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Cannes Best Doc Laureate Payal Kapadia Next Racks Up Production Partners for Petit Chaos (EXCLUSIVE)

One year after she dazzled at the Cannes Festival, winning its Golden Eye for best documentary for “A Night of Knowing Nothing,” Payal Kapadia’s fiction debut “All We…

Toni Collette Shot Each ‘Staircase’ Death Scene in One Take After Speaking to Kathleen Peterson in Her Head

Each morning as Toni Collette brushes her teeth, an owl stares back at her. The stoic bird of prey is not perched outside her window but rather ornately…

‘Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool’ Review: Young Man, There’s No Need to Feel Down

If you’ve ever seen Mike Birbiglia before, whether on stage or screen (or a couple months back, filling in for Jimmy Kimmel), then “The Old Man and the…

Barack and Michelle Obama Make Surprise Appearance at Martha’s Vineyard African Film Festival for Netflix Doc ‘Descendant’

The 2022 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAFF) kicked off Friday with great pomp and circumstance — and a few bars of “Hail to the Chief” —…

Haugesund Head Tonje Hardersen: “We’ve Had More Films to Choose From Than Ever Before”

For its 50th edition unspooling Aug. 20-26, Norway’s top film event, the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, will be treating its 400-plus international guests and local audiences with…

Ignas Jonynas, Payal Kapadia, Francisco Vargas Projects Hit Locarno’s Match Me!

Anyone wanting signs that film production is alive and kicking in some parts of the world – and not only the most obvious – need go no further…

Unifrance Energizes Locarno

There’s a new giant in town, or at least at Locarno’s Match Me!, one of the festival’s biggest industry initiatives. For years, by a large head, France has…

Disney Screens ‘Mija’ Documentary for Free Before Oscar Qualifying Run (EXCLUSIVE)

Audiences will get a chance to see Disney’s inaugural feature documentary for free in select theaters during a one-week period beginning Aug. 5. “Mija,” which follows two daughters…

Peter Shapiro’s Long Strange Trip: What Putting on 10,000 Concerts Has Taught the Veteran Promoter About Life and the Live Music Business

Peter Shapiro is a concert promoter, venue owner, magazine publisher and has just added author to his resume, with the Aug. 2 release of his book “The Music…

‘Siesta Key’ Producer Creature Films Signs New Multiyear Overall Deal With eOne (EXCLUSIVE)

Entertainment One is expanding its partnership with unscripted production company Creature Films by signing the “Siesta Key” producer to a multiyear overall deal, Variety has learned exclusively. The…

Woodstock ’99 documentary: Riots, arson, abuse and the ‘best’ time of their lives

The three-part Netflix docuseries, “Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99,” premiering Aug. 3, looks at how the music festival devolved into anarchy.

Mariko Minoguchi, Mo Harawe, Mo Scarpelli Bring New Projects to Locarno’s Alliance 4 Development

Alliance 4 Development, a co-development initiative for film projects from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland hosted by Locarno Pro, has revealed 11 titles selected for its 7th edition.…