Jan 312011
short film
by vancouverfilmschool

January 22, 2009 – In response to the new United Nations report “Children in Armed Conflict”, Plan Canada urges the Security Council to do more than simply debate the issue when it meets in New York in a special session on February 12. Urgent action is needed to defuse a ticking time bomb of traumatized and alienated child soldiers, often kidnapped by armed groups and brainwashed to become brutal killers.

“These children face even more hardships when they return home,” said Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO Plan Canada. “Not only do they have to live with the stigma of what they’ve done, but they have to deal with communities and even family members that are often terrified of them.”
The Secretary General’s report (published January 30) highlights conflicts in countries such as Uganda, Sudan, Colombia, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone and others – all countries where Plan works.  Findings include:
child victims of conflict – both girls and boys – endure unimaginable experiences that leave them traumatized and vulnerable to further abuse;

children in refuge camps are at particular risk of abduction, as well as rape and other forms of physical and mental abuse;

not enough is being done to give former child soldiers real hope for the future;

the systematic and deliberate attacks on schoolchildren, teachers and school buildings have escalated in certain countries.

Plan Canada calls on the international community to provide additional funding for projects to help former child soldiers reintegrate into society. More must also be done to protect children from abduction by armed groups. Solutions require real actions. Plan has now moved into three provinces in Northern Uganda to rebuild communities destroyed after 20 years of vicious civil war. In addition to rebuilding basic infrastructure, Plan’s work also focuses on conflict resolution and the reintegration of child soldiers and abducted girls back into society.

“Even a simple thing like training a young person to drive a truck gives them hope that they can once again become a valuable part of their community, ” said McCarney. 

Rosemary McCarney has traveled to Northern Uganda and to Sudan, including Darfur, and can provide valuable insight into the plight of child soldiers and their communities.

Plan Canada is an international child-centered development agency that operates in 66 countries across the world, with no political or religious affiliations.Please visit the website at www.plancanada.ca/sponsorachild

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Some cool movie images:

The Movie Project meets Venetia: V:005 – Looks up
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Technical info

Location: Sestriere di San Polo, Venice, Italy
Lens: Nikkor 24-70mm (ƒ/2.8G) — ƒ/2.8
Shoot: ISO 200 | 1/1400s — full manual
Filters: none
Strobist: none

The Story:

New story from the unseen Venice project: new project "The Movie Project meets: Venetia" from the "The Movie Project meets:" series.

Venice is a rich place.

Rich in buildings, rich in arts, rich in… water, but above all is rich, really rich, for you eyes pleasure.

One thing you need to bear in mind is to move your eyes 360°, constantly.

Little treasures are waiting for you, to be discovered. :)

The little treasure you are seeing is one of the most Venice’s life peculiarity: clothes hanging.

Since the living space is not always so large, there are not so many gardens available, many peoples left to dry the clothes hanging from a rope or string.

It’s a real popular use.

So, keeping your eyes up, you could see an elegant, original and coloured life’s painting like this. ;)

Movie to Misc
movie

Movie Toys transitioning into Misc Liked figured that don’t fit elsewhere.

This is not all of my Transformers just the ones I keep out on display.

I was Originally going to try to use Live Photo Gallery to make a Panorama but it didn’t work out so here are the raw photos.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2007

Film Movement (www.FilmMovement.com), U.S. film distributor for award-winning, independent and foreign films, is offering 3 and 6 month Gift Subscription Packages, with the option of adding on ‘bonus films’ and specialty film “DVD Packs,” that bring selected award-winning films from different categories right to the doors of your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

The Subscription Packages are 3 or 6 months long. Each package provides 2 DVD a month, 1 feature-length film and 1 short film.

With award-winning films from around the world, a Film Movement subscription is like having an entire film festival delivered to your door. Also, there is the option of adding on 3 or 6 “bonus films.”

In addition, Film Movement introduces DVD Packs for both subscribers & non-subscribers. With the DVD Packs, film lovers will receive a set of 3 award-winning films from the following categories: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Spiritual, Documentary, Celebrity, Spanish-language, French-language, Italian-language, Asian and English language.

Choose from the following DVD Packs, just $ 29.95 for subscribers and $ 39.95 for non-subscribers. Synopses of all films can be found at www.FilmMovement.com.

Sundance Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Sundance Film Festival):

Ali Zaoua

Manito

Monster Thursday

Cannes Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Cannes Film Festival):

Who’s Camus Anyway?

Raja

Road to Koktobel

Spanish-Language DVD Pack:

Carol’s Journey

Viva Cuba

Madeinusa

French-Language DVD Pack:

Hop

Viva Laldjerie

Dreams of Dust

Italian-Language DVD Pack:

Agata & the Storm

Ginger and Cinnamon

Light of My Eyes

English-Language DVD Pack:

A Simple Curve

Morlang

The Rage in Placid Lake

Asian DVD Pack:

A Peck on Cheek

Drifters

Be With Me

Spiritual DVD Pack:

Let the Church Say Amen

Le Grand Voyage

The Island

Films with Celebrities DVD Pack:

‘Wilby Wonderful’ with Sandra Oh

‘The Rage in Placid Lake’ with Ben Lee

‘The Party’s Over’ with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Documentary DVD Pack:

Our Town

The Party’s Over

Let the Church Say Amen

In addition, consumers can also choose from the following Film Movement DVD-of-the-Month Club Subscription Packages:

6 Month Subscription + 6 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 119.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    6 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness, Inch’Allah Dimanche, Campfire, How I Spent the End of the World
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    6 month subscription without bonus films – $ 67.95

6 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 95.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case

3 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 67.95

    3 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    3 Month subscription without bonus films – $ 35.95

About Film Movement: Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 100 feature films and shorts from 27 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other prestigious festivals. Film Movement releases its films through many different distribution channels including theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television outlets (such as Sundance Channel, IFC, & Showtime) and can also be seen on In-flight Entertainment on Continental Airlines. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com

Media Contact: Loren Pomerantz: (212) 583-0338 /

Company Contact: Meghan Wurtz (212) 941-7744 x 201 /

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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2007

Film Movement (www.FilmMovement.com), U.S. film distributor for award-winning, independent and foreign films, is offering 3 and 6 month Gift Subscription Packages, with the option of adding on ‘bonus films’ and specialty film “DVD Packs,” that bring selected award-winning films from different categories right to the doors of your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

The Subscription Packages are 3 or 6 months long. Each package provides 2 DVD a month, 1 feature-length film and 1 short film.

With award-winning films from around the world, a Film Movement subscription is like having an entire film festival delivered to your door. Also, there is the option of adding on 3 or 6 “bonus films.”

In addition, Film Movement introduces DVD Packs for both subscribers & non-subscribers. With the DVD Packs, film lovers will receive a set of 3 award-winning films from the following categories: Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Spiritual, Documentary, Celebrity, Spanish-language, French-language, Italian-language, Asian and English language.

Choose from the following DVD Packs, just $ 29.95 for subscribers and $ 39.95 for non-subscribers. Synopses of all films can be found at www.FilmMovement.com.

Sundance Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Sundance Film Festival):

Ali Zaoua

Manito

Monster Thursday

Cannes Film Festival DVD Pack (All films won awards at the Cannes Film Festival):

Who’s Camus Anyway?

Raja

Road to Koktobel

Spanish-Language DVD Pack:

Carol’s Journey

Viva Cuba

Madeinusa

French-Language DVD Pack:

Hop

Viva Laldjerie

Dreams of Dust

Italian-Language DVD Pack:

Agata & the Storm

Ginger and Cinnamon

Light of My Eyes

English-Language DVD Pack:

A Simple Curve

Morlang

The Rage in Placid Lake

Asian DVD Pack:

A Peck on Cheek

Drifters

Be With Me

Spiritual DVD Pack:

Let the Church Say Amen

Le Grand Voyage

The Island

Films with Celebrities DVD Pack:

‘Wilby Wonderful’ with Sandra Oh

‘The Rage in Placid Lake’ with Ben Lee

‘The Party’s Over’ with Philip Seymour Hoffman

Documentary DVD Pack:

Our Town

The Party’s Over

Let the Church Say Amen

In addition, consumers can also choose from the following Film Movement DVD-of-the-Month Club Subscription Packages:

6 Month Subscription + 6 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 119.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    6 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness, Inch’Allah Dimanche, Campfire, How I Spent the End of the World
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    6 month subscription without bonus films – $ 67.95

6 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 95.95

    6 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case

3 Month Subscription + 3 Bonus Films + DVD Case – $ 67.95

    3 monthly films with free shipping (1 feature length film & 1 short film a month)
    3 Bonus films: Be With Me, Hawaii Oslo, Something Like Happiness
    Film Movement 24 DVD Carrying Case
o    3 Month subscription without bonus films – $ 35.95

About Film Movement: Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 100 feature films and shorts from 27 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other prestigious festivals. Film Movement releases its films through many different distribution channels including theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television outlets (such as Sundance Channel, IFC, & Showtime) and can also be seen on In-flight Entertainment on Continental Airlines. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com

Media Contact: Loren Pomerantz: (212) 583-0338 /

Company Contact: Meghan Wurtz (212) 941-7744 x 201 /

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Jan 282011

by mharrsch

In the 1880s, the American stage was dominated by ‘Vaudeville shows’ which was cherished by the residents of North America. Being the primitive genre of variety entertainment, these shows differed from burlesque or minstrelsy. But as entrepreneurs started experimenting with their movie-making skills, these shows lost all their glory.


In 1910, director D.W.Griffith and his troop started filming in downtown Los Angeles. While searching for a more apt location, they found it in a village miles northward — ‘Hollywood’. The first movie shot by Griffith in Hollywood was In Old California, a melodrama of California. Thorough research work identified a number of points which helped in establishing Hollywood movies. But it was Griffith’s ‘Birth of a Nation’ which was the pioneering movie.


Gradually, with the growth of Hollywood industry, films were exhibited in Nicholodeon halls. Ambitious people in the production side emerged as controlling heads of movie studios. They aided the internationalization of films to reduce American provincialism. In no time, the industry produced about 400 movies a year, with an audience of 9,00,00,000 Americans per week.


The American studios, however, confronted major difficulties when their sound productions were rejected in various foreign language markets. Also, the synchronization technique was too primitive. In the 1930s, parallel language versions of films were produced to provide a befitting solution to the problem. With rapid advancement of synchronization, dubbing also became more realistic.


During the Golden Age of Hollywood (1920-1950), the film industry was at the peak of its success. Adherence to the formula of western slapstick comedy was the formula and musical animated cartoon contributed to it. The same creative team worked on films made by the same studio.


The most renowned studios were Warner Bros., MGM, RKO, etc. Each studio had its own specialized characteristics, a trait not seen today. Yet, each film was unique in its own flavor, since the moviemakers were all artists and creative people. The release of classics that enriched the industry, were Wutheirng Heights, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, and such other masterpieces. In the late 1940s, the separation of the production of films from their exhibition and the advent of television led to the decline of the studio system.


The postclassical cinema gave birth to directors from a new school of thought. They introduced new filming techniques and strategies and developed upon the prevailing ones. Films like Jaws, Godfather, Psycho, and other modern blockbusters have no doubt added a new dimension to Hollywood. With independent films, another new generation of moviemakers came forward with films which were often innovative, critical, unconventional, and contradictory. However, for their considerable financial success and crossover into popular culture, they have become a very influential part of the Hollywood mainstream films.


With the passage of generations, directors with their exclusive style and innovations have come up with intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking creations, making the history of Hollywood movies interesting as well as amazing.

Road to ‘Oz’ may lead Johnny Depp to Michigan
Michigan’s biggest Hollywood movie project yet — a $ 105-million production at a huge new studio in Pontiac — has won approval for a $ 40-million tax credit that alone comprises more than 60% of all credits for 26 projects approved in the last six months of 2010.

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Jan 282011

Check out these new release film images:

January 9th: Jennifer Montgomery’s The Agonal Phase & Michael Wallin’s Decodings
new release film

We are excited to partner again with the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar to bring in Jennifer Montgomery who presents her feature Deliver on Monday at Anthology Film Archives as part of their monthly Flaherty NYC Series.

The Agonal Phase by Jennifer Montgomery
USA, 2010, 42 minutes, digital projection

In the aftermath of a death things may seem very quiet, but there are struggles going on so deep not even those who struggle can recognize them. This film looks and listens for signs of those struggles. Psychoanalytic interjections consider the nature of time and rumination, and are used to step outside of the terribly interiorized state of mourning.
The agonal phase: the visible events that take place when life is in the act of extricating itself from protoplasm too compromised to sustain it any longer. They are like some violent outbursts of protest arising deep in the primitive unconscious raging against the too-hasty departure of the spirit; no matter its preparation by even months of antecedent illness, the body often is reluctant to agree to the divorce.

Decodings by Michael Wallin
USA, 1988, 16 minutes
“Michael Wallin’s Decodings is a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory, in this case, found footage from the ’40s and ’50s. … The search for self ends in aching poignancy with stills of a boy and his mother at the kitchen table, catching the moment that marks the dawning of anguish and loss; desire becomes imprinted on that which was long ago.” – Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice
“Decodings is a magical, seamless work that manages to beguile even as it probes areas tender to the touch. Its tale is beautifully told ….” – Patrick Hoctel, SF Weekly
“Explodes with Buñuel’s sensuousness and a Hitchcockian narrative irony ….” – Doug Sadownick, LA Weekly
“Wallin’s achievement in Decodings is to create a powerfully inventive work that conveys with dramatic intensity strong feelings of remembrance and loss from images that have been extracted from the culture. … Wallin has succeeded in creating from various film sources a work that emphasizes the fragility and ultimate vulnerability of human expression and relationships.” – John G. Hanhardt, Whitney Biennial catalogue, 1989

Jennifer Montgomery’s film titles include Deliver (2008), Notes on the Death of Kodachrome (2006), Threads of Belonging (2003), Transitional Objects (2000), Troika (1998), Art For Teachers of Children (1995), I, a Lamb (1992), Age 12: Love With a Little L (1990), and Home Avenue (1989). Her newest film, The Agonal Phase (2010), recently premiered at the New York Film Festival.
These films range from experimental essays to experimental features, and are distributed by Zeitgeist Films, Waterbearer Films, Women Make Movies, and Video Data Bank. Her work has shown at international festivals, as well as the 2008 Whitney Biennial (NYC), MoMA (NYC), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), the ICA (London), and the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis). She has been the recipient of many grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She currently lives in Chicago.

Moyra Davey is an artist and writer. In 2008, she was the subject of an expansive survey at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Recent group exhibitions include Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); and Calendar of flowers, gin bottles, steak bones (with James Welling and Claire Pentecost), Orchard, New York (2007). Davey is the author of Long Life Cool White (Harvard/Yale, 2008) and The Problem of Reading (Documents Books, 2003), and is the editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood (Seven Stories Press, 2001). She was a founding member of the collaborative gallery Orchard in New York; with Jason Simon, she co-hosts the annual One Minute Film and Video Festival in Narrowsburg, NY. In 2008-9, Davey participated in the International Residencies Program at The Cité des Arts in Paris. She is a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award, and is represented by Murray Guy in New York.
Michael Wallin has been at the nerve center of San Francisco filmmaking since the late sixties, when he studied with Bruce Baillie, James Broughton and Peter Kubelka; he was for years a co-manager of the Canyon Cinema Cooperative. He wasa recipient of the 1988 Phelan Art Awards in Filmmaking. Robert Anbian in Release Print described Wallin’s films as “intensely personal, autobiographical works [which] seek a kind of metaphoric transformation in the manipulated film image.”

January 9th: Jennifer Montgomery’s The Agonal Phase & Michael Wallin’s Decodings
new release film

We are excited to partner again with the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar to bring in Jennifer Montgomery who presents her feature Deliver on Monday at Anthology Film Archives as part of their monthly Flaherty NYC Series.

The Agonal Phase by Jennifer Montgomery
USA, 2010, 42 minutes, digital projection

In the aftermath of a death things may seem very quiet, but there are struggles going on so deep not even those who struggle can recognize them. This film looks and listens for signs of those struggles. Psychoanalytic interjections consider the nature of time and rumination, and are used to step outside of the terribly interiorized state of mourning.
The agonal phase: the visible events that take place when life is in the act of extricating itself from protoplasm too compromised to sustain it any longer. They are like some violent outbursts of protest arising deep in the primitive unconscious raging against the too-hasty departure of the spirit; no matter its preparation by even months of antecedent illness, the body often is reluctant to agree to the divorce.

Decodings by Michael Wallin
USA, 1988, 16 minutes
“Michael Wallin’s Decodings is a profoundly moving, allegorical search for identity from the documents of collective memory, in this case, found footage from the ’40s and ’50s. … The search for self ends in aching poignancy with stills of a boy and his mother at the kitchen table, catching the moment that marks the dawning of anguish and loss; desire becomes imprinted on that which was long ago.” – Manohla Dargis, The Village Voice
“Decodings is a magical, seamless work that manages to beguile even as it probes areas tender to the touch. Its tale is beautifully told ….” – Patrick Hoctel, SF Weekly
“Explodes with Buñuel’s sensuousness and a Hitchcockian narrative irony ….” – Doug Sadownick, LA Weekly
“Wallin’s achievement in Decodings is to create a powerfully inventive work that conveys with dramatic intensity strong feelings of remembrance and loss from images that have been extracted from the culture. … Wallin has succeeded in creating from various film sources a work that emphasizes the fragility and ultimate vulnerability of human expression and relationships.” – John G. Hanhardt, Whitney Biennial catalogue, 1989

Jennifer Montgomery’s film titles include Deliver (2008), Notes on the Death of Kodachrome (2006), Threads of Belonging (2003), Transitional Objects (2000), Troika (1998), Art For Teachers of Children (1995), I, a Lamb (1992), Age 12: Love With a Little L (1990), and Home Avenue (1989). Her newest film, The Agonal Phase (2010), recently premiered at the New York Film Festival.
These films range from experimental essays to experimental features, and are distributed by Zeitgeist Films, Waterbearer Films, Women Make Movies, and Video Data Bank. Her work has shown at international festivals, as well as the 2008 Whitney Biennial (NYC), MoMA (NYC), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), the ICA (London), and the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis). She has been the recipient of many grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. She currently lives in Chicago.

Moyra Davey is an artist and writer. In 2008, she was the subject of an expansive survey at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Recent group exhibitions include Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); and Calendar of flowers, gin bottles, steak bones (with James Welling and Claire Pentecost), Orchard, New York (2007). Davey is the author of Long Life Cool White (Harvard/Yale, 2008) and The Problem of Reading (Documents Books, 2003), and is the editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood (Seven Stories Press, 2001). She was a founding member of the collaborative gallery Orchard in New York; with Jason Simon, she co-hosts the annual One Minute Film and Video Festival in Narrowsburg, NY. In 2008-9, Davey participated in the International Residencies Program at The Cité des Arts in Paris. She is a recipient of an Anonymous Was a Woman award, and is represented by Murray Guy in New York.
Michael Wallin has been at the nerve center of San Francisco filmmaking since the late sixties, when he studied with Bruce Baillie, James Broughton and Peter Kubelka; he was for years a co-manager of the Canyon Cinema Cooperative. He wasa recipient of the 1988 Phelan Art Awards in Filmmaking. Robert Anbian in Release Print described Wallin’s films as “intensely personal, autobiographical works [which] seek a kind of metaphoric transformation in the manipulated film image.”

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Jan 252011
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by vancouverfilmschool

Maybe you’ve heard of ‘Panic Away‘ which is a treatment e-book written by Joe Barry for panic and anxiety attacks. Since it was first published, it has helped approximately 25,000 people get rid of the phobia and stress attacks and return to a normal life.
Before “Panic Away”, patients use anxiety medications to reduce the symptoms of the panic attacks, though it can not cure the problem completely. Joe Barry always claims that his One Technique is able to help you stop panic and anxiety attacks without using any drugs or medication. With only about 60 pages, Panic Away teaches you a series of steps to teach you to control your way to breath and metal state, by doing which it will that help you stop the panic attacks before the even happen and salvage you out of the problem totally.
Since it has built such a high reputation, someone will be worried that, like many other ads, the “Panic Away” maybe also a scam. However, it turns out to be a very effective product. See the evidences as following:
Panic Away does get some legitimate criticisms from actual users, which might have some basis for this type of advertising. But the best feedback you can get about Panic Away can be found on anxiety-related forums and by reading the posts.
Though like all the treatment programs, Panic Away doesn’t suit for all, and a lot has to be done with much persistence and determination when use this product. If the methods are not followed exactly as it is instructed, it’s very likely that you may not get the ideal results. Its positive feedbacks much outweigh the negative ones. With a strong belief that Panic Away will work for you will help you a lot to over come the problem eventually.

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A few nice British film images I found:

BFI (British Film Institute), South Bank Centre, London

British Film Institute IMAX at night


part of the National Film Theatre ~~ London, England

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Jan 252011

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 14, 2004

The APEX Museum lives up to its mission of celebrating Black History every day. On any given day visitors can stop by the museum and see a treasure trove of African American history artifacts. In celebration of the Underground Railroad, the secret network upon which thousands of slaves escaped, The APEX Museum presents an event billed as a “reality” film experience. On Friday, November 12 from 6-8pm, it will premiere the short film, “Mattie, Johnny and Smooth White Stones” directed by and starring Cassandra Hollis.

Produced by Holy Hill Productions, the film had a successful West Coast premiere at the CFMi Festival in Los Angeles in May. Festival Chairperson, Valiant Robinson, said of the film, “It is a must see film. Cassandra is phenomenal as Mattie.” It was selected from the festival to be screened among the “Best of CFMi” at the recent Black Expo in Los Angeles held in September. “Mattie” is also among a select group of short films chosen out of dozens of submissions to screen at the upcoming Gloria Film Festival in Utah.

APEX Museum Executive Director, Dan Moore, Sr., saw the film and thought it was important to showcase the film in their famous Trolley Theatre, “A moving and powerful drama about love, faith and empowerment. Set during the days of slavery, this captivating short film is a compelling story with a superb portrayal by Cassandra Hollis.”

“Mattie, Johnny and Smooth White Stones” is a story a film that provides a rare look into the personal lives of slaves. Mattie and Johnny are two slaves who are in love and decide to runaway to get married when they secretly learn that Johnny is going to be sold. A surprising twist occurs and audiences see the role that Faith played in leading runaways on their journey to freedom. Filmmaker/Actress, Cassandra Hollis, explains why this story needs to be told.

“After studying real slave narratives of slaves who braved the elements and consequences to run away to freedom, I realized that I personally had not seen many film portrayals outside of the great Harriet Tubman about runaway slaves. And few films about slavery address the love relationships that slaves experienced. This was an opportunity to bridge those two narratives all within the context of Faith. It was only God who led them through rugged woods, snow, slave catchers, you name it, to their freedom.”

The public is invited to the event which begins with a reception including refreshments and music and from 6:00 – 7:00pm, the program begins at 7:00pm which will include Spoken Word, followed by the Film Screening and Q & A with Filmmaker/Actress Cassandra Hollis. The APEX Museum is located at 135 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta. The event is Free.

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Jan 222011

 

CANADA’S GOLDEN SHEAF AWARD WINNERS
1996


BEST OF FESTIVAL sponsored by
  Morris Industries
BEST DOCUMENTARY OVER 30 MINUTES sponsored by
  Arts & Entertainment
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

UTSHIMASSITS: PLACE OF THE BOSS
Director:	John Walker
Producer:	John Walker / Mike Mahoney / Peter D'Entremont
Music Director:	Guy Trépanier & Kashtin
Production Co:	John Walker Productions Ltd. /
		Triad Productions in co-production with NFB
		31655 Cote de Liesse
		St. Laurent, PQ
		H4N 2N4
		Phone: (514) 283-9806     Fax: (514) 496-1895

This award winning documentary depicts one of the last hunter-
gatherers pressured by church and state to give up their
nomadic life and settle in Davis Inlet, Labrador.

James Cameron for BEST ART DIRECTION sponsored by
  International Tele-Film
Mark & Stephanie Morgenstern for BEST DIRECTION sponsored by
  Norman Jewison
Stephanie Morgenstern for BEST SCRIPT
WINNER OF THE SUPERCHANNEL SCRIPT
  DEVELOPMENT OF $  1,000

CURTAINS
Producer:	Mark / Stephanie Morgenstern
Director:	Mark / Stephanie Morgenstern
Production Co:	Ewola Cinema
		333 Kensington Ave.
		Montreal, PQ
		H3Z 2H2
		Phone: (514) 937-5285

She will never forget the very first night.  The racing pulse.
The trembling hands.  The faces flushed with breathless passion.
And that was just the play ... a story of the gradual loss of
the magic in both love and theatrical productions.

BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER 30 MINUTES
Jason Gatt for BEST EDITING sponsored by
  Studio Post

ANIMAL CRACKERS
Director:	Joshua Chaiton
Producer:	Joshua Chaiton
Production Co:	Reel Images
		211 Hillhorst Blvd.
		Toronto, ON
		M5N 1P3
		Phone: (416) 782-3456

This is a wacky but true documentary of a vet, a bizarre
collection of animal owners and their pets.

BEST EDUCATIONAL / INSTRUCTIONAL sponsored by
  SCN
WINNER OF THE SCN ELIZABETH LOWRY AWARD OF $  500

THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTORS
Director:	Joel Stewart
Producer:	Joel Stewart
Production Co:	Vicom Multimedia Inc.
		#200, 838 - 11th Ave. S.W.
		Calgary, AB
		T2R 0E5
		Phone: (403) 264-3950

A program intended for fund-raising on behalf of Street Teams
of Calgary.  The Butterfly Collectors tells the true stories of
two girls and their indoctrination into a life of prostitution.

BEST OF SASKATCHEWAN sponsored by
  Saskfilm
BEST SOUND - Rob Bryanton / Jim Folk / Warren St. Onge /
  Steve Hasiak / Hal Schrenk

TALKER
Producer:	Lloyd Martell
Director:	Rob King
Production Co:	Lloyd Martell Productions
		1212A Winnipeg St.
		Regina, SK
		S4R 1J6
		Phone: (306) 359-7618

All he wants to do is get a word in edgewise.  But when a
frustrated and beleaguered cab driver answers an advertisement
for "TALKER REQUIRED", he finds himself the victim of a bizarre
psychiatric experiment.

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY A BROADCASTER
WINNER OF THE ANTOINETTE (NETTIE) KRYSKI AWARD OF $  500

THE FIFTH ESTATE: "THROWAWAY CITIZENS"
Director:	Margaret Slaght
Producer:	Margaret Slaght
Production Co:	Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
		205 Wellington St. W.
		Toronto, ON
		M5V 3G7
		Phone: (416) 205-6672

Throwaway citizens revisits a dark chapter in Canadian history
and reveals for the first time that thousands of Japanese
Canadians were coerced by Mackenzie King's government in to
agreeing to be deported to Japan.  Those who went faced
enormous hardship in a war-torn and hostile Japan.

BEST INDUSTRIAL / PROMOTIONAL
Craig Wrobleski for BEST VIDEOGRAPHY sponsored by
  Fuji

THE MIGHTY BAR U
Producer:	Carolyn McMaster / Bridget Durnford
Director:	Scott McEwan
Production Co:	Post Place Inc.
		#401 - 1228 Kensington Rd., N.W.
		Calgary, AB
		T2N 4P9
		Phone: (403) 777-4760

Visually rich, stunning in its blending of live footage and
historical pictures, "The Might Bar U" weaves together story
and images to portray the rich and vibrant history of Alberta
ranchers whose roots run as deep as the prairie grasses
shimmering in the golden sunset.

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD KATHLEEN
  SHANNON AWARD OF $  500

SCENES FROM A CORNER STORE
Producer:	Sun-Kyung Yi
Director;	Sun-Kyung Yi
Production Co:	Sleeping Giant Productions
		151 John St., Ste. 511
		Toronto, ON
		M5V 2T2
		Phone: (416) 351-9240

An intimate look into the lives of three Korean-Canadian
sisters who search for their own identities and values as they
struggle between the traditions & expectations of their parents
and the modern world of their Canadian peers.

Jacek Strek for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY sponsored by
  Fuji

FALCONRY
Producer:	Paul Cadieux
Director:	Jacek Strek
Production Co:	Ivory Tower Studio
		3746 Oliver Rd.
		Port Coquitlam, BC
		V3P 1B7
		Phone: (604) 945-4543

The film tells a story of a relationship between man and bird.

BEST DRAMA OVER 30 MINUTES

L'AFFAIRE NOGARET
Producer:	Vincent Gabriele / Pierre Nadeau
Director:	Johanne Prégent
Production Co:	Prod. Sovimage / Prod. Sagittaire
		1035 Laurier Ouest-ler étage
		Outremont, PQ
		H2V 2L1
		Phone: (514) 277-8910

In 1931 the body of a 7-year-old girl is found in a cave of the
Roussin Academy.  She had been raped.  Everything seems to
indicate that Father Albert Nogaret is the murderer.  This
crime, rare in its time, deeply horrified the Quebec society.

BEST DRAMA UNDER 30 MINUTES

DERNIER APPEL
Producer:	Marie-Andrée Vinet
Director:	Régent Bourque
Production Co:	Publivision Inc.
		1975 Falardeau, bureau 320
		Montreal, PQ
		H2K 2L9
		Phone: (514) 527-6091

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

STANDING STILL
Producer:	Catherine Quinn
Director:	Catherine Quinn
Production Co:	Catherine Quinn
		2856 Yale Street
		Vancouver, BC
		V5K 1C6
		Phone: (604) 258-9320

Catherine Quinn set out to make a film about four ordinary
elderly women reflecting on their lives.  She soon discovered
that no woman is ordinary, that every personal history is rich
and filled with lessons.

BEST MULTICULTURAL / RACE RELATIONS

THE MIND OF A CHILD
Producer:	Gary Marcuse
Director:	Gary Marcuse
Production Co:	Face to Face Media
		1818 Grant St.
		Vancouver, BC
		V5L 2S8
		Phone: (604) 251-1800

A dramatic and moving documentary about aboriginal, African
American and Jewish children traumatized by racism, poverty and
violence, and the teachers who are working with them.  Filmed
in Vancouver, Jerusalem and Washington, D.C.  Featuring the
successful work of Vancouver First Nation educator Lorna
Williams.

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

GOOD MOTHER
Producer:	Braun Farnon
Director:	Jeth Weinrich
Production Co:	Red Motel Pictures
		801 - 17th Ave. SW
		Calgary, AB
		T2T 0A1
		Phone: (403) 541-0151

BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS

LE FILET VIDE
Producer:	Richard Elson
Director:	Alain Belhumeur
Production Co:	Imageries Ltée
		377 Sherbrooke Quest #502
		Montreal, PQ
		H3A 1B5
		Phone: (514) 849-7888

Fishermen without nets, victims of the crisis in the Atlantic
ground fishery ... The ocean which sustained them for centuries
is now a desert.  The Empty Net underscores several of the main
factors implicated in the complex collapse of the northern cod
stocks and shows the human tragedy of the residents of the
hundreds of coastal villages faced with the consequences of
this disaster.

BEST SCIENCE / NATURE

SECRETS OF THE CHOCO
Producer:	Ian McLaren
Director:	Ian McLaren
Production Co:	Productions Gran Nord Inc.
		1600 Ave. De. Lormier, Suite 391
		Montreal, PQ
		H2K 3W5
		Phone: (514) 521-7433

The Biogeographical Choco, the wet tropical Pacific coast of
Columbia, is one of the least known and least spoiled natural
rainforests left on the planet.  But large-scale development
plans and the impending completion of the Pan-American Highway
threaten the future of this tropical paradise.

Randy Houston for BEST PERFORMANCE

THE FEELER
Producer:	Elizabeth Yake
Director:	Colleen Murphy
Production Co:	Canadian Film Center
		2489 Bayview Ave.
		Toronto, ON
		M2L 1A8
		Phone: (416) 445-1446

A story about fear and longing.  Danny is blind and isolated.
His relationship with an inflatable sex doll is interrupted
when a woman comes to read to him.

BEST ANIMATION

THE SANDBOX
Producer:	Marilyn A. Belec
Director:	Jodee Samuelson
Production Co:	National Film Board of Canada
		3155 Cote de Liesse
		St. Laurent, PQ
		H4N 2N4
		Phone: (514) 283-9806

The Sandbox is a delightful 12-minute environmental tale for
young children using richly colorful traditional cell animation.
A boy and a girl build a world in their sandbox which, like art,
imitates life.

BEST ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT sponsored by
  Saskpower

JOE
Producer:	Jean-Pierre Perreault
Director:	Bernard Picard
Production Co:	Société Radio-Canada
		1400 Est, Boul. 17e étage
		Montreal, PQ
		H3L 2M2
		Phone: (514) 597-4381

Joe transforms a work of art without music into a gigantic
percussion instrument.  The dancers, wearing knitted jackets,
old hats and heavy black boots, create sounds by the subtle
game of the rubbing and the hammering of their footsteps on the
ground.

BEST CHILDREN'S PRODUCTION sponsored by
  Shaw Children's Programming Initiative

THE RELUCTANT DECKHAND
Producer:	George Johnson
Director:	Jan Padgett
Production Co:	National Film Board of Canada
		Pacific Centre
		#300 - 1045 Howe St.
		Vancouver, BC
		V6Z 2B1
		Phone: (604) 666-3838

Wonderful adventures, unexpected pleasures and challenges await
10-year-old Tess as she joins her mother on the (Henry Bay) for
a summer's fishing off BC's west coast.  Tess learns to be a
resourceful fisher, a responsible partner and a good companion.

BEST COMEDY

ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FARCE
Producer:	Roger Abbott / Don Ferguson
Director:	Perry Rosemond
Production Co:	Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
		P.O. Box 500, Stn. A
		Toronto, ON
		M5W 1E6
		Phone: (416) 205-5633

Crooning to the cutbacks with Ontario Premier Mike Harris; Jock
McBile explains the air bus kickback scandal; Quen Elizabeth
and her mom rebut the Princess "Dia" tribe; and coureurs de
bois paddle boat and peddle beer.

BEST COMMUNITY CABLE UNDER 60 MINUTES sponsored by
  Life Network

SLIPPERY
Producer:	Christopher Doty
Director:	Christopher Doty
Production Co:	Rogers Community 13 London
		800 York St.
		London, ON
		N6A 5B1
		Phone: (519) 675-1313

In June of 1958 Slippery the sea lion created an international
incident when he escaped from a Canadian theme park and swam
over 400 miles through the Great Lakes in an attempt to return
to the Pacific Ocean.

BEST COMMERCIAL (UNDER 2 MINUTES)

ALTERED STATES (FAST CUTS)
Producer:	Michelle Dunn
Production Co:	TMN: The Movie Network
		181 Bay St. Suite 100
		Toronto, ON
		M5J 2T3
		Phone: (416) 956-2010

By playing our on-air personality into scenes from actual
movies and by having him interact with various celebrities,
Fast Cuts/Altered States readily brings home TMN's identity as
the place to go for movies.

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS sponsored by
  The Yorkton Rotary Club

IN MY OWN TIME - "A DIARY OF A CANCER PATIENT"
Producer:	Jerry Krepekevich / Graydon McCrea / Joe Viszmeg
Director:	Joe Viszmeg
Production Co:	National Film Board of Canada
		3155 Cote de Liesse
		St. Laurent, PQ
		H4N 2N4
		Phone: (514) 496-1895

In the summer of 1991, Edmonton filmmaker Joseph Viszmeg was
diagnosed with a rare variety of cancer that was quickly
spreading to other organs.  Doctors did not expect him to live
a year at best.  Four years later, this film is Viszmeg's
testimony to the power of  love and hope.

THE ROAD TO RAE
Producer:	Anne Lynagh
Director:	Sherry Antonishen
Production Co:	Line Out Production
		Box 1602
		Yellowknife, NT
		X1A 2P2
		Phone: (403) 873-1808

The Road to Rae has got to be the shortest road movie to pack
it all in!  Great music, beautiful scenery and at least one
driving stunt!

GREENTIDE
Producer:	Steven Wendland
Director:	Steven Wendland
Production Co:	Steven Wendland &
		Simon Fraser University
		#746 - 1979 Marine Dr.
		North Vancouver, BC
		V7P 3G1
		Phone: (604) 980-0840

A young boy is anxious for his birthday, which awaits him the
following day.  However, instead of waiting, he sneaks a look
at his gift and perhaps, a few other things.

DOUGLAS COUPLAND CLOSE PERSONAL FRIEND
Producer:	Jennifer Cowan
Director:	Jennifer Cowan
Production Co:	Planet-X Publishing Inc.
		489 King St. W., Suite 102
		Toronto, ON
		M5V 1L3
		Phone: (416) 971-7856

Douglas Coupland Close Personal Friend is a 30 minute filmed
discussion with author Douglas Coupland about life, time and
memory.  It is a survey of the late 20th century using personal
and corporate imagery and original graphics.

WORKS, "BRICKS"
Producer:	Jenipher Ritchie
Production Co:	Salter Street Films Ltd.
		2507 Brunswick St.
		Halifax, NS
		B3K 2Z5
		Phone: (902) 420-1577

The world of Works is the real world of dirt, sloshing water,
grinding wheels, clanking machinery, wet concrete and smelly
farm animals.  It is the world of harsh, simple, intriguing
physical reality; the workings of the material and the concrete.

BOYS WILL BE BOYS
Producer:	Maureen Palmer
Director:	Maureen Palmer
Production Co:	CBC - Alberta
		8861 - 75th St.
		Edmonton, AB
		T6C 4G8
		Phone: (403) 468-7500

If you called the woman who worked next to you a bitch, slut or
whore, you'd be fired.  But if you're a boy in junior high you
can get away with calling your female classmates this and worse.
How did such behavior become part of everyday life at school,
why do girls tolerate it & what's being done about it.

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