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2012 Academy Award Winners

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Jean Dujardin (Image by Georges Biard via Wikipedia)

Best Picture
The Artist  Thomas Langmann, Producer

Actor In a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin The Artist

Actress In a Leading Role
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady

Actor In a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer Beginners

Actress In a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer The Help

Animated Feature Film
Rango Gore Verbinski

Hugo Robert Richardson

Art Direction
Hugo Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration)

Costume Design
The Artist Mark Bridges

EcoFocus Film Festival - Athens, GA

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Public Domain Image by Jon Sullivan via Wikipedia

The EcoFocus Film Festival, a celebration of environmental films, is coming in late March.  In addition to holding the film festival every year EcoFocus also works with local schools to inspire environmental stewardship and provides films to schools for that purpose.

This year they will have 19 feature length films and 22 shorts on environmental issues from around the world.  Many of the events during this 9 day event will be free or as little as $5.

Charlotte Video Project

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Charlotte, NC (Image by Mrtoebiter1971 via Wikipedia)

The Charlotte Video Project is putting together a collection of films that show unique and interesting parts of  the culture in the Charlotte community.  Films that are accepted between now and the National Democratic Convention coming in September include stories such as Natalie Veres of Grateful Growers Farm and the firefighters of Station 15.

Created by filmmakers Scott Lazes and Kevin Beaty in association with Charlotte Magazine The  films will be shown online.  

Hoping  to have 100 films by the start of the convention in September, they need short films and story ideas. So if you feel you have anything to contribute as a filmmaker or subject of a film please get in touch with them and help show off the hidden gems of the Charlotte community.

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Anthony Hamilton (Image by grgbrwn via Wikipedia)

Tavis talks with R&B artist Anthony Hamilton about his latest CD Back To Love.  What does Anthony think about doing a country or a blues album?

Watch R&B artist Anthony Hamilton on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

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Central Avenue Pictures which has offices in Charlotte and Los Angeles will be making a movie this fall called A Love For The Game.  It is a story based on a street soccer league formed in Charlotte by the Urban Ministry Center as part of a program that helps homeless get back on their feet and off the street.

Originally the team was called Art Works Football Club, in reference to the program Community Works 945 that organized the team.  Now their name is Street Soccer 945.  

They started with a long losing streak but their patience payed off as they rose through the ranks playing in the U.S. and internationally, In 2005 they represented United States at the Homeless World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The players also benefited from the team as it helped them overcome the obstacles that were keeping them on the street.

Bert Hesse and Evan Hesse of Central Avenue Pictures will be directing.  A portion of the proceeds from the movie will be donated to charities. 

Delbert McClinton will be in Charlotts bringing his soulful blend of blues, contry and Rock to the Neighborhood Theatre.  Also check out Cary Ann Hearst with Shovels and Rope at Snug Harbor.

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Michael Mann (Image byThbz via Wikipedia)

Tavis Smiley interviews writer, director, and producer Michael Mann about his new HBO series about horse racing called Luck  that stars Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, and Nick Nolte.

Some of the TV and films you may know Michael Mann for include Starsky and Hutch, Vega$, Miami Vice, The Last of the Mohicans, Ali, The Aviator, Public Enemies, and Texas Killing Fields.

Watch Writer-director-producer Michael Mann on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.


Bonnaroo 2012 Music & Arts Festival

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Tickets go on sale this weekend for the Bonnaroo 2012 Music & Arts Festival. The festival will be held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee June 7th through June 10th.  

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Image by Shawn Mariani via Wikipedia

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Public Domain Image bu Amada44 via Wikipedia

In this Film Riot DIY episode Ryan Connolly shows how to setup and light your background for the white Apple commercial look.  

2012 Grammy Winners

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Grammy Award

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Record of the Year
Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Album of the Year
21 - Adele

Song of the Year
Rolling in the Deep - Adele

Best New Artist
Bon Iver

Best Pop Solo Performance
Someone Like You - Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Body And Soul - Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Instrumental Album
The Road From Memphis - Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album
21 - Adele

Best Dance Recording
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Skrillex

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Greenville, South Carolina  has a vibrant arts and music scene.  Starting this year it also has an international film festival.  GVIFF is a non-profit organization that unites filmmakers and film lovers from around the world.   Don't miss it!

Film Categories
  • Narrative Feature
  • Narrative Short
  • Documentary 
  • Animated Film
  • Latino Film 
  • Green Film 
  • Native American / Indigenous Film
  • Spiritual Film
  • Foreign Film
  • Student Film
  • Emerging Filmmaker

The Belk Theater, principal home of the Charlo...

Belk Theater (Public Domain image by Rschoneman via Wikipedia)

Tomorrow, the Belk Theater will host A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra where you will see and hear the different sections and instruments of the orchestra and their tonal colors.  Jacomo Rafael Bairos will be conducting this work by Benjamin Bitten, then will lead the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra through some of the tunes by The Beatles.

A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Saturday, February 11th
11:00 am
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Belk Theater
130 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina


Show Us The Way Film Contest

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Levi's, along with the American Film Institute is sponsoring a short film contest called Show Us The Way.  In this contest you will submit your treatment for the film and if you are one of the six winning participants you will receive $5,000 to make the film and an additional $5,000 in Levi's wardrobe for the film.  A mentor from the American Film Institute will also spend ten hours guiding you with their experience as filmmakers.

All six films will have the opportunity to be screened at the 2012 AFI Fest sponsored by Audi and each director will be flown to the event, all expenses paid, to present their vision. 

All in all a nice bunch of perks to help you produce a five minute short film about a tomorrow that is better than today.

  • Film should be no longer than five minutes.
  • Deadline for submission of film treatment: March 30th, 2012
  • Things to consider in completing your submission.
    1. Where will you get equipment from?
    2. Where will you get or how much money will go toward music license?
    3. How many days will be spent shooting?
    4. How will you safely approach production challenges (children, stunts, crowd scenes, etc...) if any?
  • You must be 18 years old or older.
  • Legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • Read the complete list of rules.
  • Submit your film plan.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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Image courtesy Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival begins today in Atlanta, Georgia and continues through the 29th of February.  Opening night will be at the historic Fox Theatre where there will be an Opening Night reception and and live auction  for Red Carpet VIP guests and Young Professionals as well as the film My Best Enemy .

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
February 8th thru February 29th

  • The Fabulous Fox Theatre
  • Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16
  • Lefont Sandy Springs
  • Georgia Theatre Company Merchants Walk
  • United Artists Tara Cinemas 4
  • United Artists North Point Market 8

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Cody Wright performs with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (Image by Ltfunko via Wikipedia)

With some of North Carolina's best improvisational musicians the Asheville Iprovisational Music Festival is sure to offer a great weekend of entertainment.

  • E.Normus Trio with Jeff Sipe
  • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
  • The Archrivals
  • Shane Perlowin Trio
  • Like Mind Trio
  • Spork!
  • The Page Brothers
  • more...


Asheville Improvisational Music Festival
Thursday, February 16th trhough Saturday, February 18th
Magnetic Theatre
372 Depot Street, Suite 50
Asheville, North Carolina


Virginia Screenwriting Competition

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Apple Orchard Mountain in Virginia (Image by Gafoto via Wikipedia)

Submissions for the Virginia Screenwriting Competition will be accepted starting March 5th  through May 25th.   Open to residents of Virginia this competition is for screenplays that could possibly be filmed in the state of Virginia.

So if you have a screenplay you're working on or have finished and it is not in production yet keep these dates in mind and send in your submission.

Learn more about the competition at:


Carolina Legend: Peg Leg Sam

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Peg Leg Sam from the film Born for Hard Luck (Permission Tom Davenport)
Peg Leg Sam was born in Jonesville and spent most of his life in and around Spartanburg, South Carolina.  That is, when he wasn't hobo'n or working the medicine shows and fairs.  A busker and a traveler, Peg Leg was known most for his ability to tell a story and blowin' his harmonica.  Those abilities served him well when working the patent medicine shows.

Born with the name Arthur Jackson.  After losing his leg in a hoboing accident in 1930 the nickname Peg Leg Sam  stuck.  Always ready to perform for anyone who would listen.  He was able to blow two harps at one time, one in his mouth, the other with his nose.

Around the age of 10, tired of plowing a mule all day long,  he started running away from home and would be gone for months at a time.  Pink Anderson, who lived in nearby Spartanburg, and Peg Leg were good friends and often played together.  It was Pink who taught him about playing the medicine shows.  Usually he worked alone though.   Peg Leg was a master of singing a phrase then blowing one, back and forth,  to complete a song.  His most popular tune was John Henry which he usually used to began a show as it always drew a crowd.

After having traveling most of the United States by freight train, Peg Leg died in October of 1977,  in Jonesville where he began.