Thursday, Oct 2, 2008
Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Connery Build "Houses" in NOLA Austin Pendleton, Jennifer Fontaine signed to co-star in New Indie Drama, Glass Houses (Los Angeles, Ca. Sept. 25, 2008) New Orleans native and producer of Glass Houses, Jennifer Fontaine announced today the signing of Pruitt Taylor Vince (Monster) and Jason Connery (Shanghai Noon) in major roles to the picture, set to lens March 2009 in and around New Orleans. "We are thrilled to have such gifted and esteemed actors such as Pruitt Taylor Vince and Jason Connery on board", says Jennifer Fontaine. Glass Houses denotes Mark Bernier's directorial debut of this provocative neo-noir crime drama, a powerful mix of sex, religion and murder. Bernier and Fontaine penned the screenplay, the graphic tale of Detective Vincent Campo, who is forced once again to face pedophile ex-priest, Raymond Angelus, while investigating the rape and murder of a transgender teen. Mark Bernier adds, "I am humbled to be working with these two immensely talented actors on this; my first feature and know that they will bring additional asset to our film." Glass Houses is a venture between Fontaine's Scorpio Rising Films, Bernier's Jackie Frost Films and executive producer Milena Merrill. This production also marks the reunion of Fontaine, Bernier and Award-Winning Director of Photography Ralph Kächele. Production locations will consist largely of structures damaged by Hurricane Katrina and will receive reconstruction or renovation during filming at the production company's expense. Additionally, the filmmakers are earmarking a portion of the picture's distribution proceeds for local reconstruction and mental health services for hurricane victims. Rounding out the cast of Glass Houses are: Austin Pendleton (My Cousin Vinny), Irwin Keyes (Intolerable Cruelty), David Mattey (Hancock) and Jennifer Fontaine (LOOK). About Scorpio Rising Films Founded in 2001, by husband and wife team Jennifer Fontaine and Kerem Hanci, Scorpio Rising Films is dedicated to spotlighting new and emerging talent with visionary ideas. This duo remains committed to supportive collaboration with devoted and impassioned artists, encouraging original and inspired material.
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Source : HelixFilmsInc.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.
The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).
Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.
The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni ?i 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.
In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.
Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes
Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)
Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)
Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)
Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)
PALME D'OR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SESSYZ-BE DENG (SILENCE), REZAN YE?YLBA?
Source : www.ensonhaber.com