Public relations specialist and film festival circuit regular Tiziana Rocca has taken the top job at the Taormina Film Festival just a few months before the 58th edition of the Sicilian event which is held in late June. The Festival, best known for its picturesque location and its use of a 2,700-year-old Greek-era amphitheater for ceremonies and screenings, has also announced a scaled back schedule for this year. The Festival has made headlines in the past few years as an international launching pad for Hollywood blockbusters including TRANSFORMERS in 2007, TOY STORY 3 in 2010 and KUNG FU PANDA 3D last year. Hollywood Reporter International Film Editor Deborah Young stepped down from the position in February after five years amid what she called “incompatible views” with the festival’s oversight body and worries about the festival’s dwindling budget. Young’s departure had left the future of the festival in doubt.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading