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We talked with Tomer Shushan, writer and director of 2020 SXSW’s best narrative short film, WHITE EYE. The film is in consideration for Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Short Film (Live Action). A tense and suspenseful movie, WHITE EYE is shot in one long take and portrays race and class inequalities in Israel. It was nominated for Bridging the Borders Award in 2020 Palm Spring International ShortFest. “This topical film has screened at over 70 film festivals, including 22 Oscar-qualifying. This Live-Action short has won numerous accolades including the Oscar-qualifying Best Narrative Short Award at SXSW Film Festival. White Eye…

Charlatan directed by Agnieszka Holland, is Czech Republic Oscar entry for International Film Award that is now in the Oscar’s shortlist. Few true stories tread the thin line between good and evil as precariously as that of Jan Mikolášek, a 20th century Czech herbal healer whose great success masked the grimmest of secrets. Mikolášek won fame and fortune treating celebrities of the interwar, Nazi, and Communist eras with his uncanny knack for “urinary diagnosis”. But his passion for healing welled up from the same source as a lust for cruelty, sadism, and an incapacity for love that only one person…

Chances are, if you’re a moviegoer, you’ve heard a little something about women’s fight for equality in Hollywood. According to Women and Hollywood, a nonprofit organization that educates and advocates for the cause, women remain poorly represented behind the camera, making up just 10% of directors and 19% of writers. It’s no wonder that women, so often boxed out of sharing their stories on screen, would distill that pain into their filmmaking, creating powerful stories of how sexism and misogyny continue to oppress women from all walks of life. In these ten movies about sexism, women struggle for equality everywhere…

RECON directed by is a thriller set in the mountains of Italy at the close of World War II. Adapted from the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller “Peace” by famed author Richard Bausch, and based on a true event – RECON tells the story of four American soldiers in World War II, who after they witness a vicious murder of an innocent civilian at the hands of their platoon Sergeant, are sent on a reconnaissance/suicide mission lead by a local partisan, an elderly man whose indeterminate loyalties add to the terror and confusion that engulfs the Americans as…

Wine In 2013, inspired by the book Wines of Lebanon by Michael Karam, filmmakers Mark Johnston and Mark Ryan set out to change the perceptions of the Middle East – and in particular the tiny nation of Lebanon – by examining an enigmatic and misunderstood part of the world with winemakers who had a story to tell. The result is a very interesting documentary, Wine and war. To learn more about Wine and war, we interviewed filmmakers Mark Johnston and Mark Ryan on camera: https://vimeo.com/468808155 Johnston and Ryan met in film school at USC in 1999. In 2014, they released…

When it comes to creative solutions, you’ve got to hand it to Shannon and Scott Guggenheim. Since 3Below Theaters — which the Guggenheims operate in downtown San Jose — has been closed since March, the couple has been tirelessly working to come up with ideas to keep their livelihood going and provide people with much needed entertainment. I’m honestly blown away by what they’ve come up with: “Up on the Roof,” four weeks of curated movies starting Oct. 8 that will be screened on the top floor of the city-owned parking garage above 3Below Theaters on Second and San Carlos streets. The movies…

1. Entries for the I, Immigrant, First Responders & Essential Workers in The Corona War should be documentary shorts from 1 minute to 40 minutes in length. 2. Films should be about a US Immigrant First Responder or Essential Worker, in the fields of health care, emergency response, public transportation, package delivery, food production, or grocery retail. Essential Workers have not worked from home during the shutdown, but rather have continued to go to their normal jobs on the front lines, bringing them into contact daily with COVID-19 patients or the general public or fellow workers in unsafe conditions. 3.…

Dr. Mohammadhossein Moshkelgosha M.D. has joined I, Immigrant, First Responders & Essential Workers In Corona War online film competition as project advisor. Dr. Moshgelgosha will also be in charge of communication with the hospitals, clinics, medical facilities, physician and nurses organizations in order to find immigrant healthcare workers engaged in the war with corona virus and encourage them to participate in I, Immigrant film festival. Dr. Mohammadhossein Moshkelgosha M.D. is co-founder of “Healthy Behavior Institute” and “Health Alphabet Journal “ which in collaboration with WHO and The Global Fund project,fights against spread of HIV infection and AIDS among youngsters in…

 Iran’s National Orchestra has released a music video titled “Song of Humanity” to acknowledge the efforts the medical staff have made in the battle with the corona-virus. The orchestra under the baton of conductor Sohrab Kashef has performed for the music video, which was unveiled during a meeting attended by Health Minister Saeid Namaki and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Abbas Salehi at the Health Ministry on Thursday. The orchestra performed the song in honor of the healthcare staff in Vahdat Hall in Tehran. https://vimeo.com/446222222 Speaking at the ceremony, the culture minister expressed thanks to the health minister…

Farah Nabulsi director of The Present, the Palestinian film and winner of GoE Bridging The Borders Award at 2020 Palm Springs ShortFest International is a down to earth and fascinating person.  Farah Nabulsi is an activist young filmmaker that in The Present shows her power of use of language of cinema and her understanding of the world problem, the new colonialism. Lately  Farah Nabulsi sent us a thank note for receiving our GoE Bridging the Borders Award:  ” I just wanted to reach out and thank you for choosing our short film, The Present, to receive the GoE Bridging the…

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