Saturday, Jan 10, 2009
Jan 14 2009 7:00pm - 9:30pm
$15 general, $10 members
Harmony Gold Theatre
7655 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90046
Roles for Arab/Muslim Actors in Film and TelevisionRoles for Arab/Muslim Actors in Film and TelevisionEven as the United States finds itself increasing enmeshed in the Arab/Muslim world politically, Hollywood exports a great deal of film and television programs watched in the Middle East. We are indeed the dominant cultural force in many Arab/Muslim countries. Meanwhile, Americans are finding more and more Arab/Muslim characters in their film and TV programming
Read Andrew Gumbel's L.A. Weekly feature, Arab Adventures in Hollywood.
How well have Arab/Muslim characters been created in the past?
What are the biases and stereotypes that Arab/Muslim actors encounter in Hollywood?
When will we see Arab/Muslim characters in the Middle East not as jihadi terrorists, but as dramatis personae with the same challenges and idiosyncrasies as those in Western dramas and comedies?
How can we empower directors, writers, casting directors and producers to broaden their understanding, to help portray the complexity of Arab/Muslim characters?
Join us on Wednesday evening, January 14, 2009, when SAG and DGA members discuss the issues and we view excerpts from a range of features and documentaries. Invited panelists include actors Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Sand and Fog", "X-Men 3", "House of Saddam"), Maz Jobrani ("The Interpreter"), Raya Meddine ("Bosta", "CSI Miami") Omar Metwally ("Rendition", "Munich"), Oded Fehr ("The Mummy", "Sleeper Cell") and Tony Shalhoub ("The Siege", "AmericanEast"); directors Peter Berg (The Kingdom), Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Stephen Gaghan (Syriana); writer Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, Lions For Lambs); and casting director April Webster ("Lost", "Criminal Minds"). Participants subject to availability.
Shohreh Aghdashloo, Omar Metwally, Raya Meddine, Maz JobraniShohreh Aghdashloo, Omar Metwally, Raya Meddine, Maz JobraniLevantine Cultural Center was founded in 2001 to foster a dialogue of cultures and indeed, forge an alliance of civilizations between the Arab/Muslim world and the United States. The center presents literary, visual and performing arts programs that seek to educate and entertain Americans on the Middle East and North Africa. Visit levantinecenter.org.
The program is cosponsored by SAGs Affirmative Action and Diversity Committee, with support from SAGs Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee. It is also cosponsored by the Muslim Public Affair Councils Hollywood Bureau, which is responsible for advancing Muslim American perspectives in the entertainment industry by serving as an information clearinghouse in Islam for the Hollywood community. Visit mpac.org.
Doors open 7 pm. Panel/screenings 7:30-9:00 pm, followed by a reception. SAG/DGA/WGA members free. LCC and MPAC members $10. General public $15. RSVPs/info 310.657.5511 or visit levantinecenter.org.
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