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A group of seasonal agitators who seem to surface every time there is a film relating to Rajputs. A filmmaker with a grandiose vision of making yet another historical spectacle. Two men in sharp suits who sit in TV studios and pass judgment on the nationalist credentials of the vast mass who sits outside breathing less hallowed air. And a ministry of information and broadcasting and a central board of certification which plays mute witness to ugly and rancid threats of mutilation and decapitation. The result? One of the most seasoned filmmakers in the country and one of the biggest…

Jakarta. The two-day Akatara Indonesian Film Financing Forum, jointly held by the Creative Economy Agency, or Bekraf, and the Indonesian Film Council, or BPI, kicked off on Wednesday (15/11) at the Grand Mercure Hotel Harmoni in Central Jakarta, featuring 40 film projects. Akatara itself is Bekraf’s inaugural film pitching and business matchmaking event. The projects, whose budgets ranged from Rp 20 million- Rp 20 billion ($1.48 million), are set to be pitched to 50 local and foreign participating investors and other buyers, such as distribution and exhibition agents. Out of the 40 films, 12 special projects were presented, 10 of which…

On November 15th, Butterfly Buzz will present the premiere collaboration of Israeli singer, Yasmin Levy, together with three Iranian guest artists Faramarz Aslani, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Hamed Nikpay at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA, a delicately restored 1920’s movie palace originated by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin in the heart of historic downtown Los Angeles. To learn more about this event we had an interview with Bita Milanian, The Executive Produce of Art Unites event. https://vimeo.com/242431277 Yasmin Levy is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, deeply steeped in the traditions of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music, a disappearing musical legacy of the Sephardic…

On November 15th, Butterfly Buzz will present the premiere collaboration of Israeli singer, Yasmin Levy, together with three Iranian guest artists Faramarz Aslani, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Hamed Nikpay at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA, a delicately restored 1920’s movie palace originated by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin in the heart of historic downtown Los Angeles. Yasmin Levy is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, deeply steeped in the traditions of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music, a disappearing musical legacy of the Sephardic Jewish communities driven from Spain in the late 15th century. Her unique style includes a wide range of influences with…

Tahmineh Milani, acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter, is working on a screenplay adaption of a fictional book on teens entitled ‘The Percipient population of Planet Ourac’. Written by Fariba Kalhor, author of children and young adults’ books, it is a story about a planet in the vicinity of Earth of almost the same size. The planet’s residents, who can become invisible via some magic gas emanating from a tree, are smart and live in a developed and industrialized environment. One of them is Adapa who orders a telescope to help him accomplish his mission. Through the telescope he sees…

Cinema came to Iran courtesy of Mozafaredin Shah, a king of Iran who visited Paris around the turn of the century, fell in love with the Can-Can and the magic of the cinema; he fooled around with the ladies and bought himself a brand new motion picture camera. Accompanying the King was one Ibrahim Khan, part noble, part peasant. He learned to use the camera and then shot the first Iranian movie. No one ever recorded his name in any film history, but he was the first to use panoramic movement in his documentary of the King’s harem and his…

Once a friend asked me how come that what ever movie or play you pick to see turns out to be good! I told him that first of all I am quite picky when it comes to see a work of art and secondly I admire all kinds of artistic activities because I understand the challenges of working in this field. *** I always go to see Mohamad Rahmanian’s work of art, as I believe he is a genius when it comes to theater and his approach to art is quite unique. Three weeks ago there were ten of us…

The iconic Minack Theatre will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for a special film event on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7. The world-famous location will provide the setting for a special outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn, marking the first time the Minack has been used for a film event. The event, On The Rocks, presented by Compass Presents and Watershed will consist of the film screening and an archive film trail, where the cliff faces and rocks of the open air amphitheatre will be animated with film and projection. The little-known classic Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn…

In Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama The Salesman a young couple living in Teheran who are about to perform with their local drama group in a production of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ find their lives upended after Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) is viciously assaulted by an intruder in their home one evening. Husband Emad (Shahab Hosseini) becomes obsessed with finding the culprit responsible and taking revenge but in doing so draws both of them into a complex web of entanglements which threatens to destroy their marriage. The Salesman will be screened in the Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday,…

Reed Hastings, the Netflix CEO who co-founded the company long before “streaming” entered the popular lexicon, was born during a fairly remarkable year for film. 1960 was the year Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho astounded and terrified audiences, influencing a half-century of horror to come. It was a year of outstanding comedies (Billy Wilder’s The Apartment), outstanding epics (Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus) and outstandingly creepy thrillers (Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom—a close cousin of Psycho). But in the vast world of Netflix streaming, 1960 doesn’t exist. There’s one movie from 1961 available to watch (the original Parent Trap) and one selection from 1959 (Compulsion),…

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