At a time in movie history when a digital paradigm shift is seeing the
"film" and "television" business go through some historic changes and
evolution. Digital income has now exceeded theatrical and the home
video market added together.
George Lucas said, "I believe I will never do
another film... on film..."
On the Big Silver
Screen we have just seen "Hugo" and "The Artist"
movies that go back in time to the
early days of film, and winning the top awards in
Film for 2011.
In that same
spirit of looking back to the early days of film, we are going to take
story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on
the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young
actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by thetalkies.
Nominated for ten Academy Awards and winning the Award for Picture and
several others. The film was in black and white and a silent film,
shot all in Los Angels by a French team.
HUGO...The story has a very
interesting ending where we see some of the history of early film
making, and are learning the lesson of "follow your dreams"...while
tracking the story of the young Hugo, the book also tells the story of
the early days of filmmaking and the genius of real-life French
filmmaker Georges Melies, who is played in the film by Ben Kingsley.
Melies was a magician before he started making movies around 1900. Brian
Selznick tells NPR's Melissa Block that his book was inspired in part by
Melies' 1902 filmA Trip
to the Moon, in which a rocket zooms toward a moon with a human
face on it. The movie was "loosely based on two popular novels of
the time: "From the Earth to the Moon" by Jules Verne and "The First Men
in the Moon" by H.G. Wells
Melies was a illusionist and filmmaker famous for
leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days
of cinema. He was famous for leading many technical and narrative
developments in the earliest days of cinema.
Melies, a prolific innovator in the use of special effects.
It is well-known how much Scorsese loves the
history and art of creating
films, and how much he admires the movie pioneerGeorges
Consider "Hugo" his valentine to the movies, and the making of movies,
which amaze, entertain and, sometimes, uplift us.
Cass Warner will attend screening
The Brothers Warner
Cass Warner, the
granddaughter of Harry Warner, founding brother of
Warner Brothers Film, wrote and directed this intimate
portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert,
Sam and Jack
who rose from immigrant
persevering to create
a major studio with a
The doc has Dennis Hopper,
Debbie Reynolds, Norman Lear, George Segal,
Angie Dickson, Samuel Goldwyn, Tab Hunter and many greats of the
early years of the birth and creation of Warner Brothers Studio.
directed by King Vidor 1928
with Gena Mertz King Vidor's
granddaughter April 2013
St. Louis Blues
directed by Dudley Murphy 1929
with Erin Murphey Dudley's daughter
Sioux Ghost Dance
1984 in Albert Edison's Black Maria
of American Indian Dance
From NBC to Marketing on the Digital
Henry Juszkiewicz of Gibson Guitar, Les
Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronic Show giving Les an award
roll he played in the early days...
Les Paul himself was tinkering in his
garage blending electricity, music
and technology, where he invented
the hard body electric guitar, reverb,
echo and sound on sound recording.
Some special footage and talk with
Festival Producer Benford Standley,
who was good friends with Les.
Les Paul Chasing Sound
Les Paul made some critical connections
with entertainment and electricity, and some of the
Our DIGITAL MEDIA STAGE will focus on entertainment content, technology
and media delivery, financing of content, and the new startup playing
field for this next phase of the digital age... This STAGE of the
Festival will look at the exponential changes going on in the
entertainment business, including music, print, television, Internet,
movies, VOD, multi-platform, mobile, home entertainment, marketing,
distribution and streaming. The Future is NOW and we will look at
AFTER THE FUTURE.
NETWORKING, SHARING, STARTING PARTNERSHIPS, LEARN, DISCUSS on the
DIGITAL MEDIA STAGE with a series of PANEL DISCUSSIONS through out the
A number of sessions will target financing, venture capital investments,
angel investors, startups from seed money, incubation to traditional VC,
looking at traditional finance models, to knew and lucrative business