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Napa Valley Film Festival Awards Go to ‘Stuck,’ ‘Skid Row Marathon’

Napa Valley Film Festival Awards Go to ‘Stuck,’ ‘Skid Row Marathon’
The Napa Valley Film Festival has awarded “Stuck” with the narrative feature prize, which included a cash prize of $10,000 presented by Meadowood Napa Valley, while “Skid Row Marathon” took the doc award with a $10,000 prize.

Giancarlo Esposito and Amy Madigan star in “Stuck,” a musical about strangers stuck on a N.Y. subway train. “Skid Row” marathon is about a Los Angeles judge who starts a running club for the homeless population.

Though the area was ravaged by massive wildfires just a few weeks ago, festival organizers made the difficult decision to continue and make donations to those affected by the fire.

Festival co-founder and artistic director Marc Lhormer said: “It has been a tough road getting to this year’s festival, but what a perfect way to celebrate great storytelling in all its forms and to showcase the strength and resilience of our Napa Valley community.”

In all 128 films unspooled at various venues in the Napa
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Women In Entertainment to Launch Women-Directed Doc Series at ArcLight Santa Monica

“Girl Unbound: The War to Be Her,” which will screen as part of the series

Women in Entertainment and ArcLight Santa Monica are joining forces. The group of activists, artists, entrepreneurs, executives, and journalists are set to launch a series highlighting female-directed documentaries at the California cinema, Deadline reports. Docs will be screening over four consecutive Sundays with the series kicking off October 4.

“The series is part of an ongoing collaboration with ArcLight Cinemas to celebrate women behind the lens,” the source writes.

“Living in Los Angeles, the epicenter of film, I find myself frustrated that so many of the best documentaries that have debuted at top festivals around the country never have a chance to play in theaters in this city,” observed curator Marjan Safinia. “This series is filling that gap.”

Gretchen McCourt, Evp Cinema Programming at ArcLight Cinemas, added, “If there’s an opportunity to support women filmmakers, and to celebrate the rich diversity and artistry of documentary films, we’re there. We are passionate about supporting these films. Documentaries are among the most interesting and nuanced films being made today.”

Films screening include Jennifer Kroot’s “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” a portrait of the writer and gay rights pioneer, and Erin Heidenreich’s “Girl Unbound: The War to Be Her,” the story of young woman in Pakistan who defies the Taliban and disguises herself as a boy so that she can play sports.

Every screening in the series will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Head over to Deadline for more information on the event, including the complete program.

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Women In Entertainment & ArcLight Santa Monica Line Up Female-Led Documentary Series

Women In Entertainment & ArcLight Santa Monica Line Up Female-Led Documentary Series
Exclusive: Women in Entertainment will feature series of female-directed documentaries at the ArcLight Santa Monica, screening over four consecutive Sundays at 4 Pm beginning October 1. Two of the films — Everything Must Change and The S Word — are getting their premieres. The series is part of an ongoing collaboration with ArcLight Cinemas to celebrate women behind the lens. This year’s fall lineup also includes The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and Girl Unbound: The W…
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'The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin': Film Review | Provincetown 2017

'The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin': Film Review | Provincetown 2017
The key paradox to emerge from Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin is that the counterculture-era Dickens of San Francisco's Lgbt community was the son of an unapologetic white supremacist, whose connections helped him land his first TV writing gig, working for arch conservative Jesse Helms, of all people. Few readers devouring Maupin's cherished Tales of the City books can have guessed that the creator of Anna Madrigal, the enigmatic, weed-smoking trans landlady of 28 Barbary Lane, was in fact the great-great-grandson of a Confederate general who became a congressman in order to defend his slave-owner rights.

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Pride Month Doc Corner: 'The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin'

For pride month, we're looking at a new queer-themed documentary each week beginning with The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, which continues to play festivals around America.

“I’d like to tell you about the first time I had sex.”

This is a like spoken by the one and only Armistead Maupin in Jennifer M. Kroot’s documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. It’s spoken by him as he sits in a relaxed chair on a plainly adorned stage in front of a crowd of predominantly gay men. It garners a laugh from those in the audience there (as well as presumably the audience at home; I did), but it’s a moment that is quite indicative of the film around it.

Kroot’s film is not one that is shy about sex. It couldn’t possibly be. To do so would be to deny the essence of
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Amazon Acquires Rights to 40 Films From SXSW, Paying $1.9 Million-Plus in Cash Bonuses (Exclusive)

Amazon Acquires Rights to 40 Films From SXSW, Paying $1.9 Million-Plus in Cash Bonuses (Exclusive)
Amazon has swept up streaming rights to 40 films that screened the 2017 SXSW Film Festival — including “Most Beautiful Island,” the Grand Jury Award winner for narrative feature — saying it will pay out at least $1.9 million in upfront cash bonuses for the titles.

The ecommerce giant snagged the SXSW selections through Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, designed to be a streamlined, no-haggle way for independent filmmakers to get paid for digital distribution. Amazon acquired 15 films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival under the program; it extended a similar offer to entrants in the Tribeca Film Festival and plans to take it to the Toronto International Film Festival, too.

Since Amazon launched Avd a year ago, the company says users have streamed “billions of minutes” of content distributed through the program and Amazon has paid “tens of millions” of dollars in royalties to distributors, filmmakers and content creators across genres including independent films,
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2017 Nashville Film Festival: Complete Winners List

2017 Nashville Film Festival: Complete Winners List
The 2017 Nashville Film Festival has officially come to an end after selecting its winners and honorees Saturday. The rapidly growing competition received over 5,500 submissions this year, and 303 of those films and shorts were selected.

Some Freaks,” a love story about an overweight girl and a boy with one eye, from director Ian MacAllister McDonald walked away from Tennessee as the grand jury prize winner. Lead actress Lily Mae Harrington was also named best actress, while composer Walter Sickert and music supervisor Dan Wilcox were awarded best music.

German heist mockumentary “The Migrumpies” from Arman T. Riahi was the audience award winner. “Play The Devil” by Maria Govan was given an honorable mention in the same category, and also won best screenplay. Pytor Skvortsov from “The Student” was named best actor.
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Film Festival Roundup: Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, Israel Film Center Festival Unveils Annual Slate and More

Film Festival Roundup: Sundance London Announces Full Lineup, Israel Film Center Festival Unveils Annual Slate and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: Jcc Manhattan’s 5th Annual Israel Film Center Festival announced its complete line-up of feature films from acclaimed Israeli filmmakers. The festival, which highlights Israel’s latest groundbreaking cinema and also features conversations among industry creative, runs June 8 – 13, 2017 with two pre-festival previews on May 21, and May 23, at Jcc Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street.

Highlights of this year’s film line-up include the New York premieres of Meni Yaish’s “Our Father,” Erez Tadmor’s “Home Port,” Roee Florentin’s “Mr. Predictable,” and a special preview of “Aida’s Secrets,” set to open in theaters in the fall. Most films included in this year’s slate are New York premieres.

This year’s festival includes popular films coming out of Israel’s industry. “Most
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'The Light Of The Moon', 'Dealt' claim top SXSW 2017 audience awards

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'The Light Of The Moon', 'Dealt' claim top SXSW 2017 audience awards
Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver voted top film in Headliners section.

Jessica M. Thompson’s narrative feature selection The Light Of The Moon and the documentary selection Dealt by Luke Korem earned top honours on Sunday.

The festival announced its audience winners on Sunday as they prepared to wrap the 2017 edition.

The jury and special prize winners were unveiled last week and reported here.

2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

The Light Of The Moon, dir. Jessica M. Thompson

Documentary Feature Competition

Dealt, dir. Luke Korem

Headliners

Baby Driver, dir. Edgar Wright

Narrative Spotlight

Mr. Roosevelt, dir. Noël Wells

Documentary Spotlight

The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin, dir. Jennifer M. Kroot

Visions

Becoming Bond, dir. Josh Greenbaum

Midnighters

68 Kill, dir. Trent Haaga

Episodic

Dear White People, dir. Justin Simien

24 Beats Per Second

May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, dirs. Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio

Global

Divine Divas, dir. [link
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10th Annual Qfest St. Louis – Lgbtq Film Festival Runs March 29th – April 2nd at the .Zack

It’s almost time to get your Q on, St. Louis!!

The 10h Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, runs March 29th – April 2nd at the .Zack (3224 Locust St., St. Louis, Mo 63103)

The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of films from filmmakers that represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the Lgbtq community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle.

All screenings at the .Zack (3224 Locust St., St. Louis, Mo 63103). Individual tickets are $13 for general admission, $10 for students and Cinema St. Louis members with valid and current photo IDs.

Advance tickets may be purchased at the Hi-Pointe Backlot box office or website. For more info, visit the Cinema St. Louis site Here

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SXSW 2017: Watch This Exclusive Clip From Doc The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin

The new documentary from To Be Takei director Jennifer M. Kroot, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, will have its World Premiere at SXSW this year. ScreenAnarchy is pleased to offer you this exclusive clip as an appetizer. In the clip Laura Linney, who starred in the television adaptation of his Tales of the City series, and Sir Ian McKellen speak fondly of their friend, both a literary and Lgbtq icon, not just to people of all walks in the Bay Area but from all over the World.  The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have...

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