this coming of age story deals with the tumultuousness of growing up in a world where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and where a complex, broken world fills the future. Featuring a great cast including Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear (Skyfall)

Watch Trailer here -

The full programme is available via the festival website Tickets can be booked via the website, Facebook, or in person at the Festival Hub in Filmbase from 24th January, or at Ticket Offices in Cineworld or the Light House.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is funded and sponsored by- Jameson, The Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Bord Scannán na hÉireann , the Irish Film Board, Cineworld, Renault, The Merrion Hotel, The Irish Times, RTÉ, Windmill Lane, Wells Cargo,, Film Base and The Church.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Ticket Office: Filmbase, Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Phone: 01 687 7974
Facebook: Jameson Dublin International Film Festival - /Dublinfilmfestival
Twitter: @DublinFilmFest