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JIFF Withdraws Two Films

When we heard that 2 films were withdrawn from JIFF, we were like, “inquiring minds (ok, nosy busy bodies) want to know!” Is there some sort of scandal?! As it turns out, it’s good news: Isreali films The Cutoff Man and Fill the Void were accepted into the venable 69th Venice Film Festival! Congratulations! And so they had to withdraw from JIFF, pesky premiere statuses and all. JIFF is very gracious about the entire thing, and slotted two interesting films in their place – Bernie and 7 Days in Havana. If this means we get to watch Richard Linklater, Benicio del Toro, Shirley MacLaine, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, and so on and so on, we will suffer gladly. At the end of the day it’s about making and supporting great films and everyone (The Cutoff Man and Fill the Void teams, JIFF and Venice) succeeded.

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Pre-Jerusalem Film Fest: Machne Yahuda Market

While we excitedly wait for the 29th Jerusalem Film Festival to start tomorrow and get ready for JIFF’s opening night gala showing of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, we can’t help but explore such a fascinating place.

At the Machne Yehudah market in Jerusalem, this could be your favorite rugelach:

It would melt in your mouth and you could polish off a whole tray but save room for all the produce:
I grew up being told that it was rude to point (you could lose an eye that way), but when I point to what I want to eat, it never fails: cheese, please! (more…)

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Glitter Dust at the 29th Jerusalem Film Festival

We are thrilled to announced that Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai will screen as part of the 29th Jerusalem International Film Festival (JFF). The JFF, which began in 1984, is one of the longest-running and most prestigious festivals in Israel. Past guest have included Jeanne Moreau, Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda,, Ang Lee, Errol Morris, John Malkovich, Peter Ustinov and Wim Wenders. We can’t wait to see who will attend this year! (more…)

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Presenting Glitter Dust at UCSD

Glitter Dust Producer J.R. Osborn is presenting at Mediated Borders: Rouch, Reversal, and Reflections on Ethnographic Film at the University of California San Diego. His talk, “Remixing Rouch: Collaborative Discovery In the Visions and Noise of Ethnographic Media,” will include first-hand accounts of the challenges of making Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai and show some scenes from the film. Really interesting topic that concretizes my belief that cinema is a blank slate for audiences to project their fears, hopes, and prejudices. I am watching you watching me watching you…

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Gulf Film Festival Days 2 & 3

Wonderful festival programing so far! It’s been a round-the-clock happening: from morning trips to the Burj Khalifa through the midnight Gulf Nights discussion sessions and beyond. Gérard Courant’s Cinématon is mesmerizing on a large screen, and Gérard has been busily collecting more portraits for the ever-evolving film. We really liked the shorts programs.
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Glitter Dust Second Screening at GFF

Second showing of “Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai” at the 5th Gulf Film Festival is today: 13 April 21:30 in Dubai Festival City.
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Behind the Scenes: Cinématon

Professor J.R. Osborn made a behind the scene’s look at Gérard Courant filming Cinématon, the world longest running film production, at the 5th Gulf Film Festival in Dubai, 2012. We were lucky enough to get our portraits taken yesterday. We are now co-stars with such luminaries as Godard, Terry Gilliam, Ultraviolet, and of course Gérard himself. Gérard’s work is showcased at this year’s festival, where he is screening selections of Cinématon that were filmed in Dubai over the past year. We chose to honor Gérard by filming him filming us.

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Gulf Film Festival Night 1: Tora Bora

The opening film for the 2012 Gulf Film Festival was Walid Al Awadi’s Tora Bora. A moving, emotional film that made me feel the specificity of its setting and why the Gulf Film Festival, and other film festivals in the region including DIFF and DTFF, are so important. There are stories to be told! In Hollywood, the concept of the Middle East is so homogeneous: all Middle Easterners and/or Muslims are “Arabs.” But watch films at GFF and the nuances surface: Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Pashto, Emirati — these are all distinct cultures. Yet, still, the universality of specificity: I kept hitting my seatmate and saying “I would totally do that!” whenever the mother character, Um Tareq, asked to put the passports in her bag for safekeeping.

After such a gripping film, Glitter Dust Producer/Editor J.R. Osborn tried to shake it off on the dance floor:

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First Thoughts of the Gulf Film Festival

We’re getting ready for the red carpet. We went to the hypermarket, a supermarket on steroids, and bought carrot juice, Homer Simpson shaving cream, and Desperate in Dubai you know, just the essentials.

Gérard Courant, I have admired your work (and productivity) for a long time and promise to learn French! Films we’re excited to see: All of Gérard’s portraits, Jodan Baynes’s “The Sea Is All I Know”, Jassim Al Nofaly’s “Panda”, “Ta7reek(Movement)”, Naima Bachiri’s “L’envol (Bird)” – hop schwyz!, and Mohammed Al Ibrahim’s Lockdown: Red Moon Escape. Many more great films to add to the list, I’m sure!

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Glitter Dust #5 of the Culturist’s Top 20 Picks

The Culturist puts Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai among her top films of GFF 2012.

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