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AWARDS

 

 

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World-renowned musical artist and humanist ENRICO MACIAS received the 2014 ASF Pomegranate Lifetime Achievement Award during the 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Gala Celebration held at the Center for Jewish History, New York, Thursday, March 13, 2014. The Opening Night Premiere music documentary Enrico Macias: A Life in Song, directed by Antoine Casubolo Ferro and reception immediately followed. Full Story 

 

*  2014 ASF Pomegranate Award Photos



 

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The 86th Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres commenced Sunday, March 2, 2014, 8:00PM at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California and aired live with 40 million viewers worldwide. GRAVITY received seven Oscars including Best Director Alfonso Cuaron. Three Oscars went to DALLAS BUYERS CLUB including Best Actor Matthew McConaughey and 12 YEARS A SLAVE, including Best Picture.

 

*  Oscars 2014 Winners List 

 

*  Oscars 2014 Photos and Acceptance Speeches 

 

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FILM  FESTIVALS  

 

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The 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF14) presented by the American Sephardi Federation in association with Yeshiva University Museum commenced March 13-20, 2014 at the Center for Jewish History, New York. This year’s Opening and Closing Premieres were ENRICO MACIAS: A LIFE IN SONG, directed by Antoine Casubolo Ferro and WOULD I LIE TO YOU #3, directed by Thomas Gilou.

 

*  NYSJFF 2014 Opening Night Gala Photos

 

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FIRST TIME FEST 2014 (FTF 2014), hosted by NeueHouse was held at Loews Village VII Cinemas, New York, April 3-7, 2014. FTF 2014, The Second Time Around showcased twelve new films by prominent filmmakers from around the world along with panel discussions, awards ceremony and the First Time Fest Grand Prize for theatrical distribution. FTF 2014 Opening and Closing films are PARIS IS BURNING (1990), directed by Jennie Livingston; and TARGETS (1968), directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

 

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The 13th Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T will be held at TFF venues in New York City, April 16 - 27, 2014. This year’s festival includes over 100 films from 32 countries worldwide and the launch of Film For All, a one day special presentation of the top 35 films for FREE to the general public on Friday, April 26th. TFF 2104 Opening & Closing Night Premieres are TIME IS ILLMATIC, directed by multimedia artist One9 at the Beacon Theater, Thursday, April 16; and BEGIN AGAIN, directed by John Carney (in theaters July 2014). For more information, visit http://tribecafilm.com.

 

*  TFF 2014 Film Slate

 

 

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The 67th Festival De Cannes will be held at Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, France, May 14-25, 2014. The Opening Night World Premiere of GRACE OF MONACO, directed by Olivier Dahan, starring Nicole Kidman, commence Wednesday, May 14.

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FILM  NEWS

 

 

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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 30th PhotoPlus Expo in New York, Saturday, October 26, 2013. 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 Spring 2014. s a beautiful adventurous heartfelt story about Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) a New York LIFE Magazine employee with a delay in social-emotional maturity and psychologically drifts in and out of reality. While the magazine company is downsizing and transitioning from print to online publishing, Walter is given a deadline to find a mysterious photo negative to be used for the front cover of the final print issue. Based on the original 1939 short story by James Thurber, director and actor Ben Stiller creatively captures the inner tappings of the mind of fantasy and reality. Filmed in Greenland, Iceland and New York, the adventurous journey, the power of imagination and the movie soundtrack is magical! Full Story 

 

 

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FILM  REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

GABRIEL is a powerful and intimate film that captures the innocence and purity of a heart in search for love despite mental health challenges. Set in present day New York, Gabriel (Rory Culkin) a young adult institutionalized with a history of mental illness returns home to his family in the Hamptons. A prisoner in his mind with unresolved inner pain and anguish who doesn’t think about his diagnosis, yearns to live an ordinary life (get a job, have a house, get married). Unable to make rational decisions, cope with his mother (Lynn Cohen) and brother Mathew (David Call), Gabriel escapes to New York City in search to find the only person in the world that really understands him, his first true love Alice Elizabeth Norton (Emily Meade). Full Story 

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THE JEWISH CARDINAL (Le Métis de Dieu) is a spiritual tour de force based on the life of Jean-Marie Lustiger (September 1926 – August 2007) son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who had a spiritual encounter with the living God at age 13 in 1940 in Orléans, France. Lustiger felt a sense of peace come upon him, he said, “I felt the most Jewish of Jews!” This compelling act of faith took him on a path to become a Roman Catholic priest to Bishop to Archbishop to Cardinal and an advisor to Pope John Paul II of Rome. It never cease to amaze me how throughout history time and time again the creator of the universe anoints and appoints his chosen people for such a time as this! Full Story 

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IDA is a provocative and superb coming of age film set in Poland in the 1960s about Sister Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a Polish Jewish orphan named Ida Lebenstein raised in a monastery of nuns who knew no other life than that of becoming a nun. At age 18, before taking her vows, mother superior revealed her only family relative aunt Wanda Gruz (Agata Kulesza), a communist prosecutor and told her that she must visit and stay with Wanda as long as she needed. Ida’s spiritual journey begins as family secrecy unfolds, the search to find her missing parents Roza and Heim and the discovery of an ordinary life in the secular world. Full Story 

 

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FASHION NEWS

 

 

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Autumn/Winter 2014 Collections (MBFWAW14) commence February 6-13 at the tents in Lincoln Center and venues throughout New York. Presented by IMG Fashion, MBFW semi-annual fashion shows debut the season's latest by established and emerging fashion designers from around the world. 

 

 

* CHRISTIAN SIRIANO RTW Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

* RUFFIAN Fall 2014 RAPTURE Collection

* REEM ACRA RTW Fall 2014 Midnight in Paris Runway Show

* TIMO WEILAND Women's Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

* LEATHER JAPAN 2014 Opening Reception

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MUSIC NEWS

 

 

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 The DVD Release and Cast Signing of the music documentary LOVE IS THE MESSAGE: A Night at the GALLERY 1977, a Nicky Siano film, directed by Gary Turzilli, Jim Bidgood and Nicky Siano commenced Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6pm-8pm, at Exit 9, East Village, NYC.

 

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TECHNOLOGY NEWS

 

 

 

The Click Z Live New York Conference & Expo 2014 (CZLNY2014), formerly SES New York Opening Keynote Ten New Media Trends Shaping the Lives of Modern Consumers with Editor-in-Chief Randi Zuckerberg, Dot Complicated, Founder/CEO, Zuckerberg Media, commenced Tuesday, April 1, 9:00 AM, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. Keynote speaker Zuckerberg talked about her personal experience at Facebook and discussed the top media trends to be applied in business. They include influential social network/social selling for branding and content through tweeting, Instagram; the ability to collect data (big data); 3D printing; Google’s Nest Device (smart thermostat), Google Glass; self driving tech automobiles; tech and gamification mobile apps for efficiency, engagement, time saving, health, wellness; and digital detox, finding Tech/Life Balance from digital addiction (digital Shabbats, retreats, etc.).   Full Story 

 

 

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ON DVD/BLU-RAY @ Amazon.com

 

 

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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