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AWARDS

 

 

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The 59th Annual 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards (OBIES 2014) co-hosted by Award winning producer/actress Tamara Tunie, Spring Awakening, and Obie Award winner actor Hamish Linklater, The Crazy Ones, honoring theatrical excellence and achievements in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway commenced Monday, May 19, 8:00 pm at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York. A gala reception with live music by The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn preceded the awards. The 2014 OBIES included a special performance of the new musical Fun Home by SYDNEY LUCAS. Lucas became the first in the history of the Obies to receive an award at age 10 for her performance. The Obie Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Kelli O'Hara went to ESTELLE PARSONS.

*  59th OBIE Awards Winners List

*  59th OBIE Acceptance Speech Videos

 

FILM  FESTIVALS  

 

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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. This year's Opening and Closing films were PARIS IS BURNING, directed by Jennie Livingston and TARGETS, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

 

*  FTF 2014 Gala Awards Acceptance Speech Videos

 

*  FTF 2014 Gala Awards Photos

*  FTF 2014 Gala Awards Winners List

 

*  FTF 2014: Opening Panel Women in Entertainment

*  FTF 2014: Opening Panel Women in Entertainment Photos

 

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The 37th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF14) presented by Asian CineVision will be held at Asia Society and City Cinema Village East, New York, July 24 - August 2, 2014. This year's Opening, Centerpiece & Closing Night Premieres are SOLD, directed by Jeffrey D. Brown, at Asia Society, Thursday, July 24, 7:00PM; TRANSIT, directed by Hannah Espia, at City Cinema Village East, Sunday, July 27, 7:30PM; HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELS, directed by Ham Tran, at City Cinema Village East, Saturday August 2, 7:30PM.

 

*  AAIFF 2014 Full Slate

 



 

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The 67th Festival De Cannes was 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 commenced May 13th. This year's Cannes Awards Palme d’or went to Nuri Bilge CEYLAN for Winter Sleep and Best Director Award went to BENNETT MILLER for Foxcatcher.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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 

 

TIME IS ILLMATIC is a provocative music documentary about the life of a prophetic poet, American hip hop recording artist Nas. A native New Yorker of African American descent with a family history of Jazz musicians began as a rap singer in the Queensbridge Housing Projects at age fifteen. In 1994, Nas debut album Illmatic, revealing the philosophy of urban life, dedicating childhood friends Willie Graham (Ill Will) and many others became an iconic hip hop phenomenon selling over 1 million copies.  Today, Harvard University and Hiphop Archive offers the Nasir Jones Fellowship in honor of Nas achievement. Full Story 

 

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

MUSIC NEWS

 

 

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 The First Annual Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014 (RBMANY14) LARRY LEVAN STREET PARTY with DJ artist François Kevorkian (François K), Paradise Garage former opening DJ David DePino, backup DJ Joey Llanos and special guest dance music recording artist Jocelyn Brown commenced Sunday, May 11, 2014, 12:00pm – 6:00pm on King Street, NYC, the original block of the Paradise Garage dance venue. The extraordinary historical outdoor event paid tribute to the legendary Paradise Garage resident DJ LARRY LEVAN (1954-1992) and to initiative co-name of King Street, NYC, to Larry Levan Way. Full Story 

 

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

WATCH  MOVIES ONLINE

 

THE GODFATHER OF DISCO, directed by Gene Graham

 

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