Monday, Jan 8, 2007
Jan. 27 (Sat), 8:30 pmComedy Benefit, the Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief, Special 10th Edition
What's funny about the Middle East?
Plenty! Is there any hope for peace? We think so...Nothing brings us together quite like humor and satire. This special 10th edition of the popular Levantine Cultural Center series, "Sultans of Satire" features Ahmed Ahmed, Maz Jobrani, Mike Batayeh, Elham Jazab, Aron Kader, Peter Shahriari, Gülden, Max Amini and Noel Elgrably, along with a very special mystery comedian...with Fariborz as the Master of Ceremonies! And special appearance by the Ya M.E.L.A. Middle East Dance Troupe...
A paid regular at the Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory, and the Ice House in Los Angeles, Gülden was born in Istanbul and came to the U.S. after high school for higher education. She completed her B.A. and M.S. and is working on a Ph.D. in Business Administration. After she became an American citizen, she started doing comedy, which made all her relatives and her parents disown her. Just as in her own life, her comedy takes a twisted look at her relationships with her family, men, and various ethnic groups. She also works for "Catch A Rising Star." She has a standup comedy DVD coming up. She was a lead in a sitcom pilot called "Keep'em Up", she's been on the "Leeza Talk Show" and the "Drew Carey Show."
This event is a benefit for Levantine Cultural Center, which has explored contemporary arts and cultures of the Mediterranean and Middle East, building bridges to peace since 2001. The center has presented more than 250 concerts, lectures, author events, comedy/satire shows, film screenings/Q & As, classes and other public programs. Levantine Cultural Center has worked with many nonprofit organizations and associations to help promote more in-depth and alternative information on the Middle East, as a needed counterweight to the constant barrage of bad news and negative messages (war, terrorism, corruption). In all the melee, watching the mainstream media about conflict in the Middle East, we forget the people, the rich cultures, and those who are working for peace every day.
The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief is an occasion for topical satire and savage humor about our post-9/11 world. These young comedians of Arab, Iranian, Jewish and Turkish heritage spoof the "clash of civilizations" between "us" and "them"between America/the West and the Arab/Muslim East. These Americans are funny people who also work steadily as dramatic actors in film, television and theatre (bios below).
Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:30 pm, at USC's Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles CA 90089.
Join us this special evening of edgy humor, where these stalwarts are certain to lampoon sacred cows, take poetic license and otherwise eliminate common ennui. Cosponsored by the Lebanese Club at USC, Namak Magazine, Persian Mirror, CODEPINK, Women For Peace, F.A. Daniels, the USC Armenian Students' Association, the USC Persian Student Association and others. Honorary Committee: Saadoun & Barbara Al-Bayati, Jodie Evans & Max Palevsky, Councilman Eric Garcetti, Bana Hilal, Jean & Casey Kasem, the Mansouri Family, Suzy & Wally Marks, Anthony Saidy, Debbie & Ferris Wehbe, and Councilman Dennis Zine. Go to sponsor's page.
Advance reservations are required; early purchase recommended. Tix are $75 VIP (with post-event artists reception), $50 Preferred, $40, $30 and $20 students. Purchase your tix online by clicking below or calling 310.559.5544
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