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Susan Kouguell Interview with Writer and Director Leena Yadav

Recently I had the great pleasure to interview writer and director Leena Yadav by phone. In our no holds barred conversation, we covered not only the challenging themes of this film, including conditioning and gender roles, patriarchy, and abuse, but also the challenges of raising money (just over 2.5 million) for this -- as Yadav stated, -- “absolutely independent” film. Thought-provoking and honest, ‘Parched’ tackles these tough and timely topics unapologetica…

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival - New York-June 10 to 19th

‘Almost Sunrise,’ is an open and honest documentary that discusses the emotional demons and moral injuries that some veterans face upon returning home from tours of war. What is a ‘Moral Injury’? ‘Moral injury is a wound to the soul caused by participation in events that violate one’s deeply held sense of right and wrong.’ Being sent to combat at a young age, wondering why they were doing the things they were doing, yet being unable to question …

Vilnius: Visions du Réel Express Bridges Switzerland and Lithuania Via Audrius Stonys

    As I was leaving Vilnius and its film festival, I ventured into FilmBox LT, the Vilnius Airport movie theatre, and I was transported directly to the Visions du Réel Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. There, an impressive and comprehensive retrospective of Audrius Stonys’ work was held, from his first film, "Open the Door to Him Who Comes" (1989), to the most recent, "Gates of the Lamb" (2014). Indeed, with this event, Lithuania was one of the festival&rsquo…

Vilnius Film Festival: Polish and Lithuanian Coproductions

    Although they are neighboring countries, Poland and Lithuania have not had much cooperation in the field of cinema until recent years. The first initiative to boost cinematic relations between the two countries comes in the form of a journey for producers from both countries on a sailing boat last year. In fact, the Lithuanian Film Centre together with the Polish Film Institute and Film Commission Poland, established quite a unique project – an expeditionary worksh…

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The Marché du Film and Cinando Award Best Seller Pitches at Cannes

This Cannes, the Marché du Film and Cinando handed out their first-ever prize: the Cinando Best Seller Award. Thirteen sales agents from all horizons were invited to participate in a pitching contest that took place on May 17th at the Marché du Film. Selected pitchers were given details of a real project, “Codename Madeleine”, inspired by historical events, from an original idea by Pan Nalin, its director. They then had 48 hours to prepare a 5-minute pitch that…

Cannes Film Festival Awards 2016

As we mounted the stairs of the Red Carpet for the last time, the Closing Night Awards for the Cannes International Film Festival were announced by the Jury President, George Miller, Director of “Mad Max: Fury Road”. The eight additional members, four women and four men -- Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes , Vanessa Paradis, Katayoon Shahabi and Donald Sutherland presented the awards. Surprise of the evening…

Panamanian - Venezuelan Feature Hands of Stone Pays Tribute to Robert De Niro in Cannes

  On Monday, May, 16th, the Festival de Cannes welcomed Robert De Niro in the Grand Theatre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals for a unique and special screening in Official Selection of "Hands of Stone" by Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz. The movie is about Panamanian boxer Roberto Duràn (Edgar Ramírez) and his manager and coach Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) who takes him to the highest worldwide successes of the ring in the '70s and '80s, including le…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 20, 2016)

Greetings from sunny Cannes! Welcome to the weekend, everyone.  This will, again, be a quick intro. We’re still out here wall-to-wall with meetings and events. It’s been amazing to connect with so many Stage 32 film creatives! Over 250 attended our rooftop party and we've now learned that 33 Stage 32 members (that we know of) have films at Cannes! You can see all of our Cannes video updates on the Blog. (https://www.stage32.com/blog) One other quick point – …

It’s Not Hard to Take Charge: A Woman’s POV on Directing Films

As a woman, I'm sometimes asked why I picked a male dominated business to be in. My response is always the same, “Besides nursing and teaching (with the exception of university, then the workplace mostly consists of males), most professions are already male dominated.” They stop and think about it and then say, “You’re right.” Any woman that wants to have a professional career of her own must always compete among the men. So I have had to learn to adjust mys…

Stage32.com Party At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Meet our Members

 Meet Stage 32 members from all over the world who have had success using Stage32.com!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

Live From Cannes - Film Freeway Partnership & 31 Members with Films Screening

 RB reporting live from Cannes about the Stage 32 party & that 31 Stage 32 members have films screening at the Marche du Film this year.       Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments …

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