SOUTH HAVEN, MI–
(Begin movie trailer announcer’s voice.) To a sunny and sandy lakeshore town, they come. Thousands of invaders. Some come to sit in the dark, to stare at flickering images. Others come to hypnotize the populace with manufactured dreams. Will South Haven survive … the Waterfront Film Festival? (End voice.)The town will survive, and thrive, South Haven Mayor Robbert Burr believes. “It’ll be a big positive for the entire South Haven area,” he said, adding that he expects film fans and presenters to fill the around 1,000 motel rooms in the town for the four day fest, June 13-16.
Burr spoke before the Waterfront announcement May 16 of three major independent films making their Midwest debuts at the festival: “Muscle Shoals” (2013, documentary), “Blackfish” (2013, documentary) and “V/H/S/2″ (2013, horror), all from Magnolia Pictures. They are among the over 70 independent film features and shorts yet to be announced coming to the festival.
Also coming to the festival, an estimated 16,000 fans and filmmakers.
In its first 14 years, Waterfront has made its home in Saugatuck, and made Lake Michigan an alternative coast for an indie film showcase.
But a lack of indoor screens, and a need to be closer to larger markets provoked the move south.
“There was a need for a change,” WFF publicist Patrick Revere wrote via email. “South Haven made sense for us because it’s four times the geographic size and population as our prior locale, and has fantastic infrastructure for our purposes, including established theaters and event space, solid transportation planning and a vibrant business and arts community.”
The three-screen Michigan Theatre will host festival films, as will performance venue Foundry Hall, South Haven Public School’s 550 seat Listiak Auditiorim, and other school venues. The opening night will be on South Beach, with live music, beer garden, food, celebrity guests and film screenings starting at sunset.Burr said the festival was investigating “a number of towns, lakeshore towns” to move to. Another big advantage for South Haven was its ability to bring in visitors from Grand Rapids to Chicago, he said.
“One of the determining factors was the access to the Chicago market,” he said. South Haven has long been a vacation spot for Chicagoans, so Burr is making sure the festival is being publicized in the Chicago market.
“I’m very excited. I was instrumental in lobbying to bring it to South Haven,” Burr said.
“We were very much drawn in by the enthusiasm of city officials and local leaders, and the city itself offers everything we’ve enjoyed in terms of a scenic waterfront location, the relaxed attitude, the walkable resort-like feel,” Revere wrote.
For more information, see waterfrontfilm.org.
KIMBERLY PEIRCE TO RECEIVE 2013 OUTFEST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Los Angeles, May 17, 2013 – Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen – announced today that Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.,” the first film adaptation of David Sedaris’s work, has been selected as the Opening Night Gala of the 31st Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival on Thursday, July 11. “C.O.G.” is written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, based on the short story by David Sedaris, and stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson and Troian Bellisario.
Outfest will also present its 17th annual Achievement Award to writer/director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “Stop-Loss,” “Carrie”). The Achievement Award is Outfest’s highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media. The Achievement Award will be presented to Peirce prior to the Opening Night Gala screening of “C.O.G.” on Thursday, July 11 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
“One of Outfest’s principal goals has been to celebrate the many voices of LGBT storytelling on film, and we couldn’t be more excited to honor Kimberly Peirce’s extraordinary filmmaking career while also heralding writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s stunning sophomore feature capturing David Serdaris’ hilarious tone. The mix promises to make this our most memorable Opening Night,” commented Kirsten Schaffer, Outfest Executive Director.
Outfest has previously given this award to John Waters, Jane Lynch, Bill Condon, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Don Roos, Donna Deitch, Kenneth Anger, Gregg Araki, Todd Haynes, Jane Anderson, Christine Vachon, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Gus Van Sant, Ian McKellen, John Schlesinger, and Strand Releasing.
The nation’s leading LGBT film festival, and the oldest film festival in the city of Los Angeles, will be held July 11 – 21, 2013.
The complete lineup for Outfest Los Angeles 2013 will be announced at the beginning of June.
The 2013 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is presented by HBO. Grand Sponsors include Absolut and Ease Entertainment. For more information about Outfest Los Angeles 2013 sponsorship, visit www.outfest/org/sponsor.
Recent college graduate David (Jonathan Groff, “Glee”) decides to get close to nature, and the working class, by spending a summer picking apples in Oregon with his friend Jennifer. Even after she blows him off, he charges ahead on a picaresque journey that will take him from orchard to processing plant to an arts and crafts workshop, guided along the way by an increasingly eccentric and motley bunch of mentors. Whether trying to interpret the possible flirtations of co-worker Curly (Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”) or resisting the religious hard-sell from Bible-thumping Jon (Denis O’Hare, “True Blood”), David finds himself on the most complicated path of all — figuring out who he is and what he wants. The first feature based on the writings of David Sedaris, C.O.G. captures the author’s stringently funny perspective and establishes writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (making a triumphant follow-up to his acclaimed debut EASIER WITH PRACTICE) as a gifted young storyteller.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez is a 29-year-old, Los Angeles–based writer-director. C.O.G. is his second feature film, and premiered in competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In 2010, his writing and directorial debut, EASIER WITH PRACTICE, won him the prestigious “Someone to Watch” Award at the Independent Spirit Awards while also being nominated for Best First Feature.
About Kimberly Peirce
Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a writer and director of singular vision and craft with her unflinching debut feature, BOYS DON’T CRY, which became one of the most acclaimed and talked about films of the year, earning numerous honors including the Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe for the film’s star, Hilary Swank. Chloe Sevigny was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and along with Swank won the Independent Spirit, National Board of Review, CFCA, BSFC, NSFC, Boston, Chicago and LA Critics Awards for acting.
The film received the Independent Spirit Award, the International Critics prizes for Best Film at the London and Stockholm film fests, the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival, and was named “Best American Feature” by Janet Maslin. Peirce won honors as Best Debut Director from the National Board of Review and Best New Filmmaker from the Boston Society of Film Critics.
The next film Peirce directed and co-wrote, STOP-LOSS, starred Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Abbie Cornish and Ryan Phillipe, and was a topical and emotionally penetrating drama inspired by real-life stories of American soldiers, including her own brother, fighting in Iraq and coming home. Peirce was honored with the Hamilton Behind the Camera True-Grit as well as the Andrew Sarris Directing Awards.
For her latest film, Peirce was honored to direct a contemporary version of Stephen King’s classic horror tale, CARRIE. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz as an outcast teenager with telekinetic powers, and Julianne Moore as her domineering, religious mother, CARRIE will be released in the fall. The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde and introduces Ansel Elgort.
An advocate on a broad spectrum of social issues, Peirce received the People for the American Way, the GLAAD Media, the Lambda Legal Defense, and the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project Awards for BOYS DON’T CRY. She was recently the featured speaker at Yale Transgender Awareness Week and the University of Iowa’s Pride Week. In conjunction with STOP-LOSS, Peirce spoke before the National Press Club and along with Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH), before members of Congress on behalf of Soldiers and the Stop-Loss Compensation Act, which subsequently passed.
Peirce can be seen featured on the DVD and BLU RAY re-releases of THE GODFATHER TRILOGY, CHINATOWN and RAGING BULL as well in the documentary THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED. She was featured along with Steven Soderbergh, the Duplass Brothers and James Mangold as part of the Directors Guild of America’s 75th Anniversary tribute to “GAME CHANGERS IN INDEPENDENT FILM.”
Peirce received her BA from the University of Chicago, her MFA from the Columbia University Graduate Film Program, and is a graduate of Sundance Institute’s Writing and Directing Film Labs. She served on the 2011 Sundance Film Festival US Dramatic Jury. She is a member of the WGA, the Academy of Motion Pictures, and serves on the Directors Guild of America Independent Film Committee and the Academy Directors Branch Executive Committee.
About Outfest Los Angeles
Eleven days of world-class films, discussions and parties, Outfest Los Angeles ranks among the world’s leading events for LGBT cinema. Presenting nearly 150 new and classic short and feature films from around the world, panels featuring notable figures from all facets of the film industry and other special programs, Outfest Los Angeles shares our stories, pays tribute to legendary screen careers, unites our community and inspires new generations of filmmakers and filmgoers. Directors, producers, actors and writers from every corner of the globe converge upon the Directors Guild of America, the Ford Amphitheatre, the historic Orpheum Theatre and other Los Angeles locations to share their work and their knowledge with an audience of over 40,000.
Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos.
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6:30 – 8:30 PM
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Mary O’Leary has spent almost three decades in daytime television serials. She has garnered four Daytime Emmy Awards for producing General Hospital and several nominations for her work on Guiding Light, Another World and One Life To Live. She is currently a producer for The Young and the Restless, which just celebrated its’ 40th Anniversary. Last year she worked on Nickelodeon’s Hollywood Heights, an Americanization of the Mexican telenovela Alcanzar una Estrella (Reach for A Star.) The 80-episode series aired five nights a week throughout the summer. Her roots are in live theatrical production. Mary worked in regional and Off-Broadway theaters. She personally developed, nurtured and marketed a series of one-man shows with actor, Jonathan Frid, best known for his portrayal of Barnabas Collins on the gothic daytime television serial, Dark Shadows.
The WIF Speaker Series presents guest speakers ranging from actors and directors to producers and public relations executives. These popular events allow the attendees to enjoy a lively discussion and interact with our special guests while enjoying hors d’oeuvres after a busy work day. This is a great opportunity to network and make new contacts with others in the industry.
TICKETS: WIF Members $20 / Guild Members $30 / Non-members $50
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The 14th Annual Crossroads Film Festival runs from Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14. The festival features more than 140 films, of which many are made in Mississippi, produced or directed by Mississippians, feature Mississippi actors or have some other Mississippi connection.
An all-events pass gets you into every film and event you want to go to. It’s $49 for Crossroads Film Society members, $59 for everyone else. Individual film blocks (generally a related short and a feature, or a group of short films) and workshops are $6 for members, $8 for non-members. A one-day pass for films and workshops are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
For a complete schedule of events–films, music, workshops, kids’ events, receptions and more–and to buy tickets, visit crossroadsfilmfestival.com.
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Once again the PGA is offering this amazing workshop which is as much a master class in producing as it is a ‘workshop.’ Learn pitching from folks like Marshall Herskovitz, or learn what a producer needs to know interfacing with the studio marketing department from the woman who used to run New Line’s marketing department.
It’s a wonderful opportunity if you are in the position to take advantage of it. Check out www.pgadiversity.org for more information.
The deadline for application is April 19th.
Workshop opens world of filmmaking to those with disabilities in Prince George’s County
Some residents with intellectual and physical challenges are learning how to make movies thanks to new workshops started by the Arc of Prince George’s County.
Participants learn to take photos, shoot and edit film, and create simple narratives using iPads, said Pierre Walcott, executive director of The Creative Edge Studio of Prince George’s, a community group of filmmakers focused on increasing film-related educational opportunities.
The group, an affiliate organization of the nonprofit Hyattsville Community Development Corp., worked with officials at the Arc, a nonprofit group that provides services to the county’s intellectually and physically disabled, on the program.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Elizabeth Booher, 42, who lives in Largo and described herself as having an intellectual disability, said of the workshops. “I have never used [an iPad] before … . I learned a lot about how to take photos and put it together.”
The workshops run Mondays and Fridays with 10 participants from the Arc’s day programs in Laurel, Temple Hills and Largo. The day program offers educational and recreational activities.
The workshops started as a pilot program in January and will run until May, Walcott said. Arc officials will assess whether to continue the program afterward, he said.
Participants do not have to pay to take part workshops. They are chosen based on their level of interest and whether they would be good candidates to work with the iPads, said Kim Njowusi, director of the Laurel day program.
Walcott said he wanted to ensure that people with mental and physical disabilities were involved in The Creative Edge’s goal of increasing community involvement in filmmaking.
“We want a community where nobody is excluded,” Walcott said. “We have to find ways to bring everybody in to share in the common experience. … We believe everybody has a story to tell.”
Walcott said he hopes to have a showcase event when the program is completed for families and friends to see some of the films.
Jessica Neely, director of family services for the Arc, said the workshops are part of the Arc’s Transformation Project, which includes different activities aimed at getting those in the day programs active in the community.
The Arc pays The Creative Edge to conduct the activities, but officials declined to provide further details about the funding of the program or the costs involved. Neely said the foundation preferred to keep its funding anonymous.
On March 8, Booher created a stop-motion film, a series of images of objects put together in sequence to create the illusion that they are moving. Booher took photos of a toy monkey going to a vending machine, inserting a quarter, getting a soda and drinking it.
Andrew Millington, a Hyattsville-based filmmaker and member of The Creative Edge, said the project allows participants to think independently about what type of films they want to create.
“When a person sees her image and sees it captured for the first time … that does a lot for their self-esteem,” he said.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is happening NOW!
By NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 10:22pm PST
Executive Producer Cort Casady and Talent Producer Carole Propp have confirmed additional presenters to the talent line-up for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony this Sunday: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Modern Family co-stars Julie Bowen and Rico Rodriguez, Jane Lynch (Glee), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Viola Davis (The Help), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Stana Katic (Castle) joining her co-star Nathan Fillion, Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and co-star Adam Scott, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Walton Goggins (Justified), Alfred Molina (Monday Mornings), Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), filmmaker Mark Duplass (The Mindy Project), screenwriters Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (The Hangover), and Key And Peele co-creators/co-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
The show will be directed by Joe DeMaio with Dave Boone returning as the show’s head writer. Contributing creative direction is the WGAW’s Awards Committee including Karen Harris (chair), Steve Chivers, Patrick Doody, Shelly Goldstein, Laurie Parres, and Scott Saltzburg.
The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio and promotional writing, and graphic animation. The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE.
By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com
Posted Monday, February 11th, 2013
BendFilm Ramps Up for 10th Annual Festival In October
Bend, Oregon – February 11, 2013 – Ten years is a long time in the life of a film festival. Like restaurants, many Festivals start with the best intentions only to fall by the wayside a few years later.
However, as it prepares for its 10th Annual Festival, BendFilm has proven to have growing and staying power bulwarked by great programming for the Festival and year-round, strong juries, terrific local support and sponsorship, and its prizes and awards. In ten years, BendFilm has grown to become a beloved regional happening that established the central Oregon town in the national festival firmament featuring more than eighty films over four days. It was named one of Moviemaker Magazine’s “20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”
The festival has just announced its call for entries for 2013.
“We’re confident in continuing our tradition of excellence for 2013,” says Festival Director Orit Schwartz. “We’ve been able to build a strong following among both our contributors, sponsors and most of all, our audience and are planning the best BendFilm ever for our 10th year.”
BendFilm is also unusual in the scope and generosity of its prizing. This year they’ll again offer the Brooks Resources Corporation $5,000 cash prize (one of very few festivals that still does so) for Best of Show. Past winners include True Adolescents and This Way of Life. 2013 also marks the second consecutive year of the Best Narrative Feature juried award. That award carries a $60,000 camera rental package from Panavision.
Romy Mortensen, VP Sales and Marketing for Brooks, BendFilm’s founding sponsor, said, “Brooks Resources is very proud to be celebrating BendFilm’s 10th annual festival with them. [It’s] hard to believe that 10 years ago we all took a leap of faith in a creative, new arts and culture idea that has grown to be one of Bend’s best attractions, if not amenities.”
As the year progresses, BendFilm will announce its jury, additional sponsors and , in the fall, its 10th annual film slate. Past jurors have included: Two-time Oscar® nominee, writer/director Gus Van Sant; two-time Oscar® nominee, animator Bill Plympton; filmmaker Ondi Timoner (DIG! and WE LIVE IN PUBLIC); Christian Gaines, Festival Specialist at IMDb.com; Dana Harris, editor in chief and general manager of IndieWIRE.com; Jon Korn, Sundance shorts programmer; and Steve Wilson, VP of leading film public relations agency B|W|R.
BendFilm is a non-profit group inspired by the opportunity to open doors for artists and to cast Bend, Oregon as the cultural and economic beneficiary. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon at the historic Tower Theatre; McMenamins; Regal Cinemas; The Oxford Hotel; the Cascades Theatrical Company and Tin Pan Theater. Plan now to attend October 10-13, 2013 for a long weekend of films, lectures and parties as filmmakers compete for cash awards in Bend’s charismatic setting of mountains, rivers and screaming blue skies. Follow us on Facebook.
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By Margaret Evans – Chilliwack Progress
Published: January 29, 2013 1:00 PM
Premier Christy Clark needs to pay a lot more attention to the dilemma facing the rapidly shrinking film industry in Vancouver. This is a billion dollar industry we can’t afford to lose.
Ten years ago, this was a thriving industry. In 2003, 169 productions were filmed in B.C. for a record $1.4 billion. Chilliwack capitalized as a location source in that year, generating over $478,000 for the local economy.
Back then, of course, the economy was different. We had a low Canadian dollar. And we were in front of the pack boasting lucrative provincial/federal tax credits, skilled professional crews, a fully equipped production infrastructure, a town in the same time zone, and scenery to die for, all of which kept Hollywood producers trekking north. But in 2010, production spending had dropped to $1.02 billion.
Now the dollar is at par. Other provinces are bettering the province’s 33 per cent labour-only refundable tax credits. Ontario offers a 25 per cent tax incentive for all production expenses which can be combined with the federal film tax credit of 16 per cent on labour. With more attractive incentives, producers are going to Toronto and skilled labour in Vancouver is looking at relocating.
Only seven productions are listed on the B.C. Film Commission website, one of which has already wrapped and two wrap in February. Right now, there is reportedly a 90 per cent unemployment rate in the film and television production industry.
Last week NDP leader Adrian Dix visited movie moguls in L.A. on a fact-finding trip to see how to lure them back to B.C. No doubt the message was get more competitive.
We’re the victim of our own success. Other cities have torn a page from Vancouver’s film script and re-written it to their own advantage with alluring tax benefits and a staging crew of their own.
The province’s beauty has always been a huge location attraction. But the bottom line is all in the numbers. Right now, shooting a $100 million film in Toronto compared to Vancouver will net some $5 million in savings.
The Clark government repeatedly focuses on the ‘cost’ (i.e. the tax incentive) of the industry. This is actually misleading since the incentives are not a subsidy paid for by taxpayers. They are rebates on money spent on labour. If the production dollars don’t get spent in the first place then no returns are paid back. At the end of production, the company totals the taxes deducted from employees and is rebated 33 per cent of the total.
There is no argument that the industry’s success here has been driven by competitive production costs. The industry generates jobs with specialized knowledge and talent, something B.C. crews have excelled in. In addition, the spin-off benefits to satellite industries are staggering. They include transportation, equipment and specialty rentals, restaurants, construction supplies, electrical supplies, catering and many more.
The rules of the game have changed. It’s far more competitive to win those production deals now that all government leaders across the country want a cut of the entertainment action. We’re getting a hard lesson in how portable the movie industry is. They can go anywhere.
So why is the government lagging behind, putting at risk a $1 billion industry ($1.18 billion in 2011)? In a time of budget restraints and cut-backs, the province can’t afford that kind of loss. Crunching the numbers to shrink the differential by whatever financial means to draw back production companies, keep 25,000 people employed, and an entire satellite industry humming seems like a no brainer to me.
Total tax revenues may match the tax credits underscoring their value as an incentive investment and never a ‘cost’.
Actorfest Los Angeles is this Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Actorfest is the premier industry event for performers, delivering the contacts, opportunities, and skills that a performer needs to build their career.
Check their website for details!
Park City, UT
January 17th through 27th, 2012
With a mission to entertain, enlighten and enrich through film, the Mountain Film Festival fosters appreciation for the art of movie making and its power to inspire and communicate a richness of ideas and cultures.
We accept films of all genres and especially encourage films with an emphasis on mountain culture, action sports, and environmental issues.Based in spectacular Mammoth Lakes, California, America’s foremost muntain resort, the festival celebrates and recognizes the winning films and filmmakers at the annual Awards Ceremony and Filmmakers Dinner, which then segues into a relaxing weekend where guests bask in the beauty of Mammoth Mountain, mingle with filmmakers and film-buffs, and stimulate all of the senses with world-class skiing, snowboarding and winter sports.The festival recognizes and awards some of the world’s finest and cutting-edge independent Feature Films, Shorts, Documentaries, Foreign Films, Student Films, Mountain Films, Adventure Sports Films, Music Videos, Animations, and Experimental Films.
The festival also features an annual Screenplay Competition.Awards are presented in all of the main categories along with cash prizes for top films and filmmakers. The coveted Grand Jury Award is presented to the best film in competition along with various Special Jury Prizes recognizing standout work.The art of independent film and mountain culture are at the core of the Mountain Film Festival. The festival truly celebrates and honors the indie filmmaker, all in America’s most inspirational and exhilarating mountain retreat.
New Filmmakers Los Angeles invites you to join us for the Saturday December 15th 2012 film screening series and after-party event at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood with a filmmaker lounge throughout the evening.
VenueSunset Gower Studios
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Speak to Be Heard! Influencing Others to Take Action
Date: November 1, 2012
Event start time: 8:30AM
Location: University of Denver
This workshop will help you eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery—to persuade, sell your ideas, motivate, influence or simply effectively communicate face-to-face with a clear message.
The workshop leader, Stacey Hanke, will explain the positive actions you can take to increase your impact and value to your peers, clients and associates. This highly interactive workshop will show you how to immediately implement the skills and tools you learn to your day-to-day conversations.
|WHAT PAST ATTENDEES HAVE SAID ABOUT STACEY’S SEMINAR
|“Stacey’s seminar provided me with realistic tips and ideas that I can implement immediately…it was a very useful and informative workshop”
“This seminar will help benefit my presenting skills at work and my communicating with family, colleagues and peers outside of the office”.
“Stacey is an excellent presenter with very tangible tips that can be put to use immediately”.
“For a professional who truly wants to improve their communications skills, this workshop is a must attend! Yes!!”
“This seminar provides the keys to unlocking your full potential as a communicator…”
“A seminar that is fun, entertaining and informative for all skill levels. Eye opening”
Who Should Attend
If you are an account executive, media director, senior manager or anyone closely involved in presenting to clients, prospective clients, or other agency personnel, mark your calendar and plan to attend. This seminar will help you in your day-to-day presentations as well as in those crucial meetings with clients and new business prospects.
8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
9:00 AM Seminar Begins
12-1 PM Lunch (included in registration fee)
4:30 PM Seminar Concludes (approximately)
Registration is open to both 4A’s members and non 4A’s members.
$275 per person, 4A’s Member
$375 per person, Non 4A’s Member
Excluding a $25 processing fee, refunds will be granted only if requests for cancellation are received by 4A’s in writing by Thursday, October 25, 2012. No refunds will be allowed after this date; substitutions will be allowed provided arrangements are made with 4A’s.
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When: 11/07/2012 — 11/11/2012
Location: Los Angeles, California
Venue: El Portal Theatre
Founded in 2000, The Valley Film Festival, a project of Community Partners®, holds the proud title of the first film festival in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley and is designed to bring together established filmmakers, emerging talent, and their audiences on the studio backlot – just North of Hollywood.
Since it’s premiere in 2001, alongside the grand reopening of Pacific Theatres at the Sherman Oaks Galleria, The Valley Film Festival has found a permanent home at the historic El Portal Theatre located in the NoHo Arts District.
Cinema so independent, it can only be found in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. It’s so (818). Totally.
First and foremost, The Valley Film Festival promotes filmmakers and production in the fabulous (818)! From the East Valley to the West Valley, no two communities are the same and each offers a unique setting for your film shoot. Our signature program, “Made in the (818)” showcases our commitment to keeping production local.
Monday, October 22nd, 2012, 10:28am
The Second Annual Downtown Tyler “Show Us Your Shorts” Film Festival, set for Oct. 24-27, has grown in a number of ways since its debut in 2011.
The celebration of short films has gone international, with entries from England, Australia and Italy, along with U.S. entries from New York City and Los Angeles. The festival has also added a day and a screen to the proceedings, as well as an additional workshop.
Last year, the festival featured three nights of screenings, with the same films repeated each night. This year, a new batch of films will be shown each night (Wednesday through Friday), with the top two of each genre being re-shown in a “best of” screening Saturday night.
Curtain time is 7 p.m. each day of the festival. Oct. 24 will feature comedies, while horror, sci-fi and action films will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 25. Dramas will be shown on Oct. 26 and the top two films of each genre will be shown on Oct. 27. Following the Saturday screening, there will be a wrap party at the T.B. Butler Plaza.
In addition to the film screenings, there will be educational workshops.
- A grip truck from MP&E Lighting and Grip Company will be on the plaza from 11 a.m. to noon on Oct. 27. From mid-morning to mid-afternoon, those interested may view the truck.
- Last year’s zombie makeup technique class is back by popular demand with a workshop at Gallery Main Street from 1-2 p.m.
- Leo Wong will conduct a workshop, “How to Package your Films,” from 2-3 p.m. in the gallery conference room at 110 W. Erwin.
All workshops are free and open to the public, with first-come, first served seating.
Tickets to each individual night of short films are $7 per night. An all-access ticket that gains one access to all film screenings and the wrap party on Saturday is $40. Producer tickets are available for $100 and provides all-access plus priority seating at all events. Tickets are available online at www.outhousetickets.com.
Tickets are also available at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin.
Those interested in more information should go to www.tylerfilmfest.com or call (903) 593-6905.
By Colleen Heeter | Examiner.com
It had never been done in the 22-year history of the festival. “We were afraid no one would come to see a documentary on Opening Night,” said Jeff Sparks, president and CEO of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, which hosts the annual Heartland Film Festival renowned for its uplifting independent films. It was a full house at the 530-seat Tobias Theater inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The 2012 Opening Night featured the award-winning documentary High Ground about the pain, heartache and triumph of war veterans. It was directed and produced by Michael Brown with executive producer and Academy Award nominee Don Hahn, who produced The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast and other box-office successes. Sparks asked all veterans to stand and be applauded for their heroism.
High Ground reveals the hard truth about the struggles of 11 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who continue to fight the physical and/or emotional pain of the effects of war. The film compares the challenges of mountain climbing to the daily challenges of coping with post-war civilian life and PTSD. The storyline centers around the inaugural Soldiers to Summits expedition up Mt. Lobuche (20,075 feet) in the Himalayas. The cinematography was amazing.
The film received a standing ovation as did the filmmakers who answered questions from the audience following the screening. Brown admitted the film took 10 years to complete. One of the highlights of the evening came when Brown introduced one of the stars of the film and a war hero, Cody Miranda, who was a Marine diver and suffers from memory lapses due to an underwater bomb blast. Cody also received a standing ovation and answered questions. He reminded us all that the courage of veterans is what our country was built on.
Sparks asked all visiting filmmakers to stand. They came from across the globe. Over a dozen stood. Heartland officials proudly claim top attendance rates of filmmakers at their festival due to the warm Hoosier hospitality and the generous purse for award winners.
Heartland Film Festival has the distinction of being one of the top film festivals in America with cash prizes that exceed most. A pot of $150,000 is disbursed to 12 winners. Winning films are selected from three categories – narrative, documentary and animated. The grand prize goes to the best narrative while best documentary and best short awards are also presented along with an audience choice award for each of the three categories. Several other prizes are awarded including four winners in the high school film competition.
This year’s festival will screen 119 films selected from over 1,200 submissions. Many volunteers helped festival staff view and score films. The full 10-day schedule of films can be found on the festival’s website.
By: Jack Kaprielian
Irvine International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Orange County Great Park, has released the schedule for the upcoming Independent & Inspired Film Series bringing top independent films with participating directors for a Q&A following the screenings. Free admission & Parking. Perfect way to have a family outing or a date at the beautiful Orange County Great Park. Screenings are to be held October 4 – November 15 for complete schedule visit IrvineFilmFest.com or OrangeCountyGreatPark.org Link to the schedule: http://www.irvinefilmfest.com/film-series-at-the-orange-county-great-park/ Jack Kaprielian Executive-Director Irvine International Film Festival 13700 Alton Parkway #154 Irvine, CA 92618 949-800-6163 Jack@IrvineFilmFest.com www.IrvinefilmFest.com
Pawtucket, R.I. —
Film lovers rejoice! It’s time again for the Pawtucket Film Festival, an annual celebration of filmmaking held in the heart of Pawtucket.
Entering its 13th year, the PFF is back with a new and exciting batch of films. The Pawtucket Film Festival is a truly unique event for filmmakers and cinephiles alike. There is no charge for filmmakers to enter their movies; in fact, it is one of the few festivals that pays its artists to participate.
For film enthusiasts, the festival offers an interactive experience where the filmmakers are invited to discuss their film and take questions from the audience.
Attendees should arrive with an open mind. “Only the most adventurous of people attend our festival because you never know what you are going to see,” said Rick Roth, local business owner of Mirror Image Inc.
Since the turn of the century, the PFF has brought the electrifying world of cinema right to Pawtucket’s doorstep, providing a unique venue for the work of talented artists to be seen. With the support of Herb Weiss from the city’s Department of Planning and Redevelopment, Roth has used the festival to help further Pawtucket’s arts renaissance and resurrect its once-thriving film community.
Not just a celebration of cinema, the festival also presents an intermission of live music provided by some of the best musical acts in the northeast. The festival’s opening night will also feature an exclusive Tax Credit Panel, demystifying tax credits and the intricacies of coordinating a successful small budget production in Rhode Island.
The Pawtucket Film Festival offers music, films and more at every event. Patrons are provided with a unique festival T-Shirt, courtesy of Mirror Image Inc., and an array of food and beverages from local sponsors, including Iggy’s Bread and Sam Adams beer. Admission is $10 at the door.
The 13th Annual Pawtucket Film Festival takes place Sept. 27 to 30 at the Pawtucket Visitor Center Theater, 175 Main St. For a complete listing of all festival events, locations, times and sponsors contact Diane Agostini, Program Coordinator at 401-724-5200 or visit the website at www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.
SAG-AFTRA now has their contracts listed on their website. If you are an filmmaker looking for contract information visit http://www.sagaftra.org/contracts. NPI (as an entertainment payroll service) can walk you through the entertainment payroll process as it applies to SAG-AFTRA.
The SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts Wages and Working Conditions Committee Meeting is to be held in New York beginning tomorrow
The Future of Film Summit – November 7, 2012
Sofitel Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Focuses on emerging business, legal, finance and technology trends in the film industry. The event brings together top executives, creators and professionals from major and independent movie studios, film distributors, talent agencies, law firms, financiers and digital media companies for high-level discussions and debate, intimate meetings and unrivaled networking about the future of the movie business.