Iowa Independent Film Festival
Jul06

Iowa Independent Film Festival

The fifth annual Iowa Independent Film Festival returns to the Clear Lake Arts Center (with two screening venues) and The Hub (at the new Zion Church youth center) with 35 highly rated new feature movies, documentaries, short subjects and even a few student productions.  This growing art, science, cultural and social event will run from Friday, July 15, to Sunday, July 17. Most screening day hours will be from to 9 p.m. in the three...

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Tartan USA closes

Devasting news, everyone. If you are a fan of Asian films then prepare to be crest fallen. On May 19, it was announced that public foreclosure sale of all assets of Tartan Films USA Inc. and Tartan Video USA Inc., including its film library, would take place at 10 a.m. What this means, I’m not sure. But if you go to the company’s Web site at www.tartanfilmusa.com, there are no news and events. You can, however, scan through its 101...

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BeyondHollywood Contributor

Just a quick note. I have become a contributor to BeyondHollywood.com, so you can find a few new reviews there. As of today, I’ve reviewed “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “Prom Night,” and “The Cottage.” My “moniker,” as it were, is Bodhi Grrl. Follow the link to view my contributions to the site. I’ll provide updates as and when I review more...

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Series on Asian Films
Nov03

Series on Asian Films

“With more than 4 billion people in Asia – 60 percent of the global population – a celebration of Asian cinema is long overdue.” We couldn’t agree more with this statement made earlier this year by Wilfred Wong, chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society. Even though Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and even mainland China have made and continue to make significant contributions to cinema, few people,...

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A Very Long Engagement

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagment may be gone from the Dundee Theatre, but thanks to the Mary Riepma Ross, you can still see it. Based on the acclaimed novel by Sebastien Japrisot, A Very Long Engagement was adaptated by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Guillaume Laurant. It opens at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 4. Set in France near the end of World War I, A Very Long Engagement tells the story of...

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Mirvish, Oscar hopes, Open House

Dear Mirvish friends… I just wanted to fill you in on the latest press fallout from our Oscar campaign for “Open House.” The Jan. 4 Hollywood Reporter declared our song “Sellin’ a Dream” as one of the Top 16 contenders for a Best Song nomination (albeit as “the longshot”). The ballots are now in and next Tuesday they announce. Did I mention we were a longshot? This past week saw an...

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