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Footfairy, Review: Feet loosened and fancy freed

Footfairy, Review: Feet loosened and fancy freed You won’t get it at first reading. The adage is ‘foot-loose and fancy free’. But my take on it is in the context of the serial murder mystery, in which the killer strangulates the victim with a plastic bag, causing asphyxia and then saws off her feet. Yes, her feet. Feet loosened and fancy (life) freed. He does more, like dumping the body in a suit-case, not far from the scene of the crime. Since the victim is always a young ...

Rafa Russo’s ‘The Year of Fury’ Deftly Interweaves Latin American Politics to the Forefront

               “The Year of Fury,’ Rafa Russo’s film set in Uruguay during the early 1970s, maintains its cool sensibilities by its knowing and interesting set of characters. It rolls and flows fluidly by Russo’s lyrical direction – always mindful that the heart of the story rests in the importance of how creative writers must maintain their poise in the face of a pending dictatorship. The motion picture will surely be embra...

SUBMISSION START NOW IISFF - CINEMASCOPE AWARDS 2020

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!! SUBMISSION START NOW !! 2nd Indian International Short Film Festival CINEMASCOPE AWARDS 2020 The competition will be held on the online premiere screening, from 10 am to 7 pm. Date - 16th to 24th December. Mail Id – cinemascopeawards@gmail.com  Ph No – +91 9748275141 / +91 7044298663 /+91 9875615399   Please send your film details AND share your film link by Google Drive/We Transfer/YouTube Link for online submission.   Entry F...

Aashram Grih-Pravesh, Overview: Lacks originality, packs technicality

Aashram Grih-Pravesh, Overview: Lacks originality, packs technicality Aashram is a nine-episode web series currently streaming on MX player, released on 28th August, and available for watching free. It is an MX Original Production. Episodes vary in duration from 45 to 55 minutes. Based in the fictional city of Kashipur, there is an empire created by a self-proclaimed Godman, Kashipur Wale Baba Nirala, who derives his power from the influence he has over the lower strata of the society. There...

My Client’s Wife, Review: What you see is not what you get

With its lead players putting up pretences throughout the film, it is easy to label the film pretentious. To be fair, it is not pretentious. There is an element of sincerity in the making. My Client’s Wife is potentially full of sexual encounters, only the makers have been careful to keep it ‘clean’. But as is the problem with psychological thrillers, there are too many red herrings and deviations from the plot just to cause shock and awe. Is it based on a true story? The mak...

Widow of Silence, Review: Half-lives, half-wives

Widow of Silence, Review: Half-lives, half-wives Since it is based on many true stories, it is easy to consider Widow of Silence as an amalgamated biopic. Though the central character and her plight may be an amalgam of several of her sisters living in the god-forsaken heaven on earth, rural Kashmir, it works as a personal story too, using the larger picture as a backdrop. Unfortunately, though, besides highlighting the suffering of women whose husbands have been picked-up and taken away, nev...

International Thai Film Festival 2020

International Thai Film Festival 2020 (ITFF2020) is open for submissions! (short film, feature film, animation and music video) Submit your production via FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/thaifilmfest or via FestHome: https://festhome.com/en/festival/international-thai-film-festival Website: https://www.thaifilmfestival.com/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thaifilmfest  

NEW James W. Hawk filmmaker Demo Reel

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  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGDxiEouy5M I hope all is well for you.  I recently noticed that my demo reel was 6 years old so I decided it was time for a new one. The new one is a major improvement and it was good motivation for putting my latest projects in it. Here is the link to my new demo reel. Please check it out on YouTube and give it a like or a comment.at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGDxiEouy5M T Thank you Jim Hawk ...

aS iT'S: Call for exhibitors and attendees

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Hey :) We're working to debut a makeshift space/store and membership-based digital platform to allow creatives to present work the way they want. One month from our launch, on September (if the current situation gets better, that is), the company will be hosting full day touring events related to film, music and fashion for the public, our members, and industry members.  We're building up our own roster alongside a list of exhibitors and attendees for the event. We license work o...

CINEFANTASY 10: SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR 2020

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CINEFANTASY 10: SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR 2020 EDITION THIS SEPTEMBER   ** The festival will take place from September 8 to 13, in São Paulo. ** Registration is open until 5/13 Registration is open for the tenth edition of CINEFANTASY - International Fantastic Film Festival. Those interested can send the material until May 13, as long as the theme is fantastic, horror, science fiction and / or fantasy, the novelty of this edition is the expansion of the fantastic universe with west...

Exclusive: 35% Off Submissions to LA Crime & Horror Film Festival

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The final deadline for the 4th Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival is coming up. If you've completed a feature film, short film, or screenplay in any horror or crime subgenre, from zombies and vampires to mobsters and heists, this is the event to showcase your content in the heart of Hollywood, California. The festival's award winners are given official recognition with verified awards listings on IMDb. The top films and short films are considered by reps and production compani...

SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase Just Launched on Vimeo

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay, Lockdown Folks, here's a fun thing to do with your endless free time - watch SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase on Vimeo! Los Angeles, CA: In the wake of the cancelled 2020 SXSW Film Festival, a fascinating group of nominated filmmakers from the Episodic Pilot Competition are launching a ‘SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase’ on Vimeo, a streaming event to preview a diversity led (more than half LGBT content and creators) se...

"TO beta VANVERDEN AND BACK" FREE e-COPY PROMOTION

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I’m doing a FREE COPY promotion for one of my short stories , TO beta VANVERDEN AND BACK on Amazon. You can get a free copy per the schedule listed below. There is no obligation, but I would appreciate a review. Thank you.   Clyde Phillips, the producer and writer of the award winning T.V. series DEXTER has given my work the highest rating which is 5 stars.   This story is soft science fiction and there are no super heroes nor laser...

Hollywood Just4Shorts Short Film Awards and Screenplay Competition

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Hollywood Just4Shorts provides industry exposure for independent short films and short screenplays, with awards that qualify for IMDb award listings. Submissions of independently produced short films and unproduced short scripts are now accepted for the current round. Submit now at: https://filmfreeway.com/Just4ShortsFilmScreenplayCompetition ...

Robibaar, Review: Sad, sombre, somnolent, sepulchral Sunday

Robibaar, Review: Sad, sombre, somnolent, sepulchral Sunday It is a Sunday. Not an ordinary Sunday, an eventful Sunday. For the female protagonist, it begins like any ordinary Sunday, a deceptively ordinary Sunday. Except for a strange dream that wakes her up, everything else seems like every Sunday. Till she goes to the neighbourhood café, for her routine breakfast. For the male protagonist, this Sunday could be the most important day in fifteen years, and it all begins when he walks ...

Social Realism in the German countryside: Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals) at Berlinale

(Michelangelo Fortuzzi, Marie Tragousti © Czar Film) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER You shouldn't be fooled by the film's title Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals), as Melanie Waelde's debut feature has little to do with nudity although there is one bathroom scene that reveals a little skin. The naked refers more to the raw and wild yet delicate look into the life of five German teenagers, all of them attending school somewhere in the Brandenburg c...

MORE OF OUR FILMS AT FESTIVALS

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We have had more films being screened at festivals. "MISSING PERSON" was a semi-finalist at the Waco Family and Faith Film Festival. "THE SATURN MISSION", "VERDICT", and "THE UNFORGIVEN" were Official Selections at the Lift Off at Pinewood Studios. "THE SATURN MISSION" and "PLUS AND MINUS CREATION" are Official Selections at the CT15 Film Festival. Its good stuff.   ...

Angrezi Medium, Review: Crazy Tedium

Angrezi Medium, Review: Crazy Tedium Three years ago, Maddock Films gave us a slice-of-life entertainer called Hindi Medium. ‘Medium’ here referred to the language, the medium of instruction in school education. It was just passably humorous yet proved more popular than expected, garnering a few awards as well. A follow-up went into development soon afterwards, repeating its lead actor Irrfan Khan. Though still to recover completely, Irrfan is back in Maddock’s Angrezi (Engl...

Film review: Todos os mortos /All The Dead Ones

(Mawusi Tulani, Agyei Augusto, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) Written by Victor Santana  In the act of telling a story, the process of narrative can influence and change how one relates and deals with the happenings in time. A great narrative has the power to overcome the circumstances of time and bridge the gap of space between the moment when someone is listening or telling a story and the timeless realm where a story is taking place.   ...

Georgis Grigorakis & Argyris Pandazaras dig into Digger at Berlinale

(Georgis Grigorakis, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Vangelis Mourikis, Argyris Pandazaras © Berlinale 2020)   by Lindsay R. Bellinger "I saw a poster in the train station here (Berlin) about the environmental crisis being the next Berlin Wall. And I think that this is what the film is about."  ~ Georgis Grigorakis The Greek film Digger from director Georgis Grigorakis won the Art Cinema Award on Saturday, the 29th of February, which was awarded by the Int...

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Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, Review: Many parts, many holes, no whole, no soul

Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, Review: Many parts, many holes, no whole, no soul In one scene of Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, the protagonist, an actor who goes under the screen name of Sudheer, cannot get his lines right, because he has not had a swig of his favourite brew, and gives retake after retake. We see him do seven/eight retakes, after which, mercifully, the film-maker goes into a montage, with only music, after which it is revealed that he had given as many as 32 retakes. Mercifully,...

Guns of Banaras, Review: Where are the bullets?

Guns of Banaras, Review: Where are the bullets? When Nathalia Kaur, who was born Nathalia Pinheiro Felipe Martins, in Brazil, appears in the credit titles as the lead actress in probably her first Hindi heroine assignment, and Karann Nathh, son of producer and star-secretary ‘Rikku’ Rakeshnath, 37, who had worked in Yeh Dil Aashiqana, Ssshhh... and Tera Kya Hoga Johnny, makes a come-back after 12 years, your curiosity is aroused. It is further fuelled by the belief that this must ...

Thappad, Review: This slap is going to cost you dear

Thappad, Review: This slap is going to cost you dear A simple, significant, timely and relevant story line might be too thin to stretch into a full-length movie. Having settled for such a plot, the options would include spreading the narrative thinly across the pages of a tight screenplay, or padding it up with sub-plots and characters that might not be vital to the theme. Thappad (Slap) opts for the latter choice, and, in the process, dilutes its impact. What emerges is a well-made film that...
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