Press Release: The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

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The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival

Brooklyn, NY January 13, 2015: The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links announces its Call for Film Entries for the 14th Annual Women of African Descent Film Festival (WADFF). The WADFF will showcase films focused on Women, their families, neighborhoods, and the global community. Featuring an international roster of films, the festival will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at LIU Brooklyn, Media Arts Department, Spike Lee Screening Room, 10 am – 6 pm.

Continuing its legacy of showcasing the talent and accomplishments of artists of African descent, The Women of African Descent Film Festival is celebrating its 14th Anniversary in 2015.

Films must be produced, written, or directed by a female filmmaker of African descent and must have been completed on or after June 1, 2010. All work must be submitted by March 13, 2015. Jurors Choice Awards and stipends will be presented to participating filmmakers.

Formed in 1952, The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links is dedicated to the support of educational, civic, and cultural activities in Brooklyn. It is a chapter of The Links, Inc. an international, not-for-profit corporation, whose membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Brooklyn Chapter works under the guidelines of its national organization in providing services to its Brooklyn Community in five facet areas: The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends, and Health and Wellness. A focus of the Chapter’s arts programming is to empower women and youth by lending support and encouragement to emerging artists – with a particular focus on filmmakers for the past 14 years.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME, ACADEMY TO ANNOUNCE OSCAR® NOMINATIONS IN ALL 24 CATEGORIES LIVE

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January 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR THE FIRST TIME, ACADEMY TO ANNOUNCE OSCAR® NOMINATIONS
IN ALL 24 CATEGORIES LIVE
NOMINATIONS TO BE DELIVERED IN NEW TWO-PART PRESENTATION

CHRIS PINE AND ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHERYL BOONE ISAACS TO
PRESENT NOMINATIONS IN 13 CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

ALFONSO CUARÓN AND J.J. ABRAMS TO PRESENT SPECIAL EARLY
ANNOUNCEMENT OF 11 CATEGORIES

GLOBAL LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE AT OSCARS.ORG/LIVE

LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that actor Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, on Thursday, January 15, will announce the nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

“Each of the three years we’ve produced the show, we have attempted to refresh elements of the process and the telecast,” said Zadan and Meron. “This year, we’re honored to start a new tradition that celebrates the contributions of all the nominees by announcing all 24 categories. We’re thrilled that a distinguished actor and two world-class film directors are part of the initial launch.”

At 5:30 a.m. PT, Cuarón and Abrams will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Film Editing, Original Song, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

At 5:38 a.m. PT, Pine and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

“We’re delighted to have Chris, Alfonso and J.J. participate in the excitement of Nominations morning, which, for the first time, will highlight nominees in all categories,” said Boone Isaacs.  “This new approach enables the Academy to further recognize excellence across our entire industry and underscore the full spectrum of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.”

“We’re thrilled to have such exceptional talents present the nominations in a completely new format that furthers our mission and honors all of the artists who make movies,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.

The Nominations Announcement is a live news conference where more than 400 media representatives from around the world will be gathered.  The event will be broadcasted and streamed live on www.oscars.org/live.

Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Pine’s starring role as Kirk in the 2009 feature “Star Trek” propelled him to worldwide prominence.  He reprised the character in the sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness.”  Pine’s other feature credits include “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Into the Woods.”  Pine will next be seen in “Z for Zachariah,” due out later this year, and “The Finest Hours,” due out in 2016.

Cuarón is an Academy Award®-winning filmmaker best known for his features “A Little Princess,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men” and “Gravity.”  He most recently won Oscars® for directing and editing “Gravity” and received a Best Picture nomination as a producer on the film.  Cuarón also has earned an Original Screenplay nomination for “Y Tu Mamá También,” and Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay nominations for “Children of Men.”

Abrams is a director, screenwriter and producer whose credits include such feature films as “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” as well as such television series as “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Person of Interest.”  He won two Emmy® Awards in 2005 for directing and executive producing “Lost.”  Abrams is currently directing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” producing “Mission: Impossible 5,” and executive producing the series “Roadies” for Showtime and “Westworld” for HBO.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Standing Room Only Theatre Company and A&B Theatricals Present The Lost Traveler in the Multiverse!

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Contact:
Kenisha Sanders
kenisha_sanders@yahoo.com

Standing Room Only Theatre Company and A&B Theatricals Present The Lost Traveler in the Multiverse!

Standing Room Only Theatre Company and A&B Theatricals presented their first rehearsed reading which will be staged in the Van Fleet Theatre of the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

The Lost Traveler in the Multiverse tells the story of a physicist who works with String Theory, the notion that there are alternative universes wrapped within the one we consciously experience. This idea gradually emerges in the multiple possibilities that face the protagonist as he retires from his teaching position in a university physics department and begins to live through them. He embarks on adventures into other dimensions in a dream form that allows him to live all the possibilities.

All the roles are doubled with the exception of the protagonist. This comedy addresses the basic questions of identity and how the choices we make ultimately help to shape it. The Lost Traveler in the Multiverse is a world premiere production by Theatre Roundtable Award winning playwright Bill Cook and directed by Joe Bishara. The cast includes Ralph Scott (Retiring College Physics Professor), Josie Merkle (Ellen) and Mary Beth Griffith (Young Ellen).

The Lost Traveler in the Multiverse opens on January 9 and January 10, 2015.

Showtime’s are 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 9 and 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 10.

Tickets for all shows are $6 available presale or $8 at the door. Tickets can be purchased

by going to the website at http://www.srotheatre.org.

SRO’s mission is to produce invigorating theater that breaks generational boundaries.

For more information, please visit http://www.srotheatre.org

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ACADEMY’S DECEMBER PROGRAMS CONNECT DESIGNERS AND DIRECTORS, HOLLYWOOD AND BERLIN

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November 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACADEMY’S DECEMBER PROGRAMS CONNECT DESIGNERS AND DIRECTORS, HOLLYWOOD AND BERLIN

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rounds out the year with new screenings in the series The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations, in conjunction with the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition now on view, and introduces A New Career in a New Town: Weimar Directors in Berlin and Hollywood, a screening series of early German cinema paired with equally classic Hollywood films.

The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations

The Academy spotlights three partnerships from Hollywood’s Golden Age in The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations during the month of December.  Beginning with Clare West, one of the earliest Hollywood costume designers, and her collaborations with director Cecil B. DeMille on “The Golden Bed” and “Male and Female,” the series goes on to examine the work of Milo Anderson and Michael Curtiz on “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and “Mildred Pierce,” and two of the many collaborations between eight-time Oscar®-winner Edith Head and Alfred Hitchcock, “Notorious” and “Vertigo.”

Click here for screening schedule

A New Career in a New Town: Weimar Directors in Berlin and Hollywood

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, a partnership between the Academy and LACMA, this new screening series focuses on the early films of German filmmakers F.W. Murnau, Max Ophüls and Ernst Lubitsch.  The double-feature presentations juxtapose the directors’ films from the 1920s and ’30s with those they made after they emigrated to America.

Click here screening schedule

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