Film Independent Spirit Awards set for Friday in 2010
The Spirits are moving from Saturday to Friday… In a significant change from its usual slot the day before the Oscars, Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced that the 2010 Spirit Awards will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010, and will air live and uncut at 8:00 p.m. PST/11:00 p.m. EST on IFC (Independent Film Channel). The nominations press conference will take place on Tuesday, December 1. This year’s awards ceremony will be the event’s 25th anniversary. Film Independent will be accepting submissions beginning on Monday, August 10, with the early deadline of Monday, September 14 and the final deadline of Tuesday, October 6. Submission guidelines, applications, and more information can be found at the Spirit Awards website.
Strand Crows to “The Wedding Song”
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Karin Albou’s “The Wedding Song,” which screened at this year’s SF Jewish Film Festival. Strand Releasing Co-President Jon Gerrans negotiated the deal with Yoann Ubermulhin of Pyramide International. Set in 1942, the film revolves around teen girls Nour and Myrian who share the same house in a modest neighborhood in Tunis where Jews and Muslims live harmoniously. Both girls secretly desire the other’s life, with Nour lamenting that she can’t go to school, while Myriam dreams of love.
“At The Movies” Gets New Hosts
Film critics A.O. (Tony) Scott of the The New York Times and Michael Phillips of the The Chicago Tribune will take over the role of co-hosts of the long-running film criticism series “At the Movies” starting in September. Garth Franklin reports in Dark Horizons.
“Passing Strange” and Afrique 360 Series among Downtown Film Festival LA Highlights
“Passing Strange The Movie”, the Spike Lee-directed film featuring the award-winning Broadway rock musical, “Passing Strange,” will open the 2009 Downtown Film Festival–Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 12, at 7:30 pm at the AT&T Center Theater. The film is the semi-autobiographical story of Los Angeles musician Stew, who in the early 1990s founded the influential pop-rock band called The Negro Problem. Also a spotlight in this year’s line up is the return of its African cinema program, which will take place Monday, August 17th.
French film legend Deneuve booed at Italian festival
Deneuve and Italian actor Michele Placido had just finished a reading from French author George Perec’s book “I Remember” Wednesday evening when the crowd erupted in anger, whistling at the performers. The audience appeared to have been angered that most of the show was in French. AFP reports.
Film-lovers swarm City of Light’s moonlight festival
Thousands massed in the shadow of one of Paris’ most iconic monuments, the towering Sacre Coeur, Wednesday for a magical moonlight screening kicking off a film festival dedicated to the City of Light. AFP reports.
– The Museum of the Moving Image will present a special preview screening of “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” the film adaption of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling novel, followed by a Pinewood Dialogue with director Robert Schwentke. The program on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. will take place at the Time Warner Center.
– The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival will screen the U.S. premiere of Trouble at Timpetill and “Azur & Asmar” at IFC Center later this month.