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 Sidewak Film Festival to be held in Birmingham August 22-27

     The 19th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival is set for August 22-27, 2017. 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 venuesCheck out Sidewalk's schedule at: https://sidewalkfest.com/schedule .

Humphrey Bogart Film Festival Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Casablanca

     The movie, Casablanca, will be the focus of the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, to be held in Key Largo, FL, October 18-22. The Festival will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Bogart's most famous film.
     The annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival presents classic Bogart films like they were meant to be seen “on the big screen. In addition to showing Bogart classics, the Festival will present a variety of special events including cocktail receptions, round table discussions, a display of family-owned memorabilia, expert film introductions, a Saturday evening dinner, and a closing brunch on Sunday. For more information, check out the Festival's website, //bogartfilmfestival.com .

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

     Earlier this 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.

Diane Keaton Receives the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award

     During a TNT television special last June, Diane Keaton accepted the 45th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute (AFI). Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) continued the tribute by showing the special again in July during a night of programming dedicated to Keaton's work.

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.