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The Global Film Village: Academy Tribute to Animation Pioneer Adam Beckett

A Special Global Film Village Report by Marc Halperin Adam Beckett Tribute     photo by Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S    Filmmaker, animator or special effects coordinator on the original Star Wars how will Adam Beckett be remembered?   In his short 29 year life he was all of these. Gathered in the audience Monday night at the Linwood Dunn theatre of the  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientist museum were special effects masters, and other an...

The Global Film Village: NEVERMORE a fitting tribute to Edgar Allen Poe by Marla Lewin

The play opens with music in the dark theatre, almost as a mediation, and then a lit candle, and Edgar Allen Poe emerges in a bravura performance at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood. The team of Combs, Paoli and Gordon create a fascinating one man show. Jeffrey Combs As Edgar Allen Poe Stuart Gordon said he got the idea to honor Poe because this the bicentennial year of his birth. Gordon began by engaging accomplished actor Jeffrey Combs, who he has worked with six tim...

The Global Film Village: Smiling in the ‘Burbs with Joe Dante and Bruce Dern by Marla Lewin

Joe Dante, Marc Halperin and Marla Lewin at Dante's Inferno Festival at New Beverly Cinema  Wednesday night at the New Beverly Theatre in Hollywood, there were brand new seats, and a packed theatre for a screening of Joe Dante’s 1989 film THE ‘BURBS.  Director Joe Dante was there along with Bruce Dern, to introduce the film.  Joe is programing a week of films at the New Beverly called DANTE’S INFERNO film series! with special guests and a 5+ hour version of his cul...

The Global Film Village: Sienna Miller Talks About G.I. Joe movie by Marla Lewin

                G.I. Joe movie poster: (c) 2009 Paramount Pictures all rights reserved. G.I. Joe opens in 2 days and their aren't any press screenings so we all get to see it on friday.  video provided by if video doesn't appear here please check out ...

The Global Film Village: Back in the saddle, at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum by Marla Lewin

Sunday there was an open house sponsored by LA magazine at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.  The George Montgomery room was currently filled with elaborate stage outfits worn by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and other notable country western stars mostly designed by Nudie Cohn.  There was a long coat worn by Bob Dylan and original hand written lyrics of classic songs and photos also on display. Video is used at multiple locations to enhance the experience and place the viewer within the con...

The Global Film Village: Ray Bradbury at 40th San Diego Comic-Con by Marla Lewin

  Johnny Depp, Megan Fox, Tim Burton, Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Tron, Super-heros, and  Science Fiction are everywhere in downtown San Diego for 5 days. And then there is the man who epitomizes science fiction, Ray Bradbury. Ray wrote about Mars as well as The Illustrated Man little knowing that a future generation would become enamored with decorating themselves to an unprecedented level. Ray attended the very first Comic-Con 40 years ago, and he returned again this year....

The Global Film Village: New Original Works Festival at the REDCAT by Marla Lewin

 New Original Works FestivalJuly 23-August 8, 2009  Eight New Works by multifmedia presented by Roy and Edna Disney and CALARTS. Disney Concert Hall photo by Marc HalperinPROGRAM ONE premiered on July 23rd to a sold out audience.This group of three pieces continues throughout the weekend. Over the next 2 weeks 5 additional pieces will be performed. photo courtesy of the artistABACUS from Early Morning Opera, a Los Angeles based artlab which has exhibited original performance an...

The Global Film Village: Octomom! the Mu$ical by Marla Lewin

        Did the Octomom have Angelina Jolie envy?Is the ruin of America caused by the need for fame, money, and power?  Is life just one big Vaudeville act?  Will the “American Angels” save us all?   These are the questions you might get answered, starting Saturday night at The Fake Theatre, at 4319 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.    You can witness "The American Psyche"  gone completely off the tracks for 62 minutes wit...

The Global Film Village: David Mamet's "The Voysey Inheritance" by Marla Lewin

 "The Voysey Inheritance" is a play about greed involving an upper class family's crisis and ponzi schemes, sound familiar?  Harley Granville-Barker, one of the most unfamiliar playwrights of the early 20th century, wrote the play over 100 years ago in 1905. Barker, also an accomplished actor was overshadowed by the fame of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. Granville-Barker also wrote detailed notes on how to stage Shakespeare. In 2006 David Mamet, one of Americas' most famous w...

The Global Film Village: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Bastille Day in LA by Marla Lewin

   Filmmakers, Press, Government officials, and lovers of all things french were there. The American and French national anthems were sung to celebrate both liberation and independence.  The French Consul General David Martinon spoke in English and then in French.  "We are proud to be living in here in Los Angeles even when it was difficult at times recently. But the Americans and French, have always gotten along, we have fought together side by side never against each other. ...

The Global Film Village: Big Box Office Means Big Toy Sales by Marla Lewin

 My previous article on Transformers appears to have been on target when I said Big Toys Means Big Box Office now its time for the merchandizing to kick in. With over $340 million in domestic U.S. theatrical receipts Transformers has ignited a feeding frenzy in the stores for toys. A front page article in today's Los Angeles Times fills in the details. Mattel looks like it will have a fabulous year and G.I. Joe is coming up next.Just click on one of these links belo...

The Global Film Village: The Bastille Day LA Festival by Marla Lewin

 On Sunday July 12th, Angelenos celebrated the eighth annual  official Bastille Day LA Festival at the beautiful in Elysian Park in the heart of Los Angeles, (next to Dodgers Stadium).  French gastronomic delicacies, in the form of crepes, and french breads; along with eclectic live entertainment were featured. Local bands, singers, street performers, belly dancers, and raffles for a trip to Tahiti, and Paris were available. Revelers enjoyed French food and wine, Chinese beer, and Morrocan fa...

The Global Film Village: The WGA Just Add Pictures by Marla Lewin

 During the WGA strike last year there was an expansion of discussion among members and a desire to enhance the earning potential of the membership through greater ongoing communication. This is one of the first of the series of panel discussions which will explore various genres with writers and industry executives at the top of their game. The Saturday July 11, 2009 panel was about the huge comic book to film genre. The topic was turning screenplays into comic books to enhance their salabilit...

Michael Jackson, Elvis and Singing Cowboys are all American Icons

 The Michael Jackson memorial is on TV today, I am sitting here watching and thinking about the difference between a person's public image and what it means to be an icon. Michael was an icon in life and is even a bigger icon now in death. Gone are the questions of his personal legal problems, gone are his money problems, his music now dominates the sales charts after a 4 year slump. Now he is iconic legend. Berry Gordy of Motown Records called him "the greatest entertainer who ever lived...

The Global Film Village: BACK STAGE WITH MICHAEL JACKSON by Marla Lewin

In Tribute to an Artist Years ago in Chicago when Michael was performing  with his brothers as The Jackson 5, his parents were buying custom jewelry designs from my mother who was an artist. These were pieces they would be wearing in their shows.   All the boys seemed very into sports at that time. During the days they would be working out prior to performing at night.  I remember hearing reports of fans, mostly girls, always in crowds waiting outside Michael's door. I was invited t...

The Global Film Village: Sitting in the speak easy of the Stella Adler Theatre by Marla Lewin

 Last night was the closing of the month long 17th annual nationwide Young Playwrights Festival, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The Festival is an opportunity for teenage playwrights to have their work produced, directed and acted out by professional actors from the the Hollywood community. Twelve winning plays were chosen by a panel of theatre professionals from plays submitted by teenaged playwrights, aged 15 -19 from across the United States. Playwrights were then assigned a ...

The Global Film Village: Hal Ashby's "Lookin to Get Out" finally gets out on DVD today by Marla Lewin

 Burt Young told me how excited he was to finally see Hal's version.  Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out" screened last night at the UCLA Billy WIlder Theatre We saw this film at CineVegas, where we met writer Al Swartz, along with his co-writer Jon Voight.  When I saw Jon, Sunday at the LA film festival award brunch, he invited us to see the film again last night at the UCLA Billy Wilder Theatre. During his introduction Jon announced that he wanted to sit in Billy Wilder's s...

The Global Film Village: LA Film Festival Wraps with Awards by Marla Lewin

 This was my first year covering the LA Film Festival.  I first remember going to some screenings in past years when it was held at the Sunset 5 in Hollywood, and later some parties and mixers in Westwood and at the W Hotel.  After Cannes, June is also a busy month for film festivals around the world.  This year, there was a greater focus on international film at the Festival. I spoke with new Executive Program Director Rebecca Yeldham at the award brunch, and shared how we enjoyed meeti...


We have attended the Palm Springs International Shortfest through the years, and it is one of the best short film festivals in the world.   Award winners receiving a first place prize in four categories are automatically eligible to submit their films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award® consideration. Over the past 14 years, the Festival has presented 64 films that have gone on to receive Academy Award nominations.The  Palm Springs International ShortFest &a...

The Global Film Village: Hollywood Focuses on the Future by Marla Lewin

ESCA 2009: This is a conference about the nuts and bolts that drive the Entertainment Industry and was held at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles over two days. The Studios feel that Blu-ray is the wave of the future. The question remains how to keep the quality and cost effectiveness for both machines and product.  It is important for the consumer to be aware that if you are not paying for the top end models of players, then all products may not be compatable at this time.   Internation...

The Global Film Village:Transformers 2 thrills audiences, Big Toys Equal Big Box office by Marla Lewin

Transformers thrills audience with Airplanes, Cars, and Giant Battling Robots. Big Toys Equal Big Box office Tonight was the U.S. Premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival.  Shia La Beouf attended the premiere in Westwood, with his mother, Shayna.  It was a star studded event with the entire cast in attendance including Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. Some celebrities with films in the festival who didn't att...

The Global Film Village: CineVegas 2009 by Marla Lewin

Dennis Hopper in the CineVegas Lounge   Cinevegas is set off the Las Vegas strip at the Palms Hotel and Brenden Theatre complex. Parties were held at the Playboy Club, the Rain Night club, the Venetian and Mandalay Bay Hotels.  The festival closed with a street party and Drive-In showing of a 1950's movie "classic" that recently served as the inspiration of Monsters versus Aliens. There is a casino level suite where filmmakers and industry meet for...

The Global Film Village: The Produced By Conference by Marla Lewin

Marshall Herskovitz is an instrument of change. He is an award winning producer and the current President of the PGA. He wants to change the world, our business and how we do business. This past weekend he oversaw the first Produced By Conference which took place at the Sony Studios in Culver City. Marshall said during his Sunday afternoon Master Class  "Producers are adept at keeping on Balance. There are no answers so there is still lots to be learned. The purpose of this conferenc...

The Global Film Village: CLIO Honorary Award Winners Barry Manilow and Mark Cuban by Marla Lewin

The Clios is a great event, filled with brilliant people, ideas, and everyone focused on creating the next best thing in advertising and social media.  The goal of the panels was to explore how can we connect and engage our audiences. How we can continue to offer a branding service which sells products, provides humor, and opens our hearts to an ever smaller international world.  How to find the means to  incorporate human interest and projects linked to product in new ways that resonat...

The Global Film Village: Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Marla Lewin

 Norman Jewison is a Canadian, although he always made Hollywood films, movies about social issues, humanity, and values, still they always entertained.  Cher, Faye Dunaway, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Haskell Wexler were there to share this special evening with Norman. Stars honor Norman Jewison                          photo by Robert Primes Dawn Hudson from  Film Independent LA, began the evening and said from the stage, that she wanted to feel ...


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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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