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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: contact@backlotfilmfestival.com Mailing Address: The Scene Dock, 4244 Revere Place, Culver City, CA 90232 Randall Turner Associate Producer Cell: 310-872-4971 E Mail: rturnerbacklot@hotmail.com
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Carl Reiner - Film Connissure

Reiner performed in several Broadway musicals, including Inside U.S.A., and Alive and Kicking, and had the lead role in Call Me Mister. In 1950, he was cast by producer Max Leibman in Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, appearing on air in skits while also working alongside writers such as Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. He also worked on Caesar's Hour with Brooks, Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Tolkin, Mike Stewart, Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Keller and Gary Belkin.

Starting in 1960 on the Steve Allen Show, Reiner teamed with Mel Brooks as a comedy duo. Their performances on stage and television included Reiner playing the straight man to Brooks' "2000 Year Old Man" character. The routine eventually expanded into a series of five comedy albums and a 1975 animated TV special.

In 1959, Reiner developed a television pilot, Head of the Family, based on his experience on the Caesar shows. However, the network didn't like Reiner in the lead role. In 1961, it was recast and retitled, The Dick Van Dyke Show, which became an iconic series, making stars of his lead actors Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. In addition to writing many of the episodes, Reiner occasionally appeared as temperamental show host "Alan Brady," who ruthlessly browbeats his brother-in-law (played by Richard Deacon). The show ran from 1961 to 1966. In 1966, he co-starred in the Norman Jewison film The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.

Reiner began his directing career on the Van Dyke show. After that show ended its run, Reiner's first film feature was an adaptation of Joseph Stein's play Enter Laughing (1967), which in turn was based on Reiner's semi-autobiographical 1958 novel of the same name. Balancing writing, directing, producing, and acting, Reiner has worked on a wide range of films and television programs. Probably the best-known films of his early directing career were the cult comedy Where's Poppa? (1970), starring George Segal and Ruth Gordon, Oh, God! (1977) with George Burns and "The Jerk" (1979) with Steve Martin

Reiner played a large role in the early career of Steve Martin, by directing and co-writing four films for the comedian: The Jerk in 1979, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983, and All of Me in 1984. Reiner also appeared in The Jerk.

In 1989, he directed Bert Rigby, You're a Fool. In 2000, Reiner was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. A year later, he played thief and con man Saul Bloom in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven and has reprised that role in its sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. In 2004 he voiced the lion Sarmoti in the animated TV series Father of the Pride.

Reiner has also written a number of books, including memoirs like 2004's My Anecdotal Life: A Memoir, and novels like 2006's NNNNN: A Novel. In American Film, Reiner expressed his philosophy on writing comedy thus:

You have to imagine yourself as not somebody very special but somebody very ordinary. If you imagine yourself as somebody really normal and if it makes you laugh, it's going to make everybody laugh. If you think of yourself as something very special, you'll end up a pedant and a bore. If you start thinking about what's funny, you won't be funny, actually. It's like walking. How do you walk? If you start thinking about it, you'll trip.

Recently, Reiner guest starred as a clinic patient on the season finale of the hit FOX series House on May 11, 2009. He also lent his voice to the character of Santa Claus in the NBC Christmas special Merry Madagascar in November 2009 and reprised his role as Santa in The Penguins of Madagascar holiday special "The All Nighter Before Christmas. In December 2009, he guest-starred as legendary TV producer Marty Peppers on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. On June 30, 2010 he guest starred in TV Land's new series "Hot in Cleveland" as Elka Ostrovsky's date; a role that he reprised on the July 28, 2010 episode. He also made guest appearances on The Cleveland Show as Murray and wrote the story for the episode "Your Show of Shows", which is named after the very program where his career started.

 

 

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