The Winners of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival were announced January, 26th, in Park City, Utah at the Award Ceremony hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Robert Redford, founder of the film festival, opened the ceremony stating that the creative talent and voices represented "reflect the times we're in". During an interview, Redford also commented that, "the films featured at the festival, like all art, reflect and inspire change."
Lucy Walker, one of the star filmmakers for social impact films (Wasteland, Countdown to Zero, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom) returned to another successful launch of her newest film at Sundance. Crash Reel premiered to a very enthusiastic crowd to see the film that highlights the journey of Kevin Pearce, an Olympic hopeful who suffered a traumatic brain injury while practicing in Salt Lake City just six weeks before the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he was a favorite to win a medal.
The Academy has named 15 films advancing to the voting process for Best Documentary Feature. They were chosen from 126 films that qualified for the award, under new rules that required branch members to screen and vote on all the films. This method would seem to favor the most high-profile films, and most of the shortlist films are well-known at this point, but I am happy to see "The Waiting Room" among the nominees.
The nominees for the 28th annual IDA Documentary Awards ceremony have been announced. This year's event will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Director's Guild in Los Angeles. IDA Executive Director Michael Lumpkin expressed his enthusiasm about this year's selections: "This year’s documentaries have once again shown us the power of the documentary art form," Lumpkin said. "The record number of submissions we received reflects the cultural relevance of documentary storytelling."
Renowned Illusionist, Comedian, Musician and Author Penn Jillette to Host 28th Annual Ceremony
Quotes by Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain,...) about movies and life.
"I see a movie as a way of learning about the world, about myself, and about my relationship with people and art"
The annual EMA Awards honor film and television personalities, productions, musicians and musical tours that convey environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways. This year's awards will be presented on September 29th.
Since 1991, the EMA Awards has been the only program solely devoted to celebrating the entertainment industry’s environmental efforts. A pioneer in linking the power of celebrity to environmental awareness,
For many people the summer ends on Labor Day, while I have always been one of those people who hold on until the Fall Equinox to declare that summer is over. This year its not been a summer vacation, but we have been quiet and in a reconstruction mode with the AwareGuide and I am very excited to start this new season with some of the new people and technologies. Stay tuned for exciting announcements over the next few weeks, both about the AwareGuide and many exciting new films that are launching!
Samsara, the new visual music masterpiece from the makers of Baraka, is doing exceptionally well at the box office and is opening in 15 cities this weekend including; San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, San Diego, Atlanta, Boston and more.
Next week the WestDoc Conference features Big Boys Gone Bananas and Off Label, while looking forward to a panel on Documentaries as the New Journalism. For more information check out their website at WestDoc
Coming up is the Santa Rosa Film Festival which is featuring the World Premier of Ground Operations. Also being shown are: Waking the Green Tiger, Pipe Dreams, Greenhorns, Urban Roots and Who Bombed Judi Bari.
Mark your calendars for:
Ten finalists for the Sentinel for Health Awards were announced by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In its thirteenth year, the Sentinel for Health Awards recognize exemplary television storylines that inform, educate and motivate viewers to make choices for healthier and safer lives.
Sustainability and eco-consciousness were not lost amidst the glitz and glamor of the 84th Academy Awards. Thanks to her Green Carpet Challenge (of which EMA is the U.S. partner), Livia Firth recruited several Oscar nominees to wear sustainable attire.
Join Jim Carrey, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard for the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment Story Conference 9:00-5:00 PST and GATE2 6:30-11:00 PST New Entertainment and Media Values for a New World - A Celebration of Transformational Entertainment, Media and Arts.
The theme of GATE 2 is "Only a New Seed Will Yield a New Crop: New Entertainment and Media Values for a New World". The evening will be an exploration of what this new, emerging genre is all about, and an inspiration for attendees to become more involved in sharing the energies of their personal transformation with the world through their work.
350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.
Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate…