Film Festivals

Tribeca Film Festival Opens

Tribeca Film Festival Opens

The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off with a special screening of “Live From New York,” a warts-and-all documentary that looks at the storied 40-year history of the late night comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” Vietnamese-American filmmaker Bao Nguyen’s movie, which opened the festival on Wednesday night, traces the show’s evolution into a pop-cultural touchstone from […]

Film Smuggled Out Of Iran Wins Berlin Golden Bear

Film Smuggled Out Of Iran Wins Berlin Golden Bear

Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi,” which shows a cabby driving an odd assortment of people around Tehran but is really a condemnation of censorship, won the Golden Bear for best film on Saturday at the Berlin International Film Festival. The award, which the director was not in Berlin to accept, was hailed by German […]

2015 Sundance Film Festival Winners

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s award ceremony on Saturday. The comedy-drama directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon also won the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. “The Wolfpack,” about brothers cooped up in a New York apartment, won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. […]

Sundance Opens With Nina Simone Documentary

The Sundance Film Festival has launched its 2015 edition with a documentary about famed jazz singer Nina Simone. What Happened, Miss Simone? traces the American singer’s life from her early days as a classically trained pianist to her later jazz and blues career. Her struggles with mental illness and her involvement in the civil rights […]

Want To Make Scientologists Mad?, Tell Their Truth On Film

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house – not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection. A week before the premiere, the Church of Scientology took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claiming the documentary […]

Marrakech Film Festival Adds Transgender Star

It was a slow night on the red carpet at the opening of the Marrakech film festival for the photographers and everyone was complaining over the lack of celebrities. Then a car pulled up and out stepped Noor Talbi, Morocco’s most famous belly dancer. The photographers went wild. Darling of the jet set and a […]