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Contact: Nani Rivera (Santa Fe Film Festival, Director) (505)-988-7414 x102
Santa Fe – Film industry decision makers are pulling back the curtain on New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry for a three-day event putting New Mexican ﬁlmmakers, budding actors and businesses wanting to serve the industry before decision casting agents, production leaders and buyers.
The three-day event includes a full day of panels and open forums to introduce businesses and individuals to New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry decision makers.
FRIDAY DEC 6 – SUNDAY DEC 8 LOCATION: Center For Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd. Panels and business connections on Saturday.
The Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival is accepting filmmaker applications until Dec. 31, 2013.
If selected, filmmakers will get to create a film adaptation of an award-winning short story by a South Carolina writer and
compete for juried prizes on festival night, June 14, 2014.
ROCK HILL – The Underexposed Film Festival took place Thursday, November 14th through Saturday, November 16th at the Community Performance Center, showcasing 39 films accepted into competition and 17 films curated by Karen Collins. The juried competition was open to independent filmmakers of all levels, and featured narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films running forty-five minutes or less. The winners of the 2013 Underexposed Film Festival were announced at an award ceremony that immediately followed the final screening on Saturday, November 16, 2103 at the Community Performance Center, 249 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC.
A panel of six judges from the film industry and academia selected the 39 films to be presented in the juried competition. Cash prizes totaling $1,950 were awarded. In addition to first, second, and third place and audience choice awards, new categories were introduced recognizing the best female director and best student film.
SAG-AFTRA Theatrical Business Representatives will walk you through signing SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Agreements from start to finish.
Workshops are held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6 to 8pm, and are FREE. Workshops fill up quickly so RSVP now! If you sign up for a workshop but can’t attend you must call to cancel your reservation no later than 48 hours before the workshop.
The federal government continues to focus on closing the “Tax Gap” with increased penalties and expanded requirements that continue to make the tax reporting process harder to comply with. Now it’s even more important for organizations to be aware of the legislative impact these changes have.
Join us next week along with Ms. Cheryl Riedlinger, an attorney from The Tax Reporting Group, to review the most significant 2013 federal tax changes. In this CPE eligible webinar we will cover:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET
The Gracie Awards encourages the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news and other programs.
Entry Site and Categories All entries must be submitted through our entry site, where we also provide category listings and prices. We are pleased to now offer Interactive Media entry types, as well as new categories in both Television and Radio.
If you’re one of the lucky filmmakers with a film at the Sundance or Slamdance Film Festivals, you may still be wondering how best to make the most of your time in Park City.
Film Independent is here to help, with its annual Sundance/Slamdance orientation. In an informative session, panelists will address issues such as the option of using a publicist and producer’s rep; marketing and self-promoting your film at the festival; dealing with industry executives; and getting into parties.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday announced that 15 films in the documentary feature category will advance in the voting process for the 86th Oscars. One hundred forty-seven films had originally qualified in the category.
We’re excited to announce that the TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest is back!
TXU Energy invites Texas high school and college students to answer the question: what does energy mean to you? Electricity is literally the power behind our texts, our calls, our entertainment and our work. Share your vision of how we’ll use electricity in the future, illustrate how electricity inspires us or show the power that electricity has to change a moment or change a life.
The Dallas Film Society brings dozens of independent, short and feature filmmakers from around the world to the 11-day Dallas International Film Festival each year. To date, more than 1,234 filmmakers, representing more than 50 countries have attended the past seven festivals!! DIFF programs more than 150 films annually and we try to host the director, producer, or actor from many of those films each and every year. Those visiting filmmakers ultimately participate in a variety of programs, including question-and-answer sessions, master classes and industry events. This interaction between the filmmakers, our audience and the community is truly a highlight of our programming and one of the most rewarding aspects of the Festival for both audience member and filmmaker alike.
Now, with your help here, the Dallas Film Society will be able to bring many talented filmmakers to Dallas for the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival occurring April 3 – 13, 2014.
You don’t have to be a kid to be excited about this:
The first ever White House Student Film Festival launches today — and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. We’re asking you to answer these big questions:
What’s your education story & how does technology and connectivity fit into how you learn at school or on your own? How do you imagine technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future?
Films can be short – in fact 3 minutes tops. The official selections will be featured on the White House website, and shared across the world on White House sites and official social media accounts. In fact, if selected, you may have a chance to attend the film fest yourself at the White House.
December 2 – 3, 2013 – New York, NY
Get the latest information on obtaining finance & tax incentives to get independent and studio films made, distributed and marketed in today’s market place.
Conference Co-Chairs: Joe Chianese, Entertainment Partners; Vinca Jarrett, FilmPro Finance; Thomas Glen Leo, Sheppard Mullin; David Zitzerman, Goodmans LLP
All paid attendees will receive the Bloomberg BNA Portfolio:
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By Michael H. Salama and Brandee A. Tilman
*One Portfolio per paid attendee. Quantities are limited.
There are no prerequisites for attending this program.
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Today is World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, and a group of New Hampshire filmmakers recently came together to create a PSA, pro bono, for the National Children’s Alliance. That PSA, directed by Kevin
Gendron, a resident of Exeter and a freshman at Syracuse University, will air this evening on Comedy Central during the 11:30 p.m. airing of The Colbert Report. The PSA stars seacoast-based actress Constance Witman and Elle Shaheen (Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s granddaughter).
It is being launched nationally and can be viewed on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/0XQK5fj4Q34. Be sure to spread the word. Share the link, and tweet it using #standupstepforward, or like it on Facebook at http://facebook.com/NationalChildrensAlliance. It’s a great project put together by our New Hampshire industry members! Congratulations!
CHARLESTON — A two-day, hands-on workforce training master class hosted by the West Virginia Film Office will take place Dec. 6-7 in Charleston and Dec. 8-9 in Fairmont.
Skills training will be provided by film industry veteran Demian Resnick, a New York-based location manager, who will focus on skill sets needed to become a location scout.
Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office, said the master class is a key component for building upon the state’s film industry labor pool.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Six films will be shown during the International Film Festival at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center in Huntington.
The festival begins Friday with a showing of “Reality.”
Other films scheduled to be shown are “The Untouchables”, “The Silence,” “The Angel’s Share,” “Love is All You Need” and “No.”
The festival runs through Nov. 21.
BEACHWOOD, Ohio – She is only 16 years old, but Beachwood High School junior Maria Alvarez is already making her mark on the international film world.
Beachwood High School junior Maria Alvarez’s short film, “Difference of Opinion,” was the winner in the Best High School Experimental Film category at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood on Oct. 27 in California.
“I was totally shocked because this is the first big festival that I’ve ever entered,” Alvarez said. “I’ve been going to festivals to see movies and it’s so weird to think of mine actually being screened at one.”
It won’t be confused with Cannes, Sundance or any of the high-profile film festivals that annually draw Hollywood’s elite.
But a four-day film festival opening Thursday in an old opera house nestled in Weyauwega’s quaint downtown will share one thing with those buzz-worthy fests — an international flavor.
The third annual Weyauwega International Film Festival takes place Thursday through Nov. 17, featuring 38 independent films. That nearly half of those films come from foreign countries is no accident, said Ian Teal, executive director of WEGA Arts and the driving force, along with his significant other, Kathy Fehl, of the film festival that will be held at the Gerold Opera House.
It’s a wrap for the 26th year of the Virginia Film Festival.
The four-day festival featured more than 100 films, and there were lots of eager audiences. Organizers said almost every screening has been full.
Last year’s 25th anniversary event shattered attendance records, but the festival director said he expects to top last year’s numbers now, as people poured into theaters over the last few days.
The Whistler Film Festival has announced its full film lineup for its 13th annual festival running from Dec. 4 to 8.
Eighty-four films from 14 countries will be shown, selected from more than 700 submissions, the festival said in a release. This includes 42 feature films and 42 shorts that will be shown on five screens.
The feature film list includes an unprecedented 19 world premieres, one English Canadian premiere, 34 Western Canadian premieres, three B.C. premieres and seven Whistler premieres.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com
New York Film Critics Series Launches Tomorrow Nation-wide: with a Special Discount for MovieMaker Readers
The New York Film Critics Series is launching a brand new in-theater series featuring previews of major films screened simultaneously in cities across America. The series kicks off tomorrow, November 5, with Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, with live appearances by Bruce Dern, June Squibb and Will Forte, and moderated by Peter Travers. See below for the press release – and for the promo code that gets MovieMaker readers in New York 30% off ticket prices!
Every Fall, the Global Film Industry Converges in Santa Monica
Filmmakers, producers, directors and writers from around the world come to AFM to gain exposure, discover new projects and make deals. Each year, nearly one billion dollars in deals are sealed at AFM on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production.
The American Film Market and Conferences is held November 6 – 13, 2013 in Santa Monica, CA
Aspiring filmmakers no longer have to head for the hills of Hollywood.
That was the take-home message from producers at the inaugural Chicago Film and Media Summit held Sunday at the Cultural Center.
“We have talented people here who used to have to leave to work in the film industry,” said DePaul University producer in residence Steven A. Jones, whose credits include “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and “The Harvest.” “The filmmaking community in Chicago — it’s getting stronger.”
An estimated 500 people turned out for the free, all-day affair put on by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The summit featured a showcase of short films, small sessions devoted to casting and trailers, and larger panels on film financing, distribution and production. Veteran TV producer Dick Wolf (“Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order”) was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at 5 p.m.
I went to film festivals two weekends in a row, and not once the whole time did I hear anyone say “Do you know who I am?” I didn’t have a brush with stardom, and I wasn’t discovered. I never even had to stand in a line.
The phrase “film festival” still conjures, for many folks, images of starlets cavorting on the beach for photographers in France. Or puffy-coated California artistes invading the slopes of Park City, Utah. Or cigar-chomping L.A. studio bosses on the prowl among the palms, looking for the Next Big Thing to exploit.
There’s some truth to each of those stereotypes. But, while events such as Cannes and Sundance may have a global profile, they’re the exception rather than the rule. Over the last few decades, countless smaller-scale film festivals have sprung up. Portlanders may be familiar with local events, with the Portland International Film Festival the most popular among dozens, ranging from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival to the Portland Humanist Film Festival.
But Oregonians don’t need to schlep into Portland for a taste of the festival experience. This year saw the fourth annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival in La Grande, the 12th annual Ashland International Film Festival, and the inaugural Oregon Coast Film Festival in Bandon, with the seventh annual Eugene Film Festival coming in November, just to name a few. Events like these provide locals with the opportunity to take in films they’d otherwise rarely have a chance to see on the big screen, to meet with filmmakers, and to come together as a cultural community.
Finally, a film festival for the over-50 crowd.
AARP’s Movies For Grownups Film Festival, opening Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 17 at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live, will feature nine films with appeal to the 50-plus moviegoer that are being considered for the organization’s annual Movies For Grownups Awards.
The majority of the films are likely Oscar contenders, and there will be Q&As with cast and filmmakers after the screenings.
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2013 While aimed specifically at children—and also showcasing some films produced by kids—adults can usually find something to love at this weeklong festival going on at Facets and Music Box. For the full lineup, go to cicff.org. Facets Multi-Media and Music Box. Oct 25–Nov 5. $9, kids $6.
The talks will begin on Nov. 4, well in advance of contract expiration and prior to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA negotiations.
Contract negotiations between the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are set to officially begin on Nov. 4, the organizations said Wednesday. The discussions for a new three-year contract will be hosted at the AMPTP’s Sherman Oaks headquarters and conducted under a press blackout.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. — West Virginia State University is holding a workshop for filmmakers on the planning and business aspects of production.
The “Production 101″ workshop is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s open to beginners as well as veteran filmmakers.
The workshop will be presented by producer Lisa Bragg and West Virginia State communications and media studies professor Danny Boyd. Boyd also is a filmmaker and graphic novelist.
DENVER – October 25, 2013 - Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today opened online session proposals for the 3rd annual Creative Industries Summit, which will be held May 1-2, 2014 in Salida. Beginning Friday, October 25, a wide range of professionals in Colorado have the opportunity to submit their session concepts that explore the event theme Creative Convergence. Creative Industries Summit Conference attendees include creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and nonprofit cultural workers, and community leaders.
The Summit planning committee invites proposals that explore trends and developments in the creative industries, share best practices and innovative solutions, and utilize hands-on examples and case studies as a teaching tool. Sessions will be organized within three tracks representing: creative entrepreneurs, creative communities or arts innovation. We are seeking sessions from beginner to advanced that fall into one of six thematic categories: engagement and networking; financing, legal and licensing; implementing business principles in the creative industries; economic development, market trends and demographics; partnerships for success; and planning tools and technologies. Proposals will be accepted in a variety of formats designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Sessions may not be used to sell a consultant’s services or products.
Submissions will be accepted online until December 6, 2013. A statewide program committee will review and recommend proposals. Proposal status notifications will be sent by email in January 2014.
A decade ago, the only thing Jon Gann really knew about film festivals was that he didn’t much care for them. After a year of traveling to dozens with his 9-minute film “Cyberslut,” the man who would go on to found the DC Shorts Film Festival felt defeated by the massive, impersonal cinematic showcases that valued sponsors over filmmakers.
His feelings were crystallized one afternoon when he touched down in France and rushed to a screening of his short, hoping to arrive in time to introduce his movie and greet the audience.
288 films are programmed for this year’s Toronto Film Festival, and commuters heading to the cinema will be treated with 85 more by the end of the fest. All they have to do is look up.
The Toronto Urban Film Festival returns for its seventh year of subterranean shorts programming, with a diverse slate that all come in under one minute. Each day’s programming will play every 10 minutes across 300 screens, planted in the city’s subway platforms.
Factoring in the number of people who utilize Toronto mass transit, the film festival will reach over 1 million people during its run. Arriving from 20 countries across the globe and ranging in medium — from narrative to documentary to animation — the festival’s selections add a dash of the avant-garde over TIFF’s 10 day run.
Although they’re micro-sized, TUFF recognizes individual artists each year. Canadian cult filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Pontypool) joins the fest to select the top three films of the year, as well as the winner of the City of Toronto’s Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers. The awards will be presented at a special awards ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 15.
For those not in Toronto, this year’s selection is available for viewing on the TUFF website, where audiences can also vote to name the 2013 Viewer’s Choice winner.
Submissions for the 2013 Lone Star Film Festival opened January 2, 2013. Filmmakers can take advantage of reduced submissions fees the sooner submissions are made. The festival will take place November 6-10, 2013.
Along with current shifts in the film industry, new models of distribution and exhibition are emerging. This evolution is paving the way for pioneering companies, individuals, and information that will form the future landscape of media.
Knowledge and appreciation of this new frontier can best be gained in live forums where information, ideas, and strategies can be shared in real time as they evolve – such as film festivals positioned at the intersection of new paradigms and established traditions.
In 2012 the Lone Star Film Festival in Sundance Square implemented just such a focus through film competition and strategies that inform and support projects, filmmakers, film professionals and audiences in the rapidly transforming world of independent film distribution.
Submission dates for the 2013 Lone Star Film Festival are as follows:
February 28, 2013 – Earlybird Deadline
June 14, 2013 – Regular Deadline
August 16, 2013 – Late Deadline
August 30, 2013 – WAB Extended Deadline
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AFCI is excited to bring the premiere education and networking event for film commissions to Asia for the first time! AFCI Cineposium 2013 will take place in Jecheon City, Korea on September 30th & October 1st of 2013.
Cineposium is the AFCI’s premier education event – designed as a conference to be conducted on location in a different host region each year – where the film commission community can gather, learn and network. The two-day conference of thought-provoking panels, compelling issues, discussion and hard-hitting presentations by entertainment industry professionals, all designed to expand your awareness and outfit you with knowledge to take your film office to the next level.
July 28–Cautious optimism.
That’s the general feeling as Oahu’s diverse theater groups raise the curtain on the 2013-2014 season. Audience support is generally steady, ticket sales are promising and funding — always a challenge — is much better than it could be.
And for stage fans an enticing assortment of choices awaits.
There’s opera and Shakespeare, blockbuster Broadway musical revivals and edgy modern plays, the works of several resident playwrights and a Disney juggernaut:
–Tony Pisculli and the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival are celebrating a mission accomplished. When “As You Like It” opens next month, the group will have presented the entire Shakespeare canon.
–Tom Holowach and Ron Bright are anticipating a smash run for their production of “Les Miserables” at Paliku Theatre in September.
–The Actors’ Group presents a new work by a local playwright Eric Nemoto next month and will present “Radio Golf,” another in August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” in January.
–Kumu Kahua has Lee Cataluna in November, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth will put a local spin on Cinderella and Peter Rabbit as both troupes continue to spotlight Hawaii playwrights.
–The University of Hawaii’s Kennedy Theatre will celebrate its 50th-anniversary season with “Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals,” a full-costume Chinese opera staged according to traditions but performed in English in February.
–Disney’s “The Lion King” will roar into the Blaisdell Concert Hall for a hana hou engagement that starts in January.
–Hawaii Opera Theatre is switching from its traditional spring season of three full-scale shows in the course of a month to a schedule of three shows spaced evenly throughout the year.
Henry Akina, general and artistic director of HOT, describes it as “a significant change” driven in part by ticket sales.
“Ticket sales, if we’re sold out, account for about 40 percent of our revenue. … We had (ticket sale declines) of 5 percent yearly going back for three years. The opera is a challenged art form — we all know this — and we’re trying to make it relevant and continue a 50-year tradition of presenting opera in Honolulu and 33 years of being our own nonprofit. We think it’s important that there is opera in Honolulu.”
Although ticket sales don’t cover all the costs incurred by any of the local theater groups, they’re an essential part of the financial equation. Pisculli of the Shakespeare Festival says ticket sales cover about 90 percent of production costs and about 60 percent of the company’s total expenses.
“The rest I pay out of pocket,” he said.
The box office covers about half the costs at Honolulu Theatre for Youth and one-third of Kumu Kahua’s budget. Marty Myers, manager of UH’s Kennedy Theatre, relies on a combination of ticket sales and grants to cover production expenses. Extensive additional fundraising is necessary to finance its critically acclaimed full-costumed productions such as “Lady Mu.”
At Windward Community College’s Paliku Theater, Holowach said any profits from ticket sales help maintain the facility. “The rest of our overhead is covered by renting the theater to outside groups during the year,” he said.
In short, all theater groups walk a financial tightrope. Ticket revenue is essential, as is community and corporate support, but prices must be kept low enough so the shows remain affordable to as many people as possible.
Several of Akina’s colleagues share his commitment to “staying relevant” and getting the next generation of potential audiences into the theater. Manoa Valley Theatre, for instance, offers discounts to people 25 and younger.
“There are students going to school for this very thing, so you want to encourage them to be able to see as much theater as possible,” MVT associate producer Bree Bumatai said. “We certainly have an older, more sophisticated crowd, and we (also) do things like ‘Toxic Avenger’ and ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘Rent,’ which brings a lot of the younger musical lovers.”
Fears that major touring company shows such as last season’s “Wicked” and the upcoming “Disney’s The Lion King” gobble up the public’s limited entertainment dollars have not necessarily been justified. In fact, the flashy, popular visiting productions can ignite interest in the theater outside the usual demographic and inspire local stage groups to find a creative niche for success.
The touring company shows “can convince adults that theater for families can be just as creative, innovative and compelling as theater for adults,” said HTY Artistic Director Eric Johnson. “And by making a higher percentage of our work about our specific community, we can create work locally that does not compete with national work, but adds a unique voice to the theatrical conversation at large.
“While new work is considered ‘riskier’ in most communities, we have found that the opportunity to provide programing that really speaks to the place and people living in Hawaii is also interesting to young people, teachers and families who are looking for something they won’t easily experience on television or in the movies.”
Season ticket sales at HTY have doubled in the past two years, according to Johnson.
While several theater companies reported a significant hit when the national touring company production of “The Lion King” played Honolulu in 2007, John Rampage, artistic director of Diamond Head Theatre, echoed the experiences of other groups that found that “Wicked” didn’t have the same impact.
“We were doing ‘Annie’ (while ‘Wicked’ was here), and we sold out every performance,” Rampage said. “We knew it was coming before we planned the season, so we were able to plan accordingly.”
Holowach explained that local audiences weren’t as familiar with “Wicked” as they were with “The Lion King,” so advance ticket sales for the touring production were sluggish.
“Young people and theater aficionados knew it, but not so much the usual live-theater demographics. Once the buzz got out about how good a show it was — I actually loved it — then they sold out. But the (delay) gave the local theaters a chance to sell tickets to our regular seasons without the money vacuum-cleaner effect of ‘Lion King’ (in 2007).”
He added that audience familiarity is essential to a successful show.
“We know that the fall musicals with Mr. Bright will always be popular — with the caveat that they still must be shows that the audience is familiar with. In our brief history we have only had four major shows do poorly: ‘Noises Off,’ ‘Big River,’ ‘Pajama Game’ and ‘Once on This Island.’ Feedback indicates the major problem was audience unfamiliarity. The quality was uniformly good.”
Myers at Kennedy Theatre agreed theatergoers are more cautious with their spending and “wait until they hear about a show before buying a ticket.”
“Audiences used to be more game to try anything that was on the season and would commit in advance,” he said. “Season tickets are not nearly as popular now as they once were.
“We have a captive market in UH-Manoa students who can attend at very low prices and do seem to come out and try many of our offerings, especially edgier things like our Late Night Theatre program. The community audience is fickle. Last season we did a dance program, ‘Taiko Drum and Dance,’ that featured taiko drums at its core, and it sold out in advance and was the talk of the town. We could have added many more performances. We haven’t had such demand for a dance program in many years. So you just never know what it going to tickle people’s fancies.”
SO DOES the need to generate ticket sales and market share push theater groups to become edgier or play it safe and recycle proven favorites? A look at the 2013-2014 schedule suggests a willingness to stray from familiar fare.
Nemoto, founder and president of The Actors’ Group, reports that thanks to “a small core of staunch supporters who have hung in with us through the good and the bad,” the stage company will again be presenting an “eclectic collection of plays — some classics, some originals, some edgy — plays that we want to do rather than what we have to do (to survive).”
Rampage says DHT has “been pushing the envelope in the last couple years as we’ve been doing more contemporary pieces. They have stronger language, they have slightly more risque jokes than they used to just a few years ago … (but) we’re always aware of what the audience wants and is expecting from the theater.”
Rampage may have the coming season’s biggest decision to make regarding “pushing the envelope” when DHT presents “Show Boat.” As written and originally staged on Broadway in 1927, the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical uses the N-word in addressing the issues of race and racism in the American South. The racist term has never been more incendiary than it is now, and it hasn’t always been included in politically correct revival productions.
Rampage doesn’t want the language to overshadow the show, but also wants to honor the writers’ intent.
“It’s not that it was shocking (in 1927); it’s that it was meant to shock, which I think is different,” he said. “When Kern and Hammerstein used the N-word repeatedly, they wanted the audience to know that this is not a fluff piece, it is dealing with important issues.
“They were being cutting-edge at the time — and they were making a statement about miscegenation, about bigotry. Do I water that down because it contains the N-word, or do I do it the way they intended? It makes it much more hard-hitting and contemporary, and reminds you that it is not just an old valentine of a show.”
Rampage said he is “probably going to do it as written.”
DIAMOND HEAD THEATRE
520 Makapuu Ave., 733-0274; http://www.diamondheadtheatre.com
–”Cabaret”: The ever-popular John Kander and Fred Ebb musical about love and death in the decadent cabaret scene of early Nazi Berlin. Sept. 27-Oct. 13
–”Elf”: A man raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole teaches New York the true meaning of Christmas. Dec. 6-22
–”Stepping Out”: A comedy about perseverance and friendship in which eight bumbling amateur tap dancers from disparate backgrounds and with different motivations must overcome personal problems while preparing for a performance. Jan. 31-Feb. 16
–”Show Boat”: The Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein musical tale of love and racism that revolutionized Broadway when it debuted in 1927. March 28-April 13
–”Catch Me if You Can”: A teenage con man leads a fabulous life until he is apprehended. May 23-June 8
–Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’”: “Lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” this comedy includes spoofs of well-known Broadway musicals. July 18-Aug. 3
DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS
Blaisdell Concert Hall, 593-9468 (group sales), 800-745-3000 (single-ticket sales);
http://www.ticketmaster.com and http://www.lionking.com
–”Disney The Lion King”: This groundbreaking production, based on the 1994 animated film with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice about lions, hyenas and the “Circle of Life,” returns for a hana hou engagement. Jan. 14-March 9
HAWAII PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
45-045 Kamehameha Highway
–”Tartuffe”: French playwright Moliere’s classic satire of religious hypocrisy, featuring a wily opportunist and swindler who plots to defraud a wealthy aristocrat. Nov. 8-Dec 8
–Spring production to be announced, April 8-May 4
HAWAII OPERA THEATRE
Blaisdell Concert Hall
–”Turandot”: In one of Puccini’s best known operas, a mysterious suitor puts his life on the line to win the hand of an imperious princess in ancient China. Oct. 11, 13 and 15.
–”Carmina Burana” and “I Pagliacci”: The classic Leoncavallo tale of a cuckolded clown is paired with a modern scenic cantata based on poems from medieval Italy. March 28 and 30, and April 1
–”The Mikado”: Gilbert & Sullivan’s famed comic opera about life, love, conspiracy and a foiled execution in a mythic version of ancient Japan. June 13-15 and 20-22.
HAWAII SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nuuanu Ave.
–”Troilus and Cressida”: Festival co-founder R. Kevin Garcia Doyle directs Shakespeare’s tragicomedy on the Trojan War. Ends today
–”Timon of Athens”: Eleanor Svaton and festival co-founder Tony Pisculli share directing duties in presenting a “gender-blind” version of Shakespeare’s tale of conspicuous consumption, heartbreak and revenge in ancient Greece. Aug. 9-18
–”As You Like It”: The festival completes its presentation of every play in the canon with one of the Bard’s best-known
romantic comedies. Aug. 23-Sept. 1
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–”I Wish … Wishing Tales from Around the World”: “Be careful what you wish for” is the theme as ‘Ohi’a Productions presents musical versions of short stories from China, Hungary and India. Sept. 21.
–”The Mikado”: Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Opera Express presents a one-act version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic operetta. Nov. 6
–”Hansel and Gretel: The Real Story”: A unique twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. March 8-9
–”Much Ado about Nothing”: High school actors take on the challenge posed by Shakespeare’s witty dialogue in this popular comedy. April 25-26
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–”A Korean Cinderella”: Honolulu actor/playwright Alvin Chan rewrites the classic European-American fairy tale as a Korean folk tale with a touch of K-pop. Aug. 23-Sept. 21
–”Lono’s Journey”: HTY celebrates the Hawaiian New Year by bringing new life to old artifacts with Hawaiian language, music, dance, sport and puppetry. Oct. 18-Nov. 9
–”Nothing is the Same”: The lives of four 11-year-olds are changed forever when the Japanese attack Schofield Barracks on Dec. 7, 1941. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 7 and 14
–”Auntie Martha and the Nene (Goose)”: An unexpected visit from a goose changes Auntie Martha’s life forever. Jan 10-Feb. 1
–”Peter Rabbit and the Garden”: HTY’s version of Beatrix Potter’s cautionary tale “explores the fine line between curiosity and responsibility.” Designed to appeal to a preschool audience. Feb. 22-March 8
–”Icarus Fights the Minotaur”: Hawaii playwright Yokanaan Kearns uses characters from several stories from ancient Greece in his version of the story of the boy who flew too close to the sun. Feb. 21-March 8
–”Grinds”: A “musical romp” through the subject of food in Hawaii. Why do we eat what we eat? Where do we grow what we eat? Why does that even matter? April 4-May 10
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–”Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?”: The fictional Charlie Chan and the real-life detective he was modeled after join forces to fight crime in Honolulu. Aug. 22-Sept. 22
–”Flowers of Hawai’i”: Lee Cataluna explores family relationships with 10 “playlets.” Nov. 7-Dec. 8
–”Moa a Mo’i”: Legends of Umi, the “peasant prince,” as retold by Jean Charlot. Jan. 23-Feb. 23
–”Cockadoodledoo”: Playwright Eric Yokomori’s surrealistic tale about a chunk from a meteor that lands in a farmer’s chicken coop, changing everything, including the chickens and his friend Ziggy. Other odd characters include an evil ventriloquist, a masochistic postman, a mercenary wannabe, Zorro and God. March 27-April 27
–”Koi, Like the Fish”: An ailing man can no longer live alone, but the alternative doesn’t make him happy. May 29-June 29
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–”The Toxic Avenger”: Melvin Ferd III is dumped in a vat of radioactive toxic waste and emerges “a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength” determined to “save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the blind librarian” in his hometown. Sept. 12-29
–”Chinglish”: An American businessman who hopes to establish his family’s sign-making business in China discovers that what is lost and found in translation has a lot more to say about cross-cultural errors than simple miscommunication. Nov. 14-Dec. 1
–”The Odd Couple”: Messy Olive Madison and neat freak Florence Unger move in together after their respective marriages fail. Jan. 16-Feb. 2
–”Rent”: The popular rock musical follows impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. March 13-30
–”Clybourne Park”: A Pulitzer Prize-winning prequel and sequel to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” May 22-June 8
–”Smokey Joe’s Cafe”: The hits of Top 40 songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are the fodder for this jukebox musical. July 3-20
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–”Les Miserables”: Tom Holowach and Ron Bright present their version of the international mega-hit about love, honor, life, death and revolution in 19th-century France. Sept. 20-Oct. 20
–Spring production to be announced.
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–”Outage”: An all-night blackout forces a college professor to “face the fragility of her fractured life” with her ex-husband and her current partner. Aug. 9-Sept. 1
–”The World of Jackie Claxton”: TAG founder Eric Nemoto and island filmmaker Jeff Katts tell the story of a woman “whose desire to discover her true identity will take her to hell and back.” Aug. 12-14 and 19-21
–Young Playwrights Festival: Featuring works by students in grades 6 through 12. Sept. 5-8
–”The Heiress”: A 1947-vintage drama about romance and fortune hunting in New York. Oct. 11-Nov. 3
–”Hollywood Arms”: The “funny and moving” story of three generations of women living on welfare one block north of Hollywood Boulevard. Dec. 6-29
–”Radio Golf”: TAG continues its annual presentation of plays from August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” with this story of an ambitious entrepreneur who wants to be the first African-American mayor of Pittsburgh. Jan. 31-Feb. 23
–”Red”: A master abstract expressionist artist discovers that his crowning achievement could also be his undoing. March 28-April 20
–”Glengarry Glen Ross”: David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about foul-mouthed salesmen who will stop at nothing to close a deal and sabotage their colleagues. May 23-June 15
–”Resistance!”: An escaped slave challenges the Fugitive Slave Act in 19th century Pennsylvania. July 11- Aug. 3
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
Kennedy Theatre/Main Stage
–”Big Love”: Theater professor Ian Belton directs a modern take on “The Suppliants” by Aeschylus, “the oldest Western play known to wo/mankind.” Sept. 27-28, Oct. 3-6
–”Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals”: The conflicts between personal ethics and familial and national duty, and the power of youthful exuberance versus the wisdom of age, are the themes of this Jing Ju (Beijing Opera) performed in English. Feb. 20-23 and Feb. 27-March 2
–”The Very Persistent Gaspers of Frig”: What do you do when hundreds of little orange monsters shriek with delight at the sight of your family goat? A musical based on the novel by George Saunders. April 11-12 and 18-20
Kennedy Theatre/Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
–”The Wild Party”: A “gritty musical” set in the age of Prohibition, based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March. Oct. 23-27
–”Queens of the Night”: An original cross-cultural play inspired by a double murder in 1933. Nov 16-17 and 22-23
–”very still & hard to see”: An architect encounters a shape-shifting demon while building a hotel and makes a deal that will shape the hotel and the people who stay there. March 12-15
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July 28–ABINGDON, Va. — Get ready to party.
Abingdon’s mid-summer extravaganza, the legendary Virginia Highlands Festival, returns this coming week — a few days shorter that last year, but, organizers say, still packing all the fun and excitement of yesteryear.
“I think it’s more exciting to squeeze it down,” said longtime festival volunteer Sandra Parker.
Originally launched in the late 1940s by Barter Theatre founder Robert Porterfield, the Virginia Highlands Festival offers a mix of arts, antiques, theatrical productions and outdoor activities each August.
Look for canoe rides, hikes, a bike ride and bird talks.
Opening day is Friday, Aug. 2 for events. The antiques market at Virginia Highlands Community College runs Aug. 3-11. The theme of this year’s festival is “The Jewel of the Blue Ridge.”
The festival’s signature artist, Nadya Warthen-Gibson, who lives in Abingdon, and is a member of the Arts Depot, has created a signature piece of art called “The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts” on a large acrylic painting on plywood. This painting is on display at the Abingdon Visitors Center.
“This piece contains my thoughts on the Virginia Highlands Festival and memories from the town of Abingdon as a whole,” the artist said in a statement.
The festival’s signature art is an annual commission, which carries a $1,000 prize for the chosen artist.
The festival hosts more than 100 artisans during this year’s Arts and Crafts Show, held Aug. 2-11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Remsburg Drive between Cummings and Wall Street in downtown Abingdon, just off I-81 Exit 17.
Handmade jewelry, pottery, woodworking, iron work, home products and artisan foods will be available for as little as $1.
“We’re pleased to have several vendors new to the festival, along with returning favorites, including some that have been absent for a few years,” festival president Julie Donovan said in a release.
Some artists travel hundreds of miles to be in the Festival — from Georgia, Florida and Louisiana. And many have been participating in the festival for more than a decade.
This year, the festival includes book signings by authors like Rodney Smith of Bristol, Va., plus demonstrations by artists featured at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon.
Additional demonstrations in basket making, chair caning and more will be offered by the members of the Holston Mountain Artisans Cooperative at the group’s shop, located at 214 Park Street in Abingdon, throughout the festival.
Music and Food
Parents can bring the kids to the youth tent, located in the middle of arts and crafts, for free activities and shows throughout the day.
The festival food court is situated at the Farmers Market end of Remsburg Drive.
On weekend days and most week nights, the Farmers Market Pavilion rings with live music, including a Celtic music weekend, local rock, country and Americana bands and a special youth concert and talent show.
Look for Celtic weekend shows on Aug. 3-4, featuring Sharon Knight, Maidens IV, Tempest, Rathkeltair and the Appalachian Highlanders. “I’m always excited about Celtic weekend,” said Sandra Parker, the chairman of the festival’s music committee. “And every night there’s something going on, music-wise.”
Also on tap: a gospel music concert featuring Paul Williams and Victory Trio as well as the Primitive Quartet, held on Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center’s Grand Hall. “It’s going to be a great concert,” said show organizer Major Pounders. “These are the same groups we had last year.”
History and Haunts
The popular Colonial Trade Faire is being held at the Muster Grounds, along Colonial Road, on Aug. 2-11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with demonstration in woodworking and pottery.
The Civil War Weekend happens Aug. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., also at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.
You can find a lecture series on weekdays, Aug. 5-9, at 2:30 p.m. on various topics of local history at the depot of the Historical Society of Washington County, Va., on Depot Square. “The festival’s roots were the heritage and culture of this region,” said Martha Keys, a historical society member.
Look, too, for showings of Jerry Sword’s documentary film “This Place is Haunted,” featuring an interview with Bristol historian V.N. “Bud” Phillips and Abingdon storyteller Donnamarie Emmert.
“This Place is Haunted” shows at 8 p.m. on both Aug. 2 and Aug 3 at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to show it at the festival, and I’m excited about the fact that it’s going to be an outdoor show, and I think that’s going to be a lot of fun, and I still think that there are lot of people out there who need to see it,” said Sword, a filmmaker from Russell County, Va.
“The festival is woven into the fabric and history of this town,” Sword said, “and one day this film will be woven into that same fabric, so I think it’s only fitting that it’s here.”
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You Should Know
–What & Where: Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, Va.
–When: Aug. 2-11
–Information Tent: A festival information tent is located in the arts and crafts area, next to the kettle corn booth. Volunteers are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions about any festival events.
All details are featured in the Highlander Magazine, available at various locations in the Tri-Cities, including Abingdon and Bristol.
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As of now the nomination period has ended and we’re excited to begin the actual voting process!
The other really great thing is that we’ve divided this year’s list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll still be ranking the “25 Coolest Festivals” in the general category, we’ll also be ranking the top five festivals in 10 other categories, ranging from horror to comedy, from ethnic to LGBT, in upcoming weeks. Now tiny genre fests and larger, more well-funded organizations alike can compete on their own terms – so if you don’t see your favorite festival here this week, look for it in the next 10 weeks.
Here’s how it works: The 80 festivals in the general category that receive the most nominations will compete for the top 25 slots. The 20 festivals with the most nominations in each of the sub categories, similarly, will go on to compete for the top five slots. Each week MovieMaker will be running one or two vote-offs to find the festivals that our readers think are the coolest. All the festivals that make our final list will appear in print in the Fall issue of MovieMaker.
About general voting: The first 40 festivals in the general category will compete this week, beginning today and concluding Monday at midnight. The second 40 festivals will engage in the same process, starting next week. The two weeks of voting will create our top 20 festivals, leaving five remaining slots on our list to be hashed out amongst 20 runner-up festivals (the top ranking festivals that came close to, but did not win, their category).
How do you ensure that your favorite festival makes the top 25? Tell your family, friends, co-workers, anyone and everyone to vote, vote, vote!
Aug. 2-4, 2013
48 Hour Film Project
|The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and your team have a blast making a movie. All writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, that must be included in your movie. 48 hours later, you must submit your film. Next? Your masterpiece will show on the big screen of a local theater! In 2013 the 48HFP will visit more than 120 cities where more than 60,000 people will make short films. The Project has truly spread to the 4 corners of the globe as filmmakers from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas will compete to see who can make the best short film in a weekend.
If you are looking to join a team, people are looking for you: www.48hourfilm.com/join
Film Festival details at: www.48hourfilm.com
The Intendence Film Festival starts today and runs through the 30th.
The Intendence Film Festival is a gift to the people of Colorado. Its mission is to provide an inclusive film event that features the world-class talents of the Colorado film industry while acknowledging good filmmaking wherever it originates. It also encourages and recognizes emerging young filmmakers
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Professors from the Southern Methodist University — Division of Film and Media Arts will present highly focused information on film topics and tricks of the trade to small classes. It’s a unique, hands-on learning opportunity that goes well beyond standard classroom work. And it’s summer camp, so you know it’s fun!
Click here to download the required DFS Summer Camp Registration form and permission slip (PDF). You can mail your payment when returning the form, or choose a Paypal payment option below. Registration deadline is June 26.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, July 9th & Wednesday, July 10th: Storytelling for the Screen
Do you remember a great line from a movie, or a spectacular action sequence? Has a film ever made you laugh or cry or scared you out of your seat? Well, somebody writes moments like those into film scripts, and next time it could be you! In this workshop, students will learn to generate ideas, organize them in their mind, punch them up with excitement and then write them down on the page in a screenplay format. It’s your first step to becoming a great screenwriter!
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, July 11th & Friday, July 12th: Production Boot Camp
This workshop introduces you to the techniques, language, and process of filmmaking. You’ll learn basic filmmaking techniques, including camera angles, shots, lighting, sound recording, and directing. We’ll give students a foundation in a filmmaker’s vocabulary, help them develop critical thinking skills, and give them ideas on how to distribute their future projects. But wait … there’s more! We’ll have many hands-on activities, including storyboarding, screenwriting, acting, writing film reviews, and making a movie!
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, July 15th & Tuesday, July 16th : Clowning for the Camera
Learn how great silent film comedians, like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy, crafted their characters, and how they were able to make audiences all over the world laugh at and with them! These great actors learned how to create a moment using only their facial expressions and body movements, and you can too. The first day of the workshop will showcase some of the masterpieces of silent film comedy; and on the the second day, students will create their own short silent comedy!
Each two-day workshop will run daily from 10 am–3 pm. All supplies are provided.
The cost for Summer Film Camp is as follows:
A single two-day workshop
$110 (DFS Members)
$135 (non-DFS members)
All three workshops
$255 (DFS Members)
$330 (non-DFS members)
For more information, contact Reneé Contreras at 214-720-0555 or email@example.com
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is now accepting short film submissions and web series from all states west of the Mississippi for its August 2013 Short Film Showcase. Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, June 3. All entries postmarked after that date will be placed in contention for the Foundation’s April 2014 event.
There is no entry fee, nor is there a cost to attend the screening, which is held in Los Angeles, twice a year.
All shorts MUST be produced under a SAG Short Film or SAG-AFTRA New Media contract for consideration, run no longer than 15 minutes, including credits (no exceptions), and be completed films.
The showcase is open to all types of cinematic expression, and is designed to encourage union members, and others, to create their own projects. In addition to the screening, the evening includes a Q&A with the directors and producers, and an opportunity to network with those in attendance.
Please share this info with all your filmmaker friends. Filmmakers may submit a regular DVD copy of their film – no Blu-Ray, please — which should be clearly labeled with a title, email contact address and the project’s SAG-AFTRA or SAG production number to:
SAG FOUNDATION SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
5757 Wilshire Blvd. #124
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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As a volunteer, you are a key component to making the Festival work. Volunteers not only go behind the scenes, but are also at the forefront of the Festival, ensuring that our filmmakers and guests have an enjoyable experience. Whether it’s working in theater operations, answering ticketing questions, or setting up a Q&A panel, volunteers help bring to life a world-class cinematic event.
Volunteers work a minimum of 20 hours during the Festival and must attend one MANDATORY orientation meeting, either Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm OR Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The orientation will cover details of what is expected of you, how the Festival runs and other information to get you fully prepared to volunteer.
All volunteer candidates must register on Shiftboard: shiftboard.com/filmindependent.
Shiftboard allows you to sign up for shifts that best accommodate your availability during the Festival. We are more than happy to help anyone that may need assistance navigating Shiftboard, though we recommend you view the tutorials in the “Help/FAQ” section before contacting us.
Please contact email@example.com with any inquiries, and register today on Shiftboard!
Interns assist with the preparations leading up to the Festival, ideally working with a department that matches their career interests. Internship dates vary by department, but generally begin in May and go through the end of June. Interns are required to work one day per week, and full time from June 10 – 28.
Departments currently seeking Festival interns include:
If you are interested in an unpaid Festival internship, please send a cover letter, attached resume, your availability, department(s) of interest and one professional reference to firstname.lastname@example.org with “INTERN: [Your Name]” in the subject line.
Candidates specifically interested in the Sponsorship/Fundraising department please send the above information to email@example.com.
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.