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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...

The Global Film Village: PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR 2010

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    by Marla Lewin The 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest announced that it has selected  314 films from more than 3,000 worldwide entries. Among the films screening and in competition areaward-winning films from 43 countries around the world. The 16th ShortFest will showcase 58 World Premieres, 55 North American Premieres and 24 U.S. Premieres.   All selections are structured into 52 themed programs, which will screen June 22-28, at the Camelot Theatres in ...

The Global Film Village: Del Shores’ Yellow Premiered Friday Night in West Hollywood

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Del Shores’ Yellow in West Hollywood by Marla LewinThis is Del Shores first new play in seven years! There is something so special about going to the opening night, and a World Premiere, because the living author/playwright/director/producer brings an emotional, engaging new play alive.  With of course the help of so many great artists actors and his other producers.  There is something so exciting when all of this comes together and the chemistry all works. It is magical.So what does one w...

The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights today

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DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival by Marla Lewin I just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors.  Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics.  It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position. Marla: So David, I remember last year you were on the Jury of the LA film festival, and w...

Global Film Village: Dancing at Cannes Market

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 by Marla LewinFriday we went to see a film about the Canadian Royal Winnipeg Ballet School titled Tutu Much. We knew Vonnie Holmett from several film festivals a few years ago. We originally met at a speed dating PR session in Victoria.  This year we met her again at the Canadian pavilion. It is so exciting to see Vonnie here in Cannes with her ballet film screening.  Her film is a sensitive exploration of the development of young ballerinas during a six week summer course. This is a mak...

Global Film Village:Participating in Producer’s Network at 63rd Cannes

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photo by Marc Halperin by Marla Lewin There are many producers in the Producer’s Network this year who have made wonderful films out of England, the US, Germany, and South Africa. There is a comradery between those who are attending for several years and each year the level of work and production is evolving. There are new people to meet from China, Kurdistan, and old mates from Rio, Estonia, Scotland, and Italy.  There are funds available for international filmmakers to learn and ...

Global Film Village: Overview of films at 63rd Cannes

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                                                     The Palais at Cannes: photo by Marc Halperinby Marla Lewin There was a protest today about the Algerian movie, and the French people are concerned how this piece of history might reflect its point of view.  Passing through Paris there was news of a protest in the city which greatly effected traffic.  Last Monday meetings and flights were cancelled again for those flying in and out of Heathrow and Rotterdam, with ...

Global Film Village: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives at Cannes

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 by Marla LewinThe security to get into the film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives from Thailand at the Palais was extremely tight.  When you are at Cannes one feels cut off from outside news. Yet we had heard of the burning of two theatres in Thailand during the latest protests. That situation and this movie, make other films we have seen here almost surreal.Uncle Boonmee is a story of ghosts and Buddhist ritual. It is set in modern day in the country where a man is preparing to ...

Global Film Village: Bergman Re-defined

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photo by Marc Halperin by Marla LewinOne of the most interesting documentaries I saw at Cannes 2010 is My Films Are My Mistress by Stig Bjorkman. A compilation of backstage moments and interviews with master director Ingmar Bergman. The film is interspersed with comments from Martin Scorsese , Woody Allen and many other great directors speaking about his style and the lessons they learned from his work.  Their interpretations of Bergman and his importance to world cinema, in a...

Global Film Village: Pace of Sales and Buyer Attendance Down at 63rd Cannes

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 by Marla LewinAttendance of Americans and other foreign buyers is down again at Cannes this year. Mostly French people seem to be filling the Palais and theatres for screenings. There are still international press and buyers present but activity in the market is very subdued. There are a few companies who seem to be making sales, many people with booths in the market have left early, those who stayed were complaining it is very slow. Some though are seeing progress and finding opportunities. ...

63rd Cannes Film Festival kicks off with Robin Hood

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 by Marla Lewin We arrived in Cannes and went right to the Carlton hotel and I said hello to Brian Grazer in the lobby, who said he was excited to be in Cannes for the opening night premiere of his film Robin Hood! We had flown in on the same plane as Donna Langley co-chairman of Universal. We were all relieved when the airline held our connecting flight to Nice because our Los Angeles flight had been late. We had heard rumors in the airport that officials were considering closing airports...

IPad not quite ready for its Cannes Premiere

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 by Marc HalperinToday , Wednesday was the opening of our first Cannes as working press. We have attended almost every year since 2001 working in the Film Market. Wednesday started and ends with Robin Hood. Press screenings were held in the morning but with some press reviews already out in the States it was more important to attend the press conference. A typical media circus. We arrived at the event early to make sure we were inside where we ran into many of our press friends from around the...

The Global Film Village: 2010 COL•COA Awards

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 by Marla LewinThe Hedgehog (Le Hérisson), the story of a family and their private world told from the view point of the younest daughter, written and directed by Mona Achache, stole the hearts of the audiences and won the COL•COA Audience Award from the 28 features that were competing.  The week-long festival set an attendance record of 14,957 at the Directors Guild of America. The Critics Special Prize went to Rapt, written and directed by Lucas Belvaux.Other favorite films with audi...

8th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announces 2010 Award winners

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 by Marla LewinThe festival hosted over 7,000 attendees at ArcLight Hollywood, and had numerous sold out screenings. IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, “This year’s festival has been a great opportunity to celebrate the work of known Indian filmmakers and introduce a new generation of talents as they enter a global filmmaking community".  GRAND JURY AWARDS:BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGEDIR/SCR: Laxmikant ShetgaonkarCast: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomka...

French New Wave Happy Hour Talk at COLCOA

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  by Marla Lewin COLCOA’s City of Lights, City of Angels, a Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood presented a Happy Hour Talk at the Renoir Theatre at the DGA on Friday.   It followed the international premiere and historic screening of the restored film Pierrot Le Fou, directed by Jean-Luc Godard based on a novel by Lional White, and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo,  and Godards’ once wife and muse Anna Karina.  She was to be part of the panel along with  Ser...

JONI versus THE BARD, the Shakespeare Smackdown

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 by Marla LewinJONI versus THE BARD, the Shakespeare SmackdownTonight Joan Darling presented her solo show, JONI VS THE BARD, the Shakespeare Smackdown as a benefit for Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. We all know Shakespeare but who is Joan Darling? It is safe to say that without Joan Darling it might have been impossible for Katherine Bigelow and many other women to have had their careers. Joan is a true pioneer and has done much to shape both male and female directors over the years.Theatr...

The Global Film Village: 63rd Cannes Film Festival Announces Film Line Up

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 by Marla LewinThe Opening night film already announced  is Ridley Scot's ROBIN HOOD. 20th Century Fox will have an Out of Competition screening of Oliver Stone's WALL STREET - MONEY NEVER SLEEPS. Additional Out of Competition screenings are YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER from Woody Allen (Sony Classics) and TAMARA DREWE from Stephen Frears.This years line up is a virtual Boy's Club with not  a single female director represented so far in the main competition. Although there are s...

The Global Film Village: Beau and Emily Bridges in ACTING: THE FIRST SIX LESSONS

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by Marla Lewin Last night we were treated to a wonderful performance of “Acting: The First Six Lessons,” a play adapted and performed by Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily Bridges. The play was based on the 1933 book by Richard Boleslavsky  which was given to Beau, when he was fourteen by his father Lloyd Bridges. It was the only book about acting his father ever gave him. Beau Bridges is a longtime Theatre West member and has done many workshops with the theatre company. Las...

The Global Film Village: It was a Precious Spirit Awards Gala

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 by Marla LewinLenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey celebrate with Lee Daniels at Spirit AwardsLee Daniels' Precious swept the 25th anniversary of the Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Female awards. Precious won in every category for which it was nominated taking 5 awards. The other winners were lucky that Precious didn't have any male actors nominated and Lee Daniels wasn't a first time filmmaker....

The Global Film Village: Academy Slaps Hurt Locker Producer his invitations have been withdrawn

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   based on a Getty Images photoby Marla LewinThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Nicolas Chartier, has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards® as a penalty for violating Academy campaigning standards. If “The Hurt Locker” becomes the latest recipient of the Best Picture award at Sunday’s ceremonies, only three of the picture’s producers will be present for the celebration. The fourth of the film’s credited producers credentials...

The Global Film Village: Odeon Lets Disney Out of Rabbit Hole

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(c) 2010 The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved. by Marc Halperin After late night wrangling a settlement was reached between the Walt Disney Company and the UK's  largest exhibition chain  which is also the largest in Europe and largest in the world outside of North America to allow screening of Tim Burton's Alice. The Odeon boycott had also included its theatres in Ireland and Italy. The Boycott had grown to include several other theatre chains in Holland. The...

The Global Film Village: Hurt Locker Triumphs at BAFTA Awards

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by Marla Lewin2010 BAFTA Awards Winners                                      photo (c) 2010 BAFTA The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for 2010 (BAFTA) were announced tonight at London’s Royal Opera House. In his first formal act as President of BAFTA, Prince William presented Vanessa Redgrave with a British Academy Fellowship. HRH Prince William succeeds Lord Attenborough in the position. David Parfitt, Chair of BAFTA, said: “The Academy has had a long...

The Global Film Village: Oliver Stone Talks about Wall Street 2 at the 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Oliver Stone  came to the 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival on Saturday February 13, for the West Coast premiere of his film South of the Border about the new left of center leaders in 7 countries in South America. He talked with David Poland of Movie City News about many topics mostly political. He also touched on his new fiction film Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. This clip below is about Wall Street. Future clips will touch on the other topics. ...

The Global Film Village: The 25th Santa Barbara Film Festival Wraps With Awards

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by Marla Lewin   Jeff Bridges CRAZY HEART Photo by Lorey Sebastian (c) Fox Searchlight 2009 The final day of the 25th festival was proclaimed Jeff Bridges day. It is a full day of films starring Jeff Bridges concluding with a screening of Crazy Heart for which he is nominated for a Best Actor nomination by the Academy. A tribute to the Santa Barbara native will cap the evening. At a Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort the winners of the 201...

The Global Film Village: Cruz, Penn and Winslet To Present Awards at 82nd Oscar Show

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Three of last year's Oscar winners will return according to tradition to present the awards to this year's winners. Kate Winslet has been nominated for six Academy Awards and took home an Oscar for her leading role in 2008’s The Reader. Sean Penn has been nominated five times for Actor in a Leading Role and twice took home an Oscar:  Mystic River(2003) and last year for  Harvey Milk in Milk. Penélope Cruz,Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona...

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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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