Friday, July 23, 2010

11th Annual NY Int'l Latino Film Festival

It's that time of year again! The 11th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival starts this Tuesday, July 27. Latino films large and small will be screening at 2 venues in the city: the School of Visual Arts Theater and the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9.

If you want to get a head-start on the festivities, head over to the Iron Dale Center on July 26 for the kick-off celebration, presented by Chillin On Da Corner and Beyond Film Series.

The ever-growing film festival is sure to be a star-studded affair. This year's event includes a few highly-anticipated star-studded indies as well as a few new directors to watch. Buzzed-about films include the The Dry Land (starring America Ferrara and Wilmer Valderrama) and Tropico De Sangre (starring Michelle Rodriguez and Cesar Evora.)

I'll be there closing night to catch Stolen Dreams, the 2009 Rio International Film Festival winner, directed by Sandra Werneck.

Come one, come all! Bring your friends! This increasingly popular and well-respected festival is sure to deliver some promising fare.

NYILFF BROOKLYN LAUNCH PROMO!!!!!!!! from Ephraim Fetti Benton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New 3-D Still Cam from Fuji

I hate 3D. Now you know. I won’t delve into how much I (desperately) hope 3D is a passing fad for fear I’m prepping my foot for a nice place in my mouth. Nevertheless, I’m fighting against James Cameron’s army of bespectacled goons and if I go down, I’ll do so kicking and screaming.

That being said, for those of you who plan on using 3D for good (photos, artwork, PIXAR movie) and not evil (non-PIXAR movie), our friends at funky-fresh Fujifilm have developed a cool 3D digital camera you can purchase today.

While it runs a bit pricey for a point-and-shoot compact camera (around $600), if you’re into 3D image capture, it is probably worth it. But if you want hard copy prints, it's going to cost you ($6.99/print.) Instead of using glasses to view the 3D image, the prints have a plastic lenticular sheet layered over it to produce the desired effect.

Ant has previously detailed the next new wave of filmmaking technology showcased at the NAB 2010 Tradeshow, but if you need your 3D fix now and you have the dough, this camera may be the way to go.

Now excuse me while I dust off my Arnold Schwarzenegger pillowcase. I've got some Terminator to revisit (hear that Cameron?!)