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Featuring musical guests, special panels, appearances by actors and directors, and a wealth of films, the Other Israel Film Festival (December 1 - 8, 2016, multiple venues across New York City) offers a bountiful slate of film, art, and culture from Israeli and Arab people. This being the 10th installment of the fest is a momentous occasion. “We are thrilled to mark ten years of curating dynamic and inclusive forums for exploration of tough themes related to Israeli society,” says Ravit Turjeman, Director of the Other Israel Film Festival & Fund. “As in past years, we will continue to encourage cinematic expression and creativity that truly celebrate the humanity and daily lives of Arab citizens and other minority groups who are most often overlooked by mainstream culture.”
Films (many of which are US premieres) being shown include:
Special events during the festival include a short films selection, opening and closing receptions, as well as a concert from Tamer Nafar with Marcus Mumford. Panel discussion on the power of film includes special guests Michael Moore, Udi Aloni, Chelsey Berlin, Tony Copti, and Maya Zinshtein
To learn more, go to: https://www.otherisrael.org/
Other Israel Film FestivalDecember 1 - 8, 2016
For over three decades, the Denver Film Festival has been exploring the depths of cinema with classic revivals, premieres, and international discoveries. The festival returns to it’s home at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO) from November 2 to the 13th. One of the highlights of the fest is American Epic, a documentary produced by Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett and Jack White, follows the reconstruction of the first recording machine ever used by the music and film industry, a piece of tech that has long since been forgotten.
Other films slated to be shown at the fest include:
Among the festival’s honors is the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film, the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary and the achievement-based John Cassavetes Award. The festival also features a series of panel discussions on topics including food in cinema, outreach workshops, historical overviews and more. The festival will also feature more than 130 filmmaker guests making in-person appearances.
To learn more, go to: http://denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org/
Denver Film FestivalNovember 2 - 13, 2016
Sie FilmCenter2510 E Colfax Ave.Denver, CO 80206
Likened to the English countryside, Middleburg is a slice of scenic beauty in Virginia. Home to rolling hills, colonial era buildings, lush forests, and also the Middleburg Film Festival. Running October 20 to 23 in various venues across Middleburg Virginia (about one hour outside of D.C.).
"We are thrilled to share some of the year's best films followed by thought provoking conversations with festival attendees," said Middleburg Film Festival Executive Director Susan Koch. "The 2016 program includes a mix of Oscar contenders, critically-acclaimed foreign language films and compelling documentaries."
One of the fest’s centerpieces is La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as an jaded jazz musician and an aspiring actress find their way through old Hollywood. American Pastoral, the directorial debut of actor Ewan McGregor is set in the turbulent 1960’s, a man’s life starts to fall apart after his daughter’s political consciousness threatens to destroy his family.
Disturbing the Peace follows former enemy combatants — Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison -- who have joined together to challenge the status quo of years of violence and war. The Salesman is an Iranian-French drama about a young couple who are rehearsing to be in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman when they’re unexpectedly forced to leave their apartment and head to a new home with a dark secret.
The fest also has several special events. There will be a keynote conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on the topic of her role at the Academy, including recent and ongoing efforts to make Hollywood more inclusive for women and people of color.. One of the festival’s most popular and anticipated events is the Symphony Orchestra Concert and tribute to Distinguished Film Composer awardee, Henry Jackman. The Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Jan Wagner, will perform the world premiere of suites from films scored by Jackman.
To learn more, go to: http://www.middleburgfilm.org/
Middleburg Film FestivalOctober 20 - 23, 2016
Ah, fall. The crisp air, the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet, the proliferation of pumpkin spiced beverages and confections. Oh yes, and demons, monsters, mask murderers, and other things that go bump in the night inhabiting theaters. FEARnyc is returning to Cinema Village (22 East 12th St, New York). Running October 21 - 27, this fest features a whopping 65+ horror films, combining all time classics and new up-and-comers.
The festival also features special events screenings. FW Murnau’s 1926 silent classic, Faust, will be accompanied by live music from Ben Singer of Modern Robot. 1980’s camp-fest (and study on werewolf anatomy), Monster Squad, will be presented with a Q&A featuring cast members Duncan Regehr (Count Dracula) and Tom Noonan (Frankenstein's Monster) live and in person!
Dead Awake, the latest film from Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick, will premiere at the fest, along with the anticipated remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast, and new documentaries. Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (a look back on the film based on the Stephen King novel) and Resurrecting Carrie (a look back at the musical, based on the movie, based on the Stephen King novel). 1978’s pea-soup-soaked-screamer, The Exorcist, will be opened by a live seance conducted by a “renowned psychic”, and a screening of Halloween will include a Halloween party with candy and games for the audience.
So when you need some respite from a world of daily grinds and toxic elections, why not take a jaunt to FEARnyc and have a GOOD scare for a change?
To learn more, go to: http://www.fearnyc.com/
FEARnycOctober 21 - 27, 2016
Cinema Village22 E 12th St. New York, NY 10003
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