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).

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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 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

THE FIRST BLOG – MAKING A SPECTACLE OF MYSELF FOR SOME SEMBLANCE OF A GREATER GOOD

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on January 3, 2009

My job (or jobs – depending on how you look at it) for the American Film Institute, AFI FEST, AFI DALLAS, the Indian Film Festival, Lone Star Film Festival, Feel Good Film Festival and last, but certainly not least – The Vision Awards has required me to increasingly to take on the role of spokesperson. Which honestly, I am happy and sometimes relieved to do because I know exactly what I want to say and what I think people need to know about each of those film festivals, events and organizations. Of course, I’ll hear or watch myself afterwards and appropriately loathe myself for opening my mouth and preaching my happy version of the movie gospel like that too loud guy standing in front of you in any line anywhere in Los Angeles or worse – like that roommate or co-worker or ill-chosen boyfriend or girlfriend you just can’t escape well enough.

And, yet – after the handful of television, radio, and print interviews, panels, Q&As, there is much more to say. And even after hating listening to the sound of my painful earnestness and in the worst cases – obviousness, there is still so much more to say. So now – after a lot of prompting by my wife (a dedicated and much more prolific writer, herself) to begin writing and blogging about what I’m doing and what I’m seeing – from my perspective – well, I’m gonna give it a shot.

And while I won’t always be writing about “work”, a good amount will be about film, filmmakers and the film festival world because the films and filmmakers I give the largest rat’s ass about need as many voices singing their praises and alerting everyone as to their existence as they can get. David Redmon and Ashley Sabin and their wonderful, intimate documentaries like KAMP KATRINA and INTIMIDAD, Jacob Medjuck’s SUMMERHOOD, Johnny Asuncion’s FLOAT, Daniel Stamm’s A NECESSARY DEATH, pretty much everything Bill Sebastian (MIDLOTHIA) has done since I’ve known him, Mo Perkins’ A QUIET LITTLE MARRIAGE, Sabine El Gemayal’s NILOOFAR – there are so many more, but I’ll stop this list for now.

And film festivals – well, in these tough economic times – they are under siege in more than a few ways. Sponsors are going away, and there is a lot of fair weather support out there that is hanging by a thread by small groups of people in each case that see their film festival as just that – theirs. And so they work harder and harder to keep it going and make the next edition better than the last. And they deserve someone shining a light on them too. So here we go….