2009 AFI AWARDS luncheon

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on January 16, 2010

AFI AWARDS 2009 SALUTES FILM AND TELEVISION

Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm, Woody Harrelson and Gabourey Sidibe

Among Honored Guests at Tenth Annual Celebration of AFI Almanac

LOS ANGELES, January 15, 2010—Kathryn Bigelow, Julianne Moore, Lee Daniels, Tom Ford, Jon Hamm, Woody Harrelson, Jason Reitman, Henry Selick, Gabourey Sidibe and many other artists from in front of and behind the camera were among the attendees honored by the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles today, during its AFI AWARDS 2009 luncheon sponsored by Hewlett-Packard.

This tenth annual event remained an honoree-only affair, with no press and no public in attendance. For each of the honored films and television programs, HP creates a scholarship to the world-renowned AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.

AFI refers to the event as its almanac, documenting excellence across the 21st century. Because 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST, AFI acknowledged this landmark by offering the event’s final word to Eva Marie Saint, who shared stories about the making of the film and raised a glass to the work of artists today.

In his introduction, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale said, “50 years ago, she was the 5th and most beautiful face on Mount Rushmore.” Saint jokingly offered a willingness to return for a sequel if George Clooney were available to play the Cary Grant role. She concluded her remarks to the honorees by reflecting on how the joy of watching the performances onscreen inspired her own legendary career, saying “You make a difference to people around the world. Maybe out there somewhere you’ve made a difference to another little blonde girl.”

Among the artists present were: Adam Arkin and Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN); Kathryn Bigelow and Jeremy Renner (THE HURT LOCKER); Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS); Anna Kendrick and Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR); Lee Daniels and Gabourey Sidibe (PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE); Pete Docter and Bob Peterson (UP); Michelle Forbes and Sam Trammell (TRUE BLOOD); Tom Ford and Julianne Moore (A SINGLE MAN); Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone and Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER); Heather Graham, Justin Bartha and Todd Phillips (THE HANGOVER); Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN); Ryan Murphy (GLEE); Mark V. Olsen, Bill Paxton and Will Scheffer (BIG LOVE); Henry Selick (CORALINE).

Also among the guests present were members of the AFI Board of Trustees including: Chris Albrecht; Jon Avnet; Bob Daly; Jean Picker Firstenberg; Rich Frank; Brad Grey; Marshall Herskovitz; Alan Horn; Daniel Petrie, Jr.; Frank Pierson; Tom Pollock; Anne Sweeney; Ed Zwick.

Norman Jewison, the Chairman for the AFI Jury for Motion Pictures, and CCH Pounder, a member of the AFI Jury for Television, entered the jury rationales into the almanac by reading them as scenes from the films and TV programs were presented. Announced for the first time today, the complete rationales can be found at AFI.com.

The official selections are listed below in alphabetical order:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR—OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

CORALINE

THE HANGOVER

THE HURT LOCKER

THE MESSENGER

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE

A SERIOUS MAN

A SINGLE MAN

SUGAR

UP

UP IN THE AIR

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR—OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

THE BIG BANG THEORY

BIG LOVE

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

GLEE

MAD MEN

MODERN FAMILY

THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY

NURSE JACKIE

PARTY DOWN

TRUE BLOOD

AFI Announces August Screenings

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on July 31, 2009

AFI AUGUST SCREENINGS
FEATURE
AFI UNCENSORED DOCUMENTARY SCREENING OF
MITCH MCCABE’S “YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN”

ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH

MONTH LONG SERIES INCLUDE
“THE AMERICAN NEW WAVE” AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD
AFI “A SIXTIES SUMMER” AT ARCLIGHT SHERMAN OAKS

WHAT:
AFI announces August series of screenings featuring the “AFI Uncensored Documentary Screening” presentation of Mitch McCabe’s YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN on Wednesday, August 19 at 8:00PM.

AFI’s August roster of screenings also feature films selected for an “American New Wave” series at ArcLight Hollywood including 40th Anniversary screenings of the film classics EASY RIDER and MIDNIGHT COWBOY. The AFI “A Sixties Summer” series (to be screened at ArcLight Sherman Oaks) will include a special children’s screening of the Disney classic MARY POPPINS from a restored print of the film.

The screenings are as follows:

AFI Uncensored Documentary Screening
Locaton: ArcLight Hollywood

August 19 – YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN
DIR: Mitch McCabe

FEATURING Mitch McCabe, Sherry Mecom, Norman Deesing, Julia Allison, Gary Baldassarre, Dr. Franklin Rose, Erica Rose,    Lyndsay Bertie, Dr. Lisa Airan, Paula Begoun, Dr. Bobby Buka, Dr. Fredric Brandt, Dr. Adrienne Denese, Simon Doonan, Robert Grant, Erika Kawalek, Joan Kron, Charla Krupp, Dr. Zein Obagi, Dr. Nicholas Perricone, Linda Wells, Dr. Anthony Youn

Straight from AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS and Cinevegas, is HBO Documentary Films’ YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN, a documentary that follows filmmaker Mitch McCabe, the age-obsessed daughter of a plastic surgeon, as she takes a  journey through America’s $60 billion a year anti-aging world. For two years, McCabe traveled across America, visiting doctors and beauty experts, and living with a cross-section of characters from Minnesota to Texas who are attempting to “beat the clock” and stay forever young. It’s an intense and  exhaustive journey, and when it comes to an end, one wonders  whether the filmmaker herself hasn’t been seduced by youth.

A Q&A with filmmaker Mitch McCabe and some of the featured documentary subjects will immediately follow the screening.

AFI ON SCREEN – AFI AT ARCLIGHT
Location:    ArcLight Hollywood

THE AMERICAN NEW WAVE

WEDNESDAYS at 8:00 PM

August 5 – EASY RIDER (1969)
August 12 – MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
August 26 – NASHVILLE (1975)

Location: ArcLight Sherman Oaks

A SIXTIES SUMMER

MONDAYS at 7:30 PM

August 3 – MARY POPPINS (1964) ***5:00PM*** (Special Children’s Screening)

August 10 – FUNNY GIRL (1968)
August 17 – THE APARTMENT (1960)
August 24 – GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
August 31 – ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968)

WHERE:

ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA

PRICE:
Tickets are $12, $11 for AFI and ArcLight members.  On-site parking is $2 for four hours with validation. To order advance tickets, go to http://www.arclightcinemas.com <http://www.arclightcinemas.com&gt; call 323.464.4226 or visit ArcLight Hollywood’s box office at 6360 W Sunset Blvd. (at Ivar).

Adventures From the Red Carpet: Carpetbaggers beware!

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on July 17, 2009

Between the AFI stuff, the film festivals, Vision Awards and other charity events I do there are a lot of red carpets (okay, to be absolutely correct – the Feel Good Film Festival has a yellow carpet in honor of its sunflower mascot/logo). And, as with most things I do there is somewhat of a code in how these things are run and how I think people should behave on both sides of the velvet rope.

And, it’s simple. It’s just about being fair and accommodating and showing respect for each other. Really. Nothing more complicated than that. I try to give the press as much access as I can (and is reasonable) and I trust that if I do that, then they will give as equal play (again, as I can reasonably expect) to the filmmakers and actors and actresses, etc. that I put on that red carpet.

It’s a little dance and negotiation that basically says if I give the photographers and video crews, etc. the chance to take pictures and interview the big movie stars that make their trip out there worth it, then they will also take photos and give the time of day to the first time filmmakers and up-and-coming talent that I put before them.

And I am careful about who I let walk on that carpet. Very careful. I have to be because I want there to be a sense of security and relief for both sides when they see that I am at the front of that thing, running that show.

And that’s why I hate the carpetbaggers.

Carpetbaggers (my definition) aren’t the celebrities that come out (as they say) to the opening of an envelope. I have no beef with those folks. Because more often than not, there is at least a reason why people still take their photos and let them talk into a microphone at these events. No, carpetbaggers are worse because they really, really, really have no reason to be there.

Tuesday, we had red carpet entrances for a special screening of a horror/thriller by Bruce Reisman titled THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. The film starred Joe Mantegna, Gail O’Grady, Kris Black, Michael Guarnera, etc. I was asked to handle the premiere for the film by one of the producers, Tony Oppedisano and was warned that the film’s “publicist,” who was handling the after party, might take some additional “handling” as well.

That was an understatement. Soon after setting place cards for the confirmed press I had photographers begin to show up that I wasn’t expecting because this guy had taken it upon himself to confirm them for my event. This was after he had sent me a list of press he HAD asked me to put on the carpet with no contact info to follow up on who they were. And – totally weird coincidence – the primary video crew on that list (for an online site I had never heard of let alone had on one of my carpets before), turned out to be his client. Oh wait, and one that I frequently have at my events informed me that they weren’t able to make it, but they had tried to arrange for a sit down with the film’s major players with Mr. PR dude, but for some reason it was beyond him to pull that off. So…dubious. Anyway…I really hate to say no to press if I can help it, and after figuring out what happened and who the photographers were, I found them a spot and everyone played nice. It sucked a little but there are worse things as I know very well and was about to experience…

Now, a few days before the event I was sent a guest list of people that were told they could walk the red carpet by this publicist and the producer/director, Bruce Reisman and the producer/lead Kris Black. There were 50 names of cast and crew and another 78 names of “celebrity guests”.

I will digress for a quick moment about the level of celebrity we’re talking about. Usually, a publicist like this has one name he or she loves to trumpet as their shining example of glitter and pixie dust – and Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff was this guy’s standard bearer. According to him, having her show up was a guarantee of coverage from Access and E.T. and The Insider, etc. Where she went they followed. They couldn’t get enough of her. Because getting a quote from her about what her lawyer told her The Hoff was up to or maybe reminiscing about the Baywatch days 6 years ago….THAT is television gold. GUARNTEED.

Almost like an uncontrollable allergic sneeze, I laughed out loud at that one. And to be clear, for you PBH fan club card holders (and I’m not talking Peanut Butter and Ham) – I have nothing against her. I’m sure she’s very nice (and she seemed it, I guess, as she spoke to the remaining crew (yes, his clients) when she arrived long after I had already shut down the carpet). No – it’s the grandiose pimping out of a “celebrity” just because they will actually take your call or respond to your email. And usually, looooooooong after they have ceased to be a primary draw. Gross. Just gross.

Back to our drama… We had one hour to get those people down the red carpet. And out of those 78 names, a dozen (more than a few generously) could be described as a celebrity. So, I called this guy and told him this is what we would do: One, other than the principals of the film, I would group everyone else in 3s and 4s, etc. to make the cast and crew thing work. Two, I had done the IMDB thing and narrowed the guest list down to 29 people that I could put on my red carpet without throwing up a little in the back of my throat. Therefore, he needed to email, call, or somehow get in touch with the other 50 or so people and tell them there would be no show at the OK Celebrity Corral on Tuesday night for them, or the last boats were launching off the Titanic and it was women and children and people with at least a TV guest spot that amounted to more than “Businessman with Snow Cone” on their resume’ – whatever, I didn’t care.

You have to be way ahead of me on this one. Of course, he didn’t do that and of course a good number of those people showed up. And here is one of the reasons why (and this was genuine news to me because I insist on downplaying the existence of this kind of crap in my head): According to a few of the photographers, this “publicist” actually has many of these people pay him so they can walk down the red carpet and get photographed. So, his clients and a few other more than dubious “publicists” show up with people that at best were supposedly an extra in something that was part of GRINDHOUSE or made a movie that posted on IMDB before it went Direct-to-Their Parent’s-Video-Cabinet, or worst have to be paraded in front of the photogs with identifying name plates that can’t even state a credit beyond “actress” or “recording artist” on it.

It’s gross, sleazy, and what’s more – I was also told this guy has to change the name of his company from time to time because once the press catches on that he’s involved with the event – a lot of them just skip it and don’t show up.

Now, let’s take a quick step back to clarify my feelings on walking the red carpet. It could seem as though I have a bit of a double standard since I always put shorts directors side-by-side with the movie stars and more notable filmmakers at my film festivals. Except…..those shorts directors not only made a film but it went through the screening process and made it into the film festival. Legit. Capital “L” on that.

And that’s why this really bugs the crap out of me.

I am already working a precarious balance by coercing the press (and the stardust in their editors’ and photo editors’ eyes) to give those shorts and first time filmmakers their rightful moment in the press’ sun. So – when some little aspiring reality hootchie-actress or Ed Hardy reject wanna-tough boy actor-guy shoehorns their way to the front of flash bulb land so they can document their ‘tude – that more than chips away at the unspoken agreement I have with the press not to waste their time.

So other than recount this little story, should I out this con-artist in hipster publicist/ promoter clothes? No, because there are a lot of him out there. And they can only do that shell game thing for so long before their bottom feeding really hits the rock bottom. But it is a rare case in which I actually feel a little sorry for the carpet baggers because this guy actually feeds on their desperation for this false facsimile of fame.

So – carpetbaggers beware.

I do have to say, the one fun coda of all of this is that the next day I was told that Kris Black, the film’s lead had signed with this guy to be his personal publicist.

Yeah, good luck with that. Enjoy that next event at the Apple Lounge with Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff.

TV Land Prime airs AFI Life Achievement Award on July 19th

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on July 16, 2009

“TV LAND PRIME PRESENTS THE AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” ON JULY 19TH AT 9PM ET/PT

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE HONORS MICHAEL DOUGLAS
WITH THE 37TH LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

JACK NICHOLSON, CATHERINE ZETA-JONES AND TOBEY MAGUIRE ARE AMONG THOSE SALUTING DOUGLAS

Log On To http://www.tvlandprime.com For A Chance To Win A Special Edition DVD Box Set Featuring Michael Douglas

LOS ANGELES, JULY 15, 2009—Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire, Martin Sheen, Oliver Stone, Benicio Del Toro and Kathleen Turner are among those honoring Michael Douglas in “TV Land PRIME Presents the AFI Life Achievement Award” airing on July 19th at 9pm ET/PT on TV Land PRIME, TV Land’s prime time programming block.

After introductions by Sony President and CEO Sir Howard Stringer and AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale, the show opens with a surprise ”made-for-the movies” moment as a stunt double fell through a fake ceiling (re-enacting Douglas’s climactic dinner entrance in his film, “The Game”). The show pulls out all the stops in celebrating both Douglas impressive career as an Academy Award-winning ® actor and producer, and the art of film itself.

Show highlights include moving appearances by the honoree’s father, film legend and 1991 AFI honoree Kirk Douglas, and Steve Swankay, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone whose education Douglas has sponsored, as well as a show-stopping performance of “One” from the musical “A Chorus Line” (the film version which starred Douglas), featuring Douglas’s wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones and a surprise musical performance by music icon Bob Dylan. Several of Douglas’s notable co-stars and friends also pay tribute.

Jack Nicholson, 1994 AFI Life Achievement recipient and star of the Douglas produced 1975 Oscar®-winning film “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” had the honor of presenting the award to Douglas saying, “I’ve had so many of my high moments and so many of my fine moments with you.”

Upon receiving the award, Douglas thanks the NBA for making sure the Lakers had an away game so Nicholson could attend.  Douglas continues, saying that in his travels around the world he is frequently struck by the fact that American films export the nation’s culture in a way that reflects incredibly well on the country and its values.

Among those Douglas thanks are both of his parents for his “acting DNA,” noting that both continue to act. Douglas also pays tribute to former “The Streets of San Francisco” co-star and mentor, the late Karl Malden.  Following up on Malden’s taped tribute in which Malden considered Douglas an adopted son, Douglas says, “I’ll be his adopted son anytime.”

Also among the guests present are Viacom’s Sumner Redstone, Anne Archer, Sean Astin, Genevieve Bujold, Christopher Lloyd, Eric McCormack, Jesse Metcalfe, Sharon Stone, Deborah Unger, Paul Verhoeven and members of the AFI Board of Trustees.

Viewers can log on to http://www.tvlandprime.com and enter The 37th AFI Life Achievement Award Michael Douglas DVD Sweepstakes for a chance to win a special edition DVD Box Set featuring Michael Douglas in nine of his blockbuster hits: “The American President,” “Basic Instinct,” “The China Syndrome,” “Falling Down,” “Fatal Attraction,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Romancing the Stone,” “Wall Street” and “Wonder Boys.”  The deadline to enter the sweepstakes is Thursday, August 12, 2009.

The evening is presented by HP and Intel.

Additional sponsorship provided by Stella Artois.

The 37th AFI Life Achievement Award marks the first of a four-year deal between AFI and TV Land.

Clint Eastwood Receives Honorary Degree From AFI

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on June 11, 2009

CLINT EASTWOOD
RECEIVES HONORARY DEGREE
FROM THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

Eastwood first AFI Life Achievement Award Recipient
To Also Receive Honor from AFI Conservatory

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 10, 2009—The American Film Institute (AFI) conferred an honorary degree (Doctorate of Fine Arts, honoris causa) upon Clint Eastwood for “contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image” during AFI Commencement ceremonies for its 2009 graduating class.

Following the presentation by film historian Richard Schickel on the American Film Institute campus, Eastwood warmly quieted the group by telling them to “Knock it off, will ya?” He then reflected on his early experiences in filmmaking saying, “I never went to a film school because they didn’t have them when I started out. But after doing more than 50 films as an actor and 30 as a director I would have thought I could have graduated before this.”

Eastwood concluded by reminding the graduates that when they find themselves challenged by the difficulties of making their careers as filmmakers never to forget that they are artists and to believe in their talent.

An American master, actor and director, Eastwood has built a legendary body of work in a career that spans more than 60 films and over a half-century.

Born in San Francisco in 1930, Eastwood grew up in Depression-era Northern California. After technical high school, he held jobs as a firefighter, lumberjack and steelworker before serving in the US Army as a swimming instructor during the Korean War. He came to Los Angeles to attend college on the GI Bill, eventually signing as a contract player at Universal.

Eastwood first gained recognition as an actor as boyish cattle driver Rowdy Yates in the popular ’60s television series RAWHIDE. He then took a chance on a new, more ambiguous kind of cowboy in his collaboration with director Sergio Leone on a trilogy of spaghetti westerns that helped redefine the western genre. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965) and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966) made Eastwood a star as the laconic “Man With No Name.”

In the ’70s, Eastwood created another iconic screen character—the fiercely independent, rogue cop Harry Callahan in five controversial and crowd-pleasing DIRTY HARRY movies—firmly establishing his quiet persona, spare acting style and totemic macho presence.

Eastwood used his clout as an international star to found his own production company, Malpaso Productions, where he expanded into directing with PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971). As director, producer, composer and star, he has worked across genres, including westerns, comedies, romances, thrillers and a music biopic, with such diverse films as THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976), BIRD (1988), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995), MYSTIC RIVER (2003), FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006). His UNFORGIVEN (1992) and MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004) were Academy Award winners for Best Direction and Best Picture. In 2008, Eastwood directed CHANGELING and starred in and directed the highly acclaimed GRAN TORINO.

A virtuoso screen artist who works with the greatest economy of style, Eastwood is one of the great creative talents in American film history. His list of accomplishments is long, including two years in politics as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Among his honors, Eastwood has received the 24th AFI Life Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award for producing.

Previous recipients of AFI honorary degrees include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Bochco, Ken Burns, Roger Corman, Caleb Deschanel, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, Jean Picker Firstenberg, Norman Jewison, Chuck Jones, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, John Lasseter, Gena Rowlands, Thelma Schoonmaker and John Williams.

The AFI Conservatory offers a two-year accredited MFA program, granting degrees in six filmmaking disciplines—Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. World-renowned for its advanced professional training, AFI’s program is designed to nurture the talents and enhance the skills of tomorrow’s leading storytellers in the global motion picture and television professions. The curriculum focuses on narrative, visual storytelling through hands-on collaboration, taught by working professionals from the film, television and digital media communities. The AFI Conservatory has trained more than 3,500 artists since its founding in 1969.

AFI Announces June Screenings

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on May 26, 2009

MEDIA ALERT/CALENDAR LISTINGS


AFI JUNE SCREENINGS FEATURE


RIAN JOHNSON PRESENTS BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI’S “THE CONFORMIST”

ON TUESDAY, JUNE 2ND


AND GEORGE STEVENS JR. PRESENTS “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK”

CELEBRATING THE FILM’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY ON TUESDAY, JUNE 9th

FOR CINEMA’S LEGACY AT SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

MONTH LONG SERIES INCLUDE
“MISFITS AND MYSTERIES” AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD
AFI “100 THRILLS” AT ARCLIGHT SHERMAN OAKS

WHAT:
AFI announces June series of screenings featuring the “AFI Cinema’s Legacy” presentations of Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE CONFORMIST on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30PM and George Stevens’ THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:30PM at the Skirball Cultural Center.

AFI’s June roster of screenings include top films selected for a “Misfits and Mysteries” series at ArcLight Hollywood as well as an AFI “100 Thrills” selection to be screened at ArcLight Sherman Oaks.

The screenings are as follows:

CINEMA’S LEGACY – JUNE 2 (at 7:30PM)

Rian Johnson (THE BROTHERS BLOOM, BRICK) presents:

Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE CONFORMIST

Rian Johnson presents Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE CONFORMIST, adapted from the novel by Alberto Moravia, and featuring the cinematography of the great Vittorio Storaro, chronicles the desperate quest to belong by a bourgeois Italian during the fascism of the 1930s. Jean-Louis Trintignant slyly portrays ‘Marcello Clerici,’ a man fearful of his identity—both socially and sexually—whose maniacal obsession with normality leads him to fascist politics, an ill-fated marriage, a spectacularly dangerous  affair and the betrayal of a mentor.

A Q&A with Rian Johnson precedes the screening of the film.

CINEMA’S LEGACY – JUNE 9 (at 7:30PM)

George Stevens Jr. presents:

George Stevens’ THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Originally released in 1959, nominated for eight Oscars® and winning three, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK remains one of    cinema’s most astounding and enduring treasures. Following the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne and her family go into hiding in the confines of an attic.  Anne’s remarkable account of their lives, their growing fear of discovery, their  deplorable living conditions and even the blooming of her first love are intimately portrayed in this extraordinary portrait of  humanity.

To mark the 50th Anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has worked closely with George Stevens, Jr., to    share the cinematic legacy of his father’s remarkable film.

A conversation and Q&A with George Stevens, Jr., Millie Perkins  and Diane Baker will precede the screening of the film.

WHERE: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90049
(Located off the 405 Freeway; Exit Skirball Center Drive)
310.440.4500
http://www.Skirball.org

PRICE: $10 General, $8 Members (AFI and Skirball), $6 Students.  Advance tickets: (866) 468-3399 or  http://www.ticketweb.com.

AFI CINEMA’S LEGACY BACKGROUND
Created from the answer to a simple question—‘What filmmaker has most inspired you?’— Cinema’s Legacy is an ongoing monthly series of conversations where contemporary filmmakers screen work they credit with encouraging and shaping their art.  Presented by AFI and the Skirball Cultural Center, this acclaimed series has featured numerous notable filmmakers including Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Randy Newman, Andy Garcia, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mira Nair, Rob Reiner, Jim Sheridan, Tom Tykwer and Wim Wenders.

Guests have screened a wide variety of influential films including BADLANDS, REPULSION, LA DOLCE VITA, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, CHINATOWN  and GROUNDHOG DAY.

Additional information is available at http://www.AFI.com

AFI ON SCREEN – AFI AT ARCLIGHT
Location:    ArcLight Hollywood

MISFITS AND MYSTERIES

WEDNESDAYS at 8:00 PM

June 3 – THE MUPPET MOVIE
June 10 – THE MISFITS
June 17 – BLUE VELVET
June 24 – CHINATOWN

Location: ArcLight Sherman Oaks

100 THRILLS

MONDAYS at 7:30 PM

June 1 – THE GREAT ESCAPE
June 8 – LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
June 15 – SPARTACUS
June 22 – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
June 29 – DIE HARD

WHERE:

ArcLight Hollywood (in the Historic Cinerama Dome), 6360 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA

PRICE:
Tickets are $12, $11 for AFI and ArcLight members.  On-site parking is $2 for four hours with validation. To order advance tickets, go to http://www.arclightcinemas.com <http://www.arclightcinemas.com&gt; call 323.464.4226 or visit ArcLight Hollywood’s box office at 6360 W Sunset Blvd. (at Ivar).

AFI Announces Golin to receive 19th Annual Schaffner Alumni Medal

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on May 26, 2009

STEVE GOLIN TO RECEIVE THE 19TH ANNUAL
FRANKLIN J. SCHAFFNER ALUMNI MEDAL

Honor to be Presented at
37th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Michael Douglas on June 11

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 26, 2009—American Film Institute (AFI) today announced that producer Steve Golin will receive the 2009 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.  Golin will be presented with the medal as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Michael Douglas on June 11, 2009, to be held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO commented, “Steve Golin is not only a producer of the highest caliber and the guiding force behind some of the most daring films of modern day, but also one who inspires other artists to realize their dreams,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO.  “It is an honor to recognize him as a graduate of the AFI Conservatory, particularly on this night when we celebrate Michael Douglas, with whom he collaborated on THE GAME.”

Golin is the Founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, a development, production and management company. He is the producer of over 40 film and television projects, including BABEL, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, which was honored with multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominations; and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, and Best Director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Other highlights include BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) directed by Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry’s ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004).

Golin’s earlier producing credits include AFI alumnus David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART (1990), TRUTH OR DARE (1991) with Madonna, Jane Campion’s THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY (1996), David Fincher’s THE GAME (1997) which starred AFI Life Achievement honoree Douglas, and Neil LaBute’s YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS (1998) and NURSE BETTY (2000). He also produced such television series as BEVERLY HILLS 90210, THE L WORD and David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS.

Golin co-founded his first firm, Propaganda Films, with AFI alumnus Joni Sighvatsson in 1986. It became the largest music video and commercial production company in the world, earning more MTV Video and Palme d’Or awards than any other company. Golin helped launch the careers of David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski, Alex Proyas, David Kellogg and Simon West among others.

Steve Golin is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

The 18 prior recipients of the Schaffner Alumni Medal are David Lynch (1991), Edward Zwick (1992), Randa Haines (1993), Martin Brest (1994), Jon Avnet (1995), Carl Franklin (1996), John McTiernan (1997), Amy Heckerling (1998), Mimi Leder (1999), Terrence Malick (2000), Darren Aronofsky (2001), Todd Field (2002), John Dahl (2003), Patty Jenkins (2004), Paul Schrader (2005), Marshall Herskovitz (2006), Gary Winick (2007) and Mark Waters (2008).

The Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women who symbolizes the legacy of Franklin Schaffner. Over the course of a remarkable 40-year career, Schaffner earned a total of 28 Academy Award nominations and the directing Oscar for PATTON in 1970.  Schaffner’s association with AFI began in 1975, with his election to the AFI Board of Trustees, and lasted until his death in 1989.

The AFI Life Achievement Award will air on TV LAND on July 19. The event is sponsored by Hewlett Packard, Intel and Stella Artois.

AFI Announces May Screenings

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on May 1, 2009

AFI MAY SCREENINGS
FEATURE
RANDY NEWMAN WITH “HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY”

FOR CINEMA’S LEGACY AT SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER


MONTH LONG SERIES INCLUDE
“BIG SCREEN BROADWAY” AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD
AFI “ACTION REWIND” AT ARCLIGHT SHERMAN OAKS

WHAT:
AFI announces April series of screenings featuring the “AFI Cinema’s Legacy” presentation of John Ford’s HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY at the Skirball Cultural Center on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30PM.

AFI’s May roster of screenings include top films selected for a “Big Screen Broadway” series at ArcLight Hollywood as well as an “Action Rewind” selection to be screened at ArcLight Sherman Oaks.

The screenings are as follows:

CINEMA’S LEGACY – MAY 19

Randy Newman, Academy Award-Winning Singer/ Songwriter/Composer presents:

John Ford’s HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY

Randy Newman presents HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY, a haunting, tragic masterpiece about the end of the Morgan family’s way of life as seen through the eyes of the youngest son, ‘Huw Morgan’ (Roddy McDowall). Set in a beautiful lush valley in Wales, this poetic and visually rich film received five Oscars at the 1942 Academy Awards ceremonies—for picture, director and supporting actor (Donald Crisp), and for black-and-white cinematography and art direction.

HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY features original music composed by Randy Newman’s uncle, Alfred Newman.
A Q&A with Randy Newman precedes the screening

WHEN: Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90049
(Located off the 405 Freeway; Exit Skirball Center Drive)
310.440.4500
http://www.Skirball.org

PRICE: $10 General, $8 Members (AFI and Skirball), $6 Students.  Advance tickets: (866) 468-3399 or                http://www.ticketweb.com.

AFI CINEMA’S LEGACY BACKGROUND
Created from the answer to a simple question—‘What filmmaker has most inspired you?’— Cinema’s Legacy is an ongoing monthly series of conversations where contemporary filmmakers screen work they credit with encouraging and shaping their art.  Presented by AFI and the Skirball Cultural Center, this acclaimed series has featured numerous notable filmmakers including Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Andy Garcia, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mira Nair, Rob Reiner, Jim Sheridan, Tom Tykwer and Wim Wenders. Guests have     screened a wide variety of influential films including BADLANDS, REPULSION, LA DOLCE VITA, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, CHINATOWN and GROUNDHOG DAY.

Additional information is available at http://www.AFI.com

AFI ON SCREEN – AFI AT ARCLIGHT
Location:    ArcLight Hollywood
BIG SCREEN BROADWAY

WEDNESDAYS at 8:00 PM

May 6 – THE PRODUCERS (1968)
May 13 – GREASE (1978)
May 20 – FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)
May 27 – CHICAGO (2002)

Location: ArcLight Sherman Oaks
ACTION REWIND

MONDAYS at 7:30 PM

May 4 – GOLDFINGER (1964)
May 11 – TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
May 18 – TOP GUN (1986)
May 25 – BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984)

WHERE:

ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA

PRICE:
Tickets are $12, $11 for AFI and ArcLight members.  On-site parking is $2 for four hours with validation. To order advance tickets, go to http://www.arclightcinemas.com <http://www.arclightcinemas.com&gt; call 323.464.4226 or visit ArcLight Hollywood’s box office at 6360 W Sunset Blvd. (at Ivar).

CONTACT:
John Wildman, American Film Institute, 323.600.3165, jwildman@AFI.com

AFI Announces Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Red Carpet Showcase on May 11

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on April 30, 2009

AFI PRESENTS

DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN (DWW)
RED CARPET SHOWCASE AT DGA THEATER

MARTHA COOLIDGE WILL HOST EVENT ON MAY 11

Hollywood, CA, April 30, 2009 – AFI announces its annual Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Red Carpet Showcase at the DGA Theater featuring up-and-coming directors Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Meredith Berg, Joy Gohring, Joanna Jurewicz, Mary Ann Kellogg, Alexa-Sascha Lewin, and Dominika Waclawiak.

Hosting the event will be Martha Coolidge, the first and only female president of the DGA and director of notable films including RAMBLING ROSE, INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and VALLEY GIRL.

These seven women were picked from a pool of over 200 applicants for the prestigious DWW program. Selected women receive donations and grants not to exceed $25,000, equipment, materials and facilities of the AFI campus and five days to shoot their narrative short films. AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) has been a major force in training women in narrative filmmaking since 1974. Over 200 women have been given the opportunity to participate in this innovative and unique training program for tomorrow’s directors. Some DWW alumnae include Lesli Linka Glatter (MAD MEN, THE WEST WING, GREY’S ANATOMY), Randa Haines (CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, DANCE WITH ME), Kellie Martin (ER, MYSTERY WOMAN) and Maya Angelou (DOWN IN THE DELTA).

“This is a great opportunity to discover new filmmaking talent. You will not only enjoy the films but have a chance to meet the participants and discuss how this incredible workshop has impacted their future projects and their careers,” said Joe Petricca, AFI’s Executive Vice Dean.

The one-night-only event will include guests from high level agencies such as CAA, Endeavor, and WMA as well as representatives from every studio. Celebrity guests and many other artists from in front of or behind the camera will also be in attendance. Prior to and at the culmination of the showcase, cocktails as well as hors d’oeuvres and desserts (courtesy of Contemporary Catering) will be served in the DGA Lobby.

MORE ABOUT THE AFI’S DWW RED CARPET SHOWCASE
This is a private event with seating limited to industry professionals. For more information, and to RSVP, please visit – http://www.femmafia.com

The 2009 DWW Red Carpet Showcase participants:

Meredith Berg
VOID

About the film:
VOID, a supernatural thriller, follows FBI agent ‘Liz Metera’ as she investigates a series of grisly murders in a small, desert town. She suspects the murders are the work of a serial killer but discovers that whatever is responsible is not human, and is, instead, something far more monstrous. While uncovering clues, she befriends a boy – terrified of his father – who is hiding a powerful and chilling secret. Uncovering his secret will ultimately cost the FBI agent everything she holds dear, changing her life, and the town, forever.

About the filmmaker:
While earning her directing and acting BFA from NYU Tisch, Meredith Berg garnered an Off-Broadway directing credit for her adaptation of Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR. Since then she moved to Los Angeles and delved further into writing, directing, producing and her other great love: editing comic books. Single issues and graphic novels of hers can be found on the shelves of comic book stores, productions on the Web and on television, and she
continues to direct theatrical productions in and around LA.

Joy Gohring
18

About the film:
18 is a dramatic short about a teenage girl who has to decide whether or not to remove her mother from life support when she is given power of attorney on her eighteenth birthday.

About the filmmaker:
An internationally touring comedienne, Gohring has written, directed and performed stand-up and live comedy theatre all over the US, Canada and the UK. In 2000, she was chosen to perform at HBO’S prestigious Comedy Arts Festival as the female comedy team ‘Gohring & Stein.’ She subsequently starred in two TV series for Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Productions & Oxygen based on her own unique brand of comedy, including their first sitcom, GOOD GIRLS DON’T…  Gohring also performs periodically in Wayne Brady’s show at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Experiencing an overdose of comedy, Joy shifted her focus to dramatic storytelling in 2007 and attended UCLA Extension where she wrote and directed her first short, GOOD GIRL, about a teenager who struggles to care for her bed-ridden mother. Her film, 18 explores death and letting go. Already being dubbed an actor’s director, Gohring has a natural ability to draw honest and subtle performances from her cast.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste
INK

About the film:
INK is the tale of a talented tattoo artist and single mother dying of AIDS and determined to do so with grace.

About the filmmaker:
Marianne Jean-Baptiste received Academy Award,Golden Globe and British Academy Award nominations for her feature-film debut role in Mike Leigh’s  SECRETS AND LIES. Other film credits include THE CELL, opposite Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Lopez, 28 DAYS opposite Sandra Bullock and SPY GAMES  opposite Robert Redford. TV credits include THE MURDER OF STEPHEN LAWRENCE, written and directed by Paul Greengrass. As a composer, Jean-Baptiste wrote the score for Mike Leigh’s feature film CAREER GIRLS. As a writer she has sold a script to Working Title. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is currently starring in the CBS hit drama, WITHOUT A TRACE, portraying FBI agent ‘Vivian Johnson’.

Joanna Jurewicz
ROOMS

About the film:
An immigrant maid at an airport hotel goes through the routine of erasing traces that guests have left behind.

About the filmmaker:
Joanna Jurewicz is from Poland and resides in New York. She is a graduate of NYU- Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. Her thesis film, GOYTA was screened at the Cinefondation competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win a variety of awards and eventually was sold to and aired on ARTE TV. Jurewicz is currently writing her first feature film while working for a theatre company in NYC.

Mary Ann Kellogg
ABUELO

About the film:
ABUELO traces the special relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter.

About the filmmaker:
Mary Ann Kellogg is making her directing debut with the short film ABUELO. Kellogg began her career as a professional dancer with Twyla Tharp Dance Company, performing with the company for eight years. She is an award-winning choreographer in film, television and video with substantial industry recognition, an Emmy nomination and a Choreography Media Honors Award for her work on Showtime’s REEFER MADNESS THE MOVIE MUSICAL and two American Choreography Award nominations for her work on SUPERSTAR and THE GURU. She received a fellowship from AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women for the film ABUELO.  is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, holds a BFA from Cal Arts and is an alum of both the AFI Conservatory and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.

Alexa-Sascha Lewin
THE HONEYSTING

About the film:
THE HONEYSTING is a riveting ride down the dark alleys of Chinatown’s underworld, where the slightest misstep can trigger the deadliest of consequences.

About the filmmaker:
Alexa-Sascha Lewin spent eight years working as a natural history ¬filmmaker. Her work found her trekking mountain gorillas through rebel-infested Rwandan jungles and hanging
out of a helicopter to capture stampeding white rhinos in the South African bush. Lewin began her career in narrative features, interning for Robert Redford’s South Fork Pictures and Propaganda Films. After working in television and documentaries for PBS, ABC/Kane, Discovery Channel, A&E, and the BBC, Lewin wanted to transition back to narrative features. She collaborated on the development of several independent films with the Mount Film Company, and worked in Lithuania on Ed Zwick’s latest film, DEFIANCE, as the assistant to the producer. Lewin was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker grant and ACE grant for her first narrative film, THE HONEYSTING. Lewin holds a BA from Wheaton College, and studied at the University of Television and Film Munich, and Brown University.

Dominika Waclawiak
GOSIA’S WITCH

About the film:
A young polish immigrant, ‘Gosia’, delves deep into her imagination to overthrow the punishment she receives at the hands of a cruel headmistress at her Catholic school.

About the filmmaker:
Dominika Waclawiak, originally from Lodz, Poland, graduated from Cornell University with a degree in architecture, and worked as a production designer and art director on many shorts as well as in the art department of such features as FLAWLESS under the art direction of two-time Oscar nominee Jan Roelfs (GATTACA) and Emmy award winning Production Designer Sarah Knowles (THE NOTEBOOK). Waclawiak transitioned into CG visual effects due to her previous work in stop motion animation. She has worked as an visual effects artist on such films as LAND OF THE LOST, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, the Oscar-winning films THE GOLDEN COMPASS and HAPPY FEET, SUPERMAN RETURNS and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, to name just a few. As a director, her stop-motion short PIEKNI played at many international festivals and is currently distributed by Ouat Media.

AFI April Screenings

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on April 7, 2009

AFI APRIL SCREENINGS
FEATURE

AFI DIRECTORS SCREENING PRESENTATION OF “EVERY LITTLE STEP”


AFI UNCENSORED DOCUMENTARY SCREENING OF “THE GARDEN”

MONTH LONG SERIES INCLUDE
“SCREEN SIRENS” AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD
AFI “100 LAUGHS” AT ARCLIGHT SHERMAN OAKS

WHAT:
AFI announces April series of screenings featuring the “AFI Directors Screening” presentation of EVERY LITTLE STEP, the “AFI Uncensored Documentary Screening” of Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Academy Award nominated THE GARDEN.

AFI’s April roster of screenings include top films selected for a “Screen Sirens”  series at ArcLight Hollywood as well as a selection of favorites from the AFI “100 Laughs” list to be screened at ArcLight Sherman Oaks.

AFI Directors Screening
Locaton: ArcLight Hollywood

April 14 –

EVERY LITTLE STEP
2008 96 MIN 35MM Rated PG-13

DIR: James Stern and Adam Del Deo

When the original stage production of A Chorus Line made its debut, in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate, it injected into the fractured landscape a heartbreaking saga of the underappreciated and the overlooked, in the guise of dancers auditioning for their chance to dance in a Broadway musical.

EVERY LITTLE STEP explores the incredible journey of the original show from ambitious idea to international phenomenon, while following the extensive audition process for a 2006 revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway.  The film captures the intimate and grueling behind-the-scenes moments—actors suffering emotional breakdowns, dancers executing the most exquisite pirouettes of their lives, and directors moved to tears by a new delivery of a line they’ve heard a thousand times before.

A Q&A with directors James Stern and Adam Del Deo will immediately follow the screening.

AFI Uncensored Documentary Screening
Location: ArcLight Hollywood

April 16 –

THE GARDEN
2008 80 MIN 35MM Not Rated

DIR: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
FEATURING: Danny Glover, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Daryl Hannah, Dennis Kucinich, Zak de la Rocha

THE GARDEN is an engaging and powerful look at the famous political and social battle over the largest community garden in the US located in South Central Los Angeles.

A follow-up to Kennedy’s award-winning documentary, OT: OUR TOWN, the film shows how the politics of power and greed (backroom deals, land developing, green politics, money) tragically intersect with working class families who rely on this communal garden for their livelihood.  Equal parts THE WIRE and HARLAN COUNTY, USA, THE GARDEN, exposes the     fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality and justice for the poorest and most  vulnerable among us.

THE GARDEN was a 2008 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

A Q&A with director Scott Hamilton Kennedy will immediately follow the screening.

The screenings are as follows:

AFI On Screen – AFI at ArcLight
Location:    ArcLight Hollywood

SCREEN SIRENS

April 1 – SHE DONE HIM WRONG – Mae West
April 8 – THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI – Rita Hayworth
April 15 – A PLACE IN THE SUN – Elizabeth Taylor
April 22 – THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA – Ava Gardner
April 29 – SOME LIKE IT HOT – Marilyn Monroe

AFI 100 LAUGHS
Location: ArcLight Sherman Oaks

100 LAUGHS
April 6 – DUCK SOUP
April 13 – ANNIE HALL
April 20 – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
April 27 – THE JERK

WHERE:

ArcLight Hollywood in the Historic Cinerama Dome, 6360 W Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA