Dances With Films Festival Prepares 25th Anniversary Lineup – Film News in Brief


Independent film festival Dances With Films, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has announced its lineup for the Los Angeles-based event which will take place at the TCL Chinese Theater from June 9-19.

The first film in this year’s lineup is “The Walk”. Directed by Daniel Adams and starring Terrence Howard, Jeremy Piven, Malcolm McDowell and Justin Chatwin, the film is “a powerful story based on real events surrounding the 1974 Boston Desegregation Bus”.

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Amanda Brugel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will star in pandemic-era film “Ashgrove,” while “The Latin From Manhattan,” a biopic of adult film icon Vanessa Del Rio, will star Shane West, Jesse Metcalfe, Taryn Manning, Esai Morales, Drea de Matteo and Dita Von Teese. The documentary “We Paid Let Us In!” follows the journey of Chicago rhyming duo Abstract Mindstate, who reunited after 16 years when Kanye West signed them to his record imprint in 2021. The doc stars Common, Coodie & Chike and Deon Cole. Starring Ed Asner, Danny Glover and Henry Rollins with music by Jackson Browne, “How Does It Feel To Be A Trouble?” explores the roots of marginalization in America. Also screened are a 40-year-old pristine story “My Friend Tommy” and “1-800-HOT-NITE” by Nick Richey. The thriller “Ghostwritten”, starring Jay Duplass and Maria Ditzia, will close the festival.

Dances With Films says it chose to close the festival on June 19, also known as Juneteenth, “to shed light on this important legal holiday. Topics covered throughout the programming include women’s rights, segregation, homelessness, mental health, refugee stories and sexual abuse.

“Twenty-five years is no small feat in Hollywood, and Dances With Films continues to be about new voices and fresh perspectives that help transform the way people see the world through the medium. visual,” said festival founders Leslee Scallon, Michael Trent and producing partner Jackie Tepper. “We have always provided a safe space for emerging filmmakers to enhance awareness and understanding of the world through their art. The impact of cinema in creating change is undeniable, and DWF:LA is proud to be part of it.

Find the complete list of films on Dances With Films website.

Provincetown International Film Festival Announces 2022 Lineup

The Provincetown International Film Festival has announced its lineup, along with its winners for this year. ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director Luca Guadagnino is the festival’s top filmmaker, while actor-comedians Jenny Slate and Bowen Yang will receive the Next Wave award.

Guadagnino will be on hand for a conversation with resident artist John Waters on the festival’s closing date, June 19. Guadagnino’s documentary, “Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams,” which follows the life of Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo, will also be screened at PIFF.

“Luca Guadagnino is a master filmmaker and a perfect example of an artist who pushes the boundaries of his craft,” said Anne Hubbell, Executive Director of PIFF. “His complex, moving stories and stunning visuals have left an undeniable mark on cinema, making him a natural candidate for the ‘Filmmaker on the Edge’ award. We are absolutely thrilled to have him join us in Provincetown for celebrate his iconic career.

Slate and Yang will also be on hand to accept their awards on June 16, and the festival will screen their upcoming films. Slate’s “Marcel The Shell With Shoes On”, directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, follows Marcel de Slate, a beloved inch-tall shell who lives a colorful life with his grandmother, Connie (Isabella Rossellini) .

Yang will be there for a screening of his upcoming rom-com “Fire Island,” a queering classic “Pride and Prejudice” set in the gayest part of Fire Island. Produced by JAX Media, the film is directed by Andrew Ahn and written by Joel Kim Booster, and will be released by Searchlight Pictures and will premiere June 3 on Hulu.

“Good Luck To You, Leo Grande” by Sophie Hyde, starring Emma Thompson and Oscar winner Daryl McCormack, will open the festival on June 15. The film stars Thompson as retired teacher Nancy Stokes, who embarks on a mid-life sexual awakening to newcomer Daryl McCormack, who plays sex worker Leo Grande. Produced by Genesius Pictures’ Debbie Gray and Align’s Adrian Politowski, the film won critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

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Accademia Museum announces details of exhibition on black cinema

The Academy Film Museum on Wednesday announced details for the first exhibition of its upcoming season, “Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971.” Inaugurated on August 21, the exhibition explores the history of black artists and filmmakers in the United States, from Sidney Poitier to Josephine Baker.

Co-curators Doris Berger and Rhea Combs said: ‘It was a great honor for us to curate ‘Regeneration’, a project that challenged us to do justice to the life and work of nearly a century of black filmmakers and the audiences they served. . The legacies explored in these galleries were important in their time, though too often overlooked and marginalized, and remain vital today. We hope to increase awareness of these films and film artists and encourage an appreciation of the many, many contributions Black Americans have made to film.

“Regeneration” will remain at the museum until April 9, 2023. The exhibition is made up of seven distinct galleries: the political and social landscape of black Americans at the dawn of American cinema; Black representation in cinema from 1897 to 1915; independent black filmmakers and “race films” made from the 1910s to the 1940s; Black music in American cinema, from “soundies” to black musicals; Black movie stars and icons; freedom movements captured in films; and the role of black directors during the civil rights movement.

The exhibition will present rare excerpts from restored films, photographs, scripts, drawings, costumes and many other historical documents. “Regeneration” is co-curated by Berger, Vice President of Curatorial Affairs at the Academy Museum and Combs, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, with J. Raúl Guzmán of the Academy Museum, Associate Curator , as well as Manouchka Kelly Labouba and Emily Rauber-Rodriguez, research assistants.

‘Fire of Love’ and ‘The Pez Outlaw’ will open and close the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Documentaries “Fire of Love” and “The Pez Outlaw” will open and close the 2022 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, the festival announced Wednesday.

Now in its 8th year, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival screens independent films throughout the resort town of Mammoth Lakes, California. This year’s edition will include five North American feature films, five international feature films, seven documentaries, two special presentations and 68 short films. .

“Fire of Love” is directed by Sara Dosa and focuses on the careers of volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft, with narration by Miranda July. “The Pez Outlaw” is directed by Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel, and centers on Steve Glew, a Michigan factory worker who started an illegal business of smuggling pez dispensers into the United States from Eastern Europe. ballast. “The Pez Outlaw” will premiere in California during the festival.

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will take place May 25-29. See the complete program here.

Disney documentary ‘Mija’ and HBO Max film ‘Father of the Bride’ will play at the Los Angeles International Latin Film Festival

The 21st Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will open with Disney’s documentary film “Mija” and close with the remake of “Father of the Bride” starring Andy Garcia, the Latino Film Institute founder announced Wednesday. Edward James Olmos.

Created in 1997, LALIFF highlights films created by Latino artists and storytellers. This year’s edition includes 17 feature films, from the United States, Latin America and Canada, as well as 38 short films and 10 episodic series.

Directed by Emmy-nominated journalist Isabel Castro, “Mija” portrays two daughters of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Doris Muñoz and Jacks Haupt, as they rise in the music industry. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered positive reviews and was acquired by Disney for distribution. “Father of the Bride” is the latest adaptation of Edward Streeter’s 1949 novel, which had previously been made into films in 1950 and 1991. Gaz Alazraki leads an all-star Latino cast that includes Garcia, Estefan, Adria Arjona, Isabela Merced and Diego Boneta. The film is set to premiere on HBO Max on June 16.

Feature films screened at LALIFF also include: “A Place in the Field” by Nicole Mejia “All Sorts” by J. Rick Castañeda, “Blood Red Ox” by Rodrigo Bellot, “Borrowed” by Carlos Rafael Betancourt and Oscar Ernesto Ortega , “Oliver & the Pool” by Arcadi Palerm-Artis, “Perfume de Gardenias” by Macha Colón, “The Other Tom” by Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo, “The Second Man” by Thiago Luciano, “The Shape of Things to Come” by V. Checa, “Wandering Heart” by Leonardo Brzezicki and “Without Prescription” by Juliana Maité, “My Two Voices” by Lina Rodriguez, “Comala” by Gian Cassini, “Pepe Serna: Life is Art” by Luis Reyes and “What We Leave Behind” by Iliana Sosa.

LALIFF will take place in Los Angeles from June 1-5 at the TCL Chinese Theater and TCL Chinese 6. Tickets for the screenings are on sale now.

Jonathan Wolf leaves the American film market

IFTA (The Independent Film & Television Alliance) announced on Tuesday that American film market chief executive Jonathan Wolf would step down at the end of his term on June 30. Wolf led AFM for 24 years and will continue as an advisor for AFM 2022, which is scheduled to return to Santa Monica in person November 1-6.

During his time with the organization, Wolf launched, introduced networking and education programs, and the MyAFM online platform. Previously with IFTA, he spearheaded the launch of IFTA Collections™, the industry’s first centralized service for the collection and distribution of royalties and levies.

“Jonathan has been central to the successful growth and transitions of the association,” said IFTA President and CEO Jean Prewitt. “He has always been focused on making AFM the best place to do business in the industry and has built an exceptional and long-established AFM team that shares his commitment to excellence.”

‘Cocaine Bear’ set for 2023 release

Elizabeth Banks’ Thriller”cocaine bearwill open on February 24, 2023, Universal announced.

The ensemble cast includes Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristofer Hivju, Kahyun Kim, Christian Convery, Brooklynn Prince and Scott Seiss. Based on a true story reported in The New York Times, the story revolves around a drug dealer whose plane crashes with a load of cocaine found by a black bear, who eats it.

“Cocaine Bear” is produced by Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Aditya Sood for Lord Miller, and Brian Duffield, Banks and Max Handelman for Brownstone Productions. Robin Fisichella will serve as executive producer.

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