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The Global Film Village: Davis Guggenheim’s WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”

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 by Marla Lewin  The LAFF Premiere of Davis Guggenheim's WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN” was on Monday, June 21st, Celebrities attending include: Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Pamela Reed (Jericho), Jay Roach (Producer), Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order), Lesley Ann Warren (In Plain Sight), Cheryl Hines, Brett Ratner, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood). There was another Gala screening and Conversation with John Legend, director Davis Guggenheim, and school expert Gregory Canada,...

The Global Film Village: Toying with Transmedia at the LA Film Festival

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The Marvel Universe: (c) 2010 Marvel Comics All Rights Reserved.  by Marc Halperin Toying with Transmedia was a lecture by MIT professor Henry Jenkins, this trend has been around for more than a decade but has gained traction lately. I first heard about Transmedia at the San Diego Comic-Con years ago. Robert Gould an old friend created Imaginosis in 1999 to focus on visual artists who create "World Properties." At the center of that company is the World of Brian...

Growing Up Is A Bitch: Films At Zlin FF

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   I KILLED MY MOTHER (Xavier Dolan, Canada) For young people today, growing up is more complicated than ever before. Not only is more expected of them, but today's youth is barraged with media images and information that they must learn how to assimilate. Innocence does not  last very long, and for those making the uneasy transition from childhood to young adulthood, the road is a dramatic one. This has been portrayed in many different colors in several of the films I hav...

THE WRECKING CREW

McFarlane Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge will feature independent fan films set in the McFarlane universe

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Todd McFarlane Productions and Phoenix Comicon are partnering to create 'The McFarlane Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge'. This unique event will feature independent fan films set in the McFarlane universe with McFarlane created characters. Films will be screened during the Phoenix Comicon, to be held May 27th- 30th at the Phoenix Convention Center.   "McFarlane characters such as Spawn and Violator have inspired a generation of fans and creators alike," said Progra...

The McFarlane Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge

PHOENIX COMICON TO HOST NEW FILM COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TODD MCFARLANE PRODUCTIONS

Grand prize winner to receive one-on-one film review from Todd McFarlane Phoenix, AZ – January 28, 2010 Todd McFarlane Productions and Phoenix Comicon are partnering to create 'The McFarlane Phoenix Comicon Film Challenge'. This unique event will feature independent fan films set in the McFarlane universe with McFarlane created characters. Films will be screened during the Phoenix Comicon, to be held May 27th- 30th at the Phoenix Convention Center.

 “McFarlane characters such as Spawn and Violator have inspired a generation of fans and creators alike,” said Programming Director Joe Boudrie. “This competition will bring those characters into Phoenix Comicon in new and interesting ways, providing filmmakers their first-ever opportunity to enter the McFarlane universe as creators.” 

Phoenix Comicon is seeking original films to be shown at Phoenix Comicon in a film competition judged by the McFarlane Companies and Phoenix Comicon. In addition to the opportunity to screen films in front of an audience at the Phoenix Comicon, prizes will be awarded, with the Grand Prize winner receiving a one-on-one film review from Todd McFarlane personally. Submissions must include McFarlane created characters (from Spawn, Cy-Gor, Violator, Sam and Twitch) in leading roles and the scripts and films must be original work. Films of any type (animated, live action, CGI, etc.) or style (horror, drama, comedy, action, noir, etc.) will be accepted. See official submission form for further details. 

Submissions may be up to 15 minutes long. Submissions will be accepted through April 27th and jointly judged by McFarlane and Phoenix Comicon staff. No unlicensed copyrighted material may be used in the entries (including music, images and any other copyrighted content). All Submissions need to be submitted in standard (US) DVD format. All submitted films become sole property of Todd McFarlane Productions. Films will be screened during the Phoenix Comicon which will be held May 27th- 30th at the Phoenix Convention Center. Prizes will be awarded during the convention, but filmmakers do not need to be present to win. 

Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, is a multi-faceted artist and businessman with a broad range of experience in entertainment, sports and publishing. McFarlane originally became a superstar among comic book fans and creators due to his work on Marvel Comics Spider-Man franchise. The Spawn series has inspired a generation of artists and helped encourage a trend in creator-owned comic book properties. He's also a high-profile collector of history-making baseballs. 

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the Southwest. For more information visit www.phoenixcomicon.com. 

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Meet Indie Film Director : A BAD DAY (En Dårlig Dag)

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        En Dårlig Dag (A Bad Day) a recent submission to the ÉCU 2010 European Dramatic Short Category is about a professional hitman, whose job doesn't go quite to plan. Mairi Cunningham talks to the film's director Bjarki Thomsen.   Q. Tell me briefly about your film. Where did the idea come from to have a hit man finally outdone by his victim? The hitman has no empathy for others. The only soft spot the hitman has, i...

Angel or Villain Poster Framed and Canvas Fine Art Prints from Imagekind.com

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Because being beautiful makes you the bad guy. Shelter me under thy wings. Develop your intuitive abilities, being yourself, keeping your natural beauty.Angel or Villain by Manuel Seixas...

Abel Ferrara

The american director Abel Ferrara, special guest of the VII edition of Ischia Film Festival.

The Golden Gag

The Golden Gag, directed by Maria José Ruiz Fenollera, a recent submission to ECU 2010's European Dramatic Feature category! A director of B films, tormented by his past, finds a strange empty box which takes him, through suffering the pain of his memories, to the far corners of the world to meet four artists whose incredible lives inspire him to transform his old films into stories about places where freedom is ...

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Anikruya Trailer

Tessa, a high school student (Olivia Goncalves), falls asleep studying in the library to awaken in a dream where an ancient book appears before her. Upon opening the book, she discovers it is alive in the person of a young girl named Kang Yi (Courtney Zang). Kang Yi, the living book, tells the story of how she was chosen by the Great Bookmakers to become the chapter of Purity in the Eternal Life Book, and how she wa ...

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

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 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...

Character Actor Steve Leeds

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Powerful comedic character actor Steve Leeds, best known as a successful stunt man, found himself acting and never looked back. A cross between Joe Pesci and Jason Alexander as Costanza, Steve dissapears into his character. A virtual chameleon, he leaves no emotion untouched.Working with the likes of Billy Bob Thorton, David Elliot (JAG), Jamie Kennedy, Jack Green,  Allen Levy (JAG), Bernie Rosenburg, Mikey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Carol Alt, Eli Wallach, Susan Anspach, just to name a few. ...

Downtown LA: Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy!

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Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy! You’d better shake off the straight jacket today! Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy! Throw the protective head gear away! Downtown LA will never be the same! This weekend the first ever LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. This four-day comedic extravaganza was founded by the following funnies Gary Anthony Williams (Artistic Director, Boston...
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