By Richard Guzman | [email protected] | Press TelegramPUBLISHED: August 29, 2018 at 9:56 am | UPDATED: August 29, 2018 at 9:56 am As a film fan, Long Beach resident Robert Cano would organize movie nights at his small apartment where he and his friends would get together to watch and critique independent films. That was back in 1992, the same year that AIDS become the number one cause of death for U.S. men ages 25 to 44, according to hiv.gov. As a volunteer at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the AIDS crisis weighed heavily on Cano, so when he decided to do something to engage the LGBTQ community, naturally he turned to his beloved movies. “I wanted to start something more positive. I wanted to create a cultural event for the LGBTQ community and also a way to see us in a more positive light,” said Cano, who founded Q films, the Long Beach LGBTQ Film Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The festival returns to its home base at the Art Theatre … [Read more...] about Long Beach’s LGBTQ film festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary — here’s what you need to know
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I've only just learned of the Lighthouse International Film Festival in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, but it seems to have made a huge splash over the past few years. From June 7-10, LIFF 2018 promises innovative programming, an insane amount of short films, big-name guests, and its "Write by the Beach" retreat, in which young female filmmakers converge for several days on the sandy shore of the Atlantic to brainstorm their new projects. I was astounded to see that there's a whopping 47 projects in the "Write by the Beach" there by my sisters. Color me impressed. For audiences, films screening have been to top festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and Hot Docs. Festival highlights include: narrative centerpiece film, Josephine Decker's Madeline's Madeline; opening night film Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights With Emily; documentary centerpiece The World Before Your Feet, executive produced by Jessie Eisenburg; and closing night film/documentary Anote's Ark. Read on … [Read more...] about Lighthouse International Film Festival 2018 Unveils Line Up, 100+ Films
The 7th annual edition of the Oak Cliff Film Festival has announced its lineup and the programming for this event continues to be some of the most adventurous and interesting of any film fests in the Southwest. Hosted at the historic Texas Theatre in the Oak Cliff neighborhood in south Dallas, OCFF strives to not only bring some of the biggest festival hits to the DFW area, but also programs plenty of amazing and unique cinema experiences to enhance the magic for filmgoers and 2018 is no exception. Opening with Joan Jett documentary, Bad Reputation, OCFF has some of the most punk rock programming in the country and follows that through with repertory screenings like Penelope Spheeris' legendary punk western, Dudes. Also on the docket are festival hits like Issa Lopez's Tigers are not Afraid, Rungano Nyoni's I am not a Witch, and many others. Whether intentional or not, OCFF has an incredible lineup of films by women directors and the documentary section even includes Half the Picture, … [Read more...] about Oak Cliff Film Festival 2018: Feature Film Lineup Announced! Live Scores, TIGERS, & BAD REPUTATION, Oh My!
The brand is the official jewelry sponsor of the 2018 festival. The Tribeca Film Festival is almost upon us, touching down from April 18-29 in New York City. However, this year's fest will have an added Italian flair thanks to a new partnership with Bugari, this year's official jewelry sponsor. To celebrate the collaboration, the brand enlisted female filmmakers Nina Meredith and Bella Monticelli to create two short films inspired by the resilience of women that will debut at the fest. Monticelli's short, a documentary about conductor Speranza Scappucci called Conducting a Revolution, will portray the passion and determination that helped propel Scapucci's success in a male-dominated filed of conducting. (Watch the trailer above.) The second film, The Litas, is directed by Meredith and follows three women — a police officer, a filmmaker and motorcycle aficionado — who are members of the Rome branch of women's motorcycle group of the same name. … [Read more...] about Bulgari to Premiere Short Films Inspired by Female Resilience at Tribeca Film Festival
Oscar-winning drama “Call Me By Your Name” has been pulled from the Beijing International Film Festival’s lineup, according to a report by Reuters.The coming of age drama, starring Armie Hammer and newcomer Timothee Chalamet as lovers, was pulled after the film’s screening proposal was not approved by China regulators. The move comes as the Chinese parliament voted to allow the Propaganda Department of the Communist Party’s Central Committee to have control over film, news and publishing.Adapted from a 2007 novel by Andre Aciman, the film follows a love story set in 1980s Italy between a 17-year-old boy (Timothee Chalamet from “Homeland”) and a twentysomething man (Armie Hammer).“Call Me By Your Name” was directed by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) from a script by James Ivory, Walter Fasano and Guadagnino. It was produced by Peter Spears, Emilie Georges, Guadagnino, Ivory, Marco … [Read more...] about Oscar-winning drama ‘Call Me By Your Name’ pulled from Beijing Film Festival