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Highlights from Miami's 18th Brazilian Film Festival

Zach Udko | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

Sexuality, infidelity and creativity dominate as central themes in the highlights from this week's lineup.

The 2014 American Black Film Festival Premieres in New York City

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In 18 years, the American Black Film Festival has migrated from Acapulco, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, to Miami, Florida and now New York City.

My Love Affair With the Cannes Film Festival

Amancay Tapia | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Amancay Tapia

Many of the films that are shown in the Cannes competition and parallel sections are difficult and challenging to watch. This is a festival that encourages artistic freedom and there is always that one movie that will blow everyone away.

Film Festivals: Get Your Daily Dose

Carine Fabius | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
Carine Fabius

Infidelity comes up a lot in French films. Come to think of it, infidelity abounds in just about every film I've seen in recent memory. What's that about? Um, I think infidelity and its cousin, loyalty, must be on our collective minds.

Meet A Five-Star Bloods Gang General In 'Five Star' Clip

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.17.2014 | Entertainment

The media and entertainment have continually portrayed gangs with a stereotyped, limited perspective. Yet the only way to get to the core of this chao...

5 Reasons to Visit Panama City Right Now

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Andrea R. Vaucher

I think we've all gotten the message that winter has been extended. If you're ready to pack your bags and head south, Panama City is the ticket. Exotica plus ease. Sunshine and smiles.

The 2014 Pan African Film Festival Gives Top Award to Of Good Report

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival ran from February 6th to the 17th -- 177 feature films, docs, shorts and web series screened daily at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. Locals and out-of-towners gathered to honor black films.

New Crop Of Gay Movies Reflects Societal Divide

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices

* Hungarian gay film portrays rural homophobia * Married gays in NY like any "cranky couple"- Lithgow * Philippine movie...

Frozen Land, Moving Pictures

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Nancy Graham Holm

Scandinavian film buffs know about it, as well as other Europeans, but it remains a secret to most North Americans.

How to Keep Film Festivals Relevant

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 02.17.2014 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

Film festivals are a major industry. There are thousands of film festivals across the globe and many pay good money for a premiere film, creating a mu...

Toronto: Dining and Daytrippin' Around the International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.19.2013 | Travel
Dwight Brown

Thousand of film lovers travel to Toronto every year to witness the latest crop of Oscar®-caliber films at the Toronto International Film Festival. In between screening compelling dramas attendees find time to eat at trendy restaurants, sightsee and reside in conveniently located hotels.

Sarajevo Film Festival Kicks Off

AP | Posted 10.16.2013 | Entertainment

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The 19th Sarajevo Film Festival is kicking off Friday with a screening of Danis Tanovic's "An Episode in the Life...

The New Media Film Festival Celebrates Cinema's Expanding Realms

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.07.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

This is a festival that makes the cutting edge accessible by seamlessly weaving the tried and true with the next wave. Perhaps best exemplified by 21-year-old opening night musician Charles Eliasch singing 19th-century opera by Bellini immediately followed by a presentation of edgy 3D films.

Cannes: Film Festival or Festival of Films?

Gilles Jacob | Posted 07.14.2013 | Entertainment
Gilles Jacob

Unlike the works of great directors, a festival film is designed for the sole purpose of being selected for one of these international festivals, of which the Cannes Film Festival is the nec plus ultra, if we are to believe Plato of Athens.

There Are Too Damn Many Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's the most important thing: The majority of them aren't worth seeing or reviewing. There used to be filters for this kind of thing. They were called film festivals.

Martin Scorsese To Present At New NYC Film Festival

Posted 02.26.2013 | New York

A new festival is in town to celebrate the first-time achievements of both emerging and established filmmakers. The aptly named First Time Fest wil...

Amplify the Message: Social Media at Your Festival Debut

Kristin McCracken | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Kristin McCracken

How can you make the most out of social media today? As you head to Sundance, Slamdance, or any festival this year, some tips on how to capitalize on the increased exposure it will bring -- both to your film and to you as a filmmaker.

Live From the Dubai International Film Festival: Day 1

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Whenever I mention to a friend that I'm heading off to a film festival -- which usually refers to Sundance or Toronto, the two I travel to each year -- the usual response is, "That sounds like fun." As though I were going on vacation.

PHOTOS: Wine Regions With Cultural Cred

JustLuxe | Posted 12.12.2012 | Travel
JustLuxe

It's not smart to plan a wine tasting tour where each day is packed with back-to-back tastings. It wears out the palate or leads to further bad decisions.

In Germany, Disguising Documentary As Art

Olivia Katrandjian | Posted 08.30.2012 | Travel
Olivia Katrandjian

The 13th Documenta Festival has taken over Kassel, Germany, filling the city's museums, abandoned buildings, parks and even a railroad station with documentary disguised as art. Held every four or five years, the 100-day festival embraces the idea that art is not limited to paintings on the wall.

Writer/Director of 'Elliot Loves' Shares His Love for NYILFF

Gary Terracino | Posted 10.19.2012 | Latino Voices
Gary Terracino

I was snatched up by a top talent agency in Los Angeles and off I went to Hollywood, flush with youthful optimism, believing that the world was ready for a gay Latino artist... And nothing happened.

The 2012 New York International Latino Film Festival

Juan Caceres | Posted 10.13.2012 | Latino Voices
Juan Caceres

We've never played by any rules. We represent Nueva York and it's amazing bursts of color, sounds and culture and our programming embodies that. We've never been scared to program LGBT films, close with a documentary or screen horror films every night at midnight.

Art Inspiring Art on the Big Island

Jen Grisanti | Posted 08.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

It is amazing how art inspires art, in particular when you attend a film festival, like the Big Island Film Festival, and take in each artist's perspective. The experience awakens something inside of you that can help you further define your own art.

The Miracle of Film Festival Programming

Stephanie Allain | Posted 07.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Allain

The latest Census Bureau data shows that the United States is on its way to becoming a "majority minority." What does this have to do with film festivals? Everything.

The 7 Most Overrated Things About the Movies

Mark Juddery | Posted 07.07.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Juddery

As someone who attends film festivals with relish, I still feel a terrible urge to expose the most overrated things in today's film industry.