The film festival history and its twisty-turny past are filled with notable incidents and tie in with some of the most integral political and historical events of the last century. We’ve dived into this melange, to give you a crash-course in the film festival history, the lifeblood of FilmFestivalLife. Here’s our […]

The History of Film Festivals


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Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements. Beginning in the early 1940s, numerous screenplays inspired by hardboiled American crime fiction were brought to the screen, primarily by European émigré directors who shared a certain storytelling sensibility: highly stylized, overtly theatrical, with imagery often drawn from an earlier […]

What is the film noir genre? A helpful definition.




Scion of a phenomenal family and a regular guest at Cinequest, Christopher Coppola is chairman of the film program at SF Art Institute. A pupil of George Kuchar’s, Coppola now supervises the classes that the pioneer underground filmmaker once taught at SFAI. He’s adding VR to the curriculum at the […]

Coppola’s VR Vision


The second edition of the Barbados Independent Film Festival continued last evening with the Opening Gala on the still relatively new grounds of the Walled Garden Theatre located at the Barbados Museum in the Garrison. The red carpet affair was a welcome improvement over the previous night’s activity which was […]

A review of the Barbados Independent Film Festival, in which ...



For the film and television industry in British Columbia, 2017 was a tough year to beat. A record-breaking $2.6 billion streamed into the province last year, much of it coming from international productions. Prem Gill, CEO of Creative B.C. who has been named one of the province’s most powerful women leaders, […]

B.C.’s film and television industry at edge of ‘perfect storm,’ ...



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Jeffrey Gliwa, Blue Shark Pictures, Christopher Coppola and CRCoppola Enterprises just announced plans to build a high value, low budget film studio somewhere in the Bay Area, perhaps the Presidio, to be called Blue Shark Pictures, the name of Gliwa’s company. This studio will be built in the architecture of […]

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