ZOMBIELAND and TALLADEGA NIGHTS stuntman scheduled to attend WITNESS INSECURITY screening


Directed by Tom Tykwer
Starring Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper and Devid Striesow

From the director of Run, Lola, Run and The International comes a sexy romantic drama with a nod to classic Hollywood's screwball comedies.

Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him.

Working again with his longtime collaborators (DP Frank Griebe, editor Mathilde Bonnefoy, and co-composers Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil), 3 is clearly not your typical 1930’s romp. This reinvention of those classic films with Tykwer’s sleek direction is a playful update, an intellectual study of a modern couple looking for redefinition in a world of absolutes.

Not ratedRunning Time: 104 minutesLanguage: German, with English subtitles

Modern Film Fest

The third annual Modern Film Fest continues to grow with more and more guests from this year's film line up signing up to participate in the film fest. Patrons have a chance to meet cast and crew from many of the movies during an after party for "Witness Insecurity" which screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Gem Theatre, Kannapolis, N.C.

In addition to the after party, patrons will have a chance to meet many of the filmmakers during Modern Film Fest, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Tickets are $4 for each movie, but the after party tickets are $10.

Filmmakers will be identified with a lanyard designating what movie they are connected with that will give patrons a chance to talk to the people who make the movies for this year's festival.
There will also be a free filmmakers discussion panel at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Gem Theatre, annex.

The WORLD PREMIERE of, "Witness Insecurity" featuring Ed Asner, Edward Furlong and Meat Loaf. Rick Ravanello, who played the main villian "Amthony" is flying in from California.

You may not know his name, but you have probably seen his face. He has more than 70 actings credits including, "Hart's War," "Weeds" "Smallville" "The Closer" and he is now getting ready to be in a zombie movie set at a prison called, "Dead Inside." In addition to Rick Ravanello, we have the writer/producer of, "Witness Insecurity" as well as Cal Johnson, who is the stuntmane for, "Homeland" which nearly 100 credits to his name including, "Babylon 5" and "Diehard with a Vengence." We also have the director for, "The Darkest Matter," "Redneck Roots," the short film, "Confederate Zombie: Trail of Blood," the director of, "Firewall as Sound," the producer
and director for, "Cold Storage" and other guests.

For more information about the festival check out this link: www.modernfilmfest.net

Pieces Of Talent

Director Joe Stauffer of Wilmington, NC will be visiting the Raleigh area November 2 screening his new feature film, Pieces of Talent.  Joe Stauffer, will make his feature-length directorial debut with this year’s upcoming horror/thriller Pieces of Talent, from Shutter Blade Media. Pieces of Talent will premiere on Halloween night, October 31, 2011, in Wilmington, NC with a 50 day national tour immediately following.

Starting in NC and visiting 19 states, they will be traveling as far West as Washington and as for South as Florida. Stauffer and the film's lead actor, David Long, will be traveling in a 1958 Volkswagen van used in the film, visiting theaters, screening the film and shooting a documentary about their adventure across the country.

The trailer and tour dates for Pieces of Talent are now available for view on the official
website for the film www.piecesoftalent.com .

For press or screening requests, please contact Shutter Blade Media at (818)
254-8780 or email shutterbladepromo@gmail.com.

55th BFI London Film Festival

The program for the 55th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, celebrates the imagination and excellence of international filmmaking from both established and emerging talent. Over 16 days the Festival will screen a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 110 live action and animated shorts. Many of the films will be presented by their directors, cast members and crew, some of whom will also take part in career interviews, masterclasses, and other special events. The 55th BFI London Film Festival will run from 12-27 October.


Opening the festival is Fernando Meirelles’ 360, written by Peter Morgan, and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz. Weisz is also the star of Terence Davies’ closing night film, THE DEEP BLUE SEA, alongside a cast which includes Simon Russell Beale and Tom Hiddleston. Key talent will be in attendance for both films. George Clooney features in two Gala presentations - the political thriller THE IDES OF MARCH which he directs and stars in alongside Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti, and THE DESCENDANTS, Alexander Payne’s latest feature. Among several literary adaptations are Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN with Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller; TRISHNA, Michael Winterbottom’s reworking of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, with Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed; and CORIOLANUS with Ralph Fiennes directing as well as taking the lead role alongside Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave. Redgrave is also cast in Roland Emmerich’s ANONYMOUS with Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and David Thewlis. Madonna directs romantic drama W.E. which stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy whilst Steve McQueen’s second feature SHAME has a cast that includes Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender can also be seen alongside Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley in David Cronenberg’s A DANGEROUS METHOD. Foreign language cinema is represented by THE KID WITH A BIKE, the Cannes Grand Prix winner from the Dardenne brothers; Nanni Moretti’s WE HAVE A POPE; and Michel Ocelot’s enchanting animation TALES OF THE NIGHT. Hollywood’s silent era is celebrated in Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST whilst this year’s Archive Gala is the BFI National Archive’s restoration of Miles Mander’s THE FIRST BORN with a new score by Stephen Horne.


Showcasing some of this year’s most anticipated and acclaimed films, the selection includes work from renowned directors such as Roman Polanski (CARNAGE), Gus Van Sant (RESTLESS), Werner Herzog (INTO THE ABYSS: A TALE OF DEATH, A TALE OF LIFE), Todd Solondz (DARK HORSE), Jonathan Demme (I’M CAROLYN PARKER) and Jonas Mekas (SLEEPLESS NIGHTS STORIES). Star power is provided by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s BERNIE; Sean Penn in Paolo Sorrentino’s THIS MUST BE THE PLACE; Joseph Gordon-Levitt teams with Seth Rogen in Jonathan Levine’s 50/50, whilst Woody Harrelson stars in Oren Moverman’s RAMPART, developed from a screenplay by James Ellroy. British films include Andrea Arnold’s bold retelling of WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Marc Evans’ HUNKY DORY, a celebration of pre-punk 70s pop culture, and Nick Broomfield’s SARAH PALIN – YOU BETCHA! International cinema takes centre stage in the West End with a powerful selection of premieres including Norway’s Joachim Trier’s stunning OSLO, AUGUST 31st; Bruno Dumont’s provocative HORS SATAN; and Cannes Grand Prix winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s audacious ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA. Mexico’s Gerardo Naranjo delivers a thrilling action film with MISS BALA, whist divided family life in Japan is the focus of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s engaging I WISH, and Australia’s most infamous serial murder case inspires Justin Kurzel’s first feature SNOWTOWN. Other feature debuts include Dee Rees’s emotionally powerful PARIAH; Sean Durkin’s beautifully disturbing MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and Nick Murphy’s 1920s set supernatural tale THE AWAKENING.


Original cinematic voices from across the UK making their debuts this year include D.R. Hood with the haunting WRECKERS starring Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tinge Krishnan with the social drama JUNKHEARTS in which Eddie Marsan heads a cast which includes Tom Sturridge and Romola Garai. London is the setting for Dexter Fletcher’s drama WILD BILL, starring Charlie Creed-Miles; and Andrew Haigh’s second feature, WEEKEND, is an original and affecting romance. Nirpal Bhogal’s fresh young cast enliven urban drama SKET, and LOTUS EATERS finds director Alexandra McGuinness introducing us to the city’s indulgent, affluent youth. Frances Lea’s STRAWBERRY FIELDS provides an escape to the country with a story of lust, rivalry and liberation. A strong selection of British work include films which imaginatively blur the boundaries between documentary and drama such as Richard Jobson’s response to the Iraq war, THE SOMNAMBULISTS, Simon Pummell’s SHOCK HEAD SOUL and DREAMS OF A LIFE by Carol Morley. Paul Kelly’s portrait of cult hero, LAWRENCE OF BELGRAVIA and Daniel Edelsyn’s HOW TO RE-ESTABLISH A VODKA EMPIRE round out the documentary selection.


The focus on French cinema brings a wide range of new and established filmmakers including Dominik Moll, with THE MONK starring Vincent Cassel and Geraldine Chaplin. Chaplin also appears with Salma Hayek in AMERICANO, the feature debut of actor Mathieu Demy. From the directorial team of Nicolas Klotz and Elisabeth Perceval, LOW LIFE is a study of the trials facing French youth that has universal resonance whilst Laurent Achard provides a macabre touch in LAST SCREENING and popular comedian Emmanuel Mouret brings wry comedy to THE ART OF LOVE. Among a number of French directors returning to the Festival are Mathieu Amalric with a modern adaptation of Corneille’s classic play, THE SCREEN ILLUSION, Jean-Marc Moutout examining executive culture in EARLY ONE MORNING and Mathieu Kassovitz directing himself in the provocative military drama, REBELLION.


A diverse selection of filmmakers bring Europe into focus with films from countries including Belgium, Bulgaria, Ireland, Sweden, Austria, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, The Czech Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russia and Iceland, as well as Italy, Spain and Germany. Highlights include Benito Zambrano’s post-Spanish Civil War drama THE SLEEPING VOICE; Iceland’s Rúnar Rúnarsson’s VOLCANO; Angelina Nikonova’s TWILIGHT PORTRAIT, a study in Russian institutional corruption, Andrea Molaioli’s Italian conspiratorial drama THE JEWEL , Ulrich Köhler’s SLEEPING SICKNESS and the World Premiere of Hans Weingartner’s HUT IN THE WOODS. There are a number of outstanding directorial debuts which include Jonathan Cenzual Burley’s absurdist road movie, THE SOUL OF FLIES; Andrea Segre’s LI AND THE POET and Marie Kreutzer’s THE FATHERLESS. From Germany, the unique DREILEBEN project brings together Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhäusler with three very different features that share an incidental starting point. Documentary features include Andrey Paounov’s THE BOY WHO WAS A KING and WHORES’ GLORY from Michael Glawogger, who will be one of the four Austrian filmmakers with work in the Festival who will be participating in a special panel discussion on the current state of Austrian cinema.


An extensive selection of the finest features and documentaries from across the globe includes new films from well known filmmakers and emerging voices. Highlights from the US include NATURAL SELECTION, the brilliant debut from Robbie Pickering that swept the board at this year’s SXSW Film Festival awards; Ken Kesey and The Merry Band of Pranksters’ trek across America is revisited in MAGIC TRIP from directors Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney; whilst a journey of a different kind features in Braden King’s HERE, part road-movie, part love-story and part investigation of cinema itself. Tristan Patterson’s skateboarding documentary DRAGONSLAYER and Michael Barnett’s hugely entertaining SUPERHEROES about real life crimefighters offer fascinating glimpses of American life. Latin American cinema is well represented with HARD LABOUR, a blistering dissection of the class structure of Brazilian society from directors Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra; KAREN CRIES ON THE BUS, the debut feature from Colombia’s Gabriel Rojas Vera; Laura Citarella’s OSTENDE and Santiago Mitre’s THE STUDENT, both from Argentina. The notable rise of ethnically Tibetan filmmaking is evidenced in Pema Tseden’s OLD DOG and Sonthar Gyal’s THE SUN-BEATEN PATH whilst other East Asian highlights include Hong Sangsoo’s THE DAY HE ARRIVES and Kim Kyung-Mook’s STATELESS THINGS, both from South Korea; Jiang Wen’s LET THE BULLETS FLY, China’s highest-grossing film; Ann Hui’s A SIMPLE LIFE, and Yuya Ishii’s MITSUKO DELIVERS. Indian cinema is represented this year by titles including Salim Ahamed’s ABU, SON OF ADAM, a rare and poignant tale of Muslim community life in Kerala; Gurvinder Singh’s ALMS OF THE BLIND HORSE and Kaushik Mukherjee’s cult film in the making ASSHOLE.


To accompany the screenings, the festival will present an extensive programme of public events featuring panel discussions, on-stage interviews and masterclasses. There will also be a number of free events. This year’s Screen Talks, presented in partnership with American Express, feature directors Michael Winterbottom and Alexander Payne. The Masterclasses, presented in partnership with Swarovski, feature celebrated writer Abi Morgan, writer-director Miranda July, award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd. Other highlights include an in-depth look at the making of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN with key members of the cast and crew, one of three free to access events presented in collaboration with Time Out.


The BFI London Film Festival Awards recognise creative excellence from both new and established filmmaking talent. Taking place on 26 October at LSO St Luke’s, awards presented include: Best Film, The Grierson Award for Best Documentary, The Sutherland Award for most imaginative and original first feature in the festival, Best British Newcomer Award and the BFI Fellowship. This year’s jurors and full awards shortlists will be announced on 4 Oct – full details will be available at bfi.org.uk/lff.


In addition to many of the names already highlighted, we expect to welcome guests including Alexander Payne, Andrea Arnold, Azazel Jacobs, Ben Rivers, Braden King, Bruno Dumont, Carol Morley, David Cronenberg, Dexter Fletcher, Elisabeth Olsen, Fernando Meirelles, Freida Pinto, George Clooney, Hans Weingartner, Harry Belafonte, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Joe Swanberg, Jonas Mekas, Jonathan Demme, Lynne Ramsay, Marina Goldovskaya, Michael Fassbender, Michael Shannon, Michael Winterbottom, Miranda July, Nanni Moretti, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Phil Solomon, Ralph Fiennes, Roland Emmerich, Sean Durkin, Shailene Woodley, Terence Davies and Yorgos Lanthimos.


Directed by Trent Cooper

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Virginia Madsen, Craig Robinson, Johnny Knoxville, Heather Graham, and John Stamos
Millionaire infomercial guru, Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) loses everything when one of his inventions has a design flaw that accidentally chops off the fingers of thousands of customers. After serving eight years in prison, a disgraced Axle is released, and ready to redeem his name and rebuild his empire with a new innovation.

However, Axle's ex-wife (Virginia Madsen) has spent all of his money and moved into his house with her new husband (Craig Robinson). Out of desperation, he finds a part-time job as a janitor, and is forced to move in with his estranged daughter (Camille Belle) and her over-protective roommates. Despite these setbacks he is determined to pitch his newest gadget and rebuild his infomercial empire. But the world has changed in the last decade, and Axle finds himself out of step with current technology, his family, and the self-confidence that made him king of the infomercials in the past. With all his wheels spinning, Axle soon realizes before he can be successful with his new creation, first he must reinvent himself.

BAFS is Back!

The BACK ALLEY FILM SERIES is excited to be having its 3rd film on Thursday September 22nd and bringing our audience into the world of a secret ninja fighting force.

NORWEGIAN NINJA, a 2010 action comedy, is loosely based on the story of a Norwegian politician and diplomat Arne Treholt, who in 1985 was convicted of high treason and espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union and Iraq. In an alternative universe, Treholt leads a group of ninjas (appointed by the King) to combat the Soviets and is set in period appropriate time. Keeping much of the films details a secret, Wall Street Journal stated “Hilarious and menacing, absurd and insightful, and an accomplished work of genre film making that authoritatively upends the cold war spy thriller.”

Fans that attend will also be the first to learn of our exciting films that have been booked for November and December. The team at BAFS is really excited about these 2 upcoming films, and excited about giving the Charlotte area a chance to see them on the big screen.

The Back Alley Film Series will continue to announce upcoming screenings for the 2012 season,
press releases on the November and December film will follow after the September 22nd screening.
Don’t forget that Tucker and Dale vs Evil will be playing in October. For more information about
screenings, press information, movie times and ticket cost, contact Brandon Falls at 704.807.0435,
pr@backalleyfilmseries.org or visit us on Facebook (@backalleyfilmseries) and Twitter (@backalleyfilm).

Currently the Series website is under construction but will soon have all series information at

The Charlotte Film Society is a non-profit organization that has been in screening diverse foreign, art
house and independent films to the Charlotte community since 1982. The societies mission is to bring alternative, interesting, unique and fun films to Charlotte that would otherwise not play (or haven't played) in the area at the local multiplex. Annual memberships are $10 and you can learn more at www.charlottefilmsociety.org or via email charlottefilmsociety@gmail.com.

3rd Annual Modern Film Fest

Will you be attending?

An Evening With The Stars

The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival is inviting everyone to come out to "An Evening With The Stars" at TreBenzios Resturant in downtown Wilmington, NC.  The event will have a costume contest!  Dress as your favorite celebrity or movie character.  There will be a prize for best costume.

Drink specials and music from DJ Time. Retro 80's movies on the projector.

$10 Donation at the door gets you in plus one raffle ticket.

2 Raffles - $1 and $2 tickets. Prizes include:

Gift certificates to TreBenzios ($25 and $100)

Golds Gym Memberships

Free rounds of golf at Magnolia Greens

Prop Hat from Dawsons Creek

Hotel Packages (3 different destinations)

Free Bowling Package (from Cardinal Lanes)

Free Beer (from Cape Fear Wine & Beer)

Music CDs , T-shirts and much more...

The event starts September 16th from 9pm-2am

See you there!