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The Global Film Village: Writing for the Genre World a WGA panel at the AFM

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by Marc Halperin   Stephen Susco, Mick Garris, Larry Cohen, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White photo by Marc Halperin    Writing for the Genre World a WGA panel moderated by Mick Garris( creator/producer: Masters of Horror; writer/director/producer of Riding the Bullet, Fear Itself and many others. Larry Cohen writer; Phone Booth, I, the Jury and writer or director of numerous other genre favorites. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White co-writers of Boogeyman and Knowi...

The Global Film Village: Julie Hebert’s TREE a moving and poetic World Premiere play at [Inside] the Ford

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by Marla Lewinphoto by Ed KriegerTree is a metaphor for the roots, branches, and leaves of a family. It seems both solid and enduring. TREE by Julie Hebert depicts three generations, divided by race, culture, time, and location.  Leo Price (Chuma Gault) is a divorced chef who is caring for an aging mother with dementia (Sloan Robinson) with the help of his college-age daughter, J.J. (Tessa Thompson). They connect when Didi Marcantel (Jacqueline Wright) a southern white woman barges into h...

The Global Film Village: Italian Cinema Does It With Style In Los Angeles

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by Marla Lewin   Marla Lewin with Giuseppe Tornatore                                     photo by Marc Halperin The Italian film commission, brought together filmmakers from around the world for a party at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. The Department of Cinema of the Italian ministry of culture, the Italian consulate, and the Los Angeles Italian Cultural Institute along with friends and guests applauded legendary director, Giuseppe Tornatore winner of the Acad...

The Global Film Village: Christopher Plummer, Canadian born and one of the world’s great actors

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by Marla Lewin Christopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus Photo taken by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Christopher Plummer not only stars as a mystic who sells his soul to the devil in Terry GIlliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,but he plays Leo Tolstoy in the Last Station by Michael Hoffman.  He has also just finished his memoirs called “In Spite of Himself”.   Scott Foundas from the LA weekly, had just read the book, and was prepared to ...

The Global Film Village: Only From The Imagination of Terry Gilliam

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  by Marla Lewin Heath Ledger and Verne Troyer Photo by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics   The Los Angeles AFI premiere of the latest Terry Gilliam movie,was a spectacle to behold. The Chinese Theatre red carpet blends with the decor, and the rush line produced many fans anxious to see this film. At the gate, I met the producer Sam Hadida, who was anxiously looking for his tickets.   The President of the AFI, Robert Gazzale took the stage and told the histor...

The Global Film Village: A Halloween Interview with Joe Dante just before his Premiere of THE HOLE at AFI Film Festival

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  by Marla Lewin It's Halloween, and our treat tonight is speaking with Joe Dante, who will be walking the red carpet in a few hours for the US premiere of his new film, The Hole at the AFI film festival.  Some of the stars of the movie, will be there as well.  There are actors he has worked with before.  I asked Marc Halperin to help me with the interview, as he distributed Joes' film The Howling while at Embassy Pictures in the glory days of 80's Horror films.   ...

The Global Film Village: AFI PROJECT: 20/20

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by Marla LewinFilmmaker exchange and cultural diplomacy program marks fourth year The American Film Institute—in conjunction with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities  and other federal programs have renewed their commitment to support this international cultural exchange program that seeks to engage audiences here and abroad through filmmakers and their films.  This  year's AFI PROJECT 20/20:  2010 participants (in alphabetical order)are: BEETLE QUEEN CONQ...

The Global Film Village: A “Once In A Lifetime” Backstage interview with Ed Asner of Pixar’s “UP”

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by Marla Lewin Ed Asner was born the same year as the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman play, Once In A Lifetime, was written 1929. Ed has been a regular performer for the LA Theatre Works readings of great plays since its inception in 1985. The first live reading of this play back then had guests Steven Spielberg and Barry Diller in the audience. The producer explained that their technique and equipment for that performance had not been as good as they would have liked so they had always wanted...

The Global Film Village: Demme, Douglas, Huston and Tarantino to present Academy Governor's Awards

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photo (c) AMPAS all rights reserved.by Marla LewinThe inaugural Governors Awards event of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be held on November 14, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. Oscar® winners Jonathan Demme, Anjelica Huston and Quentin Tarantino, along with past Honorary Award recipient Kirk Douglas, will be among the presenters. The evening will feature presentations of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-executive John Calley, and Honorary Awa...

The Global Film Village: Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director & Festival Programmer Robert Koehler

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by Marla LewinI spent almost an hour with Robert Koehler who has gone from a top movie critic for Variety, to Artistic Director, Programmer of the AFI Film Festival and he gave me a look inside how he approached putting together this years festival and where it is going.Marla: Congratulations,  Robert, this is your second year programming the festival, How different is it from being a critic? How is it going? Robert: I was at the Los Angeles Times, and started in 94 writing for Variety, w...

The Global Film Village: British Independent Film Awards nominations announced

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by Marla LewinTHE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film) is being awarded to Daniel Day Lewis The  twelfth annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Monday 26 October, at Soho House in London. All of the films nominated for best picture and most of those in the other major categories have been or will be released in the United States. This is a major accomplishment in today's independent market which is under major assault.BEST BRITISH I...

The Global Film Village: HENRY JAGLOM’S NEW PLAY “JUST 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY”

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by Marla Lewin”Henry Jaglom known for his numerous independent films has written a new play, 45 MINUTES FROM BROADWAY premiered on October 17 at the Edgemar theatre. Director Gary Imhoff says it is Henry’s best writing yet, and we have to agree.This is the story of a mostly Jewish extended family, The Isaacs. There’s a little Irish, some Italian and a bit of Chickasaw thrown into the mix. George Isaacs (AKA Grisha), the patriarch, was a third-generation star of the Yiddish theatre as a ...

The Global Film Village: Telefilm Canada and Just For Laughs announce COMEDY LAB Projects

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by Marla Lewin (c) Global Film Village CFC (Canadian Film Centre) announced the five filmmaking teams selected from among 74 producers who applied for 5 coveted spots. TheTelefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab program was created in collaboration with and announced at the 27th annual event Just For Laughs Comedy Conference in July. The Montreal Comedy festival is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming over 2 million people each summer.  This is Canada...

The Global Film Village: ANNA KENDRICK TO RECEIVE RISING STAR AWARD AT 21ST PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

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                              Festival Awards Gala to be Held Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Anna Kendrick with the Rising Star Award for her performance in Up in the Air at the Festival's annual Awards...

The Global Film Village: “The Foreigner” pays a visit to the Sierra Madre Playhouse

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by Marla Lewin "The Foreigner" Lindsay Ballew and Jon Powell Photo by John Johnson Playwright Larry Shue graduated cum laude in film from Illinois Wesleyan University and was a Vietnam War Veteran. Shue was also an actor, and appeared on the daytime drama, “One Life to Live” and in the feature film, “Sweet Liberty.”  His other plays include “The Nerd,” “Grandma Duck is Dead,” and “My Emperor’s New Clothes.”  He died in a commercial plane cras...

The Global Film Village: REDucation the Real Deal

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REDucation the Real Deal: Presents RED Post Community Day  Industry Experts Explore the Process REDucation was launched in July, 2009, to bring RED training to an entusiastic and growing community of filmmakers that have adopted the revolutionary new camera. REDucation is the only RED approved and sanctioned education event for learning RED.  Comprised of RED Tech, RED Post, and Community Day, the training is a fully immersive, hands-on experience with international pa...

The Global Film Village: Academy Announces Short List of Shorts for 82nd Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 82nd Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy's Documentary Branch viewed this year's 37 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production compan...

The Global Film Village: Jeremy Thomas delivers Keynote at Film Independent Filmmaker Forum

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by Marla Lewin Dawn Hudson opened the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the DGA by stating that, “the objective of this weekend is to build a community of filmmakers and to inspire”. She then introduced Jeremy Thomas who delivered the event’s keynote address. Dawn said “He grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own”. Jeremy Thomas said “I was very lucky. I left school at 17 to make movies.  I crossed paths with people like Ken Loach, Julian Temp...

The Global Film Village: FILM INDEPENDENT AWARDS SLOAN PRODUCERS GRANT

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By Marla Lewin 9 PROJECTS FOR 2009 PRODUCERS LAB FILMMAKERS ALSO SELECTED BY FILM INDEPENDENT LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2009) — Last night at a special reception concluding the 2009 edition of Film Independent’s Filmmaker Forum, Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s Director of Talent Development, awarded Jenny Deller and Kristin Fairweather its 3rd annual Sloan Producers Grant for their feature film project Future Weather.  Deller and Fairweather will receive a $25,000 production grant, and p...

The Global Film Village: Congresswoman Mary Bono-Mack to attend The Coachella Valley Latino Film Festival by Marla Lewin

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The first annual Coachella Valley Latino International Film Festival will be held on December 4-6, 2009 at the Indio Performing Arts Center in Indio, California  as a fundraiser to benefit the Non-Profit organization. International Latino films, Special Events with Latino filmmakers and entertainers will be a part of the first year’s 3-day event, with a Special Guest presenting the Audience Favorite Award on Sunday evening, the close of the film festival. Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack is the...

the Global Film Village: TORONTO BASED CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY NAMES KIEFER SUTHERLAND AS CHAIR by Marla Lewin

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CFC (Canadian Film Centre) names  Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland as Chair of the CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY.The CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY, presented by Canwest and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, is Canada’s first professional level, cross collaborative on-screen training program for actors.  The inaugural five-month session will launch September 21, 2009.   Conservatory participants and accomplished mentors will be announced shortly. &...

The Global Film Village:The Official Awards of the 66th Venice Film Festival by Marla Lewin

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The 66th Venice International Film Festival concluded with the presentation of the Golden Lion Award for best film to Lebanon by Samuel MAOZ (Israel, France, Germany). The festival ran 2nd to 12th September 2009.The Venezia 66 Jury, chaired by Ang Lee and comprised of Sandrine Bonnaire, Liliana Cavani, Joe Dante, Anurag Kashyap, Luciano Ligabue, Sergei Bodrov, having viewed all twenty-five films in competition, has decided as follows: Silver Lion for Best Director to: Shirin NESHAT ...

The Global Film Village: A New Voice at the RedCat’s New Original Work’s Festival by Marla Lewin

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced that they will be featuring a special section dedicated to multi-media performance this year. The RedCat’s NOW Festival in Los Angeles focused on eight original works, all but one by women, and the results assure us that women have a role as artists in this century. Isadora Duncan would be proud to see the mix of dance, music, image, and all of the seven arts brought together into one presentation fully realized as she envisioned. Go girl...

The Global Film Village: Lanford Wilson’s Burn This casts a spell over it’s actors and audience by Marla Lewin

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"Burn This" at Flight Theatre at the Complex. Eli Mahar (l.), Mark Thornton, Melanie Hawkins, Ben McGroarty. photo by Ryan Correll.Anna, (Melanie Hawkins) a professional dancer is living in a loft, with two gay roommates and they are all fabulous friends. Larry (Mark Thornton) works in advertising and feels he has sold his soul to make his living. Their other roommate Robbie also an exceptionally talented and famous dancer was just killed along with his Greek lover, Dominic in a boati...

The Global Film Village: Breaking and Entering, a new play from Screenwriter Colin Mitchell by Marla Lewin

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Photo by Ed Krieger  Breaking and Entering, is a metaphor, for entering and breaking down a soul.  It had it’s world premiere last night August 14, 2009 at the Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, California. The play runs through September 6.  An obsessed, stalker fan enters a reclusive author's home through an open window on a stormy night, and the rest of the play unfolds as we all discover the unity between their two worlds. They and the play examine fame, and its costs, per...

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Marla is a producer, playwright, screenwriter, publicist and now a journalist. She attends 12 to 20 film festivals per year. She has spoken on filmmaking at many festivals including Cannes and SXSW.

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