A topic in need of tender exploration doesn't get it in "Adio Kerida," a well-meaning but amateurish attempt at first-person historicism. The withered fate of Sephardic Jewry in Cuba is intertwined…
"Carry Me Home" traces a familiar dramatic arc but nonetheless is touching and absorbing. Set in a post-WWII rural farm community in upstate New York, seasoned television director Jace Alexander's…
Transporting a brand of lower-middle class Jewish comedy -- that's perhaps more germane to New York -- to the Washington, D.C., suburbs, Columbia film grad Adam Yaffe's "Book of Danny" amusingly…
Winchester Films has pacted with Stratus Film Co. to co-finance the romantic comedy "Forever and a Day." Written by Robert Zappia from his original pitch, "Day" concerns a couple who learn to…
One of the smartest, most purely enjoyable Israeli pics in years, "Giraffes" has fun with the self-referencing, meta-cinema concept but never makes too big a deal out of it. By turns sexy, farcical…
Fariborz David Diaan's personal video journal of his first trip to his homeland in 24 years, "Iran Is My Home," suggests at first a more engaging slice of cinema than it actually becomes. Fests…
Several hard-luck stories and a single tale about a notable success dominated a Cinema Expo sesh on movie piracy Tuesday.
Universal has inked a distribution pact with Fat Rock Entertainment, a kidpics production company trying to revive Saturday matinees for tots.
Actor John Leguizamo's directing debut, "Undefeated," will have its world premiere July 22 as the opening-night film of the fourth annual New York Intl. Latino Film Festival.
Pity the international distrib, who so often has to promote pics in the absence of travel-wary Hollywood talent. At Cinema Expo, the major players are making brave efforts anyway. And certainly the…
Hardly an easy process at the best of times, raising finance for a film in today's "irrationally pessimistic" market requires unique persistence, resourcefulness and business savvy.