The Classical Programme showcases presentations from worldwide prestigious contemporary performing arts companies including acclaimed productions of theatre, opera and ballet.
The new ballet based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is set on stage at Peacock Theatre in London’s West End and performed by the acclaimed London Children’s Ballet. The London Children’s Ballet is a charity founded in 1994 to give talented young dancers ages 9-15 a unique opportunity to perform as part of a professional ballet production. LCB engages top emerging composers and choreographers to create original family ballets and has a reputation for excellence so the quality of dancing is outstanding.
Choreographed by the brilliant Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet’s magnificent production of Nutcracker is one of the world's finest productions of the classic ballet, playing to unanimous critic acclaim and sold-out audiences each December. Set to the music of legendary great Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker is a treasured holiday tradition for families everywhere! With each scene of sugar plum fairies, fighting mice and magical journeys to enchanted lands more breathtaking than the last, Nutcracker truly is what dreams are made of.
Beautiful, romantic and dramatic on an epic scale, a new version of the fairytale classic has been created for the Birmingham Royal Ballet as the highlight of its 20th anniversary season. The Christmas 2010 production marks the world premiere of the first new three act story ballet this century.
Three geniuses: Shakespeare meets Mendelssohn meets Balanchine at Sadler's Wells for enchanting A Midsummer Night's Dream ballet. Choreographed by artistic genius George Balanchine, Shakespeare’s comedy of magic and love’s delusions is a supreme audience pleaser, set to the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn. The Pacific Northwest Ballet, based in Seattle, is one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States and known for its fascination with George Balanchine. A Midsummer’s Night Dream is a milestone for the company, winning the highest award from IMZ Dance Screen.
The remarkable 7th Century BC Greek theatre in Taormina is the site for this powerful production of Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca. The role of Tosca seems made for the celebrated Vienna-born soprano Martina Serafin. Her fiery passion is matched by the great baritone Renato Bruson’s extraordinary Scarpia, crushed between relentless passion for Tosca and the demands of political duty. Enrico Castiglione directs the work with tremendous originality and dramatic power.
Stunning cult Italian soprano Francesca Patanè sizzles in the title role of one of the most famous operas of all time. Supported by a cast of international stars, Puccini’s Turandot is masterfully directed by Enrico Castiglione. The combination of powerful performances and Taormina’s unique setting (beautiful 7th century BC Greek theatre overlooking the Mediterranean) make this Turandot unforgettable.
Hugely popular, Aida continues to be one of the most famous operas and is one of the great successes of Teatro Antico in Taormina. Directed by Maestro Enrico Castiglione and starring exciting Belgian soprano Isabelle Kabatu, Aida has a terrific cast including Salvatore Licitra, Juan Pons and Rossana Rinaldi. The ambiance of Taormina’s remarkable ancient Greek Theatre makes Aida a magical experience, situated at the heart of the little southern Italian town, on the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean.
For sheer entertainment, La Fille du Régiment can’t be beat. Especially when it’s served in such a saucy light-footed way by French soprano Natalie Dessay, not only a dazzling singer but also a gifted actress. She effortlessly sweeps her castmates along in this turbulent buffo delight. Her co-star is Juan Diego Flórez, one of the leading young tenors of our time.
Andrea Breth’s “phenomenal ‘Onegin’ interpretation” (F.A.Z.) features a tour de force performance by fabulously gifted baritone Peter Mattei. His co-star, dazzling Russian soprano Anna Samuil, has already been acclaimed as one of the vibrant new voices on the operatic stage. Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic bring the beguilingly dark score to life with flashes of brilliance.
Carmen makes a triumphant return to the theater of its birthplace: the opulent, newly renovated Opéra Comique in Paris. The new critically-heralded production of Carmen is brilliantly staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Adrian Noble and ignited by the performances of the spectacular soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role and an all-star cast.
Teatro Real’s much-awaited production of Katia Kabanova, featuring Karita Mattila's triumphant performance, is universally universally acclaimed by critics as a perfect piece of opera. The production dazzles due to the stunning beauty of Canadian Robert Carsen's theatrical production, his magical direction and a bold and powerfully poetic stage design. All the action takes place on a huge expanse of water, filled with the reflections of extraordinarily graceful images shaped by exquisite lighting.
Cinema meets Dance
London Children's Ballet,80 minsNutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
San Francisco Ballet, 95 minsDavid Bintley's Cinderella
Birmingham Royal Ballet, 120 minA Midsummer Night’s Dream
Pacific Northwest Ballet at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 94 mins
Cinema meets Opera
- Tosca (Puccini)
Teatro Antico di Taormina, 127 minsTurandot (Puccini)
Teatro Antico di Taormina, 120 minsAida (Verdi)
Teatro Antico di Taormina, 138 minsLa Fille du Régiment (Donizetti)
Metropolitan Opera/Covent Garden/Vienna State Opera, 135 minsEugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Vienna State Opera, 158 minsCarmen (Bizet)
Opéra Comique, 169 minsKatia Kabanova (Janacek)
Teatro Real Madrid, 108 mins
The Concert Programme brings an growing list of events from both contemporary and traditional music events.
The King’s Singers are a Grammy award-winning, world-renowned ensemble known for their captivating live performances, impeccable vocal blend, and utter perfection in every aspect of their music. Once performers at the Winter Olympics, their arrangements are now sung by amateur and professional ensembles all over the world. Paisley Abbey, parish church to the Church of Scotland, has a long and internationally recognized choral tradition. King's Singers St. Luke Concert and Christmas Music in Rosslyn Chapel give audiences the chance to experience these brilliant vocalists spin their seasonal magic in two Christmas concerts in one night!
Luciano Pavarotti annually hosted the “Pavarotti and Friends” charity concerts in his home town of Modena in Italy, joining with singers from all parts of the music industry, including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting, Bono, Andrea Bocelli, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion and Jon Bon Jovi,to raise money for several UN causes. This special presentation features the most emotional and world-famous pieces of the entire “Pavarotti and Friends” series.
The legendary Plácido Domingo transports the enraptured listener to the calles and plazas of Madrid and Seville accompanied by the Mozarteum Orchestra under Jesús López Cobos. The dazzle of genuine stars shine brightly over Salzburg as Domingo and internationally celebrated soprano Ana María Martínez serve up an evening of infectious good spirits and exquisite vocal treats.
The tension is palpable at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on this day the 28th of March 2007. Exquisite soprano Anna Netrebko is not only making her debut in France, but she is making it with superstar tenor Rolando Villazón. The “dream couple” of the opera world brings its incomparable charm and magnetism to France’s “mélomanes.” And the result is nothing less than phenomenal!
The greatest musical event ever! Magic was created in July 1990, when Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras met onstage at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and became the Three Tenors. Experience the awe-inspiring feast of the greatest hits for the tenor voice sung by the generation’s greatest three tenors, conducted by the incomparable Zubin Mehta.
The Concert Programme brings an growing list of events from both contemporary and traditional music events.
- King's Singers and Paisley Abbey Choir Chrismas Concert
UK, 53 and 24 mins
The Documentary Programme showcases presentations from worldwide companies.
Hailed as one of the best documentaries of the year at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Kilitschko is the riveting true story of Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, the only two brothers in the history of boxing to hold heavy-weight titles at the same time. Award-winning director Sebastian Dehnhardt follows the brothers’ ups-and-downs during their extraordinary 15-year-reign over the boxing world, divulging secret information and never before seen footage.
One man's search into the nightmare of the killing fields
What do you do to attract a mate when you're stuck in a zoo and age is fading your charms? Comes with the 10-minute HD short "Night Falls on the Menagerie"
Allen Jones helped usher in the British Pop Art movement of the late fifties with his world of iconic, immaculately seductive and glamorous women. The man and his methods remain a mystery.
The secret, reclusive world of Frank Auerbach, a leading figure in British art and recognized internationally as a post world war modern master, is at last revealed.
Renowned rural landscape painter John Virtue accepts the two-year mission from the National Gallery to paint the city of London.
A portrait of Lucian Freud, grandson of Sigmund, one of the greatest and most reclusive artists of our century.
Born in Portugal, Paula Rego is that great rarity: a Britain artist with an international reputation. She is acclaimed as the best painter of women's experience alive today.
In what has been described as "the best film on sculpture ever made", Auguste Rodin is acknowledged as a colossus that bestrode 19th and early 20th century sculpture.
The enduring power and abiding attraction of Titian, the "first great 20th Century Artist", and his paintings is investigated and explored.
Germany, 112 min
Art on Art
The Independent Film programme showcases discoveries and award-winners from the vibrant world of independent cinema.
Set in a small town in Texas, the coming-of-age dramedy has the perfect combination of heartache and adventure. While 14-year-old high school science superstar Julius (Ryan Akin) steadfastly researches the asexual reproduction of worms, his eccentric family is being pulled apart by troubles he believes must be sex-related.He discovers his grandfather is visiting a woman other than his grandmother; his mother is estranged from her prospective fiancée (and Julius’ assistant principal) and running around with a young townie who Julius looks up to as a big brother. To top it all, while he wrestles with his dad’s mysterious departure some years ago, he’s losing his best friend and girlfriend Shiley to a hunky classmate. Julius decides to take matters into his own hands and embarks on an odyssey to hold his family together. His efforts meet with extraordinary and mixed results sabotaged by his scientific expectations of people (including himself). When the dust settles, old wounds are given a chance to heal, hearts win out and Julius champions a new beginning for his family.
Santa’s Cool Holiday Film Festival is the funkiest, silliest and least emotional movie experience you’ll have this holiday season! This priceless blast from the past is a collection of the very rarest (and sometimes weird) Christmas filmic moments including vintage Technicolor cartoons Max and Dave – Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948), visits with Howdy Doody, Ozzie and Harriet and ventriloquist Shari Lewis and her hand puppet Lambchop. It even has “Greetings From The Theater Management” trailers made for movie theatres. The main feature is the unforgettable (even if you try) 1964 feature film, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Kids will love it! Instead of watching the same old Christmas movies on TV, hustle the whole clan down to your local theater for a delightful afternoon or evening of new Christmas memories.
The Red Machine, an award-winning hit of several independent film festivals, is a ‘brilliant heist movie’ about an unlikely duo who team up to do the impossible – compromise the Japanese militaries’ most top-secret encoding device! The mismatched pair soon discover that the mission they were given is not what they signed up for and they must put aside their differences to find a way to outsmart some of the smartest people in the world.
When a group sets off on an epic journey to find the secret buried treasure, they find themselves faced with magical warriors, unpredictable dangers and the relentless northwest desert standing in their way. With kickass fight sequences, a motorcycle riding hero, a damsel-in-distress and terrifying bad guys, this action-packed joy ride has everything an edge-of-your-seat action movie should have!
An award-winning comedy about youthful regrets, a love story without consummation, a return to a home that was never forgotten. A story where boy meets girl, only they have known each other since they were two. It’s a small town romance in the orchards of the foothills!
Gunslingers is a sharp shooting, gun slinging, stylized western where lust, greed and money collide with sometimes hilarious results. Good and evil collide, as heroes and villains alike are seduced by the ecstasy of gold.
- 5 Time_Champion
USA, 92 minSanta’s Cool Holiday Film Festival
USA, 120 minThe Red Machine
Genre: Suspense; Country: USA, 84 minTreasure Hunter
Genre: Action/Martial Arts; Country: Taiwan, 106 min
Cinema meets horror series
Filmed in Chile, ZOMBIE DAWN contemplates the aftermath of a mysterious mining accident that has unleashed an unspeakable horror, creating a zombie horde with an appetite for human flesh! The only solution was to seal off the infected decimated areas from the rest of the country and its remaining, living population. Now 15 years later, the tattered remains of the government and the supposedly at-fault mining corporation commit themselves to finding out what may have happened at the mining complex to cause the epidemic.
The award-winning sequel to cult hit Slime City takes place seven years in the future, after a dirty bomb has decimated New York City's financial district and reduced midtown to a post apocalyptic nightmare. A draft dodger and an army deserter learn to how to stay alive and discover a strange elixir with unusual slimy powers. It sparks an epic battle between desperate mercenaries and mutant cannibals in what’s left of NY City. Slime flies when you’re having fun!
A train pulls into the station and a hobo (Rutger Hauer, BLADERUNNER) jumps from the freight car hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in urban hell with only one way to make a difference – a shotgun in his hand and two shells in its chamber. An instant grind house classic, this over-the-top homage to 70’s exploitation films really outdoes them all.
A mad scientist. A decapitated fiancé. A murder. The 1962 science-fiction/horror ‘crime against good taste’ is the story of the lengths a man will go through for the woman he loves – too bad he doesn’t know she’s got some ideas of her own! She may have lost her body, but she hasn’t lost her evil mind!
All the right stuff for midnight madness: sexy girls, a rockin’ soundtrack, a gross monster and lots of blood! Three gorgeous but deadly hired killers, Beretta, Blondie and Snowball, hole up in a small beachside community to keep a low profile. But this town has a dark secret; a secret with tentacles.
- Zombie Dawn
USA, 112 minSlime City Massacre
USA, 112 minHobo with a Shotgun
USA, 85 min
The Repertory Programme contains sets of classic and specialty feature films. Always available and ready to book for holidays and special events, iFN's rep catalogue adds value to your cinema presentations.
Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece in HD containing the recently discovered 25 minutes of footage never before seen in theatres.
Considered one of the funniest movies ever made, the pythons bring their classic approach to the quest of Arthur's knights to find the Holy Grail. A great choice for special event bookings or even just as a regular return for the dedicated fans in your area.
The holy land doesn't seem quite the same after the Pythons have visited it.
Mental Slapstick LLC (www.mentalslapstick.com) and indieFilmNet are proud to release ‘a brilliant period heist movie’ : The Red Machine which will hit theaters on January 20, 2012.
The award-winning hit of several independent film festivals, including the Sedona and Williamsburg International Film Festivals, The Red Machine is the intriguing story of an unlikely duo who team up to do the impossible – compromise the Japanese militaries’ most top-secret encoding device!
It’s 1935 at the height of the Great Depression and the Japanese Military has a new cryptogram unlike any other. The US Naval Intelligence is baffled; they only know one thing: that they must steal it undetected. Two guys are perfect for the job. Lt. F. Ellis Coburn (Lee Perkins) is a mysterious United States Naval spy with a shady past and resolute demeanor. Eddie Doyle (Donal Thoms-Cappello) is a talkative and cocky yet surprisingly charming thief who can silently and flawlessly break into anywhere and steal anything without being seen. Together they could be unstoppable, if they don’t kill each other first! The mismatched pair soon discover that the mission they were given is not what they signed up for and they must put aside their differences to find a way to outsmart some of the smartest people in the world. Written and directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm, The Red Machine has impeccable performances, intelligent story lines and conspiracies within conspiracies that will have audiences on the edge of their seats!
“A brilliant period heist movie!” – Andrew Robertson, Eye For Film
“A lean, intense thriller!” – Roger Ebert
“An original drama comedy political thriller with a great cast and an excellent story – some of the best I have ever seen in an independent film.” – Dave Minyard, Shockya.com
See a preview here: http://www.redmachinethemovie.com/trailer.html
For booking information, please contact iFN (firstname.lastname@example.org)September 1, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
indieFilmNet and Cinema Asia Releasing (www.cinemaasiareleasing.com/) have reached an agreement for iFN to digitally present the Taiwanese martial arts thriller The Treasure Hunter throughout North America, starting September 15, 2011. Director Kevin Chu and Action Director Tony Ching bring to the big screen an action-packed joy ride, featuring Green Lantern and Red Cliff stars Jay Chou and Chiling Lin. The Treasure Hunter has everything an edge-of-your-seat action movie should have: kick ass fight sequences, a motorcycle riding hero, a damsel in distress, and terrifying bad guys!
When Lan Ting’s (Lin) father is murdered over a secret map and she is kidnapped by a gang of ruthless tomb raiders, her fathers’ pupil and protector of ancient relics Ciao Fei (Chou) has no choice but to come to the rescue. Narrowly escaping the thugs with Lan Ting and the map in hand, they pick up a new traveling companion in archaeologist survivor Daoming Chen (Hua Dingbang). The group sets off on an epic journey to find the secret buried treasure. With magical warriors, unpredictable dangers and the relentless northwest desert standing in their way, they find themselves in the fight of their lives!
“The Mummy gets an Asian treatment!” – Cinema.com
“The fight stunts are also thrilling — it’s pure escapist fun!” – urbancinefile.com
See a preview here: http://www.cinemaasiareleasing.com/thetreasurehunter/trailer/trailer.html
Available from iFN only in digital formats. For bookings and further information, please contact iFN (email@example.com)August 16, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
indieFilmNet launches an ongoing Digital series of cult gindhouse hits, CINEMA MEETS HORROR, announcing 3 initial, exciting gore-fests: Magnolia Pictures’ brilliant HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, Australian Underground Film Festival cult hit EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! and a blast from the past THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE. Cinemas can play the entire series or book individual titles.
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN …. delivers justice one shotgun shell at a time!
Director Jason Eisener has created an instant grind house classic, an over-the-top homage to 70’s exploitation films that outdoes them all. A train pulls into the station – it’s the end of the line. A Hobo (Rutger Hauer, BLADERUNNER) jumps from a freight car, hoping for a fresh start in a new city. Instead, he finds himself trapped in an urban hell. As the brutality continues to rage around him, he realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with a shotgun in his hand and two shells in its chamber. “Double-barreled mayhem!” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER; “Even crazier than you imaged… you’re in for a real tr
eat.” – SLASHFILM Trailer here: http://www.magnetreleasing.com/hobowithashotgun/
EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! …
Let the Blood Bath ensue!
The award-winning hit of Underground Film Festivals in Melbourne and Sydney, Buffalo Screams and Dark Carnival Film Festival, EL MONSTRO DEL MAR has all the right stuff for Russ Meyer-inspired midnight madness: sexy girls, a rockin’ soundtrack, a gross monster and lots of blood! Three gorgeous but deadly hired killers, Beretta (Nelli Scarlet), Blondie (Karli Madden) and Snowball (Kate Watts), hole up in a small beachside community to keep a low profile. But this town has a dark secret. These crazy vixens listen to no one and awaken the Kraken! Now, along with Joseph and his beautiful grand daughter, Hannah, they must fight for their lives against this furious creature of the deep as the sea rises in a tidalwave of blood. Written and directed by Stuart Simpson. “Incredibly impressive and brutally entertaining!” – Mike Everleth (Bad Lit); ”Makes Tarantino and the residents of Tromaville equally proud!” – Yasmin Vought (SUFF) Trailer here: http://www.monstromovie.com/trailer.php
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE – She’s alive…without a body … and fed by an unspeakable horror from hell!
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is a 1962 science-fiction/horror crime against good taste directed by Joseph Green. Dr. Bill Cortner (Jason Evers) is a successful scientist with a beautiful fiancée named Jan Compton (Virginia Leith). After a horrible car accident decapitates Jan, Dr. Cortner collects her severed head and manages to keep it alive in a liquid-filled tray in his lab. Cortner decides to commit murder to obtain an attractive new body to attach to his fiancée’s head. Jan hatches some murderous plans of her own, communicating telepathically with a hideous mutant in the laboratory cell, urging it to kill the scientist. Murder, mayhem and chaos reign! She lost her body, but not her evil mind! “One of the campiest of all the tacky, cheapo horror films. This is so entertainingly bad, that’s it’s good. A true guilty pleasure!” – Journal & Courier; “Wow!” – Mountain Xpress
Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYebuwQ8RPw
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(iFN can deliver in various digital formats)May 19, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
IndieFilmNet announces an exclusive deal with Rome-based Pandream adding three acclaimed operas from Teatro Antico di Taormina to their CINEMA MEETS OPERA series. The operas are three of the most famous masterpieces in the opera cannon: Verdi’s Aida,Puccini’s Turandot and Tosca. The productions are staged at the heart of the little southern Italian town of Taormina, on the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean in a beautiful Greek theatre built in the 7th century BC. Every summer, since 1954, the theatre comes to life with an intense programme of theatre, dance, cinema and music, including the masterpieces of opera.
TURANDOT, hailed as “Spectacular! Spine-tingling!” by The Observer, stars the stunning, cult Italian soprano Francesca Patanè in the title role, supported by a cast of international stars. Turandot is masterfully directed by Enrico Castiglione with exotic costumes by Sonia Cammarata. Teatro Vittorio Emanuele Synphonic Orchestra is conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo. “Patanè is formidable!” – Opera
The role of Tosca seems made for the celebrated, Vienna-born soprano Martina Serafin. Her fiery passion is matched by Marcello Giordani’s standout performance as Vittoria and the great baritone Renato Bruson’s extraordinary Scarpia, crushed between relentless passion for Tosca and the demands of political duty. Serafin and Bruson achieve moments of unforgettable tension. Enrico Castiglione has directed the work with tremendous originality and dramatic power, heightening a traditional setting with a modern and cinematic style. Eugene Kohn conducts. This powerful Tosca is an operatic event played out against the backdrop of Sicily’s remarkable, 7th century BC Greek theatre.
Hugely popular, AIDA continues to be one of the most popular operas and is one of the great successes of Teatro Antico in Taormina. Directed by Maestro Enrico Castiglione and starring Belgian soprano Isabelle Kabatu, Aida has a terrific cast including Salvatore Licitra, Juan Pons, Rossana Rinaldi, Chistopher Stamboglis, Antonio De’ Gobbi and Raffaella Fraioli. Orchestra National Conservatory of Music conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo, exquisite new costumes by Sonia Cammarata. Taormina’s remarkable Ancient Theatre transforms into Egyptian palm groves on the banks of the Nile and the great pyramid. Precious, beautiful, spectacular!
The ancient theatre was built by the Greeks, who in the seventh century BC founded the colony of Naxos at the foot of the hill on which lies the ancient theatre, and was later restored by the Roman . It is carved into the rock scene and the background to the Ionian Sea el ‘ Etna . Since 1983 is the home of Taormina Arte, the manifestation of events that takes place every year during the summer.
Tosca, Turandot and Aida join the pantheon of world class presentations in iFN’s CINEMA MEETS CULTURE series currently being booked worldwide. For more information, contact email@example.comMay 12, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
IFN’s Culture Series features top world-class productions including Birmingham Royal Ballet’s exquisite CINDERELLA and Opera Comique’s brilliant production of CARMEN in Paris. These much-heralded productions are part of IFN’s CINEMA MEETS CULTURE program, a new series of Opera, Dance & Concert presentations from indieFilmnet, a worldwide alternate content company based in New York and Montreal. CINEMA MEETS CULTURE is an exciting, ongoing program of special presentations captured in High Definition offering cinema audiences top cultural entertainments from around the world.
CINEMA MEETS OPERA headlines the Culture series and features acclaimed productions from the legendary opera houses of Europe. The program opens with Bizet’s CARMEN making a triumphant return to the theater of its birthplace, the opulent, newly renovated Opéra Comique in Paris. The new critically-heralded production of CARMEN is brilliantly staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Adrian Noble and ignited by the performances of the spectacular soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role and an
all-star cast. The series also features acclaimed productions La Fille Du Regiment from the Vienna State Opera, Turdandot from Teatro Antico di Taormina and Katia Kabonava from Teatro Real Madrid.
CINEMA MEETS DANCE features an exquisite new production of CINDERELLA from the the Birmingham Royal Ballet (There is not a child, not an inner-child, who can fail to be moved by this fine work!”); Opera Legends in Concert features Plácido Domingo in THE ZARZUELA CONCERT (“The dazzle of genuine stars shone brightly over Salzburg!”).
IFN delivers content in a variety of ways including hard drive and, if necessary, BluRay depending on the cinema’s technical requirements.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.March 25, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
IFN and FRA Productions in Paris (http://www.fraprod.com) have agreed to terms making Opéra Comique’s acclaimed production of Carmen and Teatro Real Madrid’s ‘perfect’ production of Katia Kabanova available for worldwide theatrical presentations.
Carmen makes a triumphant return to the theater of its birthplace, the opulent, newly renovated Opéra Comique in Paris. Operagoers are often surprised to learn that Bizet’s “Carmen” is an opéra comique. The young Spanish soldier’s story of his fatal attraction to a charismatic gypsy woman is hardly comic. Yet Bizet’s original linking of musical numbers by spoken dialogue rather than sung recitatives define Carmen clearly as an opéra comique. The opera premiered as such in 1875 at Paris’ Opéra Comique, the building reconstructed later following the fire of 1887. The new critically-heralded production of Carmen is staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Adrian Noble and ignited by the performances of the spectacular soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci in the title role and an all-star cast. Carmen is given a fresh perspective, distinguished by period-instrument playing by John Eliot Gardiner leading the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the use of Richard Langham Smith’s new critical edition of the score.
“Ms. Antonacci gives a scorching performance! Irresistible sexuality!” – George Loomis, The NY Times
“Carmen has never sounded more revolutionary, romantic or thrillingly vibrant.” – Hugh Canning, The Times of London
Teatro Real Madrid’s much-awaited production of Katia Kabanova, featuring Karita Mattila‘s triumphant performance, is universally acclaimed by Spanish critics as a perfect piece of opera. The production dazzles due to the stunning beauty of Canadian Robert Carsen‘s theatrical production, his magical direction, a bold and powerfully poetic stage design. All the action takes place on a huge expanse of water, filled with the reflections of extraordinarily graceful images shaped by exquisite lighting. The cast is dominated by the remarkable Finnish soprano Karita Mattila, who plays Janacek’s doomed dreamer who finds both excitement and crushing torment in a torrid affair with a stranger. Her performance utterly unforgettable: once experienced, it is difficult to imagine the opera without her. Gifted conductor Jiri Belohlavek provides a musical direction and the Teatro Real Orchestra gives one of its best performances ever.
“The best of best productions! Almost perfect! Perfect performance in every area!” – El Norte de Castilla
“No one can remain indifferent to this Katia, it’s amazing!” (ABC)
Please contact iFN (www.indiefilmnet.com) for more information.February 15, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
An award-winner at several western Canadian film festivals, LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME from IFN and Fruitstand Loft Films demonstrates its audience appeal once again. Following strong houses and positive press, Landmark Cinemas has extended the run of LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS TIME at Calgary’s Landmark Globe Cinema. Opening January 28, in the middle of an Albertan snowstorm, the film still drew enough audience to warrant a run extension to February 10th. Below are excerpts from Calgary Herald’s review and Fast Forward’s interview with co-writer/directors/stars Mark Hug and May Charters.
Review: Getting lost in a labour of love
BY ERIC VOLMERS, CALGARY HERALD JANUARY 28, 2011
“The shots are undeniably beautiful, snapshots of innocence that unfold so naturally that it’s hard to imagine they were scripted.”
“Lovers in a Dangerous Time, a wonderfully subtle love story that manages to wrestle grand themes of lost potential, jealousy, true love and the hard road to adulthood into a charming and low-key tale about childhood friends reuniting in Creston, B.C.”
“As with the best low-budget indie films, it thrives on offering what Hollywood movies don’t or can’t…This is a movie about real life and the thorny inconsistencies of real-life relationships, be they family or romantic. The final scenes are both bittersweet and haunting, the polar opposite of a Hollywood ending. Loose ends are left dangling, regrets and ambitions are never completely reconciled. It’s a reminder that reality rarely offers those comfortable certainties found in Hollywood films. Lovers in A Dangerous Time has a limited run in Calgary. Catch it while you can. —Rating: Four out of five stars”
Read the full article here: http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Getting+lost+labour+love/4182444/story.html
Life and love in Creston, B.C.
Lovers in a Dangerous Time on growing into love
Published January 27, 2011 by Kenzie Love in Film Features Fast Forward Weekly
“It really feels like you’re there in that town with each of the characters, and that you’re watching them,” says Mark Hug. “It was something I don’t know if we would have been able to do if we would’ve brought in a director or had other actors that maybe had bigger needs to try and sell the film. It needed to be the film that it was.”
“It’s a romantic comedy with drama and realism and… I don’t know,” says May Charters, pausing briefly to ponder. “It’s got a mix of our genres, our film.”
“People have come to me and said ‘It’s a portrait of what it means to be a kid at heart,’” says Hug, adding: “I struggled with that a lot in my late 20s, with ‘Why am I so jaded now, why is everything so complicated now?’ I didn’t want to just be a kid again, but I wanted to feel that feeling more in my life.”
Read the full article here http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/screen/film-features/life-and-love-in-creston-bc-6944/February 1, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
IFN and LostArtFilms have reached an agreement for indieFilmNet to carry the Australian underground Film Festival hit EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! to its worldwide cinema network. Written and directed by Stuart Simpson, the scream feast is an audacious homage to Russ Meyer films like classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill! Aussie style! The award-winning hit of Underground Film Festivals in Melbourne and Sydney, Buffalo Screams and Dark Carnival Film Festival, EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! has all the right stuff for midnight madness: sexy girls, a rockin’ soundtrack, a gross monster and lots of blood!
Three gorgeous but deadly hired killers, Beretta, Blondie and Snowball, hole up in a small beachside community to keep a low profile. But this town has a dark secret. The local old sea baron, Joseph, tries desperately to warn them to never go into the water. But these crazy vixens listen to no one, especially no crazy assed old fool. So the Kraken awakes! Now, along with Joseph and his beautiful grand daughter, Hannah, they must fight for their lives against this furious creature of the deep as the sea rises in a tidalwave of blood.
“A filmic voice to be reckoned with!” – Richard Wolsterncroft (MUFF)
“Incredibly impressive and brutally entertaining!” – Mike Everleth (Bad Lit)
See a preview here: http://www.monstromovie.com/trailer.php
EL MONSTRO DEL MAR! stars film veteran, Norman Yemm and new comers, Nelli Scarlet, Kyrie Capri, Karli Madden and Kate Watts.
For booking information, please contact IFN (email@example.com).January 18, 2011 - Posted by bhaynes
indeiFilmNet and International Film Circuit (http://www.infc.us) have agreed to terms for IFN to present the chilling and inspirational documentary ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE theatrically in North America. BBC Radio calls Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath’s critically acclaimed film, “Stunning. One of the most gripping and moving films I have ever seen.” Sundance awarded the much decorated ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE its 2010 Special Jury Prize, World Cinema Documentary. One of the most harrowing and compelling personal documentaries of our time, ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE exposes for the first time the truth about the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge who were behind Cambodia’s genocide.
More than simply an inquiry into Cambodia’s experience, however, ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE is a profound meditation on the nature of good and evil, shedding light on the capacity of some people to do terrible things and for others to forgive them.
Winner of a dozen top documentary festival awards, this is a riveting film that takes audiences as close to witnessing evil as they are ever likely to get. It is also a personal journey into the heart of darkness by journalist/filmmaker Thet Sambath, whose family was wiped out in the Killing Fields, but whose patience and discipline elicits unprecedented on-camera confessions from perpetrators at all levels of the Khmer Rouge hierarchy. This is investigative journalism of the highest order.
Watch preview trailer here: http://enemiesofthepeoplemovie.com/watch-clip/
“Inspiring. A testament to one man’s persistent search for the truth. Extraordinary on several fronts.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times
“A must-see exposé. Fascinating and Remarkable.” – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times- Posted by bhaynes
indieFilmNet announces that they have worked out a deal with Los Angeles-based Rainbow Releasing (http://rainbowreleasing.com/) to make 2 Monty Python classics available to the IFN HD network in 2011. Monty Python and The Holy Grail will be available for booking in February 2011; Life of Brian will be available soon afterward.
Monty Python and The Holy Grail was the first time behind the camera for both Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones who co-directed. The result was one of the funniest movies ever made and voted the best British film of all-time by the UK arm of Amazon and the Internet Movie Database. The Camelot-King Arthur story told Python-style features comic mayhem from Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. The film was the inspiration for the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical SPAMALOT.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian, directed by Terry Jones, has been heralded as the greatest comedy of all time. Funded by ex-Beatle George Harrison’s Handmade Films, the film opened to much controversy in 1979. Its religious satire was considered blasphemous by some and the film was banned and condemned in many quarters. This did nothing to put a damper on its successful box office, quite the reverse. Pythoners revelled in the controversy. Life of Brian posters proclaimed: “So funny it was banned in Norway!” It became one of the top grossing films of the year.
IFN looks forward to working with Rainbow Releasing on more titles in 2011.
Please go to www.indiefilmnet.com for more information.December 22, 2010 - Posted by bhaynes