BAMCinemaFest Lineup Revealed; Bertolucci to Head Venice Jury


Brie Larson in Destin Cretton's Short Term 12. 

BAMCinemaFest 2013 Lineup
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) revealed the full lineup for the fifth edition of their popular BAMCinemaFest on Wednesday, which includes 22 New York Premieres and one World Premiere. The roster draws heavily on Sundance and SXSW alums, including Opening Night film Ain't Them Bodies Saints by David Lowery, which played both festivals and will open at Film Society on August 16, and Closing Night film Short Term 12, which won the SXSW Grand Jury prize. Other standout titles include Martha Shane & Lana Wilson's late-term abortion doc After Tiller, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's David Sedaris adaptation C.O.G., Andrew Bujalski's dry 80s comedy Computer Chess, an outdoor screening with Rooftop Films of Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, Jem Cohen's Vienna-set drama Museum Hours, James Ponsoldt's coming of age dramedy The Spectacular Now, and Chad Hartigan's Sundance Best of NEXT award winner This Is Martin Bonner. BAMCinemaFest runs June 19 - 28. Full lineup available here.

Bernardo Bertolucci to Head Jury at 70th Venice Film Festival
Two-time Oscar winner Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor) will preside over the jury at the 70th Venice Film Festival later this summer. He filled the same role 30 years ago, but has hardly been seen in the last decade as health problems confined him to to his Rome home. Last year at Cannes, Bertolucci premiered the first film he had directed in nearly 10 years, Me and You, marking a long-awaited return to the public eye. The Venice Film Festival will take place August 28 - September 7. The Los Angeles Times reports.

YouTube Launches Paid Subscription Services Starting at $0.99
YouTube officially announced today that it will launch a pilot program that offers more than 20 paid subscription channels with fees starting at $0.99 per month and averaging $2.99 a month. Roger Corman’s B-movies (such as Death Race 2000 and Piranha) will be available on rotation on "Corman’s Drive-in" for $3.99 a month, and Gravitas Movies and Magnet Releasing films will also have channels. The channels will be available on computers, mobile devices and TV. YouTube’s revenue will amount to slightly less than half generated by the subscriptions. For a full list of the paid subscription channels, head to Indiewire.

L.E.S. Film Fest will open with How to Follow Strangers
The 3rd Lower East Side Film Festival announced it will open the festival with How to Follow Strangers, directed by Choike Nassor. Nassor’s first full-length feature is based on a true story about a woman’s decomposing body found in an apartment long after her death, wearing a Chanel suit. The L.E.S. Film Festival runs June 13-23 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and features Judah Friedlander, Academy Award nominee Dan Janvey, Emmy winner Jerry Kupfer, writer and director Rebecca Miller and Bladimiar Norman of The Weinstein Company as judges. The full festival lineup will be announced May 15.

San Francisco International Film Festival winners announced
The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped up today, with the winners of Golden Gate Awards, the New Director's Prize, and the FIPRESCI Prize announced last night. Below are feature winners. Head to Indiewire for a full list of winners.

Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature Winners:
Documentary Feature: A River Changes Course, Kalyanee Mam | Cambodia/USA | 2012 (Cambodian Cinema ’13)
Bay Area Documentary Feature: The Kill Team, Dan Krauss | USA | 2012
New Directors Prize: Present Tense, Belmin Solyemez | Turkey | 2012
FIPRESCI Prize: Nights with Theodore, Sébastian Betbeder | France | 2012 (Film Comment Selects '13

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