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How One NYC Event Can Turn Promising Ideas For New Indies Into a Reality

The IFP Film Week lineup provides an exciting window into several new projects.

Stephen Maing’s “High Tech, Low Life”

Lineup Announcements

– The 40th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF40), presented by Asian CineVision, has announced the schedule of screenings to be held from July 26 to August 5 at Asia Society and ​Village East Cinema ​in Manhattan. As the nation’s first and longest running Asian interest film festival, AAIFF40 is proud to present 20 feature films and 63 short films representing 18 countries.

The festival will open with Justin Chon’s “Gook,” followed by a centerpiece screening of Hui-chen Huang’s documentary “Small Talk” and the closing night film, Geng Jun’s “Free and Easy.” You can check out the entire lineup and find out how to purchase tickets at the festival’s official site.

– Films that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality will screen on Thursday, August 3, at 9:00 PM, as CineKink, “the kinky film festival,” kicks off its annual festival tour in Oakland. “Best of CineKink/2017” is a collection of sexy shorts deemed the best during CineKink’s most recent festival run.

Gook

“Gook”

Samuel Goldwyn Films

This year’s assortment, with works ranging from mildly spicy to quite explicit, includes a musical extravaganza celebrating San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair, a swinger hook-up gone slightly awry, and an erotic, kink-filled journey set in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel. The lineup features “Folsom Street” (Aron Kantor), “Tabook” (Dario van Vree), “Like Totally Hot Couple Seeking Same” (Marcel Simoneau & Kirsten Russell), “Trinity” (Ms. Naughty), “The Hutong Vibe” (Fan Popo) and “The Erotic Dreams of the Chelsea Hotel” (Tony Notarberardino & Cassandra Rosebeetle). For more information and advance tickets, visit the event’s official website.

– The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema has announced its first-ever film lineup at the inaugural 10-day event taking place August 4 – 13 at Kew Gardens Cinemas and Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, Queens, and at the Queens Museum in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

From a pool of nearly 400 film submissions, the festival will present over 150 remarkable films from 24 countries, which will compete for awards in the categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation & Experimental Film. You can check out the full lineup at the festival’s official website.

Tributes and Honors

– Jane Fonda and Robert Redford will each receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.

The ceremony to award the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement will take place on September 1 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema (Lido di Venezia) before the Out of Competition screening of the Netflix original film, “Our Souls at Night” by Ritesh Batra, starring Fonda and Redford and produced by Redford and his company Wildwood Enterprises, Inc.

– At this year’s festival, the Locarno Festival will tribute with its Pardo d’onore Manor to American director, screenwriter and producer Todd Haynes. The director’s film “Poison” will screen as part of the sidebar Locarno70, the exclusive program of films that Locarno will use to commemorate its 70th anniversary, made up a selection of 11 first features presented at the Festival.

Our Souls at Night

“Our Souls at Night”

Kerry Brown/Netflix

Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Locarno Festival, said in a statement, “In his seven feature films to date Todd Haynes has shaped out an original universe in which his familiarity with U.S. and European cinema, his passion for the films of Sirk and Fassbinder, go hand in glove with a modern sensibility. His characters – often with extraordinary performances by the female leads – bring back the magic of great cinema, of art that achieves the sublimation of reality without lapsing into disenchantment. His latest, splendid film ‘Wonderstruck’ is another fine example, a journey into a cabinet of curiosities where fear and desire merge in the accuracy of a twofold historical reconstruction.”

– John Toll, ASC, will be the recipient of Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award during the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, which will be held in Bydgoszcz between this November. The American cinematographer is a two-time Academy Award winner with over four decades of experience in film and television.

He has collaborated with such filmmakers as The Wachowskis, Ang Lee, Mel Gibson, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Carroll Ballard, Cameron Crowe, Edward Zwick, and Vince Gilligan, among many others.

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