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Women to Watch: Jan Miller

Jan Miller is a connector – and she loves doing it! Supporting producers around the world is in her DNA. After she invited us to speak at the second Strategic Partners in Halifax, (which she created and directed for 15 years), we would then meet Jan regularly in Cuba, Berlin and Cannes where she is a regular moderator at the Producers’ Network Breakfasts. Cartegena was also on her regular beat. She is in demand everywhere as a trainer for directors, writers and producers of pitching and content development as well as an international consultant, from regular events like Poland’s ScriptEast, to Guangzhou, Manaus, Capetown, Glasgow, Yellowknife and most recently, Tehran to name just a few of the more exotic locales.

After bringing the stars in alignment to launch Canada’s first national film school, the National Screen Institute and its highly regarded Features First and Drama Prize programs almost three decades ago, Jan moved from Canada’s west to the east coast where she launched Strategic Partners, Canada’s premiere international co-production market.

In Sp’s 10th year, Jan was approached by Nadja Radojevic of the The Erich Pommer Institut – Epi to partner on a brand new training concept Trans Atlantic Partners (Tap) where Jan Miller serves as its Head of Studies. Together they have developed the program in to one-of-a-kind training that brings together experienced producers from Europe, Canada and the U.S. with a team of Experts, to develop projects for international co-production and co-venturing. Tap is co-presented by the Erich Pommer Institut and the Canadian Media Production Association – Cmpa. Industry partners are Telefilm Canada and Canada Media Fund.

Always responding to the industry, Tap began with only European and Canadian involvement but both Nadja and Jan realized bringing U.S. indie producers into the mix would take the program to a whole other level. Each year, three additional producers from beyond these three ‘regions’ are also selected to participate in this two-module program.

The Tap 2015 line-up includes producers from India, Australia and Mexico. And now in its 7th year, Tap, responding to the industry needs, has opened its program to independent producers with international television series projects in development as well.

This year’s expert line-up of award winning producers include Belladonna’s René Bastian of Belladonna Productions whose film “ Cold in July” is directed by Jim Mickie, and whose newest film “Live Cargo” was presented at Ifp’s No Borders and Us in Progress this past month, K5’s Oliver Simon, Dynamic Television’s Klaus Zimmermann (“100 Code”, “Borgia”, “Death In Paradise”, “The Transporter”), international television consultant Lorri Faughan (“Pillars Of The Earth”), and Buffalo Gal’s Phyllis Laing, (“Aloft”, “Keyhole”, Heaven is for Real”) of Buffalo Gal Pictures, Canada, who was herself a Tap’er in its very first year.

Jan says that they often draw on previous Tap producer talent to come back as resources as so many have remarkable track records.

The Erich Pommer Institut of Germany is a leading training provider in the European media industry dealing with cutting-edge legal and economic topics. Nadja Radojevic, has recently moved into the CEO and Director of Training.

Epi was founded in 1998. Erich Pommer himself was the producer of “Metropolis” and “The Blue Angel”. He left Germany in the war and his grandson, Erich Pommer is a Los Angeles entertainment attorney. The Institute’s core business is advanced professional training in film and media. Aside from Trans Atlantic Partners which is held in Berlin in June and in Halifax in September post Tiff, Epi hosts a European TV Drama Series Lab following the American model with top showrunners and Scandinavian trainers. Now in its fourth edition - former editions featured Showrunners James Manos (“Sopranos”), Carol Flint (“West Wing”, “Emergency Room”), Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”), Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and Glen Mazzara of “Walking Dead” – David Semel, Executive Producer “Madam Secretary”, Co-Executive Producer “House MD” and Director of “The Man in the High Castle”, “Hannibal”, Hemlock Grove”, “Homeland”, “Heroes”will be trainer amongst others.

Epi also hosts Essential Legal Framework, a program consisting of three independent workshops for European professionals on negotiating, European coproduction and digital strategies. A national section for German speakers only, runs four hours a day with 20-30 seminars per year. Its focus is on media law and deals with television, film production, labor and tax revisions which ­– one of their best-selling seminars as there have recently been quite a lot of changes in tax law in Germany. Classes in film financing and film funding are also popular.

There is also a Copyright Policy Congress, Writers Room Simulation and other conventions featuring various current topics relevant to the media industry. In fall Epi is pioneering with Epi e:training starting with a course on European Co-Production. Epi e:training is offering crucial knowledge and business insights by top-level experts online – at your own pace and wherever and whenever you want. “We developed the online training program according to the demands of today’s media industry. It offers more flexibility and adapts to individual preferences," comments Nadja Radojevic. Epi is located at the historic Babelsberg Studios and can be found at www.epi-medieninstitut.de

Trans Atlantic Partners (Tap) is designed for experienced film and television producers from Europe, Canada and the U.S. including 3 additional seats for International producers. The 24 Tap 2015 producers below were selected by the Erich Pommer Institut (Epi) (Germany) and the Canadian Media Production Association (Cmpa) (Canada).

European Producers

-Simon Amberger, Germany (Producer, "Eastalgia", Molodist Int. Ff 2012, Tallinn Int. Ff 2013 | Producer, Blockbustaz, 2014, Winner ZDFneo TV Lab 2014 | Producer, Ada, 2014)

-Sebastien Aubert, France ("Patardzlebi" (Brides), 2014, Berlinale 2014, 3rd Audience Award)

-Rudolf Biermann, Czech Republic (Producer, "Kawasaki's Rose," 2009, Berlinale 2010, Ecumenical Award Panorama Section, Czech Lion 2010 | Executive Producer, "I Served the King of England," 2006, Berlinale 2006, Fipresci Critics Award | Producer, "Garden," 1995, Karlovy Vary Iff 1995, Jury Award)

-Jacqueline de Goeij, Belgium (Producer, "Allez, Eddy!," 2012, Chemnitz Ff, Main Prize & Diamant Award For Most Convincing Acting Performance Of A Child, Palm Springs Best of the Fest Selection | Producer, "Zus & Zo," 2002, Academy Awards, Nominee Best Foreign Language Film, Dutch Ff, Golden Calf Best Actor)

-Sylvia Günthner, Germany (Producer, "Bela Kiss: Prologue," 2013, Twisted Celluloid Ff Ireland 2013, Audi Festival of German Films Australia 2014)

-Martin Heisler, Germany (Producer, "Houston," 2013, Sundance Ff 2013, Independent Ff Boston 2013, Special Prize of the Jury | Producer "Forget Me Not," 2012, Ff Locarno, Settima Della Critica 2012, Best film | Producer "David Wants to Fly," 2010, Berlinale 2010)

-Rachel Lysaght, Ireland (Producer, "Patrick's Day," 2015, Ifta 2014, Best Script, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Sound | Producer, "One Million Dubliners," 2014, TV Award Sandford Saint Martin Trust, UK, Irish Ff Boston 2015, Director's Choice, Galway Film Fleadh Ireland 2014, Best Feature Documentary)

-Christof Neracher, Switzerland (Producer, "War" (Chrieg), 2014, San Sebastian Ff 2014, Max Ophüls 2014, Max Ophüls Prize | Producer Vitus, 2006, Shortlist Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 2006, Berlinale 2006, AFI Fest 2006, Audience Award)

-Diarmid Scrimshaw, UK (Producer / Production Co., "Tyrannosaur," 2012, Sundance 2011, Best Director, Satellite Awards 2011, Best First Feature)

Canadian Producers

-Coral Aiken, Canada (Producer, Big Muddy, 2014, Toronto Iff 2014, Arizona Iff 2015 | Producer, "The People Garden")

-Patrick Banister, Canada (Executive Producer, "Bitten," 2014 | Executive Producer, "Whistler," 2006)

-John Barbisan, Canada (Executive Producer, "Bitten," 2014 | Executive Producer, "Whistler," 2006)

-Amy Belling, Canada (Producer / DoP / Cam Op / Post Supervisor, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, 2014, Toronto Iff 2014, Santa Barbara Iff 2015 | Producer / DoP / Cam Op / Post Super, Stress Position, 2013, Sci Fi London 2013, Las Vegas Ff 2013, Best Cinematography / Best Supporting Actor)

-Isaac Clements, Canada (Senior Production Executive, "The Pinkertons," 2014-15 | Production Executive, "Sunnyside,"2014-15 | Associate Producer, "Silent Night," 2012)

-Jeff Kopas, Canada (Producer / Director / Writer, "An Insignificant Harvey," 2011, Busan Iff 2012, Audience Award)

-Linda Ludwick, Canada (Exec. Producer/Producer: "Mohawk Girls Season 2," 2014, Yorkton Ff 2015, Banff Media Festival 2015 | Exec. Producer/Producer, "Smoke Traders," 2012, Yorkton Ff 2013 | Exec. Producer/Producer, "Reel Injun," 2009, 3 Gemini awards 2010 | Exec. Producer/Producer, "Moose TV," 2006, "Cfpta" 2008)

-Robyn Wiener, Canada (Producer, "Numb," 2015 | Producer, "Black Fly," 2014, Viff 2014 , Marché du Film Telefilm Perspective Canada Cannes 2015| Co-Producer / Line Producer, "Lawrence & Holoman," 2013, "Viff" 2013, Best Director | Co-Producer / Line Producer, "American Mary," 2012, London Fright Ff 2012)

American Producers

-Mollye Asher, USA (Producer, "Fort Tilden," 2015, SXSW 2014 Grand Jury Prize | Producer, "She's Lost Control," Independent Spirit Award Nominee 2015, Berlinale 2014 | Producer, "Songs My Brother Taught Me," 2015, Sundance 2015, Cannes 2015)

-Diane Houslin, USA (Producer, "Yelling to the Sky," 2011)

-Tommy Oliver, USA (Producer, 1982, 2015, Toronto Ff 2013, Austin Ff 2013, Marquee Audience Award | Producer, "The Perfect Guy," 2015 | Producer, "Kinyarwanda," 2011, Sundance Ff 2011, World Audience Award, AFI Fest 2011, Audience Award)

-Riel Roch Decter, USA (Producer, "The Wait," 2014, South by Southwest 2013, Deauville 2013 | Producer, "Bottled Up," 2014, Tribeca Film Festival 2013 | Producer, "Life After Death from Above 1979," 2014.

International Producers

-Vivek Kajaria, India (Producer, "Fandry," 2014, Indian Ff of La 2014, Grand Jury Prize Best Film, Fipresci India 2014, Film Critic Award Best Indian Film 2013 | Presenter, "Anumati," 2013, National Film Award for Best Actor 2013, New York Indian Ff 2013, Best Film Award | Producer, "Siddhant," 2015, Mumbai 2014)

-Ozcar Ramirez Gonzalez, Mexico (Producer, "Ciclo," 2013, DocsDF 2012, Vancouver Latino Iff 2013, Audience Award | Producer, "The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man," 2013, Tokyo Iff 2011, La Iff 2012 | Producer, "Days of Grace," 2012, Cannes Iff 2011, Guadalajara Iff 2012, Best Director, Best Score, Press Award)

-Lisa Shaunessy, Australia (Executive Producer, "Killing Ground," 2016 | Co-Producer, "Black & White & Sex," 2012, Iff Rotterdam 2012, Sydney Ff 2011, Best Experimental Film | Producer, "Hipsters," Sbs Australia, 2015)

Who is Jan Miller and how did she arrange such an organization?

It’s in Jan’s nature to look for opportunities to support the individual filmmaker, her local industry and work internationally as well. Most recently Jan served as an international consultant for the Canadian Media Production Association helping to develop their international strategy and contributing to Cmpa led delegations to Berlin and Rio de Janeiro. In March she led a delegation of 18 production companies to the Hk Filmart for Creative BC and Cmpa BC.

Jan divides her time on Tap, on international contracts, on teaching and on Wift-at.

How do you see the place of women in the film industry?

Recognizing that there was a real need in Atlantic Canada for women to come together and support, celebrate and learn from each other in the industry, I started Women in Film and Television - Atlantic which I headed up as Founding Chair and architect for six years. During this time I was working with a remarkable team to launch Women Making Waves an annual Conference that brings in the best female talent to offer master classes, panels, conversations and networking opportunities to men and women in the industry. I continue as one of the organization’s primary resources and mentors. And most recently, strongly believing that women in the industry need to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and business strategies, I worked with Mount Saint Vincent University’s Centre for Women in Business, to launch Wift-at’s first six month Advanced Management and Mentoring Program.

Can you explain your connection to the music business?

Close to a decade ago, I was approached by Canada’s vibrant east coast music industry to adapt my pitching workshop into a program that has become “export readiness for the music industry”... During this intensive workshop I work with artists, bands and managers to develop their communication and pitch skills to present their work to international music supervisors, festival programrs and tour managers in 1-2-1 meetings. It was a very steep learning curve, but I loved the challenge of redesigning her training to fit a new market.

Can you explain your connection to romance writers?

When the Music Export Readiness workshops took off, other disciplines began approaching me to ask if I could adapt her teaching for a workshop for Romance Writers wanting to pitch to potential film and TV producers and then theatre practitioners wanting to pitch their properties internationally. My un-designed career path came full circle!

How did you come into the film world?

I first came into the entertainment industry through my theatre troupe that performed clown and mask shows internationally for 10 years as one of Canada’s cultural calling cards. During this period I successfully auditioned for a short film and the seed was planted …

What do you do in Nova Scotia? (or What did you do?)

Amazingly I call home Nova Scotia. Living 40 feet from the ocean, I connect daily to the world and travel the world almost as often. I am an international resource for the local industry and mentor talent both for the short term and long term as the demand requires. My husband and I also breed standard poodles!

How would you sum up your “portfolio”?

I am an initiator, a passionate connector devoted to helping people do what they want to do well.
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A Guide to Clint Eastwood Films Streaming on Netflix

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Clint Eastwood is behind the lens of another Oscar contender: American Sniper. Led by Bradley Cooper, the film adapts the biography of Chris Kyle, a celebrated Navy Seal Sniper who struggles to reconcile his family life with his four tours in Iraq. Already a critical hit, the film, which is in limited release now and out everywhere Jan. 16, is a shining trophy on Eastwood’s stacked career mantle. Suffice it to say, that mantle is worth perusing.

Not only is the 84-year-old living legend still acting and directing, he also manages to find time to lend a voice to projects by his peers. For a quick refresher on all-things Eastwood, check out his movies streaming on Netflix.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

A classic, and one of the films that cemented Eastwood’s reputation as an American badass. The film follows Frank Morris (Eastwood), a convict transferred to the maximum security prison
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A Guide to Clint Eastwood Films Streaming on Netflix

Clint Eastwood is behind the lens of another Oscar contender: American Sniper. Led by Bradley Cooper, the film adapts the biography of Chris Kyle, a celebrated Navy Seal Sniper who struggles to reconcile his family life with his four tours in Iraq. Already a critical hit, the film, which is in limited release now and out everywhere Jan. 16, is a shining trophy on Eastwood’s stacked career mantle. Suffice it to say, that mantle is worth perusing.

Not only is the 84-year-old living legend still acting and directing, he also manages to find time to lend a voice to projects by his peers. For a quick refresher on all-things Eastwood, check out his movies streaming on Netflix.

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

A classic, and one of the films that cemented Eastwood’s reputation as an American badass. The film follows Frank Morris (Eastwood), a convict transferred to the maximum security prison
See full article at TheFabLife - Movies »

Best of Fest – Docs: Citizenfour Wins Over Critics, While Dubai, Torino and EntreVues Wrap by Handing Out Awards (December 2014)

Academy Awards

On December 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they’d whittled down the 134 eligible documentary submissions to a 15 film shortlist. The chosen films include:

Art and Craft – Purple Parrot Films

The Case Against 8 – Day in Court

Citizen Koch – Elsewhere Films

CitizenfourPraxis Films

Finding Vivian Maier – Ravine Pictures

The Internet’s Own Boy – Luminant Media

Jodorowsky’s Dune – City Film

Keep on Keepin’ On – Absolute Clay Productions

The Kill Team – f/8 filmworks

Last Days in VietnamMoxie Firecracker Films

Life Itself – Kartemquin Films and Film Rites

The Overnighters – Mile End Films West

The Salt of the Earth – Decia Films

Tales of the Grim Sleeper – Lafayette Film

Virunga – Grain Media

EntreVues Belfort International Film Festival - France - November 22nd – November 30th

The 29th edition of the Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival jury members announced the 2014 Awards, giving Anna Roussillon’s Je suis le peuple,
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Doc Toronto names inaugural honourees

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Doc Toronto names inaugural honourees
Doc Toronto’s The Doc Institute has announced its inaugural awards, giving the Doc Star Award to Elizabeth Klinck and the New Visions Award presented by Urban Post Production to Brett Story.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the nominations submitted by Doc members nationwide, and with the selection of winners for our first year,” said Adam Shamoon, director of the Doc Institute.

“The jury had a difficult task, but the winners embody the spirit of the Doc Institute and its awards.”

The Doc Star Award is presented to a person working in documentaries who excels in their job and is actively involved in supporting Canada’s non-fiction community.

Klinck is recognised for her work as a producer, researcher and clearance specialist on Canadian and international documentaries such as Watermark, Stories We Tell (pictured), Our Man In Tehran and Reel Injun.

Emmy-nominated as a researcher, she has won a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini for best
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Ridm 2012: The Sound on Sight Staff Preview

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – Ridm) starts on Wednesday, November 7th. My Dad worked for the National Film Board for 30 years in Montreal, Ottawa, Fredericton, Halifax and Montreal (again). Growing up as an Nfb brat was to grow up breathing the language of cinema and to believe passionately that the divisions between animation, documentary, short films and features were artificial – like pretending that vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream weren’t different flavours, but completely different species of frozen milk-based desserts.

That said, there is no denying that the general public believes in that artificial division and that documentary film suffers from it, so Ridm, Québec’s only documentary film festival is our best local opportunity to show some love to documentaries. I would urge anyone in Montreal to take a chance and check out some of the films that Ridm is programming.
See full article at SoundOnSight »

"Peabody Awards": Reach Higher. Try Harder.

A record 39 recipients of the 70th Annual "Peabody Awards" were announced by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for the year 2010, were named in a ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia campus.

"We challenge media makers and distributors to reach higher, try harder and be ever mindful of their central role in public life", said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards.

2010 Award winners include "The Pacific" (HBO) miniseries about American soldiers and sailors fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II; "Men of a Certain Age" and "Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian".

International recipients included "Report on a New Generation of Migrant Workers in China" and "Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children" (BBC). Entertainment program winners included "The Good Wife" (CBS),"Justified" (FX
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'Justified,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Men of a Certain Age' Win Peabody Awards

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'Justified,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Men of a Certain Age'  Win Peabody Awards
FX's "Justified," TNT's "Men of a Certain Age," and the CBS drama "The Good Wife" were among the 39 recipients of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, announced today by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Joining those three critically acclaimed dramas on a wide-ranging list of radio, television, and web-based winners recognized by the Peabody Board as representing the best in electronic media were HBO's epic miniseries "The Pacific," as well as the premium channel's Emmy-award winning original movie "Temple Grandin." The "Degrassi" franchise received its first Peabody in its 30-plus year history with a two-part episode of "Degrassi: The Next Generation" that focused upon the struggles of a transgender teenager.

In total, PBS picked up nine Peabodys among its various scripted programs in addition to awards for news and documentary series, including for Masterpiece/Mystery!'s "Sherlock: A Study in Pink," a featuring 21st-century update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective, and "Great Performances: Macbeth," starring Patrick Stewart in version that reimagines the Scottish Play in an alternate setting that resembles revolutionary Russia. Among the documentary winners were "Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Injun," which aired on "Independent Lens," and the American Masters features "LennonNYC" and "Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia," a cinematic love letter as presented by Martin Scorsese.

"For 70 years the Peabody Award has defined excellence in electronic media," said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards, in this morning's press release. "This list of Peabody recipients continues the commitment of the University of Georgia and the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the stewards of the award. With that commitment, we challenge media makers and distributors to reach higher, try harder and be ever mindful of their central role in public life."

HBO won seven Peabodys, the lion's share of for its documentaries, including "12th & Delaware," "For Neda," "Burma VJ," Spike Lee's "If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise," and the HBO sports doc "Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals."

The list of 39 winners represents a record number of Peabodys awarded in a single year, selected by a 16 member board consisting of "television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts," according to a UGA press release. Keep reading for the full list of Peabody winners.

The 70th Annual Peabody Award List of Winners

Television:

Justified (FX)

Great Performances: Macbeth (PBS)

The Pacific (HBO)

The Good Wife (CBS)

Sherlock: A Study in Pink (PBS)

Men of a Certain Age (TNT)

Degrassi: My Body Is a Cage (TeenNick)

Temple Grandin (HBO)

Coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill (CNN)

LennonNYC (PBS)

Burma VJ (HBO)

Bitter Lessons (WFAA-TV)

Independent Lens: Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (PBS)

Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (HBO)

Wonders of the Solar System with Brian Cox (Science Channel)

American Experience: My Lai (PBS)

For Neda (HBO)

12th & Delaware (HBO)

Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia (PBS)

If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (HBO)

Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children (BBC Four)

William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (PBS)

30 for 30 (ESPN)

POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (PBS)

Report on a New Generation of Migrant Workers in China (Phoenix InfoNews Channel)

Reality Check: Where Are the Jobs? (WTHR-TV)

The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today (WILL-TV)

Who Killed Doc? (KSTP-TV)

The Wounded Patrol (PBS)

Radio:

Radiolab (WNYC-FM)

Lucia's Letter (WGCU-FM)

Trafficked: A Youth Radio Investigation (NPR/All Things Considered)

The Promised Land with Host Majora Carter (American Public Media Stations)

Covering Pakistan: War, Flood and Social Issues (NPR )

Seeking Justice for Campus Rapes (NPR and npr.org)

The Moth Radio Hour (Public Radio Stations)

Behind the Bail Bond System (NPR/All Things Considered and Morning)

Web:

C-SPAN Video Library (cspan.org/videolibrary)

The Cost of War: Traumatic Brain Injury; Coming Home a Different Person (www.washingtonpost.com)

'The Good Wife,' 'Justified' claim Peabody Awards

'The Good Wife,' 'Justified' claim Peabody Awards
The Good Wife, HBO’s The Pacific, and Justified were among the record 39 recipients of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, which honor the best in electronic media. “For 70 years the Peabody Award has defined excellence in electronic media,” said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards. “This list of Peabody recipients continues the commitment of the University of Georgia and the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the stewards of the award. With that commitment, we challenge media makers and distributors to reach higher, try harder and be ever mindful of their central role in public life.
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Justified, Good Wife Among Peabody Winners

Justified, Good Wife Among Peabody Winners
Winners of the 70th Annual Peabody Awards, which acknowledge “excellence in electronic media,” were announced Thursday by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

TV’s honorees included FX’s Justified, CBS’ The Good Wife (a repeat winner), TNT’s Men of a Certain Age and the Degrassi two-parter “My Body Is a Cage,” which revolved around a transgender teen.

Also earning a Peabody this year were HBO’s The Pacific miniseries and its original movie Temple Grandin; the PBS Independent Lens documentary Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian; and the BBC
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"Into Eternity," Reviewed: Gazing Into the Future of Nuclear Waste

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In a remote area in western Finland, a tunnel that ultimately will be three miles long and 1,600 feet deep is being drilled into the bedrock. The site is called Onkalo, "hiding place," and when it's completed, sometime in 2100, it will serve as a permanent resting place for the country's radioactive waste, a tomb the government plans to seal and leave undisturbed for at least 100,000 years.

The remarkable documentary "Into Eternity," directed by Danish conceptual artist/filmmaker Michael Madsen (who should start a club with "Hunger"'s Steve McQueen and "Reel Injun"'s Neil Diamond), isn't concerned with nuclear power or the politics the surround it. What's captured Madsen's imagination is the idea of creating something that's intended to last far beyond the existing span of human civilization. As remote as the pyramids are to us now, they're only a few thousand years old, nothing compared to the incomprehensible lengths of
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Gil Birmingham talks ’Twilight’

Gil Birmingham talks ’Twilight’
On Saturday, November 20th, Gil Birmingham ("Billy Black") attended the SAG President's National Task Force For American Indians and NBC Universal Premiere Screening Of Reel Injun and American Indian Actors at L.A. Skins Fest, and he stopped to talk a bit about the Twilight series in this video interview.

"The Twilight films, that sounds so familiar," he joked. "It’s just an awesome franchise to be a part of, I mean something that touches so many people globally speaking, that’s part of the experience. And you just kind of go along and then you start thinking about what it is you can do to give back for being in such a blessed place."

Some of his Native American co-stars, particularly Chaske Spencer (who he also worked with in the forthcoming Shouting Secrets), have spoken abo...
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Reel Injun

Reel Injun

Directed by: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes

Cast: Neil Diamond, Russell Means, Jim Jarmusch

Running Time: 1 hr 30 min

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: November 19, 2010 (limited)

Plot: Filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at the history of Native Americans in cinema and how it’s affected the people as well as perceptions of their history.

Who’S It For? Fans of film scholarship and Native American studies. Though it can be an amateur interest, it’s pretty entertaining.

Expectations: The name gives a pretty good idea of what you’re going to get.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Neil Diamond as himself: He seldom appears on screen but narrates and gives form to this story of Native Americans in cinema. He structures the story around his own experiences as a child watching movies where cowboys were the heroes and Indians, the villains. That said, the story about him driving back and forth across
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Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian on PBS, November 2

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an insightful and humorous look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema and examining the ways that the myth of .the Injun. has influenced the world.s understanding.and misunderstanding.of Natives. Narrated by Diamond with infectious enthusiasm and good humor, Reel Injun:On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories their own way. With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic
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SXSW Review: Reel Injun

SXSW Review: Reel Injun
Much more than a simple collection of clips, Reel Injun proves to be an illuminating semi-personal essay as well. Filmmaker Neil Diamond travels across North America as a backdrop for his exploration of Hollywood's heritage in depicting Indians on the big screen. Hint: It is found severely wanting.

Reel Injun features interviews with Clint Eastwood, directors Jim Jarmusch and Chris Eyre, actor Adam Beach, and comedian Charlie Hill along with the multi-talented and influential Russell Means and John Trudell. Sacheen Littlefeather recounts her life leading up to the memorable night in which she declined the Academy Award for Marlon Brando; Means and Trudell recall what that meant, coming as it did in the midst of the takeover in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

But Diamond begins with movies that are big, well-known targets. They Died With Their Boots On (1941) and Stagecoach (1939) reduced Native Americans to offensive caricatures as bloodthirsty savages, "injuns
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SXSW 2010: Reel Injun Review

[With Canadian documentary Reel Injun having its Us premiere at SXSW 2010 we now re-post the review we initially ran at the world premiere in Toronto.]

Neil Diamond's Reel Injun accomplishes one truly remarkable feat.  The documentarian, himself a native from a far northern community, sets out to craft a record of Hollywood's depictions of native people over the years.  And that he does, neatly breaking the film down into cleanly defined eras with a string of fascinating interviews from key actors, journalists, activists and more to back himself up.  It's an absolutely fascinating trip.  But more than that - and more importantly - in the process of creating this film about film, Diamond also creates a compelling portrait of a people still struggling to find their own voice and shape their own image.  This last bit not despite, but because of, a library of over four thousand films dealing with native people and culture, virtually all of them getting it willfully wrong.

Far from the angry rant that this sort of film could easily
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Four New Docs for Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber has acquired four documentaries and has slated them for 2010 release. Three of the acquisitions will be distribbed by Lorber Films – Muslim punk music docu “Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam,” helmed by Omar Majeed; “Reel Injun,” a new pic from Cree helmer Neil Diamond (no relation); and a third film, “Sound of Insects,” Swiss director Peter Liechti’s chronicle of a man who starved himself to death. The fourth pic, Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebego Man,” will be released by Kino International. Docu follows Jack Rebney, whose furious outtakes from his Rv dealership sales video delighted viewers on pre-YouTube viral videos – VHS tapes passed between friends.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118016354.html?categoryId=18&cs=1
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2010 Bradford International Film Festival: Packed With Underground Greatness

The 16th annual Bradford International Film Festival, which will run March 18-28, is a total celebration of all forms of cinema, from classic films to modern world cinema to a tribute to Cinerama and more. But, most excitingly, is a bombastic collection of some of the best, most exciting underground films being made today.

From Bad Lit’s perspective, the most thrilling screening of the entire 10-day affair is the new film by British filmmaker Peter Whitehead, Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts. In the U.S., Whitehead is a “lost” filmmaker from the underground’s heyday in the ’60s, being left out of most histories of the underground movement. Whitehead directed several influential films, including Wholly Communion and The Fall, before dropping out of filmmaking in the mid-’70s.

Film historian Jack Sargeant wrote extensively about and interviewed Whitehead for his wonderful book on Beat cinema, Naked Lens.
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Trailer – “Reel Injun” (Native Americans In Hollywood Movies)

Reel Injun is Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s entertaining and insightful look at the portrayals of Native Americans in the USA in Hollywood movies, since the advent of cinema, and how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

It features clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means.

It reminds me of a another documentary I saw a few years ago – Reel Bad Arabs. I’m sure you can guess what that one was about.

Regardless, I think any underrepresented group should be able to watch and appreciate documentaries like these. Similarities in the struggle abound.

The film played at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and will be released in theatres this spring, so look for it.
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Neil Diamond's Reel Injun In Trailer Form!

No, not that Neil Diamond.

Native Canadian film maker Neil Diamond's Reel Injun was a great favorite of mine when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this past year.  Smart, funny, insightful and hugely entertaining it dives headlong into the history of native people in Hollywood or, more accurately, how the native people are portrayed.  It's material that could easily - and deservedly - have prompted an ugly rant but Diamond approaches it with grace and humor and the film becomes all that much more effective because of it. 

After the festival wrapped I figured that could very well be the end of the film, that it may very well end up being one of those deserving films that has a festival run and then disappears.  I'm pleased to say I was wrong.  Reel Injun gets a theatrical release here in Canada on February 19th and that
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