Nov 212011

Four Seasons Resort Maui Announces Even More Unforgettable Events











Legendary Hawaiian waterman Dave Kalama leads a surf camp at Four Seasons Resort Maui December 4-9, 2011.


Maui, HI (PRWEB) September 23, 2011

At Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui’s first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Resort, what will they think of next? How about a series of Unforgettable Events to help keep the resort’s active lifestyle guests enjoying peak performance. The calendar of events continues into the new year. Here is what is coming up to for fall and winter:

    Tennis Anyone? Learn from The Top Pros, November 16-20: Imagine instruction from some of the world’s top legends, including new additions to the lineup Tracy Austin and Taylor Dent, replacing Lindsay Davenport who recently announced her pregnancy. They join Tom Gullikson, Jose Higueras and Corina Morariu. They will meet you at center court for four days of high-energy practice. This fantasy camp is at the award-winning Wailea Tennis Club and is hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui. Tennis Fantasy Camp is for adult players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level. Match Point.
    Cycling Camp Maui, December 3-9: Experience cycling in much the same way as those on the ProTour. Plan to join Tour de France veteran and Canadian Olympian Ryder Hesjedal and Go Cycling Maui when they return to Maui to present this weeklong cycling camp. Geared to riders with modest to advanced fitness and experience, the camp offers instruction and training by Hesjedal and several of the world’s most competitive riders. And, after experiencing the beauty and changing terrain of Maui, you will end each day back at home base—Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
    Maui Surf Camp, December 4-9: In a destination where surfing is a way of life, you will have an exclusive chance to learn from Hawaii’s legendary waterman Dave Kalama. He is best known as a renowned big wave surfer who co-developed tow-in surfing. He also has been featured in several films, including the surf documentary Riding Giants. The multi-day Maui Surf Camp will include classes and on-water instruction to introduce wave aficionados to the basics and finer points of hanging ten.
    Yoga Retreat: The Body, Mind, Spirit Equation, February 27 – March 3, 2012: Cultivate your physical, mental and spiritual health at an unforgettable yoga retreat featuring Kathryn Budig. A young and widely recognized face in the yoga world, Budig’s playful mixture of challenging classes, her infectious love for yoga, and her joyful personality become the stage for a truly inspiring retreat played out on the stunning Wailea Beach and in other special natural Maui settings.
    Sneak Peak—Now In the Planning Stage: Check Out the Stars Under the Stars at the Maui Film Festival, Coming Mid-June 2012. Come celebrate the 13th season of this ever-popular festival of cinematic vision which showcases dozens of the best new releases—from studios to independents to world cinema—as well as the summer’s best short films. Plan to attend many special events including Four Seasons’ “A Taste of Chocolate,” a night to indulge the palate while mingling with the festival’s celebrities, filmmakers and international film lovers.
For details on prices and how to book, go to: http://maui.fourseasons.com/edition/unforgettable-events .

About Four Seasons Resort Maui, (http://www.fourseasons.com/maui)

Maui’s first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service and luxurious amenities. The resort is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant.

Contact:

Charlotte Novom

323-882-8333

cnovom(at)novom(dot)com

Barbara Barrielle

323-882-8333

bbarrielle(at)novom(dot)com

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Oct 282011
short film
by Canadian Film Centre

The 67th Venice Film Festival will premiere the anticipated new action film, Machete, conceived as an expansion of the faux Grindhouse trailer, directed by Robert Rodriguez with Ethan Maniquis. The International Jury for the Competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival has been selected, with American director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino as president. American Director Julie Taymor’s The Tempest has been chosen as the closing night film (Out of Competition) for the close of the festival, September 11.

Each year the Salento International Film Festival introduces filmmakers worldwide to the Salento area’s resources, while celebrating the history and future of the film industry. This year the guest country is Mexico, and to celebrate the bicentenary of Mexican independence from Spain (1810 – 2010), and the centenary of Mexican revolution (1910-2010), Salento International Film Festival under the guidance of the Mexican Embassy in Italy will dedicate ample resources to the Mexican culture represented by its folklore, music, and traditional food. A traditional Mexican Fiesta Party happens September 3 while the festival continues till September 12.

UNESCO, the UN Office for Partnerships, and Wheel Houz combine efforts on International Literacy Day, Wednesday, September 8, for the Symposium, “Literacy: An Essential Foundation for Development” to be moderated by CBS News Chief National Correspondent and author, Bryon Pitts. Speakers include Laura Bush, Honorary Ambassador for the UN Literacy Decade; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; and Jacob Atem, Founder, Home at Southern Sudan Health Care and former “Lost Boy of Sudan.” and creations by iconic 1970s pop artist, Peter Max. Seating is limited and early registration is strongly recommended.

Popkomm 2010 International Music Business Market and Showcase, presents artists to an international audience of interested specialists from the world of media and music at concerts and showcases in more than seven clubs and venues. Exhibiting labels are in attendance to showcase their artists who perform in all musical genres. There are three activity areas to Popkomm: B2C and B2B marketplaces, conference and festival — the live music segment of Popkomm. In 2010, Popkomm is an integral part of the first “Berlin Music Week”. Popkomm takes place in the historical (and decommissioned) Airport Berlin – Tempelhof, the world’s largest integrated building complex when it was built in 1923, and often referred to as the “mother of all airports”. It is still regarded third largest building in the world after Peking Airport and the Pentagon. The New Music Award together with the Popkomm opening party will take place at Airport Berlin – Tempelhof (entrance hall) on September 7, and the festival carries on through September 10.

The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music, host a yearly Americana Conference, publish the weekly Americana Airplay Chart, produce the annual Americana Awards Show, participate in other industry events that advocate and support this genre of music noted as an amalgam of roots musics formed by a confluence of sounds from folk, country, rhythm & blues, rock & roll, but popularly referred to as alternative country. That includes the annual Convention & Festival, running this year, September 8-11 in Nashvillle.

SCENEPR!, a career event organizer and networking hub for media entrepreneurs and professionals working in independent film, launches its first major social event for the month, September 9, SoHo, New York, geared to a crowd made up of musical artists, filmmakers, photographers, models, and other creatives, to enjoy ambient sounds, exchange business cards and ideas. Attenders are also encouraged to bring headshots, postcards and other promotional material for distribution. With an international call for entries, the group is beginning a new short film series with subjects of any genre, shot in HD, titled, Cinematique, the first screening set for September 15 in Astoria. Then, on September 29, SCENEPR! presents “The Main Event,” a recurring event series for men (and women) who want to learn how to maximize their time, better their health, augment their careers, improve their looks/style, networking, education, male bonding, professional enrichment, and for fun.

BMI will present its President’s Award to founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, at the 10th Annual Urban Awards ceremony. The BMI President’s Award is presented on unique occasions recognizing an individual who has distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. This honor celebrates will.i.am’s work as an artist, producer, and humanitarian. This invitation-only event will also honor the world’s premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s top urban music, as well as crown the Urban Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year. The Awards will be hosted by Del R. Bryant, President & CEO of BMI, and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.

A recurring theme for this year’s annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, September 9-12, is “Other Places”, and about 90% of film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film. Opening night there’s a sunset cocktail reception with live music on the roof of the Mansion House Inn overlooking Vineyard Haven harbor. Friday and Saturday night feature post-screening parties with world music, prepared appetizers, and refreshing drinks provided by festival sponsors. Closing night will be on the deck of the Vineyard Haven Marina where Festivalgoers will hear live bluegrass by Ballyhoo, appetizers by Vineyard faves Blue Canoe restaurant, Net Result, and Il Tesoro of the Charlotte Inn along with libations from the fest sponsors.

During this year’s 35th Toronto International Film Festival, opening September 9-19, industry professionals host the “Meet With…” series of informal and intimate information sessions on pressing topics in today’s film industry. The sessions give insight into the fundamentals of the business and craft of filmmaking. Filmmakers’ Lounge, formerly the Match Club, is a new meeting space for Festival filmmakers and industry professionals, and the site for panels and industry sessions as well as a place to meet, work, dine, have a drink and talk films. Now in its seventh year, Talent Lab is presented by Canadian Initiatives during the Toronto International Film Festival and is an intensive four-day artistic development program that provides emerging talent with an opportunity to learn from established film artists.

The West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference in Santa Monica, September 13-15, brings together accomplished producers, directors, writers, network executives, agents and distributors for stimulating discussions, as well as networking opportunities. WESTDOC runs two areas of professional interest, designated as The Documentary Village and The Reality Village. Attendees and speakers are able to take full advantage of both of these arenas and to select seminars from any village they choose. The third day of the conference is entirely devoted to PitchFest, a live presentation for Documentary and Reality producers to pitch new concepts to network and development executives for potential acquisition in front of a live audience.

The Oldenburg Film Festival is a non-competitive film festival, and embraces an “open” format for what it screens. There is a cinema-trailer part to the festival that is usually popular highlight, stressing off-beat innovations and ideas to stimulate the festival audience. Another feature of the festival, which goes from September 15-19, “Speed Pitch,” is overseen by the Wirtschaftsförderung Oldenburg, which functions as an economic development zone, which is focusing on the promotion of creative businesses by creating networks between economic development agencies and creative entrepreneurs.

The Boston Film Festival opens September 17-23 this year. This year there will be a 35th Anniversary screening on Opening Weekend of Steven Spielberg’s legendary film Jaws, starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfus. The festival’s Closing Night film is a special sneak preview of Iron Cross, a thriller starring the late Roy Scheider as Joseph, a retired New York police officer and Holocaust survivor. Evening receptions are hosted by the region’s signature chefs and restaurants where filmmakers are able to network, and for the festival’s closing night, special events will feature the recording Group Ernie and The Automatics with a special performance by James Montgomery.

As the annual Independent Film Week and Filmmaker Conference gets underway in New York, September 19-23, the Project Forum offers a meetings-driven forum connecting filmmakers who have new narrative and documentary projects with industry executives interested in identifying projects with which to become involved with at the financing or distribution stage. Another new section, IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs, will introduce and support “under-the-radar” new talents — first-time feature directors who have little previous industry exposure and live outside the film hubs of New York and LA — providing them with the access, mentorship and tools necessary to ensure that their unique stories reach audiences. Opening each day at the Filmmaker Conference, a “Conversations With…” series sponsored by Kodak, features one-on-one, in-depth discussions with luminary writers, directors, executives and new-media experts about their experiences in the industry and where filmmaking is heading next.

Held annually each fall in New York City, the birthplace of modern television, and this year from September 20-25, the New York Television Festival brings all interested parties together to celebrate the medium and to help shape its future. NYTVF’s Independent Pilot Competition has put in place a pipeline allowing producers, writers, and directors to showcase their original TV pilots directly to the decision-makers of the industry. Along with the Independent Pilot Competition, the Festival presents parties, seminars, and other special events designed to honor television as an institution and as an art form. Launched in 2007, the TV Festival PassPort Program offers an opportunity for outstanding TV producers, writers, and directors to showcase their work on an international stage through an exchange program.

Opening in Port of Spain September 22 and running through October 2, the trinidad + tobago film festival presented by FLOW and supported by Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, mounts an exhibition of films made in the Caribbean region, including Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin, Caribbean people of the Diaspora, and international filmmakers that reflect Caribbean culture and way of life both in the Caribbean and the Diaspora. Also, continuing the ttff’s heritage initiative, that started last year with a focus on the cinema of India, the Festival is this year focusing on African cinema. Also, this year the ttff will present, in association with the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brasil, a showcase of Brazilian cinema with Daniela Thomas who will be hosting a mini-retrospective of her work. During her slated time, she will be leading a workshop on directing feature length films with screenings of her work at Studio Film Club.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center opens the 48th New York Film Festival September 24, running it through October 10, in New York City. The Festival includes main slate program selections along with special events, panel discussions, the experimental film showcase, Views from the Avant-Garde, and more. The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience. One NYFF special event will be, Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff, screening with A Matter of Life and Death and Dracula (George Melford, Director) the 1931 Spanish-language version of the classic tale freshly accompanied by an eerie live solo guitar performance by guitarist, composer, and Grammy-nominated songwriter Gary Lucas.

Opening in Nashville September 27 and running into October 3, International Bluegrass Music Association Week, the annual business conference for the bluegrass music industry with artist showcases, an exhibit hall totaling more than 100 booths, professional development seminars, member constituency meetings, one-on-one networking, and more. From October 1-3, certain highlighted activities will be, Fan Fest, an indoor music festival featuring performances by some of the industry’s top acts, a Masters Workshop Stage, a Roots & Branches Stage, exhibit hall, and scores of jam sessions. This year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards Show happens on September 30 of the event week. The After Hours presentations are part of the overall event, but are hosted by individual groups and organizations, and are ticketed and do require conference registration or a music pass to attend or take part in.

Organizers for the Pop Montreal International Music Festival claim to have an open interpretation of what pop music is, and so it admits a wide range of artists and genres. So as the program opens September 29, its FilmPop category will showcase, Dark Night Of The Soul is a music and visual art project put together by Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and a host of guest vocalists with a collection of original David Lynch photography, who’s imagery is wholly inspired by and based on the music providing a visual narrative to the record. Then, aside from the music, Lil Biz, a small business conference for artists, designers and the self-employed, offers four workshops that are completely free. Puces Pop Record Fair, will be a two day Record Fair in the Mile End featuring volumes of record collectors, instrument repairs and international and local indie record labels. This event runs along side Puces POP, Montreal’s largest do-it-yourself festival where over one hundred local and international artists, crafters, and indie record labels come to sell their wares.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events” page which will now have a language translation button to convert its contents into any chosen language. The companion video news summary can be found on the podcast blog as well as on the most popular video sharing sites. Last month the video news summary featured Grey Duck Production’s ‘The Telephone Game’, Matt Oakey of Toronto based music and film producers, Padded Cell Productions with ‘Little Noise’, Indian Slap Bass master out of Kerala, India, Jayen Varma, Parisian film director Vince Bosco with latest work, ‘Beyond Love’, Pop Rock  band out of  São Paulo, MegaRex. Follow the posting of the news summary on Twitter. Streaming video can now be played directly into your Real Media Player, and your Windows Media Player. Past video from the monthly video news summary is archived on the Free Home Video Showcase which now serves as an archive for all past video presentations but without the audio news narration.

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Sep 162011
Schedule of events

Thursday May 22

9 am – 5 pm: Telefilm Canada presents Mini-Cinema, Godfrey Dean Art Gallery

Delegates can select and screen any film entered in this year’s festival.

9.30 am: Partners in Motion Student Day, Sacred Heart High School

This full-day workshop for high school emerging film makers is led by Chris Triffo of Partners In Motion. This is an intensive introduction to the filmmaking process. Students will receive a brief lecture on the process and then break into groups to create storyboards and scripts. They go out into the field to shoot the script, edit it, and present it to the group at the end of the day.

10 am – 11.30 am: Filmpool Screenings, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

Screenings of productions by independent Saskatchewan filmmakers, sponsored by Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative:

Tumbleweed by Angela Edmunds, 9 minutes
3 Minute Miracle by Amalie Atkins, 12 minutes
Home Time by Brian Gray, 2 minutes
Surviving the Tribulation by Dylan Werts and Brent Braaten, 7 minutes
Prairie Farmers Jeans by Clark Ferguson, 9 minutes
The Whole Day Through by Adam Budd, 10 minutes
Your Tube by Dave Turcotte

1.30 pm – 4.30 pm: SCN Screening, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

15 Minutes of Fame is a popular series running on SCN. Local independent and community filmmakers create shorts on topics in and about their communities. The screening is expected to draw a good amount of Saskatchewan residents and emerging filmmakers.

5 pm – 7 pm: Tailgate Party in downtown Yorkton sponsored by the Yorkton Business Improvement District.
7 pm: Screenings of Back in ‘93 and Season of Dreams

All delegates and the public are invited to wear their favorite team’s jersey, enjoy a BBQ, and take in free screenings, starting at 7 pm at the Army and Navy Club Rooms, 43 Broadway Street East (half a block from the Tailgate Party). Featured are the films Back in ‘93 by Mark Montefiore and Season of Dreams.

Back in ‘93, narrated by George Stroumboulopoulos is about a 10-year-old boy’s coming of age as a closet Montreal Canadians fan growing up in Toronto Maple Leafs loving southern Ontario during the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals.

Season of Dreams is a feature-length documentary that explores Saskatchewan’s love affair with football following a rural six-man high school football team, the Hague Panthers, and an urban twelve-man high school team, the Holy Cross Crusaders, as they prepare and ultimately play out their own season of dreams. Threaded throughout the film are compelling exclusive interviews with Saskatchewan football legends and several well known sportscasters.

The Festival Lounge, located at the Army and Navy Club Rooms, 43 Broadway St. East, will be open to all delegates wishing to mingle, unwind, pick up a guitar and have some fun, from sundown to closing.

Friday May 23:

All day: Telefilm Outreach

Telefilm’s Outreach tour will be at the Festival. Pre-bookings with Telefilm staff required.

8.30 am – 5 pm: SMPIA’s Career Development Program presents Directors Workshop with Stephen Hall, Best Western Parkland Inn

A general overview of issues associated with directing a scripted project (comedy or drama). Eight hours long, consisting of four two-hour sessions separated by breaks and lunch, covering the following subjects:

Blocking — preparation for shooting a scene
Working with Actors — giving playable direction
Axis and Eye line — shooting a table scene
Order of Operation — Why you usually shoot the wide shot first
Scheduling — Making the most of the time you have to get the shot, the scene, the sequence and the show.
The script — what to pay attention to and what to ignore.
Story beats and intention — Why the text of the dialogue can sometimes be irrelevant.
The other half of “directing” — Interestingly, the title “director” only describes half of the job of a director. The other half involves “observing”
Coverage — How to get editors to love you
Sound issues — Ignore them at your peril
Learning how to ask for what you want — (hint: you first need to KNOW what you want)
Art department issues — don’t ask for the impossible. Remember the Good/Cheap/Fast triangle (pick any two)

9 am – 5 pm: Telefilm Canada presents Mini-Cinema, Godfrey Dean Art Gallery

Delegates can select and screen any film entered in this year’s festival.

10 am: Research Workshop, Best Western Parkland Inn

The what and how of research, led by Tobias Duggan.

10 am – 12 noon: Programmed Screenings, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

Nominated films will be screened at scheduled times with the filmmakers in attendance to answer questions.

1.30 pm: Publicity/Distribution Workshop, Best Western Parkland Inn

These days, it’s hard to get any interest from funding agencies without a distributor in place. How do you pitch to a distributor? Is it the same as a broadcaster? How do you know you have the right distributor? Once you have funding in place, how do you let people know about the production? Learn the intricacies of publicizing your production, what works and what doesn’t. How do you know you have a good publicist, and what should it cost? Presenters are Jennifer Chen of Ouat Media and Sarah Fedorchuk.

1.30 pm: Radical Dreamer: The Passionate Journey of Graham Spry, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

Free public screening of Radical Dreamer, less than a month after it makes its national television debut. This is a documentary film biography of one of the least known and most influential Canadians of the past century. Spry has been called “The Father of Canadian Broadcasting” for his hugely successful lobby to create a national public radio network in the 1930s. He published a series of influential magazines of cultural and social content during the 1930s. He organized Canada’s first national radio broadcast and lobbied two Prime Ministers into creating what became the CBC. Spry was instrumental in the creation of the CCF (NDP) party. His name is associated with the negotiations for the Independence of India, promotion of the Port of Churchill, the Canadian Wheat Board, universal medical care, pension plans, unemployment insurance, the Bank of Canada and many more of the social and political structures that define modern Canada. He was a friend and associate of Lester Pearson, Tommy Douglas, Norman Bethune, Frank Scott, Frank Underhill and many more of the great Canadians of his time.

3 pm – 4.30 pm: SCN Reception for Radical Dreamer, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

The board of SCN, which is meeting in Yorkton, will host a reception following the screening of Radical Dreamer.

6 pm: Perohi Proznik, Ukrainian Orthodox Auditorium

Come to the Perogy Party and get your fill of holopchi and perohi and enjoy the traditional Ukrainian dancers and entertainment, featuring the comedian Ivanka, sponsored by Farrell Agencies.

The Festival Lounge, located at the Army and Navy Club Rooms, 43 Broadway St. East, will be open to all delegates wishing to mingle, unwind, pick up a guitar and have some fun, from sundown to closing.

Saturday May 24

8 am – 11 am: Pitch and Putt, Deer Park Golf Course

Fun golf competition, with ample opportunity to get to know others and pitch ideas. Pre-registration required.

9 am: Legal/Insurance Workshop, Best Western Parkland Inn

Led by Claude Forest from Multimedia Risk and Patricia Warsaba from Robertson Stromberg Pedersen. Aimed at emerging filmmakers, this workshop will cover the basics of what’s required from a legal and insurance perspective. Find out how easy it is to get in trouble…

9 am – 5 pm: Telefilm Canada presents Mini-Cinema, Godfrey Dean Art Gallery

Delegates can select and screen any film entered in this year’s festival.

10 am – 11.30 am: Touring Reel Youth Film Festival, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

A program of short films produced by youth.

11.30 am: Pitch & Munch, Best Western Parkland Inn

New format this year! After a brief lunch to get to know our broadcasters, they will be available for one-on-one private sessions to talk about your project. Sessions will booked on a first come, first served basis.

1 pm – 5 pm: Programmed Screenings, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

Nominated films will be screened at scheduled times with the filmmakers in attendance to answer questions.

2 pm: In Conversation With…, Best Western Parkland Inn

Based on the Actor’s Studio format, moderated by Cavan Cunningham, the Mayor of Dog River on CTV’s Corner Gas, and featuring Arlene Duncan, who plays Fatima on CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie. They will discuss acting careers, acting methods, and the prairie brand of comedy.

5.30 pm: The Golden Sheaf Awards Gala, Best Western Parkland Inn

Honouring the best in Canadian short film, along with a gourmet dinner and entertainment. MCs are Lorne Cardinal and Tara Spencer-Nairn, the two-member Dog River police force on Corner Gas. Music by The Lazy MKs.

The Festival Lounge, located at the Army and Navy Club Rooms, 43 Broadway St. East, will be open to all delegates wishing to mingle, unwind, pick up a guitar and have some fun, from sundown to closing.

Sunday May 25

9 am – 12 noon: Telefilm Canada presents Mini-Cinema, Godfrey Dean Art Gallery

Delegates can select and screen any film entered in this year’s festival.

9 am – 3 pm: Screening of Winning Entries, Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre

Winning entries will be screened at the Godfrey Dean Centre. Free and open to the public and festival participants.

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Aug 172011
short film
by Canadian Film Centre

The 2010 International Experimental Media Congress, the first Congress of its kind since the 1989 Toronto Experimental Film Congress, will assemble film, video, new media artists, theorists, archivists, and curators from around the world, who will be in Toronto through April 11 for panels and discussions related to experimental media production, exhibition, dissemination, criticism, pedagogy and reception. The International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) is an annual conference and trade show for professionals from the film festival industry who will be in Amsterdam through April 9 to participate in presentations, interactive panel discussions and networking events, and to look forward to the Dinner With Strangers event that allows attendees a unique and fun opportunity to meet and dine with festival colleagues from all over the world. The 2010 French Quarter Festival, opening April 9-11, highlights New Orleans’ signature music, food, and culture in the historic neighborhood, mostly by a musical smorgasbord of jazz, r&b, funk, folk, opera, gospel, blues, and brass bands, but also with over 105 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, and the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint, forming the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” with local cuisines from the area’s finest restaurants including such festival favorites as Jambalaya, Crawfish Bread, Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Muffaletta, Crawfish, and more.

The annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference and expo for professionals who create filmed entertainment, and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums and platforms, happens this year from April 10-15 in Las Vegas. Comic strip icon, Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Silver Surfer), will be at this year’s event, and the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) in partnership with the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) will host its annual spring Career Fair at the NAB Show. Nailing Jello Productions conducts a short film screening, fundraiser and panel discussion on how independent filmmakers are using social and emerging media to fundraise, market and distribute their films at an event conducted in New York City on April 14. Tours and activities in Wine Country sets the theme for the Sonoma International Film Festival as activities interwoven into the festival’s daily screenings, happening April 14-18. Leading off the Sonoma Festival will be the world premiere of the documentary, “Coals to Newcastle”, about one of Britain’s cutting-edge funk bands, the New Mastersounds, who will be in town for the festival and perform live after the screening.

The Beverly Hills Film Festival, a competition festival dedicated to showcasing non-studio films and screenplays of emerging filmmakers in the city generally recognized as the headquarters for VIPs to the motion picture industry, is now in its tenth year, opening for a run from April 14-18, while treating festival goers to nightly theme parties, seminars, and a charity benefit. Nashville Film Festival, an Academy qualifier for short films, opens April 15 this year, through April 22, and because it takes place in “Music City” it is only natural that part of the focus be on music in films. So in addition to the many films about music and the Music Films in Music City awards, NaFF presents showcases, workshops, and other events where songwriters and artists come together with film professionals from Hollywood and around the world to promote collaboration. The 45th Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas on CBS television network Sunday, April 18 at 8 pm (EST), hosted by Reba McEntire. For those fortunate to attend the Awards live in Las Vegas, the ACM All-Star Jam follows the award ceremony featuring impromptu performances from artists who participated in the Awards show. Mediabistro hosts an April 20 L.A. Cocktail Party for professionals in the media industry.  Conversation will be geared toward the latest media industry developments as party hosts, Write On! Online freelance writer, Debra Eckerling, and Kaiser Permanente senior web editor, Michelle Thatcher, help you enjoy yourself and make some great connections.

The mission of the Rincón International Film Festival is to support and promote culture and the arts in Puerto Rico through the medium of film. Rincón, Puerto Rico is also a Surfer’s paradise, so the festival is also looking to screen great surfing films, particularly at the beachfront resorts that will be used as screening venues during the festival run, April 20-25. The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. Awards will be presented on April 22 (the festival itself runs April 20-25) at the IFFLA Industry Leadership Award Luncheon held at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. The show will include performances by TAAL Dance Collective. Championing the short film format, Filmfest Dresden promotes a film category which is mostly disregarded by cinemas and television. This year, Filmfest Dresden is supplementing its film programmes with an extensive range of special events discussions, receptions and get-togethers such as on April 22 when the Saxony Film Association, the German Short Film Association, Filmfest Dresden, the School-goers Cinema Dresden, the Dresden Narrow Gauge Festival and other institutes are holding a reception where people will have an opportunity to get together for mutual exchanges.

As it usually does, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York will host many free events during its run from April 21 to May 5, for film fans and families, including: Tribeca Drive-In, an outdoor screening series that takes place at the World Financial Center Plaza, where you can watch professional salsa dancers, listen to live salsa music, enter dancing contests, and even take salsa lessons, following the screening of the HBO documentary The Spirit of Salsa. Then there will be the Tribeca Talks: Industry panels touching on all aspects of the filmmaking trade, and The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day. Opening on April 22 until April 26, Palm Beach International Film Festival, started in 1996 to give the area a foothold in the film industry as well as to benefit the area’s community schools through grant and scholarship awards, will emphasize its newly formed Friends of the PBIFF, which offers an array of fun-filled events to raise funds and awareness on a year-round basis for the PBIFF. Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival, running April 22 to May 6, is thought to be one of the longest-running film festival in the Americas. This year, SFIFF has an line-up of narrative feature films, live action and animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, experimental work, digital media, and industry panels, seminars, awards events, onstage tributes, retrospectives, and the well regarded Schools at the Festival program, which brings an estimated 4,200 grade school students into the festival.

ShowBiz Expo Los Angeles is the west coast counterpart to the show held in New York City in March — but runs for two days, April 24-25. Like New York the Los Angeles Expo includes a wide range of networking opportunities including the Exhibit Hall, Workshops/Seminars, Round Table Discussions, Headshot Displays, etc., and most importantly, live audition opportunities for which there is limited enrollment on a first come basis. MUSEEXPO 2010 will be in Los Angeles from April 25-28, and will incorporate the intimate format that marked its beginnings as organic networking dinners organized by A&R Network and A&R Worldwide architect Sat Bisla, aimed at bringing together friends and like-minded relationships from the global radio, A&R, film/TV music supervision, publishing, new media and artist management communities. In London on April 27, noted film director and FOCAL International’s Chair of Patrons, Lord David Putnam, opens the FOCAL International Awards festivities with a champagne reception sponsored by AP Archive, followed by a three-course dinner. FOCAL was formed in 1985 as an international, non-profit professional trade association representing commercial film/audiovisual, stills and sound libraries. The black tie and evening cocktail attire affair ends late with an after party also sponsored by AP Archive.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events” page. Video and podcast versions of this news summary are also available at popular video sites around the Web like MySpace, YouTube, Daily Motion, as well as on The Actor’s Checklist podcast blog. Follow the posting of the news summary on Twitter. Last month on the video news summary you saw new video from newly released single on iTunes – Make Your Move – from UK’s soulful, R&B songstress, Bukola. Music producing Padded Cell Productions of Toronto with a newly released art film, Jane Doe. And there was the “spiritual fusion of acoustic sitar experimental chanting spoken word improvisation”  of Scot Aaron and Govinda Schlegel who form Shaman Strings. These videos are now available on the Free Home Video Showcase which now serves as an archive for all past video presentations but without the audio news narration.

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