Tiburon Film Festival: 'Twins for President'

Andoni Gracia in Twins for President by Miguel Angel Calvo Buttini

The 2008 Tiburon (Calif.) International Film Festival (TIFF), set for March 13-21, will be showcasing more than 225 films from 94 countries.

The festival will open with the US premiere of Miguel Angel Calvo Buttini's political comedy Dos rivales casi iguales / Twins for President at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse Theater on March 13.

Twins for President follows twin brothers (Andoni Gracia) of different political stripes as they fight for the Spanish presidency. Calvo Buttini will attend the screening, which will be followed by a q&a session.

Among the 2008 TIFF tributes are those to John Wayne, with a screening of John Ford's 1956 Western The Searchers (March 16 at 4:45pm), which some critics consider one of the greatest movies ever made. (The best John Wayne vehicle I've seen is Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo).

Tiburon Film Festival 2008Other Tiburon tributees are Bob Rafelson, whose first-rate – and Oscar-nominated – 1970 counterculture-cum-existential drama Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black, will be screened on March 14 at 7:25pm; and Blake Edwards, whose The Pink Panther Strikes Again, starring Peter Sellers, will be screened on March 15 at 5:00pm.

Rafelson, Edwards, and members of Wayne's family are expected to attend the screenings.

The Samba Poet by Ricardo Van Steen

The festival's 2008 Spotlight will be on Brazilian Cinema. Among the 10 scheduled films are Heitor Dhalia's 2006 Rio de Janeiro Film Festival Jury Prize winner Drained; Ricardo Van Steen's The Samba Poet (above), about 1930s samba composer Noel Rosa; and Glauber Rocha's 1964 Cinema Novo classic Black God, White Devil.

Hal T. HickelThe festival's 2008 special programs include panel discussions on “Film, Politics and Culture: How Films Shape Political Beliefs” and “New Technologies for Acquisition and Distribution,” and Academy Award-winning visual effects animator Hal T. Hickel's presentation on the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Hickel (right) won his Academy Award for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; this year, he's in the running for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

For ticket information: www.TiburonFilmFestival.com or 415.789.8854

'Military Intelligence'

Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times:

Military Intelligence and You! is two movies for the price of one. It's both a loving spoof of World War II films and a pointed satire on America's involvement in Iraq. These two different aims complement each other surprisingly well, the geniality of the spoof making it possible for the satire to effectively hit its targets.”

“Cleverly intercut with this old footage is a modern story shot in crisp black and white. While the old stuff shows how the Germans try and break our boys via devious interrogation, the new footage shows American military intelligence helping us win the war. For, as the narrator helpfully informs us, 'what we call military intelligence distinguishes deadly enemies from merely annoying foreigners.'”

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Writer-director Dale Kutzera's Military Intelligence and You! combines the use of several WWII military training films, including Bernard Vorhaus' Oscar-nominated Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944), and WWII Hollywood flicks featuring the likes of William HoldenAlan Ladd, Elisha Cook, Jr., and Ronald Reagan, with the on-screen stories of Major Nick Reed (Patrick Muldoon), a military analyst out to get the Nazis' Ghost Squadron; his former gal, Lt. Monica Tasty (Elizabeth Ann Bennett); her current lover, the pragmatic strategist Major Mitch Dunning (Mackenzie Astin); and Gen. Jake Tasker (John Rixey Moore), who, as per Turan's review, “spends a lot of his time changing the threat level from orange to tangerine to butterscotch.”

Art Directors Guild Awards

2007 Art Directors Guild Award winners: Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 16, 2008. 

FEATURE FILMS

PERIOD FILM
AMERICAN GANGSTER PD: Arthur Max
ATONEMENT PD: Sarah Greenwood
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE PD: Guy Hendrix Dyas
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET PD: Dante Ferretti
* THERE WILL BE BLOOD PD: Jack Fisk

FANTASY FILM
* THE GOLDEN COMPASS PD: Dennis Gassner
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX PD: Stuart Craig
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLDS END PD: Rick Heinrichs
RATATOUILLE PD: Harley Jessup
300 PD: James Bissell

CONTEMPORARY FILM
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM PD: Peter Wenham
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY PD: Michel Eric, Laurent Ott
THE KITE RUNNER PD: Carlos Conti
MICHAEL CLAYTON PD: Kevin Thompson
* NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN PD: Jess Gonchor

 

TELEVISION

SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES
HEROES: "Five Years Gone"
Episode 1020 PD: Ruth Ammon
LOST: "Through the Looking Glass"
Episode 322 PD: Zack Grobler
* MAD MEN: "Shoot"
Episode 9 PD: Dan Bishop
PUSHING UP DAISIES: "Pie Lette"
Episode 101 PD: Michael Wylie
UGLY BETTY: "East Side Story"
Episode 123 PD: Mark Worthington

MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
BACK TO YOU :
Episode Pilot
PD: Bernard Vyzga
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: "Something Blue"
Episode 222 PD: Stephan Olson
* MAD TV: "Mad TV"
Episode 1221 PD: John Sabato
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: "Fix Ups and Downs"
Episode 208 PD: Bernard Vyzga
TWO AND A HALF MEN: "Is There A Mrs. Waffles?"
Episode 3T6258 PD: John S. Shaffner

TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
THE COMPANY PD: Marek Dobrowolski
* PU 239 PD: Tom Meyer
STARTER WIFE PD: Tracey Gallacher

AWARDS SHOW, VARIETY, MUSIC or NON-FICTION PROGRAM
49th Annual Grammy Awards PD: Steve Bass
59th Primetime Emmy Awards PD: John Shaffner, Joe Stewart
2007 American Music Awards PD: John Shaffner, Joe Stewart
* Hells Kitchen - Episode 301 PD: John R. Janavs
Superbowl XLI Halftime Performance: Starring Prince PD: Bruce Rodgers

 

COMMERCIALS
BARCLAYS: Title: "Ballet"
PD: Tom Foden
THE BEE MOVIE Trailer - Title: Trailer #2 "Steven" (Live Action Section)
PD: Ramsey Avery
* BUDWEISER: Title: "Space Station"
PD: Jeremy Reed
HBO (Promo): Title: "Voyeur: Four Floors, Eight Stories"
PD: Tom Foden
LEXUS: Title: "Hydrant"
PD: Floyd Albee

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