Tickets go on Sale Today for the 1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival, Feb 25-27

February 4th, 2011

The Green Bay Film Festival is a three-day event highlighted by the screening of feature films and shorts submitted from around the world, taking place at the KI Convention Center Friday through Sunday, February 25 – 27, 2010.

The weekend schedule will include six feature length films, 16 hours of short films, an afternoon of kids and family films, opening and closing parties and an awards presentation. The 1st Annual Green Bay Film Festival had over 200 submissions from over 20 countries. They accepted over 70 short and feature films and will be showing them on three screens at the KI Convention Center.

“Friday night we open at 6 pm with Serbian Scars,” says festival director Cyndee Sweetland. “The actor and executive producer of the film, Vladimir Rajcic will be attending from California for the weekend as well as many other filmmakers coming from Chicago and New York City, California, Oregon, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas other countries including Switzerland and the United Kingdom… and of course from all over Wisconsin!”

In addition to showing feature films and shorts, there will be forums for filmgoers to meet filmmakers and discuss the shows. Seminars will be held on filmmaking and the creative process during the second day of the festival. These will be led by professionals in the entertainment and creative field.

“Saturday we have two seminars. At 10:30 am we’ll host a Screenwriter’s Workshop and at 12:45 pm a Film Production and Financing Seminar,” adds Sweetland. “Our selected attending filmmakers will be speaking not only at the seminars but also after the screening of their individual films.”

In the past few years, Northeastern Wisconsin has quietly emerged as one of the new hot spots for filmmaking and film appreciation. Several films, including Tony Shalhoub’s Feed the Fish, Jim Rivett’s Westbound, and the critically acclaimed Public Enemies, have been shot in and around Wisconsin. Project Solitude: Buried Alive and Feed the Fish were just released on DVD and several others are in the pipeline including Lombardi and Waterwalk.

“This new event will allow us to attract more travelers into the downtown area during what is traditionally a slower season,” says Brad Toll, president of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Film Green Bay received a $31,760 Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to promote the “Green Bay Film Festival,” a new event that will be held on February 25 – 27, 2011. The first year event will provide a rich cultural experience to our community while promoting Green Bay as a hub for filmmaking and film appreciation.

Friday Night Kick Off – February 25
An evening opener with a feature film and opening party.

Saturday Events – February 26
An all day event that includes a series of seminars, short and feature length films.

Sunday – February 27
An afternoon and evening of films followed by an awards ceremony and closing party.

For more festival information visit www.gbfilmfestival.org.

Questions can be directed to:

Cyndee Sweetland
festivaldirector@gbfilmfestival.org
Green Bay Film Festival
920.865.7676

Senate Joins House in Passing the Local Community Radio Act

December 18th, 2010

Thousands of community groups rejoice at new opportunity for locally owned media.

Today a bill to expand community radio nationwide – the Local Community Radio Act – passed the U.S. Senate, thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John McCain (R-AZ). This follows Friday afternoon’s passage of the bill in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). The bill now awaits the President’s signature.

These Congressional champions for community radio joined with the thousands of grassroots advocates and dozens of public interest groups who have fought for ten years to secure this victory for local media. In response to overwhelming grassroots pressure, Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a mandate to license thousands, of new community stations nationwide. This bill marks the first major legislative success for the growing movement for a more democratic media system in the U.S.

“A town without a community radio station is like a town without a library,” said Pete Tridish of the Prometheus Radio Project, the group which has led the fight to expand community radio for ten years. “Many a small town dreamer – starting with a few friends and bake sale cash – has successfully launched a low power station, and built these tiny channels into vibrant town institutions that spotlight school board elections, breathe life into the local music scene, allow people to communicate in their native languages, and give youth an outlet to speak.”

The Local Community Radio Act will expand the low power FM (LPFM) service created by the FCC in 2000 – a service the FCC created to address the shrinking diversity of voices on the radio dial. Over 800 LPFM stations, all locally owned and non-commercial, are already on the air. The stations are run by non-profit organizations, local governments, churches, schools, and emergency responders.

The bill repeals earlier legislation which had been backed by big broadcasters, including the National Association of Broadcasters. This legislation, the Radio Broadcast Preservation Act of 2000, limited LPFM radio to primarily rural areas. The broadcast lobby groups claimed that the new 100 watt stations could somehow create interference with their own stations, a claim disproven by a Congressionally-mandated study in 2003.

Congressional leaders worked for years to pass this legislation. As the clock wound down on the 111th Congress, they worked with the NAB to amend the bill to enshrine even stronger protections against interference and to ensure the prioritization of full power FM radio stations over low power stations.

Though the amendments to the bill will require some further work at the FCC, low power advocates celebrated the first chance in a decade for groups in cities, towns, and other communities to take their voices to the FM dial.

“After ten years of effort, a $2.2 million taxpayer-funded study, and new provisions to address this hypothetical interference, we are finally on our way to seeing new community radio stations across the U.S. This marks a beginning, not an end, to our work,” said Brandy Doyle, Policy Director for the Prometheus Radio Project. “For the first time, LPFM community radio has a chance to grow, and we’re ready to seize that opportunity.”

“All of us at UCC OC Inc. and at Prometheus express our incredible gratitude to Congressmen Mike Doyle and Lee Terry and Senators Maria Cantwell and John McCain for the leadership and counsel during this process,” said Cheryl Leanza, a board member of the Prometheus Radio Project and a Policy Advisor to the United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc. “Without their work and the work of their committed staff we would not have come this far. At long last the 160 million Americans who have been deprived of the opportunity to apply for a local low power radio station will get a chance to be a part of the American media.”

“I am a leadership organizer from the ranks of the poor working with other low-wage workers – fighting for human rights in Maryland,” said Veronica Dorsey of the United Workers, a human rights organization in Baltimore. “Low power FM radio would allow the United Workers to expand the message of our End Poverty Radio show, which is currently only available on the internet. End Poverty Radio develops leaders and gives workers a way to tell their stories and be heard – and a low power FM station would reach a lot of people who do not have access to the internet. LPFM is a way for those in the community who are struggling to survive to hear stories that they can relate to, and to know that they are not alone in this struggle for human dignity. We can’t wait to work to build low power FM in communities like ours, so we can accomplish these goals.”

“Civil rights groups and community organizations have wanted low power FM radio for years, and now the chance is here,” said Betty Yu, coordinator of the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national media justice network with members in many cities and communities that lost their chance to get low power FM radio stations. “From Seattle, Oakland, and Albuquerque to Minneapolis, San Antonio, Kentucky and Philadelphia, thousands of communities know that having access to our own slice of the dial means a tool to build our movements for justice. We have won something huge in Congress, but the fight is not over. Now we need to work at the FCC to make sure as many licenses as possible can be available in rural communities, towns and suburbs, and America’s cities.”

LPFMs have saved lives in powerful storms when big broadcasts lose power or can’t serve local communities in the eye of the storm. WQRZ-LP in Bay St. Louis, MS received awards from President Bush and other organizations post Katrina in 2005, when one of the station operators swam across flood waters with fuel strapped to his back to keep his station on the air. The station proved so important that the Emergency Operations Center of Hancock County set up shop with the LPFM to serve the community after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Bipartisan Senators and House members have expressed support for the Local Community Radio Act as a vital way to expand emergency service media across our nation.

“I’m Frank Bluestein from Germantown, Tennessee, one of the several large suburban cities located just outside of Memphis. We have been fighting for the past 10 years to persuade Congress to give communities like ours the opportunity to establish a low power FM radio station. Our city wants to provide community and civic groups, students of all ages, local artists and others the power to communicate over their own LPFM channel,” said Frank Bluestein, a media teacher and Executive Producer of Germantown Community Television.

“Equally important for Germantown, we need a dedicated communication outlet that will serve the needs of our citizens in the event another tornado rips through town or if any kind of natural disaster hits,” continued Bluestein. “In this day and age, emergency management is a must for a city of our size and LPFM perfectly fits our needs. A low power FM radio station can stay on the air even if the power goes out. Low power FM saved lives during Katrina but strangely, the federal government is banning it from this part of Tennessee. That is not fair or wise. We have the right to be as safe as any other community in the US. After 10 years, now is the time! Congress has passed the Local Community Radio Act, and chances are so much greater that groups in towns like mine can apply for LPFM licenses. Germantown is ready to work here and at the FCC to make licenses for communities like ours possible.”

Grassroots leaders were key in helping Senators understand that expanding low power FM was important and urgent. “Our station provides some of the only local service to Gillette when big storms come through, and it puts great content on the air. That’s why so many in our town think it is such a vital resource,” said Pastor Joel Wright of the First Presbyterian Church of Gillette, WY, licensee of KCOV-LP 95.7 FM . “Senators Barrasso and Enzi had concerns about expanding low power FM, but they heard from many Wyoming folks who want these stations, and dropped those concerns. Communities of faith and so many others can celebrate that we’ve jumped this big hurdle to more license being available in cities, smaller towns, and rural communities nationwide. I look forward to working with many other pastors and groups to launch their own wonderful new community voices.”

“The Media Mobilizing Project works with a huge diversity of leaders across Philadelphia — from taxi drivers and immigrant communities to students and low wage workers,” said Desi Burnette of Philadelphia’s Media Mobilizing Project. “Our leaders have been lucky enough to produce multiple programs with WPEB-FM, 88.1 – bringing all of these communities together. But WPEB is a 1-watt station, only covering a few city blocks. Now with the passage of the Local Community Radio Act, Philadelphia has a much greater chance of getting at least one 100-watt station of its own. With low power FM in our community, poor and working people across this region would have an incredible tool to learn together, to understand their shared struggles and conditions, and to work to change them.”

“Our low power FM radio station has allowed Guatemalan, Haitian, and many other hard-working immigrant farmworkers to communicate in their native languages, and to build the power for dignity and respect in the fields of Southwest Florida,” said the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Gerardo Reyes Chavez. “Our radio station, WCIW – Radio Consciencia – has developed womens’ leadership, has allowed us to mobilize rapidly in crises, and has helped us transform not just our community but the hundreds of communities inspired by our struggle. We look forward to helping many other farmworkers learn how to build their own stations and how to expand justice on the FM dial.”

“In the rural areas we serve and all across the country, low power FMs are poised to celebrate and preserve unique local culture,” said Nick Szuberla of Appalshop, a group that uses media to preserve Appalachian culture and tradition while working to improve quality of life. “More low power FMs mean that the vibrant, beautiful, and vital voices of America’s rural areas and small towns will shine – and it will mean sustainable local resources in times of crisis. Low power FM stations can stay on the air in storms and save thousands of lives. Congress and community radio advocates should be proud of the resources they’ve won for American communities.”

“Our group of 150 volunteers here at the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) is extremely pleased that the Local Community Radio Act has been passed by Congress, and will be signed into law by our fellow Chicagoan, President Obama,” said Shawn Campbell, a founder of CHIRP. “For three years, CHIRP volunteers and supporters have worked diligently toward the goal of being able to apply for a low power FM broadcast license, and we look forward to working with our national allies and the FCC to make sure new stations are licensed in large markets around the country, including Chicago.”

“For decades, the Esperanza Center has worked in San Antonio and beyond to bring people together across cultures, and to ensure the civil rights and economic justice of everyone,” said Graciela Sanchez of the Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice in San Antonio. “Whether we are fighting for the right to publically protest or to save the water systems of our region, we need to communicate and coordinate to effectively organize. Low power FM in San Antonio can unite people across cultures and issues to work together to make this city better for everyone. We celebrate this victory for everyone and pledge to work with allies to win as many stations as possible for communities nationwide.”

Over 10 years, hundreds of groups of all walks of life struggled to bring community radio stations to every community possible, and they cannot all be listed here. We would like to thank the coalition who worked weekly to move this mountain including: Free Press, United Church of Christ Office of Communication, Inc, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Media Access Project, the Future of Music Coalition, the Media and Democracy Coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Benton Foundation, the Prometheus National Advisory Committee and Board of Directors.

We thank those who were instrumental in this final push including: Reclaim the Media, The Media Action Grassroots Network, New America Foundation, Chicago Independent Radio Project, MoveOn.org, Color of Change, the Christian Coalition, and the National Association of Evangelicals, and Spitfire Consulting. Our partners in supporting community media including the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and the Grassroots Radio Coalition, and Media Alliance, Pacifica, REC Networks, the Alliance for Community Media.

We thank those who have helped at key moments throughout these ten years including: United States Public Interest Research Group, Consumers Union, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the United Methodist Church Office of Communication, the Indigo Girls, OK Go, Nicole Atkins, the Microradio List, Amherst Alliance, MIcroradio Implementation Project, Pacifica Radio, Common Frequency, Christian Community Broadcasters, KYES -TV, National Lawyers Guild Committee on Democratic Communications, Virginia Center for the Public Press, every FCC Commissioner since 1999 (except for Harold Furchgott Roth).

We thank our radio barnraising partners who have time and again shown up to represent the best of what LPFM can be: WGXC-FM in Hudson, New York with Free103point9; WMXP-LP in Greenville, South Carolina with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; KPCN-LP in Woodburn, Oregon with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste; WRFU-LP in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with Radio Free Urbana; WXOJ-LP in Northampton, Massachusetts with Valley Free Radio; WRFN-LP in Pasquo, Tennessee with Radio Free Nashville; WSCA-LP in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with Portsmouth Community Radio; WCIW-LP in Immokalee, Florida with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; KYRS-LP in Spokane, Washington with Thin Air Community Radio; KOCZ-LP in Opelousas, Louisiana with the Southern Development Foundation; KRBS-LP in Oroville, California with the Bird Street Media Project; and our very first radio barnraising with WRYR-LP in Deale, Maryland with South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development.

“We’ve built community radio stations from coast to coast and around the country,” said Hannah Sassaman, a longtime organizer with the Prometheus Radio Project. ‘The faith and perseverance of low power FM’s legislative champions and the thousands who pushed the Local Community Radio Act has paid off in incredible ways. After ten years of struggle, it’s stunning to know that in the next years, the FCC will work to and begin licensing LPFMs in city neighborhoods, in suburbs and towns, and in rural areas. It’s humbling to understand that new young people will gain a love of telling stories at the working end of a microphone or at home listening to their neighbors. And it’s powerful to know that these stations will launch leaders in every walk of life to change their communities, and this country. We look forward to launching the next generation of community stations with you.”

To learn more about low power FM community radio, visit http://www.prometheusradio.org.

Wisconsin Film Tax Incentives Under Discussion at the Orpheum in Madison, Dec 8

December 1st, 2010

The Pierce County Herald and tons of other so-called mainstream “news” sites report the following story:

“Film-makers will hold a panel discussion next month on the future of Wisconsin’s tax breaks for making the Badger State a back-drop for movies. The forum will take place on December eighth in Madison, at a screening of the Door County film “Feed the Fish.” Green Bay native and Emmy-winning actor Tony Shalhoub starred in that movie. “Feed the Fish” received tax breaks when it was filmed on the Door Peninsula last year. But it didn’t get as much as the Johnny Depp film “Public Enemies.” That show got four-and-a-half million dollars, which caused outgoing Governor Jim Doyle to dramatically scale back the incentives. Republican Governor-elect Scott Walker has said he would re-work the movie tax incentives. Producer Mark Metcalf will moderate discussion on the subject. Four film-makers from the state will also take part, along with three board members from the group “Film Wisconsin.”

But none of them actually say exactly where or when the event is taking place… and the Film Wisconsin Website says, “We are currently overhauling our site to better serve you.” Nonetheless, I finally fell upon the complete details at  FilmWisconsin.us, a site  operated by Badger Guide LLC, publisher of the Wisconsin Production Guide (billing itself as the most complete directory for film, video, television and commercial production in Wisconsin).

Here’s the scoop and I do mean scoop, because of the “investigative journalism” required to deliver the following:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Orpheum Theatre, 216 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin

A panel discussion on the proposed improvements to the Wisconsin Film Tax Incentives heads an evening of Wisconsin filmmaking. Following the panel discussion will be an opportunity to speak one-on-one with some of the panel members and then a screening of the Wisconsin feature film, Feed the Fish.

Panel Discussion is free and open to the public. Feed the Fish is $7.50 general admission and $5.00 for Students & Seniors.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion (WI Film Tax Incentives)
7:00-8:00 p.m. Social Hour (One-on-one questions w/panel)
8:00-9:30 p.m. Screening of Feed the Fish (Ticket required)
9:30-9:45 p.m. Q&A with the film’s Wisconsin based crew

Funding for the WI Department of Commerce-backed program, originally launched in 2008, was reduced to $500,000 per year. In it’s first year, there was no limit placed on incentives. The budget thresholds for eligible productions were also lowered to $50,000 for film projects and $100,000 for game developments. For more information about Wisconsin’s film tax credit programs, contact Steve Sabatke, Economic Development Consultant, Bureau of Business Finance & Compliance, Wisconsin Department of Commerce, 201 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI  53707-7970. Phone:  608.267.0762 or email:  Steven.Sabatke@Wisconsin.gov.

The debate circles around the subject of benefits harvested in Wisconsin vs. the investment. In reporting on the cutback, the LaCrosse Tribune explains the situation regarding the film Public Enemies: “Starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, the movie generated a lot of exposure and excitement for the state. It did not, however, generate much money. According to the Commerce Department, the production received $4.6 million in tax rebates and credits but only generated $5 million in economic activity.”

The producers and actors of “Feed the Fish” camped out in Door County for several weeks, but failed to spend much money here except for gas and groceries, expecting locals residents to “volunteer” to work with them. Shalhoub confirms this in a recent Business Journal interview saying, “A lot of people donated a lot of time, including the locals in Door County. They donated hotel rooms and there was a lot of support. They rallied around the project.”

It was disappointing to see the numerous missed opportunities to really connect locally, but none was greater than their failure to include the actual Jacksonport Polar Bear Swim. Instead we get a weak reenactment of one of the largest such events in the nation. The authentic filming of this event alone, might have justified the investment from a publicity standpoint and helped to salvage a somewhat mediocre production.

While the Wisconsin arts community rallied to save the film incentives program from Doyle’s hatchet, no one spoke up for an alternative to funding big-ticket Hollywood productions. “Feed the Fish” filmmakers received $40,000 in tax credits for their film. What if ten independent Wisconsin filmmakers each got $4000? At this point “Feed the Fish” is floundering with no national distribution. I’d like to see ten chances to launch an up-and-coming local filmmaker and crew over one chance at seeing Hollywood stars hanging out in my neighborhood for a few weeks.

Green Door Film Society Presents a Turkish Comedy at Greens N Grains in Egg Harbor, Dec 2

November 26th, 2010

Korkuyorum Anne! (English title: Mommy, I’m Scared!), written and directed by Reha Erdem is brought to Door County directly from Istanbul, Turkey by special screening guest, Mary Tsolak.

Main cast

  • Ali Düşenkalkar – Ali
  • Turgay Aydın – Keten
  • Şenay Gürler – İpek
  • Işıl Yücesoy – Neriman
  • Arzu Bazman – Omit
  • Köksal Engür – Rasih

Alternative title, “What is a human anyway?” is set in modern day Istanbul. Ali, a guy in his late twenties, has an accident while working as a taxi driver and suffers temporary amnesia. Although he partially comes to his senses, remembering many of the people who live in his apartment building, he cannot remember his father, Rasih (Koksal Engur), a retired health officer. During Ali’s struggle to sort himself out we see people all around him joining the same struggle.

The movie looks like an absurd comedy at first glance, but it explores cultural themes in an unusual circus-like ambiance. In short “Korkuyorum Anne” is not a low comedy which is aimed at belly laughs like other comedy potboilers which have been profusely produced in the last decade in Turkey. It has an intellectual side to be looked into. Sweet,original, and funny even if it looks absurd!

Our guset, Mary Tsolak will talk about the cultural aspects of the film before and afterward. She spends much of her time living in Turkesy and brings the film as a special opportunity for Green Door Film Society members.

Greens N Grains Deli will host a natural and organic dinner special before the Green Door Film Society meetings. Enjoy a delicious soup specialty, salad, a fresh baked roll and a cup of tea for $7.50, available from 6 pm on. The Film Society screenings take place at 7 pm and there is no charge for membership but seating at screenings is limited to 30 people.

Greens N Grains Natural Foods and Deli is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm – except on Film Society screening nights when they will remain open until 9 pm – in downtown Egg Harbor at 7821 Hwy 42, and can be reached at 920.868.9999 or by email at info@greens-n-grains.com. The store’s Website features news and special monthly discount flyers at Greens-N-Grains.com.

Fandor Feature: Winnebago Man

November 22nd, 2010

Winnebago Man (2009), an American documentary feature film directed by Ben Steinbauer, is made available by Fandor, a curated service for exceptional independent films on demand.

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you’ve never heard of: an RV salesman whose hilarious, foul-mouthed outbursts circulated on VHS tapes in the 90s before turning into a full-blown Internet phenomenon in 2005, seen by 20 million people worldwide. Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer goes in search of Rebney and finds him living alone on a mountain top, unaware of his fame. Winnebago Man is a laugh-out-loud look at viral culture and an unexpectedly poignant tale of one man’s response to unintended celebrity.

Originally intended as an inside joke, the video spread across the globe earning the salesman the title of “The Angriest Man in the World“. The documentary explores the story of the clip’s origin and how, two decades later, it affects the man who never even knew it existed.

The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on March 14, 2009 and opened theatrically on July 9, 2010 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York, before expanding nationally.

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Green Door Film Society Screening Oliver Stone’s South of the Border in Egg Harbor, Nov 18

October 30th, 2010

Controversial, thought-provoking, artistic and independent films are the focus of biweekly film screenings in the loft above Greens N Grains Deli in Egg Harbor.

There are many so-called “art films” that get shown and discussed regularly upon release if you are fortunate enough to live near a college campus. Often you can find some of these unseen cinematic treasures in rental outlets or on Netflix, but the chance to engage in thoughtful discussion with others afterward is missing. Film aficionados in Door County are encouraged to join in the creation of a new interest group that will pursue their love of cinema at biweekly meetings of the Green Door Film Society.

The concept was launched last winter in the Greens N Grains Dinner and a Movie Series which showed a variety of’s films from around the world and concluded in March with a local filmmaker’s night. As the organizer of last year’s series, I want to build on the success and expand the concept further with the inclusion of themed discussions as an integral part of the meetings.

The Green Door Film Society will have exclusive use of the loft facilities which comfortably seats about 30 people. Every other Thursday, beginning on November 18, we’ll get together to watch and watch and discuss film and the film making process throughout the “quiet season.” Notes and discussion questions for each film will be provided here in special category along with posters that you can download and post to help get the word out.

On Thursday, November 18 at 7 pm we’ll begin the series with Oliver Stone’s latest documentary, “South of the Border.” Eager to explore how the U.S. media has depicted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, director Oliver Stone travelled to South America to interview Chavez and several other South American presidents in the process. Among the distinguished subjects in Stone’s probing and controversial documentary are Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Brazil’s Lula da Silva, Argentina’s Nestor Kirchner and Cuba’s Raúl Castro. The film is certain to provoke dialogue and was not shown in any local Door County commercial venues during its recent box-office release.

Greens N Grains Deli will host a natural and organic dinner special each evening before the Green Door Film Society meetings. Enjoy a delicious soup specialty, salad, a fresh baked roll and a cup of tea for $7.50, available from 6 pm on. The Film Society screenings take place at 7 pm and there is no charge for membership but seating at screenings is limited to 30 people.

Greens N Grains Natural Foods and Deli is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm – except on Film Society screening nights when they will remain open until 9 pm – in downtown Egg Harbor at 7821 Hwy 42, and can be reached at 920.868.9999 or by email at info@greens-n-grains.com. The store’s Website features news and special monthly discount flyers at Greens-N-Grains.com.

International Movie Trailer Festival and Competition Online…

August 25th, 2010

Winners of this online festival will be announced in December, 2010.

Bursting onto the scene in 2010, the 1st Annual INTERNATIONAL MOVIE TRAILER FESTIVAL (IMTF) is an online competition created specifically to celebrate the art of the movie trailer. Filmmakers are invited to submit trailers for short or feature films they’ve made or trailers for movies they dream of making. All genres are welcome, including trailers for dramas, comedies, thrillers, animations, and documentaries.

Entries will be presented on the Web within a “virtual theater,” featuring advanced search capabilities encouraging fans, producers, and exhibitors to find and view trailers in a multitude of ways. IMTF’s Grand Prize of $5,000 USD will be awarded by a jury of industry pros including Scott Rosenfelt, producer of MYSTIC PIZZA and HOME ALONE. Other awards include a $1,000 People’s Choice Award chosen by visitors to the site, a $500 music/soundtrack award, a $500 student prize along with a $500 grant to the winning student’s school.

What’s more, select trailers will have the opportunity to be included in an upcoming feature-length documentary entitled PREVIEW YOUR DREAMS: THE ART OF THE MOVIE TRAILER.

UPCOMING DEADLINE
August 31, 2010 – Late Deadline
Upgraded projects save $5 on this deadline

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Filmmakers who submit to IMTF become part of an online community where information is exchanged, production problems are solved, and members can collaborate on movie projects. Everyone who signs up will receive a free digital copy of Moviemaking Illustrated: The Comicbook Filmbook.

To date entries have been submitted from across the globe. Get your trailer seen by both movie fans and movie professionals from around the world – submit today!

Day #1 NALIP Workshop Opens with a Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal

July 23rd, 2010

A screening of “Wo Ai Ni (I Love You), Mommy” followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Stephanie Wang-Breal kicks off 3-day NALIP Workshop,

Stephanie Wang-Breal is fortunate to have a foothold in two worlds. Born in the USA to Chinese speaking parents, she is fluent in English and Mandarin. Nonetheless, she had to interview more than a hundred families before she found the right one to work with. She invested a good deal of her own money to launch the film project but eventually managed to secure significant additional funding to see her film reach completion.

In production, Stephanie found that her role as filmmaker would at times include that of translator and thus, she was reluctantly drawn in as a supporting actor in her own film. As documentaries often do, the project took on a life of its own. Her efforts have resulted in the creation of a remarkable record of the pairing and bonding of Fang Sui Yong, an 8-year-old Chinese orphan girl and the Sadowskys, a Jewish family from Long Island, New York.

Stephanie also touched lightly on another kind of second life that controversial documentary films must now inhabit – the one that is spawned on blogs and in discussion boards across the Web after a film is released. Not all of these “reviews” have been positive, but they fault the subject and not the film. In some ways this too can be seen as a success, exposing the issue to public scrutiny and fostering a passionate debate. Stephanie Wang-Breal is winning awards for her thought-provoking work, including her most recent, “Best Emerging Director in a Documentary Feature” at the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) in New York.

I’d like to extend a thank-you to the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and to Stephanie Wang-Breal for providing such an unusual opportunity. “Wo Ai Ni, Mommy” will be broadcast on PBS: POV on August 31, 2010.

LINKS:

Wo Ai Ni Mommy Official Website

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ILLINOIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, October 22-24

July 23rd, 2010

Chicago, Illinois – USA
October 22 to 24, 2010

In the Spotlight this week is the 5th Annual ILLINOIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IIFF), celebrating a broad spectrum of indie films and screenplays against the vibrant backdrop of Chicago, Illinois.

With the belief that no matter the film’s budget or the director’s vision it’s the filmmaker’s passion that drives a film, IIFF declares itself a “no limits” festival, screening a multi-genre lineup of films from around the world. From underground and horror films to the more traditional family-friendly fare, IIFF has been known to show a diverse selection of works, offering something on the schedule for film fans of all ages. Noteworthy selections from years past include CRAZY, MASS ROMANTIC, GOD’S EARS, and documentaries HEARTS OF HOPE, JACK BE NIMBLE, FACING SUDAN, and FOUND IN CHINA which enjoyed sold-out screenings.

IIFF’s list of alumni only furthers the point: the festival is rapidly growing and picking up steam early on. Alumni include Mike Reiss (ICE AGE 3, “The Simpsons”), who unveiled QUEER DUCK at IIFF; Tony Wash (IT’S MY PARTY AND I WILL DIE IF I WANT TO), who recently inked a distribution deal; and Mark Roberts (writer/producer of “Two and Half Men”), who presented WELCOME TO TOLONO and declares it “a wonderful experience for showcasing my film.”

UPCOMING DEADLINE
July 31, 2010 – Late Deadline
Upgraded projects save $5 on this deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Illinois International Film Festival brings audiences and filmmakers together to better enjoy the art and fun of filmmaking.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Exhibiting filmmakers receive two all-access passes to IIFF festivities and a gift bag filled with swag. What’s more, the Festival emphasizes the filmmaker’s role in the equation; filmmakers participate in engaging Q&A sessions, sharing their behind-the-scenes stories and perspective on their films. Networking opportunities abound with fellow filmmakers and visiting industry players. Alum Warren Sheppard (STEWARD) gushes that IIFF “is an amazing…opportunity to meet…artists. I had the best time!”

Filmmakers & Screenwriters: to present your work in the great city of Chicago, submit to the Illinois International Film Festival today!

3-Day Seminar in St. Paul to Make Your Documentary Happen, July 18-20

July 12th, 2010

I hope to meet you at “Doing Your Doc,” an upcoming 3-day seminar in St. Paul sponsored by the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) in conjunction with Native American Public Telecommunications, Native American Journalists Association, InMotion, St. Paul Neighborhood Network, IFP Minnesota, Intermedia Arts, UST, Latino Public Broadcasting, NBPC, ITVS, CAAM, PIC and Twin Cities Public Television.

Here’s a unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book “Trailer Mechanics,” plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea. This intensive 3-day workshop is tailored for anyone… whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project or are seeking finishing funds.

Doing your Doc” is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of Minnesota, preparing them to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing unique stories and views. It takes place starting at 3 pm on Sunday and runs all day on Monday and Tuesday.

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