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Spike Lee Will Explore the ‘Living Legacy of Slavery’ Through Film at Special Event in Charlottesville

The filmmaker will be on hand at this year's Virginia Film Festival as "part of a larger program around the living legacy of slavery." Plus, the rest of the Film Festival Roundup.

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Lineup Announcements

– JCC Manhattan’s 11th Annual Other Israel Film Festival has announced the selection of two highly acclaimed titles for its opening and closing night films. The festival’s opening night event will feature “In Between” (Bar Bahar), Maysaloun Hamoud’s feature debut. It tells the story of three Arab women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv and navigating between tradition, politics, and culture. The film won the NETPAC Award at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and the Best Film award at the 2016 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

“Holy Air,” by Shady Srour, a poignant comic tale of a failing businessman in Nazareth attempting to sell holy air to pilgrims, will close the festival. The Other Israel Film Festival will run November 2 – 9 at JCC Manhattan on 76th Street and Amsterdam Ave, with special screenings at other locations throughout the city.

– The Vancouver International Film Festival has announced its Special Presentations series of the year’s must-see films as part of the Panorama stream. VIFF is a catalyst for the creative community to discover, discuss and share the craft and creativity of screen-based storytelling, and this year is no different. This lineup includes 14 films from the world’s boldest storytellers and Academy Award winners. The list includes “Borg/McEnroe,” “Happy End,” and “The Square.” Read more about the festival at its official website.
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“The Square”


– The 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival has announced that Oliver Butler and Will Eno’s “Thom Pain,” featuring Rainn Wilson, will make its World Premiere as the Opening Night Gala selection for the 20th Anniversary edition of the film festival. Indie Memphis also announced additional programming highlights, including; MLK50, which will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis; an Abel Ferrara mini-retrospective, with the iconoclastic filmmaker in attendance; and a greatly increased footprint in the city to mark the anniversary year. Read more about the festival at its official website.

– The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the complete slate of films for the 2017 AFI Latin American Film Festival, which will take place September 14 – October 4 at the historic AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. Now celebrating its 28th edition, the festival showcases the best in filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.

This year’s diverse selection of 42 films, one-third of which are female-helmed, range from international festival favorites and award winners to local box-office hits and debut works from bright new talents.  Additionally, a number of the filmmakers and actors will present their films in person at this year’s screenings, and several of the festival’s Special Presentations will include post-screening receptions. Read more about the festival at its official website.

– The GlobeDocs Film Festival has announced the film slate for its third annual festival, running during HUBweek, October 11 – October 15 in Boston. The festival, the only one of its kind in the region, celebrates documentary filmmaking with five days of non-fiction programming and thought-provoking discussions with award-winning journalists, filmmakers, topical experts, and special guests. Produced by The Boston Globe, GlobeDocs runs in conjunction with HUBweek, a week-long event commemorating the convergence of art, science and technology, taking place in Boston October 10 – 15. Read more about the festival at its official website.

– The Hamptons International Film Festival today made additional announcements for the festival’s 25th Anniversary lineup. The festival will feature the World Premiere of Alison Chernick’s compelling documentary “Itzhak,” which chronicles the extraordinary life of Israeli violin virtuoso and conductor Itzhak Perlman, as the festival’s opening night film on Thursday, October 5 at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Itzhak Perlman, an East End resident, will be in attendance. Read more about the festival at its official website.

– The International Documentary Association has announced the lineup of their annual screening series to begin September 13 with a screening of Yance Ford’s Sundance Award winning cinematic memoir “Strong Island.” Additional Series highlights include “Icarus,” “Cries from Syria,” “JANE,” “LA 92,” “Dolores,” and “Kedi.” Screenings will take place at The Landmark in Los Angeles from September through November. All screenings are free to the public with first seating opportunities offered to IDA members and guild members. Each screening will conclude with a moderated Q&A. Read more about the series at its official website.


– The Points North Institute has unveiled the lineup for its ninth annual Points North Forum. The three-day conference program runs concurrently with the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) from September 15 – 17 at the historic Camden Opera House, High Mountain Hall, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Camden, Maine. The Points North Forum has long been a top festival destination for filmmakers to find creative inspiration and professional development. Accessible workshops and panel discussions feature some of the documentary film industry’s most accomplished storytellers and influential decision makers.

This year’s program takes a deep dive into the evolution of the documentary arts in the digital age and tackles the changing conditions for nonfiction storytellers in a politically charged media environment. Moderated discussions with attending filmmakers, artists, funders, and industry leaders will address vital contemporary topics including race in America, press freedom, the politics of the ubiquitous documentary camera, and what’s coming up for the next generation of nonfiction virtual reality experiences. Read more about the festival at its official website.

Jury Announcements

– The Nordic Film Festival has announced their 2017 lineup of jury members. The competition jury includes Bo Svenson (“Inglourious Basterds”), Brooklyn Decker (“Grace and Frankie”), Charlotte Munck (“Anna Pihl”), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (“Black Sails”), Jacob A Ware (“Boardwalk Empire”), Jerome Flynn (“Game of Thrones”), Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”), and Selenis Leyva (“Orange is the New Black”).

The Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF) celebrates Nordic and international films. They discover new and upcoming independent films as well as honoring great work from already established filmmakers. NIFF’s programmers focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and storylines and encourage all filmmakers, regardless of ethnicity or religion. This year’s festival will be held from October 12 – 14 at Scandinavia House in New York.

Other Announcements

– Next week, the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) will have its 30th Anniversary edition, making it the fourth longest-running LGBTQ fest. Check out an exclusive trailer below, edited by Lisa Donato and in celebration of this milestone.

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