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The Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival announced today the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2019 Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Washington, DC from July 29 – August 1, 2019.





This is a fun read.





Australian director Baz Luhrmann will be opening the Cannes Film Festival May 15th (corrected: I was a month early!) with a much-anticipated remake of The Great Gatsby.  Baz is known for making his mark with such visually exotic interpretations as Romeo and Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge (2001).


Perhaps his greatest achievement though is his very first hit, a small Australian comedy called Strictly Ballroom (1992), which is hilarious, heartfelt and still delivers the complexity and nuance that infuse Luhrmann’s films with a sense of both magic and wonder.  He has such an eye for cinematic composition and lighting, that his films are as yet unappreciated for their pure genius and unity of vision.  Baz goes beyond storytelling and the pursuit of lucre to deliver an experience to the audience that only he could have crafted.  A true auteur, in an age of corporate cogs, great things are expected of Gatsby.  Already he’s won the pole position at the world’s premiere film festival, and that’s a good sign.

Strictly Ballroom tells the tale of politics and underhanded dealing at an Australian ballroom dancing association.  High stakes prizes and pressures center around those who can dictate which styles and steps are permitted, and which are excluded as sub-standard.  The elite dance board members stand to profit from the competitions and the videos and publishing associated with controlling the permissible catechism.  Along comes a talented young man who wants to shake things up with new styles and freeform improvisation – the antithesis of ballroom standards of behavior.  Fireworks fly.


Luhrmann himself danced ballroom as a child, and his bio reports that his parents were involved in the sport, much like the character in the film.  Strictly Ballroom is a crowd pleaser with creative techniques employed throughout and harkens back to a long lost age of cinema.

I stand by his Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, but interested to hear comments.  I haven’t seen Australia, some epic historical thing that never sold me, but I may check it out yet.

The Great Gatsby (Trailer 2)

Today’s mail

Posted: July 31, 2012 in -
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Dear Political Film Blog Editors,

Filmmakers with a story to tell about their Hispanic experience (whether personal or by exposure) should check out the Coco Latino Project, a film contest with a $10,000 grand prize.

The Coco Latino Project is seeking original videos based on five themes: Identity, Family, Home, Influences and Mealtime. Interested participants should visit the Coco Latino Project website for contest rules and information regarding the cash prize and travel opportunities.

Time is limited; the entry period ends August 12. Below is a press release with more project information.

Thanks so much for helping us spread the word about Coco Latino. If there’s no space on your blog for a post, a Tweet or Facebook post will go a long way to get this into the hands of deserving filmmakers. For Twitter, please use the #CocoLatino hashtag.

To interview the project creators or contest judges, please send me a note with your area of interest and the best way to contact you.

Kind regards,


PS: The Coco Latino logo can be downloaded here and there’s a Q&A video from contest judge Mando Alvarado on YouTube.

Paul Wiseman | Communications Manager

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Cloudburst to Lead Off 3rd Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival Cruise

GUILFORD, VT (March 12, 2012) – Cloudburst, starring Olympia Dukakis, is scheduled to screen at the third annual Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise on board the Celebrity Summit, June 10th to 17th. Sponsored by The Advocate, the Center for Independent Documentary, and After Stonewall Productions, Pride of the Ocean will be hosting director Thom Fitzgerald (3 Needles, The Hanging Garden) in presenting his latest film. John Scagliotti, Program Director for Pride of the Ocean says, “the era of one-dimensional gay characters is over. Cloudburst is the latest example of the new LGBT filmmaking spirit, which we cultivate on Pride of the Ocean.”

The Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise is the first and only LGBT film festival to take place on a cruise ship. Now preparing for its third annual festival, en route from NYC to Bermuda, Pride of the Ocean is showcasing a number of the latest LGBT films including Vito, by Jeffrey Schwarz, Wish Me Away starring Chely Wright, and Gen Silent by Stu Maddux. In addition to showing films, Pride of the Ocean brings on board talented directors and producers for film critiques and workshops as part of the CineSLAM film slam program. Facilitator Susi Walsh (Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary) says, “here is your chance to share your ideas with the next generation of LGBT filmmakers.”

Cloudburst stars Oscar-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother.

Netting awards throughout the festival circuit, including “Best of the Fest Selection” at Palm Springs and “Best Canadian Feature” at the Victoria Film Festival, Cloudburst has also been the opening and closing film for many notable festivals.

Everyone is invited to attend the Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise, and the deadline for registration is March 27th. Visit

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