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The 5th Backlot Film Festival: August 17th – August 21st. Culver City California You, as a filmmaker can define your work by submitting your film by: July 25th 2011. The Backlot Film Festival was founded in 2004 by writer/producer Ross Hawkins to pay tribute to the rich motion picture history in Culver City and LA's Westside. The first Backlot Film Festival was held at West Los Angeles College because a portion of the campus was used by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios until 1967. Over the last five festivals we have honored Mickey Rooney, Bud Schulberg, Carl Reiner, and Daniel Selznick with the prestigious Howard Ince Award. The mission of The Backlot Film Festival is twofold: • To give independent filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work for industry executives and distributors; • To create a better understanding of the major art form of the last one hundred plus years. With the goal of educating, encouraging and empowering new filmmakers in the production process of filmmaking and the art of storytelling, The Backlot Film Festival aims to continue this ongoing dialogue on the future of film while recognizing and revealing the wonders of the past. The Backlot Film Festival announces its show dates for its fifth season beginning on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 with the world premiere of"The Last First Comic" the story of how Burlesque died and 97 year old Irv Benson lived to tell about it."The Last First Comic" was written and directed by John C. Brown and Bart Williams. Showings are at the Arrrow theater at 1328 Montana Ave. Santa Monica, CA. A reception following the premiere will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Culver City, CA. On Saturday, August 20, we present the prestigious Thomas Ince Award at Sony Pictures Studio to a celebrity recipient. Live entertainment and dinner catered by Wolfgang Puck will be on the evening’s program. We will conclude the Event on Sunday , August 21st with a reception to all who participated. “See you at the movies” Ross Hawkins - President The Backlot Film Festival Phone: 310.204.6920 E Mail: Mailing Address: The Scene Dock, 4244 Revere Place, Culver City, CA 90232 Randall Turner Associate Producer Cell: 310-872-4971 E Mail:

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Budd Schullberg - A Legand in Film

B.P. Schulberg (January 19, 1892 - February 25, 1957) was a pioneer film producer and movie studio executive.

Born Percival Schulberg in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he took the name Benjamin from the boy in front of him when registering for school to avoid mockery for his British name. Schulberg, who started as a publicity manager at Famous Players-Lasky, but in the aftermath of the power struggle around the formation of United Artists ended up on the losing side and lost his job.[1]

In 1919, at age 27, he founded Preferred Pictures and built it around "American Beauty", actress Katherine MacDonald. In 1923, his old school-mate and associate Jack Bachman, convinced him to offer the New York starlet, 18 year old Clara Bow, a three month trial contract.[2] Within days of her arrival she was made part of the studio permanent stock.[3]

On October 21, 1925, Schulberg filled Preferred Pictures for bankruptcy, with debts at $820,774 and assets $1,420 [4]. Three days later it was announced that Schulberg would join with Adolph Zukor and became associate producer of Paramount Pictures, bringing his organization, i.e. Clara Bow.[5]

In an era when the film industry was filled with conservative studio executives, B.P. Schulberg was a "New Deal" liberal, described by Moving Pictures magazine as "a political liberal in the reactionary world of Mayer and Hearst." His wife Adeline Jaffe-Schulberg founded a talent agency taken over by her brother, producer/talent agent Sam Jaffe. She spent little time with Hollywood society women, instead working for charities that aided the poor and promoting socialism. She subsequently had a literary agency in New York. They were the parents of renowned novelist and screenwriter, Budd Schulberg, producer Stuart Schulberg, and writer Sonya Schulberg O'Sullivan.

In 1931 Paramount top-star Clara Bow left the studio, and within a year Schulberg was "squeezed out", and forced back to independent film-production.[6] From 1937 Paramount stopped distributing his films and he remained out of the business until 1940 when he began producing for Columbia Pictures. He produced six films for Columbia in three years until he retired in 1943. 1950 he unsuccessfully offered his services in the film trade papers.[7]

"I completely supported him for the last five year of his life", his son Budd stated 1981.[8] B.P. Schulberg died at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida in 1957.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, B.P. Schulberg has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.

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