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'This Changes Everything' to Open Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival

'This Changes Everything' to Open Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival
This Changes Everything — Tom Donahue’s documentary about redressing gender imbalance in Hollywood — will kick off Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival.

The feature, which was exec produced by Davis, will be accompanied by the fest's annual program Geena and Friends, featuring Davis along with an all-star group of female actors who reimagine memorable dialogue from all-male movie scenes through an all-female lens.

Joey Travolta’s 'Carol of the Bells' and Haroula Rose’s Once 'Upon a River' will make their world premieres at the fest, as Centerpiece Screening Selections.

Bff’s competition selections, including narrative ...
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Geena Davis’s Inclusive Bentonville Film Festival Unveils Gala And Competition Slate

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Geena Davis’s Inclusive Bentonville Film Festival Unveils Gala And Competition Slate
The Bentonville Film Festival announced their lineup of gala selections and competition films which includes the world premieres of Joey Travolta’s Carol of the Bells, Haroula Rose’s Once Upon a River. Co-founded by Geena Davis will kick off with a screening of Tom Donahue’s documentary This Changes Everything and a special presentation of the festival’s signature event, Geena and Friends. The fest takes place May 7-11 in Bentonville, Ark.

The fest champions more diversity and inclusiveness in the film industry and beyond. This year’s competition selections includes 15 narrative films, 14 documentaries, and 9 episodic projects. Of the lineup, 81% are female directed and 68% of the selections include a Poc director and/or cast/subject in the forefront.

“This year’s lineup of films truly exemplifies our mission and we are thrilled to highlight the work of female filmmakers, people of color, Lgbtq+, filmmakers, talent with disabilities and more — in other words,
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Film News Roundup: J.K. Simmons’ ‘I’m Not Here’ Bought by Gravitas Ventures

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Film News Roundup: J.K. Simmons’ ‘I’m Not Here’ Bought by Gravitas Ventures
In today’s film news roundup, J.K. Simmons’ “I’m Not Here” and French animated movie “Dilili in Paris” get releases and Andrea Friedman nabs a film role.

Acquisitions

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to the J.K. Simmons drama “I’m Not Here” for a March 8 release, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film also stars Sebastian Stan, Maika Monroe, Mandy Moore, and Max Greenfield. It’s directed by Michelle Schumacher, who wrote the film alongside Tony Cummings.

Simmons portrays a man haunted by his past as every object in his home, every sound he hears, reminds him of a specific event in his life as he attempts to move past the pain and forgive his trespassers, and more importantly, forgive himself.

Schumacher said, “Tony and I wanted to explore the idea of understanding one’s life by connecting the dots of meaningful events and viewing them through the lens of quantum mechanics.
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Ed Westwick To Star In ‘Enemy Lines’; David Gyasi In ‘Hell on the Border’; Andrea Fay Friedman Joins ‘Carol of the Bells’

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Ed Westwick To Star In ‘Enemy Lines’; David Gyasi In ‘Hell on the Border’; Andrea Fay Friedman Joins ‘Carol of the Bells’
Gossip Girl alum Ed Westwick will star in Enemy Lines, a World War II action drama based on a 1943 true story that took place behind enemy lines into occupied Poland where an elite team of allied soldiers are sent to extract a rocket scientist from the hands of the Nazis. Anders Banke is directing the film, which is his first English-language feature. John Hannah (The Mummy), Tom Wisdom (300), Corey Johnson (Captain Phillips), Pawel Delag (Schindler’s List), Vladimir Epifantsev (Alive), and Kirill Pletnev (Viking) co-star. UK based producers Andy Thompson and Tom George are producing the pic along with Nadzeya Huselnikava.

Actor David Gyasi has been tapped to star in Wes Miller’s Hell on the Border, joining Ron Perlman and Frank Grillo in the biopic based on the true story of Bass Reeves (Gyasi), the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Curtis Nichouls,
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Behind-the-Camera Crews With Disabilities Demand Inclusion

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Behind-the-Camera Crews With Disabilities Demand Inclusion
Hollywood, aiming for more diversity, hopes inclusion riders will help broaden the composition of behind-the-camera crews. But so far, people with disabilities — who comprise nearly 20% of the population — have been left out of the conversation.

David Shore, creator of Sony TV-ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” is one of the few execs who has been scrupulous about giving opportunities to people with disabilities behind the scenes. “These people are incredibly underrepresented in films and TV,” he says. “It’s important to have characters like this on-screen, but it would be hypocritical to put them in front of the camera and not behind. They’re capable of so much, and we should make it possible.”

Though statistics on below-the-line hiring are shockingly low, some individuals are proving that the practice is successful.

James Cude has been working as an editor for 18 years, on series including MTV’s “Suspect” and Syfy’s “Cosplay Melee” and “Haunted Highway,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Hunter’S Blood (1986)

In the grand tradition of Deliverance (1972), Rituals (‘77), and Up the Creek (1984) comes Hunter’s Blood (’86), a backwoods hicksploitation actioner that more than gets by with a cast handpicked by the B movie gods and a script wittier than it has to be. Who says the outdoors hold no charm? (Well, normally that would be me.)

Based on the novel by Jere Cunningham (who later wrote the story for Judgment Night, which is just the urban version of the same tale), Hunter’s Blood was released by Palace Pictures in the U.K. in September, and picked up by Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures for release stateside in January of ’87, where soon after it was destined to languish on home video shelves, with store clerks puzzled as to where it should be stocked. (By the by, I always saw it in the Horror section, where I think it rightfully belonged.) Hard
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Decker: Unsealed: New Title & Guests Announced for Season Two

Adult Swim has announced the second season of the Decker TV show -- Decker: Unsealed -- will premiere on "Sunday, June 4th, at Midnight E/P on Adult Swim." I'm quoting verbatim from the press release. Now, while it seems they mean one minute past 11:59pm on Sunday, check your local listings to be sure, because every (administrative) thing this show does drives me out of my order-thirsty mind.Decker ran for three seasons as an online series. Last year, it premiered on TV, in Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block as season one of Decker: Unclassified. Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington created and star in the series as Jack Decker Jr. and Jonathan Kington. Joe Estevez also stars as President Davidson Jr. Guest stars in Decker, season two, include: Joey Travolta, Alfonso Freeman, Jimmy McNichol, Kellee Maize, Steve Railsback, and Denny Laine.Read More…
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‘Grindhouse 7: Beach Babes From Beyond’ Review

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Stars: Joe Estevez, Don Swayze, Joey Travolta, Burt Ward, Jackie Stallone, Linnea Quigley, Sarah Bellomo, Tamara Landry, Nicole Posey, Michael Todd Davis, Ken Steadman, Michael Roddy, Albert Andrukaitis | Written by Alexander Sachs | Directed by Ellen Cabot

Directed by Ellen Cabot (aka David DeCoteau), Beach Babes From Beyond is technically not a Full Moon film, as it is in fact one of the earliest releases from Charles Band’s 1993 created Torchlight label which specialised in genre-tinged softcore porn comedies. The imprint only ever produced three films between 1993 and 1998, including this film, its direct sequel, and a softcore vampire flick entitled Blonde Heaven, all of which were directed by David DeCoteau under his “Ellen Cabot” pseudonym.

Ridiculous blend of 60s beach party flick and direct to video porn (which is more evident in the deleted scenes), Beach Babes From Beyond suffers from a complete lack of plot and inordinately long musical numbers features extras dancing,
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Los Angeles Acting Schools & Coaches

The following is a list of Los Angeles-area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and acoaches organized by category and alphabetically.Each of the entries contains the following information, if applicable: name of teacher or school; address; phone and fax numbers; email address and/or website; average number of students per class; whether beginning, intermediate, or advanced students are taught; whether auditing is permitted; whether classes are ongoing or by sessions; any special emphasis used in classes or coaching; whether a work/study program is offered. Descriptions of the class, schoool, or coaching are provided by the instructor or institutions and edited by Back Stage.Schools or teachers who have been omitted may contact, in writing, Listings, c/o Back Stage, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, so that we may include you in our next list.Acting Technique/Scene StudyAARON McPherson STUDIOWest Hollywood, CA aaron@aaronmcphersonstudio.comwww.aaronmcphersonstudio.
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Travolta Teams Up With Family for Family Flicks

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Travolta Teams Up With Family for Family Flicks
Hollywood actor John Travolta is so fed up with the lack of family movies available, he's set up his own production company to correct the problem. The Pulp Fiction star has teamed up with four of his siblings to form Los Angeles-based Travolta Family Films, which he hopes will restore the tradition of families watching movies together. The actor's brother Joey Travolta says, "We felt like there's a serious need for more movies that the whole family can go out and see together. John's the figurehead, but he's not going to be producing or acting in any of the projects. Right now, we have three or four in development - with a remake of Black Beauty in preproduction." The company is also responsible for the independent comedy Enemies Of Laughter, starring David Paymer, Judge Reinhold, Peter Falk and Bea Arthur, which has started a limited run in Los Angeles.

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