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Robin O’Hara, Longtime Indie Film Producer, Dies: Friends and Family Remember an Influential Figure

Robin O’Hara, Longtime Indie Film Producer, Dies: Friends and Family Remember an Influential Figure
Fierce, committed and above all, tough — these are the words that collaborators use to describe producer Robin O’Hara, a longtime fixture of the New York independent film scene, who died suddenly last week after complications from cancer treatment.

When O’Hara’s business and life partner Scott Macaulay of Forensic Films posted the sad news on Facebook last Wednesday, hundreds of prominent filmmakers, former crewmembers, and friends from across the independent film world offered an outpouring of condolences, remembrances, and testimonies about O’Hara’s importance in nurturing their art and their careers.

As “Saving Face” director Alice Wu wrote, “She was brilliant and mercurial and hilarious and terrifying. She gave no fucks — unless she did give a fuck — and then she gave everything. Anyone who has been lucky enough to be in her orbit never lets go. She pushed us all … and we became better people.”

Echoing Wu,
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Tribeca Review: Best Narrative Film Award Winner ‘Virgin Mountain’ Is An Empathetic Look At Loneliness & Late-Bloomers

Danish cinema received a strong vote of confidence and a winning boost this weekend; two films from the Tribeca Film Festival won top dramatic jury prizes. And “Virgin Mountain,” a Danish-Icelandic film directed by Icelandic-born, Danish-raised Dagur Kári (“Noi the Albino” and the sorely underrated “The Good Heart” with Paul Dano and Brian Cox) won the coveted jury prize for best narrative feature film (and two other major prizes; Danish film "Bridgend" took three other baubles). And while the award may set expectations the movie can’t quite match, Kári’s fourth feature film is still a thoughtful, engaging, and compassionate look at the lonely outsider and his quiet emptiness. The movie’s name comes from its protagonist, Fúsi (Gunnar Jónsson), a hulking mass of a man who is untouched, cloistered, and naïve. This is not a foreign version of Judd Apatow’s “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” though on
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Berlin 2015: Woman in Gold, Life to world premiere

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Berlin 2015: Woman in Gold, Life to world premiere
The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, to world premiere at Berlinale.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.

The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack

Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

The UK-us co-production, which also stars Ryan Reynolds (Captives) and Daniel Brühl (Rush), is produced by Origin Pictures, BBC Films and The
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Thomas Vinterberg and Lone Scherfig Launch Filmmaking Collective to Make English-Speaking Movies

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Thomas Vinterberg and Lone Scherfig Launch Filmmaking Collective to Make English-Speaking Movies
An Education” helmer Lone Scherfig and “The Hunt” writer-director Thomas Vinterberg are among the Scandanavian directors banding together to form a filmmaking collective called Creative Alliance whose mission is to create English-language films for the international marketplace. Filmmakers Per Fly (“The Inheritance”), Ole Christian Madsen (“Superclasico”), Dagur Kari (“The Good Heart”) and Janus Metz (“Love on Delivery”) have also joined the group, along with producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor International (“Beginners”), Nikolaj Vibe Michelsen and Jacob Jørgensen. All of the Creative Alliance films will be developed out of Denmark in concert with the Danish Film Institute and other Scandinavian and European funding bodies. “We are eager to join forces and develop films together,” said the directors, “to share our energy and expertise —...
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Lone Scherfig, Thomas Vinterberg Help Form Scandinavian Film Co-Op

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Lone Scherfig, Thomas Vinterberg Help Form Scandinavian Film Co-Op
Six Scandinavian directors are joining together to form a filmmaking co-op called Creative Alliance with the goal of making six English language films. The biggest name in the bunch is probably that of Lone Scherfig, who directed the coming-of-age story "An Education" in 2009, scoring a Best Picture nomination for her efforts.  The other members include Per Fly ("Manslaughter"), Ole Christian Madsen ("Kira's Reason - A Love Story"), Dagur Kari ("The Good Heart"), Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration") and Janus Metz ("Love on Delivery"). The films will be produced by Lars Knudsen and
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Oscar Hopeful Baltasar Kormakur to Produce Dagur Kari's 'Rocketman' (Exclusive)

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Oscar Hopeful Baltasar Kormakur to Produce Dagur Kari's 'Rocketman' (Exclusive)
"The Deep" Oscar hopeful Baltasar Kormakur will produce "Rocketman," fellow Icelandic director Dagur Kari's next film, under Kormakur's Blueeyes Production banner. "Rocketman" is Kari's first Icelandic movie since 2003's "Noi the Albino," his first feature-length film. He has since made the Danish-language "Dark Horse," which screened at Cannes in 2005, and the English-language "The Good Heart," starring Brian Cox and Paul Dano. The new project, a co-production with Denmark's Nimbus Film, will begin production in February. An intense character study of a man in his 40s still rooted in childhood, it unites Kari
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11 Icelandic Films To Watch Out For (And Björk is in None of Them)

11 Icelandic Films To Watch Out For (And Björk is in None of Them)
It's sincerely mind blowing that a country of just over 300,000 people can have the creative output that Iceland does. That's about half the amount of people that reside in Wyoming, the least populated state in America. But despite its size, Iceland has an incredible amount of internationally renowned visual artists, architects, musicians and, yes, filmmakers. From Fridrik Thor Fridriksson (whose "Children of Nature" was nominated for a foreign language film Oscar in 1992) to Dagur Kári Petursson (who recently made his English language debut with the Brian Cox-Paul Dano starrer "The Good Heart") to Baltasar Kormákur (who made "Jar City" and is Iceland's Oscar hope this year with "The Deep"), Iceland has no shortage of cinematic minds.  All three of those noted filmmakers were among those with upcoming work being presented at a special event thrown by the Icelandic Film Centre in Reykjavik last Friday. In...
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Now Is Good Trailer and Poster; Starring Fanning, Irvine

Hello and welcome to tearjerkers! Adaptation of Jenny Downham’s novel Before I Die, Now Is Good is the British drama which stars Hollywood child-star Dakota Fanning and War Horse’s new rising star Jeremy Irvine. Well, a weepy and fairly sweet trailer has arrived, sporting a chic English accent and a darling pixie cut that works [...]

Continue reading Now Is Good Trailer and Poster; Starring Fanning, Irvine on FilmoFilia.

Related posts: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning are Very Good Girls Jeremy Irvine to Star with Helena Bonham Carter in Adaptation of Dickens Novel Great Expectations The Good Heart Trailer and Posters
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Black's Game Teaser

Based on a controversial book about Iceland's seedy underbelly, which is largely based on real events and people, the film Black's Game (Svartur á Leik) revolves around how a young man is pulled in to the world of organized crime. Far from being glamorous the film directs its eye on the dark and the gritty reality of drug trafficking and casts a light on what many Icelanders refuse to even believe it exists in their picture perfect country. The film is produced by Zik Zak, producers of Noi the Albino and The Good Heart and commercial production house Filmus and is executive produced by Nicholas Winding Refn and Chris Briggs, producer of the Hostel films. The film is written and directed by first time feature director...
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Behind the scenes on Black Curse from the producers of Pusher and Hostel

I haven't talked about this film much as it's been in the pipeline for seems like ages but only recently got the go ahead to start filming. Based on a controversial crime novel by Stefán Máni Black Curse revolves around the Icelandic underworld and is based on actual events that took place in the 90's as the author spent time riding along with thugs and generally bad people to get his material. Director Oskar Thor Axelsson makes his feature film debut based on his own script. The film is being produced by Zik Zak the people behind The Good Heart and Noi Albinoi along with production outfit Filmus and executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and Hostel's Chris Briggs and is slated to be released...
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37th Annual Saturn Award Nominations

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for The 37th Annual Saturn Awards. Among others, Director Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic, Inception leads the pack with 9 nominations. Director Joseph Kosinski‘s long-awaited Tron: Legacy pulled in 7 nominations, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 earned 5 nominations.

Check out all the nominees below!

The 37th Annual Saturn Award Nominees

Best Science Fiction Film:

Hereafter (Warner Bros.)

Inception (Warner Bros.)

Iron Man 2 (Paramount/Marvel)

Never Let Me Go (Fox Searchlight)

Splice (Warner Bros.)

Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney Studios)

Best Fantasy Film:

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney Studios)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (20th Century Fox)

Clash of the Titans (Warner Bros.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Warner Bros.)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Universal)

Twilight: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment)

Best Horror/Thriller Film:

The American (Focus)

Black Swan
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2011 Saturn Award Nominees Announced

It's that time of year again: The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced the nominations for its 37th Annual Saturn Awards.

From the Press Release:

Leading the charge is Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending sci-fi thriller “Inception” with 9 nominations. Overture/Relativity Media’s “Let Me In” and Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” downloaded 7 nominations apiece; Clint Eastwood’s thought-provoking “Hereafter” received 6; while “Alice in Wonderland,” “Black Swan,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Shutter Island” earned 5 nominations each.

In the television categories, Frank Darabont’s zombie-drama “The Walking Dead” (AMC) came to life with 6 nominations. “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Lost” (ABC) and “Fringe” (Fox) tied with 5 nominations. “Leverage” (TNT) and “True Blood” (HBO) earned 4 apiece, followed by “Dexter” (Showtime) and “V” (ABC) with 3 and “The Closer” (TNT), “Smallville” (CW) and “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (Starz) with 2.

The Academy was founded in 1972 by noted
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The Saturn Award Nominations are In, Inception and The Walking Dead Rule the Nominations

The full list of award nominations have been unleashed for The 37 Annual Saturn Awards. Inception rules the nomination list with nine, Let Me In and Tron: Legacy also took seven nominations each. As for TV The Walking Dead it ended up walking away with the most nominations with six, and Breaking Bad, Lost and Fringe got five noms each. This is an award ceremony all of us geeks can get behind.

The 37th annual Saturn Awards take place in June in Burbank. Heres the complete list of film and TV nominations below:

Film

Best Science Fiction Film

Hereafter

Inception

Iron Man 2

Never Let Me Go

Splice

Tron: Legacy

Best Fantasy Film

Alice in Wonderland

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Clash of the Titans

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Best Horror/Thriller Film
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The Complete Collection of 2010 Movie Montage Compilations

So far I've collected six separate 2010 compilation videos looking back at the this year's collection of films. To the best of my knowledge, these six videos include clips from 303 films and together they total 34:34. I have included the complete list of films on the second page if you are interested. Let me know if I'm missing any, but I think it's pretty safe to say if you liked a film in 2010 one of these following videos will feature it.

So, have a watch and leave your thoughts on which one is your favorite in the comments below and if you find another one online that I should add to the collection shoot me an email.

By: Zack Young

By: The Sleepy Skunk

By: Matthew Shapiro

By: Gen I

By: Kees van Dijkhuizen

On the next page is one final compilation piece, but it plays automatically once the page is
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‘Filmography 2010′: A Tribute To Our Cinematic Year

Each year around this time we get a mash-up of the best (and worst) cinematic offerings of the past 12 months. First out of the gate is YouTube’s Genrocks, with a great video mix. See it below and then check out the long list of films it uses, in order from Iron Man 2 to Hubble 3D, as well as the musical choices.

Music:

1. Ratatat – Nostrand

2. Kanye West – Power

3. Rooney – Not In My House

4. Apartment – Fall Into Place

5. Civil Twilight – Letters from the Sky

6. Sunbears! – Little Baby Pines

Films in Order of Appearance:

01. Iron Man 2

02. The Social Network

03. Saw 3D

04. Tron: Legacy

05. Never Let Me Go

06. Legion

07. The Book of Eli

08. Easy A

09. The Runaways

10. Farewell

11. Kick-Ass

12. Jonah Hex

13. Harry Brown

14. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

15. Percy Jackson & The Olympics: The Lightning Thief

16. Despicable Me

17. Stone

18. Dinner For Schmucks

19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

20. Hereafter

21. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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The Year in Film in 6 Minutes

If you were trapped under a rock this year (it happens) take six minutes to watch this YouTube short. Half music video, half trailer remix, “Filmography 2010″ cuts together the year’s hits, flops and everything in between to catchy music.

Even if you’re a jaded movie buff who hates year end schmaltz, the recap should pluck your heartstrings. So many great and touching moments this year, it’s enough to make you wonder how the Golden Globes managed to totally blow their nominations.

But we digress. Check out the video after the jump.

How many films do you recognize? Below is full list of the films in the order that they appear. Enjoy!

Music:

1. Ratatat – Nostrand

2. Kanye West – Power

3. Rooney – Not In My House

4. Apartment – Fall Into Place

5. Civil Twilight – Letters from the Sky

6. Sunbears! – Little Baby Pines

Filmography 2010

Films in Order of Appearance:

01. Iron Man 2

02. The Social Network
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Must Watch: Filmography 2010 Celebrates 270 Movies

Every December these ‘best of the year’ video montages make the last 12 months of cinema seem infinitely more pleasant to sit through than they actually were. Here’s the first of many that are sure to be made before the sand in the hourglass runs out on 2010, this one from a gal going by the name of Gen I, who sent in this effort to /film.

There’s 270 movies in this montage below ranging from all the well known blockbusters, to smaller docs, foreign fare and even some Japanese anime! I can’t begin to imagine how long or how much skill it takes to put something as high-quality as this together…

Full list of the tracks and films shown are below;

Music:

1. Ratatat – Nostrand

2. Kanye West – Power

3. Rooney – Not In My House

4. Apartment – Fall Into Place

5. Civil Twilight – Letters from the Sky

6. Sunbears! – Little Baby Pines

Filmography 2010

Films in
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Video: 270 Films from 2010 in 6 Minutes

Now that we're about two weeks till the end of 2010, the film industry will be looking back to figure out the best movies of the year and will pick winners during the many awards shows. Today, we have a video that captures 2010 pretty well by showing scenes from the year's 270 films, including some that have yet to hit theaters. There will likely be plenty more of these montages in the next few weeks, but the video is definitely one of the better ones that I have seen. Check out the six-minute video below, in addition to a full list of all the films that were used. Questions: How many of the films listed did you actually see in full? Video: Films in Order of Appearance: 1. Iron Man 2 2. The Social Network 3. Saw 3D 4. Tron: Legacy 5. Never Let Me Go 6. Legion 7. The Book of Eli 8. Easy A 9. The Runaways 10. Farewell 11. Kick-Ass
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Must Watch: Filmography 2010 – 270 Movies in 6 Minutes

Must Watch: Filmography 2010 – 270 Movies in 6 Minutes
It's getting closer and closer to the end of the year, and we've already seen a couple top 10 lists and critic choice awards announced. Since we began posting "best of the year" video montages a few years back, it seems a lot of new wannabe video editors have emerged. Maybe the software has become cheaper or more accessible, or maybe the coverage on sites like /Film and other movie blogs garnered interest in the task. Last year I received a dozen or so best of videos, most of them were not anything we would share on the site. I think we posted three in total last year, two of which were created by video editors we've featured in previous years [1]. Today I was sent the first "best of 2010" video montage of the season, from a video editor named Gen I. I'll admit that while I was expecting the worst, I came out pleasantly surprised.
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Party Favors: Zenph Is My Co-Pilot

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Wakefield, Nc - Deep in the woods of Raleigh, I felt the ghost of Glenn Gould. He’s been dead since 1982, but there he was at a grand piano playing the first of Bach’s The Goldberg Variations.

His body wasn’t hunched over the keyboard on his collapsible chair. He wasn’t humming away as he played. But it was unmistakably Gould. The keys of the Yamaha Dcfiiiapro were stuck in his iconic way. His music filled the classical music concert hall covered in maple and cherry wood.

How can this be? Who conjured the Canadian classical music genius? Zenph Sound Innovations figured a way to make dead fingers play. This isn’t merely a piano roll, fake stereo treatment or a new noise reduction that goes beyond Dolby.

There is no other way to describe the technological miracle except in spiritual terms. This is the closest we’ll
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