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Magi Hart posted an Ad on ISA calling for a Dari Translator, getting a Translator and Option Agreement for her script, TAKE TEA AND TALK, with Morteza Ahmadzadeh, and backed by the Mandegar Group, Afghanistan.
Animated feature screenplay LOCAL SUGAR, set on the bayou in 1970s Louisiana, made a long-distance trip to China and was honored with a nomination for CICAF's Golden Monkey King Award in the writing category!
China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) is China's largest cartoon and animation event and has been held annually in Hangzhou since 2004.
Here's hoping that reaching out across borders continues to be fruitful for LOCAL SUGAR!
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In a short installment of our Curious About Screenwriting podcasts, I interviewed Derek Christopher. Derek has been the go-to guy for the top consultants in the industry for over a decade. By organizing major events, seminars, and speaking arrangements with names such as late great Syd Field, Robert McKee, and Linda Seger, Derek has firsthand experience of how important working with a consultant really is.
Derek also runs and organizes Story Expo. Story Expo is a once-a-year event where writers and storytellers of all kinds gather in Los Angeles not only to network, but to take classes from the top consultants. Specific classes and seminars that are truly applicable and incredibly educational where you own personal writing craft is concerned. Taking place over the weekend of September 11, if you can make it out to Story Expo this year, it will be a can’t miss event. The ISA will happily be joining Derek and if you would like to meet the staffers of the International Screenwriter Association, as well as yours truly, come on out and say hi. You can learn more at www.StoryExpo.comEdmonton International Film Festival Featuring cinematic gems (shorts, features, and documentaries). Unofficial Google+ Film Festival We are a live, online, interactive, global, short film festival that extends and broadens viewers outside the common film festival experience and allows a much larger audience to enjoy. Bauer Martinez Studios Reflecting Martinez’ aggressive style Bauer Martinez has established key strategic distribution alliances with some of Hollywood’s most renowned companies. With these alliances in place DokuFest International Doc & Short Film Festival DOKUFEST, The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is the largest film event in Kosova. The Festival is organized in August in historical town of Prizren Millennium Films Millennium Films is one of the longest-running independent film companies in the history of Hollywood, with 20 years and more than 300 movies to its credit. Steve Kaplan Solves the Comic Equation If an interplanetary traveler would have aimed about 12oo miles due east and a couple of decades earlier, he might have found himself at Steve Kaplan’s Manhattan Punchline Theater laughing his second tukhus off (albeit without “the peanut butter of the gods”). This is the very same theater where Steve honed his comedic tools while developing writers like Peter Tolan (Analyze This), Tracy Proust (Ugly Betty, Will & Grace), and Michael Patrick King (Sex and The City). Terror Film Festival An international independent genre arts festvial that puts filmmakers, screenwriters, and fans first. Terror Film Festival is deeply committed to the arts of filmmaking and screenwritin The Matthau Company The company focuses on feature film and television projects with humanity and humor — qualities that have always defined great storytelling. In 1990, Charlie Matthau had just finished Damien Chazelle's Whiplash - The Path to the Oscars Sitting in the Eccles Theater at Sundance in 2014 waiting for the movie Whiplash to start was uneventful. I knew nothing about the movie that I was about to see, and to be honest I was probably playing Words with Friends right up until the moment the lights went down.
For those of you who have been to Sundance, you know that the struggle to get tickets is sometimes a bit overwhelming and the nightlife can wear you down, so it is theoretically possible that one might look forward to a movie to catch up on some needed sleep. You might also know that even the "big" movies, Eccles seats over 1000 people, can sometimes miss their mark. So as the screen flickered to life and I realized that the movie was about a young drummer trying to land the lead spot in a jazz band, I settled in for a well needed snooze. But after 5 minutes into the movie, I felt like I was on a roller coaster and I knew that I was going to be taken on a ride so unexpected and thrilling that I would never want to get off.
If you haven't seen the movie yet, go see it. No excuses. Just find a way to see the movie in a theater with a bunch of people and get ready to be enthralled. The fact that it was nominated for 5 Oscars should sweeten the pot just a bit.
Recently I got the chance to sit down with the writer-director of Whiplash, Damien Chazelle. He was warm, insightful, and as he'll tell you, a bit of a perfectionist. His early days as a jazz drummer in high school inspired this story, and Damien explains how the discipline he learned as a musician set him up for the hard work required to get a movie like Whiplash off the ground.
For those of you reading this and considering making the script you wrote into a movie, this podcast should be of great importance. Damien does talk about how the stars aligned for him to get this movie made, but that was only after he put in the hard work to have favor find him. Damien is an inspiring young filmmaker who has just set the bar a lot higher, not only for independent filmmakers looking for their first break, but for the veteran filmmakers who have lost their way.
Damien is a class act, and I am sure that his film will be escorting more than one small golden man home on Oscar night.Lighthouse Productions A new movie production company that was created with careful thought after many times of talking about how amazing it would be to make a film. Since we are both lovers of nature and New York - Audience Now he audience now, lands in New York and award the best of urban cinematic culture, and the best of what is currently the world and New York culture.