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Two Short Films Scored by Aryavarta Kumar to be Played at Look at My Shorts III Festival in Columbus, Ohio










Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) February 24, 2006

The 3rd Semi-Annual Look At My Shorts Film Festival in Columbus Ohio has selected two short films scored by Aryavarta Kumar (Arya) to play on Sunday February 26, 2006. The two films – “Going Postal” and “Rubble” were invited and made

official selections this year by the directors of the independent film festival.

In attendance at the festival will be many central Ohio filmmakers and film enthusiasts including a group from Cleveland Ohio. The four hour program will begin at 4pm and promises to be a great networking opportunity. Aryavarta Kumar, who will be in attendance, commented “It

will be wonderful to meet filmmakers and showcase my collaborations with Johnny [Wu] and Christine [Chapman].”

Information about the two films:

Going Postal

Media Design Imaging

Written by Pamela Merkys

Directed by Johnny K. Wu

Rubble

Killer Squirrel Productions

Directed by Christine Chapman

About Look at My Shorts III Festival

The 3rd semi annual Look at My Shorts III Festival will take place from 4PM-8PM on February 26th, 2006 at the Screens theatre at the Continent in Columbus Ohio. The festival was started by Award Winning Director Peter John Ross. Visit http://lookatmyshorts.sonnyboo.com for more information.

About Aryavarta Kumar

Award Winning Composer Aryavarta Kumar is currently the most in-demand independent film score composer in Cleveland Ohio. He has written music for several feature-length and short films, plays, commercials, and new

media applications and in mid-2005, along with the cast and crew of A Joker’s Card, he won a Silver Telly Award. He also performs original music live improvisations at special events. For more information please

visit http://www.aryavartakumar.com

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Sep 042011
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A highly popular and celebrated event, the Los Angeles Film Festival is a world class movie gala that showcases some of the most critically-acclaimed filmmakers, critics, film industry professionals and new talent from other countries. Recognized as a world class event, it is held every year in the month of June in Westwood Village, California, and focuses on the best of American and international cinema for a period of 10 days.

Anticipated crowds for this year’s Festival, which is from 18th to 28th June 2009, are expected to be over 100,000 people as streams of movie lovers from all over the world come together to celebrate it. The main part of this exciting Festival is made up of over 100 feature films, 100 short films and approximately 50 music videos that originate from about 40 different countries. These films run alongside major premieres that feature popular stars, seminars, panels and outdoor screenings.

Highlights of the Festival include the exclusive Filmmaker Retreat that is hosted by the Festival’s annual Guest Director, and the Spirit of Independence Award ceremony and bash. A popular highlight among the younger audience is the short film features that are produced by high school students and the music video section.

At the end of the festival, popular awards that are handed out include the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film and Best Animated/Experimental Short Film. Some of the more prizy awards given out carry a cash prize of ,000 and include categories such the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature.

If you are a movie lover, this event is the right place for you to come and experience the joy of movies together with thousands of other movie lovers. Visitors looking to stay at one of the hotels in Pasadena in Los Angeles should consider the luxurious and elegant Langham Hotel Pasadena which is an ideal base to frequent this Festival.

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Sep 042011

Some cool hollywood film images:

Boogie Nights
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The 1997 movie "Boogie Nights" (top) with Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg used many filming locations in and around the valley (which is actually the porn capital of the world) in Los Angeles.
This motel can be found in Studio City. The el Royale can also be seen in "Bedtime Stories", "The O.C.", and I’m sure dozens of other flicks because of it’s close proximity to the studios.

Boogie Nights
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The 1997 movie "Boogie Nights" (top) with Burt Reynolds and Mark Wahlberg used many filming locations in and around the valley (which is actually the porn capital of the world) in Los Angeles.
The pedestrian bridge seen here is in Studio City and, insterestingly enough, in the neighborhood of the (original) Brady’s home. I wonder if Greg and Marcia had to cross this bridge to buy their booze at the liquor store.

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Independent Film ‘Horrors of War’ to Debut with Sneak Previews in 10 Cities










Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) April 28, 2006

The feature length independent film “Horrors of War” will have exclusive sneak preview screenings. Previews are scheduled throughout May and June in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Austin, Youngstown, and sneak previews have already sold out in Ohio. The film, co-directed by John Whitney and Peter John Ross, was shot and produced entirely in Ohio.

“Horrors of War” takes place in Europe in World War II, centering on a group of GIs that encounter science fiction and horror based phenomena in battle. Crossing genres like “X-Files” and “Saving Private Ryan,” the storyline follows Lt. John Schmidt as he comes face to face with a horde of Nazi nightmare secret weapons. “Horrors of War” was made with an eye for bigger production values found in most indie films.

“With the downward trend in big Hollywood movies, and alternative like our film appeals to audiences,” said says producer/co-writer Philip R. Garrett, formerly of DreamWorks, who left a job working on Disney animated features to work in independent film in Central Ohio. “’Horrors of War’ mixes genres and has action, horror, humor, and science fiction. This film is very different. It offers people something they can’t find anywhere else.”

Horrors of War is the first feature film by directors John Whitney and Peter John Ross, both award winning short filmmakers. Co-director John Whitney had recent airings of his short film “Passion” on The Independent Film Channel as a finalist in the IFC Media Lab contest. Producer Sean Reid, formerly with E! Entertainment Television, made his feature “Redemption” in Los Angeles before moving back to Ohio.

“We were able to make something really ambitious with a World War II setting, science fiction elements, and special FX that show just what we have to offer in terms of various film talents,” says Peter John Ross, co-director of the film. “I can’t wait to show it on the big screen all over the country.”

World War II Re-enactors were brought on board the project to bring authentic props, vehicles, weapons, and costumes to the film. Most World War II re-enactors are former Civil War re-enactors that have switched over to something more contemporary. The new trend extends to re-enacting D-Day on Lake Erie as well as other famous battles from the 1940’s. World War II re-enactors came from several states away to participate in the filming. They also acted as extras in the larger battle scenes in the film, adding scope with realism.

In a move that’s becoming rare in independent film these days, Horrors of War was shot on film. With advances in High Definition and the availability of professional video equipment, the filmmakers chose to go with actual celluloid for the feature. Mixing formats from 35mm film to Super 16 and even Super 8 film for flashbacks, gave the film its unique look.

“I was amazed at the quality of the production, and I loved that it was shot on film, that meant the right people are involved and behind the project, not just some amateurs with a video camera, “ says Tony Kandah, executive producer and sales agent for the film. “The authenticity of the uniforms the guns, the amount of bullets that were fired in one scene is more than what most Hollywood productions fire in an action film, I was hooked.”

North American DVD rights are currently in negotiation for Horrors of War, and several foreign DVD releases are already set. The Japanese DVD releases on July 7th, 2006. Hollywood Wizard is the exclusive sales agent representing the film for theatrical, television, and home video.

The shows in Los Angles, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, and Indianapolis are with Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest art-house chain, and features first-run independent and foreign films. The New York show is at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre, mixing current independent and foreign films with special programs and retrospectives, The Pioneer is a haven for filmmakers and film lovers alike. Dates and showtimes can be found on the official movie site http://www.horrorsofwarmovie.com/screenings.php

“Horrors of War” is a co-production between Columbus, Ohio based Sonnyboo Productions, Arbor Ave Films, and Hollywood Wizard based in Los Angeles, California. Additional information including multimedia clips and more can be found at the official movie website http://www.horrorsofwarmovie.com.

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by drmvm1

Movie-making Turks haven’t been shy about including earthy subjects or fleshy cinematic scenes in their films since as far back as the 1950′s. That’s when street-walking prostitutes, drug-dependent harem girls, topless damsels in distress, soapy half-naked bathers, sexually provocative belly dancers, and uninvited-lovemaking first began appearing in conventional Turkish moving-pictures.

The ‘intensity’ of erotic action in conventional Turkish films escalated in the 1960′s when ‘lite’ erotic opposite-sex scenes began to heat up. And in Atif Yilmaz’s otherwise conventional Iki Gemi Yanyana (Two Ships Side by Side), the first lesbian Turkish movie scene — a scorcher for its day, in which Suzan Avci and Sevda Nur french-kissed on camera — gave Turkish movie goers a shock when it was first shown in 1963.

Female cinematic sex-symbols during the ‘Age of the Turkish Vamp’ (1950s – 1960s) included Neriman Köksal (who made 177 films between 1950 to 1995), Funda Yanar [pictured on our website as a topless dancer in Büyük Sehrin Kanunu (Big City Law, 1965] and Leyla Sayar — who, in 1960, performed a memorably bold (we are told) strip-tease act in Atif Yilmaz’s Ölüm Perdesi (Death Curtain)…

But Leyla Hanim drew the line in 1972, when she realized the direction in which the seks filmleri furyasi (erotic films boom) would lead her. And after a short stint as a night club dancer, she quit the entertainment business altogether… opting instead for a simple, pious life.

In 1972, action-man Behçet Nacar’s Parcali Behçet (a movie made in a desperate attempt by film-makers to woo audiences away from their newly acquired home TVs and back to near-empty movie theaters seats) became the first Turkish film to be produced exclusively for purposes of eroticism.

And when Parcali Behçet attracted an overflow opening-day crowd of 7,000 to its initial showing in Konya (Mevlana’s ‘hometown’, in the heart of Turkish religious conservatism) Turkish film-makers took notice (and heart). Subsequently, when the film enjoyed a 6-month run, in two side-by-side theaters smack in middle of that fair city, well, film-makers believed they’d found the holy grail. And from that time through to 1979, the production of erotik Turkish films mushroomed.

The three most popular genres for legally produced Turkish erotik films between 1972 and 1978 were Comedy, Adventure, and Murder Mystery. And they all had a not-very-well-kept secret about them in common. The secret was that Turkish actors and actresses didn’t perform the sex-act for real. They only simulated it… Men wore underwear (briefs) and camera angles were chosen to cover up the fact — sometimes without much success. There are lots of flashes of men’s white briefs in the Turkish erotik films made between 1972 and 1978!

Any for-real sex that appeared in these films was performed by foreigners in parcalar (movie film clips) that were inserted at predictable intervals of the Turkish film. Sometimes these parcalar were made specifically for the Turkish film in which they appeared, but in most cases they were just crude cuts of foreign films — often entirely inappropriate (in focus or coloring) to the Turkish film.

That sort of erotik film-making subterfuge came to a screeching halt in 1979, when the first all-Turkish cast was filmed in the first-ever legally produced and distributed gloves-off pornographic Turkish film, Öyle Bir Kadin Ki (A Woman Like That) — directed by Naki Yurter, starring Zerrin Dogan and Levent Günsel in the leading female and male roles.

Öyle Bir Kadin Ki set the Turkish cinematic industry on fire — having even greater influence on immediate Turkish movie-making directions than Deep Throat had on American movie-making in 1972. ‘Kadin‘ knocked the financial stuffing out of its soft-core erotik (and conventional) rivals, and it had a profound effect (for a while) on the production of almost every Turkish film (erotic or conventional) that followed — opening a new chapter in the ‘History of the Turkish Cinema’…

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