For Chicago’s Lollapalooza Stage 2007, bands from the U.S. and abroad will be showcased August 3-5, including Pearl Jam, Interpol, Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, Regina Spektor, and others. The Sandbox ACM Siggraph Videogame Symposium, from August 4-5 in San Diego, is a forum for innovative research and advances in videogame theory, practice and criticism. The 2007 University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference will include exhibits, the traditional receptions, showcase panels from sustaining members, formal and juried screenings, paper presentations and panel discussions, script readings and new media installations, not to mention the annual picnic held at the Merritt Buffalo Ranch near Denton featuring Texas and regional music. The 2007 Latino Producers Academy developed for producers who create or intend to create feature films, documentaries will be held August 7-17 at various locations throughout Tucson. The Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival, organized by Run and Shoot Filmworks from August 8-11, now in its fifth year, offers festival events that include an African American Art Expo, symposiums, karaoke party and film screenings.
On August 11, Home Movie Day (www.homemovieday.com) is the worldwide celebration of amateur films during which people in cities and towns all over the world meet their local film archivists, learn about the proper storage and care of personal films, and get to watch other people’s home movies. Toronto’s WILDsound Monthly Reading Series offers screenwriters at all levels the opportunity to hear their scripts read aloud by professional actors in front of an audience of their peers, and with feedback from industry professionals that follows, at sessions that meet August 14-17. At Women In Film Chicago’s Backlot Events, take a ‘tour and talk’ of The Chicago Film Office on August 16, to learn about its operation in the city’s motion picture industry and engage in networking opportunities. The On The Road Film Fest comes to a close in Los Angeles with Festival Awards and Closing Ceremonies, culminating the 12 city touring film program that utilizes a fairly new technology in portable outdoor movie screens along with the cooperation of cities and universities across the country. At the NICHE Film and Music Festival in Portland, August 16-19, a combined program will be showcasing feature, short narrative or documentary and varied musical formats, while performing musicians will each have a four song set to vie for the Make Your Mark! artist award. Right before the August 17 launch of Fright Night Film Fest, in Louisville, aspiring filmmakers can make a film from August 9-16 under festival auspices, to be entered in the festival by following the guidelines outlined on the website under “The 7 Day Film Festival.”
The B Movie Celebration, running August 17-19 in Franklin, is pleased to announce that the recipient of its first lifetime achievement award is Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Studios so honored with the award accompanying a day long retrospective of “The Best of Troma” screened, as well as a presentation by the King of B’s himself, Lloyd Kaufman. Aspiring models might be able to beat the deadline of the Atlanta International Fashion Week, running from August 16-19, and send in a application and portfolio by downloading the registration form at: http://www.atlantaintlfashionweek.com/MODEL%20APPLICATION.pdf. BIRTV is a conference and exhibition in the industries of content acquisition, creation, production, and distribution, happening August 21-25 in Beijing. The Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival, August 24-26, will focus on hiphop genre films and hiphop artists that have made a successful transition into the world of acting. A festival highlight for the Telluride Film Festival opening August 31 in Telluride, is A Tribute To Walter Murch (American Zoetrope), in which a screening from a collection of clips will be followed by the presentation of the Silver Medallion and an onstage interview of the renowned filmmaker.
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 video sites around the Web like MySpace, YouTube, the Apple iTunes store podcast category, as well as on The Actor’s Checklist at http://actorschecklist.com/loudblog/ a great place to get your iPhone, ipod or Apple TV download. This month on video you will see trailers and video clips of Love Inspirational, a 24k Black Films production of a Torrance Colvin film ( http://www.myspace.com/24kblackhttp://www.24kblack.com ), a coming of age story about reconnecting with your childhood crush who now falls for your best friend; Spreading The Plague, a socially relevant horror feature dealing with the subject of kids, violence and fear, from Off Leash Films, now on DVD, is looking to enlist your help by signing their petition ( http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/plague/ ) to restore the director’s cut altered by Screen Gems ( http://www.spreadingtheplague.com/Text/Trailer.htmhttp://www.myspace.com/plaguefilm ); Jazz musician Nick Russo and his group Nick Russo + 11, recorded live in NYC while performing jazz tunes from their new CD “RO” ( http://www.nickrusso.org/http://www.myspace.com/nickrusso11 ), also available on CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nickrusso; Deckchair Productions production of a Harry Otto Brunjes film, “La Bella Figura” ( http://www.labellafilm.comhttp://www.myspace.com/labellafilm ) where 3 weeks of intensive filming in 46 locations across Rome were done with a 2 man crew and an acting cast of over 20; Newark hip hop female emcee Mooka Jerz (http://www.myspace.com/mookaa ) on the Utility Records label ( http://www.myspace.com/utilityrecordshttp://www.UtilityRecords.net ) declaring this the “Year of the Femcee”. Another welcome goes out to newly initiated iPhone owners to make http://actorschecklist.com/loudblog their premiere video download destination for media industry news and entertainment.