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Sidewalk Film Festival to be held in Birmingham August 20-26, 2018

     The 20th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival is set for August 20-26, 2018. The Sidewalk Film Festival presents new, independent cinema in the theatre district of downtown Birmingham, AL. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to the city to screen their work. HereTV and Birmingham AIDS Outreach are sponsors of SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival which is a companion festival of Sidewalk. Sidewalk features 250+ films, parties, and educational events in 12 venues.

George Clooney to receive the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award

     The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees has announced that actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its sixth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Audi and VIZIO return as Official Sponsors of the event.

Director Martin Scorsese Receives The Robert Osborne Award at TCMFF

     At its ninth annual Festival in Hollywood, TCM recognized world-renowned filmmaker/director Martin Scorsese and his longtime dedication to preserving and protecting motion picture history. Acclaimed actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio presented the inaugural Robert Osborne Award to Scorsese during the official Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. The award was created to honor TCM's late host, Robert Osborne, and will be presented each year at the Festival to an individual whose "work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic films alive and thriving for generations to come." Osborne served as the host of Turner Classic Movies for 23 years, and his passion for film and wealth of knowledge as a film historian helped preserve the legacy of classic film.
     Founded by Martin Scorsese in 1990, The Film Foundation has helped restore over 800 films, making available classic and independent films thought to be lost. In 2007, Scorsese expanded The Film Foundation’s work globally, creating the World Cinema Project, which has preserved, restored, and distributed over 30 films from over 20 countries.

 American Film Institute Announces AFI Awards 2017 Official Selections

     The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the Official Selections of AFI AWARDS 2017, celebrating the year's most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image — with 10 films and 10 television programs deemed culturally and artistically significant.
    In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognizes the Vietnam War with an AFI Special Award.
AFI Awards are a coveted honor for its noncompetitive celebration of collaboration. Honorees are selected based on works that advance the art of the moving image, enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form, inspire audiences and artists alike and make a mark on American society.
    "At a time when the world seems defined by division, storytellers bring us together as one," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. "AFI AWARDS is honored to celebrate this community of artists who challenge and inspire us, entertain and enlighten us — ultimately reminding us of our common heartbeat."

The Big Sick; Call Me By Your Name; Dunkirk; The Florida Project; Get Out; Lady Bird; The Post; The Shape of Water; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; and Wonder Woman.

The Big Little Lies; The Crown; Feud: Bette and Joan; Game of Thrones; The Good Place; The Handmaid's Tale; Insecure; Master of None; Stranger Things 2; and This Is Us.


Cohen Film Classics on KCET and Link TV: Good Resource for Classic Movies

     Last year, KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, began offering a new classic movie series, COHEN FILMCLASSICS. The show airs at 10 p.m. PT on KCET and airs nationwide at 9 p.m. ET/PT on LinkTV (DISH Network 9410, DirecTV 375). This network offers viewers a chance to see some of the most iconic films that defined the twentieth century cinema landscape. COHEN FILM CLASSICS features the biggest names in entertainment, including Alfred Hitchcock, Vivien Leigh, Fritz Lang, Laurence Olivier, Luc Besson and more. The series is hosted by Charles S. Cohen, president & CEO of Cohen Media Group, producer and distributor of critically acclaimed arthouse, foreign and classic films.
     COHEN FILM CLASSICS airs immediately following KCET MUST SEE MOVIES which airs Fridays
on KCET at 8 p.m. PT, providing uninterrupted movie viewing. Each film will be available for streaming online for seven days following the broadcast premiere.
     To bring this series to life, Cohen selected several works from the vault of over 700 titles featured in the Cohen Film Collection to create a curated mix of ten films that will include the best of documentaries, musicals, comedies, animation, dramas and avant-garde works.

57 Films To Be Saved By NFPF’s 2017 Preservation Grants

     The National Film Preservation Foundation is proud to announce the films slated for preservation through its annual federally funded grant program. The grants will allow 36 institutions across 16 states to preserve 57 films from their collections. The selections range from Broken Barriers (1919), the first motion-picture adaptation of the Sholem Aleichem story that inspired Fiddler on the Roof, to Code Blue (1972), a recruitment film aimed at bringing minorities into the medical field made by Henry Hampton’s Blackside Inc., the Emmy-winning producer of Eyes on the Prize.
     Another silent feature among this year’s crop is the social issue melodrama Love or Justice (1917), a Thomas Ince production about a substance-abusing lawyer and his redemption by a woman from the underworld. Several decades forward, the height of the American independent film renaissance is represented by two landmark diary films: Ed Pincus’s Diaries (1971–76) and My Girlfriend’s Wedding (1969) by Jim McBride.
     The grants are made available thanks to the Library of Congress and provide support to create a film preservation master and two access copies of each work.