Sep 012011

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’…

[Click following to access a picture-laden HTML-version of The First All-Turkish No-Holds-Barred 'Erotik' Film -- A Woman Like That.]

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“Fortunate Son” Wins $ 10,000 Grand Prize In First Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival












Kutztown, Pa. (PRWEB) January 20, 2006

“Fortunate Son,” a touching short film about a Vietnam War veteran directed by Quinn Saunders and starring Joe Spano, won the $ 10,000 grand prize in the First Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival.

The award was presented January 12, 2006 at a special ceremony at the legendary Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Theater in New York City.

Competing against the winner were “I Killed Zoe Day,” written and directed by Powell Weaver; “Life or Breath,” written and directed by Steve Desmond; and “SmartCard,” directed by James Oxford. The runners-up received prize packages from the festival’s sponsors, WriteBrothers, gettyimages® and Akimbo. Other sponsors of the festival and the awards ceremony included Withoutabox, Zyr, Sposto Interactive, CMP Books, Station Avenue Productions and Chanterelle’s Catering.

A native of Mt. Holly, N.J., Saunders graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University and was accepted into the University of Southern California’s Film Production Program in the spring of 2000. He was awarded an MFA in August 2003 and later worked with leading director Robert Zemeckis. “Fortunate Son” is a result of that mentoring.

“‘Fortunate Son’ is an incredibly moving film and we are honored to have drawn that caliber of production to our first festival. The same is true for the three other finalists for our grand prize, as well as all of the films that we received. Haydenfilms is looking forward to Season Two of our festival that will begin on August 30, 2006,” said Hayden Craddolph, president and founder of Haydenfilms.

The Haydenfilms Online Film Festival is among the first fully online festivals and began in October 2004 as a way for independent filmmakers to showcase their works on the Internet. Thirty-six films were selected as finalists in Season One of the festival that ran from August 30 to October 30, 2005. The top four films are being shown on http://www.haydenfilms.com through the end of August, 2006.

Finalists for Season One of the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival submitted short films of 35 minutes or less that were reviewed by a unique, professional judging panel of eight national media professors and film industry experts. Each judge viewed and voted on the films and the top 36 were made available for online member voting. Entries included student submissions, animated works and documentaries. The Haydenfilms Online Film Festival was the first to accept all short films regardless of genre and the first to offer a $ 10,000 grand prize.

Haydenfilms LLC, founded in 2001, is an independent film production and distribution company based in Kutztown, Pa. Its mission is to create and foster an online network of independent and student film producers and to provide the support and resources necessary for filmmakers to succeed. The Haydenfilms website provides industry news, job and resume posting, message boards and shopping for filmmaking software and equipment.

For more details on the Second Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival, as well as other Haydenfilms programs and events, visit http://www.haydenfilms.com.

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Vision Forum to Host the First Annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and $ 10,000 Jubilee Awards










SAN ANTONIO, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2004 -

— The Vision Forum, Inc.® is pleased to announce the first annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and Jubilee Awards. The event will host independent Christian film shorts produced by a new generation of enterprising and creative Christian filmmakers, including home educators, film students of all ages, and independent professionals. The festival will feature film screenings, exciting cultural events, special classes, and workshops with talented directors and filmographers.

“America is discontent with Hollywood’s negative monopoly stranglehold on film and culture,” said Doug Phillips, president of the Vision Forum. “The intense hatred by Hollywood elites for Christianity and the value system which it embodies has created a rift in American culture, and profoundly damaged the American family. We intend to respond, not by cursing the darkness, but by lighting a candle.”

“We seek to motivate the next generation of filmmakers to raise a presuppositionally Christ-honoring standard, and to develop alternative vehicles outside the Hollywood machine for producing and distributing films which will build, bless, and benefit the American family.”

“We believe the Hollywood monopoly is about to be broken,” Phillips said. “Thanks to the development of inexpensive and readily accessible technologies, the success of new channels for distributing films, and the rise of a new generation of entrepreneurial and creative Christian filmmakers, there never has been a better time for Christians to influence their culture for Christ.”

“By providing a platform for Christians to present their art, and by offering appropriate recognition for excellence in Christian film production, we hope to encourage this movement for the glory of God.”

Amateur and professional filmmakers from around the nation have a rare opportunity to present their distinctively Christian films, to have them critiqued, and be rewarded for their hard work. The event will take place in San Antonio, Texas, November 11-13 at the newly expanded 1.3 million square foot Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The Jubilee Awards for Christian film shorts will be presented to the best narrative, best documentary, best political, and best creation film. The $ 10,000 Jubilee Award grand prize goes to the best film of the festival. A best film trailer and an audience award will also be presented.

For more information on the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and Jubilee Awards, or to join us at the event, please visit the festival Web site at: http://www.independentchristianfilms.com

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Mark Stubblefield

The Vision Forum, Inc.

press@visionforum.com

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2005

Film Genesis (FG) launches it’s “Script-to-Film” Screenwriting Contest via its website, www.FilmGenesis.com. Now, screenwriters as far away as Maine can get a taste of Hollywood… from the director’s chair.

A well-known fact about becoming a filmmaker in Hollywood is that new filmmakers must have a history of making films. These films are their calling cards. They demonstrate the filmmaker’s ability to write, direct and produce quality films. In other words, these films show that the high demands of studio executives will be met.

As more and more aspiring filmmakers embark on the journey of acceptance into Hollywood’s mainstream most ultimately discover that independent filmmaking can be a tremendous challenge. Securing funding to turn ‘indie film’ dreams into a reality can be daunting. Even so-called low-budget films can be terribly expensive. Most new directors turn to short films but they soon discover that film stock costs money; production crews cost money; scripts; film/video equipment costs money and post-production services cost money.

Even if an aspiring filmmaker courageously bites the bullet, sacrifices and eventually completes their own self-funded film they find a new challenge. The new “opponent” to do-it-yourself filmmakers are the powerful, dynamic and visually stimulating films that film school students are turning out. Cinematically, film school students are producing some of the most visually stunning short films. Films that come very close to looking as though they were produced in a studio. Can indie filmmakers stand up to the competition?

Daryl Harkless, founder of Film Genesis, says yes. “The reason why Film Genesis was born is because their was no specific vehicle for the entrepreneurial, rogue, guerilla filmmakers to break through — now there is.” Harkless, is an entrepreneur who enjoys nurturing the creativity of young filmmakers. When the idea for Film Genesis first came to him he immediately surrounded himself with independent filmmakers, screenwriters, and other industry professionals to fine-tune the idea. The result: the Film Genesis Script-to-Film Contest.

Together with Three Nineteen Productions, an independent production company and FloodGate Media, a production services company, Film Genesis opens the doors for tomorrow’s writer’s today. This contest was created specifically, but not exclusively, for aspiring writer/directors. Unlike other screenplay contest, the winner of the Film Genesis does not have his script “passed around.” Instead, the winning writer is presented with the opportunity to direct a short film based on their script. Film Genesis will produce.

Being hired to direct a film that has been professionally produced is the ultimate validity of a filmmaker’s potential. “More important than just making a film is what we do afterwards,” says Harkless. “When the film is complete, Film Genesis looks at all the upcoming film festivals and submits the film. We handle all the expenses on the winning writer’s behalf.”

What does Film Genesis hope to get from their efforts? According to Angelo Bell, writer/director at Three Nineteen Productions, their vision is very clear. “We want to make films and we want to give aspiring filmmakers a chance they wouldn’t otherwise have.”

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