- Comedy shorts get some respect at the second annual LOL JAX Film Festival, this weekend (Aug. 4-5) at the Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville. Each of the fest’s 15 short films will be screened both days, with awards nominees announced tonight (Saturday) and an awards ceremony Sunday night.
- Popcorn Frights, Florida’s biggest horror film festival, unleashes a full slate of the scary stuff Aug. 10-16 at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale. Check out a guide to the fest’s hits and misses by Miami New Times critics Hans Morgenstern and Juan Antonio Barquin.
- Filmmaker Lauren Miller Rogen: From FSU film school to directing and writing “For a Good Time, Call …” and Netflix’s “Like Father.” (IndieWire).
- Silverspot Cinema, an upscale, dine-in movie theater, has opened in Miami’s Met Square; 70,000-square-foot theater has nine auditoriums, each with 30 to 130 reclining seats. (South Florida Business Journal).
- The Sun Screens series of Florida-related films at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando continues Sunday, Aug. 26 with a 2 p.m. screening of Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13”) (Orlando Sentinel).
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Things are tough all over, and that includes the Tribeca Film Festival, which just announced a program that’s 28% slimmer than last year’s last year’s lineup – 86 films, down from 120 in 2008.
The eighth edition of the fest opens April 22 with Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, featuring “Seinfeld” creator Larry David, star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and Evan Rachel Wood, and continues through May 3.
Tribeca offers another rangy mix of features, including:
- Stay Cool, directed and written by the Polish brothers (Northfork) with Winona Ryder and Hilary Duff
- Tony-nominated playwright Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse, with Aidan Quinn, Ciaran Hinds, and Iben Hjejle
- Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly, winner of the Berlin fest’s award for best direction
- Burning Down the House, a documentary on late, great NYC punk club CBGB’s
- Accidents Happen, with Geena Davis
- Caroline Bottaro’s Queen to Play, with Kevin Kline
- The Fish Child, directed by Lucia Puenzo (XXY)
Tribeca by the numbers – 48 world premieres, five international premieres, 14 North American premieres, and three U.S. premieres; films represent 33 countries.
The downsizing is largely due to sponsorship woes, as major sponsors Cadillac and Target dropped out, according a report in Variety, written by Dade Hayes.
“When we cut back a few years ago, it was because the festival had grown a little out of control,” fest executive director Nancy Schafer told Bloomberg News. “This time it’s because of financial considerations.”
The festival was founded in 2001 by Robert DeNiro and two partners, on the heels of the Islamofascist terrorist attacks on New York.
For complete details, visit the official festival site. For more coverage of the lineup announcement, click on the below links: