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July 20, 1991
In response to David Fox's article about the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival ("Gay Film Fest Loses Out on Four Films," July 9): This will make distributors shy even further away from difficult subject matter. Fox reports Larry Horne's frustration at not being able to secure certain films for the festival in a manner that implies that the companies were homophobic. In fact, every one of the distributors cites conflicts with other festivals as their problem. Should we consider the L.A. festival so important that we should turn down internationally recognized festivals such as New York, Telluride or Toronto?
December 7, 2004 | From Reuters
Hollywood star Orlando Bloom topped the list of celebrities walking the red carpet Monday at the first Dubai International Film Festival, which hopes to be a "cultural bridge" between East and West. The 27-year-old English actor, who starred in "Troy" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, mingled with Indian film luminaries and a host of Arab cinema names who deserted the simultaneous Cairo film festival for the glitz of the United Arab Emirates.
Local and international filmmaking talent will be on display at the fourth annual Channel Islands Indie Film Festival that opens Tuesday. This year's event will showcase three features, two documentaries and two dozen short films at theaters in Oxnard and Ventura through Sunday. The festival has grown substantially since it began as a way for local filmmakers to show off their work and meet other filmmakers, said Luis Guereca, the festival's coordinator.
February 6, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Ayuko Babu, a co-founder and executive director of the 21st Pan African Film & Arts Festival, believes it is a good time for black filmmakers around the world. "Everywhere there is a resurgence of black films," Babu said. "With technology the way it is now, wherever there is a black community there are people making films. They want to tell their stories. As a result of the slave trade and colonization, Africans are split all over the world, so therefore a little bit of their story is everywhere.
October 20, 1993 | KARIN LIPSON, NEWSDAY
When Steven Spielberg speaks, people listen. Of course, Spielberg is listed merely as "special adviser" to the new Hamptons International Film Festival. But who could doubt that he and other members of the honorary board--Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda and George Plimpton among them--are part of that special mix of star power, intellectual cachet and deal-making that turn a series of screenings into a festival?
November 19, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Dave Holland, the longtime director of the Lone Pine Film Festival who helped popularize the event in the eastern Sierra town through his painstaking efforts to find the exact spots where scenes from scores of movies were shot in the nearby hills, has died. He was 70. An author and western film historian, Holland died of esophageal cancer Monday at his home in Santa Clarita, his family said.
December 8, 2005 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
A little boy made of paper learns to fly. Another boy understands the secret language of babies. Fuzzy ducklings discover the world. A teen chess champ learns that she can't do it all.
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