The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented $759,865 in financial grants to film schools and non-profit organizations at its annual Installation Luncheon honoring the organization’s 2008-2009 slate of officers today at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Just as screen historians will tell you that films have never been wholly silent, they will also insist that movies without spoken dialogue have never entirely died out. There was certainly a time during the Talkie boom when mass silent production ceased, with Britain's last feature being John Argyle's crime drama, Paradise Alley (1931).
Frederic Maire is set to step down as artistic director after the 2010 edition to take up a new job as director of the Swiss Film Archive in November 2009. Inevitably, his decision to leave Locarno earlier than expected has prompted uncertainty as well as speculation as to who may succeed him.
A rare film by a lesser-known Indian filmmaker found in an antique shop has been painstakingly put together and is scheduled to be shown as part of the Liverpools European Capital of Culture festivities on Friday.
The Sen. John Heinz History Center's Library and Archives recently added 12 streaming films to their photographic website, Life in Western Pennsylvania (www.lifeinwesternpa.org/films). Thanks to a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the library was able to reformat over 2 hours worth of footage from the Bill Beal film collection. Beal, a Pittsburgh filmmaker active from the 1940s through the 1990s, created almost 200 complete works ranging from industrial showpieces for Allegheny Ludlum and PPG to local features such as "Pittsburgh: The City with a Smile on its Face". As a pilot project, brief clips of iconic Pittsburgh scenes have been added to the Life in Western Pennsylvania website in a number of different streaming formats. Subjects include steel works, coal plants, the inclines, aerials of Downtown and Oakland, Sen. John Heinz and the Delta Queen, Vic Cianca directing traffic, and the demolition of the Carlton House.
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NASA last week launched a new interactive Web site, jointly developed with the non-profit Internet Archive, which initially combines some 21 separately stored and managed NASA imagery collections into a single online resource featuring enhanced search, visual and metadata capabilities.
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What is filmanthropy? It's helping kids from the Bronx, Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic land jobs in the movie industry. It's preserving and restoring films. It's showing classic movies to thousands of people living in Macedonian refugee camps. Here's how Caroline Baron, Vin Diesel, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese and Jon Turteltaub practice filmanthropy.
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