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AWARDS

 

 

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The 37th Asian American International Film Festival 2014 (AAIFF14) Closing Awards Ceremony presented by program manager Lesley Yiping Qin, AAIFF, honoring the best independent cinema and emerging directors by Asian and Asian American descent commenced at 9:00PM, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at City Cinema Village East, New York. AAIFF 2014 Closing Night after party at The Penny Farthing immediately followed the ceremony. CHU AND BLOSSOM received two awards including Emerging Director Charles Chu and Gavin Kelly.

*  37th AAIFF Awards Winners List

 

 

FILM FESTIVALS 

 

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The 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF52) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be held at Lincoln Center September 26 - October 12, 2014. This year’s festival will showcase 30 feature films from established and emerging international filmmakers. NYFF52 Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night Premieres are GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher at Alice Tully Hall, Friday, September 26 (in theaters October 3, 2014); INHERENT VICE, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Saturday, October 4 (in select theaters December 12, 2014); and BIRDMAN, directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Sunday, October 12 (in select theaters October 17, 2014). For information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.filmlinc.com/NYFF.

 

*  2014 NYFF Official Lineup of films




 

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The 37th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF14) presented by Asian CineVision was held at Asia Society and City Cinema Village East, New York, July 24 - August 2, 2014. This year's Opening, Centerpiece & Closing Night Premieres were SOLD, directed by Jeffrey D. Brown; TRANSIT, directed by Hannah Espia; and HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS, directed by Ham Tran.

 

*  AAIFF14 Fred Ho's Last Year Premiere Q&A

 

*  AAIFF14 Closing Night Presentation of How to Fight in Six Inch Heels

 

 

FILM  NEWS

 

 

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HOME 3D, a DreamWorks animated film, directed by Tim Johnson starring Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Steve Martin in theaters March 25, 2015.

 

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Keynote Speaker Rick Smolan discussed his 1977 photojournalist assignment for National Geographic chronicling Robyn Davidson's nine-month lone journey across the Gibson Desert “Outback” in Australia at TRACKS: From the Cover of National Geographic to the Silver Screen Presentation during the 2013 PhotoPlus Expo in New York. A book release signing of "From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback," immediately followed with co-author Rick Smolan.

 

TRACKS a biopic drama of Robyn Davidson's lone journey across the Australian outback, directed by John Curran, distributed by The Weinstein Company, starring Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson and Adam Driver as Rick Smolan to be released in theaters soon.

 

 

FILM  REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

THE GIVER is a powerful film based on the novel by Lois Lowry that depicts a futuristic totalitarian society where love is forbidden and suppressed by medication among humans. When young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is given memory and wisdom from the Receiver (Jeff Bridges), his fate is set on a mystical quest to return to his society the very essence of life. THE GIVER, loaded with subliminal messages, one of this year’s top best films, in theaters August 15th. Full Story 

 

 

 

WEB JUNKIE is a striking and compelling documentary about teenage Internet gaming addiction and the effectiveness of the treatment program founded by Professor Tao Ran at Daxing military style boot camp, in the Beijing Military General Hospital in China. The film takes you on a raw and passionate journey exploring family dynamics, medical and psychosocial progress of three teenagers: Hope (Xi Wang), who spent 300 hours on World of Warcaft (WoW) Internet gaming; Hacker age 15, who inhibits distrust and despair due to Internet addiction; and Nicky addicted to Free Fantasy Internet gaming. Full Story 

 

 

The North American theatrical release of NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC music documentary, about the life of prophetic American hip hop recording artist Nas (Nasir Jones), directed by multimedia artist One9 followed by Nas Fall 2014 Tour of Illmatic’s (1994) 20th Anniversary begins Wednesday, October 1, in New York. A Tribeca Film, premiered at 13th Tribeca Film Festival opening night is available on Video on Demand and iTunes, Friday, October 3. Full Story 

 

*  TFF14 Review: Nas: Time is Illmatic

*  TFF14 Premiere Q&A

 

 

 

FASHION NEWS

 

 

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring/Summer 2015 Collections (MBFWNYSS15) was held at the tents in Lincoln Center and venues throughout New York, September 4-11, 2014. Presented by IMG Fashion, MBFW semi-annual event showcased the latest fashion by established and emerging designers from around the world. The Spring/Summer 2015 collections featured 80 shows, 15 designer's debut, presentations and special events including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso, Desigual, Fracesca Liberatore, LACOSTE, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Raoul, Reem Acra, Richard Chai, Ruffian, Tadashi Shoji and Tommy Hilfiger.  

 

 

* CAROLINA HERRERA Spring 2015 RTW Collection

* CHRISTIAN SIRIANO RTW Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

* TADASHI SHOJI Spring 2015 Show

* REEM ACRA RTW Fall 2014 Midnight in Paris Runway Show

* TIMO WEILAND Men's Spring 2015 Collection

* LEATHER JAPAN 2014 Opening Reception

 

MUSIC NEWS

 

 

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 Renowned electronic dance music (EDM) DJ/producer Eric Prydz will launch EPIC 3.0 with original animation, exclusive edits and remixes at Madison Square Garden, New York, Saturday, September 27, 2014, 8:00PM. Eric Prydz (Eric Sheridan Prydz), is a DJ and producer from Stockholm, Sweden based in London, England and living in Los Angeles, California. His two record labels, Pryda and Mouseville acknowledged by Beatport are the most successful and influential in the electronic dance music world. Prydz single tracks and in collaboration with artists includes Aftermath, Agag, Allein, Armed, Call On Me, Melo, Miami To Atlanta, Mighty Love, Muranyi, Shadows and Tijuana.

 

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 The 24th International DJ Expo 2014 (DJExpo14) presented by DJ Times magazine and Testa Communications commenced August 11-14, at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. This year's extraordinary mobile DJ/VJ event showcased the latest technology in audio, video, lighting and studio equipment from top industry leaders and innovators, along with panel discussions, seminars, workshops, keynote presentations, exhibit hall, special events, awards ceremony, and industry networking events with live performances by established and emerging DJs and recording artists. 

 

*  24th International DJ Expo Coverage

*  DJ Expo 2014 Video Coverage

*  DJ Expo 2014 Keynote Presentation with International DJ LIL JON

 

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

 

 

 

The amazing 14th International Cloud Computing Conference & Exposition (Cloud Expo 2014) encompassing Big Data Expo and DEVOps Summit commenced June 10-12, 2014 at Javits Convention Center, New York.  Produced by SYS-CON Media, this year's mega conference introduced Internet of Things Expo presented by @ThingsExpo Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of Tau Institute for Global ICT Research.  Full Story 

 

*  Cloud Expo 2014 Photos

 

 

ON DVD/BLU-RAY @ Amazon.com

 

 

AKA Doc Pomus, directed by William Hechter

GO FOR IT!, directed by Carmen Marron

GEORGE HARRISON: Living in the Material Worlddirected by Martin Scorsese
FOUR SEASONS LODGE, directed by Andrew Jacobs

From Silence to Sound, directed by Chase Matthews

Italo House Story, directed by Maurizio Clemente

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, directed by Bestor Cram

Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, directed by Murray Lerner

Listen to Your Heart, directed by Matt Thompson

LOVE IS THE MESSAGE: A Night at the GALLERY 1977, by Gary Turzilli, Jim Bidgood & Nicky Siano

The Music Never Stopped, directed by Jim Kohlberg

Out of Print, directed by Vivienne Roumani 

Orthodox Stance, directed by Jason Hutt 

Still Bill, co-directed by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack

Still the Drums, directed by Talbot Perry Simons

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THE GODFATHER OF DISCO, directed by Gene Graham

 

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