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    Women to Blog About: Fina Torres

    Fina Torres (Josefina Torres Benedetti) was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her film Habana Eva, a Cuban Venezualan co-production, shows tonight at LALIFF. Fina studied design, photography and journalism in Venezuela and earned her bachelors degree in cinematography at the Institute de Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris. After graduating, she worked as a film editor, camera operator, and script supervisor and also made short films and documentaries. Her debut feature Oriana (which she directed, wrote, and produced) won the Cannes Festival Camera d’Or and international acclaim. In 2001, she directed the romantic comedy Woman on Top starri...

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    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

    LALIFF kicked off its 5 day festival last night with a great audience pleaser, Venezuelan film by first time director (and writer), Marcel Rasquin, HERMANO, audience and jury prize winner from Moscow FF and rumored to be headed toward Telluride. The international sales agent EuropaCorp (whose Luc Besson was president of the Moscow jury when the film won Moscow International Film Festival's top prize, the Golden George), was uncertain that it wanted the film to show in this festival where it had been promised before EuropaCorp was in the picture. But the filmmaker must have prevailed and a packed house at Mann's Grauman Chinese was lucky to ...

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    A Social Network Starts Too-Early Oscar Buzz

    David Fincher, Scott Rudin and the Sony marketing team are all smiles over a very early rave review from Film Comment of The Social Network, followed by a tweet from Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers (proffering an ad quote after A Social Network lost its Hot Issue cover to Barack Obama): "David F...

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    Summerfest: Garry Beitel on “The 'Socalled' Movie;” Watch it Now Free!

    SnagFilms’ 2nd annual SummerFest, a free online festival showcasing exclusive, limited-duration runs of popular new documentaries, wraps up with "The 'Socalled' Movie,” the sixth and final film in the series, premiering today.

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    Storytelling: Amir Bar-Lev's "The Tillman Story"

    The use of the word narrative to designate fictional films as opposed to documentary ones is problematic. Narrative will show up in footage taken by an unmanned surveillance camera or a satellite, not to mention when there are humans deciding what’s in the frame and for how long, and what ends up on the cutting-room floor. And the documentary films of Amir Bar-Lev are doubly occupied by narrative; as divergent as his subjects have been, his theme is always in some sense the stories that people create in order to civilize the wilderness of their own experience, the stories they impose on the lives of others, and—especially—the repercussions wh...

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    Up to the Mountain: "Altiplano"

    International culture-clash movie narratives used to be about bridging gaps, language barriers, righting wrongs, learning, healing. How times have changed. Today, global discontent has bred a severe alteration in such portraiture, resulting in an endless flow of grim scenarios that are no less myopic for being harrowing and unresolved. The smaller our world has grown, the tighter our financial, social, and political concerns have become, the more distrustful the narratives. Two or more disparate civilizations coming together onscreen is now often the catalyst for distrust, melancholy, and often, finally outright disaster. As evidenced by film...

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    Born Into This: Family as Prison in "Animal Kingdom" and "Winter's Bone"

    David Michod's Sundance-winning crime film "Animal Kingdom" expands to theaters in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and other parts of California in addition to its LA and NYC locations today. I highly recommend you see it -- twice if you can -- once it hits your area (see its bookings through October...

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    Cardiff's Iris Prize Selects Jury for Short Award

    The Iris Prize, Cardiff's International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize, recently unveiled the International Jury members voting for this year's award. The prize will be given out at the Iris Prize Festival, which takes from October 6 to October 9, 2010 in Cardiff, Wales.

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    On The Rise: 5 Cinematographers On Their Way To The A-List

    A couple of months ago, we took a look at five of the screenwriters that we're most excited about making their big screen debuts in the near future. For the next step in our semi-regular series, we wanted to look at another job that sometimes doesn't get the credit that it deserves. If the layman is...

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    Academy Selects Scientific Achievement Short List

    The Motion Picture Academy's scientific and technical awards committee has selected 15 achievements for further awards consideration. Now anyone else with similar devices or prior claims can offer their achievements to the committee, by August 31.

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