Photographic film – W Mappy Mon, 26 Sep 2022 21:36:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photographic film – W Mappy 32 32 The Middle East Now festival will present a film program “Focus on Iran” Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:42:29 +0000

At this edition of Middle East Now, the highly anticipated event held once a year in Florence, Italy, Iranian cinema occupies a special place in the festival’s programming.

Among the titles enjoying their Italian premiere is the feature film To imagine (2022, pictured above) by Ali Behrad, his first feature presented this year at the Cannes Film Festival as part of Critics’ Week. In the film, a taxi driver falls in love at night with a woman he can’t have, played by star Leila Hatami, whose appearances always make a movie a hit. It’s a dream tale that tells a love story that plays with fantasy and imagination.

Also from Iran, two beautiful short films, including the award-winning documentary the doll by Elahe Esmaili (2022), in which a 35-year-old father accepts the marriage of his 14-year-old daughter, a decision that triggers a heated confrontation in the family in the face of very different perspectives and shared values ​​between them. Also barter by Ziba Karamali and Emad Araad (2021), which stars Parsa, a thirteen-year-old boy, who tries to hide a secret from his father, making it a shortened Farhadi-style thriller.

The closing film of the festival will be World War III by Houman Seyedi, a film which won the first Orizzonti Prize in Venice at the beginning of September. The film also won Best Actor at Venice’s Mohsen Tanabandeh, its acting unconventional, and was selected as Iran’s submission for this year’s Oscar race.

Shakib (Tanabandeh) is a day laborer who finds himself catapulted onto a movie set. The film chronicles the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler during World War II. When the actor who plays Hitler dies suddenly, he is replaced by Shakib, who strangely resembles the Führer. Soon the directors themselves turn into dictators, ready to do anything to achieve their goals and unwittingly turn Shakib into a monster. The film will be screened at Middle East Now in the presence of director Houman Seyedi and distributor Mohammad Atebbai.

Among the special events running alongside MENow’s film program is “Bound Narrative: A Photobook Library” curated by Lebanese Roï Saade and hosted at the Museo Novecento. One of the precious books on display will be ‘Zanjir’, an imagined written and photographic conversation between UK-based Iranian artist Amak Mahmoodian and Persian princess and memoirist Taj Saltaneh. In ‘Zanjir’, Amak Mahmoodian draws on images from the 19th century king’s collection housed in the Golestan Archives in Tehran and photographs she took in Iran to explore feelings of loss and separation from family and the homeland. Through memories and dreams, ‘Zanjir’ mythologizes absence and presence. The present which continually exists in the past, and the past which continually exists in the present.

Filmmaker wanted for the story of the Eden Hore collection Fri, 23 Sep 2022 20:38:03 +0000 The Eden Hore Central Otago Trust is looking for a filmmaker to tell the story of a Maniototo farmer who amassed an outstanding fashion collection that is now owned by the Central Otago District Council.
The Eden Hore Central Otago (EHCO) project team, who look after and promote the renowned Eden Hore collection of New Zealand couture, believe that Eden Hore’s intriguing story and passion for fashion, which led to her collection of over 275 pieces of haute couture couture dresses from the 1970s and 1980s, is perfect for a feature film or documentary.

“He was a man who loved New Zealand-designed fashion clothes,” said Paula Penno, the council’s community engagement manager.

“And it’s an opportunity to further explore her clothes and fashion collection in the film. Each piece has a story and a personality, about a time, place and era in New Zealand and global fashion. , in the types of fabrics used, the cut and the style.

His story was not just about an enigmatic man and his stunning robes, but the relationship of the two to the landscape he loved and cultivated all his life near Naseby.

Audiences caught a glimpse of this visual synergy in the Eden Hore photography exhibition that toured Central Otago over the summer of 2021-22, from when the garments were modeled and shot in stunning Central Otago scenery. Otago.

A selection of dresses were also featured in an “Eden Hore: High Country/High Fashion” exhibit at the Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt earlier this year.

Filmmakers will be able to tap into the ever-growing library of footage and oral histories about Eden. Resources available include stock footage and stills, clothing and designer information, recent project information and images, and on-the-ground assistance including local knowledge.

In addition, the project team will encourage the making of a high-end product for New Zealand and international distribution that will attract additional funding and eligibility for prestigious awards and film festivals.

“Through this project, we want to inspire creativity in the fashion and design industry. We want to celebrate the courage to be bold and stimulate curiosity to visit Central Otago, home to one of the most unique clothing collections of all time.

– Staff journalist

‘Duality’, ‘Life & Life’, And More – Deadline Fri, 23 Sep 2022 18:06:00 +0000 Jack Reach author Lee Child and Emmy and Grammy-nominated producer Nicole London executive produce.

EXCLUSIVE: Nova Vento Entertainment has acquired theatrical distribution rights to Montana writer, director and actor Rob Grabow’s feature debut year of the dog.

The film features a cast of veteran actors, including two prominent Indigenous actors: Jon Proudstar (veteran of 43 films and Emmy shortlist for his performance as Leon in Reservation dogs) and Lakota actor Michael Spears, a resident of Bozeman (Dances with Wolves, 1887 and Reservation dogs Season 2). Both were submitted for Independent Spirit Award nominations for their work in the film.

“It’s a dream come true,” Grabow said. “A leap of faith for sure. I sold my condo, basically my savings, to fund this project, because I believed in it so much. And to sign a deal with Nova Vento, I don’t know… I may have jumped all over my house after we signed. It changes life.

year of the dog is a poignant film about two strays: an alcoholic man struggling to stay sober and a rescue dog with an unusual athletic gift. Grabow explains: “It’s more than an excellent film about dogs; it’s about repair and connection. For him, the message is that “it is never too late to repair damaged relationships. Sometimes the journey through any type of suffering can be simple or as difficult as finding something a person wants to be for…all wrapped up in an interesting, well-acted movie with great music and a plenty of cool dog moments.

Although this is Grabow’s feature debut, his multi-award-winning short film Method received Best Original Screenplay at the Chelsea Film Festival and was nominated for Best Actor and Best Director at the Beaufort International Film Festival. Grabow is also a lead actor in year of the dog. His other recent credits include Syfy’s Z Nation and feature film mickey and the bear, which premiered at SXSW and Cannes.

EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Sumter (Peter Pan, Friday Night Lights) stars in Chapela country thriller written and directed by Courtney Paige of Yeehaw Films.

Sumpter plays Cohen Black, a man who becomes a suspect in a serial murder case after waking up from a coma with no memory of who he is. The film also stars Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale), Taryn Manning (Orange is the new black), Kyler Fisher, Nick de Graffenreid, Matt Fahey, Pardis Saremi and Madison Bontempo.

Producers are Nicholas Adam Clark, Paige, Kyler Fisher and Madison Bontempo of Yeehaw Films, Chris Harding and Graffenreid of 2111 Pictures in association with Joanna Clark and Kevin Forrest Clark of Take a Bow Film, Carol Anne Watts of Wildfire Pictures, Poets Road’s Mike Bundlie, Wagner Entertainment CEO Jordan Wagner and Brandon Menchen.

Executive producers include Gil Demeter, Kenn Henman, Chelsea Knipp, Rick Licht, Steven Stavro, Gabe Shapiro, Shalom Aerobach and Jessica Skube, Ryan Hamilton, Kelly Hamilton, Ying Ye and Gary Hamilton of Arclight International.

The co-producers are Matt Oliveira, Michael Mammoliti and Rob Diamond. Associate producers are LA Weekly’s Brian Calle, Rylan Oleksyn, Steven Richmond, James Wilson, Aaron Millar, Laura Jacobs and Kathy Sue Holtorf.

Photography by Mélisse Riahi with additional photography by cinematographer Stirling Bancroft. Buffalo 8 is in post-production. The editor is Jonas Thorhallsson and the composer is Sacha Chaban.


EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired the North American VOD rights to the drug recovery-themed drama set The drug addict named Hal. An overnight release on October 11 is planned. The ensemble cast includes Ray A. Roberts II, Natalie L’Amoreaux, Donato De Luca and Daniela Vidaurre.

The drug addict named Hal tells the story of a young woman named Amy who is furious at her mother for sending her to a halfway house for doing what she thinks all college kids do – get drunk at parties. But after he totals two cars and puts her friend’s life in danger, something has to change. Despite her apprehension, Amy quickly bonds with the other residents – especially Hal, a heroin addict returning to the house from prison. Amy decides to try recovery and enjoys her newfound sense of community – from silly fights to heartfelt reconciliations, overdoses and visits from the police. But soon enough, Amy has to face the reality that her drinking isn’t just going to go away and she might have a bigger problem than she thought. But now her addiction isn’t just putting her at risk, it’s putting everyone in the house at risk. A film exploring the daily struggles, joys and horrors of getting clean.

Written and directed by Lane Michael Stanley, The drug addict named Hal was produced by Lowell Blank, Thane Swigart and Stanley.

Freestyle Digital Media brokered the deal with Blank of Secretly Famous Productions and Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films.

The drug addict named Hal is a love letter to the recovery community that saved my life when I got sober after my fiancé died suddenly of a heart attack,” Stanley said. “I am now six years clean, and I look forward to sharing this urgent story with the public through our wonderful partner, Freestyle Digital Media.”

“I first read Lane Michael Stanley’s play The drug addict named Hal, and I knew it was well suited for the film adaptation,” Blank said. “Making the film was a labor of love and having Freestyle Digital Media behind its release is a dream come true.”


EXCLUSIVE: Kaczmarek Digital Media Group’s Dark Thriller Find her released an exclusive clip. Directed and written by Nick McCallum, the film hits VOD and digital October 1, with a DVD release to follow in the fall. McCallum is also producing with Stelio Savante and Kelly Knox, with G. Andrews Ahrens serving as executive producer.

Find her stars McCallum (The staircase, the Messiah, 2 broke girls), Stelio Savante (Faithless, the chosen one, running for grace), Anaïs Lilit (The Walking Dead: Red Machete, The Hyperions, Endings, Beginnings) with Richard Gunn (Clemency, Hemlock Grove, Granite Flats), and John James (My Son Hunter, Axcellerator, Dynasty). Ahrens, Rebecca Lines, Sydney Bullock, Brandon Stacy, Randal Gonzalez, Mary Drew Ahrens and John Daniel Gates also star.

Photography is by Emmy-winning cinematographer Evan Zissimopulos.

Best described as Brick meets Gone baby gone, Find her follows an ex-cop who arrives in a small town looking for answers to a murdered rancher and his missing daughter. It slowly becomes clear that he has his own personal agenda for finding the truth.

“Finding a good film noir is rare, and what’s exceedingly rare is finding one that delivers the intrigue, mystery, production aesthetic, and classic acting we’ve come to expect. “said Kyle Kaczmarek, CEO and Managing Director of KDMG.

“This film delivers and is a perfect fit for KDMG’s family of titles. We’re thrilled to release it and bring it to the public. “Nick’s film is a classic neo-noir that we’re very proud of,” said Savante. “We are delighted that KDMG is bringing Find her thriller fans and moviegoers around the world.


EXCLUSIVE: An exclusive clip is available for the documentary Wonderfully made – LGBTQ+R (eligion). The film gets to the root of anti-LGBTQ attitudes by exploring the challenges and aspirations of LGBTQ+ Catholics.

wonderfully done focuses on the Catholic Church, as one of the largest religious organizations in the world with its anti-LGBTQ+ stance, has been a source of pain for so many of its followers. The film sheds penetrating light on the ostracizing teaching of the Churches, while remaining respectful of the faithful. It features interviews with leading advocates for LGBTQ+ Catholics, including a pioneering nun, two prominent priests (one of whom is openly gay), and a former US ambassador to the Vatican. The film’s narrative is shaped through the process of an art project creating unprecedented photographic iconography depicting Jesus as a member/ally of the LGBTQ+ community, portrayed by multiple LGBTQ+ models of ethnicity, gender, race, diverse sexualities and identities.

Wonderfully made – LGBTQ+R (religion), was shaped and designed by husbands, director and Emmy winner Yuval David and executive producer Mark McDermott (whose story as a person of faith opened the door to this larger conversation). Producers of the avocado include a number of notables including Lance Bass, Bishop Gene Robinson, Reverend Mel White, former Irish President Mary McAleese, Andrew Tobias, Mitchell Gold and Jane Clementi. The film features a photograph by Nicco Quinto, edited by Hugo Perez, with original music composed by Ariel Blumenthal.

wonderfully done offers revealing interviews with Father James Martin, SJ, Father Bryan Massingale, Sister Jeannine Grammick, SL, Stanley JR Zerkowski, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Cathy Renna, Natalia Imperatori-Lee, fmr. Ambassador Miguel Diaz, Xorje Olivares and Jason Steidl.

Range of FLUX GOURMET and SWALLOWED flagship films Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:30:00 +0000 It’s kind of a Swiss day here at ScreenAnarchy. The Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival has announced its full program for this year’s edition. There are some great films in their lineup, so we thought we’d make the festival a solid one and highlight them for our readers in the region.

by Peter Strickland Gourmet Feed will open the film program this year and Carter Smith’s Swallowed was chosen to close the five-day event. Between the two, festival-goers will also have the chance to see All bloated and full of worms, jethica and Unicorn Wars.


Aesthetics of excess, vocal saturations and collective telepathy will be on the program for the 21st edition!

The Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival unveils the complete program for its 21st edition which will take place from October 19 to 23, 2022. With the Casino de Montbenon as its central location, the festival also invites its public to browse the various partner venues in Lausanne where screenings , sound performances, workshops, book launches and other exhibitions will come to life. Like the artists it showcases, LUFF constantly reinvents its contours and content by showing works that are at the crossroads and border of genres and practices. It is up to visitors to create their own journey, as winding as it may seem, between film programs showing muddy treasures unearthed from the upper echelons of underground cinema and concert evenings letting inaudible noises and inexpressible words be heard. In the midst of this asserted inconsistency, the festival hopes to bring back the unique effervescence of LUFF.

During the five days of festivities, the international competitions will unveil a total of 51 feature and short films grouped into 5 categories. The careers of personalities from independent cinema will be highlighted in 6 retrospectives and thematic carte blanche. 5 feature documentaries and 1 special screening in world premiere will complete this rich cinematographic offer. In terms of music, the Casino’s Salle des Fêtes will host no less than 22 performances and, in the outdoor area, 8 interdisciplinary projects will be presented free of charge as part of the OFF.


Culino-gastric performances should open this edition with Gourmet Feed a feature film by Peter Strickland, with actor Asa Butterfield (Sex education). The screening will be followed by the world premiere of Never Gate by Geneva directors Elena Montesinos and JD Schneider.

The feature film competition will open with the European premiere of the very strange All bloated and full of worms, which unfolds like a long, grimy, hallucinatory nightmare. Two international premieres will be presented: stuffed animalsyoung Kansas Bowlings director’s committed mondo on the dangers of being a young woman in the United States, and Breathe happy, which deals with the theme of addiction, or rather sobriety, at Christmas time and with a large dose of sensitivity. Set against a backdrop of dramatic satire, jethica, by American director Pete Ohs, will have its Swiss premiere. To finish, Unicorn Wars, a nasty Franco-Spanish cartoon, will divert the codes of animation for a somewhat brutal turnaround. Treasures of all kinds will follow one another in the short film competition and its four categories: animation, documentary, fiction and experimental.

This year’s documentary section creates links between the various LUFF artists and projects. French filmmakers Nicolas Drolc and Guillaume Marietta will unveil, in an international premiere, The Great International Triple Alliance of the East, an eponymous movement/non-movement film in which the Sida group was involved. The latter will return to the stage for the last night of the festival. Delia Derbyshire: Myths and Legendary Bands is a fascinating portrait of the artist who created the theme music for the Dr. Who series. The soundtrack of this biopic was also created by the artist Cosi Fanni Tutti, who will be on the poster of Other, like me on the journey of industrial music pioneers COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle. The intruder of this very musical selection, Scream, queen! My nightmare on Elm Street recounts the period when Mark Patton was the target of homophobic attacks following his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. The actor has since made his return to the big screen with a performance in Carter Smith’s Swallowedwhich will close this 21st edition.

Like every year, the LUFF highlights the careers of personalities in film production on the fringes with retrospectives and carte blanche. Central theme of this edition, the Camp and its queer and grotesque dimensions will be presented in “Bad Taste is Good Taste: Underground Camp Melodrama”. A component that we find in the aesthetics of the films of Stephen Sayadian, author of Café Flesh. Some of his photographic works will also be exhibited at La Rasude during the festival. Filmmaker Roberta Findlay will come to Switzerland for the first time to show us her erotic and horrifying works. As for the cinerama “Satirical & Political: A selection of short films”, it will give carte blanche to the resolute anarchist and sixty-eight man at heart, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou. Finally, the retrospective of militant documentaries by American director Travis Wilkerson will mark a political and social turning point in cinema programs.

CatLABS x Film 320 is a unique new black and white emulsion Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:21:07 +0000

CatLABS announced an all-new black-and-white film emulsion that promises unique grain and tonal range to produce photos the company says are unlike anything else on the market.

CatLABS is a Boston, MA-based film and photography equipment distributor dedicated to large format photography. CatLABS claims that it is one of the only places in the world specifically dedicated to large format photography and offers a wide range of cameras, lenses, film holders, tripods, films and all other related accessories. It also offers film processing services and now produces its own.

Called CatLABS X FILM 320 Pro, the new emulsion is available in 35mm and 120 film formats and is entirely unique to CatLABS and unavailable from any other manufacturer in any other packaging, as is sometimes the case with other films. The company claims that this new black and white film was made with the highest quality control, which makes this film comparable to that of other major film manufacturers and brings superb image quality and unique characteristics.

Film 320 Pro is described as a classic medium-speed film designed for a wide range of shooting conditions, but is ideal as a “street film” due to its versatility and the way it renders photos.

CatLABS x FILM 320

“Following in the footsteps of some classic historical films, CatLABS X FILM 320 is characterized by its distinct grain quality, contrast and tonal range not found with other films currently available,” says CatLABS.

The company describes the film as producing unique deep gray tones with an almost silvery or metallic appearance and it is suitable for low light or available light conditions as it has a wide exposure latitude under varying light levels.

“For best results, rate it at ISO 200 when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight. Push it up to 1600 when shooting in artificial light or low light conditions,” the company explains.

CatLABS x FILM 320

For those who process their film at home or wish to provide specific instructions to their developer, CatLABS has a complete set of processing instructions for FILM 320 on its website.

CatLABS has provided some examples of what photos taken with the new emulsion look like:

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A single roll in 35mm or 120 format of the new Film 320 Pro can be purchased for $6.78 or in a pack of 10 for $65.

San Diego International Film Festival to return in October Sun, 18 Sep 2022 18:17:08 +0000

The San Diego International Film Festival is thrilled to screen films for the 21st Annual Festival (October 19-23, 2022) at partner organization AMC 14 @ Westfield UTC. This year includes the return of the opening night film premiere and reception, the All-Star Night Tribute, Culinary Cinema, as well as other in-person evenings, panels and networking events. . Count on the Festival to start the conversation with compelling films and Q&As on social impact, including: refugees, environmental sustainability, social inequality, human trafficking, LGBTQAI+ rights and more affecting our world and our communities. All in-person screenings from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23 will take place at the beautiful AMC 14 @ Westfield UTC which opened this year in the space formerly occupied by Arclight.

Each year, the San Diego International Film Festival receives nominations from more than 3,000 independent filmmakers from approximately 82 countries. The San Diego International Film Festival is strategically positioned in October to showcase potential nominees just ahead of industry nominations and awards. In 2021, the SD Intl Film Festival was proud to premiere: Belfast, Power of the Dog, Lost Daughter, The Worst Person in the World and Flee which garnered 28 Oscar nominations and 16 Golden Globe nominations.

Tonya Mantooth, CEO and Artistic Director of the Festival, shared “The film industry is in a period of post-Covid resurgence, and festivals and cinemas are playing a central role in recalibrating the industry. We are delighted that AMC 14 @ Westfield UTC has been able to create a space to galvanize our community to share a cinematic experience – and that we have the opportunity to bring so many exciting new films to our festival audience.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the beloved San Diego International Film Festival and welcome another year of incredible cinematic opportunities, showcasing some of the most gripping films, stories and adventures we will see this year. “Westfield said. Deputy General Manager of UTC, John Marty. “As a staple of our San Diego community, Westfield UTC remains committed to putting unparalleled and memorable customer experiences at the forefront of our efforts, and is honored to have once again been selected to host such an iconic event. .”

Calendar of festivals 2022:


Opening Night Film Premiere and Reception + Online Virtual Screenings

The Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park

Time: 5:30 p.m. (pre-reception), 7:00 p.m. (screening)

The 21st San Diego International Film Festival kicks off with moviegoers, filmmakers, patrons, elected officials, executives and professionals gathering to celebrate cinema at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Guests will enjoy a pre-screening cocktail followed by a film premiere in studio and a Q&A with the filmmaker.


Tribute to Starry Night + Online Virtual Screenings

Conrad Prebys Center for the Performing Arts, La Jolla

Time: 5:30 p.m. Red carpet and pre-reception; 7:00 p.m. Presentations

The San Diego International Film Festival honors some of the motion picture industry’s most accomplished actors, directors, and filmmakers. Each year we are proud to present the Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in Film with the support of the Peck family. Rising stars, authors and visionaries are also recognized and celebrated.


In-Person Screenings + Online Virtual Screenings

AMC @ Westfield UTC

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily

Moviegoers will enjoy film screenings of studio premieres and independent feature films, documentaries, shorts and selected films from the Women’s Film Series. Between film screenings, guests can visit the Festival Lounge for snacks, cocktails, and conversation with fellow moviegoers. Can’t do the screenings in person? With this 5-day pass, you can watch feature films, documentaries and short films from the comfort of your own home!


Culinary cinema

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Culinary cinema is a recipe for Sunday fun and a dream come true for foodies! Ingredients begin with a cooking-themed movie. Afterwards, everyone adjourns to enjoy dishes inspired by renowned San Diego chefs. Add some fine wine and good conversation and you have the perfect Sunday afternoon!


The Festival’s signature events (opening night film and pre-reception, Night of the Stars celebrity tribute, culinary cinema) are usually sold out. The best way to guarantee reservations to these events is to purchase a pass by Labor Day (September 5).

VIP Pass package includes: Opening Night Film and Pre-Reception, Night of Stars Celebrity Tribute plus Filmmaker Awards, Culinary Cinema and all other events, panels, film screenings in studio and independent.

The weekend package includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday events: Filmmaker Awards and Culinary Cinema, as well as panels, studio and independent film screenings.

Virtual Screening Pass Can’t do the screenings in person? With this 5-day pass, you can watch feature films, documentaries and short films from the comfort of your own home!

Access to 5 days of on-demand virtual screenings

Start: Wednesday, October 19 at 00:00

End: Sunday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Individual tickets for events and screenings of the signature events will go on sale after Labor Day subject to availability.®id=80&

About Westfield UTC

A unique outdoor retail and lifestyle destination in San Diego, Westfield UTC combines beautifully landscaped plazas and gardens; trendy fashion boutiques; award-winning chef-led restaurants with open-air terraces; multi-faceted wellness amenities; plus special moments of surprise and delight inspired by the best of La Jolla. In addition to being home to more innovative and first-to-market brands than other retail destinations in San Diego, Westfield UTC offers a strong and ever-growing portfolio of leading global brands, luxury concepts, favorites premises and experiential escapes, the center diverse tenants include Louis Vuitton, Alo, Reformation, Gorjana, Le Labo, CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty, Lucid Motors, Allbirds, Hermes, Aritzia, Bonobos, Restoration Hardware, TravisMathew, Warby Parker, Peloton, AMC Theaters, and more. Westfield UTC also boasts an impressive range of culinary outposts including Haidilao Hot Pot, Javier’s, Din Tai Fung, The Winery Restaurant & Bar, True Food Kitchen and the highly anticipated addition of Lady M Cake Boutique. Creating an enhanced and unique setting for wellness with the presence of brands such as One Medical and SoulCycle, the center invites customers to take advantage of some of the best health offerings San Diego has to offer. The on-site experience is complemented by CBRE, Inc.’s state-of-the-art office space, a 23-story high-end residential tower featuring 300 modern homes, as well as a new regional transit hub and San Francisco light rail station. Diego which connects Westfield UTC with ease to the city centre.

About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.

AMC is the largest motion picture exhibition company in the United States, the largest in Europe, and the largest in the world with approximately 950 theaters and 10,500 screens worldwide. AMC has driven innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying its Signature power reclining seats; provide enhanced food and beverage choices; generate greater customer engagement through its loyalty and subscription programs, website and mobile applications; offering premium large-format experiences and streaming a wide variety of content, including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. For more information, visit

About the San Diego International Film Festival:

The San Diego International Film Festival is the region’s premier film event and one of the main stops on the independent festival circuit. The Festival offers a totally unique cinematic experience; including world premieres, never-before-seen studio releases and the best of independent cinema. We believe that cinema is a catalyst for positive change. The festival lineup is varied – but everyone has a genre they care about – including us. Passionate about topics of social impact, we have focused our attention on curated independent films that explore issues affecting our world including homelessness, prejudice, pollution of the world’s rivers, extinction of animals and the environment, sustainability, sex trafficking, military stories and Sequel.

About the San Diego Film Foundation:


Our mission is to use the film experience to explore issues of global impact, to create dialogue, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world. We’re leveraging these important conversations through our partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego Unified School District to use cinematic storytelling to help educate future leaders about key issues affecting our communities and the world. Our newest partnership is with UC San Diego Extension to create a social impact film channel on the UCTV platform that will support the United Nations’ “17 Sustainable Development Goals to Transform Our World.” The festival will curate films from around the world to help deepen conversations and understanding of these UN goals and hopefully inspire action.

A 501c.3. The San Diego Film Foundation brings the best independent film stories from around the world to San Diego each year. We present films that make a difference through a variety of events and programs. We’ve created a robust infrastructure to continue sharing movies and chats securely, including:

  • MySDFilmFest Membership Program (January – December 2022)
  • The San Diego International Film Festival Channel
  • The San Diego International ShortsFest (begins May 20-22, 2022)
  • FOCUS on Impact Film Tour for high school students (spring and fall 2022)
  • 2022 San Diego International Film Festival (October 19-23, 2022)

Photo credit: Jason deAlba

Cinematic event “COURAGE” | Other Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:23:06 +0000

Courage: The Story of Seven San Diego POWs

Documentary film screened on Sunday, September 18 at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park

San Diego, California, September 18, 2022. What does it take to survive as a POW? Sometimes this answer depends profoundly on the circumstances. For seven former POWs and residents of San Diego, the answer to that question is revealed in a deeply moving historical account of seven strangers who will forever be bound by acts of war but, more importantly, by individual acts of courage. .

Courage,” is a new film produced by documentary filmmaker William (Bill) Lowe (, which focuses on the personal stories of seven former prisoners. The backdrop: two prisoners were just young boys, one captured by the Japanese, the other by German forces, and held for more than three years during World War II (WWII) in the Philippines and in Europe. Five other POWs also suffered unspeakable treatment inside Vietnam’s notorious POW camp, former POWs Tom Speir Crosby, Louis De Beer, Jose Astorga, Henry James Bedinger, Art Neil Black, Captain Jack Ensch and Lewis Meyer share their individual stories in this harrowing and riveting film

Two Screening Times 1PM – $15 – includes a discussion with filmmaker, Bill LOWE. 3 pm includes a discussion with the 7 former prisoners of war, the art exhibition of Joseph Pisano and a silent auction.

All proceeds will go to NAMPOW and PISANO Artistry.

Sedona Film Festival Ted Grussing photographic program September 24 Thu, 15 Sep 2022 19:56:53 +0000

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Sedona News – The Sedona International Film Festival presents “An Evening with Ted: Searching for Beauty in Northern Arizona” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theater.

Join Ted as he guides you through the wonders and beauty of Sedona, the Colorado Plateau, and northern/central Arizona from a perspective few have ever seen…the beauty of the red rocks seen from above. up and through the clouds, volcanoes and mountains, canyons and rivers…and on the ground his beautiful and unique wildlife photography of those creatures with whom we share this beautiful part of Arizona.

Ted has had many interests in various fields, most for over 40 years each and has never given up on any of them. He became a professional photographer at the age of 14. Ted has owned and operated numerous businesses, been a professional gem cutter and jewelry designer for 43 years and a commercial pilot (gliders and motorgliders) for 24 years. He is a lawyer, published author, speaker, mentor and teacher. He was his wife’s caregiver for 23 years.

Join Ted Grussing as you are immersed in the fantastical beauty of Sedona and Northern Arizona.  It guides you through the wonders and beauty of Sedona and Northern Arizona from a perspective few have ever seen...the beauty of red rocks seen from above and through the clouds , volcanoes and mountains, canyons and rivers... and in the field his beautiful and unique animal photography of these creatures with whom we share this magnificent part of Arizona.
Join Ted Grussing as you are immersed in the fantastical beauty of Sedona and Northern Arizona. It guides you through the wonders and beauty of Sedona and northern Arizona from a perspective few have ever seen…the beauty of red rock seen from above and through clouds, volcanoes and mountains, canyons and rivers…and in the field his beautiful and unique wildlife photography of those creatures with whom we share this beautiful part of Arizona.

Ted’s photography has been widely published and used in magazines, websites and blogs and in private and public collections. Including but not limited to: Arizona Highways, Grand Canyon Trust, Sojourns magazine, USFS, EPA, Game and Fish, Arizona and US Geological Survey and many other agencies and companies. Thousands of people subscribe to his blog (which he publishes four times a week), each containing one or two photographs accompanied by comments. He is particularly known for his aerial and animal photographs.

“An Evening with Ted: Pursuing Beauty in Northern Arizona” premieres at the Mary D. Fisher Theater on Saturday, September 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. The theater and film festival office is located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information visit:

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3 film hacks to develop your photo creativity Thu, 15 Sep 2022 17:05:47 +0000

The renewed interest in film photography is amazing. Newcomers relish the challenge of having only a limited number of photos per roll. They enjoy the suspense of waiting a long time for the film to process before seeing if their photos turn out.

If you’ve been using film for a long time, you’re probably used to these idiosyncrasies. So did you start to feel jaded by film photography? If so, we have three movie hacks to expand your creativity and reignite your passion.

Movie Hack 1: Cross Process for Colorful Results

Photo by Annie Spratt

When you buy a roll of “normal” film, it is based on the idea that the film will be chemically processed, and you will receive a long strip of negatives ready to print. In a traditional photographic lab, these “negative” images are projected onto photographic paper, which undergoes another chemistry to create your prints. Slide film is different. When slide film, also known as positive or transparent film, is processed, you can hold it up to the light and see a true-to-life image. Slide film is processed with a different type of chemistry (E-6), not “normal” negative chemistry (C-41).

What happens when you treat transparent film with the chemistry that is supposed to be for color printing film?

This is called cross processing. You end up with a bunch of negatives with weird color effects. It’s contrasty, has high saturation, and it’s full of coarse grain. Pay attention to your light meter when taking photos intended for cross processing as you get better effects when photos are properly exposed. And remember that since cross processing increases the contrast, you won’t get any detail in the shadow areas because they get very dark.

Kodak Color Plus negative film processed with E-6 chemistry. Photo by Chris Marchant and licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Being creative with cross processing means choosing situations that can deal with surreal color shifts. Street scenes, surf shots, and theme parks are great places to take shots that will be cross-processed. They will benefit from the bizarre effects of this type of film manipulation, where subjects end up with odd color tones.

Photo by Annie Spratt

Don’t bother taking wedding photos and cross-processing film; the results will not be flattering. The cross-processed film results in strong greenish tints to skin tones and gritty, gritty features that are unattractive to a bride.

You cannot process black and white film with color chemistry, as this will strip the film of its emulsion. After all the time spent taking photos, you’ll end up with a blank roll of film, and that could also ruin the color chemistry. And don’t try to cross-process an old Kodachrome you might have found in your parents’ photography kit; it uses an entirely different kind of chemistry and you’ll ruin the movie.

When you give your slide film to a photo lab, make sure they understand that you want it cross-processed. Otherwise, they will use normal E6 chemistry to develop it. Cross processing is a fun way to experiment with film because the results are wild and unpredictable. You don’t know what the photos will look like until you have the prints in your hands.

Movie Hack 2: Double Exposures

Photo by Markus Spiske

One of the prerequisites for producing creative results is letting go of the need for perfection; it’s time to experiment and have fun! It’s a chance to play around with concepts and be prepared to make mistakes to learn what works best.

Double exposures were the unfortunate result of forgetting to roll up the film before taking the next picture. This has happened on old manual film cameras in the hands of forgetful photographers and has almost always ruined the image. But creating double exposures on purpose is an exciting way to put your skills as a photographer to the test. For this hack you can use any SLR camera and any roll of film.

A double exposure photo captured on Fuji Superia 200 ISO film with a Holga camera. Photo by Justin De La Ornellas and licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The easiest method for double exposures is to load the same film into the camera twice. Take pictures on the roll and rewind the film until it comes off the spindle, but stop rewinding it before it enters the cartridge completely. Now reload that same film and take another set of photos on top of the previous ones. Unless you are conscious enough to mount the film on the exact same sprockets as the first time, you will likely get misaligned images, but this can add to the haphazard and charming nature of double exposure images.

Another option is available for cameras like the Nikon F2 or Canon AE-1 with a manual rewind system. After taking a picture, press the rewind button to stop the film advancing, then wind the film advance lever until the camera thinks the next frame has arrived. In effect, the film stays in the same position and you can continue taking the second picture over the first picture. This allows you to compose an image so that the two scenes overlap aesthetically.

To have a ghostly effect, leave an empty area in a part of the frame, such as the sky, and fill it with the subject of your next photo. Or include dark regions from the first frame, and the second exposure will be more visible in that part of the frame. A balanced scene shows that you intentionally created this double image. This method allows you to make double, triple or quadruple exposures on the same frame. For best results, underexpose overlapping images by an f-stop so as not to overexpose the frame.

Photo by magnification

Some newer cameras have a built-in multiple exposure feature. Cameras like the Nikon FE2 and Nikon FM3A have a small lever, which can be pressed between shots. This lever resets the shutter without advancing the film. And new electronic film cameras, such as Nikon’s F3-F6, have a dedicated button for multiple exposures, making it easy to take two or more shots in exactly the same position in the frame.

Movie Hack: Retro Light Leaks

Photo by Annie Spratt

Light leaks happened accidentally with older cameras, but with a little fiddling, you can intentionally add light leaks to make it look like you’ve used a vintage camera. Light leaks add yellow, orange and red streaks that create a retro and whimsical atmosphere. But you should be aware that forcing light leaks is unpredictable and you can’t control the position of this effect.

The easiest way to produce light leaks is to open the back of the camera for a split second when the film has been rotated. Do not rewind the film; stand in a bright area and click to open the back of the camera for a brief moment before closing it. This light exposure will likely ruin the final photos, but the rest of the roll should only be subject to light leaking through the gables and into parts of the frames.

Light leaks on a photo caused by a Holga camera. Photo by Jeffrey and licensed under CC BY 2.0.

If you want to have some influence on the appearance of your light leaks, you can simulate a similar result by reflecting light from a mirror into the lens when taking a photo, creating colored light in the image. . For more traditional light leak tones, bounce reddish light from a prism into the lens when shooting a scene. You can also place a yellow, orange, or red object near the side of the lens while you focus on a distant subject. Use a wide aperture to blur those foreground elements so they look like light leaks. Shooting through the flame of a lighter also provides a realistic light leak effect.


Many photographers return to the film camera for its traditional, grainy look. It brings a sense of nostalgia coupled with anxiety waiting to find out if your movie is full of stunning images that match the vision you wanted to produce or if it contains underexposed blurry flops.

By experimenting with cross processing, double exposures and light leaks, there are no mistakes – you always create exciting works of art.

About the Author: Leigh Diprose is a full-time business owner and writer in the imaging industry with a passion for sharing knowledge. The opinions expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author. His published work has been featured by top imaging wholesalers and major imaging retailers in over 14 countries.

Picture credits: Header photo by Markus Winkler

Video Vault – September 14, 2022 | Film Wed, 14 Sep 2022 15:55:00 +0000


MASSACRE AT UP CENTRAL (Synapse Films/MVD Entertainment Group): Dutch filmmaker Renee Daalder (1944-2019) made her English language debut with this intriguing and subversive sociological treatise from 1976 in the guise of an exploitation film.

A trio of tough teenagers rule Central High School, berate and bully their classmates with vicious abandon. New student David (Derrel Maury) is disgusted by their behavior and encourages the students to fight back, much to the annoyance of his best friend Mark (Andrew Stevens). Inevitably, David’s rebellion puts him in danger and he is thus permanently injured.

He then methodically plots the demise of his tormentors, but once they’re taken down, he realizes that the students he thought he was helping are completely out of control, and if anything worse than those who terrorized them. The cycle of violence continues and expands, forcing David to take even more drastic measures.

The “massacre”, such as it is, is a series of so-called “accidents”. It didn’t necessarily endear the movie to drive-in/grindhouse viewers who were expecting a full-scale slasher movie bloodbath, but it surprised those who were expecting it as well – including Roger. Ebert, who rated it favorably on Previews (guess how yours truly first heard about it?).

The film may be preachy, and it’s no doubt ragged around the edges, but it remains believable and effective, and the talented young cast also includes Robert Carradine, Kimberly Beck, Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith, Steve Bond (later from general hospital), and Lani O’Grady (of eight is enough celebrity),

Blu-ray Special Edition ($34.95 retail) includes the retrospective documentary Hell in the Halls: Behind the Scenes of “Massacre at Central High” retrospective interviews, theatrical trailer, and more. Rated R. **½


VICTORY LIGHT (Kino Lorber Studio Classics): Arthur Kennedy earned five Oscar nominations in the 1950s — with no wins — and he got his single for Best Actor portraying an embittered, blind World War II veteran struggling to come to terms with his infirmity and his racial prejudice in director Mark Robson’s 1951 adaptation of Baynard Kendrick’s 1945 novel Curfew. Dated and even hokey in many ways, but well-meaning and well-acted by a cast including James Edwards, Peggy Dow, Julie Adams, Will Geer, Jim Backus, Richard Egan, Murray Hamilton and Rock Hudson, this also received a nomination for the Oscars for Best Sound Recording, available on Blu-ray ($24.95 retail), packed with audio commentary and trailers. ***

CANADIAN BACON (MVD Entertainment Group): The “MVD Rewind Collection” Blu-ray arc ($19.98 retail) of writer/director Michael Moore’s only narrative feature to date, a sparse 1995 comedy in which the U.S. President by Alan Alda declares war on Canada to improve his public approval rating. No wonder Moore rushed into documentaries, which is undeniably his specialty. A poor farce that wastes the talents of cinematographer Haskell Wexler (!) and a star-studded cast including John Candy (to whom the film is dedicated), Rhea Perlman, Rip Torn, Kevin Pollak, Steven Wright, Jim Belushi, Bill Nunn, GD Spradlin, Kevin J. O’Connor, Brad Sullivan, Wallace Shawn and an unbilled Dan Aykroyd. Look for Moore in a cameo. Rated PG. *½

CHILD’S PLAY COMBINED 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS” (Scream Factory/Shout! Factory): An explicit collection of the first three Child’s play films, each featuring the voice of Brad Dourif as the possessed “Good Guy” doll now available in 4K Ultra HD Combos, each offering a host of bonus features (including audio commentary, retrospective featurettes and interviews, objects collection, etc.): Child’s play (1988) with Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon and newcomer Alex Vincent; child’s play 2 (1990), which sees Vincent reprise his role; and child’s play 3 (1991), in which Justin Whalin took on the role of Vincent. Every movie is rated R – for obvious reasons.

THE COP (Kino Lorber Studio Classics): Originally released as A countdirector/co-writer Yves Boisset’s R-rated 1970 adaptation of Pierre Lesou’s novel The death of a count stars Michel Bouquet as a veteran police inspector who wages war against a French narcotics syndicate after the murder of his partner, with Françoise Fabian, Michel Constantin, Bernard Fresson, Gianni Garko, Rufus and Adolfo Celi caught in the middle lights. In French with English subtitles, available on DVD ($19.95 retail) and Blu-ray ($24.95 retail), each featuring audio commentary and a theatrical trailer.

“THE ELI ROTH HORROR STORY”: SEASON 3 (AMC Studios/RLJ Entertainment): The title says it all as award-winning filmmaker/genre fan/executive producer Eli Roth explores horror and fantasy with an array of star-studded guests – including Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchett, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie, Geena Davis, Joe Dante, Leonard Maltin and more – in all six episodes of the 2021 (and final) season of the award-winning AMC documentary series, available on DVD and Blu-ray (34 each $.97 retail), both offering bonuses.

GALLAN INDIES (Distrib Films/Icarus Films Home Video): Philippe Beziat directed this immersive and almost too detailed 2020 documentary feature (originally titled gallant indies) explores Opéra Bastille’s modern interpretation of Rameau’s classic opera The gallant Indies from conception to rehearsal to performance. Visually stunning and a must-have for music lovers. In French with English subtitles, available on DVD ($26.98 retail). ***

“LONDON KILLS”: SERIES 3 (Acorn TV/RLJ Entertainment): Executive producer Paul Marquess created this crime series featuring the efforts of an elite police unit led by Hugo Speer and Sharon Speer as they tackle the toughest cases. tough from the titular city, with Bailey Patrick and Tori Allen-Martin as fellow detectives. All five feature films from the 2022 season — plus the behind-the-scenes featurette — are available on DVD ($39.99 retail).

“MAGNUM PI”: THE FOURTH SEASON (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment): Jay Hernandez steps into Tom Selleck’s shoes as a Hawaii-based private detective, in all 20 episodes of the 2021-22 season of CBS’ award-winning remake/reboot of the popular ’80s Crime series updated to the present day, starring Magnum an Afghanistan veteran, backed by Perdita Weeks (as Higgins), Stephen Hill and Zachary Knighton. The series is heading to NBC for at least two more seasons, and the five-disc DVD collection ($41.99 retail) includes bonus features.

CERTAIN GIRLS (Kino Lorber Studio Classics): Director Michael Hoffman’s 1988 mid-level romantic comedy, made under the auspices of executive producer Robert Redford, stars Patrick Dempsey as Jennifer Connelly’s goofy beau, who visits his family at the Quebec for the Christmas holidays and get carried away in their eccentricities. Despite a zealous cast including Sheila Kelley (in her feature debut), Ashley Greenfield (in her feature debut), Andre Gregory, Florinda Bolkan and Lila Kedrova, it tries too hard to be quirky and ends in a dud. The Blu-ray ($24.95 retail) includes audio commentary, a retrospective featurette, and a theatrical trailer. Rated R. *½

SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN (Well Go USA Entertainment): The fact-based, R-rated action-thriller from writer/director Marian Bushan stars Aldoshyn Pavlo as a former physics teacher who swears revenge on Russian soldiers who murdered his family in the Donbass region of Ukraine, training as a sniper to achieve his goal. In Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles, available on DVD ($19.99 retail) and Blu-ray ($29.98 retail).

SPITFIRE ABOVE BERLIN (Shout! Studios/Shout! Factory): Callum Burn edited, produced, co-wrote, directed and co-starred in this factual World War II saga detailing the efforts of intrepid officer Kris Saddler to carry out a perilous mission Berlin in an unarmed Spitfire to collect photographic evidence before an Allied attack on Berlin in August 1944, available on DVD ($19.99 retail) and Blu-ray ($22.98 retail), each with a audio commentary and a theatrical trailer.

TERRORIST SQUAD (Code Red/Kino Lorber): Peter Maris produced and directed this low-budget 1987 shoot-’em-up filmed on location in Kokomo, IN, in which Libyan terrorists whose attempt to blow up a nuclear power plant fails, after which they take a group of high school students hostage, starring Chuck Connors as the local police chief, available on Blu-ray ($29.95 retail), loaded with bonus features.

WAITING: THE VAN DUREN STORY (MVD Entertainment Group): In their first feature-length documentary in 2018, writer/producer Greg Carey and writer/producer Wade Jackson co-directed this chronicle of Memphis musician Van Duren (formerly of Big Star), who rubbed shoulders with solo stardom in the late 1970s before sinking into undeserved obscurity remembered only by die-hard fans. The filmmakers are actually part of his effort to get his music rights back and revive his career in the present day. A bit tattered at first, it improves dramatically in the third act and offers an engaging and upbeat look at Van Duren’s talent and stamina, while shedding light on the Memphis music scene of yesterday and today. available today on DVD ($19.95 retail), packed with behind-the-scenes footage and bonus interviews. ***

WE ARE GODS (Greenwich Entertainment/Kino Lorber): Jason Sossberg and cinematographer David Aldarado wrote, produced and co-directed this feature-length documentary chronicling the life and career of Stewart Brand, counterculture icon, environmental activist, member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, and best-selling author Whole Earth Catalog. Engaging and relevant but stalled in the second half, available on DVD ($19.95 retail). **½

THE WOLF AND THE LION (Breaking Glass Pictures): When her grandfather dies, aspiring concert pianist Molly Kunz moves to her remote cabin in the mountains, where she comes to care for a wolf cub and a lion cub, in the producer/director/screenwriter Gilles de Maistre. loosely factual, award-winning, family-friendly melodrama (originally titled The wolf and the lion). Andrew Simpson’s exemplary animal training and beautiful locations are somewhat hampered by a cheesy, contrived storyline, available on DVD ($24.99 retail), filled with bonus features. **

(Copyright 2022, Mark Burger)