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September 26, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Because so many feature films are being shot on digital these days, more and more theaters across the country have abandoned film projectors for digital ones. So what becomes of existing 35mm films? For archives, revival theaters, art houses and other small venues, it has become a struggle to obtain 35mm prints of vintage, experimental, independent and short films for programming purposes. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes of Classic Hollywood "There is one studio that when you ask for a print they will say, 'Show the DVD,'" said film noir historian Alan Rode.
October 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Nicole Kidman premiered her movie "Fur" -- based loosely on the life of photographer Diane Arbus -- at the inaugural Rome Film Fest, which opened Friday. "I wanted to support this festival and Italy," Kidman told a news conference. "Film festivals are very good for small films like this one; the more we have, the better."
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?
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.
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.
July 1, 2003 | Brian Lowry, Times Staff Writer
Citing concerns about racial insensitivity, the Fox Movie Channel has discontinued a summer festival of "Charlie Chan" mysteries, saying the network has been "made aware" that the films "may contain situations or depictions that are sensitive to some viewers."
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?
May 12, 2009
Seven feature films, seven documentaries and eight shorts will be shown at the third annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, running June 25-28 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The opening-night film will be "Small Crime," a comedy about a policeman investigating a death on an island in the Aegean, directed by Christos Georgiou.
July 20, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Walt Whitman wasn't referring to the UCLA Film and Television Archive's biennial "Festival of Preservation" when he wrote, "I am large, I contain multitudes," but he might as well have been. Beginning Thursday and lasting for a month, the festival is notable not only for its 24 separate programs but for the staggering diversity of its choices, films that run the widest possible emotional, aesthetic and temporal gamut. The breadth of the films preserved and restored by UCLA is remarkable.
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