Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

Women: By and For

  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    When are Films Political?: Women Without Men

    Women Without Men premiered in Venice in 2009, went on to Toronto and Sundance, was picked up by distributors around the world, including Indiepix for U.S. and still remains one of my all time favorites. It is so unknown here that any chance for a public to see it is special. It is the first film of Shirin Neshat ♀, a well know Iranian visual artist. Co-directed by Neshat's partner Shoja Arari, Women Without Men (2009, 99') is a political thriller and as such the film is highly relevant in our times—particularly in view of the June 2009 elections in Iran, and with the U.S. continually embroiled in neighboring Muslim countries such as Iraq a...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Oscar Watch: When We Leave (Die Fremde)

    This past summer I spent in Berlin and was invited to the first screening of When We Leave (Die Fremde), Germany's submission for Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language film. I was welcomed to the screening by a tall young man who turned out to be American but had come to Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship and stayed to enter the film business there. We became friendly and he asked my advice about going to UCLA film school where he had applied. I strongly suggested he go if accepted, telling him he would have such an advantage over others because he already had the international perspective so needed in film today. Not only is ...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Slamdance Narrative & Docs

    IndieWIRE posts the Slamdance selection of ten narrative and eight documentary features for this year’s event, taking place January 21 - 27. “All Is Not Lost” is the theme for this year’s Slamdance and all films, the fest touts, have been “made on a small budget and head to Park City without distr...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    3 comments
    tweet
    0

    Latino Days Are Here Again!

    Looking forward to what's new at Ventana Sur and being able to watch films via Cinando during the event itself, I am made aware that Latin America has a rapidly expanding film industry due to new technologies, new well trained filmmakers and governments who have stepped up local support of local filmmaking. The current call for submissions for Cine En Construcion, the twice-yearly rendezvous held at the San Sebastian and Toulouse Festivals gives a welcome place for networking in Toulouse on March 24 and 25, 2011. This initiative by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse focuses ...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Sundance Film Festival Offers A Window on the World (with Contacts)

    Sundance's announcement yesterday of the 4 main categories plus Premieres - U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition -- is a mash of many cultures not only in "World" sections, but within the U.S. sections themselves. Consistent with my vision (and wish) to see world cultures enter the mainstream of independent features as I write about Africa (and its diaspora), Latino films, and about women filmmakers (♀), and Asia, a look at the Sundance lineup takes us beyond these cultures as they increasingly merge with one another. European cinema also looks healthy...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Documentary Short List Posted by the Academy

    IndieWIRE and all the trades have listed the shortlisted documentaries submiitted for nomination for Best Documentary Oscar 2010. Unfortunately for me, I have not seen all the 15 shortlisted docs (30% of which are directed by women ♀). But I have seen a few and heard about many of the others. Of those that should have been on the list, personally the two I miss most are Cave of Forgotten Dreams by the ever vigorous German New Film survivor, Werner Herzog (see what Patrick Goldstein has to say about that!) and Sundance premiere, A Film Unfinished, the extraordinary testament to the Warsaw Ghetto, created as cinematic propaganda by the Nazi...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Donna Gigliotti Joins The Weinstein Co.

    The Weinstein Company and Donna Gigliotti have reunited. It's good news for both sides of the equation. Donna's beginnings as Martin Scorsese's assistant were followed by many successes. Her list of credits is huge, ending most recently with Let Me In.We worked together on the joint acquisition of My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985. At that time I was buying for Karl Lorimar Home Video and she was buying for Orion Classics with Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. This was a first for many of us. In these early days, Film Four had, what was perhaps not even yet labeled, a Producers Rep, Joy Pereths, a New York based British film expert who in 1...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Reliance backs Mumbai with Film Bazaar and All-Woman Jury ♀

    Reliance Big Picture, the company behind Dreamworks and IM Global is backing its home festival, the 12th Mumbai Film Festival (October 21-28) along with a film bazaar with 25 top international buyers and sellers. Screen's Udit Jhunjhunwala reports that 200 films from 58 countries will screen and an...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments
    tweet
    0

    Women & Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein Goes to L.A. ♀

    Of the top 250 domestic grossing films released in 2009, women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors. This is 3 percent less than 2001. The numbers break down as follows: women directed only 7%; wrote only 8%, were only17% of all exe...

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    1 comment
    tweet
    0

    Women ♀ Directors Roundtable at LALIFF

    Top Left to Right: Consuelo Alba, Yvette Ederly, Sydney Levine, Isabel Cueva, Fina TorresFront Left: Sarah Vaill, Right: Carmen Marron.(Photo by Veronica Zarate)

    Read More »

Recent Posts


  • Will Emmy-Winner 'Cosmos' Be Back? ...Thompson on Hollywood
  • Halt and Catch FireAMC Renews ‘Halt And Catch Fire,’ The ...The Playlist
  • 'Black Jesus' Saves the TV SitcomShadow and Act