The Webby Awards will honor website innovation and creativity in categories that include Art, Games, Lifestyle, Movie and Film, Music, NetArt and more, during a festival and awards ceremony from June 3-5 in New York. You can browse three floors of exhibitors that provide the essential tools for advancing careers, and actually audition at casting calls, model and talent searches, during the one day only Entertainment Industry Expo on June 3 in New York. The Hollywood Black Film Festival taking place June 5-10 in Beverly Hills, will feature narrative and documentary features, short and student films, music videos and animation in its competitive program, a separate Storyteller Competition for screenwriters, and nightly parties to attend, including the HBFF White Party at Royale on Wilshire. At CineVegas Film Festival in Las Vegas, June 6-16, Jerry Weintraub, producer of Ocean’s Thirteen, will be honored with the Vanguard Producer Award, and joined by his all-star cast from the movie, during opening night festivities which will benefit the aid group, International Rescue Committee for Not On Our Watch, an organization whose campaign is to support Darfur humanitarian relief efforts.
At “Country Music’s Biggest Party,” better known as the CMA Music Festival, running June 7-19, the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall at the Nashville Convention Center, gives four-day attendees the opportunity to meet some of their favorite country music entertainment personalities. Opening the Maui Film Festival in Kahului, June 13-17, a twilight reception theme titled “Taste of the Islands” ends with an after-party at Cosmic Comedy Club. At the In The City of New York Music Festival curated by Manchester-based In The City, in conjunction with AEG Live, panels happen at day, and at least six of the UK’s hottest new bands perform at night followed by after-show events throughout downtown Manhattan. The Bluegrass Masters Film Festival is part of the ROMP music festival, June 21-23, in Owensboro, and features world premier screenings of the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s ‘Video Oral History Project’ films – film documentaries of the lives and musical contributions of bluegrass music’s First Generation.
At the many showcase events during the Los Angeles Film Festival starting on June 21, a June 28 session titled “Actors Who Call Cut,” explores the creative opportunities and challenges actors face when stepping behind the camera to direct. Cinema Expo 2007 running June 25-28 in Amsterdam previews important upcoming cinema releases for the European market while offering a trade show of motion picture industry products, services and concession items, while running in conjunction the Cinema Expo International award presentation. At the Second Annual Hollywood and Games Summit, June 26 & 27 in Los Angeles, business and creative visionaries from both industries address synchronized production, who and how to pitch to the other side. Clive Barker, writer-director of Hellraiser and other films delivers the keynote address. For the Web Video Summit Spring ’07, on June 27-28 in San Jose, one theme that will be pointedly addressed is how new and old media can learn from each other – how net productions can find opportunities in Tinseltown, and what changes “old pros” need to make to succeed in this new web arena.
The above events are just a sampling of what is listed. Most of the reported events above have a submission process for indie and/or performing artists to take part in. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events” page at http://www.actorschecklist.com/news.html/. Video and podcast versions of this news summary are now available at most popular sites around the Web like YouTube and the Apple iTunes store podcast category, as well as on The Actor’s Checklist at http://actorschecklist.com/loudblog/. This month on video you will see trailers and video clips of Scottish pop rock band Spotty Dog (http://www.myspace.com/spottydoggmusic/; http://www.spottydogg.com/), now giving away (http://www.mydatabus.com/public/spottydogg1/SpottyDoggFREECDSingle.rar) copies of their debut single “High Heels”; from acoustic guitarist and comedian, Larry Martinelli (http://www.larrymartinelli.com/; http://www.myspace.com/larrymartinelli/); Currently showcased in Australia’s “most sick and twisted short movies,” Trasharama A Go-Go, Australian Premiere entry, “Chicks From Hell” from Director Christos Mouroukis (http://www.myspace.com/christos98/); United Kingdom based film Director Serdar Ferit (http://www.myspace.com/serdarferit/; http://www.serdarferit.com/) featuring “Elevator Music”, a MyMovie MashUp (http://www.myspace.com/mymoviemashup/) short film Entry.